Day Four – June 21, 2018 – I’ll Show You How

Could you teach someone how to finger knit in two minutes or less? Could you teach someone how to perfectly dice an onion or how to expertly tie a bow on a package?

Today, I want you to write about what you could teach someone to do in two minutes or less. How would you teach them to do this? Who taught you to do this thing? Is this something that you do every day or once in a while? Why is it important to know how to do this?

I can’t wait to learn about your hidden expertise and talents. 

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49 thoughts on “Day Four – June 21, 2018 – I’ll Show You How

  1. Cindi Lynch

    An Essential How-To: Taught in Two Minutes

    Everyone has one. And to many, it’s not only an eyesore, but an embarrassment.

    In the back of our minds there’s always a niggle to do something about it. Yet, most times it’s something we simply don’t want to face.

    What I’m speaking about is the junk drawer in the kitchen. Oh yeah, you’ve got one. We all do. It contains everything that doesn’t have a home someplace else. A single AA-battery you might someday need for the remote, a half-stick of gum, a used ticket stub, pens that may or may not work, pencils with broken points and rubbed off erasers, an odd key you have no idea what it goes to, a voter registration or library card, curled up stamps (often from years ago), tiny screwdrivers for fixing eyeglasses.

    Our junk drawers contain all the odds and ends we don’t know what to do with. Thinking it’s better to at least keep them handy, they end up tossed in with all the other discards. And when the need arises to actually search for something in the abyss of junk, we claw our way through with the hope of finding exactly what we need. But often times disappointed that what we what isn’t there anyway.

    Let me instill hope for you. Hope for taking that drawer of junk drawer and it back into the useful storage depository it was always meant to be. And in less than two-minutes. Come with me as I walk you through, step-by-step, just how to rid your kitchen and rid your life of your messy junk drawer.

    Step 1: Just dump it. Remove the drawer and empty it out completely. If you have a drawer that no longer will come out entirely, then you will miss the sheer joy of “the dump” and instead empty out each item by hand.

    Step 2: The sort. Every like thing goes in a separate pile. As you sort the pens, try each one. Dried up? Toss it away immediately. Pencils can be sharpened but if the eraser is gone and the pencil is half it’s original size AND if you don’t have a separate eraser to supplement, toss the pencil as well. Before going back in, keys must be tested. If you cannot find a lock for the key but aren’t quite up to tossing it yet, then put it in a marked bag or small container and hold onto it (them) for another 6-12 months. Or longer if you have storage space.

    Stamps can be unrolled and reused but please brush off the crumbs first. If it’s not a forever stamp, you’ll have to figure out how to pair it up with other stamps to equal first-class postage at today’s rates. Then be sure to purchase the additional postage and clip all together so you know you have enough to mail something in the future.

    Test batteries and only keep if still useable. Toss things without a purpose such as ticket stubs and half sticks of gum that probably have all sorts of gems and debris in them.

    As you sort, clean up all the items you are keeping. Think about where they belong. Perhaps in this drawer, maybe in a wallet, or even someplace else. If elsewhere, put those items away right then until the only remaining items are things that you will return to the drawer.

    Step 3: Clean. Dump out or vacuum the drawer, then clean it thoroughly.

    Step 4: Reorganize. Measure and purchase a drawer organizer that makes sense. For me, it was one purchased at Costco years ago that is completely flexible and can be reconfigured. The Container store has many as do office supply stores or the office supply departments of many chain stores. (They will be named desk or drawer organizers, not junk drawer organizers!)

    Step 5: Put your items into their new home.

    Step 6: Savor the joy of finding what you want when you want it. Pull the drawer open every now and then to relish the simple beauty of organization. And finally congratulate yourself on a job well-done.

    With these six steps and in two-minutes I have taught you how to organize that pesky junk drawer. But it will most likely take longer than that to actually do. So, find a day when you have 15-30 minutes and set it aside with this in mind. No, you don’t have to do it right this minute. You’ve been living with it for years, another few days is fine.

    I promise you; you’ll be so excited at how simple the process actually was, that not only will you be encouraged to keep it clean and neat, but I just bet you’ll find yourself looking for another little organization project to get started on. Perhaps the dreaded “under the sink” cabinets!

  2. Ericka Parra

    FIELD TRIP
    The teacher came to the class with the great idea of going on a field trip to find edible mushrooms. We all looked at her with no desire to leave our seats. Although it was not very cold, that September morning, we felt apathy for starting classes. The previous night the main road that led to the school had overflowed by the heavy rain. The wet smell of grass came to us while the energy of the teacher and her magic caught us.

    In three minutes, she gave clear instructions. Imagine that we will be explorers. She showed us several images of oyster mushrooms. Then, she said, “Pay close attention to color, and shape. We will classify them by their color.” We will select “oyster” mushrooms because they grow on dead wood – such as the trees that were in that area. It was the instruction. “Pick up only the ones that are on dead wood. After, we will place them in this white basket.” After, she emphatically said: “You do not eat them.” “NO, EAT” “NO EAT” “Nothing will be eaten.” Then, she switch her intonation and with a mysterious voice, she concluded, “if you do not want to die young.”

  3. Suzie Shaeffer

    Do you have a hidden side to your personality? Perhaps it’s one that got you in trouble as a kid or just doesn’t seem fit for polite company. Yet it’s still inside you and can play a big part in your creativity. It might even help you in these writing challenges!

    First, find a puppet that speaks to you and can speak for you. What? A puppet?

    For centuries puppets have been getting away with saying things that people were afraid to say, including speaking truth to power. Sometimes they got away with character assassination, sometimes with just plain being dirty. And you thought puppets were just for kids? Even if your inner puppet isn’t quite as outrageous, letting a puppet express uncharacteristic thoughts and actions can be quite freeing. Think of it as therapy, but it can also be entertainment.

    I got involved in puppetry as a librarian back in the 70’s. Our library system got boxed puppet show kits on loan from the state, complete with scripts, scenery, puppets and instructions for making copies of the puppets. I found that intervert-me liked manipulating the puppets, especially since I was hidden behind the stage. Eventually I also became the in-front-of-the-stage MC and learned that live theater and storytelling was fun. My husband and I got involved in state, regional, and national puppetry associations, attended several festivals and conferences, and started our own touring puppet theater. We did mostly school shows and birthday parties, but also a few shows designed for adult audiences.

    For me the real breakthrough came when I stopped using a puppet stage altogether and started using the puppet as another actor/storyteller. That’s when the puppet characters really started emerging and evolving as I interacted with them in front of an audience. Now, usually the audience was kids, so don’t worry, nothing got salacious.

    One time I was waiting for the children to arrive for a regular weekly program at a toy store. The theme that week was rabbits and I had with me a sweet bunny puppet who was perfect for some of the stories I wanted to share, but was a bit too sweet for some of the others. I wandered over to the store’s puppet section and found another rabbit puppet, one that looked a bit like a rascal.

    I put the puppet on to see if it fit and was flexible enough to do some natural rabbit motions, like washing its face and hopping. Yep. Then I asked the puppet if it would like to help me tell the children a story about a rabbit and a bear.. (Yes, it’s true, I do have a habit of talking to inanimate objects, including apologizing to chairs and tables when I bump into them. But puppets don’t count; I can animate them and they CAN talk back.)

    And this puppet did, in a voice that was kind of a little boy version of my own voice when I was four-years-old, it said, “Do…do you mean that time I accidentally ate all of Mrs. Bear’s honey ‘n’ got in really BIG trouble with Mrs. Bear and my Momma? No, no, no! I don’t think you should tell ‘em ‘bout that!”

    “Well,” I said. “I think they just HAVE to hear that story and you’re coming with me to help me tell it.”

    And that’s when I got my alter-ego and fellow performer, Honey Bunny. And if you REALLY want to hear what I was like as a little girl, he’ll be happy to tell you ALL about it. In fact, it’s hard to get Honey Bunny to shut up about anything once he gets rolling. After a workshop for librarians and teachers that involved some interaction with Honey Bunny, one end-of-session critique read, “Please don’t let that rabbit puppet loose until after we’ve had our coffee!”

    Okay, there’s the WHY: it’s fun, therapeutic, entertaining, stimulates creativity, and sometimes you can get paid for doing it. What’s not to like?

    The sticking point for many people seems to be doing the puppet’s voice. They say (1) they’re not a ventriloquist and (2) they’ve only got one voice. Well, I never even tried to “throw my voice”. You handle that part by treating your puppet as if it’s alive, paying attention and interacting with it. As for your voice, everyone has a repertoire of nine natural voices inside them. And I’ll prove it to you with this two-minute exercise.

    1. Say “hello” in your normal voice. Repeat “hello” as you pitch your voice lower and lower, until you have gone as low as you can go. This is your Regular Deep Voice.
    2, Start back up the scale, repeating “hello,” passing your Regular Normal Voice.
    3. Continue saying “hello” until you have gone as high as you can go. This is your Regular High Voice.
    4. Staying in the High Voice, open you mouth into a big smile and say “hello” as sweetly and as gently as you can. You can call this your Sweet High Voice, useful for young maidens or a small puppet like a mouse or a butterfly.
    5. Repeating “hello,” deepen your pitch to your Normal Voice. Open your mouth very wide as you speak, giving your voice a young, innocent tone, for a Young Normal Voice that can be used for a child or young animal puppet.
    6. Continue on into the deeper tones, putting a lot of volume into your voice while still opening your mouth wide. The round, booming sound that results is a Nice Deep Voice, good for beneficent kings and large, friendly creatures.
    7. Now put a rough, growling sound into your voice, to make a Mean Deep Voice, perfect for big monsters.
    8. Continue saying a growly “hello” as you go up the scale, making a Mean Regular Voice, a villain perhaps.
    9. When you growl in your highest pitch, you’ll find that your Mean High Voice makes a great witch.

    See, you DO have nine voices inside you. And that’s only the start. Once you choose a puppet to work with, other voice characteristics besides pitch and texture will begin to emerge. Larger puppets tend to have deeper voices. Some might speak very fast or slow. Some may be shy and others quite forward. Honey Bunny is definitely not shy; he’s a rather fast talker and trips over his words, unless he’s trying to stall because he’s in trouble, and he “talks dutch” like I did as a kid, an old phrase that really meant I was hard to understand and probably needed some speech therapy!

    So, find or make a puppet that speaks to something inside of you. Give it a voice and have a conversation. Who knows what kind of magic might happen.

    There! I think I’ve gone over the word limit, so that’s it for prompt response #4.

    Except: I really hope someone explains how to do finger knitting – that sounds like fun!

    1. Sarah Fine

      A fascinating read! And I agree. An inspired music teacher used a puppet to set the rules for class behavior and it worked like a charm. Sometimes the puppet raised her voice but the teacher didn’t. The kids were super responsive. Puppets are one of the best props for imagination!

  4. Vera Zimmerman

    Day 4 – I’ll Show You How

    “First you make a roux.” That’s what my Grandma said. It seems like most of her recipes started that way. I spent a lot of time in her kitchen watching her cook. I’m not sure if she actually taught me or if I just picked it up from watching.

    I can’t show you how to make a roux in two minutes or less. You have to let the flour brown very slowly in the fat, 20, 30 minutes or more. But I can tell you how in two minutes. Grandma used lard or bacon drippings, but I use olive oil, about 2 big spoons full for a big pot of gumbo. Stir in the same amount of flour and stir slowly over a medium fire, making sure not to let it burn. It will turn a golden brown shade and then a red-brown. And there you have it. You’ve made a roux.

    I remember reading an article in the New Orleans paper about a person who had gone to a paint store and saw two men in deep discussion over paint chip cards of different shades of brown. She thought they were trying to pick out a color to paint a wall, but when she got close she realized they were talking about what color roux made the best gumbo.

    When the roux is a nice dark rich brown you add chopped onion, celery and green pepper and stir for a few more minutes. Then add a can of Rotel or some other kind of canned tomatoes. Grandma always used Rotel. Add about 2 quarts of water or, if you’re making seafood or shrimp gumbo, use some of the water you boiled the shrimp in. Add Creole seasoning to taste. Simmer for about ½ hour and then add peeled shrimp and some crab meat. Meanwhile boil up some rice to serve with it and make some garlic bread and you’re ready for dinner.

    1. Suzie Shaeffer

      Sounds oh so tasty. I remember coming across a recipe that started just that way, “First you make a roux,” only they never bothered to say what a roux was, let alone how to make it. Guess they just figured everyone would know. Not me, but now I do!

  5. Kaye Byrnes

    Writing Challenge #4

    “What can I teach someone in just two minutes?”

    Of course, I’m capable of a million insignificant things in which I could quickly instruct another. I’m actually pretty handy and able to master a lot of things fairly easily. Here’s how you properly roll paint onto a flat wall, here’s how you put a drill bit into the chuck, here’s how you connect your keyboard and mouse to your computer, here’s how you put air in your tires and check your oil.

    What can I teach someone in just two minutes?

    It strikes me that I first think of teaching someone HOW to do something, providing step-by-step instruction on a task. But those do indeed seem like helpful yet ordinary lessons.

    What can I teach someone in just two minutes?

    My heart whispers, “What lesson can you offer of real importance? What can you offer in just two minutes that might bring comfort or insight?” I yearn to share wisdom as opposed to knowledge. My life has taken me down many paths. I’ve learned valuable lessons along the way. If I’m given two minutes to teach another, what lessons can I convey? Pick one:
    • Be generous with forgiveness, it’s a gift we give our self.
    • Recognize that everyone is a divine being, even those we don’t like at all.
    • Take responsibility for your own circumstances and feelings.
    • Be grateful for everything that comes your way; the good, the bad and the ugly.
    • Confront your inner demons; no one else can do it for you.

    What can I teach someone in just two minutes? Probably nothing.

  6. Norma Beasley

    DAY 4-I’ll Show You How
    When I was an art student at Pratt during the late 60s in Brooklyn, New York, I attended six-hour figure drawing classes. In order to loosen up our fingers, arm, stance, and point of view, we did thirty-second model sketches. Yes. That’s right. Thirty seconds to capture our figure on paper.

    Most of us used 18×24 newsprint pads of paper. Easy to trash and inexpensive if we didn’t like our composition. Using a soft lead pencil or conté crayon and our pads of paper at hand, we quickly studied our model to determine the dominant sweeping gesture we wanted to capture.
    Scribble masses formed the head/hairline. A simple arc and straight line formed the nose and eyebrows. No time for erasures. The result was usually a very fluid sweeping drawing with only the essentials visible. No fussiness. In thirty seconds or less!
    Did I draw the penis? Yes. Most of the time it was covered.
    Lesson learned: Less is more.

    TRY IT
    1. Select interesting subject to draw
    2. Select drawing tool (pencil, conté crayon, pen, brush)
    3. Have pad of paper ready to draw on
    4. Determine interesting point of view
    5. Capture subject with good line economy. Don’t erase.
    6. Voilá!

    1. Suzie Shaeffer

      Huh. That reminded me of an exercise my high school art teacher used with us: “Pick up your pencil and hold it with the point down on your paper. Look at your subject and don’t look back down at your paper. Start drawing what you see in one continuous line. When you’re done, you may look but don’t change anything.” Most of the results resembled modern art, others just scribbling, but it got us thinking about what could be represented with just one line.

    2. Cheryl Floyd

      Okay, Norma, Kaye and I are doing the sketch right now. We are playing in her studio with paint, canvas, wine and music. Life is good, especially we you allow yourself to play and a having a friend with a sketch pad makes it even more fun.

  7. Judi Graham

    For the life of me I cannot think of a thing I can teach anyone to do in two minutes or less. My physical restrictions are many and now crossing the room takes me two minutes! But I can breathe, and I can teach you to do it in just a couple of minutes.

    When I came out of surgery into the recovery room the nurse said, “Don’t forget to breathe…”

    “Really?” I said. “I’ve been doing it for quite a few years now, I doubt I will forget.”

    “You’d be surprised,” she told me.

    Of course, she wanted me to concentrate on my breathing, and it was good advice because it became more and more difficult after this surgery. So let me explain it to you.

    Close your eyes
    Inhale deeply and hold it for 4-5 seconds.
    Exhale slowly, but totally.
    Do it again, and let your mind take you where it may.
    I fly over mountain tops, skim over peaceful lakes and walk into ocean waves.
    Let your mind choose your focus, just keep breathing.
    Not so difficult, is it.

  8. Jeanne Sullivan

    June 21, 2018

    Today’s prompt is to write about something you could teach someone in two minutes

    After serious thought, I couldn’t think of anything I could teach someone in that short a time. It would probably take me more than two minutes just to find my glasses.
    When faced with an obstacle and I need help, I am learning to ask Him for help. After all the bible says all we have to do is ask in Jesus name.
    Then I read the submission from Cheryl Floyd about looking into the mirror. I tried it and after asking myself ‘how did this happen?’ I wrote the following:

    When I shower and cleanse my body, I ask the Lord to cleanse my soul as well.
    When I apply moisturizer or foundation with sun screen, I am reminded to protect myself from Satan.
    When I make up my eyes I am reminded of all the things I see made by our awesome God.
    When I put on my lipstick, I am reminded not to speak words that might offend God and to speak His word to others.
    When I put on earrings, I am reminded to listen to the word of God.
    When I take my curling iron and try to put some curl in my hair, I am reminded that we do not always get exactly what we want.
    When I am done and look in my mirror, I am reminded that God has a sense of humor.

    A simple prayer takes less than two minutes.

  9. Sarah Fine

    My good friend John Tee taught me how to make my perfect breakfast which I now make every day. It only takes a few minutes to teach you how.

    First take an egg (from happy chickens if you can arrange it) and break it into a bowl. Mix the egg with turmeric and pepper. Grate a small amount of Parmesan cheese and add to the mixture. Core and cut an apple (I prefer Gala) in eighths, setting aside four pieces to eat raw. Peel and chop the other four pieces. Mix them with the eggs. Cook over medium heat in a cast iron frying pan until they reach consistency you prefer. (I recently learned non stick pans are not healthy) Besides the raw apple pieces, I eat 4 Stonewheat thin crackers with margarine.

    I also eat them in order: egg, apple, cracker which I know is a leftover from childhood habit where I would save the best for the end. I usually drink a cup of hot milk (calcium for my osteoporosis) with Peruvian (if I can get it) cocoa.

    I realize as I write this, I don’t specify amounts and they probably vary from day to day. I apologize for that as I have spent quite a bit of time during to figure out how my mother-in-law made the best mandlebrot ever. She specifies some amounts but is vague about the “coffee” she adds. Is it instant? (She was a big Nescafe fan) Liquid? Warm? Cold? I just know it’s probably her secret ingredient and now we will never know…

    John also swore by Irish (not English) Tea, brewed in a warmed pot (with a tea cosie on top) and poured after the milk into mugs not cups.

  10. Terry Deer

    I’m drawn to all kinds of handwork and I’ve tried cross-stitch, needlepoint, tatting, beading, knitting and crochet with varying levels of success. Early in life, when I attended day school in England, I learned to do cross-stitch, although the rather coarse potholders I accomplished then bear little resemblance to the more delicate patterns I prefer nowadays. I also learned to knit from an English woman, a friend of the family, while she was staying with us in the U.S. and attempting to find work. I made blanket after blanket for my stuffed animals – to this day I’m happiest knitting shawls and wrappers, anything that doesn’t have to fit!

    Something I learned to do recently is a skill that I somehow missed in childhood: making woven lanyards using yarn and an empty wooden thread spool (remember those? I’m dating myself) with three small nails hammered into the flat end. It’s an easy enough craft that I was able to teach it to half a dozen middle school students who came to a “pioneer party in the library”. Start by dropping the end of the yarn, at least five or six inches, down through the center of the spool, and make three backwards loops around the nails, working clockwise (something that has to be explained to students who are used to digital displays). When you return to the first loop, wrap the yarn, right to left, around the outside of the nail above the loop that’s already there. Using whatever tool works best for you, a hook or a fine knitting needle or a tool especially designed for the purpose, lift the first loop off the nail over the yarn you just wrapped around the nail, leaving the loop thus created on the nail. Go on to the next loop and repeat. Keep on wrapping and lifting off loops until your lanyard is the desired length. Then lift off one loop and transfer it to the next nail, still working clockwise, and lift the loop that was already on that nail over it and off the nail. Transfer the loop you just made to the next nail and repeat. At that point you have one loop remaining. Cut off the end of the yard, thread it through the last loop and pull tight. Voila! A colorful – especially if you use variegated yarn – new fashion accessory.

    Unlike many people who remember “spool dolls” from their childhood, I learned this within the past year from a fellow crafter named Fran who needed help providing lanyards for the participants in a retreat we were planning. I’ve since made many to put in the “treasure box” that I use to reward good behavior in my school library; even the boys seem to enjoy wearing them. The lanyards work up fast and the process is mindless once you get the hang of it. I wouldn’t say that it’s important, except in the sense that any creative process you enjoy is important. I do handwork, as the saying about coffee goes, “for your protection”: it calms and centers me, allowing me to face the stresses in my life with greater composure.

  11. Lois Patton

    Bundles

    Do you grab the iron out of the hotel room closet as soon as you pull the first item of clothing from your suitcase? If so, read on.

    Next time you pack a bag with more than your cosmetics and pajamas, try this method: Fold your slacks, jeans or capris in half lengthwise, along the creases if there are any. Do the same with skirts. Lay each flat on the bed.

    Place one or more folded shirts, blouses, sweaters or tops in the center of the extended pant item, and then fold both sides over the stack to make a bundle. You might want to take time to select the “filling” of the bundle to match what you plan to wear with the pants or skirt.

    Stack the bundles flat in your suitcase, using shoes, underwear, pajamas or folded scarves to fill in the gaps in between. When you arrive at your first stop, remove only the bundles needed. If you think it necessary, hang the items in the closet over night. My guess is the iron will stay where it is, because you won’t need it.

    I don’t know whether I read this in some travel guide or if I figured it out from necessity, but I can attest to its value after many trips over our retirement years. I wish I had done the same the years I traveled for business. Of course, in those days the suitcase included pantyhose and three-inch heels. I now consider those relics of the past and you will never find either in my suitcase.

  12. Regina Russell

    I like to do tapping. Starting with the karate chop, then on the forehead, side of eyes, under nose, under mouth on the chin and on the heart and top of head, while saying I love and accept myself and totally forigve myself and look forward to a fresh day. Then breathe.

  13. Judy Watkins

    Do You Want to Dance?

    There is a time in life when we know that we should exercise, but it isn’t fun and with time running out, I don’t want to do things that I don’t enjoy. My answer, let’s dance. Some years ago I started teaching classes (free) for older ladies who wanted to learn to line-dance. The dances I chose are simple, the music peppy and fun. It is amazing how our group can dance for two hours once a week with ten-minute breaks every half-hour and the time flies and nobody wants to quit early.

    In line-dancing there are a limited number of easy steps and by putting the steps in difference sequences, fun dances are made. Let’s do the Cowboy Boogie…that one is done on many cruise ships and parties. Even us old folks get to show our stuff sometimes.

    The Grapevine, or Vine is the basic step to all the dances and must be mastered first. Even while practicing, slow music like “Elvira” helps to keep the pace.

    Vine: step right
    with the left foot, step behind the right
    step right again
    move the left foot to just touch the floor next to the right

    Now, repeat the sequence left:
    Step Left
    with the right foot, step behind the left
    step left again
    move the right foot to just touch the floor next to the left

    These steps are practiced until they become easy to do without thinking about it.
    Dances put variety to these steps by kicking at the end instead of just touching the floor, sometimes there is a stomp or other accenting step. It might look different and fun but it is still the same old vine.

    Sometimes learning the terms, or the names of the steps is the hardest part of the dances. The “brush” step means just to brush the floor from back to front with your foot.
    Hip bumps are just like they sound, bump your hip from one side to the other without moving your feet.

    Okay, we are ready to dance. The music I used for this dance is “Brand New Man”, although most any four-count song will work.

    Vine Right with a brush (brush the left foot from back to front without touching it to the floor)
    Vine Left w/brush (same as above)
    Walk forward, right, left, right and brush with the left
    Now, walk back, left, right, left and brush the right
    The final 8 counts of the dance are Hip Bumps. Step the right foot slightly forward, then bump the right hip twice, left twice, then once each right, left, right, left.
    24 count Dance

    Now we just continue those 24 counts until the music ends.

    Dancing these simple dances with a group of my friends is such fun. We are exercising but who would know it?

    1. Terry Deer

      You are so right about dancing versus exercise. As I grow older and creakier, it’s nice to have the reminder that fun is anything we want to do, while work is anything we’re obliged to do. I enjoyed the exuberance in your piece.

    2. Cheryl Floyd

      Yes! Fun. You have convinced me to sign up for the next beginning line dance class. I love to dance, but have always moved with natural rhythm. I was born with it, as some would say. Structure dance has never been my thing, but hey, it might be time for a new thing. Thanks. I stood up and practiced what you wrote! Good job.

      1. Jeanne Sullivan

        I tried following the dance steps but I’m so clumsy. Maybe that’s why nobody asks me to dance. I should learn so I can have some fun.

    3. Suzie Shaeffer

      Okay, I tried this while still sitting at my computer and I think I’ve got the basic vine down and some of the dance part. Now I just need some music, and some people around who won’t laugh to hard when I try it for real. Unlike Cheryl, this chick doesn’t have much rhythm.

  14. Cheryl Floyd

    Day 4 Teaching a new skill
    The greatest lesson I ever learned for myself and can teach others is so simple; yet it can be one of the most difficult tasks to accomplish. Please, try this for yourself today. I guarantee that when you can do it; it will be one of the most precious gifts to yourself and you will want to get better at this task and will challenge yourself to continue to practice it on a regular basis.

    The only equipment needed is a mirror. If you don’t have one handy, get a hand mirror or walk into the closest bathroom, preferably in your own home. You will probably prefer being alone while learning this skill. Please don’t read further until you are near a mirror.
    Now, ready? Great! Get set. Go.
    Look at yourself in the mirror.
    Stop! Look again. Really look at yourself.
    Stop any criticism. This is a no judgement zone.
    Look at your eyes. Focus on them, not around them.
    Focus right on your eyes. You might need to take a deep breath and exhale slowly.
    Now, say, “I love you.”
    How was that? You might need to take a few deep breaths.
    Let’s try it again. This time; include your own name at the end. That’s right, go ahead. It’s simple, but might be the most difficult task you have tried in a long time.
    Go ahead, try it again, but this time if you think you are ready, fill in the blank with your own name: “I love you, ______.”

    I know that it might have been a difficult task for a newcomer to the sport of loving yourself. Creating a no judgement zone in the I Love Myself Game is one of the biggest obstacles to having success at this challenge. But, I have faith in you. I know you can do it.

    Some experience success with this challenge immediately. Some may not be able accomplish this the first time. The only way, to learn a new task is to try and try again, until the task is accomplished. Like riding a bicycle, driving a car, or making a bed. Success comes with practice and once the task is learned the learner forgets how they learned, they just do it. So I challenge you today, Just Do IT!

    This new skill, when practiced on a regular, consistent basis, comes with a guarantee that you will learn to love yourself more, perhaps even unconditionally and those around you will reap the benefits.

    I learned this task from Louise L. Hay in her teachings and book: You can Heal Your Life.
    PS: Some of you didn’t follow instructions and read to this point without trying the task, but I have faith that the next time you look into a mirror, you will remember to give it a go. I love you. 

    1. Judy Watkins

      You are right, I did not try it when I read the piece but again, you are right that I will give it a try when I put my face together this morning. Thank you for sharing this prompt.

    2. Norma Beasley

      Hey girlfriend-I do this all the time…if I think about it. Before I brush my teeth in the morning, I look in the mirror and say “Hey girl, how are things going? Have a good day.” It sets a positive vibe for me to start the day. Very important since I work with youngsters in the Orange County school system. Believe me, one needs all the help available in working with kids. Love ‘ya back.

      1. Cheryl Floyd

        oh oh, your face needs no putting together for the exercise. It’s not about make up or wrinkle counting. Remember this is a no judgement zone. Love on…

    3. Suzie Shaeffer

      Cheryl –
      Of course I didn’t follow directions. Computer and mirror not in the same room, but that’s not why. I just can’t stop reading something until I get to the end, not in my DNA. Anyway, mirror-me and me had a long conversation and we agreed to continue it tomorrow morning. Thank you, Cheryl, thanks to you I might actually complete this exercise, maybe tomorrow.

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