Sunday, March 11, 2007
The best antique is an old friend.
With all the moves I've made during my life there are very few friendships that have held up. It's a sad thing for me but where is the support system, the girffriends, the days spent out shopping, talking, just having fun?
There are costs to everything in life, and moving can put a strain on those ties. I remember how devistated I was when a move happened where I had only lived a short while in a location (a year) but had made loads of great friends. I was angry that from then on they would only be memories and not my daily reality. I cried, because part of me was gone and I could never recapture it. I didn't want to accept that these things do happen. I was able to keep in touch with one of the women for several years, then it all faded. Her life changed and other things came into the forfront.
My life has changed dramaticly as well. Gone is the work that took me out in the field or into a business type environment. Gone are the drives to stores and shopping. Replaced with a family business with me as the office staff, a small village existance, being driven instead of doing the driving.
So what becomes the alternative to pouting, whining, complaining about all of this. That old expression, bloom where you are planted, comes to mind. I will look for new opportunities to reach out, to step beyond myself. New friends can appear anyplace and I will be there looking.
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Continue to set long-term goals, but keep your options and means for achieving those goals adaptable, just in case life decides to throw a wrench in your plans.
Boy is this appropriate for today!! The goals are set and life can really throw a curve ball. Things happen that are beyond my control and I have to go along with it. Plans can be changed, even if it hurts to make them. But somehow in the long run of things I trust that all will work out.
One of the marathons I was hoping to run this year will not be happening, this is beyond my contol. It is a real blow to me as that means the trip to NJ won't happen, seeing some of my children won't happen, visiting friends won't happen and that is life's curve ball for today. Of course I would like life to be stable and consistent and all my plans but that's not the case.
I'll get through this disappointment and hurt. I am strong, I am resiliant and I will keep my training up and believe somehow all this is for a reason.
Friday, March 09, 2007
A good cook is a sorceress who dispenses happiness.
I have always known how to cook it seems. Guess Mom taught me well as a child. I found a sense of creativeness in the art. I enjoyed it so much it even made up part of my degree. Nutrition is also a very big enjoyment for me. I've learned so much beyond what my degree offered. Now I want to know what makes up the foods, not because I have to.
That creative spark is in everyone and tries to get out in some form. Mine has been with food, with cloth, with words. I enjoy creating, of seeing the satisfaction I receive in what I do. If others enjoy it as well, than a double bonus. I have often given food gifts that I have created to say, hey, here ya go, enjoy this. I made it just for you. It is an outward expression of love and caring.
The food that I serve doesn't have to be fattening, sweet, heavy on the hips stuff. It can even just be a great fruit basket or a healthy bread, or a big pot of soup. It's the act of reaching out of myself to another person that is the true art of living well.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
So today is my future and my present. Looking ahead to where I want to be will get here one day at a time. I can't hurry it, even if I want it to get here sooner. It won't. It will take today to get to tomorrow and I will be right on time for it. I will get through this room called today and then walk to the next room and it will be my future, the next day, and when I am done there, I walk to another room.
I can't get to the room beyond without walking through the room before. It is a process and I will atempt to be patient.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Attitudes are contagious. Is yours worth catching?
I like to be around positive people, things, music, books, TV shows, etc. They encourage me, make me laugh, smile, think good thoughts, motivate me to be more than I think I can be.
Why would I want to be around someone who brings me down, is critical about everything, sees the bad, lazy, low self worth in just about everything that surrounds them? It would make me feel down as well.
Nope, I choose today that no matter what my circumstances are, to see the bright side in it. It makes ME a better person, a better wife, better friend, Mom etc. I like myself more and see the potential that awaits my person. Nothing seems impossible as the saying goes and I'm ready to find out!
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