Free Game Give-a-Way!

All you need to do is to answer this question (and share some good ideas!) (contest closed January 12/13)

“What would have to happen, between now and the middle of January, for me to be able to then say, “What a great start to the year!”

 

I often challenge my clients with this simple exercise:

What would have to happen between now and…” (pick a time, a day or two, or week or month or two away), “…for you to be able to then say, ” ‘That was such a good weekend, or week, or month!'”

We are often so in tune with what what wearies and disappoints and frustrates, but not often with what we love and enjoy, and what truly rejuvenates us. This consideration does not happen automatically; we have to “give thought to our ways.”

In our “Passion and Delight” post, I quoted the Canadian Author Mike Mason, who writes…

“In my experiment I was committed to uncovering the deep wells of joy in my life. Such wells are not always readily identified. One must search for them as for rare wildlife in a jungle.

Unless we define for ourselves the specific, personal ways we experience joy and deliberately make room for these pleasures, happiness will escape us…

To recover joy, it may be necessary to treat her like a casual acquaintance with whom one wishes to become good friends. She truly is like a person, having her particular character and tastes. If we don’t know her well, isn’t it because we’ve spurned her company, crowding our days with lesser companions? How might we go about befriending joy?” –  “Champagne for the Soul” by Mike Mason.

So here’s the question again…

“What would have to happen, between now and the middle of January, for me to be able to then say, “What a great start to the year!”

This could be as simple as having found a way to get rested, a coffee with a very old friend, an adventure with your children, a late-night walk, or early morning loving.  Kids are generally so in tune with what they “love to do;” adults less so it seems, as we tend to urgent things, rather than important, and as we forget more and more how to play. “Unless we define for ourselves the specific, personal ways we experience joy and deliberately make room for these pleasures, happiness will escape us…

All entries will be entered into a random draw (North American entries only) to take place on Saturday, January 12th, 2013. The “win” includes free S&H as well.

Similar to our “Any time spent _______ is absolutely not a waste of time” post, this is an invitation to be quite thoughtful and deliberate… and (why not) a New Years Resolution of sorts…

Your ideas?

“What would have to happen between now and the middle of January…?”


(This give-a-way is closed! – We have a winner!)

Please see our New Game Give-a-Way post (starting January 14th/13) for three games we will be mailing out one week prior to Valentine’s Day!



12 Responses to “Free Game Give-a-Way!”

  1. Cory says:

    A getaway with the wife and a weekend away with the family having an adventure or fun (2 separate trips)

  2. Jeff Kuo says:

    Reconnect with my wife both physically and mentally. Our marriage has been on cruise control for the past 6 years and we just realized we were both asleep behind the wheel.

  3. Karen says:

    For the year to have the best start ever I would like to make a memory and hear my husband’ s laughter and see that brilliant smile that I fell in love with 34 years ago! He works 24/7 ..has never taken a real vacation in 25 years of marriage, and we are so caught up in the daily grind that we have both neglect being romantic and making memories.

  4. Chun says:

    We re-establish our routine so we can live a less hectic life.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    We have not had a physical relationship in over 2 years.
    For me to have a great start to the New Year would be my husband touching me again and doing it in such away that it feels like it’s something he really wants to do.

  6. Hanan Merrill says:

    To feel settled in our living space and careers.

  7. Kelly says:

    I’d love to engage in a long conversation with my husband, unifying our goals for the year. We enjoy working towards goals together. We’ve been blessed to meet many of our goals in 2012. A new set it needed!

  8. Noah says:

    I would like to finish the research paper I am working on and put it behind me!

  9. Joan says:

    To get a chance to get away for a night or weekend without the kids and reconnect with my husband.

  10. Nell says:

    I’d like to take time each morning lying next to my husband cuddling, talking etc. Just connect in a loving way early each day can really be a great way to start the New Year.

  11. Cottage_Guy says:

    We are now empty-nesters, so it would be great to be “newly weds” again!

  12. Paul says:

    Have a little stability in some part of my life!!

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