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A letter to my mind - lets get it together

Monday, July 15, 2013

Dear, most valued asset, my precious mind,

I want you to know how much I appreciate all you have done for me over the years. I have often forgotten or neglected to tell you how important you have been in helping me conquer my greatest foes. You have helped me overcome obstacles, solve problems, and create a career and a life for myself. But, having said that, I have to tell you that sometimes you have led me astray. You have occasionally created obstacles where there were none before. You have used your clever logic and intelligence to trick me, to sidetrack me, and even to sabotage me. The first type of activities are still welcomed and even encouraged, but you really need to know that I am no longer tolerating the second type of activities.

I am laying down some rules that we will BOTH follow, since we both know that for you to get away with those negative activities, I have to be complicit and allow it to happen. That is over - my complicity is ended as of NOW.

Rule 1 - There will be NO making excuses for laziness. That means after a long hard day at work, I will NO longer be able to listen when you tell me that I don't REALLY need the exercise. If I am truly tired/exhausted, I can manage a 30-60 minute workout but skipping it altogether is simply NO LONGER ACCEPTABLE. A planned day of rest is different but when we are making excuses, THAT will no longer fly.

Rule 2 - Healthy eating IS THE NORM from now on. Occasional treats, planned splurges are acceptable but they MUST be PLANNED for IN ADVANCE. Emotional eating is a thing of the past and frankly has no place in OUR life. We are blessed (or possibly cursed) with the genes that will probably result in a long life and NEITHER of us wants to have that life destroyed by PAIN, Alzheimer's disease, crippling illnesses, or other miserable consequences. I doubt that even YOU want to watch as limbs are amputated due to complications from diabetes, blindness (that would take away our ability to read - and THAT simply doesn't even fit OUR style at all), heart attacks and/or strokes that could make us victims of a care system or the recipient of Ed's care (can you see us having our butt wiped by my SON??? - I don't THINK so - although I KNOW he would if he had to, but HOW EMBARRASSING would that be?) Health is paramount and at 63 and facing our 64th birthday and the reality that we WILL be forced to work at least 6 and probably 7 years minimum, HEALTH IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER. So, pay attention to the rules - neither of us wants to be turned into a figure of pity, mockery, or pain.

Rule 3 - Rest, relaxation, meditation, prayer, and all of these type things are necessary to helping both you and me to sleep better, remain calmer, to better cope with the various ups and downs of life, etc. are going to take precedence over internet, tv, and mindless occupations. We need to keep you sharp, keep me healthy and content, and we need to allow time and place for recharging our batteries.

Rule 4 - Socialization, family, friends, people that I care about are also important to me, and I know you also need them because without the PEOPLE in our world, you would grow stale and listless, well, so will I. We need to make time and space to fill that part of our life as well.

Rule 5 - Faith, love, kindness, service, and generosity will continue to be part of our life - we KNOW that God expects no less of us and both of us thrive on them. We will continue to work together to find ways to reach out to others and to allow GOD to shine through us in the world on a daily basis.

Rule 6 - There are probably other rules and the BOTTOM LINE is that whenever there is any doubt about what to do, I will consult with you but the DECISION and the CONSEQUENCES are MINE alone.

With eternal love, appreciation, and faith,

Your corporal home on Earth, Nancy
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  • JILL313
    Fantastic well written Blog & very cleverly written to your mind ie. yourself. Everything you told your mind I need to tell mine also. . .I've become so lazy recently and I know as long as I'm capable of getting my health back in shape I need to do this for myself but also my sons as your point about one of our loved ones having to wipe our butt and take care of us scares me to "death". Thank you for a good wake up call for me, Nancy. It's now or never for me as I'm not getting any younger or much healthier the way I'm going now. You should print this blog up and post it for you to read every day or at least often. . .you should have been a motivational writer as you spur me on by your words. I wish there was a way for me to print a copy of your Blog so I can also re-read it often. This Blog should be a Blog of the week as many people should read this wake up call Blog..

    Love You,

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    1710 days ago
    This is a great blog. You have given me food for thought (no pun intended) the only type of food that's really calorie free so I can eat all I desire. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    emoticon Jeanne
    1710 days ago
    Love your letter. Especially pointing out how tricksy our mind can be.
    BUT WE are the BOSS & ultimately responsible.
    Thx for sharing some great thoughts & "rules"
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    1710 days ago
    Way to get your head on straight. Listening to your inner self can lead to great success (if you listen).

    1710 days ago
  • E1SPAG
    Great thoughts, thanks for sharing! Ellen
    1711 days ago
  • SUNSET09
    emoticon We all need a talking to every know and again; even when we know what we need to do. No one better what we need to do for ourselves than us! Good revelation! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    1711 days ago
    I told my mind to take notice! LOL

    Hugs, Gail
    1711 days ago
    Great Blog. Thanks for sharing it,
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  • BERRY4
    Here's the title of a book I picked up at the library. It's been both interesting and a worthwhile read, and it follows a bit along the lines of your blog:

    "10 Conversations You Need to have with Yourself" by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    For me, most change occurs from how I think!
    1711 days ago
    This is a conversation that I think we all need to have with ourselves, often.
    1711 days ago
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