Skimming Deep

Searching, traveling, talking, reflecting, and exploring. Read along with me as I continue on my journey through life.

Tag: meaning

#5: Order

Use ORDER in a sentence to show that you know what the word means.

I am using the internet quite a lot these days to ORDER things that are cheaper than in the stores. Cases in point:

  • Found a wonderful dress at Nordstrom for a big event coming up (thanks to the eagle eye of a caring cousin-in-law) but balked because it was way beyond my budget. Came home and found the exact dress (size, color, new) at eBay. So I ordered it, held my breath that what I received would be right, and was thrilled when it arrived and indeed it was. At an almost 50% discount!!
  • Found some shoes for D. that were a perfect fit and match for his suit (which we got on sale also!). Came home and found the shoes at Amazon. So I ordered them and we saved 30%!

I am obsessed with establishing ORDER out of chaos. This happens at work and at home. At work, I’m constantly editing, streamlining, and making systems more efficient. Luckily that’s a big part of my job, so it’s a good fit. But I can’t help myself. When I see systems that are inefficient or disorderly, I feel compelled to make them better! At home, I’m constantly dusting, sweeping, straightening the blanket on my bed. After a big move, I need to unpack right away. I cannot live in a messy space.

I don’t like to give ORDERS. I prefer to just do things myself if they need to get done. Or I hope that people will just do what they should without being ordered to. Or that they can read my mind and know what I want them to do. This doesn’t really work in real life, though. We are not a clairvoyant species, unfortunately. And I am constantly learning how to communicate my needs and wants verbally, not making assumption that another person can read my mind or my body language. How much do we hope that our minds can be read, especially in relationships?

Things don’t always happen in the ORDER that you would think. For example, love to marriage to house to children. Or lower level job to middle level job to upper level job. Or from A to Z. Life happens in all kinds of ways, out of order. And if you let it, great things can happen when you least expect. I didn’t expect that I would be where I am now at this age. And I’ve been able to let go of some of my ORDER-FOCUSED tendencies to let things happen more organically. It’s not always comfortable to go that route, but I’ve surrendered bit by bit. And here I am.

Reconnecting and Finding Meaning

Since I ended my streak, I haven’t been blogging regularly. Having photos everyday to share made it more interesting to blog and actually gave me a reason to blog. Now I’ve lost some reason to blog. I know that once I start traveling, I’ll definitely be blogging. But now, I’ve lost some direction.

I also haven’t been taking photos as much since the streak ended.

So I’m trying to start a new streak: deep breathing at the end of each day right before I go to bed. I often get home and realize that I haven’t really breathed all day. I mean, I’ve done the involuntary breathing, of course, since I’m still alive. But I haven’t done any real breathing where I feel the expulsion of bad air and energy and intake of fresh, rejuvenating energy. So I’d like to do at least 10 deep breaths before I turn off the light and go to bed.

I started this last night and it felt good. But then I went through today with its craziness and lost the effects. I’ll see what happens by the end of this streak. I’m aiming for a deadline of August 31st– my last day of work.

Reconnection is about plugging back into something that you became unplugged, separated from. How do I reconnect to the blog? How do I reconnect to meaning in my life? I’m hoping that my travels will allow me to do that. But what if it doesn’t? I guess the worst that could happen is that at least I get some time off of working and get to have a change of scenery. At least there’s a benefit to that.

Some of the bloggers that I follow have been raving about a recent event called the World Domination Summit which is organized by Chris Guillebeau, writer, blogger, traveler, etc. I’ve been jealous to hear about the amazing event and wish I could have gone there! I’m looking for more people to commiserate with who are in a similar mindset of wanting to do and be more. And wanting to use creativity, mission, passion, and innovation to get there.

It’s interesting how I’m looking outside of my networks, relationships, connections, friends to find something. Why can’t I find what I’m looking for among what I have? What’s missing? Will I end up coming back from my travels and want to come back to the comfort and known of those who are here?

The main point here, though, is I want to determine the goals of my blog. I read this post from a
“Freshly Pressed” WordPress blog. The blogger talked about needing a purpose for his blog and how he needed to write about something he was really passionate about. It was a good reminder that I don’t want to be aimlessly blogging just to fill cyberspace with more useless drivel.

So here are some thoughts about what I’m passionate about that I could blog about:

  • amazing people in my life– youth I’ve mentored, people who have mentored me, friends, family
  • recipes, restaurants, food reviews– I love to eat!
  • meaningful quotes I’ve come across
  • a line from anything I’m reading– a book, blog, newspaper article

I need to set a writing schedule, too. Once a week? More than that?
Hmmm. Where to go next…

“We Real Cool”

What a great poem.  And a great reading by the poet herself. I heard this on NPR today, being read by Morgan Freeman.  So simple and so meaningful.

We Real Cool by Gwendolyn Brooks

The Pool Players.

Seven at the Golden Shovel.

We real cool. We

Left school. We

Lurk late. We

Strike straight. We

Sing sin. We

Thin gin. We

Jazz June. We

Die soon.

The beauty of spare words.  You can say so much in so few words.

So many people say so much without saying anything at all.  I catch myself often doing the same.

I’d like to be more sparing in my words and deeper in my meaning.

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