Do One New Thing Every Day
My daughter Catherine and I instituted a new habit in to our household this summer.
I invite you to hop in to
Do One New Thing Every Day©
At dinner last night I sat in my husband’s spot and you’d think I had dyed my hair blazing orange. I rocked the boat in just the right way.
Taking small actions that surprise our habit bodies creates new pathways of thought in our brains. We see things differently.
Or, like last night, we are seen differently.
This page will be an ongoing roster of my new things. Leave me yours in the comment section of the my current post and I will add it to this list.
Sunday September 18, 2011 Today I took off for a bike ride, in my skirt, no big athletic deed, and just pedaled by the lake to see the early morning mist. 30 minutes. Day changed. Hillary studied and became a Level 1 Reiki practitioner and practiced on someone.
Monday September 19, 2011 Allowed myself to eat a little ‘lite’ burrito at Taco Bell when my 17-year-old needed an hourly feeding. We sat in the grass, near the mall where we had to shop, and ate our snack together. Talked. Talked. Watched people. No one sits in the grass there. He told me at the end of the day how this moment was a highlight for him. Me too. Hillary answered the phone at a time she usually doesn’t. What happened then Hil?
Tuesday September 20, 2011 Commented on my friend Lori Landau’s site www.consciousnesscreativity.com. Connecting with her all week about our daily practices. Celebration is so much more fun than isolation. Hillary and her dog had a Reiki session which the dog did not love.
Wednesday September 21, 2011 I let my enthusiasm shape my day. This may not sound new, but I get bogged down by the things I am supposed to do and voila- the day passes and I haven’t gotten to the fun part yet. Today, I started with the fun part. Today Hillary made chili, not in her usual way. I did the same thing the other night and everyone loved it.
Thursday September 22,2011 Instead of my usual Thursday morning Spring Cleaning date, I spent an hour on computer hygiene with my whiz husband. I cleaned up my photo files (don’t gasp, they are not filed exactly) but they are on an external hard drive. This has deleted one large topic that was keeping me awake at night. Sort of an electronic Spring Cleaning. (which is a really good tool of The School of the Womanly Arts)
Friday September 23, 2011 I ordered a salted lassi for my drink at Aroma Indian food here in GB. It was a bit like drinking salad dressing, but, in the name of research, I did it.
Saturday September 24, 2011 I phoned a new friend, the step-mother of a new boy in my son’s class, and we had the sweetest phone call in the quiet of the morning. I usually reserve this time for my journalling, but the moment grabbed me- swung me out of my usual regime and gave me the gift of a sweet conversation with someone I look forward to knowing more. Tammy was picking weeds in the heat of the southwest on this day.
Sunday September 25, 2011 Yesterday we had the heart stopping thrill of seeing, all 5 of us, Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis portray Porgy and Bess at American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge MA. I am so grateful for the opportunity to see such stunning theatre, 3rd row center, at great prices, just 2 1/2 hours from home. My teens got to see a production that will go down in the history books as an expectation breaking, soulful expression of an iconic piece of American theatre superbly done. What is the new thing- don’t I bring my kids to theatre all the time? Here it is: I did not drill them for how they liked it, what they felt or saw. I just let it be. Let the experience have its way with them. No need to narrate reality. Whew.
Monday September 26, 2011 Harvest time. Tomatoes in the freezer. Apples on the tree hanging heavy. What will be my new thing today? Only the blue morning-glory knows.
Tuesday September 27, 2011 I let myself have a complete Mom day and sat with my daughter on a Skype math tutoring session and I am so glad I am learning the benefits of using the Internet for things like this. Totally new moment for Catherine and me.
Wednesday September 28, 2011 Jeanene used her trekking poles on her walk. I had a whole day of writing on my book, all my commitments resolved so I had 6 straight hours. That is totally new for me. And I loved it.
Thursday September 30, 2011 I learned that my enthusiasm can at times overwhelm people and instead of taking that personally, I let it be information about how to proceed in the future when I drench others with my ideas instead of asking them are they ready to hear one or two. I can be a full blown birthday party when what is better for someone else is a quiet cup of tea.
Friday September 31, 2011 I ate leftovers from the new things I cooked this week- one successful- Cottage cheese and apple pancakes with chopped walnuts in them and one not so successful- a cornbread topped beans and veggie dish that I turned in to soup on Friday. I hate to cook dinner when I am so full of my other work, so trying new things keeps it interesting. Did I just tell you that? Yup, dinner is one big repetitive drag somedays. Like my friend Janet says, “Dinner? We had dinner last night”.
Bring on your New Things, my dear readers! I love your choices. xooxox S
December 8, 2011 Hi everyone! I have been doing a few new things every day, or every other day or look- it has been weeks since I posted. What have you done today that is new, or at least new-ish? I sat on my husband’s lap after lunch to talk to him up close and personal. Yeah, we have been married for 19 years and this is old hat, but, today, in the midst of busy days and our son just skipping out the door to afternoon classes and the snow melting and our lists burning holes in the hours….sitting on his lap felt like a new bold move. How about you?
Here is my friend Regena talking about her new thing at the TEDxFiDiWomen in San Francisco last week. Being a TED speaker was a great new step for her.
Happy New Year Laundry Line reader!
I am so happy to say 2013 has started out with lots of new things. My daughter and I have gone to some new yoga classes, in fact we started the first day of January off with yoga at Sruti here in Great Barrington with Beryl Bender Birch.
But, what I am so happy about doing today is Zumba! I have heard so much about it and today, there I was, shaking parts of my body that I have not shaken in public.
My teacher says, “When in doubt, stick it out!” and that means my back side most of the time. Oh, huge Zumba smiles today.
Update on Do One New Thing Every Day April 9, 2013
I have been a tiny bit lax in sharing what some of you have to posted about, but today is the day!
A new reader of Laundry Line Divine, Rosellen wrote:
Yesterday it was going to a museum in Berkley, the show was called Silence. I don’t usually go to museums so I’m glad I stepped out. Someone explained John Cage to me and his 4 minutes 33 seconds performance. Where one just listens in silence to the spontaneous sounds and happenings. That’s the performance.
In the middle of March, I did an exciting new thing which I am still chuffed about- that is working in clay. I don’t think it is my life calling, but I made two soup bowls for The Empty Bowl Project.
As for today? That is still to be discovered!
How about you? Do an experiment: For one week only, not longer than a week, do one new thing- if it is putting your shoes on out on the back steps instead of inside the house, or going to a museum like Rosellen did, or writing a thank you note before you forget about it or tasting a new salad dressing instead of your stand-by fav- just try these things for a week- remember, you are doing research, you aren’t committing to anything. Today I was feeding Janet’s sheep some of my stale bread stuff and I had a handful of taco shells. Her sheep had never had a taco shell before. Their soft lips explored the salty corn shell and crunched them carefully until they deemed them highly edible and chowed down on the rest.