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What my dogs teach me

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!)


Believe, No Fear, No Doubt

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!

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KINKYBOOTSNO1 5/2/2007 8:19PM

  You'd better believe it honey.....you truly are amazing.....

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Fan the Flame

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!


What's in a number

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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DRAGONFLY1977 4/27/2007 9:38AM

    Great realization that you have made! I know exactly what you mean. I was in a funk about a month ago, where I was hovering around the same weight and I was so upset--all the while feeling and looking better, losing inches and pants sizes. What was I complaining about? The gravity thing again. And you have to remember, muscle weighs more than fat!

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Play time

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

I remember back in grade school the playground recess time. We got to let off steam, get in the fresh air, talk run about, laugh, yell and just have a break from the day.

I think that is what running is for me. It's my play time, my ME time, my see what I can do time. I like it best when I am just out there and not having to rush back for something. Even when I am trying to break a certain time in the distance I am going, or do a speed workout, it's for ME. It's me playing, having a good time and just relaxing.

It's so easy to just focus on the work aspect of things and not give myself time to enjoy. Reality takes such a huge bite out of the day so to be able to just run like a child without thinking about what I have to do next is great.


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