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Do Over and Over

December 31, 2014

Welcoming the New Year is a good time to reflect on changes: changes we want to make and changes we did make. For me, one change I’m always looking to work on is to: s l o w d o w n.

Shrinky Dinks BEFORE heating

When we put our goals out there, the universe has ways of keeping us focused. Reminders come at any time, in large or small signs or in subtle forms. This last week I got plenty of reminders. A speeding ticket in Connecticut on my way to the movies. A returned library book during a busy morning running errands only to realize soon after I still had fifteen pages left to read. And one ruined section of a large Shrinky Dinks art project I was working on when I turned up the oven to “quicken the process” because I wanted to get it done. In my haste I forgot what I already knew: rushing often ends up costing more effort and time.

So after I paid the fine I went to the library. There I found the book again, and this time sat down in a leather chair and finished those last few pages. Back home I took out my art supplies, a fresh sheet of Shrinky Dinks and redrew and recolored the section I earlier ruined.

ruined s dink

Shrinky Dinks AFTER heating

We’ve all got plenty to do and often little time to complete them. While some tasks are enjoyable and others are not, whatever you’re doing, it’s not always about getting it done, but about enjoying the doing. I’m thankful I had the time for a “do-over.” I wish all mistakes could be redone. Such as taking back a hurtful comment or paying more attention to tending the garden of a current friendship. Can you think of a do-over you’d like to do?

Here’s to a happy and healthy New Year filled with peace, love and plenty of time for Do-Overs!


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  1. I always want do-overs! Happy New Year! They still mike Shrinky Dinks?! Ooh, fun!!

  2. Eddie McGarry permalink

    Happy New Year:)

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  3. Deborah permalink

    Well, I have managed to do some of the things these last few days that either haunted me or that I just wanted to do for the fun of it; returned a too brightly colored winter jacket that if I wore it my family would pretend not to know me, cleaned out the back seat of my pickup truck, baked cookies & brownies with my daughter to give to neighbors and friends and business associates, and making pancakes from scratch. I know what you mean about the rushing of it or not slowing down and getting distracted – I have been known to burn and dry out food from over cooking. What’s the saying? You know I’m cooking when the smoke alarm goes off?!!! Happy New Year Dahling. Slow down and enjoy every minute. I’ll try to take my advice too.

  4. Edes Gilbert permalink

    Very wise. Very true. A good start for the New year. Thank you. And Happy 2015!!!


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  5. untie M permalink

    Happy New Year Felice, I know wonderful things will happen for you in 2015

  6. Jamie permalink

    I need to try to find the enjoyment and slow down when I enter the gym to workout. It seems the most enjoyable part of the gym experience is leaving when it is over. I actually started meditating last year and I’m hoping it helps in everything you wrote about. Can you feel my zen through my writing?

  7. Joe F permalink

    It would be a “great (wonderful) life” to start over at some point, knowing what you know now and being able to rectify your wrongs and really appreciate the good things again. But as the street corner guru says “it aint gonna happen”. So enjoy life as it unfolds to you everyday. I hope I can do that.

  8. Ali permalink

    Wonderful reminder! thank you! Would love to see your art project!!

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