Z is for Zero

I can’t believe I’m saying this but…today is the LAST day of the Blogging A to Z Challenge!!  I realize that I’ve been whining a bit, well a Lot.  But I’m beginning to think that it’s been productive whining and I’m ready to go.  The Challenge has been a positive experience so let’s wrap this Up!!

Z is for Zero.  Looking up the word zero I found this as the number 3 definition:

“a mathematical value intermediate between positive and negative values.”

That works for my purposes.  I’ve been talking about positives and negatives lately.  I’ve been searching for the balance between the two.  Zero is appropriate.

But I’m also thinking of Zero in the sense of a countdown…

Five…Four…Three…Two…One…Zero…Blast Off!  I grew up in the age of the Mercury and Apollo Space programs so countdowns and blast offs are dear to me in a very special way.  I’m looking at my life right now as a countdown.  I’m going step by step to reach that Blast off point.  I’m probably nowhere near Five yet, probably hovering around Nine or if I give myself a little more credit, maybe Eight and a Half.   But I’m counting down and I will get to that Zero.

Zero gives the impression of emptiness.  I am working for a type of emptiness.  The cleaning out, removal and sale of all of these things that we don’t need anymore. When the process is completed, I want to see that wonderful open space in the middle of the Zero.  Uncluttered and unencumbered. Then it’s on to the wonderful open space and unencumbered beauty of New Mexico.

A clean slate is wonderful in my mind.  Now is the time to accomplish the task, This all reminds me very much of a poem I wrote once called Spring Cleaning.  As I write this, I have no idea where a copy of it might be, but that will be part of my project today…find a copy of that and share it with all of you.  It will fit so well with my theme here.

Without further delay, I bid Farewell to the Blogging A to Z Challenge.  I wasn’t sure where I was going with it.  I certainly didn’t think it would bring me to all of these revelations.  I’m glad I was here and I’m glad I have arrived with all of this new clarity.  Thank you to all of my readers for all of the wonderful, positive and supportive comments throughout this process.  Your comments have helped my thinking move in this direction and in directions I hadn’t expected.  It’s time to get on the road.

Five…Four…Three…Two…One…ZERO…Blast off!!

Happy Monday!

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10 responses to “Z is for Zero

  1. your a-z entries really represent a month’s journey, fran -> i like how things seemed to have become clearer for you and your outlook evolved as the days moved on…thanks for sharing your thoughts with us this month. a while back a yoga teacher shared this with us: “you are exactly where you need to be at this moment” – that is so helpful, yes?! keep moving along and hopefully you hit blast off to nm in good time!

    • Cathy, thanks for always sticking with me. I love that quote. I’m going to write it out and put it above my desk to remind me every morning. I think this challenge did a lot for me this year. It helped me get some things out of my system that were swirling around in there. I will get there. We’ll Both get there!

  2. I havent been around for your whole journey but I will go back and check out the rest. It sounds as if youve had a few revelations along the way. I hope your direction remains as positive as you seem to be heading. Sending you good thoughts. Congrats on the AtoZ. Z~

    • Thanks, Zoe and congrats to you as well. It’s so funny. I didn’t intend for the challenge to go in this direction…it just did. I’ve found some great new friends, you included and that’s great. Stay in touch.

  3. It’s wonderful to get to know you…new friend…at the end of your challenge…at least the A-Z one and at the end of the month of April also. Remember endings always bring new beginnings and it seems to me that through this writing/blogging, you are going within and allowing the muse to take hold of your thoughts and behaviors – synchronicity is ruling and you are awake and aware of the need to simplify – see getting rid of stuff creates that space for what wants to come in…rambling here but connecting with you. …Happy Almost May – I sit here remembering May day when I was in elementary school – oh maybe 3rd grade – we would make little baskets from construction paper , go gather fresh flowers, and put them on the doorknobs of all of the teachers in our school. Then we actually had a Maypole and we danced around it!! Wonderful memories – like my Playful Little Light and all of the joy she brings to me and others!!

    • Hi Martie! Happy Almost May! Very insightful points and I truly appreciate your thoughts. Love the memory from grade school. How sweet to share the flowers with the other teachers and class rooms. I don’t mind rambling and I do like connecting. Please continue! I am looking at this clearing out as a way to open up to all of the new good things that can happen. Talk to you soon!

  4. Most obviously, zero is the number of calories a broken cookie has.

    I’m glad you’ve had a good time through this Challenging experience. and that it has been a time of learning for you. I’m also glad that we’ve made a friendship out of this process. See you soon.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting
    Life in the Urban Forest (poetry)

    • Rob, how could I miss the Zero value of Broken Cookies?! Excellent and I’m glad you’ve got my back to keep me straight on those things. I think this was a true challenge in a sense, because it gave me tasks and I had to live up to them. I did a good bit of soul searching as I went along and what I learned was a bonus. Friendship is a positive thing wherever we stumble upon it. I’m glad we did. Cheers!

  5. Just keep picturing: “Uncluttered and unencumbered. Then it’s on to the wonderful open space and unencumbered beauty of New Mexico.” That’s your end game and keep patting yourself on the back for the steps you’ve taken to get there.

    • Thanks so much for your constant support and positive comments, Meghan. You are the best! I try to focus that as I dive into the dusty basement to sort, pack and toss!! Uncluttered and unencumbered…that’s it!

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