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Timing is everything 2.22.13

Friday, February 22, 2013

Do you believe in Coincidences? Or do you believe that everything happens for a reason?

Since I began my Spark journey last October, I've been learning so much about being mindful. It seems that most of my life has been a blurrrrrrrrrrrr . . . . passing so quickly that I seem to have been a spectator rather than a participant.

Events of the past year have definitely been directing me into new pathways. As a 60 year old, I'm finding that change isn't as easy as it was when I was in my 20's. It's pushing me outside my comfort area and requiring that I open my heart and mind to new ideas and concepts. Yeah, scary.

And as I look forward, I don't see a yellow brick road winding gracefully into the sunset. In fact, I don't know where it will lead at all. But as I lift my foot to move forward, I see the next stepping stone appear before my eyes. . . . just in time.

Just like SparkPeople happening to me just at the right time. Giving me the tools to not only make a difference in my health and weight loss efforts, helping me establish principals and discipline that interwove into other facets of my life as well.

Bad Leroy Brown and I have a morning ritual. He loves to cuddle on my lap (wrapped in his blankey) while I'm having coffee with hubby before he leaves for work. But it's not enough that I'm holding and petting Leroy. We have to make eye contact. We have to hold that connection for a few moments so that he knows that I'm REALLY looking at him. We have to really connect.

When's the last time you connected with yourself? Are you living your life or just observing it? (Slow motion or fast forward.) When's the last time you looked at yourself in the mirror and like what you saw and were proud of yourself.

If it's been a while (or perhaps it's never happened), why not take a few moments to actually connect with yourself. Today. Right now. Or commit yourself to a time when you won't be busy.

Grab a notebook and a pen. Then look at yourself in the mirror.
Not just your body, but look into your eyes, into your soul.

What do you see? Do you like it? Write it down.

If you don't like what you see, write that down too, and be as specific as you can.

Then think about those thing you do or don't like it about yourself.
Then think about what you can do to make it different.

Then set yourself up to succeed.

SparkPeople has a vast resource area of helpful articles and related sites that can help get you get started on your journey towards living your life.

I don't believe in coincidences. I truly believe that timing is everything and the fact that you're reading this is not a coincidence.

Choose today to learn to love and respect yourself if you don't already.

Be honest with yourself.
Forgive yourself for the missteps and mistakes of yesterday.
(Yes, learn from them, but stop beating yourself up.)

Be good to yourself.

You and I only have one day. . . . today.

Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is only a hope.
Let's not lose today.
Let's make it a good one!


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TWILAQ1 2/25/2013 9:41PM

    Thank you for the valuable reminder.

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WALLAHALLA 2/22/2013 11:50PM

    You have just reached middle age! God numbered man's years at 120, that puts 60 right smack dab in the middle. Who can argue with God? You have a lot of good years to enjoy, and a lot of wisdom to share with the younger crowd!

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MSLZZY 2/22/2013 7:17PM

    So much wisdom in your words-thanks for sharing!

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SYDLETZIII 2/22/2013 7:05PM

    Your post reminds me of a quote I created for my book, that seem at least in part to apply here:

The road worth traveling in not the straight and easy path, for that path is boring and predictable. The path with curves and obstacles is much better, it teaches us and we learn, in taking that path we grow.
Letz December 10, 2012

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WARDMIC78 2/22/2013 1:49PM

    So inspiring! Awesome blog. Truly living in the present is so important. When you do, those coincidences just seem to happen a bit more often - funny how that works!

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BIGPAWSUP 2/22/2013 1:29PM

    This is awesome! Thank you!

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BLESSED2BEME 2/22/2013 1:28PM

    Amazing blog! Every word is so true! We were just talking last night at my support group about choosing to live in the moment and not waste time with worry or putting ourselves down. Would we ever say the things to others that we choose to say to ourselves when they are not kind? Not likely. Thanks for sharing.

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NITTINNANA 2/22/2013 1:22PM

    Wonderful thoughts and ideas expressed to day. Thanks, Cat!


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SWANATOPIA 2/22/2013 1:01PM

    Great blog! I try and do this all the time. I used to think I was being hard on myself by re-evaluating myself all the time but then I figured out that my motivation depends on it!

Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend and thanks so much for all your support! Your a great friend.

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