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Who Do You Talk To At 6:00 AM?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

I have been an early riser since I was a child. My mom says it’s because I was born at seven in the morning. My brother could sleep until midafternoon. I usually get up with the sun or shortly before hand. Because I am moderately obsessive/compulsive by nature I function best when I adhere to a routine. It can be very daunting when you have this amazingly creative mind that wants to bust free of all restraints that has to live in the same body with an emotional need for well-defined order. (And people wonder why I talk to myself….)

But I digress

Most mornings I am in the car, dutifully waiting in line at McDonalds to purchase a large, unsweet iced tea. (Cost $1.06) You’d be surprised the people in line purchasing breakfast at that hour. This morning I counted ten cars ahead of me, so I sorta slouched down in my seat and stared off into space. I have come to cherish my quiet time, any time I can be alone and reflective. Despite my need for order I can bend enough to realize I can’t always make the world stop so I can take time to reflect.


I am staring off into space and a lady in the car in front of me catches my eye. She is having a rather animated conversation with someone on her cell phone. I wonder who you talk to at six am. It’s not a judgment just a curiosity on my behalf. As I’m pondering this eternal mystery I realize that of the ten people or so ahead of me in line six of them are on the phone. Now the people pleaser within me, the man who must be loved at all costs starts to get insecure!!! Everyone is on the phone at six am but me.

When I arrived home Joan was awake and making her coffee. (She gets up when she is no longer tired. Sometimes it drives me nuts!!!) I tell her about the people on the phone and wonder why no one calls me. She looks over her cup of coffee thoughtfully and says “Most likely because you don’t turn your phone on until eight.”

I thought for a few moments and smiled…………… Crisis averted

Have a good Thursday

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SILLYHP1953 12/19/2011 11:04AM

    Thank God nobody calls me at 6 a.m. I enjoy my morning quiet time, too.

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MKPRINCESS007 11/12/2011 9:42AM

    I can't think of a soul I want to talk to at 6am either. Or for the times that I have been out with my DH for a long overdue night out, and people are on the phone at midnight or 1am. What the heck??????????

I personally HATE the phone. I love email because that is my preferred mode of communication. I like to be able to reply to someone when it works for me. Otherwise, it is pretty certain that I am going to get 6 calls at once! Ever have that happen, like one person calls and then it seems like everyone tries to call you then too? Odd, no?

Anyway, be glad you don't have anyone to talk to at 6am. You like your quiet time in the am!

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SKINNYMINIME22 11/11/2011 8:38PM

    Hi, John. I stumbled across your blog and had to comment since I seem to be the odd one out. I work from 7-5 (or 6 or 7) every day then, like everyone else, balance exercise/dinner and then everything else that needs to be completed after work. It's incredibly difficult for me to find the time to connect with my friends in the evenings and at night given everyone's own personal hectic schedules. And sometimes (ok, maybe a few times a week!) the best and most convenient time for me to chat with 2 of my closest friends is between 6-7 a.m. (hands-free, of course) while we're both making the morning trek into work. Maintaining those friendships is important to me, so I make time for it when I can. Just like exercise ;)

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FLGIRL1234 11/11/2011 2:13PM

    I'm with you. I don't think I'd have anyone to call at 6 am. My friends and family would ethier be A. Whats the matter? Are you ok???? OR B. What is wrong with you, its 6 am. lol

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GIRANIMAL 11/11/2011 1:07PM

    I love Joan.


So funny how ingrained our concepts of time and our innate fears are! Who you can possibly talk to on the phone at 6 a.m. seems like a totally valid curiosity to me. But like your insecurity about no one calling you that early, it occurred to me that whenever my phone rings or I get a text before, oh, say 8 or 9 a.m., my heart rate quickens and I immediately panic for just a moment, just as I would respond to a middle-of-the-night phone call. Obviously something must be terribly wrong!

And then, of course, it rarely is. Once it was my baby cousin sending me a random "hello" text before school. How terrible! LOL emoticon

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MIZZSB 11/11/2011 7:46AM

    hihihi John..

well 6 am is freaking early!!!
When it drives you nuts that Joans sleeps when she is no longer tired.. it drives me nuts that i can be awake before my daughter wakes up in the morning between 06.30-07.00 AM. While my boyfriend can sleep in till 11 am without a problem.. Some people need more sleep ;)

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KRICKET4 11/11/2011 1:12AM

    Wow! I think I forgot to turn on my phone today altogether. I'm always glad when nobody calls me :)

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GEEMAWEST 11/10/2011 10:37PM

    OMG! That's too funny!

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AIRPEACH 11/10/2011 7:44PM

My answer would be this: The cats. Or maybe I just think they talk to me. :D

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/10/2011 5:03PM

    Leave the phone off, John. There are already enough phone whores in the world already. emoticon

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LORI-K 11/10/2011 3:38PM

    Funny story!
I'm a morning person too, and can't think of a soul I can talk to at 6am! Who are these people talking to??

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HKARLSSON 11/10/2011 3:22PM

    emoticon Oh, that's funny! I can't stand talking to anybody before 10am. Oddly enough, I was born at 9:30am. Guess I need that half an hour to collect myself? Have a great afternoon and rest of the day, both you and your lady wife!

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CARTOONB 11/10/2011 1:57PM

    Your wife is a wise woman.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 11/10/2011 1:02PM

    Classic Joan!!
Crisis averted, indeed.
Enjoy your Thursday John and each day there after.

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WORKINGSTIFF 11/10/2011 12:12PM

    I was born in the early morning too and have spent a lifetime trying to avoid the a.m.!

I can't stand talking to anybody that early in the morning-only my dog. No noise, no TV, no conversation, nada....leave me be!

Your wife is obviously very astute...and probably quite droll too I bet you guys are great together!


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GETFIT2LIVE 11/10/2011 11:39AM

    That put a smile on my face this morning, John--leave it to your wife to put things into the right perspective. She is a very wise woman, I hope I get a chance to meet you both in person some day!


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GAL7288 11/10/2011 11:28AM

    lol that was funny! Makes me think i don't get many calls either, huh. I often joke that i can go without a phone for weekd with no missed or received calls.

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NEEDTOLOSE100LB 11/10/2011 10:56AM

    Funny. Sometimes I look around to see who is on their cell phones when I am waiting different places. I was shopping the other day and this woman and young girl (I would say maybe 9-10) were in the store. The girl was on the phone the whole time! Start them young.
The problem I have is that a good friend of mine drives truck and he gets done around midnight...sometimes we talk while he is driving, but I don't like distracting him so I have left a standing order that he can call me and wake me up to talk. He has a problem with this sometimes because he doesn't want to disturb my sleep, but I tried to explain to him that my best sleep time (do not disturb time!) is between 3-5 am. It is nice to get a "good morning" call sometimes!

So glad that your wife could put it all in perspective for you, though. You would have fretted all day otherwise! LOL.

Have a great day, John.

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PGNBRI 11/10/2011 10:54AM

    Ha Ha!! Hope you have a great day John!!

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LUVMYK9S 11/10/2011 10:01AM

    Thanks for the smile this morning! I wonder myself why so many people have to be connected all of the time. I suppose I am just old fashioned, I have a cell phone, but only use it rarely, whereas I see many people that can't go 5 minutes without chatting/texting on their cell phones! I guess I just don't feel the need ... especially at 6:00AM!

Good blog!

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WALKAWAY 11/10/2011 9:55AM

    LOL, that would be called the do not disturb function.

Have a wonderful day John! emoticon

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LISA01605 11/10/2011 9:43AM

    I get up at 4:30 every day (week days) but if anyone called me before 8 AM (week day) or 10 AM (weekend) they better have an emergency or I will likely tear their head off. I've learned to be an early riser and I am really productive in the morning but I am not ready for people that early in the day.

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ZMILENA 11/10/2011 9:17AM

    I liked your blog.
A word of advise.
Go to your local herbal store and buy herbs for tea.
It takes only 5 minutes to make it, a lot less than your line at McDonalds.
Real herbs are very good for your health in every aspect, and making your own tea is the only way to know it has no sugar added.
Try natural herbal tea with honey.
You`ll be surprised by how different it is from all the powder things they sell in McDonalds.
PS: Don`t turn on your phone at 6am. Treasure the time you can give only to your self.

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HAPPY-DESTINY 11/10/2011 9:16AM

    I know to whom they are NOT talking to at 6AM...You and Me! emoticon

Nice blog...Have a 'Happy' Day!

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HDHAWK 11/10/2011 9:07AM

    I'm an early riser too and the last thing I want to do is be on my phone at 6 a.m. That's about the only quiet time I get all day!

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CINNAMONCAT9 11/10/2011 9:03AM

    Ha ha! To be honest, I have a great deal of admiration for people who know how to be alone gracefully. Your writing is beautiful too; good thinkers make good writers.

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BEATLETOT 11/10/2011 8:51AM

    Very well-written and thought-provoking! Thanks for posting!!! =)

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 11/10/2011 8:51AM

    Lol. It does make it hard for people to call you if your phone isn't turned on at 6. Now I work on the theory that anyone calling me before oh say 7:30 has bad news. Never mind I'm up at 5:30 getting people off to school and work so I could talk but nobody I know is social at that time of the morning.

Have a great day!

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But What Can I Do..........."

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

In a word……… A Lot!!! (Ok that was two words.)

You may be challenged by your situation or circumstance. Exercise may be painful or challenging and you sit there and you feel helpless and useless. You see yourself coming to the potluck of life with an empty dish. You see team mates and friends and former exercise partners scaling new heights and you sorta hang your head. “What can I do? I am have no value!!!”

You can send someone you’ve lost touch with a Goodie, an email, or simply put one of those goofy emoticons on their Spark page. I have learned that very small acts of unsolicited kindness produce amazing result. Sometimes I’ll troll my friends list and realize I have lost total and complete touch with someone, so I send them a Goodie. Quite often I get a response that says something like “Thank you so much. That note of encouragement came just when I needed it. I was having a bad day and your silliness put a smile on my face.”

We underestimate the amazing power to help someone heal an issue or problem by honestly and sincerely letting them know we are thinking of them. Sometimes a person simply wants to know there is someone out there who holds them in their heart and thinks of them often.

Despite what we have come to believe our journey towards health is supposed to be enjoyable. Otherwise when we reach the goal we worked for so very hard long it’s a sorta hollow victory. How do we share the joy? It reminds me of the story of the teacher who received a note from a student. The note simply said “If you are happy would you please notify your face.” This journey should have a huge dose of joy and when last I looked joy has no caloric value. You can ingest as much of it as you like.

You can do a lot simply by recognizing the most amazing example you set for other people by the very fact you were created and are loved. Share that hope, share that often frustrating climb up the mountain and when you do I believe your effort equals that of a marathon runner.

During my quiet time the other day a thought rumbled through my brain. ‎"When you stand before your mirror in the morning and you realize you are standing before a miracle, it is then and only then, that your perspective on you and the world around you will change."

There is a lot you can do for someone simply by holding them in your heart. If you’re reading this then you know that right now, I’m holding you there and will continue to do so.

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GRANDKATZ 11/13/2011 12:43PM

    Great reminder; thanks John. emoticon

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MKPRINCESS007 11/12/2011 9:46AM

    As always, you are a joy and blessing to me. I hold you in my heart too, John, and thank you for sharing this wild ride of a journey with me!


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NASFKAB 11/11/2011 2:39AM

  Thanks John

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WORKINGSTIFF 11/10/2011 12:09PM

    Thanks, John, for being the great caring man that you are...

Have a great rest of the day!


emoticon-he's goofy too!

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TRACEY5280 11/9/2011 3:05PM

    This one must have touched a spot deep within as it brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing your gift of writing rather than hiding it. It brings hope and helps so many. Even in those times you struggle. emoticon

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    I totally agree. We are meant to enjoy life and to find joy in all of our circumstances.

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SILLYHP1953 11/9/2011 1:19PM

    I had never heard the one about notifying your face if you're must have made me happy cause I smiled. It is the community on here that keeps me coming help and be helped.

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HAPPYSOUL91 11/9/2011 1:13PM

    I really believe in what you said. " Despite what we have come to believe our journey towards health is supposed to be enjoyable"

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KKINNEA 11/9/2011 12:35PM

    Amazing thoughts - love them!

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SHERRYJVP 11/9/2011 11:30AM

    I think that is one of the best of the best blogs. Thank you always.

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TRISTAROSE 11/9/2011 11:28AM

    Thanks John and I hold you.

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GRAMLORI 11/9/2011 10:28AM

    Thanks, John. I needed that!

(Remember the OOOOOLLLLDDDDD commercial for....Hai Karate aftershave that slapped people? I remember a baby saying "Sanks! I needed dat!"


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SPARKENISTA 11/9/2011 10:19AM

    John--I am one of the luck recipients of your trolling. You are so right. I have been reading Louise Hay and others about meditating, re-thinking our mental mindsets and releasing old ideas and feelings that are holding us back. I have even worked on this with clients.

Yet, I have a hard time clearing time for quiet time each day. How do you do it? Speak to you soon!!!

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ATHENA1234 11/9/2011 9:44AM


Great Blog and very true! I don't know you, but I just want to send you a huge hug with lots of support.
You take care, and stay positive! You can do it!


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FROGGERHKC 11/9/2011 9:34AM

    Great blog! emoticon emoticon

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God In Action ...... A Meditation

Sunday, November 06, 2011

In 1986 a good friend gave me a copy of a book titled God Calling. The book is authored by someone simply referred to as Two Listeners. My original copy is held together with tape and rubber bands and to be quite honest it rarely comes off the shelf for fear it will crumble. Thank goodness for the internet. The book itself is a series of daily reflections and meditations. They aren’t really long. In past blogs I have shared a line here and there but this morning I’m going to share the entire text because it spoke to me on a number of different levels.

"God In Action
Power is not such an overwhelming force as it sounds, a something you call to your aid, to intervene in crises. No! Power is just God in action.
Therefore whenever a servant of Mine, however weak he humanly may be, allows God to work through him, then all he does is powerful.
Carry this thought with you through the days in which you seem to accomplish little. Try to see it is not you, but the Divine Spirit in you. All you have to do, as I have told you before, is to turn self out. A very powerful axe in a Master Hand accomplishes much. The same in the hand of a weak child, nothing. So see that it is not the instrument, but the Master Hand that wields the instrument, that tells.
Remember no day is lost on which some Spiritual Truth becomes clearer. No day is lost which you have given to Me to use. My use of it may not have been apparent to you. Leave that to Me. Dwell in Me, and I in you, so shall ye bear much fruit. The fruit is not the work of the branches, though proudly the branches may bear it. It is the work of the Vine, that sends its life-giving sap through those branches. I am the Vine and ye are the branches."

It meant a lot to me so I thought I’d share it with you. Have a good Sunday

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MKPRINCESS007 11/12/2011 9:48AM

    Beautiful. There is a comfort and joy when you believe.

Thanks for sharing!


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    This is excellent advice I can use right now. Thanks for posting it.

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SILLYHP1953 11/7/2011 1:45PM

    Profound words.

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SHERRYJVP 11/6/2011 6:58PM

    that is really great and went right along with the sermon we had today. (my husband, a layman actually preached it). It was about all our gifts our not really us, but God working through us.

Thank you.

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LYNMEINDERS 11/6/2011 3:03PM

    Thankyou again for your are awesome....

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CARTOONB 11/6/2011 2:30PM

    Thank you for sharing!!!

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My Definition of Success, Well At Least One of Them

Friday, November 04, 2011


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SILLYHP1953 11/5/2011 3:39PM

    If I'm ever somebody's boss I hope I'm like Don...and you look great in your grey sweater!

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HDHAWK 11/5/2011 12:27PM

    I have to say that my current principal is successful because he presents new ideas, asks good questions, and helps each of us become the best teacher we can be. He makes suggestions without telling us what we have to do.
You look great in your gray sweater John!

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NASFKAB 11/5/2011 12:37AM

  Great blog thanks to you & Don if he is around

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CARTOONB 11/4/2011 10:52PM

    Your boss' approach can be applied to all relationships in our lives. Hmmmm...something to think about.

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TERESAKLE 11/4/2011 7:50PM

  Super blog John. Just stumbled onto it. You have a way of getting your point accross without any BS.


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GIRANIMAL 11/4/2011 12:28PM

    Wise and timely as ever! "Have I done everything I can do to help you?" Guess who's going to go home and ask her dear BF a variation of that question ("help us") and see if it won't cut through some of the god-awful tension we're battling this week. Thanks, John! And if Don's still around, thank him for me too. ;)

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Acceptance Versus Resignation

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Right about the time I feel as if I’ve hit a stone wall, am walking around in a bit of a fog and generally clueless, God, His angels and His saints provide a clearing, a brief moment of insight that resembles a ray of sun piercing the darkness. Suddenly all is clear………….. At least for a little while.

God, The Universe, karma, the luck of the Polish, call it what you will, has brought a most amazing and wise friend into my life to act not only as a good friend but as a guide of sorts. I am honor bound to share their wisdom. We were talking on the phone the other day, both lamenting our current state in life when it dawned on me that this dear friend has continued to be a success in many areas of their life despite some very real and very challenging setbacks. I’ll have to admit that as much as I admire them I do get just a tad bit jealous of their ability to just keep plugging ahead. During the course of our conversation I figured out the difference in how we looked at things.

My friend accepts life as it is. They don’t sugar coat it, don’t make excuses. When they are angry, frustrated, tired, fed up, etc. They own it and show it. They suffer a weight gain, they admit it accept it and move on. Vehicle breaks down, cash flow dries up relationships get strained, all the other stuff that plagues us they accept it as the day-du-jour if you will and move on.

Me? I resign myself to my fate. Woe is me and all that other melodrama. No one has ever had it as bad, no one ever will and BTW I am fatter and more out of shape than any person I know because it’s in my genes, my ethnicity. It’s certainly not my life style. I have difficulty walking, so now I am limited to what I can do. Woe is me.

It is there I found the wisdom. My dearest friend accepts a condition not its limitation. I on the other hand get thrown a curve ball and resign myself to a life of gloom and doom. Yes I am grateful and thankful for all the wonders God provides me but I also sabotage myself on a regular basis by building walls higher and thicker than they really are and mutter something about finally getting my reward in heaven. When I resign myself to s situation I am giving up. And……….. I have a built in excuse

I have made a list of my limitations. They are very real and I am in the process of accepting them. I have come to realize they represent less than one third of who I am and what I am capable of accomplishing in my life. Until now I resigned myself to a certain fate. Oh, I had room to grow but the boundaries were clearly defined. Like anything new it feels awkward, odd and scary. There is this part of me that has been largely unexplored for fifty eight years. I wonder what I am capable of?

It is subtle at best and as my friend is teaching me difficult to discern between the two. There is a story in one of the Gospels that I never really grasped until now. A blind man stopped Jesus and begged for a cure. Jesus touched his eyes and the film that had distorted the man’s vision was removed. The man could see clearly. My vision is just not the external process of seeing, it is the internal process of identifying, discerning, accepting and moving forward.

Acceptance versus Resignation…………… A project for a lifetime.

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NASFKAB 11/4/2011 12:37AM

  Good luck in achieving your goals

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CARTOONB 11/3/2011 10:03PM

    What can you accomplish? Anything you want.

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CMBELISLE 11/3/2011 12:07PM

    It's all part of learning to exploit what you're good at. So what if I can't play the piano like a concert master, it doesn't stop me from enjoying listening to it. I'm good at other things and have to concentrate on those.

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CIVIAV 11/3/2011 11:57AM

    And a gift I am in much appreciation for. Received it just in the past few weeks and oh what a different world it is when you do.
How grand John.

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PGNBRI 11/3/2011 11:29AM

    Great Post John!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/3/2011 10:39AM

    It sounds like you found a good one. We have to accept ourselves and love ourselves as we are, not how we wish we were. We have the ability to decide whether we are happy are not, regardless of our cricumstances. It's a conscious decision.

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SILLYHP1953 11/3/2011 9:47AM

    Acceptance was one of the BIG lessons I have learned, am learning, and will continue learning. It applies to all areas of my life, but it still seems strange to have to accept my body as it is before change can occur.

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HDHAWK 11/3/2011 8:58AM

    I have some of the same struggles John. Every tough situation teaches us something. I keep learning that one over and over. Hope you're over the flu!

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MIZZSB 11/3/2011 8:53AM

    Hi John

I am like you. I do the same ( i am bigger, sadder, need more compassion from others etc) but it hit me recently that that is the way I want to feel. And its ME who lets me feel like that and act on that.
I am the 5% fall challenge and one of my co leaders DIANEDOESSMILE is restrained to her bed with an cast and can occasionally be in her wheelchair. But she is exercising everyday for 2 hours! may it be playing the piano or doing chair exercises she is doing it. She is coping with her life as it is. And she is one hell of a motivator for me!!

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KATHRYN1955 11/3/2011 8:35AM

    Hi John:
I read your blog with a great deal of interest and it occurred to me that while we (me) may be "begging for a cure", that for some reason that is buried deep in our subconscious, we sabotage our "cure." That whole 'learned helplessness' thing may have served us well in the past. I know I get to a certain weight, I feel great for a few days, then back up I go! I don't feel as well, but for some reason (which I am actively working on through some interesting chiropractic techniques), the weight slowly creeps back on, with all the resultant physical and emotional yukkiness. If (I mean, when!) I get it figured out, I will let you know.
Take care,

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WORKINGSTIFF 11/3/2011 8:35AM

    The story of the blind man in the Bible...does the man not thank Jesus and then go out and tell others? The other part to the story is that the man expresses much gratitude. He is given sight, something most of us take for granted.

When I feel down about my lot in life, I think about how much more I have been blessed with than most other people on the planet. Many other people right here in my town would love to have the life that I have. And I never forget that.

And you have a wise friend-what choice do we have but to accept what life brings? The big difference again is the attitude we assume with what comes. I truly believe that saying about life is 5 percent what happens to us, the other 95% is how we deal with what happens to us.

It's exciting, scary and challenging to break out of the prison we create for ourselves in our own minds. I hope you explore the endless boundaries...and accepting things as "fate" seems like a pretty passive way to go. Fate may provide an avenue, but I don't always have to take it.

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ERINBEAR1876 11/3/2011 8:12AM

    Very good blog, and very insightful. Sometimes when we get into a pity party, or woe is me, it is so hard to look outward to others who have it worse than us. It is so hard to accept what is handed to us in life.

"Project for a lifetime" Great way to look at it. You take care of yourself, and start breaking down those walls!

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