I was instant messaging with a friend and had a typo, xmad instead of xmas.  Somehow so much more fitting right?  Yesterday I was battling the xmad stress demon, so here’s the reverb prompts I’ve missed, and I’ll choose one to answer now.  (Will I do all? Probably not. And that’s OK. Though the ones we skip tell a story too, y’know.)

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December 11 Prompt

Author: Sam Davidson
50 Things Your Life Doesn’t Need

Prompt: 11 Things. What are 11 things your life doesn’t need in 2011? How will you go about eliminating them? How will getting rid of these 11 things change your life?

I love lists.  Lists save my sanity during this season. I love Susannah’s and may steal copy her #9. (Also? Totally haven’t shaved my legs since it got cold.  With our poor heating and dropping below freezing, you’re lucky if I showered. I would turn into an icicle on some days. Sorry but it’s the truth! I promise to be clean for Christmas :P)

December 12 Prompt

Author: Patrick Reynolds
The Knowledge Workers Survival Guide

Prompt: Body integration. This year, when did you feel the most integrated with your body? Did you have a moment where there wasn’t mind and body, but simply a cohesive YOU, alive and present?

Hmm. That’s a reaallly tough one.  Nothing that was in 2010 springs to mind.

December 13 Prompt

Author: Scott Belsky
Making Ideas Happen

Prompt: Action. When it comes to aspirations, its not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. What’s your next step?

Hmm again. The things I most want to take action on keep being put on hold. After wedding. After holidays. After after after. It’s a holding pattern here.

December 14 Prompt

Author: Victoria Klein
27 Things to Know About Yoga

Prompt: Appreciate. What’s the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? How do you express gratitude for it?

Husband, family, friends, cats, yaddayaddayadda. Yawn.  (Not over them, but over how boring my writing about it would be.)


December 11th for the win!

Prompt: 11 Things. What are 11 things your life doesn’t need in 2011? How will you go about eliminating them? How will getting rid of these 11 things change your life?

1. I no longer need to listen to the voice that tells me nothing I do is ever good enough.  (Thanks Susannah. This just hit the nail on the head.)

2. I no longer need to beat myself up when I don’t live up to the grandiose plans I wanted to accomplish.  They are awesome for creativity and inspiration, but it’s ok to re-evaluate and look at what is important and what can be let go.

3. I no longer need to live up to others expectations of me.  I only need to do my best, in an honest and respectful way, and let their reactions be their responsibility – not mine.

4. I no longer need to compare. Things or relationships.  Comparison is the thief of joy.

5. I no longer need to react to feeling left out or included.  These are emotional reactions in me that don’t necessarily reflect the truth of any situation – I can acknowledge the feeling without it being fact.

6. I no longer need clutter.  This is a battle that will go well beyond 2011, but particularly apt for this year.

7. I no longer need to prove any internet trolls wrong, because that’s a completely useless battle, even when it hits my issue buttons.  I can walk away from a conversation without replying and be better off for it.

8. I no longer need a reason.  Just because I want to.  Or don’t want to.  Because it’s Tuesday.

9. I no longer need to do it all myself.  I can ask for help.

10. I no longer need to follow all the rules.