Simple Things = Happiness and Freedom

My son bought a bike on Wednesday.

Simple sentence.

Simple thing to do, nothing complicated about buying a bike.

And yet,

It brought about feelings of happiness and freedom.

Rather the freedom that my son now has, brought about the feelings of happiness in him. I know and he does too, that the act of buying is not what made him happy. It’s the freedom he is now experiencing.

Where as before he had to walk to the local stores and he felt limited by not being able to go further than a few blocks from his apartment. The bike enables him to experience more, and he is excited about “getting out into the world” as he put it. 🙂

He doesn’t have cable television, internet, a game system, or his own computer. He does have more freedom to explore.

Watching him experiencing happiness is also such a simple thing.

But seeing that brought great joy to this mother’s heart.

Have a wonderful weekend and find happiness in the simple things in your life. 🙂

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Commenting Has Helped Improved My Writing

Weird concept, I know, but it’s true for me. The more I leave comments on other blogs, the better my word choices have become.

I always read my comments before I click post (it’s only logical), that way I can check for typos and make sure that what I mean is reflected within my words.

Simple things result in the biggest changes it seems.

My writing has become tighter. In other words (lol) my writing has become more concise and to the point. I don’t nit-pick my words, criticize myself for the word choices, or grab the nearest thesaurus to choose a better word. And I don’t over analyze my words.

Instead I focus on what it is I really want to say and then let the words flow.

It’s all in the focus and the flow of conscious writing. And it’s flowing into my everyday writing. Even while writing this post I can feel how my mind is looking at the words as they ebb and flow on the screen, making sure that they state what I mean with clarity.

So again, it all comes back to focus. That is interesting.

What are you focusing on today?

The Experiment of WOTE

WOTE = Write One Thing Everyday.

A writing experiment for myself (aside from the whole nanowrimo thing lol) writing one thing everyday means to handwrite something. Write in a journal/notebook/, on a napkin, envelope, back of your hand…etc.

I found myself losing focus while writing. My mind skipping ahead to chapter two even though I was still typing chapter one. So I thought I’d try something to help me slow and just breathe for a minute before writing.

Here’s what I’m doing:

1. Getting back morning Meditations and a kind of meditating through movement in the afternoons.

2. Easing back on the coffee.

3. Walking more outside, not on a treadmill.

4. Writing in a journal before slamming away on the keyboard.

Simple things that so far have been good for me. I’ve only been at it for about three days (not counting the weekend because I’m only doing this M-F) though so it’s probably too early on to decide anything definite. lol

Now if I can only get the one thing to be about the nanowrimo work in progress…….

What method do you use for focusing?