Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
These words have long been an inspiration to me! Sometimes I have started to climb and missed the first step and have become afraid. Were it not for faith, I would never have been able to pull myself up by the bootstraps, and try again. I can think of so many instances where this faith has pulled me through, like when I was diagnosed with cancer, when I found out that I couldn't have children, when I had to fight as a woman to succeed, and anytime financial and unfeasible issues tried to stop my goals! And there were steps to start that have proved that because of this faith I have won, like when I met my husband and was afraid to marry but did anyway or how perseverance helped me into a wonderful non-profit career where I could make a difference for over 30 years and there are many more!
Because of these experiences I am what I am today. . . . but just what if I hadn't taken that first step?
What would have happened to the 4,000+ farmers and ranchers that I have worked for who were facing foreclosure? Would some not have gotten the help needed? What would have happened to my husband when he needed me and I wasn't there? Where would my my family and friends be when they needed me?
I thought my life was over when I found out that I could not be a Mom. If I were a Mom I wouldn't have had my life as a farm advocate... what if I had said no to my husband. . .. my joy, my soul mate and my confidant would have been absent! I would not have met the friends both new and old that I did and still am, and I would not be the patient my oncologist called “the cat with nine lives”.
This is not to say that I wear a halo or that I am all things to everything and everybody...it is to say that behind every cloud there is a silver lining, a purpose!
Today I am 67 years young. I suppose that it would seem to those younger that I can sit back and take it easy....sorry that first step is just as important today as it was a half century ago! I am still making decisions to take the first step that will follow me the rest of my life! I may not know what lies ahead but the one thing that I can be sure of is that because I took the first step so many years ago, when it happens and it will happen, I can do it again and again if need arises.
Today I wanted to reminisce some about the past but I am my past today and where I go is still up to me. So I can do it or I can feel pity for my actions. I will miss and I will get up and take that first step up so that I find the sun behind the clouds!!
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Good morning all! No more Monday blues. Our temperature is warming up! It is 16 now and that is a long way from teens below zero that we have been having!!! I might just feel spring because I think spring might be in the air. Yeah right! This is northern Wisconsin and it is just February! So I think the other great thing is that I just talked to me sister(NC). That always makes me feel better! Also my husband just called from work to let me know that he got his license for the training that he just completed and tested for.
And because of how I feel I am going to leave you with these thoughts:
As I said before I am working on motivation for exercise and cancer survival! I had missed this earlier but want to make sure that any of you reading this blog will be sure to see the below Spark Guy video:
Motivational Video Story Friday, February 01, 2013
It is really uplifting!!!
My hero, Mark Twain said, laughter is the greatest weapon that we humans possess and it’s the one we use the least. Daily, we have countless opportunities to use the power of laughter to make a positive difference.
Laughter is a wonderful coping device. It helps us to successfully traverse dangerous currents along life’s journey, as well as assisting us to fully enjoy the placid times of still waters. Humor is something I can get serious about. It is nothing less than an extravagant gift – to be frequently used and shared! I believe it was Billy Graham who said that “a keen sense of humor helps us to overlook the unbecoming, understand the unconventional, tolerate the unpleasant, overcome the unexpected, and out-last the unbearable.”
The best part of all is that you have already received the gift of laughter! Will you use it and share it often today?
A smile costs nothing, but gives much-
It takes but a moment, but the memory of it usually lasts forever.
None are so rich that can get along without it-
And none are so poor but that can be made rich by it.
It enriches those who receive, without making poor those who give-
It creates sunshine in the home,
Fosters good will in business,
And is the best antidote for trouble-
And yet it cannot be begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is of no value
Unless it is given away.
Some people are too busy to give you a smile-
Give them one of yours-
For the good Lord knows that no one needs a smile so badly
As he or she who has no more smiles left to give.
Saturday, February 02, 2013
It is still cold. Too cold for me to even walk outside. I may be over protective but I don't tempt to take health chances.
I have found a new use for the Spark website. I can't say that I am coping with retirement or having to stay indoors very well. I fear that not going to work everyday will make me a boring person so hope that I will note bore you with too many comments, blogs or emails.
I plan on trying all new food today since I do love to cook. I did a makeover of a Chef Meg southern meatloaf so that it would be both gluten free and vegetarian. I'll let you know how it comes out! I was able to still control the calories so I can enjoy it. I really do use the recipe calculator.
I am also trying a SW Bean and Rice casserole and am baking an oatmeal, peanut butter, banana muffin for the week-end.
Lunch anyone? Come on Over!
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