Saturday, March 12, 2011
I wrote recently about the death of my DH's Uncle George at age 90. His dear wife preceded him in death by two years although we had lost her 5 years before to Alzheimer's. Today the family held a memorial service in honor of both of them at the retirement home where they spent their last years; however, they had been volunteers at the home for over 20 years. Although the service had hymns and Bible readings and prayers, it was the memories shared by nephews and nieces (Uncle George and Aunt Nancy has no children of their own.) that moved us to laughter to shared nodding of heads and indulgent smiles as someone described a situation shared by all present. He always called her Dear Nancy and when she could not longer feed herself, he fed her every meal. As his own end was nearing and he was speaking the the hospice chaplain, he said he was not afraid of death, he just wanted to be with Nancy again.
I must admit that there are some today who call themselves Christian that seem to have forgotten the answer Jesus gave when asked for the greatest commandment. "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, your mind, my strength and your neighbor as yourself." George and Nancy were not theologians, but that they understood and that is how they lived their lives. In fact the dinner after the memorial service was hosted by a family who had been neighbors. Katherine told of moving in next door with five children and Nancy and George appearing before the moving vans left. Katherine realized she had moved from a state where you left your refrigerator to one where you took it when you moved. It was middle of the summer and she had no frig. Uncle George took to the nearby family run appliance store, told the owners this was his new neighbor and she needed a frig now. One was installed in her kitchen within the hour.
This afternoon I sat in a room with family, friends and neighbors and fully and completely experienced the power of love. May everyone be blessed with love like this.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Setting small doable goals does make a difference, even when they don't have to do with food and exercise. We are out of town this weekend and then I am leaving on a 3 week road trip with a college roommate. I had a series of "small" task to complete.. batteries for the camera, snacks for the trip, programming the GPS, etc. Last night I made a verbal list with my DH about what I wanted to accomplish today... oh, by the way, the laundry as well. Somehow saying them out loud settled them into my plans for the day and I began immediately after, well before breakfast with the first load of laundry. All are done, I will enjoy weekend with family and be ready after a new packing job to roll out Tuesday AM for the West Coast.
Sunday, March 06, 2011
The local yoga studio where I teach offers "community acupuncture" one Sat. afternoon a month. The studio is used, with mats on the floor with supportive pillows and the treatment costs $25. I decided to give it a try. The needles didn't hurt while they were in and I barely felt them go in. I think I had a total of about 20 needles in one ankle, wrist, hand and one in the middle of my forehead. Then I was told to lie still for 30 minutes. I actually ended up meditating for 30 minutes and felt extraordinarily relaxed and at peace at the end of the session...
Needles or meditation? I don't know.
Saturday, March 05, 2011
On a post on one of my teams, a Sparker added a link to a newspaper article about self-compassion v. self-esteem. In the article was the following link: www.self-compassion.org/
I have spent much of this evening exploring this site and still have some left to read. However, what I have found so far has been so wonderful, I wanted to share it on Spark People. Think about the messages you give yourself if you "fall off the wagon" whether it is with food, cigarettes, alcohol, exercising, whatever. More often than not we think about what losers we are and that we are never going to be successful in achieving our goals. Now imagine your dearest friend or relative, someone who means the world to you. Imagine that friend making a huge mistake. Would you say the same things to that friend that you just imagined saying to yourself??? If we are going to treat others with compassion, we must begin by having compassion for ourselves and recognizing we all make mistakes, we all deserve to receive compassion and compassion and kindness is the root of all major world religions.
Thursday, March 03, 2011
A bit of explanation is necessary. DD made great friends in law school and we all become an extended family of sorts. The first part below was written by DD in an email to the whole group. The last section is a response from one of the group. Needless to day, retired life is not boring in our household. This morning DH took pictures of his "invention" with the cat and is creating a "last invention appreciation kit" he will send to all.
"I was speaking on the phone with my parents yesterday and my mom said they had taken all the pets to the vet that day. My parents take all the animals (2 dogs and 2 cats) at one time because they get a"volume" discount. Which, as my mom pointed out, when your bill is
almost $300, a 15% discount is worth it.
Anyway, I know that my parents only have one cat carrier. So, I was curious as so how they transported both cats. My father told me of his ingenious plan: he took an old cat litter pail , took his power drill and drilled eight holes in the top for ventilation and took the cat in that. Can you even imagine what the vet must have thought when he pulled a cat out of a kitty
I am not sure if this is an improvement of his last cat carrier creation - a milk crate with a cookie cooling rack secured to the topwith twisty ties from bread bags.
What do they say...necessity is the mother of invention? Well, in my family I guess it is the father.
My question is, do you think I should spend $6 on a cardboard carrier for them or is it more fun to see what my father will come up with next?"
"I will be very very very upset if you buy them a carrier. You gots ta let this ride. Awesome story and I'm waiting with great anticipation for the next installment. It sort of reminds me of Red Green's Handymans Corner bit. Please don't deprive us of your dad's next great invention."
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