A Journal of Discovery

Week 8 – The Hero’s Journey – Reading Scrolls & Making Dumplings



“I form good habits and I am their slave.”  Okay, that’s good.  “I do not break this habit of daily reading from these scrolls.” Okay, got that one too, but I am drowning in my perfectionism.  I cannot break this habit.  So far, I am at 100% – perfect, huh?  So starting Sunday, my son, his wife, and three daughters arrive from Illinois for eight days with their dog.  On Monday, my daughter, her husband and their two boys arrive from California for eight days.  There will be 13 of us in this house for over a week.  I have not seen them since April.  How do I balance my perfect score with the Masterkey with quality time with my grandchildren?

A Dumpling in the Pot

A Dumpling in the Pot

I spent most of today making 65 potato dumplings and freezing them.  I don’t want to cook while company is here, or at least I want to keep it to a minimum doing most of the prep work before they get here.  Tomorrow I will be baking hundreds of cookies of various sorts, and then I’m making Nut Goodie Bars, Pumpkin Bars, and a large Pear Crisp, so I don’t have to bake while they are here.  How will I ever get all of this done?

My to-do list is incredibly long.  I still have the recording to do, and one promise on my DMP card to get done by Sunday.  I keep telling myself to think positive thoughts…DON’T WORRY!!  Is “what if I don’t…” a negative?  I’ve been saying that all week.  My mental diet has been started MANY times this week.  One thing’s for sure; I am very aware of my predominant attitude.  I think that’s a good sign.

I shouldn’t be so surprised.  This always happens when I want everything to be perfect

So, folks, I’m going to take a deep breath, relax, and simply concentrate on doing the next right thing.  If I don’t get everything done, that’s okay.  The important thing is that I am making progress, whether at 100% or not.  It will be back at 100% when I get back to Minnesota in December.  For now I will bask in the warmth and love of being with my family for a whole week.

I greet this day and every day with love in my heart.


Virginia Perl

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