America the Beautiful in Lake County Florida
Yesterday, I wrote a little article for Examiner(dot)com. In the article, I talked about the beauty I am noticing all around me.
RV Living = Freedom
Living in an RV, it affords my husband and I to live anywhere, to pull up stakes (though we don’t use stakes at our camp spot actually, but I just like that turn of a phrase) and take off at a moments notice. That is of course, with the exception of moving too far from where I’m working. So living in Lake County, uh, well, camping that is to say, puts us very close to a lot of things to do. I thought I’d just expand on that here.
Hill Country article
Okay. So, when Examiner(dot)com sold to AXS, I lost many of my articles. Sad, I know. But my article told of many virtues and natural points of beauty you could find in the Hill Country f Florida–Clermont, Florida. See link here:
This site will tell you a lot about Clermont in Lake County Florida. What I’d like to expand on is why it is that NOW, I’m really appreciating the beauty of this area.
This year I’ve been keeping what is termed a “book of positive aspects.” In it, I take something – yes even something negative that’s occurring in my life – and muse on it until I can either generalize or ponder the subject so deeply, that I can turn it around and find the positive aspects of or within it.
You hear people do this all the time when they say, “there’s a silver lining in every dark cloud”, or “look for the good”, which upon hearing that one I usually think to myself, “look for God”. The other morning before beginning the workday a coworker said to me it would be good if I’d “expect God’s favor”. It was a polite, profound, and professional way for him to tell me that I’ve had a negative attitude. And I have been.
I’ve been so stressed, so in the weeds and details of “stuff” that well, my normal usual smile, and optimism has waned.
So as I prepared to write my article I opened my Excel spreadsheet – which is how I record my list of positive aspects – and I read this one, “Within every place the possibility to feel good exists” and immediately therefore thought, “Within every place the possibility to feel God exists.”
Talk about a game changer.
Talk about a mind shift!
And it gets better.
For a couple months now, another coworker (who works on a very complex project with me) has been telling me (during the moments when I think my brain is going to explode), “Serenity now.”
Now, I learned the serenity prayer many years ago, but never thought to apply it to a hectic work situation. I latched right on to that phrase. I say it often to myself during crisis moments. And guess what? On my list of positive aspects I find, “Serenity can be practiced any place.” Uh-huh! Yes and I agree it can… but man, during those “get me a brick, so I can beat my head against it” moments of extreme irritation (usually because I feel someone else didn’t accomplish something they were supposed to – and judging – maybe they’re incompetent), it isn’t easy to APPLY serenity inducing techniques.
Aha! That’s one of many reasons why I relate so much to the movie, Office Space. In the Information Technology (IT) world, Office Space is a cult classic. When Peter gets hypnotized he goes in to work the next day with an, “I don’t care anymore” attitude. I get that! To feel serenity – anywhere. Some places do seem to make it easier for us to feel serene, than others. The Hill Country of Florida sure provides a sense of calm and ease and I am glad we can enjoy it!