Perfect Heart and documentation

Clearly, I’ve stopped posting monthly challenges that I send out to the OPYPC. If by chance you are interested in having them for your personal use, just shoot me an email and I’d be happy to send all of them your way.

In other news, a friend who is in the middle of her own Power Year has truly made my day. After being bummed out about feeling like the OPYPC peeps have lost steam and interest, I visited Perfect Heart. Just what I needed on this rainy day. Yes, literally. Rainy. I’m in NY on vacation at the moment, which is part of the reason why I have time to post an update.

Anyway, the first post that I read today was Moves, Moods, Changes. I found its intimacy and honesty absolutely refreshing. Sometimes I get frustrated with technology and the lack of authenticity I come across on the ol’ world wide web. But reading about the end of my friend’s relationship with her partner of 5 1/2 years and her process of grieving and celebrating, well, it made me feel closer to her. She reminded me that the Internet can be used as a tool that dissolves barriers that distance creates. She inspired me to write this post and to accept that it’s okay to fall off the “documentation wagon,” as she calls it, in Power Progress, Part 1.

Ah yes, documentation. I’ve been a fan of it for as long as I can remember. Whether in personal journals or field notebooks, on scraps of paper, or with cameras, I’ve always found that documenting feelings and events helps my mind process the world. I used to think that I wrote everything down because I was worried I’d forget it otherwise. But I’ve come to realize this is not the case.

I document goals to hold myself accountable. I document my view of the world because sometimes it’s easier for me to use images rather than words to share moments that strike a chord in me. I document my daily “To Do” lists in a notebook so that I can end the day with a sense of accomplishment.

I am amazed at how much of life goes undocumented. And how not documenting it doesn’t mean it’s any less worthy. Or that no progress is being made. Some of the best moments in my life during the past month have gone undocumented.

My friend’s comment about falling off the documentation wagon comes at a most opportune time. Just the other day, I decided to use September-December of this year to focus on work and to complete the writing portion of my book project. I will undoubtedly be anti-social and off the online documentation grid during this period. Thanks to the reminder from my friend, I can feel confident that not documenting does not mean nothing is being accomplished. Phew!

Maybe I’ll post an update of my goals for this year during the next day before my vacation is over…just to make me feel better about all the undocumented time that will soon pass 😉








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