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Already on the bus.

So I’ve finished reading “The Energy Bus” and realize now that I’ve already gotten my bus going. It’s been a slow start, bumpy ride, with a few breakdowns already, but my bus is generally pointed the right direction and moving.

Really I’ve been driving my bus for a while, but just need more focus and helpful passengers

I have my committed passengers, in for the full ride- my family by marriage and by giving birth.

I have my semi-committed or part time riders, people in my daily and work life that are generally as helpful as they can be, but can’t necessarily stay for the whole ride. Sometimes they’re on and sometimes they’re busy on their own bus.

I have at least one passenger, maybe 2 or 3 that I’m hoping are like the character Michael. Where they removed themselves, but ultimately come around, and end up finding themselves wanting to make positive changes too, and join my bus again. That would be nice, not just for my bus, but for them- their state of being- and because it will validate messages I got what seems like forever ago. May we all master only feeding the good dog.

So far I’ve already ejected a few of what was termed “Energy Vampires” from my bus, and there’s one big one that needs to go yet. Fortunately, those from my biological family have mostly removed themselves from my life, so that’s one less hurdle.

With all that being said, this book leaves me acknowledging I have steps to go yet.

I have used this blog to write about Atira many times, but it’s scattered through multiple posts and partial posts, and I’m not sure I’ve ever reinforced the entirety of the complexity of that to those on board my bus, even if part time. I think it would help to get more concise with my desires, vision, and focus so that there is one document I can reference. Maybe even to give them copies.

I still have a ways to go to ensure I’m only feeding the good dog, and fueling my bus with positive energy. I have the basic idea, but have some practicing to do to maintain it, because I do let fear and stress get the better of me frequently.

Also, I totally spend too much time worrying about people that don’t get on my bus. I will get better at acknowledging maybe it’s too soon for them or they have other reasons for not joining my route. It’s not personal to me, it’s personal for them and their journey.

Additionally, I still have a ways to go on demonstrating my own enthusiasm and love. I already do both, but often allow myself to be easily deflated, especially when my efforts go unnoticed, unacknowledged, or unresponded to. Then once I’ve been deflated, I definitely still struggle to get back up and give another go.

I also need to find my purpose in everything better. It’s easy for me when what I’m doing is part of my vision for Atira, but much much harder when my task-at-hand is seemingly unrelated. That is evidence of not fully knowing that “everything happens for a reason”. I must trust more and find how everything relates. How does what I’m doing fit with my journey and fuel my bus.

Lastly, a huge must: start having more fun and enjoying the ride more. It’s not that I don’t at all, but I really succumb to stress easily. I’m latching onto the books’ phrase “you can’t feel stressed when you feel blessed”. That is my biggest new goal. To be “too blessed to be stressed”.

With that I wanted to share the list of rules the book went over:

And finally, I wanted to share an Abraham Lincoln quote (below) from the book that really resonated with me. My life journey fine-tuned to that direction after the online stranger woke my dreams up in me. I realized I may fail, I may never actually get there, but giving up all together- ignoring who I’ve become- is far worse than failing. I must remain true to who I am and where I’d like to go, if I’m to ever find consistent happiness and have any chance at all of possibly making it there. I want my light to shine bright from here until my dieing days.

Again, thank you for hanging in with me and joining at least the written part of my ride. I sincerely hope you benefit from my words in one way or another.

What the duck!

This weekend has yet to yield any construction progress.  However,  it did result in additions to our family. 
Welcome Duck.


My son Ian loves the cartoon “Sarah & Duck”, so he immediately yelled Duck  upon seeing our new friend.  & even with his gleeful excitement he was gentle in petting duck.

We set duck up with his own small temporary partition in the chicken coop. Once he learns this is his new home we can take down the partition.  Or at that point use it for introducing the chicks.  

Partition:

We also welcomed 2 kittens today.  We have yet to name them. The Orange one is slightly older & supposed to be a good mouser, so he’ll be an outside kitty. 

The younger black kitten is very affectionate & let Ian love on him,  so he’ll be a new inside baby. He’s a very happy easy going kitten. 


I think this weekend’s additions helped boost morale in our little family.  Since construction is going so slow,  we’ll be moving into the 3rd mobile home on the property. It was our friend Jennifer’s step-dad’s house,  but due to health problems recently- he’s moved into a nearby town to be closer to his friends and church community.  Luckily for us that means some cleaning & moving of our stuff & we’ll  be in warmth again.  

Something that is good despite my preferences.  I’d so hoped  to be further along on construction by now.

On the 18th we may have some significant progress.  A couple of our friends are planning to ask their men’s group to come out & help with the labor end.  It’ll at least get the bathroom up; which makes me heave a sigh of relief. 

I’ll take all the help that others are willing to provide.  Thank you universe & friends,  it’s most appreciated.  Now if I could just come up with 66 sheets of plywood (to go with my stack of Windows)  we could get the exterior started too!

One step at a time.