Friday, August 10, 2012
Snoopy is sitting on his dog house. The first frame shows a butterfly approaching, in the second frame the butterfly lands next to him, in the third frame the butterfly flutters off again. In the last frame with a smile Snoopy says, "My home is a haven for all sorts of weary travelers!"
For us weary travelers on the road of life, it is nice to have a place to stop and rejuvenate along the way! Sometimes it is rest that brings me back to life. I have great hope that someday exercise may have that effect on my day, but I am definitely not there yet. Today I am taking a little break from work with plans for good walk and a chat with a dear friend. A perfect way for me to refuel at the end of a long week!
Thursday, August 09, 2012
Technically, I have been a member of SparkPeople since Jan.2009. At that time I used the site, but had everything set to private and pretty much abhorred the idea of sharing this journey with anyone else, much less sharing it on-line for anyone to see! Using this site as a private motivator for a healthy lifestyle worked for a time, but for every step forward that I was able to make in 2009-2010, I have taken 2 back... I lost 25 pounds, and gained back 50... I gave up on exercise and portion control and every other tool as well!
Now I still abhor the thought of sharing this journey on-line, but I think that I need to learn to hold myself accountable for the long-haul and I am not sure how to do this on my own.
So here I am... I have made myself "visible" to the community, but still lack the courage to participate on the team pages or message boards... It is kind of pathetic, isn't it?
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
It feels like such a long time since I have seen "my better self." show her face! I think that she faded away slowly, caught up in the daily grind life.
My life is full in the sense that it is quite busy, but empty of many of the "better things" that at one time fed my soul. Ideally the better things in life have been given up for the Best, but at times I feel like the Best really need the lesser goods to show their true worth.
My commitments do not allow me to participate in some of the activities that at one time brought such joy to my life, but I chose this path freely and with full knowledge of the changes that it would bring to my life. And "my better self," who made this commitment, was better at keeping life in perspective. Gratitude for the gifts I do have goes a long way toward bringing the happiness I crave in life, and gives the perspective necessary to differentiate between my wants and my needs. Grasping for what I may want but is beyond my reach only serves to make me miserable.
Right now I am feeling very homesick. I am far from most of my family and the place where I grew up, this leaves me with a great longing for "home" and all of the lovely things that I associate with my youth. And I don't make it home very often, the last time was more than a year ago, and I am not yet sure when I will make it home again. The distance does nothing to diminish the love I have for my family and friends, or the love they have for me.
I am hereby inviting "my better self" back into my life. Let me live today seeing all that is truly good and beautiful in my life!
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
with all of the dried leaves falling from the trees and covering the backyard. In the fall I love the sound of the fallen leaves crunching under my feet, especially when there is a nice cool breeze too! Just walked across the back yard - it looks like fall, but it is so warm! Crunching the dead leaves in August is just not as enjoyable as October!!
Friday, July 27, 2012
S-haring my journey, each step of the way
P-atience with myself, getting up when I fall
A-chieving success, to stand proud and tall
R-edeeming lost time, with heart and soul I pray
K-eeping faithful for life, starting fresh each day
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