Tuesday, November 30, 2010
I had a wonderful morning. I hadn't been able to get out to see my Mom, who is in a special care home for dementia patients, for several days due to snow and a back problem. So, I ventured there this morning and had a wonderful visit. I stayed for lunch and visited with all the residents there. And, to my and my Mom's surprise, her sister and brother-in-law came into town for a visit. They don't visit too often as they live over an hour away. All in all, it was a tremendous morning.
And the weather today is beautiful, nice and sunny.
And now to Rudy and Olive. Our local zoo, quite a large regional zoo actually received a couple of early Christmas presents... a couple of reindeer! Rudy and Olive will grow to 600-700 pounds are their life expectancy is at 20 years or more. We hope to have this "brother and sister act" around for quite a number of years. The public can't see them yet as the zoo is closed to visitors for the winter months. But, I hope to see them when I visit on opening day in March.
Meanwhile here are a couple of photos of Rudy and Olive. Olive is the lighter coloured one and Rudy is the darker one. Are they not sweet? Now let's hope they don't mystically disappear on December 24th. Oh well, if they do, they will be back by morning!
And to get us in the mood here is a wonderful animated video of the song, "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer":
RUDY AND OLIVE:
Monday, November 29, 2010
I read a story recently about a man who had just logged 13,000 miles on his stationary bike. He called this "my ride to nowhere."
In 2007 this now 44 year old man weighed 297 pounds and his blood pressure was 142/83. Three years later he weighs 205 pounds and his blood pressure is 110/60. This was a man with a goal, a dream, a vision.
Talk about motivation! How did he do it? He started out slowly, he worked up to 3 miles a day. He now powers his way through over an hour a day, each day, every day, on his trusty bike. What does he do to combat boredom? He plays video games while pedaling!
I know I can learn from this chap. I know if I have the motivation I can do anything I wish. Motivation is in one's mind. The mind must see the goal or need clearly. For the man above, he was concerned about his health and his family. For each one of us, our motivational goal may be different. But, yes, the goal is there... lurking in our minds.
Dictionay.com defines motivation as "something that motivates; inducement; incentive."
If we can find that one thing, that one goal that motivates us, let us write it out on post-it notes and stick them all over our homes, our cars, our office cubicles and on our bathroom mirrors to look at first thing in the morning and last thing at night.
My goal is to redesign my lifestyle, both physically and mentally. I have lost 44 pounds through this wonderful site and my goal is to lose 40 more. With my SP friends, I know I can do this!
What is your goal? Better yet, are you motivated?
"The reason most people never reach their goals is that they donít define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them." - Dr. Denis Waitley
Motivational Song - Never Give Up On Your Dreams
Sunday, November 28, 2010
"My Garden" is a poem written by an unknown author especially for people with anxiety. However, it has come to mean much more than that to many people. It has a special place in everyone's lives in the stressful times in which we live.
"MY GARDEN" (author unknown)
Deep inside of me there is a garden, full of many seeds.
Three very special seeds have names.
Those names are Confidence, Calmness and Contentment.
I was born with these seeds, but when I was young the
garden was not tended to, and the seeds of ugly weeds
began to take over Confidence, Calmness, and Contentment.
As I grew older, I thought that the weeds had taken over
the garden for good, and that Confidence, Calmness, and
Contentment were killed.
What I didnít know was that the little seeds, no matter how
many times they were stepped on or neglected, were the
strongest seeds in the garden. They were alive, only lying
dormant, for many years. For when I began tending the garden
myself by nurturing the seeds with the love and respect that
they deserved Ė small, yet strong, lovely sprouts began to grow.
Someday soon they will chase away the weeds and become the
most beautiful flowers in my garden.
Eventually, they will drop other seeds into the fertile soil and they
too will grow strong with lovely flowers, with names like Hope, Pride,
Peace, and Dignity.
Nobody will be able to walk on my garden again --- I wonít let them!
For I know that every human being has the right to grow a beautiful
garden inside of them.
A wonderful video: "51 Things In My Garden":
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