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Ruby Slippers...

Monday, October 15, 2012

I'm running on the treadmill trying to push myself to "the outer limits" and all I keep focusing on is how do I get better; how do I become a better person so that I can be proud of myself; how can I "complete" myself?? Then all of a sudden, as I am living in the moment of the motor of the treadmill, my breathing, and pounding of my sneakers, I start thinking about the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz.

..."if only I had a heart."



The Tin Man? Are you kidding me?? Here I am sweating my butt off; I am breathing hard; and, my legs are burning and here is my mind focusing on the characters from The Wizard of Oz. Sure, I love the movie. Sure, I love the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion (the Scarecrow is actually my favorite). And sure I wished I had a pair of those beautiful ruby slippers, but you would of thought that I would of picked a better time to think about this!!!

Maybe not. Once I got my thoughts in control I then started to realize that they were also searching for something to "complete" them selves. The Tin Man wanted a heart, the scarecrow wanted a brain, the lion wanted courage, and Dorothy wanted to go home. Then – as we all know the ending of this fabulous movie - we all see that they demonstrated that they already possessed what they have been seeking - the qualities they believed they lacked. They each had character (they did have a heart, a brain, courage and a family/home). And we all know that character is essential for happiness.



Dorothy and her companions reminded me that if I am true to others and myself I will be in peace. I just need to hold true to this as well as give up on the idea of perfection. I do have character. Thus, I already have everything I need to be happy.

…and I do have a pair of ruby slippers. They just happen to be a pair of 9 ½ Asics.

  
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KSBSCS 11/14/2012 11:19PM

  I loved your post. It reminded me that I have what it takes for me to be whole again. I just have to find it with in myself. Thanks!

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RUNGRL2013 10/23/2012 8:32AM

    Love this post! emoticon here's to you!!!

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242WILLNOTDO 10/15/2012 11:01PM

    L-O-V-E this insight and analogy...thanks for sharing!

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SCTRACKER 10/15/2012 12:25PM

    emoticon Love your post.

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Heroes

Sunday, October 07, 2012

I have been thinking about my hero more today than usual. I don't know why, but I just have. Maybe it's because I am trying to get my life back on track to being the best it can be, and he is the one who always gave me the encouragement that I can do anything!

My hero taught me mostly everything positive I know. One of the most important things he taught me is that no matter how hard things get, I can prevail! By his example, he showed me that if I worked hard and be honest with everyone - including myself - that not only can I enjoy the life that I was given, but I can always make it better. He believed in the "vision of life" and with his life, he ultimately succeed. He impacted not only me, but many people and saw that his life was just part of that mission.

He told me many times that life is an experience. That life happens only once in a lifetime! He said we should all approach life with our best foot forward. There will be times when we face dangers, but we must always take the giant leap.

He cheered for me and listened to my dreams - especially when the outside world didn't cheer for me. He helped manifest my purpose.

I have found that most everyone has a hero in his or her life. Some of them are Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony, Nelson Mandela (all of them deserving to be in this category). But my hero is my father, and his name is Peter L. Green.

Tragedy, my hero died this year. He died on January 13th after a 4 month courageous battle of skin cancer. What started as a small mole on top of his ear (the dermatologist told him to come back in six weeks to get it removed, and when he did come back, the doctor said it was to severe and that now he should go to a EMT). Long story short, the EMT removed his left ear in September 2011 and told my beautiful mother, sisters and me that my father's melanoma is now in stage 4 (the cancer has spread to his lymph system) and he only a few months left to live.

One of the last things he told me before he died was to never ever give up. Always do my best, because I may never get a second chance. But mostly, be proud of who I am. So on that note, I am trying to do that. I am trying to get not only my body back to the best it can be, but mostly my mind and soul.

(Below is a picture of me and my hero taken a few years ago.)



  
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ZENNITH 10/8/2012 2:28PM

    Such a wonderful blog, you paint a perfect picture of your hero and I'm sure you'd make him proud!

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MNABOY 10/7/2012 11:29PM

    Great picture and greater memories. Our fathers can be great heros. Really puts a dad in a challenge to be the best he can.

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KALANTHA 10/7/2012 8:08PM

    What a nice picture of you and your dad. My dad had cancer and he passed away over 15 years ago, but there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of him. I'm sure that's how it is for you, too. I'm very sorry for your loss.

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HOLLYM48 10/7/2012 7:15PM

    Wow, that is a powerful blog. I am so sorry for the loss of your father. I think you have many many happy times to hold in your heart as you grieve over the loss in your life. I pray for you that you will find yourself, I have a feeling you are just sad right now so it is hard to find who you are and this too will pass. You are strong and beautiful and I am so glad for you that you had such a great relationship with your dear father. Not everyone has that beautiful gift. I am sending happy thoughts your way and hope that the wonderful memories of your father will be with you to lead the way back to yourself. emoticon

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What if....

Sunday, October 07, 2012

....I took one day at time and realized that no matter what happens in this unpredictable world, I WILL make it. I will walk down "the path of life" one step at a time. There will be days that I am skipping; there will be days that I am running; and there will days that I will fall and stumble, but as long as I get up and keep moving forward I will be okay. I know I will be. I just know it.



  
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DIANER2014 10/10/2012 7:34PM

    I love you blog! Thanks for sharing!

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HOLLYM48 10/7/2012 7:17PM

    Love your blog! You have a great perspective on life!

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KALANTHA 10/7/2012 11:38AM

    What tremendous insight!!! Great blog!!

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ROX525 10/7/2012 5:48AM

    Oh man, this gave me goosebumps...Thank you for sharing. Have a great week.

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MSBEKANATOR 10/7/2012 2:36AM

    So true!!! Thanks for sharing!

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03KIARA99 10/7/2012 1:30AM

    emoticon I loved you blog! It was very motivational!

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My Fat Jeans

Saturday, September 08, 2012

OMG! I just realized that my "fat" jeans are starting to wear thin in certain spots from being the ONLY pair of jeans that I wear because they are the ONLY pair of jeans I can get into (because of this I am constantly washing them). I REFUSE to go out and buy another pair of fat jeans. This is just more encouragement to get this extra weight off of me. I am holding firm to NO more to fat jeans!!

  
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ROX525 10/7/2012 5:48AM

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ROCKETGIRL229 9/27/2012 4:50PM

    Still holding firm on no more fat jeans! Lost another pound this morning so it seems like I am winning the fight against those ratty old blue jeans. Thank you to all of you for your encouraging words.

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MSBEKANATOR 9/23/2012 2:09AM

    I love the determination! You will do it!!! It won't be long til emoticon !

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PURPLEPEONY 9/8/2012 11:56PM

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JACKIMARIE2 9/8/2012 11:55PM

    Great motivation!

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Not There Yet

Friday, September 07, 2012

I am trying to get myself to drink 8 glasses of water. I am up to 6 glasses a day. It's so hard for me. I am just not sure why, but it is. My husband about fell over when I told him that I had 6 glasses today. (I believe his only comment/word was, "wowww.") I am not a heavy pop drinker. When I do drink soda it is a can of diet pepsi/coke. I guess I have just discovered that I don't really drink anything - only when necessary. This is not healthy. I must change this!

  
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03KIARA99 10/7/2012 1:33AM

    emoticon I used to drink anything but water. I am now up to 8 glasses a day and I got there by eating crushed ice cubes. For some reason it works. Now I don't mind drinking water.

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ROCKETGIRL229 9/27/2012 4:47PM

    Great ideas! Thank you to all of you. I have started putting lemon in my water. (Helps a little.) But just loved the idea of a pretty glass! That's such an awesome idea.

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MSBEKANATOR 9/23/2012 2:07AM

    Silly thing, but when I first started drinking my water, I found a beautiful glass I really, really liked, splurged and bought it and used it only to drink my water. It motivated me because I just liked using something so pretty. Now I just want the water, don't really care about what glass I use, lol. Big change in my life there!

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ROCKETGIRL229 9/7/2012 9:40PM

    Thank you for the encouraging words! I have started adding lemon to my water, and it helps a bit. I know I can do it - I just need to make myself do it!

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 9/7/2012 3:04AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon May God bless your success on this journey we all share!

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MAGGIEVAN 9/7/2012 1:59AM

    If you want to change it badly enough you will. The diet soda's is not good for you. Ever thought of mixing your juice with water?

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