Friday, April 19, 2013
In our Scoutmaster minute, our SM pulled out a dollar from his wallet. He asked the boys what it was and they all screamed out "A dollar bill".. then he pulled one out from his pocket, all wrinkled and torn. Again, he asked the boys what it was and they responded the same - "A dollar bill". He then pointed out the obvious, one was crisp and flat, like new while the other was wrinkled and torn. Then he asked the boys how much the crisp bill was worth and they all replied "Duh, $1". Holding up the wrinkled bill he asked again "how much is this bill worth" and the boys responded "$1". He stayed silent for a moment and then responded with this "Two $1 bills, looking nothing alike, but both bills still have the same value just as each and every one of you are different, you all have the same value."
Know this - that no matter how crisp, smooth, wrinkled, torn, battered or bruised you are, no matter how hard your journey or the scars left, you are valuable. Don't sell yourself short, remember that you are valuable and worth just as much as the person standing next to you. Don't hide. Don't stuff yourself in someone's pocket feeling worthless because that wrinkled and torn dollar is just as valuable as a crisp one.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Winter is a necessary evil for me. I hate the cold but love a good snow. I hate the snow if Iím traveling but am amazed at itís beauty. I hate the wood burning stove but love coming in from a cold day and feeling itís warmth. Mostly though in winter, I love the Holidays but they also remind me of what I lost just days after Christmas. I think of my dad and how he gave us one last wonderful memory on Christmas Day. He knew heíd not make it to the New Year but he made the best of what he could. Despite the pain in his body and his heavy heart we all laughed and cried together that day.
In comes SpringÖ ah, Spring. I love Spring. Itís the time of year that reminds us of a renewed Spirit. Trees blooming, flowers budding, sunshine and lovely smells everywhere. Itís a sign of new life, cold winter days are fewer and days start to get longer. We begin to see the animals coming out more and more. Of course, with Spring comes rain and sometimes flooding. Just like my dadís disease, itís just a reminder that no matter where we are in life there are obstacles we can overcome. Obstacles that challenge us, break us down, and even make us wonder if any of it is worth it. Obstacles that if we let them ruin us.
Along with Spring comes a super busy time of year for my family. My daughter starts soccer, 4-H and Scouting pick up, work gets busy and finances usually get tight. Between my two kids we usually have some activity every night and several over the weekend. This is one obstacle I face in my lifestyle journey. Iíve heard all the excuses before and Iíve used most of them.. Iím too busy, my kids need me, my body hurts, Iím depressed, I just canít balance it all. Ok, so Iím not a single mom, working two jobs trying to make ends meet. But those of you who know my husbandís schedule, I often find that I am alone trying to keep up with it all. These are all obstacles that I could use to give up or give in but I donít. Instead I look for ways to stay focused and engaged as much as I can.
So hereís my plan for Spring Ė
1. Food. This to me is the most important part of it all. Since I wonít be hitting the gym as often or as hard, I have to focus on eating the best foods for my body and staying in my macros.
2. Water. I struggle with this when Iím busy. Water is important too. It helps flush the bad stuff and our muscles need it for repair. Iíve noticed it helps curb cravings, too. There are so many benefits to drinking enough water.
3. Planning. By planning my meals, I save myself lots of stress.
4. Exercise. Just move when I can. If the weather permits me to, walk when my daughter is practicing. If I have time at lunch, take a small walk. On the nights we donít have an activity, hit the gym or dance. Itís good stress relief even if I only make it once or twice a week.
5. Remember. Remember that this is part of the journey. Enjoy my kids while I can. It wonít be long and theyíll be grown up and then what? Iíll have lots of time and probably look back wishing for some of those days back when I was too hurried to enjoy their laughter, goofiness or watching them play their heart out for the love of the game. For now, make the most of it. Donít dwell on what I canít do, but focus on what I can and did do.
We must get past the obstacles to see the true beauty. Sometimes, we canít see it right away, but itís there. Just like my dad getting past his obstacles and giving us one more memory weíll never forget. The obstacles of nature subsiding and showing us renewed life.
Oh and for those who say these are nothing compared to yours. Try again. Remember you are only getting a small glimpse into my life. By no means are these the only obstacles I have faced or face daily. Iím not saying I have it worse than you or that your obstacles are less valid because thatís not true. What is true is that you can find a way around them. Your obstacles and excuses are only as strong as your desire for change. If you are ready to change, youíll find a way.
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