Jottings contributor Kathryn Kendall shares information about her Wheel of Life, something she follows instead of making New Year's resolutions.

Did you make any New Year's resolutions? I did not. Instead I updated my Wheel of Life. The Wheel of Life is about my intentions for the coming year. Let me share my story with you.

In the mid-1980s I read Catherine Ponder's book, "The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity," published in 1962. In it she describes the Wheel of Fortune, telling the reader what it is, why it works and how to use it effectively. Now in her 90s, Ponder has been a Unity minister, an inspirational author and has been described by some as "the Norman Vincent Peale among lady ministers."

At the time, many ideas that Ponder wrote about were new to me. I was not sure if I believed in them. She stated that your thoughts created your reality, that dreams were wishful thinking and that positive thoughts create positive outcomes. This was interesting; but I was not exactly buying this hook, line and stinker. I am left-brained and I need to have current and correct facts.

On New Year's Day 1981, I was living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My plan for the day included creating my Wheel of Fortune using the directions listed in the Dynamic Laws of Prosperity. I really enjoyed the process.

I decided that I would review my Wheel of Fortune daily and then on my birthday in June look to see if it was working for me. Big surprise, I was able to cross off two items on one of the lists I had made. Pretty darn cool.

The following New Year's Day I decided to take everything off The Wheel of Fortune and start over with new intentions and new pictures for the coming year. This has become one of my favorite New Year's Day traditions.

I moved to Oregon in 1992. This intention had been on my Wheel of Fortune for years, and finally happened. The following year, I decided that I needed to make a few updates to the Wheel because my life had changed a lot since the move. I re-designed the wheel, added two additional areas and re-named it my Wheel of Life.

In 2004, I was a volunteer activity leader with the Sierra Club. One of the activities that I lead was for the singles group, which I called Saturday Night at the Bagdad Theater and Pub. One Saturday night they showed the film "What the Bleep Do We Know?" More than 25 people came. I had no idea what the movie was about but once it started I realized it had been filmed in Portland. It is a combination of documentary-style interviews, computer-animated graphics, and a narrative that draws a spiritual connection between quantum physics and consciousness.

In the film they showed a vision board, which was a large board with pictures and intentions written all over the pictures. Recognizing the format, I smiled to myself. It was similar to my Wheel of Life which I had been using successful for decades.

After using my Wheel of Fortune for 26 years, in 2007 I decided I wanted to teach a workshop at Portland Community College on my Wheel of Life. I wrote a proposal letter, interviewed with college staff and starting teaching that next term. The workshop was a success and it was repeated two more terms.

The Wheel of Life can be used for specific issues, too. I experienced a major medical condition in 2010, and need to be positive, fearless and learn to let go of control. That's a tall order for a left-brained person. I made the decision to create a new Wheel of Life specifically for my health with three areas. In each of the areas I wrote my intentions and posted pictures. I reviewed it several times a day and found myself becoming emotionally calmer and more spiritually centered.

This year I am looking forward to sharing My Wheel of Life with you, too. In March (date still pending) I will present my Wheel of Life at the Salvation Army Rose Center for seniors, 211 N.E. 18th Ave. in Portland, as part of the Lunch and Learn lecture series. You are cordially invited to attend the free presentation. Call the Rose Center at 503-239-1221 for more information.

Kathryn Kendall is a member of the Jottings group of the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.

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