Thursday, April 29, 2010
Not too many of us have met those lucky people who seem to be super good at simply "everything" because most of us have our strengths and our weaknesses. In my case, although I had a very good voice in my younger days, somehow it seems to have gone south on me, so I don't attempt singing any longer. But I can whistle, which is a talent not that many people can do well. And I enjoy making use of that talent.
Our daily Healthy Motivator can give most of us a moment of thought. Are we making use of our talents, or do we keep knocking our heads against the wall in our attempts to excel at one of the areas where we just aren't good? While it is true that if you keep trying and trying you will eventually improve, sometimes it is best to put your energy where it serves the best purpose. Perhaps you are unable to run due to a foot problem such as flat feet or some other ailment that limits you; but you may be excellent at various machines at the gym or some other type of excercise that keeps you in good shape. I read about people who are so positive they could never run (I'm one of them) but just for fun as I walk my dog I decided to test myself. There is this one park that is on the route my dog and I follow routinely. The first try at running across it didn't get me very far; perhaps 50 to 100 feet and I was puffing. Then I kept trying and now can easily run from one side to the other. Running is by no means my forte` but at least if it should begin to rain when I'm out for my walk I could probably sprint on home without falling down with a heart attack.
Some of us are really good cooks, others are best suited at the 'clean-up' detail, or decorating your home. How about the person who grows perfect flowers? But perhaps you have skills they don't possess. Some of us are talkers, while others listen. The important thing is to recognize your strengths and use them to the best of your ability. Now let's get out there and WOW someone with OUR strength (whatever it may be).
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
In todays Healthy Reflection it states: "Life is not a 'brief candle.' It is a splendid torch that must be made to burn as brightly as possible. " and upon reading that I wondered at my age if I had made MY torch burn as brightly as possible -- and if I hadn't, was it too late to do something about it.
Have you ever found yourself in a position where you could pass on some of your experience or knowledge? And if you have -- did you do it? Or did you just shrug your shoulders and figure "they'll find out soon enough what a mistake THAT is." It is much too easy to take the safe/easy way out, isn't it? If you don't offer any advice, then no one can come back and tell you it didn't work, no one can blame you for what they decided to do! On the other hand, wouldn't it be great to have someone say they owe you a LOT -- they are where they are because of things they have learned from YOU! That YOU helped in molding their lives!
Each and every day you hear tributes being offered up to various people. Or when a successful person is being interviewed and that question pops up about "who do you owe your success to?" and the answer is invariably a parent, a wife/husband, teacher, close friend. Consider yourself having burned your torch brightly if your name ever ends up in that short list.
For many of us it is NOT TOO LATE! Burn your torch a little brighter. Make a difference in someone's life, maybe it will be your own life that is enriched.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I was reading an article about the importance of having a buddy to exercise with; someone to keep you on the straight and narrow so you do your exercises, eat right, and do all the other healthy stuff. I don't happen to have a lot of friends in the area where I live. Acquaintances yes, friends -- NO! There is a big difference. But as Iwas dwelling on that thought it occurred to me that I have the best exercise buddy (mentor) I could possibly ask for, and she is available to me 24/7! You got it! My trusty four-legged pal who is always eager to go for a walk, no matter what time of the day or night, regardless of the weather, doesn't matter if a ball game is on, doesn't even matter if it is meal time! She's ready to go at the drop of a hat. If you want to walk -- fine! You want to run? Fine! Whatever your speed is, she matches it without question.
Did you ever stop to think of just how valuable your dog really is? They are there for you 24/7; they eat what you give me even though it is the very same thing you'vefed them the last umpteen days; they never question how far or how long; whether you are gone one hour or several days you still get greeted with the same enthusiasm when you come through the door!
Do you realize that most of us could never hope to attain the personality traits of our dogs? I know I couldn't. #1 she is not impatient -- we won't touch that one with a 10-foot pole as far as how patient I am! #2 she is loyal. #3 she never loses her temper. #4 she expects very little, but gives her all. #5 she never asks for money or designer anything!
Three cheers for my best friend - Amber!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
My scale and I are not always on friendly terms...... but as I tend to be a creature of habit, I feel my day doesn't start off right unless I step on the scale. The numbers on the scale reflect my mood for the day.....if they are low I'm on top of the world.....high puts me in a depressed state of mind. Sometimes when they are high I become more determined and it encourages me to pay close attention to every morsel that passes my lips. Other days it throws me into a state of despair where I think I will never see the numbers I want so badly.
A little electronic piece of equipment should not have the power to alter our personalities or determine our mood for the day! I've told myself that fact at least a million times -- well at least 47 times. lol But, honestly, don't we all do that at one time or another? I swear, if the number is high, you could walk to the closet and slip into a pair of pants that hasn't fit you for a year and you'd probably tell yourself that the pants must have (what?) expanded? since the last time you tried them. It isn't always that the scale reflects if we are losing or not. Sometimes our measurements are going down, but we don't see it reflected on the scales!
I gave myself a pep talk last night when I saw that 152. That number hasn't been a part of my life for well over a year -- and I tried to shrug it off, ignore it, or even just accept it. It's not like I'd just received bad news from my doctor or something -- it could have been a lot worse!
Bottom line here is that sometimes we put too much stock in things that are beyond our control. I tried not to be angry with myself, tried not to beat myself up, and tried to find a bright side in all of this. Perhaps my reward was the big loss this morning.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Look deeply into my heart and you will see what a truly complex person I am. What the outer world sees is not always the true "you." Sometimes you must cover up your grief, or your anger, or even your good mood; and present only a professional glossy exterior to the outside world. When your job is in sales your customers do not want to see a person who is filled with grief, so even if you are sad, do not reflect that fact. And if you are a funeral director, do you think your grieving customers will want to see someone bubbling over with happiness because they just got engaged/married? Not likely!
I'm retired now so I no longer have to put my true emotions in some little portion of my heart. At least not on a daily basis. When you look within my heart you will usually see a reflection of what is shown on my face. I'm normally optimistic, compassionate, in a good mood, energetic and I am not filled with pain that never seems to leave. Yes, I have those occasional days when I feel very much alone; but I realize I am alone by my own choosing. I have days when my back hurts so badly that I lay down often throughout the day -- but many times it is because of choices I have made. I spent too many hours fussing around in my yard. I know I will pay the price for it within a day. But I love doing things in my yard, and I accept the pain with the joy. It's the same when I have boundless energy and decide to move all my heavy furniture around into some new arrangement. Perhaps I could find a friend who would help, but I am spontaneous and headstrong (but not "back" strong - lol) so I do it on my own.
You would see a myriad of emotions lurking in the depths and corners of my heart. Anger, despair, envy, love, stubborness, compassion, confusion, joy, depression, hurt, gratitude, and of those and more. Each has a place in my body and in my life. The secret is to keep the positive emotions in the forefront, and letting the negative emotions just peek through once in awhile. We are humans we are not GOD -- every person has negative emotions the same way we have the positive emotions. Which image do you wish to portray? How do you wish to be remembered?
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