Today's Daily Challenge Saturday Mar. 08, 2014
Emotional Health focuses on daily experiences related to happiness, enjoyment, sadness, and stress in evaluating overall well-being.
Share 1 way you could update or bring back a tradition you used to enjoy.
How to do it
Think about a tradition that has faded into your past. It can be an everyday tradition such as always having a nice dinner with a friend or family member on a Sunday evening, a tradition that's related to vacations or trips, or one that's connected to a holiday or birthday celebration. Now think about how you could bring that tradition back or modify it so it fits into your life now. For example, if you have fond memories of camping but can't get away for trips, could you go with your friends on a long nature walk? If you always made a favorite food with a special family member, can you re-create the experience with another person in your life now?
Why it matters
Traditions provide a sense of security and continuity in our lives, but as we grow older and become busier, many of them fall by the wayside. By thinking of a way to re-create or re-invent a tradition that's meaningful to you, you can tap into a source of comfort and pleasure – and may be able to connect with others in a new way, as well.
Celebrating New Year's in Scotland? Get ready for Hogmanay, in which the arrival of the year’s first visitor is considered to be a predictor of fortune in the year ahead. Male, dark-haired visitors are lucky and women or blonde men are considered unlucky.
- Linda C.Flourishing
Thank you very much for the encouragement Mary M. You have gotten me 2 days in a row. :-)
This challenge is baffling me as I really can't think of any tradition that would fit our lifestyle. maybe I'll try to get back into going out to eat once a week. I really did enjoy that and so did my husband but we sometimes get too busy to make the time. So I guess i really did come up with something after all. it must have been from the 'E' Mary gave me.
- Lorraine B.LeafingLevel 66
I found this difficult and I have had to think long and hard. My immediate reaction was Sunday Family lunch but with the family spread all over the state and the closest 800 km away this will not work. My mother was a great letter writer and always sent Christmas and Birthday Cards. I haven't sent Letters or Christmas Cards for years, relying on the internet to get my messages across. Everyone loves getting letters so I will get out mum's old address book and send some letters this week and while I am at it I will address a few envelopes ready for the Christmas Cards in November. I have been sending Birthday Cards to the children because being so far away I generally send a gift card of some kind other than a gift. (they prefer to choose their own and when I go to the trouble of choosing something it nearly always gets taken back). While I am doing this I will make a list of birthdays of friends and family, add it to my diary to remind me to send the cards.
Thank you for your encouragement this morning Lyn and M.O. I was really delighted to receive it.
Day 3 already Sharon, enjoy your picnic at Dalmorton, the name rings a bell but will have to look it up.
I went to Bridge lessons again yesterday and I am really enjoying the challenge, so much to remember. I have asked to be able to play in a real game and will give this a try on Monday. I wll really be studying my books and hope I don't fail too miserably.
Went for a short walk again this morning. Seem to get a lot of pain at about the 2 km mark but did increase it by about half a km this morning. Will just keep trying to build back to where I was before the fractures - about 16km. I would have liked to enter a 5 km walk being held next week to raise funds for the school where I volunteer but I will have to see if I can last that distance by then.
Lorraine B. replied March 8, 2014 at 1:00 UTC:
As I may have mentioned I had a hearing test the other day and I didn't feel confident in the analysis as I felt they were looking to get money. Decided to get a second opinion and went for another test - aapparently I have perfect hearing. When I arrived home there was a letter from the Australian Government telling me I qualified for subsidised hearing aids. The first company had sent an application for the funding to the Government before I even had the full audiology assessment.
Gaynor E. replied March 8, 2014 at 1:56 UTC:
Great posts, Lorraine. I like the letter writing idea. I used to be a great letter writer, too, but over the last few years it has dropped off. I didn't even get any Christmas letters away this time.
I have had hearing aids for 8 years now. No subsidy, unfortunately - they are hideously expensive, but I wouldn't be without them. I have noticed, though, that mine are becoming a little unreliable, so I guess it's almost time for a new pair. $$$$!! They say that hearing aids last for 5 - 7 years, so I've had a good run with these.
I guess the hearing company had sent your application away to get things moving quicker. Pro-active!
- Roz D.PlantingLevel 276
We used to do so many things that could fall into this catorgory...sadly many of them have fallen by the wayside because of time and distance. On the up side I have started some new ones and those involved seem to like them so I am very happy.
Took Ratty to the vet again yesterday. It now appears that the sore foot has turned cancerous. They are going to do scans on it on Monday and also what appears to be a mass in her tummy. I am so angry. I have asked every vet she has seen over the last three years since all this started and treatment has not worked to remove her leg and every one of them has said the exact same thing... "we would be very reluctant to remove a perfectly healthy limb" if her limb is so perfectly healthy why is it not responding to the dozens of courses of antibiotics and the bucket loads of creams, or the seven times you have operated on it already. I have spent aprox $10,000 on this poor little bugger and would be happy to spend it again for all the joy she has bought to my life if only they would fix her bloody foot.
Lorraine B. replied March 8, 2014 at 0:27 UTC:
So sorry to hear that Ratty is still having trouble. The cost of treatment for loved pets is really out of control. My son spent $1200 when his dog had a runny nose to have a grass seed removed. I do hope things work our for you and Ratty.
- Elaine Y.BlossomingLevel 74
Hehehe, how about dating? Anyone tips on that for someone 50+ who works more than she should?
- Dianne S.BlossomingLevel 98
Very hard to do this. Mum and dad have passed away - split with hubby and he lives in Cambodia - kids have left home and live far away - so not much can be done as all traditions were with family.
Karen B. replied March 7, 2014 at 22:42 UTC:
I agree. I live thousands of miles from my family. Old traditions bring back fond memories but resurrecting them would be pointless.
Roz D. replied March 7, 2014 at 23:35 UTC:
start some new ones
Kritika T. replied March 8, 2014 at 0:51 UTC:
Hope new start will bring some happiness, Dianne