A friend of mine held a small gathering today for creating vision boards for 2012. When she first invited me I thought it sounded great, particularly as the guest list was small (prefer small social gatherings over large) and included some of my favorite people. Though I don’t ordinarily like arts/crafts projects I’ve always had a penchant for collage so vision boards are right up my arts and crafts alley.
But then the e-mail arrived with the attached files explaining the type of vision boards we were going to do. One attachment was a bagua – the feng shui map of the areas of a house– and the accompanying file let us know we were going to be creating vision boards by the layout of the bagua. I loathe having to deal with graphs and charts*, especially having to organize data or material to fit them so my first reaction was, “Oh no, talk about sucking the fun out of doing a vision board!”
For a couple of days I mulled and flip-flopped. In the end the main driving force became my recent realization that with my health doing better I want to start re-entering the world. It seemed self-defeating to forego a chance to hang out with my friends just because I have an aversion to charts. And I had to admit it couldn’t hurt to give it a chance instead of rejecting it before trying it. Small and silly though that may seem, I haven’t always been able to step around my aversions and open to a new experience.
I really enjoyed the afternoon and I like my board. I’d prefer to do my usual free-form board the next time, but this was interesting and the process turned out to be more fun than I expected. The time with my friends – priceless. Sometimes the hardest thing about enjoying life with tranquility is sidestepping our own little foibles and roadblocks. It’s not always a big issue you have to delve into, here and there you just have to get around yourself.
* Not an issue I feel a need to address; since I’m not a mathematician nor a social scientist it matters very little in most of my life that I don’t like charts and graphs.
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