A Retired Professor

Finding Joy and Happiness in 2018

The ending of a year and the beginning of a new year gives people the desire to look back and look ahead.  What goals did I accomplish?  What brought me joy?  What have I learned about myself, others and the world around me?  What do I want to accomplish in 2018?  What will bring me joy?  What do I hope to learn?  These are all of the questions I have been pondering recently.

I purchased a book, 52 Lists for Happiness:  Weekly Journaling Inspiration for Positivity, Balance, and JoyErin, from Living in Yellow Blog and Facebook page, shared the book with her readers.  I liked what I saw and let my fingers do the walking with Amazon Prime.  I think it’s just what I need to focus and answer the questions above.  Yesterday, I opened the journal to List 1:  List what makes you happy right now.  Simple exercise and very telling.  I was able to list 21 things in record time but noticed that BLOGGING was not on the list!  Hmmmm, maybe that’s why I have so much trouble writing posts more regularly.

I had blogging goals for 2017.  I would write and post one blog per week.  That didn’t seem like much.  Never happened.  I had lists of topics and pictures to go with some of them but writer’s block, procrastination and probably laziness prevailed!  Why?  In some respects, I was focusing on the wrong topics and trying to be like those professional bloggers out there who probably had a staff, a photographer and an IT person.  I have none of those and really don’t want them!

I’m at a cross-road right now.  Can this blog bring me joy?  I don’t know.  Finding joy is my number one goal for 2018 by only doing things that bring me happiness.  I must make a decision by the end of January to continue or give up the ship.  In some ways it’s hard to take the site down but on days when I don’t understand the website design lingo or worse yet, my site crashes, I say turn the darn thing off.

My book of lists ends Lists 1 with a TAKE ACTION statement to take one item on my list and see how I can turn it into a daily practice of happiness.  The blog is not on my happiness list and I doubt it can become a daily practice of happiness.  However, maybe it could become a source of joy with some tweaking…baby steps.  Stay tuned.

For now, I will continue to ponder the fate of A Retired Professor.  Maybe let it go or refocus the type of blog it can be.  What do you think?  What topics would you like to read about?  More book reviews?  More recipes?  More pondering as I work through my happiness lists? I’d love to hear from you.

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