Progress – focus on the good

So my guiding word for 2016 is progress. And I have been frustrated at how slow it is – I mean it’s two weeks into the year, and I still have the same issues that I was hoping to resolve? They haven’t gone away – I haven’t managed to beat them yet. In fourteen days??? What is going on? Yes, tongue in check, but with some truth. It’s frustrating, because these changes will take time.

Clearly, patience is needed, as well as persistence and consistency. That’s what I am working on. Implementing some very small changes, but mostly, trying to work on this framing of my thinking and attitude, which underpins so much of it. And getting used to new systems, routines, and reminders, to keep me on track. These don’t necessarily lead to noticeable changes, yet, but are really precursors to them.

Like so many things, it’s easier to do something that can lead to a better mindset, than to try to stop doing something that will lessen a bad mindset. For instance, I tried to ignore grumpy feelings on Wednesday and yesterday morning. It didn’t work. But actually doing something that was more fun did. So yesterday afternoon, the kids and I went to the National Gallery of Victoria with the kids, which was a lot of fun.

My take out message from this week:

Wherever possible, focus your mind on moving towards the good (or fun, or better, or healthier – whatever term works), rather than resisting, and resenting, the bad (or undesirable, or what I am missing, or whatever).

This always seems to yield a better result.

Here’s some of the photos, partly to remind me in the days and weeks ahead of one fun time (one of many, to be honest, these school holidays). It’s also partly to show those in Melbourne (or visiting), a great venue where you can have a great experience.

 

Must touch the water wall!
Must touch the water wall!

 

Bicycle installation
Bicycle installation

 

Bicycle installation (photo 2)
Bicycle installation (photo 2)

 

Photo of Andy Warhol, on display
Photo of Andy Warhol, on display

 

Our Photobooth, Andy Warhol inspired photos
Our Photobooth, Andy Warhol inspired photos

 

A drawing of blue cat, Andy Warhol
A drawing of blue cat, Andy Warhol

 

Cats galore! (Wall paper)
Cats galore! (Wall paper)

 

One of many cats on the wall paper
One of many cats on the wall paper

 

Modern stain glass windows (forgot to take details)
Modern stain glass windows (forgot to take details)

 

From these floating bowls, came sounds like wind-chimes
From these floating bowls, came sounds like wind-chimes

 

The roof of the gallery - a must to lie back and just look up
The roof of the gallery – a must to lie back and just look up

 

One last water wall photo, before leaving
One last water wall photo, before leaving

 

 

And, from later this afternoon, we won’t be juggling school holidays and work – at least for a week. Looking forward to a bit of a break, hopefully with some sunshine, to enjoy the beach. And that is something I am very much looking forward to!

 

How about you? How are you feeling, at this stage in 2015?

 

 

 

 

 

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