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A Morning of Hope

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Somewhere this morning someone woke up filled with hope. They raised their eyes towards the heavens and they felt the movement of the divine stir inside of them. What once was frustration and despair was replaced by a joyful expectation of things to come. As they moved about they felt a new strength, a new purpose, a new resolve.

Somewhere this morning, someone looked in the mirror and liked what they saw for the first time in a long time. Oh, nothing much had changed. Their hair was still their hair, their eyes were big and round but oh my gosh, what was that? Was it a smile? Did they stand just a little straighter and with purpose?

Somewhere this morning someone bundled up and took a walk or a run. They felt the wind blow hard against their face and they might have muttered under their breath but they leaned forward and pressed on. Someone popped a Wii game in and shook the room as they bounced and gasped for breath. Someone watched rivulets of sweat run down their face and chest as they pushed against the resistance of the elliptical or Stairmaster.

Somewhere someone smiled at their bowl of steel cut oats and banana. They ate with gusto and joy and marveled that something this good for you could taste this nice.

Somewhere this morning someone’s family smiled as they greeted them with a cheery hello and a smile.

Somewhere this morning, slightly over a million of us know what the joy is that comes from believing you are worth all the effort and sacrifice. You have come to accept you deserve to be happy because you come here every day to reinforce the values you’ve created. You breathe a deep refreshing breath and a small tear may form in your eye. A smile breaks out on your face.

Somewhere this morning, someone realizes how blessed they are and that there are so many people who woke up this morning believing there was nothing to look forward to, only regrets to look back at. Someone realizes that person was once them and if it weren’t for the many true angels in all shapes, sizes and manners of belief, they would still be very stuck and feeling very alone.

Somewhere this morning someone reached out their hand and in support and love, knowing it was strong enough to help share some one else’s load for just a bit.

Merry Christmas.

  
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RECIPE4ME 12/27/2010 11:00PM

    Somewhere, someone read this and got a new perspective.
Made me smile. emoticon
Someone, somewhere needs of reading this!
Thank you for sharing!

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JAVALOVERTOO 12/27/2010 10:56PM

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MYOWNHERO 12/27/2010 10:47PM

    Absolutely! Merry Christmas!

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LAURITA. 12/27/2010 12:00AM

    Beautiful.
Thank you.


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BOLLINGER25 12/26/2010 6:04PM

    Thank you for sharing this. I hope your Christmas was wonderful!

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TXNANA_4 12/25/2010 7:29PM

    Beautiful! Merry Christmas John!

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EILEENV3 12/25/2010 3:57PM

    Thank you for sharing this. What great thoughts for Christmas morning OR any other morning.

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SLIM.CHICK 12/25/2010 1:27PM

    Beautiful blog. What a wonderful way to start the day.
Merry Christmas

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MISSROCKABILLY 12/25/2010 11:43AM

    Somewhere this morning, someone woke up and gave thanks for good friends everywhere. Thanks so much for sharing this this morning John, Merry Christmas!

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MAWRTIAN 12/25/2010 11:42AM

    Wonderfully beautiful. Thanks and Merry Christmas!

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MAMADWARF 12/25/2010 11:03AM

    That was beautiful and brought tears to my eyes. Merry Christmas and thank you for this. Jan

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PLAYBLUES22 12/25/2010 10:22AM

    Somewhere Sweetie, you made someone smile emoticon

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REJ7777 12/25/2010 10:10AM

    emoticon Merry Christmas! emoticon

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TIME4AFITME 12/25/2010 9:59AM

    What a nice blog to read on Christmas ! Have a wonderful day

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HDHAWK 12/25/2010 9:38AM

    Lovely. Merry Christmas John! You are one of my blessings.

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JUNEAU2010 12/25/2010 9:30AM

    Mele Kalikimaka!

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SARAWALKS 12/25/2010 9:28AM

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JESPAH 12/25/2010 9:11AM

    Somewhere this morning, someone read a blog post that made them happy and reminded them that friends come to us in all sorts of ways, through family, through neighborhood, through work, through faith, and via the Internet.

Happy day to you.

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The Christmas Blog (I Didnt Know What Else To Call It)

Friday, December 24, 2010

Joan and I want to wish all of you the happiest of holiday seasons. It has been a real joy to get to know all of you during the past year. In a lot of ways you are like my next door neighbors. I thank you for your support, your friendship and your love. Love is not always ishhy gooey. Sometimes love is a swift kick in the pants. You have provided me with that when I needed it most. I am successful because we are successful. My wish for you this holiday is the peace and joy you hope for most. May it become a reality in your lives. Thank each of you for the Spark Mails, the Goodies and the notes wishing us a happy holiday. They were greatly appreciated.

Sunday morning, we sigh, hug those dear to us and get back on the dreadmill known as our march toward health. I am right there with ya. We are facing the great possibility of a better year ahead of us and I for one am excited.

Merry Christmas

  
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AZCUPCAKE 12/27/2010 10:41AM

    Your blogs filled with your love and encouragement are the gifts you give to your friends every day....they are priceless. Thank you for everything. I am so blessed to know you.

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CARTOONB 12/25/2010 1:50PM

    Merry Christmas. Here's to a grand new year.

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PROT358 12/24/2010 11:32PM

    All of your blogs are so kind and encouraging. So thank YOU for making my day brighter. And merry Christmas to you too!

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TIME4AFITME 12/24/2010 10:47PM

    Merry Christmas emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DOLLBABE56 12/24/2010 6:21PM

    Merry Christmas, dear friend.

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CIVIAV 12/24/2010 4:28PM

    And to you two too!

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EPIPHANYANGEL 12/24/2010 3:40PM

    Merry Christmas to you and yours. emoticon

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MARCYNA 12/24/2010 3:14PM

    Merry Xmas to you and to every member of your family emoticonI'm so glad you keep on sparking!!!

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SARAWALKS 12/24/2010 3:09PM

    Those fat cells' days are numbered! I'm looking forward to getting back into exercise too, after several days off sick...
Wishing you the very best for 2011, John, and NO DREADS allowed! (except the reggae kind emoticon )
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TRENTDREAMER 12/24/2010 2:43PM

    "...and get back on the dreadmill known as our march toward health. "

* I will do no such thing.

Sunday morning, I will probably go to they gym and take a kickboxing class. Never have I been happier than since losing the weight and getting back in to shape. I tried the exercise and eat to get in shape (dreadmill) thing, it's just that there are so many fun ways to do it.

Only dreading going on will be from the fat cells when I start burning them off.

Have a merry Christmas!

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GO-LOEW 12/24/2010 1:41PM

    I look forward to supporting you and being supported by you as we continue our healthy lifestyles in 2011. I have been very pleasantly surprised at how helpful SparkFriends are.

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ANNAMARIE1958 12/24/2010 11:17AM

    Merry Christmas and a Happy new year!

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JUNEAU2010 12/24/2010 10:31AM

    Well said and thanks right back to you.

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BRYLIA 12/24/2010 10:27AM

    Thank you John for all your wonderful words of wisdom this past year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, Joan and your family. Here's to success in achieving your goals in 2011!

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CARTOONB 12/24/2010 9:21AM

    Merry Christmas! Hope the holidays continue to treat you right!

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A Perfect Day

Thursday, December 23, 2010

I was supposed to have lunch with a client yesterday, but at the last minute he cancelled on me. Joan was at a mall ten miles away and in the midst of a shopping frenzy so I was on my own for lunch. I do not like eating alone. There’s no one to talk to!! You order your food and eat as quick as you can and leave. Definitely no fun!! The restaurant was not very crowded at 11:30 so they tried to put everyone in the same section. Half way through my meal a young man and a young woman sat down at a table behind me. I couldn’t help but hearing their conversation.

“It’s your birthday,” she said. “So you get to eat.” I’ll nibble on your fries and just order water.”

“We could have gone to McDonalds,” he answered. “And we both could have eaten.”

“I know,” she answered “But it’s your birthday.”

Boy do I remember those days. Those first days of being together and only having this blinding love for each other to hold your head above water. They were students and were married three months. Part of me grinned and then I recalled something I read awhile back and I use in my message posts. It’s a quote from Ruth Smeltzer

“You will not have lived a perfect day, unless you have done something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”

I left my table, and found our server. I gave her forty dollars and told her to let that couple order whatever they wanted. I gave the server an extra five as a tip and told her to tell them “Merry Christmas” from Santa.

I paid my bill, got in the car and left. As I drove to the mall it struck me how many times in my life I did things so I’d get a thanks or a smile or some sort of payback and here I was, walking away and those two people would never know. It struck me then what Ruth Smeltzer meant.

A Course In Miracles has a short meditation that goes something like this: “Those who temporarily have more give to those who temporarily have less.” Our lives are fluid and our circumstances can change in the blink of an eye. That young couple may have had a great birthday lunch but I learned that we are all so much closer to each other than we can ever imagine.

Then, I had a perfect day.

  
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TRIPLE_EMME 12/27/2010 2:35PM

    This is truly beautiful!

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MARCYNA 12/24/2010 3:13PM

    Wonderful, you gave them a chance to rejoyce, what a beautiful way to celebrate Xmas .
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GO-LOEW 12/24/2010 1:44PM

    You are a wonderful, thoughtful person. Your gift to those young people may have changed their lives.

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BRENDABUNNY 12/23/2010 10:12PM

    Merry christmas to you & Joan..this brought tears to my eyes ..very sweet

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JUNEAU2010 12/23/2010 9:40PM

    A perfect day, indeed! I love this kind of action and have done something similar on occasion...Thanks for sharing!

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SARAWALKS 12/23/2010 2:21PM

    Wonderful. And thanks for the quote also-- good to remember that in this blessed time of year, and all year round.

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GETFIT2LIVE 12/23/2010 12:42PM

    I have been on both the giving and receiving end of kindnesses such as that, and it is a blessing to both giver and receiver. The best gifts are the anonymous ones, because then the thanks and appreciation goes where it belongs--to God. Well done, John; you may have restored that couple's faith in the goodness of God by that, and in any case you gave them a memory that will no doubt be cherished the rest of their lives. Merry Christmas!

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ANGELSANDYBABY 12/23/2010 12:13PM

    How sweet and thoughtful of you.
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CARTOONB 12/23/2010 9:57AM

    That does sound like a perfect day. And how wonderful it was that you were in a position to make that happen! Here's to more perfect days!!!

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CRIS76 12/23/2010 9:20AM

    I genuinely believe that finding true happiness is rooted in helping others be happy too. I am in love with the idea of altruism :)

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EDWINA172 12/23/2010 8:44AM

    How awesome! I love it! It makes me want to have a perfect day too. Now, your blog will make me seek out an opportunity to make a perfect day. You are such an inspiration to me John. Thanks for helping so many people. The ripples are endless......

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KAT573 12/23/2010 8:39AM

    WONDERMOST! I agree wholeheartedly with this act and you were blessed to have that opportunity! Have a wonderful Xmas! and a prosperous New Year!
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BELLALUCIA 12/23/2010 8:30AM

    You are far too kind!

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MISSROCKABILLY 12/23/2010 8:27AM

    What a lovely thing you did, John. I'm sure that you made their day very special. Thank you for both doing this, and for sharing it with us.

"Our lives are fluid and our circumstances can change in the blink of an eye." So very, very true. I'm glad you got to experience such a perfect day.

Merry Christmas my friend!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 12/23/2010 8:26AM

    God love you! What a sweet thing to do.

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 12/23/2010 8:23AM

    What a wonderful thing to do.

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EMTFF376 12/23/2010 8:05AM

    You are a Christmas angel, John.

I hope you have a safe and wonderful Christmas and New Year!

Hugs,
Janette
R>PS I hate eating alone too!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 12/23/2010 7:33AM

    This was exactly what I needed to read this morning. Paying it forward is what it's all about. Thanks for the reminder John!

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HDHAWK 12/23/2010 7:33AM

    I'm sure they enjoyed their meal immensely John and what a great feeling for you to be able to do it for them! I'm glad you're my friend! Wishing you another perfect day!

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If I Look Really Hard; What Do I See?

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

We celebrated Christmas at our house on Saturday. I was supposed to get a massage early Saturday morning. Laura sent me a text about six thirty telling me we’d have to reschedule, she wasn’t feeling well. Joan smiled and pulled out the list she had prepared for me. It was a justifiable reason to get me out of the house so she and the DD’s could do whatever it is they were going to do. When I returned home I was rewarded with: “If you are going to the gym, go now because I’m going to need you to put the leaf in the dining room table.” (I’m not sure why I couldn’t have done one first and then the other, but I have learned not to argue.”

I had a good workout, took a nice hot shower. (I always enjoy using hot water that belongs to someone else. It’s the decadent rebel in me, I guess!!!) I walked out to the car, put the key in the ignition and…………….. Nothing. The car, the two year old car, does not start. Deader than the proverbial door nail. (What’s a door nail?) I pull out the cell phone call AAA and Joan, in that order. AAA tells me I need to be visible for the driver so I get out of the car and go sit in the little alcove in the gym lobby.

I’m not sure if it was because I was in such a good mood or if I was relaxed from my workout but I started playing the “What went right here?” game. I had gotten all my errands run and the party would go off as planned. I broke down so close to home that if I moved one hundred yards to my right I could peer down the street and see my house. I have AAA. It was relatively mild Saturday morning and there was no wind, rain or snow. I live in a small city; AAA is a half hour away. The list went on. The driver arrived, jumped my car and I got ready to leave, when I heard a tap on the window. The AAA driver smiled, told me to have a blessed day, and a happy holiday. His smile was sincere. (That’s the first angel I met in coveralls)

I went home and was told to go to Kroger, I forgot to buy milk. (It wasn’t on the list but who am I to argue.) Car does not start. We call AAA. I start doing the emotional dance again. I was at home, I have a backup car, things like that…. Long story short the battery is dead, I get it replaced and by four all is well. We all had a good time and I was noticeably relaxed.

It’s all how you look at things.
I started thinking about “bad food.” There is no bad food. We created that term to force ourselves into a corner when some mysterious phenomenon called “will power” fails us. There is food. Some food encourages health and positive growth, some food doesn’t. I can eat some foods you can’t and be just fine and the same holds true for you. But, and it’s a large but, what happens the minute we eat a “bad food?” We become bad. Then the flood gates open and everything we perceive we have done wrong since fourth grade comes flooding back. Bad people eat bad food, right? We never look at the opposite side of the coin. We never look at the good choices we made and the good things that occur. There were a lot of negatives I could have thrown at my silly old car Saturday, but I made the choice not to. Because I decided a lot more went right than wrong, I didn’t give myself the excuse to make poor choices as it related to what I ate

Becoming healthy isn’t about will power or good foods or bad foods, it is whether I see myself as Good John or Bad John. That choice is mine. The more I see “Good John” the more positive choices I make. Life is a series of decisions.

I lay in bed this morning trying to make some sense of all this. Here’s what I came up with. If I break down my life experiences; every moment of every day gives me an opportunity to learn something. If I do not learn the lesson I repeat it. How quickly I learn, has nothing to do with my value and worth as a human being. My perception of myself grows when I learn what the best choice is for me. Sometimes I have to wait to learn. It’s not an indictment on me. I look at it this way: Do you teach a first grader calculus? They aren’t equipped to learn it. I will learn when I am ready for the lesson. But, it doesn’t impact my value. It doesn’t impact yours either. We learn when we are ready to learn.

So as the angels said long ago “Rejoice.” You are loved, valuable and a student in this amazing universe. you were made in God's image and likeness.

And to think, I learned all of this over a dead battery!!

  
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TRIPLE_EMME 12/27/2010 2:33PM

    I'm so glad that you were able to not focus on the bad things and look to the positive instead.

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TINA5318 12/24/2010 10:03PM

    emoticon emoticon That was beautiful and insightful. Thank you for sharing!

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MARCYNA 12/24/2010 3:09PM

    WoW, grateful for your lesson....humorous & it cointains a great teaching.
Guess I'll have to start the 'What went right?" game.
I often find myself playing the "What went wrong?" one but I guess it's too banal emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 12/22/2010 9:26PM

    Good blog, Good John!!

It's not what happens to us, it's mostly how we choose to characterize it that counts.

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KSGROTHE 12/22/2010 7:32PM

    emoticon blog, John! Thanks for the reminders!

Keep up the good work! You're doing great!

- Karen

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KAT573 12/22/2010 2:00PM

    Once I realized that 'good' and 'bad' are best used as ADVERBS rather than ADJECTIVES, I got my perspective shifted properly, and I was able to accept ME wholly....keep on keeping ON!

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TRACEY5280 12/22/2010 1:55PM

    I always love your blogs. I need to read them more often. I've had a cloud hanging in the background and figured it out that it was all the FOOD (or rather excess) around this time of year, and struggling with the "bad" and "good". I just want to enjoy! This has helped. Thank you. God Bless and Merry Christmas.

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DOCYJK 12/22/2010 12:30PM

    So much of life is about attitude and our own choices! Thanks for the reminder about this! Have a wonderful holiday season! emoticon

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ANEPANALIPTI 12/22/2010 11:26AM

    Don't make me cry John, I'm so happy I know you.

I agree 1000%. When I made that switch the food stopped holding as much of its power. It's all just food there isn't bad or good food it all has to do with ME and how I'm perceiving MYSELF in the moment. Making it about the food is silllyyyyyyy but its easy to be swept up in the diet industry wanting us to perpetually yo-yo and make money on our history of self-loathing.

I'm glad we decided we're not doing that anymore. emoticon

Dimitra

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CARTOONB 12/22/2010 11:08AM

    *My* first grader could have learned calculus! LOL!

I agree that their are no bad foods. Some are healthier than others, but no food is off limits.

Amazing what a dead battery can teach you.

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GETFIT2LIVE 12/22/2010 10:35AM

    Great blog, John. I agree wholeheartedly--there are no 'bad foods,' only better and worse choices. It's like emotions; emotions are neither right nor wrong, they just ARE. It's what we do with them that matters, and that comes down to our choices. We will continue to grow and learn when we are ready; have a blessed day!

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ZEESPARROW 12/22/2010 9:48AM

    I'm glad I stumbled on your blog post this morning. I had been trying to make plans to get together with my family on Christmas Eve, and it seems those plans are going awry. My immediate reaction was less than positive. I considered canceling the plans entirely but decided to go for a run (on the treadmill) first. Then I came here to log my workout and read this.

I am not entirely sure what the lesson is for me today, but I am going to ... scratch that. I am making the decision NOW to enjoy this holiday no matter what. My Soldier son is home (and his best friend is staying here, also a Soldier), as is my other son. My husband will be returning to work soon and until then, my employment will sustain us. Our family is happy together, healthy and fit.

It's time to REJOICE!! emoticon

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HLPRATT 12/22/2010 8:01AM

    I also enjoy the gym's hot water. I want to call it thriftiness but maybe that's too generous. It just feels so much better than the hot water at home.

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PLAYBLUES22 12/22/2010 8:00AM

    Sweetie, what a beautiful blog to start my day with and rejoice in the great spirit that I woke up with emoticon

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HDHAWK 12/22/2010 7:39AM

    There you go again John, saying exactly what was on my mind today. I literally woke up this morning and thought about how I would tackle my day today. One of the first thoughts was how I had eaten some "bad foods" yesterday. I immediately (this is big for me because I never do this) stopped myself and focused on the things I did well yesterday. I got more water, I got both ST and cardio in, and I ate the healthy meals I was supposed to eat. It's always about learning. I just need to be patient with myself because I want to know it sooner than I guess I'm ready to.
Have a wonderful day!

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BTINTERNET 12/22/2010 7:36AM

    The lesson about learning lessons is an important one. Just because we didn't learn to walk the first time we tried, did we give up? Did our parents give up on us? "That's it, John and Beth are never walking, just leave them in the play pen." No.

Thanks again for a wise lesson on a chilly morning!

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This, That and Oh Yeah........ The Other Thing

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Sharing the fun and meaningless things about your life is part of creating the balance. I hope you weren’t looking to be inspired today and it might be a big stretch to say you will be entertained; however, every now and then I like to write about nothing in particular. It’s my notion of fun. (Not much of a life I know. But on the bright side TMZ will never catch me in an after-hour’s club with Lady GaGa)

I have had trouble sleeping lately. I’m a light sleeper to begin with so it doesn’t take much to wake me up and keep me up. My doctor knows I will not take any pills. Matter of fact, I don’t take anything stronger than extra strength Tylenol. One of my sons gave me a tea pot as a Christmas gift and I have been in seventh heaven since Saturday. There is nothing like a steaming hot cup of tea to set my mood straight. One of my DDIL told me that there was an herbal tea that relaxed you and helped you sleep. I purchased a box.

I enjoy my tea strong so I usually use two bags in a large earthenware cup I got at a vineyard in Weston, WVA. It’s balanced and weighted and stays warm. The tea I drank is called Sleepy Time and it has something in it called “valerian” Valerian is a natural herb the ancient Greeks and Romans used to relax themselves. (According to the box…..) I have a few Spark friends in Italy and in Greece and now I know why they always look so well rested!!!

I brewed a cup, sat down and enjoyed. This was roughly seven thirty. At eight fifteen I was ready for bed. The angels rocked me to sleep. Joan came to bed around midnight and told me this morning I rolled over slightly and told her to be careful not to step on the elves. Al righty then…… (There should be one of those “Do Not Operate Heavy Machinery” warnings on the side of the box)

I woke up about an hour ago feeling very refreshed but truth be told I could have slept another hour or so. I’m not foggy right now but I am not fully awake either. I did sleep well though. Tonight I think I will only use one tea bag for a full cup of water. I didn’t really believe this stuff would work. Guess I was wrong.

The second story deals with publishing my blog yesterday. It took about ten attempts to get it published. Spark kept telling me to quit using profanity. Huh? I’m no saint; however I saw no profanity in my blog. I read and re read and tried to post. No luck. Then it I saw it. I removed a word. I was allowed to publish. I had an omelet for breakfast that had mushrooms in it. Specifically they were Sh@#ake mushrooms. Spark took exception with Sh@#ake. I had to laugh. That was a new one on me.

Be safe today my dear friends and enjoy your life. It’s the only on you have. I’m going to go stand in the backyard and let the wind blow in my face for a bit.

  
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BTINTERNET 12/22/2010 7:37AM

    Ah Sleepy Time - I need to remember that too. And thanks for the giggle!

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CARTOONB 12/21/2010 10:37PM

    Even in your sleep, you care about other people. I'm sure the elves were very appreciative! LOL!

Good idea on cutting down to one bag...

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SPARKENISTA 12/21/2010 9:04PM

    Love this blog, John. Humor is definitely the spice of life--along with variety, of course.

Thank you so much for your comments on my blog. Somehow,I have the feeling that you see through me. I think my mother had two positive impulses toward me--one when she named me and one when she died.

But, as you say, nothing is an accident. The soul is always perfect, where the personality...not so much.

Speak to you soon. Best,

Merry

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GEEMAWEST 12/21/2010 6:41PM

    Maybe you were Santa Claus in a past life. emoticonToo Funny!
I have used Valerian Root capsules in the past for sleep. My doctor advised me to stop using it because there has not been enough research done on it. I think she is being over cautious, but decided to listen to her anyway. I use tylenol p.m. when I need it now, which is actually just tylenol with benadryl in it. Works wonders.

Sweet Dreams! emoticon

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ELYMWX 12/21/2010 1:07PM

    Thanks, John, I needed that!

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JENNY888 12/21/2010 12:15PM

    Thanks for reminding me what a great help Sleepy Time tea isn't. I used it before and found it worked. I'll have to get some more.

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ONTARIOWALKER63 12/21/2010 11:16AM

    sooo the elves are hangin out at your place.. I knew they were avoiding my place, and had to be hiding somewhere lol -- I always tell my husband that I look for Dishwashing Elves, that come in the middle of the night, and do the after dinner snack dishes .. so I won't have any to wake up to in the morning.. but those sneaky elves are hiding at your house! lol

I looove Sleepytime tea.. another one is RespirTea.. helps to open up your sinuses (sp?) when you have a cold, and helps you breathe through the night.

Even with one teabag, it's less then an hour and I'm snoozing away :D



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GETFIT2LIVE 12/21/2010 11:07AM

    Sleep Time tea is wonderful, I need to get more--thanks for reminding me! I'm glad it worked so well for you; good sleep is SO restorative. I've had that happen with publishing my blog a time or two also; took me FOREVER to figure out what on earth was 'profanity' in there (yeah, I use it SO much of that in my writing). Had to laugh when I finally figured out the problem word and changed it. Enjoy your day, my friend!

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SARAWALKS 12/21/2010 10:51AM

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CBLANK20091 12/21/2010 10:48AM

  Thank your for sharing and making me giggle today.
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WATERMELLEN 12/21/2010 10:32AM

    There are two "i"s in those kind of mushrooms . . . wonder if that would work?

Sure hope that you don't plan to blog about your small dog of the sh@#t'su variety!!

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TRIPLE_EMME 12/21/2010 10:19AM

    Between not stepping on elves and sh@#take mushrooms...
Thank you for a much needed giggle!!!

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ANEPANALIPTI 12/21/2010 10:18AM

    LOL. I love tea too, I'm going to make some right now! :D

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STEELKICKIN 12/21/2010 9:58AM

    A few years ago I had a similar experience with Sleepy Time tea because I am a true insomniac. I was all excited because a friend had recommended it to me and her word was golden my book. That evening I took a relaxing bath, drank my tea and went to bed. I quickly fell into a slumber. Apparently, it was around 2 a.m. when I shook my husband awake and told him the water heater had fallen over and water was spurting everywhere. I gave him a minor heart attack but he relaxed when everything seemed fine. It wasn't much longer after that that I shook him awake and asked him, "DID YOU SEE THAT??" Somewhat grumpy at that point he screeched, "WHAT??" I pointed above the door frame and said, "That eight-point buck just ran across the ceiling and went into our bathroom!"

Needless to say, Brian has not allowed me to drink that tea again. I hope you have better luck tonight. Be careful or TMZ just MIGHT find you in a club with Lady GaGa after all!
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WALKAWAY 12/21/2010 9:51AM

    emoticon Love it. Great way to start the day. emoticon

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SWEETNEENI 12/21/2010 9:37AM

    "...be careful not to step on the elves."

"Sh@#ake"

LOL Thanks for the chuckle!

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AKATUJE 12/21/2010 9:24AM

    I love that tea, and chamomile too. Your blog made me laugh today... The part about rolling over and saying 'be careful not to step on the elves'.....

Have a great day John!!!

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HDHAWK 12/21/2010 9:21AM

    I've been having the same sleeping problems lately, and wouldn't you know it, my personal trainer told me to try tea also. I haven't gotten it yet, but will today when I'm out and about. I'm glad it worked for you.

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CHELSEAANNE8 12/21/2010 9:21AM

    It is a fun blog. Thanks for sharing about your sleep break through (I understand sleep problems) and I have also had problems with posting my blogs if things aren't just right. Have a wonderful Christmas week! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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TIME4AFITME 12/21/2010 9:19AM

    Yes that tea is good. Chamomile tea works as well for me anyway. Glad you got some rest!

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WENDYSPARKS 12/21/2010 9:16AM

    I enjoy a nice hot cup of herbal tea...I like sleepy time...and chamomile tea. Enjoy the day!

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SAPPHIRE983 12/21/2010 9:13AM

    Your writing is so calm, amusing, and easy to read! Thanks for the stories! It was fun to read to start my day. I hope you have a good one!

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DONNAGOWAN 12/21/2010 9:12AM

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