Monday, June 22, 2009
This Swedish proverb reminds me that we shouldn't bottle up our happiness or our disappointments.
Wouldn't it be nice if our friends phoned us to share their good news and we were there to give them an "Way to go!" or a "Well done."?
We may initially react by feeling envious, but a true friend should be able to be a cheerleader and feel genuine joy for the other person. Can you make their news into "double joy"?
It can be an honour that a buddy reaches out to share their sorrow with you. (We don't want to hear from them ONLY when their life turns upside down... that would be drag.) But if we receive a call from a sorrowful friend, try very hard to listen. A sympathetic ear can be more help than words of advice!
If your friend asks for advice, your perspective can be a big help, so be thoughtful and kind.
Are you ready to share the joy or half the sorrow?
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I've heard it said that it takes about 40 days of repetitive action to train the body into a new habit. I thought that I had made great inroads with the goal of drinking 8 eight oz. cups of water since I began the Spark People website. (Great inroads!)
And yesterday was my first dry, arid, unfocused day without the water. It happened all too quickly... It was like freefalling slowly and then faster and faster until it was too late.
I spent the previous evening at a downtown hotel without my water bottle. At the breakfast nook, I opted for orange juice and ignored the jug of ice water. (My bad!)
The package of oatmeal had some hot water in it... but I didn't even count that.
Next, at the office, I drank a coffee instead of the H2O. WHY?
On the road doing service calls I was out of my element yet again and lunch didn't happen until 3pm at a coffee shop. More caffeine and zero water. (sigh)
Off to the race car track to set up for go karts... was there water in sight??? Did we stop for some dinner? (Big fat nope.)
I was able to sip from a drinking fountain at the local Costco, but I was turned off because some slob had spit their blue chewing gum out in the drain. (GROSS!) At Costco, we purchased a bottle of water from a vending machine.
During the Go Kart event, I sipped away until it was gone. (10 oz. maybe?) And then it was off to dancing lessons.
I refilled the water bottle before the class started but by that time, my brain was not sharp and I don't think I learned anything about new steps or twirls.
Back at home, I had a mint tea and called it a night.
But as exhausted as I was, my sore feet and cramped legs did not allow me to fall into a peaceful sleep. (Did I associate that with lack of water at that time of night? DUH!)
The quality of my life without water is so poor, that I will renew my determination and treat myself to health and hydration each and every day!
Working on a new healthy habit,
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Today I was in a downtown shop that sold tea mixtures, teapots, cups & saucers, decorator trays and infusers. It was a delight to the senses! What is it about tea that stirs my imagination? I'm going to guess that I have shared many happy cups of tea with my grandmother at her cottage, wonderful pots of tea at our family vacation spot (the water was purer) and I've been spoiled with afternoon High Tea- all these events were positive, calming, delicious and made me feel like I was part of a special ceremony. Treasured memories!
I'm aware that we often feed and over-feed the people around us that we love the most. Don't we do that to ourselves when we are blue? I'm developing a thought that sharing a tea party is just as loving and it may be more healthy.
If we can enjoy a "cuppa" and not focus on the treats (cake, biscuits, scones, pastries etc.), we may love ourselves by slowing down, enjoying the taste of fresh tea, rehydrating our body, warming up on a cool evening, and seek out others who value the sharing of a tea party. Why else is tea enjoyed in so many countries around the world throughout history?
There are herbal teas, fruit flavoured, black, green, oolong and ground leaves, as found in maccha. There is a variety for all.
Isn't a Tea Party just the grown up version of the kiddies' favourite: milk and cookies?
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