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Digest it

Monday, February 26, 2007

Make sure that the information you are taking in is not only full of "nutrients" but is also being properly digested.

It's so easy for me to read something quickly and not get the full meaning out of it. In my hurry to read I haven't taken it all in. That is why I like this journal option after reading the Spark messages. There is so much good stuff that it takes me time to really get into it.

If I didn't chew my food, or take time to really enjoy it, it would be just passing over my lips and into my stomach without the pure joy of the flavour. It's like when I had that bad flu and couldn't taste anything! Why eat it, it could have been anything or just water. I like to savour my food and I like this with what I am reading too.

I could stand to read alot more. Things with a variety of topics and not just on nutrition and running. But that IS what interests me. So it's to read that with full concentration and get to the heart of the matter, the real 'meat' of the information.


Don't look back in anger

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Holding onto anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intention of throwing it at someone else. You are the one who gets burned.

- Buddha

So true that anger burns me rather than the person I want to hurl it at. It is hard to let go of what the internal feels and step aside. I know that over the years I have gotten better at this. There are a few areas that I need to continue working on.

I can't afford resentments, they cause me internal strife and that causes food binges. I am grateful that so much of what ruled my life has gone. I have changed for the better over the past several years. Oh, I'm way from being done, but I have roads in my life that I don't drive down anymore and that has made a very very big difference.

I am a happier person, I enjoy my life and want it to be even better. With the help of God, my wonderful husband, friends, and SP I am heading that way! Thank you!


This too shall pass

Saturday, February 24, 2007

So endure the hardships of life, knowing that time will eventually heal your wounds and you will make it through. Think about what struggles have occurred in your life and what they taught you. No matter how dim the light at the end of the tunnel seems, it is still a light. Each day is an opportunity for that light of hope to get closer and closer, until eventually the clouds above your head part and you feel the forgotten sunshine on you again. Overcoming pain makes you stronger and better equipped to handle the next valley.

It's so good to know that things don't last. I know, the good things would be great to just keep on and keep on. But I think it would then just be expected to be good all the time. How would the harder times be appreciated if there weren't any. All things do pass.

It's like the scripture, 'and it came to pass' . I really like that and remind myself that it didn't come to stay, but it came to PASS. So no matter what I am going through, It won't last. That means to treasure those good times and hold on to them as they won't come this way again. That exact happening won't happen again the same way ever! And on the flip side, those troubling times won't stay either, so it behoves me to realize that the only thing that IS constant....is change.


remember the little things

Friday, February 23, 2007

In all things do the best you can, whether someone is looking or not. If you want to succeed in life, it is important that you have a strong foundation of consistent, hard work. Don't dodge the smaller tasks in an effort to hold out for the glamorous, important jobs. Put value in the small things and you'll reap a huge reward when you're put to the test!

It's that saying of doing what is in front of you and just doing it! That is taking pride in even the little things. I think the important thing is to do the best possible job even if NO ONE notices. To not do it for the applauds, the noticing, the high fives or the what like. It's just doing what is infront of me and leave it at that.

Put the time in to the task at hand and the benefits will happen. The little things are important and one after another they all add up. I'm taking this to heart with my training. It's the things I do each day, that will lead me to where I am going.

In my food, it's the small things of eating what I should be, in the right amount, writing it down, drinking the water, doing the exercise, getting the rest. All these add up to the bigger picture. I want the goal at the end and so I take the steps to get there. Don't miss the small sutff, those little things get me to where I am going.


helping hand

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Don't give advice to people unless it is asked for, lest you belittle them and come off looking like a know-it-all. Instead, examine ways you could help that person. Rather than continuously feeling irked by a coworker's mistakes, could you lend a hand or explain a task to her in a respectful way? You never know when the shoe will be on the other proverbial foot. Help others and one day it might come back to you.

Boy do I need to read and apply this one today. I lost sleep last night mulling over an email I received. It played on me and played on me and the frustration of what to say to a grown up son annoyed me.

I'm calmer this morning I think but I have been thinking about him and what else I can say to him. It's not an easy thing and I so want to just fix him but I can't. His life is his and how he chooses to deal with things is also his. I have given all the mom type words I can give.

I'm not giving up on him, just the contrary, I guess my place now is just to listen to him, and according to this little gem of information, to ask what can I do to help him. It would have to be a reasonable reply back from him as I can't wave a magic wand and drop bundles on money in his lap, find that perfect job for him, erase all his debts and bring life back to what it was. Time changes things and people as well. Being so far away isn't an easy thing when there are face to face matters that would be more easily delt with in that manner.

I am always a phone call away from him and several times this year I will be there as well. Communication I think is the key. I pray that it is the right one to help open him up. I'm putting out my hand to him and it is always there!


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