Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Swimming in the Sea of Me(me)


Over at Nick's I was struck by his rare participation in a meme and also by the fact that us bloggy buddies can be so alike. So here goes my version of this:

I am: an outside of the box personality, hopelessly sentimental and optimistic, veering at an accelerated pace towards a world made by hand and from scratch. Never bored.

I want: more than anything: contentment and simplicity. I'm most content when by the ocean, with a good book or knitting or conversation, dinner cooking on the wood stove, vegetables growing in the meadow, fresh fish for tea and clothes flapping on the line.

I have: my own house with more than enough land around it, my own hill, a stream, a woodlot that will long outlast me, many friends of both genders, reasonably good health,and a mind that never lets me down.

I wish: there could be far less religion in the world and more compassion. And the #1 biggie: more empowerment for women in all aspects of their daily lives so that reproductive choices would be a non-issue. And biggie # 2: Respect given and received. As a matter of course.

I fear: Since childhood: nuclear annihilation and global destruction. Guns. Rage. Foaming at the mouth fundamentalists.

I search: for loving acceptance of others, a deeper spiritual grounding.

I wonder: And am awed by: the minescule, beautiful everyday things: a flock of Canada Geese in the sky so in harmony with each other and their surroundings, the budding of the trees every spring, the bulbs coming up. How the ocean feels between my toes, how my dog can read my mind, how life is more contented when I respond with love and not the old worn out reactions and perceptions.

I regret: Not working harder at my marriage by communicating more openly and freely. But overall, looking back, very little regrets. My life has made me what I am. And I like me.


I love: My daughters, my granddaughter, my nieces, my many friends. Newfoundland. Dark roast coffee in the morning. Opera. Good books. Paintings. Walking in the rain. Sailing on the ocean. Breathtaking scenery. So much more and: Being Alive.

I always: offer gratitude every single hour of every single day for my life, for the rich buffet it presents me, for being aware and in the now.

I usually: Take a few minutes every morning to meditate. And never miss a sunset, if possible.

I am not: a downer or jealous of anything you might have or are. A pessimist, a scrooge or rich.

I dance: whenever I feel like it. More of us should. I love dancing at a real dance when others can participate. Dancing would bring world peace if the rules of engagement dictated that people had to dance with each other before they declared war on each other.

I sing: at the drop of a hat and when asked or not asked. I hum annoyingly too. I love performing with a song.

I never: attend church, drink alcohol, overeat, go braless, ski, listen to rap, spectate at sports, gamble, do up your dishes or go shopping. Or take anything or anyone for granted.

I rarely: put limits on what I can do, shop for anything that isn't second hand or on line, take pharmaceutical medication or get hair cuts.

I cry: a lot but in private. Very seldom publicly. Though did recently.

I know: about alcoholism, eating disorders, denial, spirituality, forgiveness, responsibility and owning my own mistakes.

I need: more intellectual exchanges, to be more confident with who I am, to accept love more freely and to give it without expectations. To take myself less seriously. To laugh long and hard at myself when I get a little too pompous.

I should: I hate this word. I have a saying stuck to my mirror:
Please! Please! Please! Don't let me should on myself today!

14 comments:

  1. I don't know if I could follow in your footsteps and clearly define myself in a meme such as this. The outcome would definitely be different, but then we are two different people, living two different lives, on two different continents. We are shaped by our surroundings and the people we meet and the language we speak. Right now I am a product of this life, given the circumstances, I might be a different product. All sorts of potentials are there.

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  2. Beautiful, soulful meme, WWW. Just how I pictured you, dancing on the washing line up a hill then mediating before having fish for tea.xxx

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  3. Irene:
    Oh I think you would do very well on a meme such as this, you have found yourself in the last few years!
    You are of unlimited potential,my dear!
    XO
    WWW

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  4. Ah Hull!!
    It's funny you should say that as I was talking about moments of bliss over dinner tonight and that was one of mine. I felt it from my head to my toes out there by the clothes line with the wood smoke curling over the roof.
    XO
    WWW

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  5. I've thoroughly enjoyed reading this and it really makes me want to meet you some day.

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  6. That sounds like a very rich and satisfying life to me. You really appreciate every little detail of your natural environment and revel in it. And I envy you not putting limits on what you do, I'd like to be more adventurous.

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  7. Conor:
    We never know, do we. I'll be in Dublin first week of June and in Paris 2nd week of June.
    It would be lovely meeting you.
    XO
    WWW

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  8. Nick:
    I would have said the same of your life. I probably wouldn't be so free spirited in a relationship. Maybe our circumstances dictate so much of our personalities, right? And relationships had another level of contentment and happiness which I don't have.
    XO
    WWW

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  9. www thoughtful meme.
    me, i have a recipe for you should you be interested.
    bright day to you.

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  10. (Just lost my original comment to Blogger!)

    I'm uncomfortable doing meme's like this myself, but admire those with the confidence to do them.
    I prefer to stick to the astrological.

    You sound just as I'd visualised, WWW! Lovely lady!

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  11. Brighid:
    I'm on my way over, your last was such a success at my brunch!!
    XO
    WWW

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  12. T: I hate when that happens and always when I forget to take a quick copy!!
    Aw shucks!
    Thank you!!
    XO
    WWW

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  13. "Should", yes - and don't forget those "oughts".

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  14. RJA:
    "Ought" meant zero in Ireland, a meaning I can never seem to get out of my head.
    So I guess that's applicable here too:
    Should+ought=zero
    XO
    WWW

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