"One of my favorite memories is doing yoga early, early one morning on the dock at my brother's cottage north of Thunder Bay" (Ontario), writes Sharon Coates, one of the best production managers in Canada. "It was ever so quiet, only a couple of birds singing at that point. Rising mist on the lake."
"Suddenly, CRASH, BANG, SPLASH, SPLASH!!! Two moose came out of the woods and splashed into the lake just yards away from the dock. OMG! They swam placidly away, paying no attention to me. It was so friggin fabulous I almost started to cry."
I met Sharon and her husband Craig (see Explore possibilities) some thirty years ago while both were working at Saturday Night — a Canadian general interest and literary magazine featuring the top writers in the country. Sharon was production manager (she went on to become vice-president, operations) and Craig the art director.
They live in Toronto, pick and choose their projects, love on their cats and dog Millie, and ride their beloved horses in the fields and woods near Caledon.
I picked NOTHING TO DO JUST NOW as my theme because
I find it very difficult to sit and do nothing, but easier if I'm not at home.
I derive the following benefits from my theme
Emptying my mind, just contemplating
I display my theme
On my computer
My favorite book
How about category? Dark, brooding Canadian fiction.
My favorite sport
Horseback riding, if walking around fields and woods is called a sport.
My favorite hobby
Knitting, hands down
People don't usually know
I'm an introvert!
I would like to be remembered for
I would just like to be remembered! Everyone will remember me for something different.
My favorite color
Blue greens — from seafoam through turquoise to dark teal
My favorite piece of clothing
Sweaters — wool, alpaca, cashmere, merino. Yummy!
I most admire these traits
Courage, compassion, commitment.
My favorite quote
Too many favorites!
My favorite pet
My horse, my cats, my dog (not necessarily in that order)
In my next life I would like to come back as
A Buddhist monk so I can get the real work done, instead of fluffing around.
My favorite place
My knitting basket, my garden, my porch, my brother's cottage.
My happiest moment
There are many!
My pet peeve
Extreme conservative right-wing thinking, so popular now.
My favorite possession
If I could live anywhere
I would live in any number of place in Canada and Europe.
My purpose in life is to
Overcome greed and avarice and I'm not doing well.
Why not take time out to do nothing for the next few minutes. Take a few deep breaths. Sit in the stillness.
Mado Reid is an expert at helping people move from chaos to clarity. Every year she encourages clients, friends, and colleagues to chose a theme for themselves (as opposed to drawing up a long list of resolutions) and provides gentle reminders throughout the year. Fill out the form on the right if you would like to join the group. It's never too late! You can also call Mado at 928-458-5160.