Freshly pressed. The rich aroma of coffee in the morning. The combination of these has a relaxing effect even after another long commute and early morning rise.
Today’s freshly pressed article by Tom Basson, caught my attention with the title “The First Thing You Should do in 2012” . His post simply put posed a few questions to reflect on the past year, to encourage thinking out-of-the-box, and break down any limitations we may put on ourselves.
The following questions were posed in Tom’s post:
What energized me most in 2011?
LH: Working out! As cliche as it sounds, it is true. Exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy. When I am happy (which may be 99.9% of the time) I leak a contagious, happy, energy. I have no excuse not to workout when it is my job. Love it!
Which relationships brought me most joy? Why?
LH: Oh the joy I find in my dog, Bentley. The reason Bentley brings me the most joy is that he has the uncanny ability to make me smile when I am sad, comforted when I am alone, and never makes me mad. Have you ever tried to ask him a question or tell him about your day? He looks at you with those big brown puppy dog eyes, tilts his head, and listens as if he really understands.
Which relationships put me under the most pressure? Why?
LH: Relationships in general have put the most pressure on me, whether it be a friendship or partnership. Relationships are hard and require work, they are not easy. It takes communication and trust, loyalty and honesty. I believe that the reason relationships put me under the most pressure is that I do not want to give up on them, I want to give it my all before I realize that it has run its course.
What were the “defining moments” of 2011?
LH: Defining moments…”a point a which the essential nature or character of a person, group, etc., is revealed or identified” – Webster Dictionary. By definition I do not believe there were any points of which my character was revealed or identified.
What strengths did I see in myself during 2011?
LH: My talented & beautiful co-worker Katelyn encouraged me to take a personality test. During which I found I am a “blue personality”, an analyzer/organizer. A blue personality is driven by emotion, they are polite, cooperative people, seek to create conflict-free surroundings. Family is important to a blue, often found as the caretaker. Quality-based, loyal, strong code of ethics, dependable, and thoughtful. I believe this test was able to accurately sum up my strengths.
Under which conditions did I see myself thrive?
LH: As a young high school coach, it has taken me years to build and gain the respect of those that I coach. Even more importantly, I have had to act above my age when dealing with not only the students, but with other adults. One situation in particular tested my every being as I confronted the situation and person, then reminded myself to turn the other cheek when the individual verbally abused me in front of a large crowd of people. I have learned that sometimes confrontation is necessary and that with politeness, confidence, and intellect you can gain respect from your adversaries.
What did I avoid doing that I most needed to do?
Oh the things I have avoided, here we go…running, conflict, going to the doctor & dentist, stop drinking mountain dew, and many many more too lengthy to list.
What books and mentors had the greatest impact on me? Why?
LH: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert found me yearning for my own self discoveries and desire to travel the world.
Am I closer to my friends and family from my activities last year?
LH: To be honest, this is a two-part answer. Yes, I am closer to my friends from my activities last year, especially those who traveled to Las Vegas, NV to celebrate my 25th birthday on 11-11-11! It was a trip I will never forget and am so thankful for those who surrounded me with such love and friendship. However, I can not say the same for my family which is especially hard to admit for a traditional, family oriented, parent pleaser. With the chaotic schedule I follow, it seems that in some ways those who I love most have had to suffer most with missed birthdays, holidays, sporting events, choir concerts, etc.