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Thursday, April 11, 2013

What's something I always think I have until I find out I haven't? Perspective. The degree to which I'm able to understand events and people in this life seems to depend completely on the "angle" from which I view them.

I know that's a really obvious thing to say, and common to all creatures (I'm reminded of the kitten who looks behind the mirror looking for the OTHER kitten), but I think the car trip last week gave me greater insight. As the scenery sped by, some simple truths emerged - things I need to think about as they relate to my life:

1. It's hard to get a good view of anything if I'm going too fast.

2. Closer things seem bigger, and can block the view of more important things in the background.

3. Light makes all the difference.

4. Getting a better view, greater perspective, means I have to forget about the schedule, stop, get out, and really appreciate what's right here, right now.

A week away from all of you makes me realize how much I value your advice, appreciate the kindness of your encouragement, and need the gentle nudges. The focus on weight loss and fitness IS important to me, but so is all this rethinking and reworking of priorities that you help me accomplish. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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    emoticon Good reflections, we all need to do that off and on! Glad you are back and hope you are feeling much better! emoticon
    1788 days ago
    Awesome blog! What a great thing to come home from vacation with.. insight! Usually all I have are a few extra pounds and some guilt. emoticon
    1795 days ago
    I enjoyed yer blog--simple truths but important!--- Your canine friend looks like our old Andretti----and yer ""before " picture is awesome--Yu have changed a lot!Lynda emoticon
    1799 days ago
    Love you blog, so glad that you back I need your encouragement each and everyday. emoticon
    1800 days ago
    You make a difference to others more than you realize - glad you're back :)
    1800 days ago
    Welcome home!
    1800 days ago
    Glad you are back. There is so much in our lives that looks different from different angles! Being a grandparent raising a grandchild has really brought that home to me. School life and life in general have changed in subtle ways since I raised my children, and made dramatic and not always good changes since I was a child.

    One of the greatest things about SP has been the many voices I hear on this site. If I fail to make healthy changes in my life, it will be my own fault. I am surrounded by encouraging voices here, and yours is one of them. Thanks.

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    1800 days ago
    What a beautiful blog and so true for me too. emoticon About 2 years ago I was very active here in SP and my computer broke down and I couldn't replace it for 8 months! Going to the public library was useless since I only got 2 hours per day maximum and I couldn't get everything done that I needed so I lost contact here in SP. When I came back, I started over since I felt so heartbroken and found some of my old friends but not everyone. I know what you mean. Love, Chelsea emoticon
    1801 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    The support and understand on SP is huge... HUGE!
    1801 days ago
  • MSHEL7
    Thanks for sharing these great insights. Not something we think on much, but they are so true. Glad you are back, we missed you.
    1801 days ago
    Those are some great points you brought out here.
    We missed you too!
    1801 days ago
  • ANNIE924
    I like this blog, very good insights.

    Glad you are back from your trip and that you had some time for reflection while away.

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    1801 days ago
    So glad you are back safe and sound! Sounds like you had a great trip and were reminded of some important life lessons. Thank you for sharing! I have learned so much from you along this journey!
    1801 days ago
    What wonderful truths. Simple, yes, but wonderful. The older I get, the more I'm grateful for the simple things in life. They really do take me further than the complex, ornate, detailed. I am showing my age, aren't I? emoticon

    Thanks so much for sharing.
    1801 days ago
  • MJS1960
    I enjoyed this! A wonderful reflection! emoticon
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