Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Stop acting like everything is fine if it isn’t.
- It’s okay to fall apart for a little while. You don’t always have to pretend to be strong, and there is no need to constantly prove that everything is going well. You shouldn’t be concerned with what other people are thinking either – cry if you need to – it’s healthy to shed your tears. The sooner you do, the sooner you will be able to smile again.
Stop blaming others for your troubles.
– The extent to which you can achieve your dreams depends on the extent to which you take responsibility for your life. When you blame others for what you’re going through, you deny responsibility – you give others power over that part of your life.
Stop trying to be everything to everyone.
– Doing so is impossible, and trying will only burn you out. But making one person smile CAN change the world. Maybe not the whole world, but their world. So narrow your focus.
Stop worrying so much.
– Worry will not strip tomorrow of its burdens, it will strip today of its joy. One way to check if something is worth mulling over is to ask yourself this question: “Will this matter in one year’s time? Three years? Five years?” If not, then it’s not worth worrying about.
Stop focusing on what you don’t want to happen.
– Focus on what you do want to happen. Positive thinking is at the forefront of every great success story. If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right.
Stop being ungrateful.
– No matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life. Someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs. Instead of thinking about what you’re missing, try thinking about what you have that everyone else is missing.
Stop being idle.
– Don’t think too much or you’ll create a problem that wasn’t even there in the first place. Evaluate situations and take decisive action. You cannot change what you refuse to confront. Making progress involves risk. Period! You can’t make it to second base with your foot on first.
Stop thinking you’re not ready.
– Nobody ever feels 100% ready when an opportunity arises. Because most great opportunities in life force us to grow beyond our comfort zones, which means we won’t feel totally comfortable at first.
Stop getting involved in relationships for the wrong reasons.
– Relationships must be chosen wisely. It’s better to be alone than to be in bad company. There’s no need to rush. If something is meant to be, it will happen – in the right time, with the right person, and for the best reason. Fall in love when you’re ready, not when you’re lonely.
Stop rejecting new relationships just because old ones didn’t work.
– In life you’ll realize that there is a purpose for everyone you meet. Some will test you, some will use you and some will teach you. But most importantly, some will bring out the best in you.
Stop trying to compete against everyone else.
– Don’t worry about what others are doing better than you. Concentrate on beating your own records every day. Success is a battle between YOU and YOURSELF only.
Stop being jealous of others.
– Jealousy is the art of counting someone else’s blessings instead of your own. Ask yourself this: “What’s something I have that everyone wants?”
Stop complaining and feeling sorry for yourself.
– Life’s curveballs are thrown for a reason – to shift your path in a direction that is meant for you. You may not see or understand everything the moment it happens, and it may be tough. But reflect back on those negative curveballs thrown at you in the past. You’ll often see that eventually they led you to a better place, person, state of mind, or situation. So smile! Let everyone know that today you are a lot stronger than you were yesterday, and you will be.
Stop holding grudges.
– Don’t live your life with hate in your heart. You will end up hurting yourself more than the people you hate. Forgiveness is not saying, “What you did to me is okay.” It is saying, “I’m not going to let what you did to me ruin my happiness forever.” Forgiveness is the answer… let go, find peace, liberate yourself! And remember, forgiveness is not just for other people, it’s for you too. If you must, forgive yourself, move on and try to do better next time.
Stop letting others bring you down to their level.
– Refuse to lower your standards to accommodate those who refuse to raise theirs.
Stop wasting time explaining yourself to others.
– Your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe it anyway. Just do what you know in your heart is right.
Stop doing the same things over and over without taking a break.
– The time to take a deep breath is when you don’t have time for it. If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting. Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly.
Stop overlooking the beauty of small moments.
– Enjoy the little things, because one day you may look back and discover they were the big things. The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.
Stop trying to make things perfect.
– The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists, it rewards people who get things done.
Stop following the path of least resistance.– Life is not easy, especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile. Don’t take the easy way out. Do something extraordinary.
(got this from a friend via email. No idea who wrote it but I loved it and wanted to record it here.)
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
There could not be a more appropriate or a truer statement for me and my life at this moment in time.
Monday, February 06, 2012
Well, actually, I don't know if Betty Lou did but I sure did. Oh to walk in comfort again. I'm not a big fan of orange but I love these shoes!
Mom update: I sent an email to my siblings about moving Mom to a nice facility near my home. Oh the joy of seeing her as often as I like! I'm mildly optimistic that they might actually agree. My sister isn't crazy about the idea but likes it better than the alternative. So one yes, four to go. Prayers to the affirmative appreciated... ok, prayers that we do what's best for Mom appreciated.
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
22 green stars for my walking efforts. My main goal for Jan. was to remember to breathe in and out. I think I've been a raving success. Maybe February can have a bit more than just the breathing thing.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
When I was a kid, I loved winter. Who wouldn't??? It was when my birthday arrived and all the really cool holidays... Thanksgiving, Christmas, school break. And back when I wasn't driving an hour to and from work, the more snow Mother Nature sent us the more I rejoiced... hey, com'on, can you say, SNOW DAY????
I loved playing out in it. There were kids all over our neighborhood so there was no shortage of fun. Have you ever played red light/green light on a iced over ditch? Talk about a challenge! LOL
My mother hated being cold but would agree for us to bundle up and head out in the snowy wonderland. One thing I could count on in my life, that never, ever failed, was that once I was too cold to stay out any longer, my mother would have hot chocolate and sandwiches of graham crackers and peanut butter ready and waiting.
Today, for my snack, staying IN from the snow, I chose my old favorite:
My favorite mug (I have 2 - they're both Eeyore):
The butter shots idea, yeah, that came much, much later. LOL
And a bonus picture of my Dad blowing out the candles on his 85th b-day as my mom looks on:
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