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The River Of Our Lives

Sunday, November 11, 2012

In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams." Acts 2:17

I have a reoccurring dream. I am standing on a river bank looking at the other side. Before me a river flows. Sometimes the river is clear and sometimes it swirls and is indiscernible. Always there are stones and rocks. Some are large, and some are small. Some jut out of the water and some lay quietly letting the water rush over them.



I've had this dream often enough to know its not random. There is a message in it for me. I've taken time to reflect and meditate on its meaning. Because we are part of each other I'd like to share my thoughts with you.

The river bank I stand on is my life as it is now. The far bank are my hopes, dreams and goals. Between the two lays a series of challenges and adventures. The stones and rocks are the path provided to me reach the other side of the river.

Some of the stones are smooth and flat, easy to stand on. I feel comfortable when I stand on them. Other are a bit uneven. I have to concentrate to keep my balance and when I stand on them I never relax. They rock unpredictably. If I'm not careful I'll tumble into the river.

Sometimes I have to make a decision which way to step. The quickest route looks small and sharp. They dont offer much comfort. Veering to their right or left I see large flat stones that take me miles from my destination but offer security. Which path should I take?

Sometimes I have no alternative. I have to stand like a crane atop a set of small pointed stones, bite my lower lip and fight back my tears. As their points pierce my feet I look wildly for the next alternative, wondering if there will be more or less pain.

The dream tells me that life holds no permanence. At any given moment a strong current might knock me off a secure stone and into a raging river. It tells me that no matter how comfortable I become I have to keep adjusting to the changes my life presents me. Real suffering comes from expecting everything to remain just as it was or is.

This dream is not always comfortable. Sometimes it irritates and disturbs me when I wake up. Why cant I stand still and enjoy the breeze and the spray?

Choices, choices, choices - so many choices before me each moment I'm alive. Yes, some are fraught with peril but they create the river of my life.



"'In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams."

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HLPRATT 11/13/2012 10:33AM

    I love to dream and often have very vivid ones. It's always great when they make sense to you. I really think they can help us with our journey if we can discern their meanings

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RACINGSLUG 11/13/2012 10:01AM

    Thank you for sharing this interesting dream. It's funny, when you first started talking about the rocks in the river, my immediate interpretation is that they were the obstacles in your path, not the stepping stones to success. But then I wonder... could they not be both? Isn't it facing challenges and overcoming obstacles that gets us from one point to another?

And yes, all things are impermanent - that's what my tattoo says, and it is there to remind me. This works both ways. It's true you could get thrown off course, but it's also true that, while off course, you could find your way again. We don't know what life has in store for us, I've been feeling so out of control of my life lately, but you are right, we can control what we put into our mouths. We have more control than we often realize.

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LYNMEINDERS 11/12/2012 3:41AM

    Brilliant John...and so true

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/11/2012 7:57PM

    I used to have a recurring dream until the dream actually happened to some extent. It did help me to move on and conquer my fears.

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REGILIEH 11/11/2012 5:18PM

    Dear, dear John!
I read this and I am in tears. How profound! I feel so blessed to have found you in my life in some way. I hope I don't sound weird or like a nut case because I am quite credible and have had unbelievable opportunities in my life. I served on the Federal Reserve board when Greenspan was the head. I owned my own company for 28 years with over 500 employees. I'm not tooting my own horn I just want you to know I am credible.

All that said, I just thank you so very much for this deep meaning blog. Thank you so much for sharing. I really think you should be a minister. God bless you and yours.

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CARTOONB 11/11/2012 2:04PM

    And if you make it to the other side, then what?

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MOTHER-NATURE 11/11/2012 1:29PM

    emoticon for sharing your dream, it has inspired me and I hope to be able to have dreams just like that .... It was a beautiful dream sparkfriend emoticon

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DEBRITA01 11/11/2012 12:11PM

    Good analogy and interpretation of your recurring dream. Life can be like a river with many choices...and they are ours to make.

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ANATASHIKI 11/11/2012 11:42AM

    nice dream and I'm glad you found the meaning for you . if I dreamed that I would have been floating on something on the river emoticon . or going high speed against the stream emoticon (I did dream that :D) . makes you wish you could fly to the other side emoticon . and why not? emoticon

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NASFKAB 11/11/2012 11:16AM

  inspiring thanks

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DOODIE59 11/11/2012 10:33AM

    Your river analogy is pretty clear:) Your mind is trying to straighten things out -- all part of the process of going forward. You are clearing the path to success. Keep on thinking, consciously and unconsciously.

In a small way, your blog reminded me of one I wrote way back near the beginning of my journey. It was called "Ugh! Not hurtling toward success:)" and spoke of being grateful for those stones in the river -- they are crucial to your success. How else to cross the river? My journey has wandered and wavered over the last two years, and I can say that I have veered far from the banks of the river in the WRONG direction several times ... but it is important to keep the far side of the river in your sights. That way lies the future. See you there!
Deirdre

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BLUEROSE73 11/11/2012 10:19AM

  wow. gives me something to think about. Thanks for sharing

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SHERIO5 11/11/2012 9:48AM

    I have had the same image in my dreams repeatedly...different interpretations on different days...thanks for sharing yours...the last time I dreamed of the water I woke wondering why I was fearful of getting wet?

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NEWMOM20121 11/11/2012 9:39AM

    Wonderful blog.

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HDHAWK 11/11/2012 9:34AM

    I think you've got it exactly right John! Very thought provoking.

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Family Weight Loss Monthly Update: Sorry No Sensational or Catchy Title That Might Offend Someone

Saturday, November 10, 2012

At the end of September I blogged about our family weight loss and how well we were all working together on getting healthy. At the time we’d lost a combined weight of 60 pounds. My daughter Katie compared it to losing a small child. I blogged that comparison and caught all sorts of heat from some folks who thought it was cruel for me to compare weight loss to losing a child. Someone suggested I compare it to 60 pounds of blowing balls. I just couldn’t visualize that. I’m not a bowler. But, anyway, the life lesson there was that you can’t please everyone. I went back and checked the date on that blog and found to my surprise it’s been a tad bit over a month since I gave ya’ll and update. (That last phrase is southern for “It’s been awhile since I furnished each of you with an update.”) So here is the tale of the tape. Or scale as the case may be.

In the past month Joan, Maggie, Katie and I have lost an additional 30 pounds. The running total is 90 pounds since September 1. During that time Joan and Katie participated in a “biggest loser” type competition at our gym. I am proud to say, (Close your eyes and imagine my chest puffed out and my face awash with pride……… Okay maybe you shouldn’t) that Joan took first place and Katie took second place. For their effort Joan won a year’s free gym membership and Katie won a six month membership.

Here’s what I learned from a family-get-healthy- initiative:

It’s easier to get to the gym when you are going with other people especially when one of them is your wife who looks at you and says “We ARE GOING to the gym.” It becomes a no brainer and you have three other people to walk, run, swim and work out with.

Food choices get simpler when you buy and cook lottsa good, healthy stuff. There’s support in three other people saying “Nope, we aren’t taking the lazy way out tonight and eat out, one of us is going to cook dinner.”

We have all had losses and we have all had gains and each of us draws wisdom from the other. Katie and Maggie utilize Weight Watchers, I use Spark People and Joan samples from both process. Each of us is doing what is successful for us personally and supporting the other people in the family with their journey. We are not ashamed or embarrassed to take someone to task for slacking off. No pious platitudes, no “isms,” just common sense and a lot of love, sprinkled with the joy of watching someone you love grow the right way, inside rather than outside!!!

In many respects Hillary Clinton was right……….. It takes a village.

  
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GEEMAWEST 11/16/2012 10:53PM

    Did someone really suggest you compare it to 'blowing balls'? That's just weird. They probably meant bowling balls. LOL

It is so great that you have that support. I am hoping to get DH on board in the near future. He is finally realizing that his health isn't what it used to be.

P.S. In the physical therapy room at work they have weights that you can wear around your waist or ankles, etc for exercise. When someone loses 10, 20 or however many pounds they put that amount of weight on the person to carry around. It's amazing to know what 20 pounds feels like when you have to carry it around all day. I'm just saying that it's better than a bowling ball.

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HLPRATT 11/13/2012 10:35AM

    That's a great way to do it!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/11/2012 7:40PM

    Congratulations to your entire family. You are doing great!!

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NASFKAB 11/11/2012 11:15AM

  awesome news family doing it together

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SHERIO5 11/11/2012 9:51AM

    So awesome to hear of your family 's success! emoticon

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NEWMOM20121 11/11/2012 9:43AM

    First I would have used the same analogy.

Second - Congratulations to all of you. It does make it easier when everyone is striving for the same thing.

best wishes to you and your family

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WALKNLOVE 11/11/2012 3:31AM

    So happy for all of you! Keep up the good work!!!

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REGILIEH 11/10/2012 10:26PM

    You all are such a wonderful family! I always love hearing about your family activities!

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AMARILYNH 11/10/2012 6:12PM

    Wow - awesome job!!

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CARTOONB 11/10/2012 5:39PM

    Congrats on the team work and the successes!

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PHEBESS 11/10/2012 4:46PM

    Great job, all of you!!!!

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HDHAWK 11/10/2012 3:14PM

    Why are people so darn touchy. It was just a comparison for crying out loud. Other than that, congrats on your consistency. It helps to have the whole family on board. I'm married to a junk food eater so the house is filled with things I shouldn't be eating. Hubby doesn't exercise either so it sometimes makes it harder for me to be motivated to do it BUT those are all things than can be overcome. emoticon

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SIMPLY-4-ME 11/10/2012 2:54PM

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I think you're all doing terrific!!

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CRYSTALJEM 11/10/2012 2:26PM

    Oh some folks just have no sense of hee haw! Congrats on the wins and losses emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Enjoy! CJ

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LYNMEINDERS 11/10/2012 2:26PM

    Woohoo...awesome...well done to you all...
I adored your parallel to 60 pounds....
Like you I need something I can visualize....don't be put off sharing your visuals with us just beccause some peoples brains operate differently....
You right...you can't please all of the people...some people you will never please...

Thankyou....
Lo
ve reading your blogs......don't change them

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HEALTHIERKEN 11/10/2012 1:39PM

    Very insightful blog : )
Congratulations to all of you for making this a family thing--you're right, it makes the whole journey so much more do-able.
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ANATASHIKI 11/10/2012 1:36PM

    wow , great news ! you're lucky , my mom just cooked caramel custard which is my favorite sweet in the world. luckily she ate it fast emoticon . no one in my family needs to loose weight and more or less around me , we are just starting to get fat as a nation lol so I don't expect much support . and may I say that people get too easily offended? emoticon

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DOODIE59 11/10/2012 1:31PM

    Sounds like you have a lovely and positive situation going on in your home -- that's great! Keep up the good work:)
Deirdre

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LINDA7668 11/10/2012 1:19PM

    Congratulations to you and your family!! I believe that losing weight is easier when the whole family is on board.

Personally, I'm not offended by the small child comment. It's an analogy that most people can understand. But, for those that were offended, here is another one. A large bag of mulch weighs 50 pounds- so, to date, your family has lost almost almost the equivalant of two large bags of mulch. That is a huge accomplishment! Ya'll should be proud of yourselves.

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POPSY190 11/10/2012 1:18PM

    Great blog.

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FANGFACEKITTY 11/10/2012 1:13PM

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It's great that you all have each other to support one another (and lay donw the law as the case may be!).

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SENIMMO 11/10/2012 1:13PM

    90 pounds! Wow! I should say you're proud of yourselves! You'd better be, lol. And the comparison thing? Take it with a grain of salt. I understand your daughter's meaning, and the people who were upset took it literally and personally, not in the spirit it was intended. Don't sweat the little stuff. Have a great Holiday season!

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BEACHBUM4LIFE 11/10/2012 1:11PM

    Congratulations!! You guys are doing great!!!

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Only At McDonalds

Friday, November 09, 2012

Every morning, Monday through Friday, being the dutiful and loving husband I have become, I sit at the McDonalds drive thru and order a large black coffee for Joan. On Saturday and Sunday she brews her own pot. I don’t ask why. It’s how I’ve stayed happily married for close to forty years. This morning we got up earlier than normal for some reason which meant the drive thru line would be sparse. As I am pulling into line I saw there was only one car ahead of me; a very high end BMW. The car was sleek and that amazing midnight blue I love so much. I rolled down my window and waited, and waited a bit more and waited even longer. I line was forming behind me. You could feel the karmic impatience oozing out of the us.

I’m a compulsive eaves dropper. It’s where I get a lot of my ideas. I craned my head a bit and heard the gentleman in front of me going through a laundry list of food related questions. Was their biscuits gluten free? If not did they have a gluten free alternative? Did the sausage and bacon contain preservatives? Those were the types of questions he was asking. Now before you get all judgmental on me here I applaud the dude for wanting to eat healthy and stay as natural as possible. But, seriously friends, at McDonalds? You’re looking for gluten free?

I’m not sure who became frustrated first him or the attendant but he gunned his finely tuned engine and sped away without ordering. Joan said that maybe the guy makes it a habit of exasperating fast food attendants, causes them to lose their tempers and then sues them for a large sum.

Maybe it’s how he can afford a BMW.

It is a true story friend. I have enough of these to share. I don’t have to make them up.

Namaste

  
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GIRANIMAL 11/13/2012 2:17PM

    I hear you. Beyond-relaxed standards for what qualifies as "food" are the biggest reason I don't touch any fast food anymore. (Luckily for me, in this case, I don't travel much!)

Maybe he's not from the U.S. From what I understand, gluten-free menus are practically the norm in other parts of the world. And the FDA is far more lax about chemical preservatives and such than equivalent regulating bodies in others countries, so maybe McD's has to be cleaner elsewhere?

Of course, I like Joan's suggestion too. emoticon



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CMBELISLE 11/13/2012 11:15AM

    I have to say that some people will ask questions of the staff when all they need to do is look online or ask for the restaurant's nutrition and allergen information. If the employee had been trained properly, he would have given a copy to the person.

I follow a gluten-free and MSG-free as much as possible. McDonald's is one of the few fast food places that is MSG-free for the most part (sauces and salad dressings have to be checked closely). For gluten-free, you have to learn to navigate their menu and not be in the super-sensitive category of gluten intolerance (cross-contamination can be a problem for some).

While McDonald's has several menu items that qualify in the cardiac-arrest-inducing category, they have had many that are healthy. Many fast food chains (mostly chicken places) use MSG in nearly everything they serve - some even put it in their biscuits and croissants.

The most important thing to know about fast food chains - their nutrition and allergen information is available online. Know before you go - works for losing weight and avoiding allergens.

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CARTOONB 11/9/2012 9:23PM

    Better be careful...he might read blogs and sue for libel too. emoticon

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DEBRITA01 11/9/2012 6:33PM

    Having started a wheat-free diet this past week, I can relate. However, I wouldn't expect Mickey D's to have much to offer. Quite possibly he had limited options but if he has that many ?'s, he needs to go in - or risk having some irate fellow customers who haven't had their coffee yet!

I love to eavesdrop and people watch, too...our fellow humans are just fascinating! emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 11/9/2012 5:29PM

    i love it and also Joan may have a good point....

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/9/2012 3:36PM

    Thanks for sharing...true stories like that are the best!
Have a great week end and keep your eyes and ears open...you never know what is coming next...I am waiting...
Hugs,
Mary

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HKARLSSON 11/9/2012 3:31PM

    *sigh* Oh, the humanity.

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PURPLE180 11/9/2012 1:40PM

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AMAS92568 11/9/2012 1:10PM

    That's hysterical! Couldn't he just look at the picture menu and answered his own questions? Doofus.

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REBECCAMA 11/9/2012 1:03PM

  Maybe there was some reason he couldn't get to a store.

Actually McD's has made a big deal about being healthier. They offer salads, apples, juices, etc.. There are a lot of ways to eat gluten-free for lunch and dinner. So maybe his request isn't as odd-ball as it seems.

Or maybe he's trying to get McDonald's to add some gluten-free items to the menu. If the employees get peppered with requests, maybe eventually Corporate will hear it, and make the necessary changes.

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MOBYCARP 11/9/2012 1:00PM

    Long before I found SparkPeople, I decided it was less stress to go inside and wait behind people who couldn't decide what they wanted than to wait in line in the drive through. You can still get stuck behind someone like this, but at least you're not burning gas and breathing carbon monoxide.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 11/9/2012 12:27PM

    LOL seriously, why on earth would anyone think McDonald's would have gluten- or preservative-free anything? I mean, order a yogurt parfait or something where you can be reasonably sure the ingredients aren't THAT bad if you really need to get some fast food...I can't even fathom why this guy would bother with those kinds of questions at a McDonald's - and in the drive-thru! At least go inside so you're not holding everybody up! Bizarre. Thanks for sharing this story, it made me laugh. :)

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MISSB8604 11/9/2012 11:20AM

    People are something else!

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SIMPLY-4-ME 11/9/2012 11:11AM

    There always has to be the one that will hold up a line. LOL
Glad you had the patience.

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STHAX10 11/9/2012 11:04AM

    I know, it is so funny, right??? I just cannot see how someone so ignorant can afford that nice of a car!! Maybe McDonald's can make separate menus that are for the "healthy and ignorant" eaters out there...

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LANEYPUDDLESMOM 11/9/2012 11:01AM

    Thanks for the laugh !! It is kind of scary that he is allowed to drive on our highways... lol emoticon

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MAMADWARF 11/9/2012 11:00AM

    What I am learning since my niece was recently diagnosed with celiac disease is, you quickly figure out exactly where you can eat when you are on the road. And for any gluten free folks reading this, in and out is the only fast food place. Order the burger protein style which is lettuce wrapped and no bun and the fries are gluten free. Otherwise, go to a store and grab a KIND bar.
I'm wondering if maybe he was caught without some food and he was more mad at the situation than at trying to eat healthy so where really quick.

Sorry to change the tone of this, but it is just another perspective...I also love eavesdropping john!!

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LISALGB 11/9/2012 10:58AM

    Too funny!! Sounds like he has more money than common sense!!
Thanks for the laugh!

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PIPERCHICKAB 11/9/2012 10:54AM

    Some people! Funny story!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 11/9/2012 10:53AM

    LOL How mixed up must you be if you're looking for healthy alternatives at McD's?

Thanks for making me laugh.

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ANATASHIKI 11/9/2012 10:46AM

    lol , I was wandering what's with that status before . I tend to agree with your wife, someone who searches for healthy food at a fast food shouldn't have a driver license emoticon well , some salads if you skip the sauce aren't that bad though emoticon

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DABLUECAT 11/9/2012 10:42AM

    Rich, simply rich!
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NASFKAB 11/9/2012 10:35AM

  FUNNY CANT HELP LAUGHING only you would mention it thanks

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/9/2012 10:30AM

    Sounds like the guy was up to something. No one thinks you are getting healthy gourmet food at the Golden Arches.

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CRYSTALJEM 11/9/2012 10:29AM

    Hilarious! Thank you as always.

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HDHAWK 11/9/2012 10:27AM

    There's my chuckle for the day! emoticon

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SEESKO 11/9/2012 10:22AM

    To funny! He could have ordered some apple slices maybe! :)
And you really can't beat a large black coffee for 1 dollar! Congrats on a long and happy marriage. My husband and I have only been married 12 years, but would wager that coffee could be the key to happiness!

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We're Going To Be Okay, Really We Are

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

It doesn’t matter who wins the elections in the USA. America’s future is safe and sound. As long as we have bright, young, forward thinkers like Rachel “Fitz” Fitzpatrick we are going to be okay. I take the liberty of calling Rachel a good friend and I know for sure she is an inspiration. We only met once, at a birthday party a while back, and since then have been Facebook buddies. Rachel’s is in her twenties and full of optimism and enthusiasm for life and everything that’s in it.

I wanted to blog about our nation and our freedoms and how important and sacred they are. I read Rachel’s posting on Facebook this morning and I was so moved. It was short and simple yet so powerfully eloquent that my words would be insignificant.

“I'm voting because my type fought harder than any other type in America. We should exercise that right. Don't vote against yourself and inhibit your rights as a human being today. Today is not about 4 years, it's about a lifetime. Vote for you, your safety, your children's safety, and your parents safety. We vote for our future based on experience alone. We aren't voting for magic, for kings, for money, for vanity. Only you can change yourself with the tools being supplied. So hope for change in policy that helps the greater good as an American and let the individual go. God bless this country.”

Thank you Rachel for letting me know that when my head hits the pillow tonight our future isn’t something I need to worry about as long as there are people like you willing to see a positive vision.

Namaste

  
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GEEMAWEST 11/7/2012 11:48PM

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SPARKENISTA 11/7/2012 9:35PM

    Rachel is so right! I thank G-d that I was born here, as well. And I pray for the guidance of our leaders.

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NASFKAB 11/7/2012 9:28AM

  great young woman we should all vote wherever we live thanks for writing about her

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GOANNA2 11/7/2012 12:53AM

    Voting is compulsory here in Australia. I think we should consider
it a privilege to vote and have a say in how the country is run.
Good luck America. I am just watching our new(3.51pm) and it has
been determined that Obama has been re-elected. May God guide
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STEELKICKIN 11/6/2012 10:58PM

    Rachel is one smart little cookie. God bless her! Thanks for sharing!

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LYNMEINDERS 11/6/2012 10:15PM

    Brilliant...am praying everyone in the USA votes....

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CARTOONB 11/6/2012 10:09PM

    I have always said that if you don't vote, you can't complain. For that reason, I voted!

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LINDA7668 11/6/2012 9:03PM

    She is a very wise young lady. We will be ok, no matter who wins. I hope that everyone exercised theirr responsibility to vote.

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HDHAWK 11/6/2012 6:13PM

    What a wise young woman!

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POPSY190 11/6/2012 4:58PM

    Same emoticon

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REGILIEH 11/6/2012 4:21PM

    The first thing I tell God thank you for is I was born in the USA. I have been doing this for years and years and hopefully will continue doing it for years and years.
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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/6/2012 1:26PM

    Rachel is my kind of girl. I tire of hearing people who vote only thinking of them selves instead of what is in the best interest of the majority of people. Too many people vote on a single push button issue and end up with exactly what they don't want because of it. Political parties should be required to have written platforms and those who vote should be required to read them and sign off on them before they can vote. I don't know how many times some idiot I know who doesn't read or watch the news has been fried when I told them what their party stands for. In makes it easier to be objective when you know where all sides stand.

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LASKIE2 11/6/2012 1:10PM

    Born in the USA emoticon

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/6/2012 12:50PM

    I so agree! I voted, I am proud I did! We are lucky to live here...
Namaste

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THEEXERCISER 11/6/2012 12:33PM

    We will be ok!

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CREEKLADY1 11/6/2012 12:31PM

  I will be so glad when this is over..I pray God takes control of this election!

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The Coach Gets Coached

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

My second swim lesson was Monday. The net result of my efforts was this slow sinking about half way across the pool. It seemed as if my arms, legs and breathing wouldn't sync which resulted in a lot of struggling. I got to the pool 30 minutes early so I could practice. Things only got worse. I'd decided 15 minutes before the lesson I was going to tell her "this just wasnt going to work."

"Pity party of one your table is available."

Julia showed up early. Well actually she came bouncing out of the locker room, grinning from ear to ear, clapping her hands and hopping up and down like a larger version of Tigger. She slid into the water and said "Okay, swim to the other side and let me watch your technique." I figured I'd do the one pass and then tell her my tale of woe, sit in the hot tub and go hide from Joan for a few years. "Swim back to me." she asked. When I popped out of the water she had a concerned look on her face. "What do you think about while you're swimming?" she asked me. "Uhmmmm staying alive and how foolish I must look." I responded.

"Did you know that every time you come up out of the water you're shaking your head? You decide before you even start that you arent going to succeed." The good news is this was all uttered softly and with genuine compassion. I didnt realize I was doing that. She asked me what was my biggest concern? I told her I was scared. She decided we'd slow down and not move forward until I was comfortable. She had me do various exercises and about every five minutes she'd squeeze the back of my thigh to see how relaxed I was. At the end of the lesson she asked me to swim again and this time not to think, just swim. Things went much better.

As I went to climb out of the pool she grinned and asked me "Whatcha thinkin' now?"

"How da*n smart you are for a 24 year old." I replied.


  
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GIRANIMAL 11/13/2012 2:10PM

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I love it!

I am so proud of you for sticking with it anyway. And, wow -- she is pretty darn smart. emoticon

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FITBODME 11/6/2012 5:58PM

    YAY JOHN! I had read a previous blog that you were considering taking swimming lessions, I am soooo happy for you that you are trying! You do not look foolish, everyone that knows how to swim started the same as you, more splashing than moving right? And the Coach is right, don't think!Just keep swimming...just keep swimming...... I feel like swimming now....but stuck at work for another 1 1/2 hours. emoticon

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PATTILYNN224 11/6/2012 3:17PM

    She deserves a hug! And you too for your efforts!!

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GEEMAWEST 11/4/2012 3:02PM

    So proud of you!

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SHERIO5 11/1/2012 9:38AM

    Wow! I think your coach is a divine gift...therapist to boot! Keep trying! I think you are really making progress! emoticon

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NASFKAB 11/1/2012 9:20AM

  great instructor wish had one like her all the best

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GOANNA2 11/1/2012 8:34AM

    What a great instructor!. One stroke at a time and by jove-
you'll be a swimmer yet. emoticon emoticon

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MAUITN 10/31/2012 11:57PM

    John, I think you have met your match! emoticon

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CARTOONB 10/31/2012 11:04PM

    Dang young whipper snappers! But I love that she reminds you of Tigger! He's my favorite Winnie The Pooh character.

And listen to her...give yourself a chance to succeed!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/31/2012 8:59PM

    Love it. You will be a swimmer yet. LOL.

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OPTIMIST1948 10/31/2012 7:30PM

    Age doesnt always bring wisdom. Sometimes people are born with it!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/31/2012 6:55PM

    I remember thinking that about my son a few times, too. Amazing how smart they come these days! Well done, John... you picked a winner... now you're gonna be one, in yet ANOTHER area of your life! emoticon

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JENAE954 10/31/2012 6:41PM

  Yay for swimming instructors.
They save lives!

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POPSY190 10/31/2012 6:24PM

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LYNMEINDERS 10/31/2012 6:08PM

    Hahaha...love it...I see you learning a lot from this....lol

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DEBRITA01 10/31/2012 5:52PM

    You've hit the jackpot with your instructor. She seems like an intuitive and caring person and I'm sure she'll have you swimming with confidence in no time. Others believe in us, so time for us to become emoticon believers, too!

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WATERMELLEN 10/31/2012 4:26PM

    What a totally remarkable swimming teacher you have! Wow!! I was a swim instructor/lifeguard in my teens . . . . taught my own kids to swim too . . . . and this 24 yo is totally amazing and intuitive. I'll be thinking about this "lesson" many many times and trying to use it in my own life: thanks for sharing her wisdom with all of us.

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MOBYCARP 10/31/2012 4:21PM

    I don't remember ever having a swimming instructor that good. Now you have to complete the series of lessons!

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DOODIE59 10/31/2012 3:58PM

    Sounds like you have a fabulous instructor:) Go, John, go!
Deirdre

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BETHANYBOUND 10/31/2012 1:34PM

    It's nice to have someone doing the positive thinking for us sometimes. It can be contagious. Good for us to remember because our attitudes can be infectious - whether good or bad. Today I will try to be like your coach.

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HDHAWK 10/31/2012 12:26PM

    Cool story and what a great coach! Very wise young woman!

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ANATASHIKI 10/31/2012 12:26PM

    I always wanted to learn to swim in childhood but didn't make it until I almost drowned . the key of swimming is relaxing and not thinking at all , let the water keep you floating . emoticon

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PRESBESS 10/31/2012 12:02PM

    Wow, you have indeed inspired me. I am not a swimmer and basically could care less about it. My husband and son both swim. At our previous house we had a beautiful large pool in our backyard that I only got in a handful of times. However, now, hmmm, swimming just might be something I look in to. I hear it's a good workout. Glad it's working out for you!

Swim on swimmer!
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CRYSTALJEM 10/31/2012 11:58AM

    I really like this blog! Congratulations - and I'm always happy to know that there are actually smart 24 year olds out there (just kidding!) Sounds like you've got yourself the perfect swim teacher.

"Well actually she came bouncing out of the locker room, grinning from ear to ear, clapping her hands and hopping up and down like a larger version of Tigger." Perfect picture, it says it all. I hope her enthusiasm for the pool continues to wear off on you little by little. Just like small steps, one at a time... it's just one stroke after another. emoticon

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REGILIEH 10/31/2012 9:59AM

    This was WONDERFUL!!!!! But John, you wrote that she squeezed the back of your THING, what is the THING??? Maybe thigh???

I am still impressed that you are swimming!!! emoticon emoticon

It is great that you are keeping on, keeping on! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRISTAROSE 10/31/2012 9:50AM

    I agree with LosingVicki ..... You must THINK POSITIVE!

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SLIMLEAF 10/31/2012 9:50AM

    It sounds like you've got just the right instructor there for you! I'm so glad.

I remember years ago when I was learning to drive. It seemed that there was so much to think about (mirrors, signal, steering, gear changes, braking, clutch, accelerator etc) that I thought I wouldn't ever get the hang of it. But then I looked at all the other people driving around - all different ages, shapes, sizes and levels of intellect - and I thought "Surely if they all learnt to drive, I can too?" So I persevered and, sure enough, one day I found myself driving and not even really having to concentrate on every little action. Now, of course, it's something I take for granted - of course I can drive!

I reckon it's the same with you learning to swim. Think of all the people who can swim - all different ages, levels of fitness, weight, intellecct etc. If they can all swim, there's absolutely no reason that you shouldn't be able to learn. Just take it very slowly, have faith in your instructor and don't give up!

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SENIMMO 10/31/2012 9:43AM

    Good for you! So glad you didn't give up. Sometimes the biggest battle we have in this is fears we don't even realize we have. It sounds like you are well on your way to overcoming one of yours. Soon you will be swimming like a pro and wondering what all the fuss was about emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOSINGVICKI 10/31/2012 9:40AM

  Good for her, and good for you!!! Think POSITIVE!! emoticon

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