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Getting (back) up again

Here we are, several months into 2012 and I’m just wondering – how are those New Year’s Resolutions going?

I didn’t make any.  I started out the year behind, having gotten sick at Christmas and staying that way through most of January. Next came a cold sore and a stomach bug. Oh the joys of it all!

By the time mid-February arrived, I realized that all I’d done was hold my ground. And, considering the challenges I’d faced, that actually felt like something.

Then I read this Japanese proverb,“Fall down Seven times, get up Eight!”

I laughed and thought, “Now that’s something I can do!”

I can get back up.

We all make plans and set goals. Sometimes we’re successful and sometimes we’re not.  Sometimes our best laid plans are dashed by illnesses, job changes or other unforeseen circumstances. Setbacks are normal; perfection isn’t.

Whatever it is you’re trying to change, know this: The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. (Lao Tzu).

So many of us are trying to accomplish the same things:  Lose weight. Eat better. Watch less TV.  Read more. Save money.  Go to bed earlier. Quit smoking. De-stress. Exercise regularly. Go to church again.   Etc. Etc. Etc.

Whatever it is, when you stumble, just get back up again.

I will if you will.

“Did you just fall?”

“No, I attacked the floor”

“Backwards?”

“I’m freakin’ talented.”

 – Anonymous

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Categories: Attitude, Faith, Family, Growth, Home, Life, News, Self Discovery, Thoughts | Tags: , , , , , , , | 36 Comments

50%

“Sex appeal is fifty percent what you’ve got and fifty percent what people think you’ve got.” ~Sophia Loren.

Date Night’s here again!  I’ve written often on the significance of date night and how they affect what’s in my relationship basket.

Next month, Hubbs and I celebrate 20 years of marriage. We’ve had our ups and we’ve had our downs.  We’ve encountered smooth sailing and we’ve endured rough seas, too.

But, through it all, date nights have always been the buoy we swim to against the undertow of daily living.

Whatever you’ve got – I say … work it!  Boom chicka mow mow!  

Categories: Attitude, Beauty, Friendship, Fun, Love, Men, Opinion, Personal, Relationships, Romance | Tags: , , , , , , | 41 Comments

T-h-i-n-k

I learned a new acronym and just have to share it with you all … before we speak – THINK:

T – Is it true?
H – Is it helpful?
I – Is it inspiring?
N – Is it necessary?
K – Is it kind?

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T – Is it true?

Is what you’re about to share true? How do you know for sure?   And even if it is, does it need to be told?

H – Is it helpful?

Is what you’re about to share going to better the one hearing it? Or do you just need to get something off of your chest?  Check your mood – are you exasperated, tired, angry or sad?  Sometimes words we’d choose in the midst of those moods are not the ones we’d choose when things are going our way.

I – Is it inspiring?

Is what you’re about to say going to inspire another? Is it going to uplift and encourage?   My mother’s words come to mind here, “For every time he annoys you or does something you think is stupid, remember he’s had the same thoughts about you.”

N – Is it necessary?

Is it necessary to verbalize every thought we have?  Do we have something to prove?  Someone to “one-up?”  Would you pick the same words in front of a room full of friends and family? Church friends? Work colleagues?  If you wouldn’t then, why now?

I can’t count how many times I’ve cringed as a husband or wife blurted out a comment meant to put their spouse in their place.  I can’t tell you how badly I felt when their words hit the mark. It’s not nice and it makes everyone around uncomfortable.  Even if something’s true – she’s a lousy cook, he’s a messy housemate or so and so is perpetually late – does it need to be said?

K – Is it kind?

“An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.”  Proverbs 12:25

Would you enjoy your words being plastered on the front page of the newspaper?  Is what you’re sharing something you’d be happy to hear?

What do your words say about you?

Wise men speak because they have something to say;  fools because they have to say something.” – Plato

I’ve been a fool before; it’s my intention to be wise.

Categories: Faith, Family, Home, Life, Opinion, Personal, Relationships, Thoughts, Wisdom | Tags: , , , , , , | 39 Comments

On detours

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour.  ~Author Unknown

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I’m deviating from my path by taking tomorrow off.   I’ll get all my weekend “to-dos” done in the wee hours of the morning but mostly, mostly I want a day without conference calls, meetings and a lot of other people.  A day tucked up next to the weekend; a day that’s mine.  I’ll putz, I’ll clean, I’ll read, and I’ll play.  Friday night with find me hanging with the hubbs and by Saturday morning, I’ll be up early again, happily prepping for the small dinner party we’re hosting that night.  It will very closely resemble my best day. Because all of the weekend chores will be done, I’ll have given myself the gift of extra time to putter in the kitchen,  stirring and sauteing, sampling and assembling all of the delicious foods I’m serving, some for the first time.

There are work colleagues who’ll question why I’d “burn” a vacation day to do things such as this and my answer, as always, is “because I can.”   They don’t get it and that’s fine. I do. And I’m smiling as I write this.

When’s the last time you deliberately detoured from your path?

Categories: Attitude, Family, Fun, Home, Joy, Life, Love, Personal, Self Discovery | Tags: , , , , , , | 37 Comments

The road

“When someone comes to me with a problem, I don’t care what it is: poor health, lack of money, unfulfilling relationships, or self esteem issues… there is only one thing that I ever work on, and that is LOVING THE SELF. I find that when we really love, accept and approve of ourselves exactly as we are, then everything in life works.” – Louise Hay

I wrote about a the Lesson in the Lesson, my experiences in a class I attended last week.  But something I’ve carried with me since are the words shared by a woman who sat next to me.   She’s a nurse and a practitioner of Reiki;  her work is done in hospice.  It was her comment about Love that struck a chord with me.

She commented that the greatest hurdle she works to overcome with patients isn’t the cancer or other diseases they’re fighting: it’s the self-loathing.  It’s the inability to forgive. It’s the hanging on to past hurts and the continuation of old fights. It’s the heartache and it’s the fear.

Her work takes her to a place of deep intimacy with those who are very ill and who want their time here to mean something.

What are we waiting for? Do we really want to be standing at death’s door before we finally accept who we are?

“The road to freedom is through the door of forgiveness.” – Louise Hay.

"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken" ~ Oscar Wilde (google.images.ca)

Categories: Attitude, Forgiveness, Growth, Life, Love, Quotes, Thoughts, Wisdom | Tags: , , , , , , , | 33 Comments

The road less travelled

Advising one of our boys recently, I found myself in a deep discussion about doing the right thing.

I reminded him that,  in spite of someone’s hatefulness, when in doubt, he should always take the high road.

He tilted his head and gave me a look that said … explain please?

So I filled him in on the nuances of the “high road.”  How it’s a road most often  traveled alone.  It’s usually headed away from the masses.  It’s far from comfortable.  There’s plenty of goading, very few luxuries and not many rest stops along the way.

Then I assured him that when he’s on the high road he’ll know it because of how his heart feels. He will walk taller, stand straighter, have a whistle in his heart and a song on his lips.

He will know.

How?

He will know he’s on the high road when he doesn’t see any of the “preachy” people he knows walking with him.

He will see the man who could take the extra cash and look the other way but doesn’t because it’s not the right thing to do.

He will see the woman who fed a lingering child without being sure how she’ll feed her own tomorrow.

He will see the couple working multiple jobs who still make time to check in and talk with an elderly neighbor.

He will see some with enough, a few with nothing, and most …. walking alone.

He will not see the Sunday Christians, the holy rollers or the damnation givers.

He will see himself in every single one of them and that’s when he’ll know:  he’ll know he’s following his soul’s journey to do what’s right  ..  in the eyes of God.


Categories: Family, Growth, Life, Opinion, Personal, Relationships, Self Discovery, Thoughts, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , | 27 Comments

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