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Everyday Inspiration Day Two: Things I’m Good At

on October 5, 2016

Making a list of what I’m good at tells a  story about life for me at the present time with a few old “talents” thrown in.

1. I enjoy problem-solving. I figure out things on my computer intuitively and then don’t know how I did it. I muddle through. I use odd things around the house as tools, like my old nut cracker to unscrew stubborn jar lids.

2. I take good care of my nineteen house plants. I find where they like to sit according to how much light they like and how much water they need.

3. I am a good mother and grandmother. That has always been the  most important thing to me. I make mistakes and learn from them. I love my family dearly.

4. I’m good at talking to strangers. I learn about things I would never have thought of. I get to see the world through a different lens.

5. I love being by myself with time to reflect and just do nothing. I like silence and peace. It’s a good time for writing.

6. I am an experienced traveler. I’m good at choosing where I want to go, making reservations and packing. I am reasonably patient in airports when things don’t go right. I have never yet had to spend the night in one.

7. I’m a competent money manager. I’ve balanced my checkbook monthly for years.

8. I tell stories and have a huge storehouse of memories to draw on. I’m also a good listener for other people.

9. I gave away my car, gave up driving, and discovered a whole new lifestyle I like better all the time. I meet different people. I depend on knowing the weather like a farmer because it governs my errand-running on foot. Ice is my nemesis.

10. I am dependable and know how to organize things.

11. I  trust change (though I’m not crazy about it) and have recreated my life several times.

12. I am working on figuring out aging. I trust this process.

13. I’m good at throwing out things and recycling. I like to find new homes for stuff I’m not using.

14. I’m good at making and keeping to-do lists. I write everything on my paper calendar so I won’t forget.

15. I’m good at letting go and moving on.




18 responses to “Everyday Inspiration Day Two: Things I’m Good At

  1. That’s an interesting insight into your talents! I’m also good at problem-solving, though not so much at finding peace and quiet…

  2. That’s a good insight into your talents! I’m also good at problem-solving, though not so much at finding peace and quiet…

  3. Eileen says:

    Impressive Collection. Not sure I want to try this after reading yours! 🙂

  4. Success Strategies says:

    Great! I like 5, 6, 10, 11 & 15

  5. JoHanna Massey says:

    Would love to hear more about ‘no longer driving.’ How you had to redesign your life to make this work smoothly.

    This is an incredible list. Thank you for sharing it. 🍁

  6. I of July says:

    I like how you ended your list 🙂 thanks for sharing, now we know more about you beloved friend

  7. A very insightful list into your talents, it can be a struggle to come up with the positives for some people, you have that down! I don’t drive – though I can – and though it’s sometimes difficult, I like travelling all over by foot and bus, you notice so much more.

  8. hbsuefred says:

    You and I share many of the same “talents” which I think are easier to appreciate and enjoy at the slower pace at which we now live. The big one that I threw out the window when the kids moved out and I retired is #14. I like to maintain the flexibility, by and large, to see where the day takes me. Spouse on the other hand, meticulously maintains lists and calendars since, without doing that, he’d get depressed at the end of the day, thinking that he hadn’t accomplished anything, since he couldn’t remember what he had done!

    • vivachange77 says:

      I agree. I find there is a wonderful balance of what I can do and what I want to do merging into the same thing. Hurrah for you going flexible! About lists, I do my calendar in pencil because I put off until tomorrow what I don’t get done today. I’m like your husband in finding purpose in accomplishing things, but fortunately I remember what I’ve done – at least until day’s end..

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