Sibling Assignment #49: Gentle Reminders for 2008

I gave our sibling assignment for this last week of 2007:

Often people make New Year's Resolutions, but find them hard to keep. If you had a list of gentle reminders posted on the corner of your laptop screen for 2008, what would those gentle reminders be? You will find RP's here and Silver Valley Girl's here soon.

Now I want to focus on eight gentle reminders for 2008. Then I used to always set hard New Year's Resolutions which were hard to stick with. You can read other Sunday Scribblings on Now and Then here.

On my laptop screen one gentle reminder listed is to be still. Each day I need to take time to just be. Nothing else.
I also want to continue to pray and count blessings each day. I have found that if I add the blessings to my prayer time it fills my heart with the good things of the day.
Also on that list is to be gentle with my body. I know what I need to do, but I want to take it slowly and gently so I don't get discouraged.
The fourth one will be the easiest: Notice the beauty around me and capture that beauty in digital pictures. I began noticing the beauty around me in 2007.
Fifth on the list: write every day.
My sixth gentle reminder is to read outside my comfort zone. I want to find books to stretch my thinking. Any suggestions?
Laugh every day is number seven. Laughter is truly the best medicine.
My last gentle reminder is to break down tasks. I am slowly learning if I break down tasks into smaller parts it helps me from getting overwhelmed. I take on too much too often and get overwhelmed too easily in the process. Sigh.

I am looking forward to 2008 and will have my gentle reminders close by.


  1. I love your ideas of "gentle reminders." They are so much better than resolutions! I'm going to try doing that, too!

  2. All are worthy reminders.....I will do the same.....

    thank you for laying them out for all of us to remember. If we all embraced them, what a more gentle beautiful world we would live in.

  3. Those are excellent reminders. I just may have to adopt them myself!!!

  4. Linda: I hope I can keep myself reminded.
    Welcome awareness: I strive for a gentle, beautiful world.
    rondi: I am glad there were some gentle reminders for you also.

  5. Lovely idea, more do-able than resolutions! Wishing you all the best for 2008!

  6. I applaud this idea. I haven't made "resolutions" for years - they were always those big-big, probably not achievable goals. I think it is healthy to set yourself up for success instead.

  7. I like your idea of gentle reminders and finding peaceful moments. I tend to be very hard on myself and always moving too fast through my days. Wishing you peace in the new year.

  8. Those are great "gentle reminders." I need to remind myself to be still and appreciate the presence of God and the beauty around me. I also want to capture more of that in photos.

  9. Thanks for the encouragement. I hope I can handle gentle reminders a bit better!


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