“People are stupid; given proper motivation, almost anyone will believe almost anything. Because people are stupid, they will believe a lie because they want to believe it’s true, or because they are afraid it might be true.“ – Terry Goodkind 🕊️Looking at this quote today, it reminds me of myself, wanting to merge my family of birth and family of marriage, was in my case a bit stupid, but I wanted it to be true. Perhaps it was worth it to try.
Last Week: Fought a tournament, the chickens moved outside, the first Science Fair week, my sister was promoted, worked on the patio, but the net got knocked down.
This Week: Tidied up these posts by using one picture to hold the values, weekly planner, reminders, goals and motivational artwork and quotes all together. Going to put the patio back in order and try to discard more to get ready to share the office better possibly…
Mental Health: I feel overwhelmed, but I see good things happening around me, so perhaps doing daily check ins on Coach.me will help me feel settled.
Physical Health: Fighting some mild illness with a runny nose.
Social Health: Enjoying my scout group, enjoying my pen-pals, thinking of old friends a lot lately, appreciating my family more.
“Without forgiveness life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.”– Roberto Assagioli
Saturday: Last week I found the “Things to Be Happy About website” again, which motivated me to draw my own planner in that style I like so much (something I put off for a long time). This week the family was pretty sick, I don’t remember much about what we did, I was trying to save energy for the BJJ tournament coming up Sunday.
Sunday: Last week we spent 8 hours at the stadium for a tournament with four kids from our scout group and myself. The wait was grueling, it’s a hot city and I live in a cold city. It felt good to see the kids fight and good to fight myself, but 8 hours is a long time in a stadium with two little kids, and not expecting how long it would take to bring provisions of food or activities made it feel endless. When it was done I was grateful that I have a family now, the last time I fought a tournament I was a bit higher on the tournament rankings, but I had nothing to go home to but an empty bed.
Monday: Last week watering just the patio was kind of a struggle and it is again this week, tired since I’m still sick.
Tuesday: Last week was calm, the Japanese meet-up got canceled so it was great to get a rest day to refresh my goals in my own mind. My kids forced me outside and I had a good time, this week I worked on three science project videos, it’s been a lot of video editing lately but it helps that I found a fix to the crashes due to an acceleration setting check box, I thought it was my computer not being fast enough or having enough processing power, but it wasn’t that at all. Last week I was very hopeful about gardening and farming, this week I am sick and just want to get better without a lot to maintain, it’s hard to build a life somewhere between the two extremes of not wanting extra work when I’m tired and wanting to do all I possibly can when I’m well.
Wednesday: Last week was the science fair, and it was awesome, this week is late entries and a retry of bubble juggling: the recipe should be water 1.5 cups, soap 0.5 cups, corn syrup 0.25 cups, and microfiber or wool gloves, it worked this time around.
We did the second day of late entry science fair presentations and got three more presentations magnetism, volcano, and animation, so the pressure is on to finish those presentations to post them for voting.
Thursday: Last week I went to the post office to get my new gi, now the gi is used, it was bloodied, cleaned. washed, hung up, and forgotten, in a week an item goes from used to essentially clutter.
Friday: Last Friday I saw the music video for “I want to break free” for the first time, I have that feeling sometimes that I want to find a better life. This week I had some friends over for the first time, it was fun, we started a Krita Digital Illustration Class, talked about math and algebra, played with cars and blocks, and made bread together.
My week is over, though I was still sick it felt like a good week where a lot got done towards a better life. I helped my sister decide on where to put a home office, I enjoyed the company of friends twice, I cleaned our house a lot for a few hours before they came.
Something new this week: My sister’s promotion feels pretty significant, even though it is her job and not mine, it means I may see her at home more and that she may be doing better in the future which is good in and of itself, but also for me and the kids since she helps us a lot. It feels like a win for all of us.
Something good this week: Finished the science videos, I enjoyed doing it, but also want to move on for awhile and make sure we finish the academic year strong.
Something unexpected: Lost at the tournament, it didn’t feel bad, but I guess I expected to win more than lose, always room to be more humble I guess.