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Carpe Diem

Friday, January 16, 2009

Maybe the best advice ever given. The Sanskrit tells us that yesterday is but a memory and tomorrow a dream but today, well lived, will make every yesterday a pleasant memory and every tomorrow a dream of hope. Similarly, today is a gift, that's why it's called the present.

Perspective is important. Perhaps the best question we can ask ourselves is "What will this matter in five years?" Usually this can be shortened to five weeks or five days or five hours. What seems to be a monumental decision does not matter all that much in the whole scheme of things. Plan for the future but live for the moment.

  


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Thursday, January 15, 2009

It is cold here! The thermometer reads 32 which is balmy warm for you Chicagoans and Minnesotans but here in the Olde South, that's cold! After you live here for a while, you are no longer used to the cold. It's supposed to be in the low teens the next two mornings so I guess 32 is warm by comparison. The good news is that next week the mercury will probably climb into the mod 60's and God will return to His Heaven and all will be right with the world, at least weatherwise.

  


Snapshots and Big Pictures

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I started 2008 at 262 pounds. During the year , I got down to 230, then became complacent and drifted back up to 246 at years end. Now, halfway through January, the magic number this morning was 240. Looking at snap shots, there were some great periods of weight loss and some not so great periods of weight gain. The big picture is that I am now 22 pounds lighter than I was a year ago and moving in the right direction. It appears that football season is my downfall, spending Saturday's at the ball field with the grandsons and tailgating at the college games. Recognizing and identifying the problem is half of the solution. This fall, more health tailgate food and fewer M&M's at the kids' games.

  


Act as if!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The quote on today's Spark Search page is to be as you wish to seem. This is the same as "Act As If". Try to act as though what you want has already been accomplished. The human mind cannot differentiate between something that actually happens and something that is vividly imagined or visualized. By thinking of myself as a 195 pound person with 50 hitch-hiking pounds I will lose faster that if I think of myself as a 245 pound person who has to lose 50 pounds. It's a matter of attitude

  


Beginning a New Week

Monday, January 12, 2009

Last week was a good one but this week promises to be better. That is a promise I intend to make the week keep. Abraham Lincoln said it had been his observation that people were just about as happy as they made up their minds to be. Using the "act as if" principle and expanding Lincoln's observation, I always expect this week to be better than last.

  


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