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Day 14 – Hello Friend

Today marks 2 weeks that I’ve been off work ~ two whole weeks!  Yes I’ve worked some, I have to or what will greet me on my return will resemble an avalanche. But two weeks!  Here are a few things learned over this delicious break:

1. The power of sleep. I’ve gained a new appreciation for sleep’s ability to restore & renew.  With no schedule I’ve slept longer, deeper and better in the past 10 days then over the past 365.   I can see sleep’s gifts in my face -lines softened, bags retreated and  even my hair looks healthier.

Sleeping like a kitten in the sun!  Google.images.com

Sleeping like a kitten in the sun! Google.images.com

2. The comfort of quiet.   I’ve resisted the urge to fill my days with “to-dos” and have perfected enjoying my chair, sipping coffee and reading books.  The T.V. has stayed off; the phone is silent.  Chores and tasks remain and Jimmy Cracked Corn ’cause I don’t care!

This is only half of my haul!

This is only half of my book haul!

3. Enjoying real foods when actually hungry.  Not being on a schedule means that I don’t eat lunch because it’s noon; I wait until I’m hungry and sometimes that means lunch is at 2:00 p.m. instead.  I’ve enjoyed my Nutribullet smoothies, fresh pears, clementine oranges, old-fashioned oatmeal, and Greek Yoghurt throughout the course of the day ~ and felt lighter, energized and satiated.  There’s something to this that I plan to continue.

4. Taking a break from everyone else. Other than my immediate family I’ve not seen anyone else for two whole weeks!  We have a 90th birthday party to attend on Saturday.  Three weeks ago this would have felt like one more event shoe-horned into an over-scheduled schedule ~ today I find myself looking forward to it.

5. Understanding .. or not. A work colleague expressed disbelief at my long winter’s break and dismay that I wasn’t getting on a plane to go “somewhere.” To her, time off is not time off unless you’re traveling to some exotic destination.  I frustrated myself trying to explain my stance to a person who is never going to get it and ended the conversation with this, “because I need it.”  And there it is, folks.

“Never forget that once upon a time, in an unguarded moment, you recognized yourself as a friend.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert

 

When was the last time you did something just for you?  What was it and what did you learn?

 

Categories: Attitude, Confidence at any age, Determination, Faith, Friendship, Growth, Life, Opinion, Personal, Random, Self Discovery, Thoughts | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 25 Comments

You may be right

…but I may be crazy *(Billy Joel).

Just yesterday, I had a good friend ask my opinion.

Before she asked, she prefaced her question with this, “I know what you’re going to say, but I’m asking your opinion anyways.”

~Sigh~

She has a situation with her husband, who’s been working for several years towards a higher degree; he’s about to graduate and receive major accolades for all that hard work.  His parents have said they want to attend the ceremony and subsequent celebrations.  Here’s the rub: they’re not involved, with her, their kids, his life, … anything.  But. They’re his parents.  I understand why she feels as she does.  She has every reason to resent them because she’s  been the one who sacrificed so he could accomplish all that he did. Not them. But.  They’re his parents.  I understand her position, and believe me when I say there’s been enough water under this bridge to cause a flood.  But he wants them there. And. They’re his parents.

Her question to me:  Should I tell him I’m afraid they’ll make it all about them? That they’ll steal his thunder, and all his hard work. And the unspoken part: that them being there renders her invisible… again.

My response: “Are you telling him something he doesn’t already know?”

Her answer, “No.”

My next question: “Do you think that their being there lessens all you’ve done for him?”

Her answer, “No.”

My second to last question: “How does this help?”

Her answer, “I dunno.”

My last question, “Is there a possibility you have a need to say ‘I told you so’ ..later on?”

Her response, “Maybe.”

My words, “Suit yourself.”

THINK:

We’ve all done it. We’ve all regretted it.  Next time, let’s t-h-i-n-k:
 T – Is it true?
H – Is it helpful?
I – Is it inspiring?
N – Is it necessary?
K – Is it kind?

There were times in my life that I had a huge need to be right, to get the last word in. I’m don’t do that much anymore .. it’s just too much darn work. And … the Jimmy-Cracked-Corn file is nearly full.

You?

You may be right
I may be crazy
But it just may be a lunatic you’re looking for
Turn out the light
Don’t try to save me
You may be wrong for all I know
But you may be right – Billy Joel

Categories: Attitude, Faith, Family, fear, Friendship, Growth, Joy, Life, Life Lessons, Men, Opinion, Personal, Random, Self Discovery, Thoughts, Women | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 20 Comments

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