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Habits and Thoughts

Friday, June 03, 2011

I have a little book that I have enjoyed called Don't sweat the Small Stuff. One of the thoughts contained in it is that become what you practice. In other words we become a product of our habits. The only way to get where you want is to change your habits. It has also been said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Think about it, seriously. Take it a step further and consider the thoughts behind those actions. If you can change what you think and how you think, anything is possible. Yes, there are some limitations, but there are far fewer than we THINK there are. One of the greatest battlegrounds we have is in between our ears. That's where doubt and discouragement live. I think that every single person can make one little change in their life that will , down the road, produce great results. That is what Spark is all about. My husband has been told by his doctor to lose 100 pounds and get his cholesterol under control. Even just a 30% weight loss will get him big results. He has made some great changes already. I try to encourage those rather than harp on the need to lose the entire 100 pounds. I will let the doctor do that once a year because that is more than enough! Still he gets overwhelmed because he looks at the whole picture, not what he can do right now in this five minutes or with this one meal. One of the greatest motivations I think I can provide s to continue to work my program and lose my remaining 25 pounds one pound at a time. So one decision at a time, one day at a time, one habit at a time we will change so that we can watch as our daughter someday gets married.

  
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GLORYLIGHT57 6/3/2011 8:45PM

    I have the book, too! I keep it simple...one day at a time. Now, I write in my journal; "It's a new day".

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3CATSLEP 6/3/2011 7:11PM

    I will keep you both in my prayers! We know it can be done! emoticon

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Relieving Stress

Thursday, June 02, 2011

There are so many people who cause their own stress in life. Perhaps we all do. I have watched women with their children get upset at the little things the child does. They are really small things that will not make a differece even an hour from now. It's just that the behavior is irritating to the mother at that moment. Being tired or bothered by other things is sometimes the cause. Have you ever been told to pick your battles or are told not to major on the minors? Why? Because we are creating stress in our lives that would be easily avoided if we would just chill out a bit. Our inability to handle stress creates stress for others sometimes as well which only compounds the problem. Then there are others who know what to do in their lives, but are unwilling to do it. So they stew and stew over a decision. As they stew they become stressed out. If they would just do what they know they are going to do anyway, the stress would be instantly removed from their lives. If we would just learn to let the little things go and admit sometimes that we are the only ones that will ever have a problem with it then we have solved the issue not just now, but later as well. You will never control another person and never should attempt to control another person. Control your reactions and how you deal with the situations and you will watch as stress melts away from your life. Peace to you and me!

  
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3CATSLEP 6/2/2011 7:24PM

    Thank you for your prayers - things have been less stressful in our home:) emoticon

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The Value of Fur and You

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

I got thinking about the mouse that came to visit yesterday. They really are cute little things, but at the same time so nasty. He won't be coming back to visit tomorrow. My cat was no help at all in the matter. Then I got thinking about my cat. He is sitting in my lap right now, purring and bathing. The value of animals is amazing. They say that they can help lower your blood pressure. They are cheaper than medications too. All the side effects make me think twice about those medications anyway. My cat knows when I am upset. He has licked the tears from my face more than once. I am his world. He tolerates others unless they meet his needs. Yes, I admit he is very selfish. I rescued him from certain death when he was days old and abandoned by his furry mother. That was 12 or so years ago. There is something so comforting about their uncnditional love. He gets so very upset if I leave him for a couple of days and yells at me for it. But on most days he is so very content to be in my presence and unload all of his affections on me. I return that love because of all he has meant to me through the years. I think we should all be a bit more like our animals. I do not mean that we should become selfish and yell at others when they go away for a few days. I do not advocate licking the tears of our frinds either. That might get you slapped! But I think we should be more unconditional in our love for others. I think we should show true concern for others on a regular basis. I think we should regularly spend time together even if it means not speaking a single word. I think we should lavish our affection on those we love. I think others should know what they mean to us and how much we appreciate what they do for us. We should not be afraid of the simple gestures that show our compassion towards other because the simplest of gestures can mean a lot. We should take a little time to meet the needs of others, because sometimes the greatest reward will come to us. Not that we should seek the reward, but it is a byproduct of the relationship. We need to realise that perhaps we are the world to another being because of what we have to offer them. We should not take this lightly or treat it casually. None of us is perfect and netiher are our animals. But think about it. Isn't that what makes us so loveable anyway? We will not be remebered for how we were like everyone else, but for how we are different. I hope this makes a difference to someone out there today. I hope that maybe it might make you think. You have something to offer that no one else does. Someone else would miss you if you were not around. There is someone who would love to be in your presence today and someone who needs you to be who you are. Without you, the world would not be as wonderful. Thank you for being exactly who you are faults and all.

  
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MPENNE 6/1/2011 7:18PM

    How awesome. I am so glad that little mouse came to visit. All life is so precious and all to often taken for granted.

Thank you for making my day special.

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3CATSLEP 6/1/2011 1:23PM

    I'm definitely different:) Love those furry pets too! emoticon

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EOWYN2424 6/1/2011 11:41AM

    great post!

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ALICIA214 6/1/2011 11:22AM

 

Amen.
Well said. I hope you have a Happy Healthy Day.

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Grateful

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Do you live a life of gratitude? The art of a thank you card is being lost it seems. One man decided to write a thank you every single day of his life. That little act transformed not only his life, but the lives of the recipients of those cards. David once said , "May the voice of thanksgiving never be silent around Your throne, o God." What it all comes down to is simple gratitude. So many times people demand their rights and demand to be recognized for whatever. Why not just be grateful for what you have? Life could always be better and it could always be worse. It is the sad times that make the happy even sweeter. The lean times make us appreciate the fat times more. The difficult times can be our greatest teachers of compassion and mercy and grace. Gratitude is the the glue in life. Be thankful for your freedom and thank a veteran. Be thankful for the food you have and the house you live in, no matter how imperfect and remember those who live with less and are happy with it. See with eyes of light and not eyes that have been darkened by selfishness. Today, in everything you do, be grateful. Then do it again tomorrow.

  
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IUHRYTR 5/31/2011 7:59PM

    It's not that difficult to send an actual or email note once or twice a month to those who have served us at the grocery store, post office, and other places we visit as well as the individuals we meet or talk to on the phone along the way. I wonder why we don't do it. Are we lazy or just not in the habit? -- Lou

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A Time For Grieving and Remembering

Monday, May 30, 2011

I find people's reaction to death interesting. I cry when anyone or an animal dies. I am not sure why, but it affects me deeply. My daughter's horse died years ago and my husband's boss wouldn't let him off of the county fair for a few hours to go take care of it. He said,"If that's the worse she has to deal with then she will have a pretty good life." It was pretty hard for her. I was shocked at the callousness. When I cried, my mom, a country girl, couldn't understand my reaction. I had lived in the country for several years by then though I was raised in town. My grandfather died when I was a junior in high school. I was not allowed to go to the funeral several states away because of something in band. When I attended my cousin's wedding a year and a half later I was finally able to complete my grieving. In my heart he should have been there and I was missing his presence. My sister basically told me to put on my big girl panties and deal with it. It seemed so cold to me. So when I hear of the death of a soldier, I grieve. I think of his or her mother. I think of my own kids. No one is guaranteed tomorrow and for some death comes so quickly. It is my prayer that those left behind will find closure and comfort. Know that you do not grieve alone.

  
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3CATSLEP 5/31/2011 9:53AM

    That was lovely - I will add my tears also.

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IUHRYTR 5/30/2011 3:36PM

    I, too, am the same way. I'm glad to read others also get emotional over a death of a person or animal. I often thought it was just me. -- Lou

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/30/2011 2:21PM

    I will add my tears and grief to yours for I am the same way. I do know that we all handle our grief differently...mine is through tears and sorrow.
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GOSPELCLOWN 5/30/2011 1:26PM

    Do not try to become hard-hearted. The world has too many cold and unemotional spirits already. Jesus cried even though He knew He was about to raise His friend back from death.
We lost a soldier over the weekend also. It doesn't seem to get easier with the additional numbers of fatalities.

I'd hand you a tissue any time!!

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 5/30/2011 1:01PM

    Cindy, I LOVE YOUR TEARS!!!!! The LORD bottles ALL of them, and I can imagine on that glorious day when we see Him face to face that He will pour yours out as an offering that was SWEET to Him! May the LORD give more of us His heart! {{{{{hugs, my sweetest, most tender-hearted friend}}}}

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