Wednesday, May 02, 2007
In our lives, we have two or three opportunities to be a hero, but almost every day, we have the opportunity not to be a coward.
It's so easy to just sit by and let life happen. To not dive in and splash around. It's easy to follow along and be part of the herd move. Follow the latest trend, have the latest do.
What about taking a leap of faith, of not walking in the same foot strike as everyone else. What about seeing two paths and taking the one less traveled?? Of stepping beyond myself and seeing what fiber I am really made of? Casting the fears, the doubts, the insecurities to the side like a worn out, tattered and dusty garment and running across that field. Seeing the faint traces of a path in the grass and following it to see where it will lead. Now THAT is adventure! That is living life large! That is NOT being a coward!
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Pay attention when an old dog is barking.
We have two poodles, they are both 13 years old and very much opposite of each other. One is black and the best friend to my husband. Geoff shadows him all the time. He is loyal, true and a real love. He listens, is considerate and a great guard dog.
The other is white, smaller (toy) growls if you move him, growls if Geoffrey is near him while he is eating anything, wants his own way, won't move for you and follows Geoff all the time.
They are best of friends and have grown up together. Geoff tolerates Mozart, when he has enough of him, he never growls at him, he just walks away, finds someplace else to be comfortable and that's it.
They are getting older and I make sure that I don't push them too hard when we take our long walks. They remind me to slow down at times, to not be in a hurry all the time. Take some time to walk through the grass fields. Stop when necessary. Smell the scents that are in the air. Rest is good. Naps are nice and getting a pat on the back feels great.
Yep these two dogs are turning this cat woman into someone who is enjoying (for the most part) having two dogs (along with the cat too!)
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
How easy to dwell on that which I can't do.....can't do a handstand, can't do a cartwheel, can't play the flute, ......I know because I have tried these things. But will I let them block my way for those things that I CAN do?
Oh I am most defiantly better at some things than others that's for sure. I can sing, (anyone can sing) and I can carry a tune, but don't compare me to someone with a really strong voice...can't cut it. It is a negitive thing to compare myself with someone else's abilities and it is also negitive to point out the things I can't do as well.
The focus is to be on that which I can do. I am a capable, competant woman. At one time I didn't think myself that, but I have come a long way from that kind of mindset. The new motto I have embraced is that which titles this entry. BELIEVE....yes trust that what I am aiming for is something I WILL attain. NO FEAR, no need to be afraid of anything blocking me from attaining that which I am seeking. And then NO DOUBT, no room for "can I, shall I, what if, why" and on and on with all the questions that could enter my mind. Confidence has replaced doubt, assurance has replaced Fear, and Trust and Belief have taken the front seat.
Look at all the things I can do! WOW, I am amazing!
Saturday, April 28, 2007
that there's plenty of life to go around, that all flames get brighter when we share them. They know that when we invest energy in others, we get even more in return. Don't sacrifice your chance at a bonfire because you're too busy trying to keep a tiny match from going out.
Makes me have chill bumps with the these thoughts. Life is to be enjoyed, to glow, to burn to light up the spaces around us. To show to others what can be done with this precious of all gifts.
To just sit and hoard the gift, to waste it is not passing it on. What do you give to another??? It's like being given the talents and then leaving them in the field, covered away from view. Nothing can happen. Nothing can grow and evolve.
My life is only going to come to me but this once, opportunities are only going to pass this way but once. I strike the match, I light the fire and then I make sure it doesn't go out. To keep a campfire aglow, it takes tending, new wood added and fanning it to spread the sparks to catch the wood afire. The breath of life is what keeps the flame fanned.
Now is the time to look closely at my fire, my life, my spark, am I fanning it to make sure it is aglow? What more can I do to make it a roaring fire? That is worth looking at today, and then applying it. Burn on!
Friday, April 27, 2007
Gravity should not be able to wield that kind of power.
Now there is a real thought....what if, there was NO gravity. Nothing would have any weight attached to it. Scales weren't invented and there was no way of knowing what I or anyone else weighed! How would I know if I was healthy? I guess I would have to use OTHER methods of checking that than the scale.
Something to think about today as those numbers can weild way too much power over me. I get really bummed when the scale seems to be stuck on a certain number or just wants to keep going up and not down.
Time to look at the me I am and not the me I wish I was. Today I am healthier now than I ever was. I am extremely active and as ofSunday completed my third marathon. I walk at every opportunity I have, I eat wholesome foods and watch the salt, fat and many other components to my meals. I have less stress and live in cleaner environment than before. Today I have alot going for me. I will remember that when I start to complain about not weighing what I want to weigh when I want to weigh it.
Does that mean I have "fat serenity"? NO"" Not at all, I know there are areas in my life that are in constant need of improving. Just like with my running, there is another PB to get, another race to run, another challenge looming. I'm not stopping my running just because I reached another PB in my time for the marathon. It means that I can check off reaching THAT time, and aim for another. So it is with life, I have reached today and there is tomorrow to aim for, God willing.
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