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Changing our viewpoint

Monday, November 12, 2012

From the SP motivational calendar for Sat/Sun:

** Keep things in perspective. Most setbacks are easier to handle when you avoid making mountains out of molehills. Don't let a missed workout or extra cookie throw you off track. Pick yourself up and keep going. **

How we see things is rather important. Two unique individuals can see the exact same thing and have absolutely polar opposite reactions and opinions of it. The whole story of a group of blind people experiencing an elephant for the first time comes to mind. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blind_men_and_
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But it goes beyond that. Even we, individually, can see the exact same thing and have very different reactions.

Example? A particular number on the scale. I remember being overdue with my first child, my DDb. Two weeks overdue, in fact. I was in for another doctor's appointment which meant weighing in. It was 198 or 199, higher than I'd ever been before. (She was born the next day, one ounce shy of 9 pounds - so I pretty much dropped right back out of the 190s in a day.) I would often say I'd never pass 200 pounds. Some years later, after deciding to gain weight to become invisible, I was 198 or 199. Rather than awe and a hope to not go higher, I shrugged off my mother's reminder of my saying I'd never pass 200 and was quickly past. Coming back down, I was super-excited about seeing 198 for the first time in years.

Each time it was the same thing - me seeing 198 on the scale. But my perspective changed. Once because I was pregnant, once because I was trying to gain, and finally because I was losing.

Coming back to setbacks, though, I had an interesting thought about how setbacks feel.

How large are speedbumps? When we look at them from within a car, probably not too significant - just annoying. When we're walking over one, we might be more aware of the extra inches we have to lift our feet. If we trip on one, finding our eyes down on a level with it, how big is it? HUGE! It takes up all of our vision. We can't really see anything else. We've lost all perspective because of how we are seeing it.

When we are right there in the moment of having just been knocked off our feet by a setback, it is monstrously large. Our perspective lacks anything surrounding to give us a true measure of it. Once we regain our perspective by standing back up and seeing it in light of all the actions and choices we have made and can make, it shrinks back to its true size.

That last is exactly what we need to do. Don't focus on how huge and insurmountable the mountain of a setback seems to be. Dust yourself off, stand up, take a few cautious steps away. THEN look back at the setback and realize that not only is it smaller, but it is BEHIND you on the path. Face forward and leave it in your dust.

  
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ILOVEMALI 11/15/2012 12:13AM

    Thanks. I needed to read this

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NEELIXNKES 11/14/2012 4:48PM

    emoticon I needed the reminder today.

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POETLKNG2LOSE 11/13/2012 10:20PM

    Thanks for sharing that point. You mush have taken the same classes in college that I did; where you learned about critical thinking. I do that a lot make mountains out of molehills.

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KING_SLAYER 11/13/2012 5:17PM

    Very well said. I've often told my son and his friends that "perception is reality". By that I mean that reality is abstract, but it is our perception of things that make them real. Change the perception, change the reality.

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TEADYBEAR77 11/13/2012 4:46PM

    I agree. When you fall down the key is to get back up again.

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FAITH__IN__ME 11/13/2012 3:26PM

    so great :)

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MEH50BEWELL 11/13/2012 12:25PM

    Your last paragraph is my mantra for the week! Thank you for writing it. Spark on!


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DEBJAE 11/13/2012 10:35AM

    Very well said, I'm trying to keep my perspective positive, as I've hit a few speedbumps of my own lately. Thank you for helping me focus on the bigger picure Blue.



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NUOVAELLE 11/13/2012 1:43AM

    Thank you for sharing the elephant story. Perspective can really make a difference in the way we see everything in our lives. Our setbacks, especially, tend to be over-sized and exaggerated in our minds.
Thanks for the reminder!
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YESCURLYCAN 11/13/2012 1:36AM

  Wonderful blog! You make some great points and I love the last line especially. emoticon

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DIET_FRIEND 11/12/2012 11:49PM

    Could you have a future in motivational writing?

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FRANCES-AGAPE 11/12/2012 11:11PM

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For the reminder.
I had setbacks this month
and I tend to make mountains
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Have a Terrific Tuesday

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BLESSINGS!

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SHERIO5 11/12/2012 9:49PM

    Yep. If we learn from it all the better.

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KARL1266 11/12/2012 8:41PM

    How very true. Thank you for another great thought-provoking blog. You are right...perspective is everything.

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NERDLETTE 11/12/2012 6:44PM

    So very true, and an awesome blog! emoticon

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LYDDIECAT 11/12/2012 5:10PM

    I love it! You've hit the nail right on the head. Speedbumps really are just "bumps" when you put them in perspective. Thanks for sharing that thought.

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1EMMA2011 11/12/2012 3:57PM

    Brilliant!! Thank you for this... perspective is so important!! emoticon

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NEWMOM20121 11/12/2012 3:33PM

    Great blog. So true

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Mini-update on NaNoWriMo

Sunday, November 11, 2012

(( For those who haven't seen or don't know, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month - a challenge to writers to put aside their excuses and just write, trying to get at least 50,000 words down in November. Check nanowrimo.org for more information. ))

I have been writing, though not quite as much or as often as I could wish. Three nights of this past week I was drained and went to bed early. But, in spite of that, I'm actually happy with where I'm at right now, both in terms of plot and character, as well as words. My plot is lovely in the sense that I can write certain things completely out of sequence without causing havoc and have multiple directions the situation can lead the character. So no writer's block issues yet.

I am at 14,015 out of 50,000 (18333 would be right on par for doing the same number of words every day, so I don't feel horribly behind). I still plan to do some more writing while at the laundromat tonight, so maybe another 1000 or so.

On that note, I was amused to do a count of the words in my previous blog - around 1300. Between blogs here, forum posts related to WOW and here, and Help topic writing I do at work, I pour out a LOT of words that aren't going into this story and count.

Even if I don't make it to 50,000 words, I can already say this - I've written more to a single cohesive story at this point than ever in the past. I have multiple chapters. I won't stop writing on 30 November. This is such a breakthrough it is something I want to finish, no matter what.

  
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FAITH__IN__ME 11/12/2012 2:35PM

    What is your story about?
That is awesome. I am writing a novel too... I am not sure where I'm at with it or where it will go, but I love to write so I thought, I should give it a shot. :)

Keep it up. Writing is such a wonderful thing. :)

Criss

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/12/2012 1:54PM

    Good for you! Write on! I have a friend, by the way, who two years ago ended up actually PUBLISHING her NaNoWriMo story... I was in line right away! We're all super proud of our local author!

And thanks for the comment about sharing rooms... I had to laugh at the masking tape line down the room... my sis was like that, too... and even moved into a curtained off space in the basement so she could have control.

That said, as "older" ladies, we get along just great... but I still shovel it out when I know she's coming... knee jerk reactions are hard to shake!



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DIET_FRIEND 11/12/2012 11:02AM

    Pleased for you! It's nice to have a connection to someone who takes writing seriously.

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GOLDENRODGIRL 11/12/2012 10:26AM

    Good for you!

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RICHILA 11/12/2012 9:53AM

    I haven't done any serious writing yet, but I plan to write this week and have next week off. So happy for your writing breakthrough!
Spark On! We Got This! emoticon

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SHERIO5 11/12/2012 8:37AM

    Go for it!

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KSCHRAUT 11/12/2012 7:52AM

    This is great . I've always loved writing but over the last couple of years I've been slacking. I finished one novel in high school and started another in college but slowly gave up on it as classes and work took over. I may decide to join this challenge next year, or simply make my own writing challenge to get back into it. Thanks for keeping us updated on your progress, it's really inspiring :)

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SBNORMAL 11/12/2012 6:34AM

  Great progess on a worthy project!

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CIPHER1971 11/12/2012 2:17AM

    Well done

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HEALTHYHEIDI12 11/12/2012 1:30AM

    Good for you! emoticon

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EVWINGS 11/11/2012 11:06PM

    You're a winner already just getting it done!! I love this challenge every year, don't you?

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NEWLEAF16 11/11/2012 11:01PM

    Great job! emoticon I have wanted to do NaNoWriMo for a long time! This year my commitments I made related to my weight loss journey took priority, but I am hoping that next November when this lifestyle change is more second nature I will be able to take the time and do it. Would love to find out what your story is about! Best of luck - - and have fun!!

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Inspiration from the unexpected places

Thursday, November 08, 2012

You've probably noticed this about me - I get my ideas and inspiration from all over. While I do limit my exposure to things like news and celebrity nonsense, I don't limit my exposure to things I agree with. I'm quite willing to read a book promoting something I don't believe in order to learn about the beliefs of another person and the perspective it gives them.

A recent source of some interesting ideas about living is actually a book by a Christian worship leader. I've mentioned before that I was raised a Jehovah's Witness and definitely moved away from that. I don't generally discuss what I believe now or the path I've gone through along the way. Suffice it to say that I am not Christian and do not personally believe in the Christian God (or Muslim Allah or Jewish Yahweh or Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah or any other supreme God, god, or gods or Goddess or goddesses if ascribing gender) but am a strong believer in our existence being of a spiritual nature. New Age maybe - but very personalized.

That's not really important to the topic. It's only a heads-up because the very nature of extrapolating from those ideas does mean this blog contains talk of God and gods, but I am neither endorsing faith in or encouraging a lack of faith. I am pulling out the kernel(s) that I see application of outside of the narrow topic of the book.

The book: "No Other Gods: Confronting Our Modern Day Idols" by Kelly Minter.

One of the early points the author brings up is that many people think of "other gods" or "false idols" and envision primitive tribes with carved statuettes, walls of painted human bodies and animal heads, mythology and various pantheons of named gods, things that no average American Christian would ever consider worshipping. Utterly absurd stuff.

But her next point is that meaning is far narrower than how idols or other gods is used. The gist of that is that these other gods or modern day idols can be anything in our life that we give over control to, that we raise up to a priority level over other things or turn to in our moments of need and suffering to aide us or help us feel better.

A Christian's first instinct should be to turn to God, to set God's laws and path first in their life, to pray to him for succor and direction. But what about a non-Christian? This reminded me of Stephen Covey's concept of our center. Self-centered, spouse-centered, family-centered, career-centered, even church-centered - usually there is some particular emphasis in our lives on one aspect that drives our decision-making. (Becoming principle-centered is the goal there.)

Now a very obvious "false god": cocaine. Whenever any sort of trouble crops up, an addict turns to the drug of choice, begging for relief, and it "fixes" the situation (at least for a very very temporary moment). Food, friendship, spouse and children, career or just job, home - none of those are as important, left behind with scarcely a second thought if the cocaine "god" calls.

We don't have to be Christian and seeking to worship God for cocaine to be a problem. In fact, it is quite an intriguing thought to me that an atheist, who denies the existence of any gods, could quite easily set other things up, elevating them in life to a state reminiscent of godhood without realizing the connection.

But cocaine was deliberately something extreme, something that very few would argue was a good thing.

What about a not so obvious "false god": advancing in a career. Certainly working and a career is important. But, what happens when a job position is demanding excessive hours, which we dare not turn down if we want to advance? What happens when our spouse leaves us because we're working all the time, we miss our child's plays and games, maybe even fail to make it to our parent's 50th anniversary or funeral? What happens if we're getting ulcers and high blood pressure from the stress? What happens when we make advancement our "god" and destroy ourselves in so many ways as we "worship" that next promotion and title?

Or even something that is inarguably a good thing: fitness or weight loss. Now take it to the point of someone assigning it something like "godhood". Perhaps there are rigid diet rules that we have to follow, not because we really want to live and eat like that but because fitness or weight loss demands we must. Sometimes the scale seems like an idol, something that directs the moods and actions of its followers. (Sounds scary and yet a little close for comfort?)

((Note: two examples in the book are from the stories of Rachel and Leah, Jacob's wives. One lived with the desire to have a child, the other lived with the desire to have her husband's love. Neither of those desires a bad thing.)

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There were two other ideas in this book, not so much part of the above, that can be seen in other ways.

1) The author speaks of giving total obedience and how that is not the same as perfect obedience.

-- That does sound contradictory on the face of it. But total refers more to how we approach it. Are we willing to give it our all? Perfect refers more to the results. Sometimes even when we give our all, we fall short.

-- How I think of that with respect to the journey here is total effort versus perfect effort. When a personal trainer asks us to do five more, we might fail at three. Muscle exhaustion doesn't care that she said five. But if we whine about it being too hard and don't even do three, we didn't give it total effort. Ditto for food. We might not be perfect every day, but if we've put in total effort, we don't just throw in the towel after a mistake or make excuses for why it will be too hard today.

2) Righteousness being achieved by rigid obedience ("legalism") versus obedience to the rules achieved by being righteous ("anti-legalism".

-- I see this one as BE vs DO - and sort of the heart of the difference between trying to lose weight by eating less and working out more versus changing our lifestyle to be a healthier and more active person which leads to lost weight.

-- How often do we see food rules -- don't eat this, don't drink that, eat this with that and only this long after the other thing, don't eat after that time? Rigid obedience to these rules can help some lose weight, but what happens when the reward doesn't seem worth the denial of a food? Once the reward is achieved, what keeps the rules being followed?

-- I once WAS someone who ate two large pastries and a hot chocolate for breakfast, two king-size candy bars for a snack, a full restaurant meal for lunch, took 2 to 4 times what others would take of any food someone brought to the office, and then went home to eat an entire Hamburger Helper (with more like 1-1/4 pound of beef than a pound) and chug down half a gallon of milk with extra scoops of chocolate mix, and maybe even make desserts where my DS, DDa and I split it three ways. I knew it all tasted good, but I can't honestly remember spending much time tasting it.

-- Even if there was some magical way to eat like that and weigh 140 pounds and look trim and muscular, I don't want to BE the person who stuffed her face like that, rarely appreciating the food in the rush to consume it. By thinking about whether things I DO reflect the person I want to BE, I tend to DO similar things to what others might set as rules. I want to BE healthy and fit. I've always known that means meeting a certain balanced level of nutrition. I want to BE completely appreciative of food. That means I slow down, take smaller bites, think about how things actually taste and feel.

-- My lifestyle is one that reflects who I am rather than makes me what I am.

  
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KING_SLAYER 11/11/2012 1:49AM

    Very well done! I myself had never thought of 'good things' potentially being false idols. Makes me glad to know that I do not stick to a strict diet or exercise routine, that those things don't make me who I am and I am not beholden to them. Although, I may have to re-evaluate my relationship to Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccinos!!!

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ILOVEMALI 11/10/2012 4:20AM

    Love your POV --

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SELINA2512 11/10/2012 4:09AM

    Interesting points! I like the fact that you get inspired from everything around you. emoticon

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MNJONES2 11/10/2012 1:40AM

    Thank you for sharing part of your journey of faith -- I too have chosen a different path from what I raised and I believe that what we call holy is in each of us. Thank you so much. It meant more than you will ever know.

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SPARKFRAN514 11/9/2012 7:25PM

    Good points to stop and thing over in this day and age you have grown and it shows in your blog . thanks for sharing your feelings you are thinking and caring person and are concerned about others like the one person said you are terrific caring person .

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FRANCES-AGAPE 11/9/2012 6:41PM

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Although you are not "religious"
You are obviously a TERRIFIC person

Have a Wonderful Weekend

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BLESSINGS!

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GOLDENRODGIRL 11/9/2012 10:12AM

    What a great insight. I do strive for balance in my life, but it is so easy to get sucked into "worshiping" unhealthy things or at unhealthy levels.

Thanks!

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APONI_KB 11/9/2012 9:11AM

    I've seen people sacrifice everything for a goal. They reach it and find that nothing they care about it around to celebrate it. On the other hand, living like I want is why I'm dieting now.

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LIZZYP609 11/9/2012 9:08AM

    Blue - you and I could be best friends based on your first couple paragraphs alone!
I am going to come back and really read this blog this weekend. I agree a lot wit this and I feel compelled to come back, read and meditate on this. Thank you!

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SHIROIHANA 11/9/2012 7:31AM

    Thanks for reminding us how simple it is for something to become an idol in our life if we let them. If anything has too strong of a hold on you in any area then you may be in danger of having an idol. For some, it's food, others, living by the TV or the computer. Then these objects take a hold of us and we forget to make ourselves a priority. We forget about our health. It's about knowing yourself and treating your body and soul as a temple. It's about having faith in yourself, regardless of your God.

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FLEURGARDEN 11/9/2012 7:16AM

    I attended a Bible study series once on the Ten Commandments and how we break them. Some were obvious - such as thou shall not steal, thou shall not murder, etc. But I remember most people thinking they had "thou shalt not have any other gods before Me" nailed down, until the pastor started talking about the same things you mentioned. Those "other gods" are anything that take too much of a priority in our life and push what should be important to the bottom of the list.

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NUOVAELLE 11/9/2012 5:53AM

    A very nice blog which deals with many subjects. There are a lot of comments that I would like to make but this would come out too long! So, I'll just say that I really like your open-mindedness and your ability to find hidden motivation. Also, when it comes to our "false gods" I believe that it's really difficult to balance everything out and not to let them contradict one another sometimes. But your last sentence really sums up on what should be the best approach.
Thank you for this blog!
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DIET_FRIEND 11/8/2012 11:21PM

    I was going to mention that other gods before God would include being a football fanatic. I would say in my case it would be surfing internet and watching TV. Very thoughtful blog.

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BERGIE8771 11/8/2012 9:09PM

    Thank you for this blog.

My pastor talked about not-what-we-normally-think of as idols, including along with career, making $$ and the real eye opener for me was watching football!

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KARL1266 11/8/2012 9:01PM

    How very very true. I wasn't sure how this one was going to go based on the first few paragraphs, but a lot of what you speak of here is similar to the way I believe as well. So you struck a chord with me on this one.

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KSCHRAUT 11/8/2012 8:52PM

    Wonderful!

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1EMMA2011 11/8/2012 8:49PM

    As a recovering perfectionist I adore this blog. For me it's about persistence rather than perfection. Great job! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MICHELLE_391 11/8/2012 8:22PM

    I had to read this a couple of times to let it all sink in. It is kind of like being the change you want to see. But also stopping to smell the roses every single meal, every single day. This idea fits right into the mindfulness I'm trying to practice. I don't always pay attention to what I'm eating, even if I spent a long time preparing it, regardless of how healthy, it isn't any good for me if I don't appreciate it.

Thank you for making me think today!

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FAITH__IN__ME 11/8/2012 8:12PM

    That is awesome! :)

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HYDROQUEEN 11/8/2012 7:42PM

    Bravo! emoticon

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Election Day 2012

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

I'm a U.S. Citizen. I voted. I'd missed a couple of elections and was actually listed as "Inactive Voter". emoticon For shame! (Mostly due to chaos of moving, and getting the new address registered, so I don't really feel bad - but was amused to actually see that printed next to my name.)

Having been raised a Jehovah's Witness, I was always taught that I wasn't going to be registering and wasn't going to be voting. (The reason is that Jehovah's Witnesses are very firmly neutral with respect to man's governments, believing Jehovah God's governance is supreme. They will follow the laws and pay the taxes, rendering "unto Caesar that which is Caesar's", but not volunteering or engaging beyond that.)

When I turned 18, that was actually my first obvious "rebellion", though I never thought of it in those terms and it wasn't obvious enough to be seen by the Elders the way my later *COUGH* indiscretion *COUGH* was (oh, hello out of wedlock baby over a year later).

One of the most important things in my mind when voting in elections is NOT, as so many seem to believe, the presidential candidates. To me the more important votes are the local measures (oh, hey, I'm agreeing to another 1/8th cent sales tax) and the propositions (hmmm, how to fund schools ...) Those are things that directly impact my life. The person elected to the Water District post directly determines such things as whether the water is hard (using groundwater) or more balanced (mixing in more treated water) and whether rates go up or down and how they're used.


No matter what you believe, if you are a U.S. citizen and registered to vote, I hope you're taking advantage of your right and privilege and participating simply because you can.

Even if we're on completely different sides of the issues and have completely different opinions on the candidates. emoticon That is what makes the process so important.

  
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LIZZYP609 11/9/2012 9:16AM

    I so totally agree with you. Local elections are much more important to me than Federal. With so many politicians saying "leave it to the states" this means that each state can make a huge impact on your day to day life. Of course they always have.
I also believe, as a women it is so important NOT to take the right to vote for granted. I am sorry but women RUN this country, regardless of what the politicians think! They run their households, they know better than most men what their family economy is, they know what their children need for future (and present) and what their parents need is as they get older. All of these things fall on women's shoulders than men's. If this world ever is to change it'll be up to the young and all the women.

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SHIROIHANA 11/8/2012 10:47AM

    I completely agree.
I also have to add that you don't have to vote for all propositions.
If you don't know anything about a certain issue, don't make a decision.
What's as bad as not voting is ignorant voting.

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DEBJAE 11/7/2012 9:59AM

    Yes! Great blog! It's amazing how many people don't vote because they just don't know...I say get educated about what each CANDIDATE represents, not the party...but either way, educate yourself about what's going on, most importantly, local issues.

Hope you're having a great day Blue!


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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 11/7/2012 9:36AM

    I voted early. emoticon My dad used to say you have no right to complain if you do not vote. Not that I plan on complaining though I may. I want the right too. emoticon

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RICHILA 11/7/2012 9:15AM

    My so voted for the first time yesterday. As a mom, it made me so happy to see all three of our names on the voting rolls. emoticon

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SHASTABEARZ 11/7/2012 1:34AM

    Blue, I kind of felt like you were a kindred spirit. I, too, am no longer one of Jehovah's Witnesses! And, yes, I voted! emoticon

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TALENKARR1 11/6/2012 10:12PM

    I always believe that if you don't vote you have no right to voice your oppinion. manly because you didn't lift your voice when it matters. hitler was voted into office by under 50 votes what would of happened if the german "senate" 62 absent voters that day? VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and uuum..........VOTE!

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JO88BAKO 11/6/2012 9:23PM

    Thank you for sharing your story. My dad took us when he voted and told us why it is important. We took our kids and I took my granddaughter when she was little. My dad, brother and husband were all in the service. People die so we can be a free society. Glad you're an Outlaw!! Good luck with your WI tomorrow

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SPARKFRAN514 11/6/2012 8:25PM

    I voted and now am watching the results I know they are saying we may not know until tomorrow who wins what a night of eating for a lot of people thankfully I am not one of them
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ROXYZMOM 11/6/2012 7:26PM

    Maryland had "early voting" last week so I stopped in last Friday after work. There was no line. I think it should be that way across the country. It is so much more convenient!

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ANGGEL40 11/6/2012 7:19PM

    I voted early this morning..I agree with you all the way!

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TRUNKJUNK 11/6/2012 7:12PM

    I agree the local issues are the most important to me as well. Those affecting my community and my state. I stood in line for 2 hours to cast my ballot. emoticon

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DIET_FRIEND 11/6/2012 6:20PM

    Glad you voted. Doesn't it feel good? I too take the local candidates and issues as seriously as presidential elections. I will be so glad when this election is OVER!!!!

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KOKITTY 11/6/2012 4:46PM

    Thanks for the reminder! I already cast my vote, it's very important! Especially locally!

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SHERIO5 11/6/2012 4:36PM

    Yep. Just cast my ballot. emoticon

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RUNNINGWILD 11/6/2012 3:28PM

    Blue is rebellious?!
Blue is inactive?!
Now *there* are two words that I didn't think I'd see describing you. emoticon

Thank you for voting.

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ILOVEMALI 11/6/2012 2:36PM

    Agreed -- local is important! But the money trickles down, and our civil rights trickle down, so we all need to VOTE!

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CIPHER1971 11/6/2012 2:35PM

    I agree with you - in the UK we are due to have votes for regional police commissioners next week and the predicted turn out will be 18% which makes me cross

Have a great day

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NEELIXNKES 11/6/2012 1:57PM

    I agree with your stance that the local issues are more important. I guess I should stop procrastinating and get work done so that I can go vote.

Have a healthy election day!

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JUSTAGIRL45 11/6/2012 1:41PM

    Love the sentiment!
I figure people died so I could have the right to vote. The least I can do is show up!
This was the first year for both my kids to vote in a presidential election. They were up early and we all got it done right away. I am soo proud!

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AMYTRIPP 11/6/2012 1:41PM

    Yep, voted this morning on my way in to work.

Like you, I don't put as much weight behind my presidential vote as I do the more local elections. The local laws and politics are what more greatly affect my day-to-day life.

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APONI_KB 11/6/2012 1:31PM

    I went early this morning. Funny thing, there was a young kid in there had to be 18 or 19 in a suit - seriously coat and tie. I heard him tell someone that he thought you had to dress up to vote, you know like debate club at school.

I thought it was cute and hey he's taking this all very seriously. The rest of us are just grumbling about having to wait an hour. Yea well no one is SHOOTING at us while we're in line so there's that.

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Do it for ...

Friday, November 02, 2012

As I've mentioned several times, I'm participating in NaNoWriMo -- National Novel Writing Month ( nanowrimo.org ). The goal is to write 50,000 words in a novel or novels in November.

This morning a Pep Talk was broadcast from an author, Kate DiCamillo, and she ended off with these words that struck me as being true of so much more than just writing:

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It is a truly excellent (thing) to have someone to believe in you and your ability to write.

But I think it is just as helpful to have people who don't believe in you, people who mock you, people who doubt you, people who enrage you. Fortunately, there is never a shortage of this type of person in the world.

So as you enter this month of writing, write for yourself. Write for the story. And write, also, for all of the people who doubt you. Write for all of those people who are not brave enough to try to do this grand and wondrous thing themselves. Let them motivate you.
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This is very true of our journeys to become healthy and fit, lose weight, learn how to nourish our bodies and strengthen them.

It is wonderful to have supporters, people who encourage us and have our back.

But, it can actually be helpful to have the detractors and saboteurs, those people who are convinced we'll fail and don't have the tact to keep their mouth shut.

Do it for you. Because you deserve it.

Do it for the health benefits. Because eating better and getting active does directly affect things like how often we get sick, how well we resist injury.

Do it for those who support and believe in you. Because they're right and emoticon .

Do it for those who don't currently believe in themselves. Because they need role models, they need those of us who have gone before to blaze the trail and show that it can be done. They will see that emoticon , that it is possible to emoticon and be encouraged to start or continue their own journey.

Do it for those who would sabotage, do it for those who lack faith in us. Because often the person they have the least faith in isn't us; it is themselves. They can't do it, so neither can anyone else. When we show that emoticon , a few may just start their own transformations - being given the small spark of hope that maybe, just maybe, they can do it too.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NERDLETTE 11/7/2012 9:02PM

    Awesome post!!! emoticon

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SELINA2512 11/7/2012 7:48AM

    Nicely put. emoticon

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MELLISOND 11/5/2012 8:43AM

    I loved this blog. It is so true. You are amazing!

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ILOVEMALI 11/4/2012 1:21AM

    Great motivation!!!

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PKCTTS 11/2/2012 11:56PM

    Great blog! Another tool for the motivational tool box.

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COURAGETOMOVE 11/2/2012 10:38PM

    Thank you! I really needed this advise.

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SHASTABEARZ 11/2/2012 10:27PM

    So true!

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DEELB1 11/2/2012 10:26PM

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SHIROIHANA 11/2/2012 7:54PM

    I love this blog! Very well written. I completely agree that you need to do it for those who don't believe in themselves. They wouldn't believe in you because they find it too hard for them to accomplish such a feat, but once they see your accomplishments, it makes them think that if you can do it, someone they know, that they can do it too. You're a hero.

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SPARKFRAN514 11/2/2012 7:40PM

    Thanks for another great blog that gives each of us something to think about on our own journey to good healthily life style. Enjoy your writing class.
You can do it donít let someone tell you canít do it
Waiting for an up date on the writing class.

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HOWIEANN 11/2/2012 5:12PM

    Nice post! Thanks for the encouragement to keep going in spite of the negative voices!

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ABBYANDYNME 11/2/2012 3:55PM

    I read that pep talk this morning also! I shared it with my classes today (we home school and I teach high school biology and middle school general science on Fridays.) It's great when we can use that negativity to fuel our success because there are always going to be negative voices around us! Thanks for relating it to being healthy and sharing!

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40LESSOFERIN 11/2/2012 3:21PM

    Awesome!! Thanks for always sharing and being so positive!!

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ROCKETGIRL229 11/2/2012 3:11PM

    Great, great blog! Awesome job.

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ELAYNE39 11/2/2012 1:49PM

    Excellent blog to day. There are many reasons to do it and not all motivation to do it comes from a positive source. We need to use our life experiences and situations, both good and bad, to our advantage.

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HYDROQUEEN 11/2/2012 1:43PM

    Love it!

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RG_DFW 11/2/2012 1:41PM

    Excellent

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RUNNINGWILD 11/2/2012 1:40PM

    I'm going to link this to the Outlaw page. Hope you don't mind. Some of them, heck ALL of us, can benefit from this.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
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KSCHRAUT 11/2/2012 1:29PM

    Wonderful! I've never heard of this challenge before, but I've written (not published) novels, so this may be something I look into doing next year! I love this blog!

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PAULALALALA 11/2/2012 1:28PM

    Just what I needed to read today! emoticon

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JACKIE542 11/2/2012 1:19PM

    Great blog, well said! emoticon

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KIMCOLLINGS 11/2/2012 1:12PM

    Great blog!

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DIET_FRIEND 11/2/2012 1:10PM

    As usual, a very thoughtful blog.

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CIPHER1971 11/2/2012 1:09PM

    indeed emoticon

have a great day

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SHERIO5 11/2/2012 1:09PM

    Very well said.

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