BREATHE

BREATHE
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

WELLBEING. MINDFULNESS. CREATIVITY. ESCAPING.
These are the words appropriately launched across the top of a magazine called "Breathe" now in my possession, and highly recommended.
I picked it up on a whim while on a hesitant exit from Barnes and Nobles' with my two beautiful daughters in company. Unable to decide between several amazing selections vying and worthy of attention and purchase, I asked for the input of my daughters in order to justify the purchase of "one".
The girls flipped through the selections with little "knowings" and acknowledgments and then handed me the final selection called "Breathe."
My daughters have me pegged;
 I've loved every page of it!
The art is simple and beautiful.
The language is pure and provoking.
The ideas are stimulating and suggestive.
The concrete and applicable assignments inspiring and notable.
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Gosh, and for the love of Barnes and Nobles!
It's so hard to pull one's self away from there and only with greatest hesitancy and "looking back" does it happen.
Indeed, I'd barely gotten myself situated in the vehicle, when my hungry mind began its absorption of its content. So wrapped up was I in my new magazine, that our trip to Target following, found me situated and seated in Starbucks with a steaming cup of coffee and my ever-ready pen in hand while my girls shopped.
I launched my mind into a provoking read on "Reversing the Bucket List" and engaged my mind and pen in the stimulating activity of a productive mental reversal.
Perhaps I'll whet your appetite:
"Quite often, the stress to achieve the item on a bucket list can also mean that you're so preoccupied with the end result that the actual experience passes without much thought or appreciation.
A reverse bucket list is an antidote to the pressure of checking off a series of things you think you ought to do. It's not about ditching your bucket list, far from it. It's good to have both on the go because the 'looking forward' and 'looking back' complement each other. It enables you to dive into meaningful experiences and truly appreciate what you've already achieved, which is often more than you imagined."
-Carol Anne Strange
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The exercise attending was fantastic with provoking considerations still attending me.
A few questions of my own which linger in summary:
1) What accomplishments and achievements have brought me the most joy and a sense of deep fulfillment?
2) What elements of myself am I intensely proud of in the achievements?
3) What experiences and achievements intensify and qualify the virtues deemed admirable to me and how might I "re-experience" them in a future bucket list?
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Hmmm ....
Such great and magnificent mental wonderings and wanderings today.
How I'd love to do "coffee" and take an adventure into "your" mind, my friend.
Maybe one day,
 maybe someday,
when your old bucket list becomes your new bucket list
we'll be engaged in "hot coffee" and a celebration of both!
Mmmm ...
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