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It’s Friday! Time for 5 Random brand-new-year thoughts!
1) Our January weather has been weird. -temps then + temps. Blizzards then thunderstorms. Lake effect snow then freezing rain then black ice then … warm weather and sunshine. I think Mother Nature is in menopause!
2) Nearly every ad on TV of late is about weight loss – How Marie lost 50lbs on Nuke-your-System!! Oprah and her cookbook and her love of bread! There’s even a new prescription out (can’t recall the name) that promises to accelerate weight loss – the disclaimer states that it “may cause seizures, greasy bowels, rapid heart rate and other side effects.” Nice! Who wants to be slimmer but with greasy bowels and seizures? Yikes! I’ve been (largely) grain free since January 2016 and guess what – not only did I lose weight – I. Am. NEVER. Sick. In 2014 I had bronchitis 5 times; 2015 – 3 times. 2016? None. Zip. Nada. **As inflammation recedes the immune system can heal**. Also-my skin healed, joints don’t ache any more and did I mention I am never sick – despite heavy travel, copious amounts of work stress, public interaction, and being around co-workers with colds & the flu. I’ve lost 20 lbs and 16″. YES to no more Claritin, Mucinex, Tylenol Sinus, Neti Pot or inhaler needed! You don’t have to spend a bunch of money eating fake food or chugging down pills – you really can heal from the inside out. For more visit Cardiologist Dr. William Davis’ site, www.wheatbellyblog.com.
3) Do you ever forget certain chores? I forget to vacuum. I don’t dislike it, I just forget about it – oops. What chore do you forget on a regular basis?
4) Saw this on FB and laughed out loud. Snaccident. I have never tried Nutella but I could hurt myself with Guacamole!
5) And with that … I’m off to get more coffee! Happy Friday, peeps!
What weight loss ad have you seen recently? Forget any chores of late? (Or on purpose? 🙂 ) Have you ever had a snaccident?
As we look back and ahead we pause to ask:
What was my biggest lesson?
What do I want to learn next?
What do I want more of? Less of?
What makes me happy? Sad?
What do I want to experience?
What do I want to feel?
What/who do I need to forgive?
What do I need to let go?
What do I want to do? What am I willing to do?
What holds me back? Is it true?
As you look to the new year, will you celebrate your accomplishments and forgive your blunders? What excites you about 2017?
*Story idea: Frankie Perez’s MindGym
When I look back at some of my career opportunities (and those that weren’t) I’ve learned to be grateful for closed doors.
Encouraging someone recently, I offered this, “You have to believe that you deserve a good life. A happy, meaningful and beautiful life. Every time the door closes is a test of faith; sometimes you won’t know till years later what was on the other side. You just have to believe that He knows the plan for you and trust that it’s good.” Tears filled my eyes as I said what I did and – truth be told – these words weren’t mine, someone gave me this message to share and I did.
We have all had times when the door closed — moments that, looking back, weren’t for you in the first place. Dead-end jobs. Bad people. Relationships that suck the life out of you.
Like the faithful being led out of bondage, a shut door can be a metaphor for the closing of the Red Sea. No more chains on us!
When this happens, yes sometimes I stare at the lock for a while. Other times I see things for what they are and give a prayer of gratitude for the people who rejected me, the superior who discounts me, the friend who slights me. That’s when I dig my heels in and move forward anyways. And I always find that, had I remained where I was, I would have missed where I am.
Every time He shuts a door, there is something better coming. I’m sure of it.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
What closed doors are you grateful for?
Spring appears to be here to stay finally (yay!) and my yard is calling me. With that, here are my Random 5 from this week:
1. This year, I solemnly swear, to not get overly ambitious in the garden section and to not plant annuals that I’ll only grow weary of watering come August. Amen. But first, I have a date with the 10 Trillion weeds growing happily outside!
2. At the family brunch/lunch on Sunday, cousin Jerry shyly gifted me with a sample of his home-made maple cream. Imagine fresh maple syrup whipped into cream. Imagine a small dollop of it in your morning oatmeal. Imagine the smile your face :). Yes, it’s that good.
3. Read a fascinating article about forgiveness. One section resonated so loudly with me I felt my ears ringing as I read it: The people you can’t forgive give you a gift you do not want. The author explained that the people you won’t forgive give your ego a feeling of control over the relationship but then (here’s the kick, you ready?) you’re burdened with the anger and sadness that comes with carrying that. Ouch and yes, so true. To read the full article click here.
4. I love popcorn. Love it. You could cover an entire table in candy and chocolates and I’d walk right past them all and stop at the popcorn. I have talked myself out going to the movies when I realized I was only going for the popcorn!
5. Yesterday I took a road trip to points north. As I often do, I used the lunch break to listen to voice mails left on my office phone while away. Not sure what happened but somehow I must have pressed the option that speeds up delivery of the voice mail message. Now, everyone sounds like a chipmunk. Yes, it’s difficult to get the phone # or understand the message but, I have to admit, replaying a message from a State official who now sounds like “Alvin,” cracked me up! 🙂
What are in your Random 5 for this week? Do you have to limit yourself in the Garden section, too? Who do you struggle to forgive? Do you love sweets or salty snacks? Ever messed up your voice mail system or other technology?
It’s Friday! (whoo hoo) It’s Random! Let’s go!
1. Tuesday I waited around all day for an appointment that got pushed back four times. By the time the two young men arrived to work on the pool, I had conceded the day. They were overbooked, stressed yet polite, apologizing over and over and I just didn’t have it in me to pile a layer of anger onto their day. Hanging around, being at home yet attentive to work, made me feel a bit like this turtle.
2. Later that night I attended our grandson’s baseball game. I’ve been sick and so this was the first game we were able to get to — chatting with some of the moms, I could sense they were trying to figure out who I belonged to. I pointed to the tall fellow in the bullpen and said, “Well that’s my boy.” I saw the confusion when they realized none of the wee ones on the team were mine but I was claiming the man. Then I explained that #2 at bat was our Grandson — ahh — funny — and a reminder that even though he’s grown, oldest one remains a boy in a Mother’s heart.
3. Weather. A cool front came through Monday and we’ve had the most luscious weather possible — mild, sunny, and low humidity. Days like these feel like a reward for the endurance test of this past winter.
4. The Belmont Stakes race is tomorrow and a group of us are planning to watch it together. Reading the Racing Form takes me back to my childhood, being at the track with my parents, and feeling the excitement and the grandeur of it all. Hoping California Chrome can pull a Triple Crown win — but even if he doesn’t — what a story!
5. In a world of e-invites and virtual everything, I really love getting a hand-written thank you card. First of all, it’s polite and second, it’s timeless. When someone acknowledges a gesture of mine, it makes me want to repeat the gesture all over again! And I always say a silent prayer of thanks to the Mom who taught the importance of doing so.
What’s your random 5 for today? Are you watching horse racing tomorrow?
Every so often, another writer’s post touches my heart in such a way that I think about it long after I’ve stopped reading.
This one did.
It’s one man’s story of faith. Of love. Of moments that matter.
Moments of grace and humor and serendipity.
One man’s story.
“Well, we have a whole new year ahead of us.
And wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all be a little more gentle with each other, a little more loving, have a little more empathy, and maybe next year at this time we’d like each other a little more.”- Judy Garland.
Happy New Year, peeps!
This has been my best Christmas holiday in recent memory.
Why? On top of the laughter and the joy was something even sweeter: never getting sick.
Nope, for the past four years, I’ve made it to the finish line (Christmas morning) and then collapsed in a heap as the flu bug ravaged my body.
Oh, I had a humdinger of a cold 2 weeks ago. And a cold sore the size of Kansas to accompany it. Pretty. Yeah, not so much.
But I never – not once – not this year – got the flu.
No body aches while wrapping presents.
No fevers while cooking breakfasts.
No wishing for bed while entertaining a house-full.
And I think I might know why.
This year, I stopped doing much of what I’ve always done.
I didn’t sign us up for Holiday visits.
I put up 1/4 of the decorations, and even less than last year.
I mailed only a few Christmas cards and most were to elderly aunties. If you received one, you might be elderly. 🙂
I never made fudge and I barely baked. Everyone plowed through the chocolate covered peanuts, though.
I wrapped quickly and with industrial-strength tape. (Hubbs has since been renamed “He who was not amused.” I laughed my face off as he tried to open gifts. Still am. Not apologizing.)
Yes I’ve stayed up, but I’ve also read up, slept in, and slowed down.
I didn’t continue rituals just because I always had.
I didn’t allow time for relationships that aren’t healthy for me.
Instead, I cultivated joy and rest, peace and quiet, laughter and music and happiness. I harvested love and romance and take out menus and days without schedules. I stopped shoulding on myself.
I didn’t water the weeds.
How about you? Can you resist “watering the weeds?”
“Every day, we fight about how to make this a better country. And while we may disagree on how to get there, Independence isn’t about always getting what you want.
It’s about thinking what you want. Saying what you want. And always being able to stand up for what you believe in.
Happy Independence Day to our beautifully conflicted, argumentative, always-fighting country.
You’re the greatest dysfunctional family in the world.” – Brad Meltzer
Think about it: are dysfunctional families actually functional?