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Playing with the Inner Demons.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013



Yeah, itís funny but when it came up on my computer this am it struck a chord. I have a bunch of funny and motivational quotes that function as my screen saver here at work. Every once in a while one strikes me as very important for the day, this would be today.

During any change, the fight is between who we thought we WERE and who we want to BE. We talk about falling back into old habits, falling off the wagon, etc Ė I guess we become Gerald Ford (sorry, it was funny in my head). Falling and failing are two words I see every day in blogs and statuses. Itís actually kind of sad. Not because people are falling or failing, but because they really arenít. Follow me here, Iíll try and explain.

Falling has a really bad connotation. It kind of implies getting hurt. It is painful. But falling also implies accidental, something that we had no control over. Oh no, some of you see where Iím going. We donít fall off the wagon, at least I donít. Every time Iíve done it Iíve JUMPED off, tucked and rolled into that landing. Iíve wiggled my little but back into that comfy habit. I didnít fall into a bag of chips and have them crawl down my throat. Those cookies might have been making a sirenís call, but I walked into the kitchen, opened the pantry, taken out the bag, and CHOWED DOWN!

Failing has an even WORSE meaning. Here is the meaning if you Google it:
Fail:
1. be unsuccessful: to be unsuccessful in trying to do something
2. be unable to do something: to be incapable of doing something or unwilling to do it
3. not pass exam or course: to fall short of the standard required to pass an examination, course, or piece of academic work
Synonyms: be unsuccessful, go pear-shaped, nose-dive, bomb, miss the mark, go belly up, flop, fall flat, come to nothing, and miscarry

Yeah team!! #2 is especially nice Ė being UNABLE. Wow Ė that really makes one want to keep going Ė NOT!

Ok, so what does this have to do with my cutesy little Goth quote? Well, just EVERYTHING! Those ďbadĒ habits, those times we give up and give in to the old, easy, comfy way Ė those are your personal demons in this journey. Yes, my cookies should have horns and a little pitchfork (getting ideas for a Halloween treat Ė later).

I NEED to be on the same side as the demon. If I can work with it, I can control it. I controlled the Olive Garden demon last night Ė I was with him, right there at the table. And we worked together. Compromise. I got to have a yummy dinner but I had to go slow and be reasonable. By working with my demon I was able to control it.

Same thing for my steps last night. I have a bean bag chair that is SOOO comfy, just scooch my rump in there, lean back (yes it has a back) and it all forms around me like a big squishy hug. Once Iím in, thatís it done! My deal with demon chair was 10,000 steps (which is VERY do-able for me) and I could cuddle up in my chair and loose myself in a show. Making that deal with the demon got me up fast, steps finished faster, and right back to my comfy chair. Gypsy didnít even know I was gone!!!

So I guess what Iím saying is learn to work with your ďdemonsĒ, they are there for a reason. Yeah, some will have to go because they donít play well with others but not all. Accept that you enjoy these things and make them work for you.

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IMSOOZEEQ 6/14/2013 2:41PM

    I am so glad I came across this blog today. I really needed this new perspective! Thanks!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 5/15/2013 10:47AM

    Great post

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KARENLEIGH32 5/12/2013 11:39PM

    I like the way you expressed this, it certainly gives me a new perspective!

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PHOENIXMYST 5/12/2013 11:47AM

    I may be a bit late but this is the perfect meaning for me today. - Thank you

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BOSSONBABE 5/12/2013 8:58AM

    Wonderful. I must get to know my demons better and stop hiding from them.
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    Incredible blog! Thank you for sharing!

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    AWESOME BLOG!!!!!

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2BDYNAMIC 4/21/2013 8:27AM

    emoticon I really like your mention of reading the blogs where someone "fell" denoting it is over! ........... One little slip up or what I call "That's life--don't make a big deal out of it" ............... Just go on ............... emoticon

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HZGLORY 4/20/2013 12:13PM

    Yeah, I have a Sweet Demon that calls to me 24-7. But I work with him. I have sweets but in moderation (most of the time) I use artificial sweetner so I can still have sweet but not damage myself or blood sugar. If I totally kick him out I know he will come back with a vengance and I will not be able to stop him, so just a little is better than non or all. Hugs

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ANGELN325 4/20/2013 6:34AM

    Great blog! Great perspective! I'm going to see if I can get a play date going with some of my demons to see who can play nicely in the sandbox with me.

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    Well said and great blog!

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GARDENCHRIS 4/19/2013 10:35AM

    sometimes they even help us! LOL

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OHANAMAMA 4/19/2013 9:46AM

    I love your quotes! (stealing!) :)

I have discussed my inner demon (Myrtle) at length before. I know exactly who you speak of, but I never thought of working with her, only conquering her. Wonderful new insight! Thank you!

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MJREIMERS 4/19/2013 7:49AM

    emoticon and I love your insight! This hits home with so many people. I love it! emoticon for being so open and honest!

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    That logic makes alot of sense! Thanks for sharing!

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_JODI404 4/18/2013 11:23AM

    Great blog! SO true about "falling"!!

I have just a few things that I cannot control/play nice with, so those are now banned. I don't want that list getting too long --most things I can practice moderation with. It's good to recognize when you can't though and remove them from the picture.

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    Awesome blog :)

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MARYJEANSL 4/18/2013 10:42AM

  Very thought provoking. I don't ever think in terms of failure, because that would mean I was quitting, and I am not.

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    Excellent! Yay, YOU!

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