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Life Is a Journey

Saturday, July 06, 2013

I look back over my life and find it incredible how my likes, dislikes, philosophy, wants, needs—well, everything has changed over the years. It reminds me so much of taking a trip.

As you travel (on a trip) you have good roads with smooth sailing. You have hills to climb and vales to rest in. You pass through many communities and see many people busy about their activities. Sometimes you have a direction to go and feel an urgency to get there; other times you slow down, loiter, and enjoy the scenery. You have muddy roads that bog you down, and you might even have to have help to get out of the bog. Or you might be the one that stops to help a stranger in need.

We watch people drive into the various communities and wonder what life was like there. What makes many of them happy? Why are some so sad? Then we reach the end of our journey and we, too, leave the highways for a community.

Just because we are no longer on the road doesn't make the road stop, nor does it make us no longer a person. We're just rewarded for having completed the trip. And we can enjoy the family we haven't seen for years, and continue to enjoy the beauty of our surroundings.

So it is with life. We travel along the road of life with similar hills, vales, smooth sailing, muddy roads—and then we reach our final destination. The road is still there and we still exist, but we are no longer traveling along that road. We have our peace and rest. But leaving the road didn't make us cease to be who we are. We're just rewarded for having completed the trip. And we can enjoy the family we haven't seen for years, and continue to enjoy the beauty of our surroundings.

Yes, life goes on beyond the veil of death. My dear, dear friends, we mourn when we lose a loved one, but he/she just completed their trip and left the road , they didn't quit existing.

And neither do we.

  
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LINDAKAY228 7/7/2013 10:34AM

    Great blog. I always say that it's not about the destination, but the journey and our lives are sure a journey. Good times, bad times, mediocre times, it's all part of the journey! Glad to hear from you!

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BEECHWOOD3 7/6/2013 8:49PM

    Well said!

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DIXIENC 7/6/2013 8:03PM

    Dear Nina...Thank you for sharing your lovely thoughts with all of us.... emoticon

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JEANSHEP2 7/6/2013 1:55PM

    Nina, such beautiful words and so well stated. You can do it, girl, and I know you have made your future secure by making the move you did. And with such great thoughts, you cannot lose. God bless you.

Great blog!

Jean

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NASFKAB 7/6/2013 1:25PM

  such a beautiful insightful blog thanks for writing it

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IDLETYME 7/6/2013 12:55PM

    What a beautiful blog. Lots for us to think about. I'm so happy to hear from you. Have you completed your move? Hope you are healthy and happy!
Enjoy your weekend! emoticon emoticon

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MOM1014 7/6/2013 12:53PM

    So very well said. Nina. And so very true. Thanks for putting it into words.
Hugs,
Lee

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PEEDLE 7/6/2013 12:29PM

    Nina,
So good of you to share your thoughts. And so very enlightening!
You've given us much to think about, and I agree with you wholeheartedly.
Thank you for a great blog.
Mary lou

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MARIANTONIA2 7/6/2013 12:20PM

    How true, Nina. Great insight.

Marian

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MOMMADOT630 7/6/2013 10:10AM

    Wonderful insight Nina! As our journey continue it can be joyous. A very good blog.

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HELEN_BRU 7/6/2013 8:34AM

    And at times I think it's the lessons we learn along the road that keep us going. . .

Good blog, Nina! emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 7/6/2013 7:41AM

    AMEN!
So right on target!

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Once In A Row

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Well, I made it yesterday! I was successful once in a row. Today I didn't do so well. I didn't post my food and therefore wasn't nearly aware of what I put in my mouth.

But think about it: yesterday I met my goals. I was successful once in a row. Today I aimed for my goals and missed some of them, but I think I was still successful. Maybe I'm straining at gnats, but I try to separate myself from my goal so that when I miss the goal, I don't think I'm a failure, just that I failed the goal.

I can only reach my goal once in a row anyway, today. I've only got one chance today. Yesterday is history, as they say, and tomorrow can't be accomplished today, so I only have to succeed once in a row today; that's all I can possibly succeed. Luckily I have more than one goal, so I can succeed once in a row with part of them, even if I don't make it with all of them. But, you see, today I succeeded once in a row. Now I only have to strive for once in a row again tomorrow.

"A goal should be a star to guide you, not a stick to beat yourself with." I'm going to succeed tomorrow—once in a row.

  
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IDLETYME 1/9/2013 4:09PM

    I know you will be "once in a row" tomorrow! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 1/9/2013 10:27AM

    I like the way you recognize that just because you didn't meet a goal, it doesn't mean you are a failure as a person. Separating it out like that s gread. Once in a row is good!

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PATRICIAAK 1/9/2013 12:51AM

    You are so right - you are separate from your goals. Continue to succeed once in a row.

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I Lie

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

No, not to you. Not to my family. I lie to myself. You know, I tell myself that I didn't really overfill the 1/2 cup mark, I really drank a cup of water (even if the glass was only half full), I didn't really eat 7 saltines—they must have fallen off the table (and no, I don't admit it was the recliner where I was eating. Of course it was at the table.) I doubt that I'm the exception. I expect we all play games with our own minds (well, at least most of us.) The truth hurts, but only admitting it will help us start healing from it.

I didn't get to my current weight by being honest—I got here by tricking my mind to thinking I'm doing everything to the best of my ability. How many of us have really worked to the best of our ability? I know I haven't.

I'm an intelligent person. I could write books of nutrition, diabetes control, self-control, self-discipline. You maybe could, too. It isn't that we don't know these things. I think it's because we don't internalize what we know. The truth sometimes stretches us out of our comfort zones, and it is easier to deny what we don't want to face. But it doesn't seem to help in the long run.

I, for one, must 'fess up to what I'm doing wrong (and I know what that is) and start being honest with myself. Only then will I start the healing process I've caused from years of denial and self-indulgence Only then will I be free!

Let's hear it for freedom from our self-deceptions!

Happy New Year!

  
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JEANSHEP2 1/6/2013 2:03PM

    Nina, this is exactly what I wrote to myself in my latest blog. "I am tired..."

We must all face ourselves...we cannot keep lying to ourselves...it does not get the job done.

Great blog, now go live it. I am pulling for you.

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NINALEE35 1/2/2013 8:30AM

    I don't know how or why this got repeated. Yes, it is a repeat of yesterday's blog. Please forgive me. I must have pushed some button wrong or something. Anyway, have a great new year, everyone!

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SANDYCRANE 1/2/2013 7:36AM

    I know the feeling. I always can do the exercise part, but I am not so good on the eating. We must be more honest with ourselves. Denial does not make the scale move down. Thanks for writing.

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PATRICIAAK 1/2/2013 7:08AM

    This looks like a repeat from yesterday, unless I am missing something.
It's an important message, though and worth repeating.

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SLIMTHICK2 1/2/2013 5:34AM

    Good for you, I too have to be more honest with myself. Have a great year.

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I Lie

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

No, not to you. Not to my family. I lie to myself. You know, I tell myself that I didn't really overfill the 1/2 cup mark, I really drank a cup of water (even if the glass was only half full), I didn't really eat 7 saltines—they must have fallen off the table (and no, I don't admit it was the recliner where I was eating. Of course it was at the table.) I doubt that I'm the exception. I expect we all play games with our own minds (well, at least most of us.) The truth hurts, but only admitting it will help us start healing from it.

I didn't get to my current weight by being honest—I got here by tricking my mind into thinking I'm doing everything to the best of my ability. How many of us have really worked to the best of our ability? I know I haven't.

I'm an intelligent person. I could write books of nutrition, diabetes control, self-control, self-discipline. You maybe could, too. It isn't that we don't know these things. I think it's because we don't internalize what we know. The truth sometimes stretches us out of our comfort zones, and it is easier to deny what we don't want to face. But it doesn't seem to help in the long run.

I, for one, must 'fess up to what I'm doing wrong (and I know what that is) and start being honest with myself. Only then will I start the healing process I've caused from years of denial and self-indulgence Only then will I be free!

Let's hear it for freedom from our self-deceptions!

Happy New Year!

  
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PATRICIAAK 1/1/2013 11:28PM

    Terrific way to start the new year!

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IDLETYME 1/1/2013 7:59PM

    You are sure not alone with those things. We can all make a lot of improvement, and with this new year - lets start! Here's to a great year with improvement we can see and talk about this time next year! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 1/1/2013 7:10PM

    I can so relate to so many of the things you said you lie about to yourself. I have done a lot of lying to myself too, and still do although I'm working at getting better about it. I'm with you in the freedom from our self-deceptions! Happy New Year!

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Thank You For Being a Friend

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Friendship isn't just for today—friendship can last a lifetime. Friends can be someone you've never met (like all of you, my SparkFriends) or they can be family (my daughter is my bestest friend ever!) or a neighbor, a fellow church member, or, well, anyone.

Friends can keep your life on an even keel, they can cheer you up when no-one else can, touch your heart with kind words and deeds, humble you in a loving way when you need it but are always there to build you up again. Friends share your ups and downs, laugh with you, cry with you, encourage you, love you. They are a wonderful extension of your world.

Thanks to each of you for being my friend. You really, really, really make a difference.

  
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LINDAKAY228 10/24/2012 12:59PM

    Even when people drift away for a while we're still here waiting when they return. Friends really are everything you said!

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HELEN_BRU 10/24/2012 11:29AM

    So true!

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IDLETYME 10/24/2012 11:12AM

    Spark friends are great because they are always there. All you have to do is write and tell them your concerns and you'll get back suggestions to help. It's great. We're here - just ask! emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 10/23/2012 11:18PM

    You're so right! Thanks.

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DIETER27 10/23/2012 3:11PM

  thanks for your post. It is a beautiful way to look at friendship. Have a nice day!

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