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Life is full of opportunities for us to stay engaged. Texts often come at a breakneck speed. Emails offer us a chance to make purchases, support important causes, and connect to family, friends, and work too. And then there is social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc.); some of us use it to stay in the loop professionally, socially, or both. We are incessantly being called to stay engaged with our family, our community, and our work.

My guess is that I am not alone in how I am feeling and seeing things.

Day 24 - Do the next right or best thingWith so much noise surrounding us, we have to remember that we can’t do it all. For me, I am learning to prioritize and simply do the next right or best thing. Since I can’t possibly do it all. AND most importantly, I am learning that self-care needs to be a priority if I am going to be able to accomplish much of what calls to me.

Remember, I can’t do it all and neither can you, but we can all do the next right or best thing. And maybe then will we find empowering ways to make a difference for good.

Onward with love, light, & action,
Chava

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Reflections:

While cleaning out my email inbox yesterday, I was blown away by the many connections I have.  I am loved, cared for, and blessed with many friends and loving souls in my life.

Each of my four personal email addresses has a different focus.  Initially, I am cleaning my writing email account.  With this address, I share my writing, save ideas, and foster new writing projects.  Trying to clean up this email address is tedious and time consuming; I never knew I had so many ideas that I saved, quotes that I collected, or dreams that I processed.  I really never knew.

I also never knew that most of my creative friends are quick to offer cooking ideas, beautiful songs, and sweet stories.  My creative/writing email is full of love, there are so many people in my life that give unselfishly of themselves.  At this moment, I am humbled that people nurture me as they do.  Writing in a vacuum isn’t possible.  When you share of your art, your writing, or your soul, people want to share of themselves too!!!

There are so many days, I feel alone in my little creative bubble.  What I learned last night is that while I may sometimes feel alone, there are many people that are there for me.  Patient individuals that are content to be a part of my life in any way that they can.  I am blessed to be surrounded by loving and thoughtful individuals that love me or care for me as the person I am; they value my creative energy and make sure I know that they are there.

Vikki's Class

Blessing flags represent what my friends give:
Love, Compassion, Loving-kindness, Peace,
Healing, Honor, & Justice

This fair-trade flag that can be purchased at http://fairtradejudaica.org/product/jewish-blessing-flags/; each flag represents what I found in my inbox last night. Every email was filled with so many of the blessings above.   My friends love not only me, but life and humankind too; they are generous people that walk gently in the world and give unselfishly.

Cleaning up my inboxes is proving to be more challenging than I expected.

The good news is that while I might not empty all 5,000 by next week, I now have approximately 200 less emails in my inbox than I did after yesterday morning’s purge.  Between yesterday morning and last night’s email purge/file experience, I am down a total of approximately 500 emails and 200 spams.  Yay!

Slowly, slowly – I am working towards my goal for less clutter in the email realm.

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I love Facebook!

As someone who has lived throughout parts of the United States and who has had the opportunity to actively engage in some national organizations over the years, Facebook offers me the chance to stay connected to those that have touched my life since the beginning of time.

Everyone has a story; some share their stories on Facebook.  The veil of Facebook allows us to reach out when we want, to share what’s makes us think, scream, or laugh.  We get to know some of our friends differently then we do one on one; some might say this is a good thing. 😉

Over the last couple of years, I have often been touched by the love and support I have received via Facebook.

  • When illness struck, I asked for prayers, support, visioning.  In response, the love always flowed.
  • When I needed to find out information or insights, friends shared useful information.
  • When death or loss struck, my friends offered condolences and warmth.
  • When I began my journey to health, my friends supported me and gave me tools as needed.
  • When I needed to laugh, my friends shared stories.
  • When I needed an old friend, I could easily reconnect with someone that knows all of me.
  • When I wanted to know more about what was going on in the world or to find articles worthy of reviewing, links are plentiful.
  • When I wanted company as our family moved away from DC, my friends traveled with me nearly every mile.
  • When I wanted to share my writing through my blog, my friends pulled the link off of FB and took a few minutes to read what was on my mind.
  • When the debate was going on last night, I was able to gain insight into so much of what I was hearing through the different thoughts that were shared on many of my friends’ status lines.
  • Etc.

Compiling the list above made me laugh.  I kept asking myself should I write this list in past or present.  In truth, Facebook is ongoing.  I have become a better friend because of it and meaningful friendships have been sustained while others are born on Facebook.  I have stayed in touch with so many people that I love, but would not be able to stay connected to if Facebook didn’t exist.

Facebook keeps me connected to those I adore, those I want to know more, and real friends.

As much as I love Facebook, it is also a tool for staying connected; it is one of many tools.  Picking up the phone, texting, sending an email (or even a snail mail) is more personalized; my goal this year is to do these things more.

Waking up yesterday morning, I was able to see who woke up smiling, who woke up a little grumpy.  I was able to learn of the rain and another friend’s horoscope.  I love knowing what jazzes people and what annoys them too.  But at the end of the day, Facebook doesn’t share the whole story; it shares the parts that our friends choose to share.  I love the gift; I know the limitations.

I love when people tell me that they know how I am through my Facebook.  While I don’t think people know the entire picture, they do know that which I share.  The challenge is that all of us evolve over the course of the day, so what you think is significant upon reading, might have changed dramatically after ‘an incident’ at work or after a great lunch with a friend. This makes me laugh; FB has proven that many of us have a multiple personality disorder.

I love what Facebook has to offer!! Now I have to remember to engage in an old-fashioned phone calls, to send an email or a text more frequently, and to be more present for those I love when time allows.

Don’t worry, I will always share how much I love the moon, the stars, the sun, and the sky.  On Facebook, I have the audience!  Love knowing that what I say matters even if it is only for a moment.

Celebrating a birthday on Facebook is the best; both receiving birthday wishes and giving them!

Gotta love Facebook – I do!

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