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Stop Rushing-Slow Down 'n Smell the Waffles!

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Wednesday, September 05, 2018

This was written for anyone who feels they are living in 'rush hour traffic'! .. Example, do you remember hurrying through a meal only to realize you never slowed down long enough to taste it? …::: Likewise, do you ever catch yourself rushing through the Spark coaches blogs, and challenge messages, from one to the next. .. I realized I needed to slow down. After all, it's what is absorbed, and applied to daily living that counts.

Funny how that works! So, I stopped and smelled the waffles as if I was savoring a delicious meal. What can I digest from all these well thought out messages? ..

For instance, one coach asked: "Can you list a few of the things you LOVE about your body?" Of course you might think: " that would be so conceited! ... hmmm. Really. But why is it we can admire other people's beauty but never our own ?

Ok I will go first, then you. When I was in high school, my younger brother would tell me I had great-looking legs ! After not seeing him in several years, we met up last year, and he still commented on my great legs LOL ! ...

Now the point is not to brag on myself. It is however, to take something YOU LOVE about yourself and keep yourself stirred up to keep going! … Consistency is bound to affect your entire body, even the things we consider "flaws."

So tell yourself, "I sure have great looking legs (or whatever) …And I am going to take care of my body and keep improving!

Always look for the best in YOU and never the worst! .. This is the one and only body we have to live in. Shouldn't we love ourselves ?

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!
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  • _CYNDY55_
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    74 days ago
    Great message!
    147 days ago
    Stop and smell the waffles! made me smile because sometimes the pleasure of food can be more in the smell than the taste. The smell of popcorn popping makes me want popcorn, but I realize it smells better than it tastes and I don't need to eat it every time I smell someone popping corn.
    Good reminder to slow down and enjoy all of our lives. It's good to think about the things we like about ourselves. Sometimes the negative buries the positives.
    147 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    Well, unfortunately, life is an Indy 500 emoticon where I live! Everyone seems to be in a perpetual hurry. It's sometimes hard to isolate yourself from falling into that trap.

    I think it takes great courage and perseverance to look in the mirror and be confronted with what we don't like about ourselves. Whether it's the mirror on the wall as we dry our hair in the morning, or the mirror of our soul, our first instinct is to turn away, and to ignore the tsunami of emotions that come flooding over us out of the blue, when just a moment ago all seemed so fine - so calm. It takes courage, strength, and slowing down to pause in the moment to receive the "present" that is being offered to us.

    Just as you said so eloquently in this blog, I agree it is here, when we stop all the swirling in our lives, in our emotions, that we can learn the most about what we are made of, and who we truly are. There is a "present" in every moment if we allow ourselves to look closely at it, and to be open to our thoughts and be willing to "wade through" the emotions of it all.

    People constantly tell me they love my genuine personality, and my generosity. As far as physical attributes I love about myself . . . I'm still working on that one. I have a nice smile.

    I have managed over the last year to slow down my eating, and to savor the taste of the food along with the experience of the communal moment.

    Thanks for the reminder, and who wouldn't take a moment to stop and smell the waffles?! Now, try to keep on going without succumbing to their succulence! emoticon emoticon
    151 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/21/2018 1:22:55 PM
    Many years ago (1990?), I lived in Rio Rancho, a suburb of Albuquerque (don’t tell the RR folk I said that!) Every year in October, there is the hot air balloon festival. Driving home from work in the mornings, the roads would be clogged with vehicles trying to get to the festival, or going to work, or whatever. “Looky-loos” slowed down to admire the balloons flying overhead. My 30 minute commute turned into an hour commute. At first, I’d fuss & grumble. Then, an epiphany! I was unable to go faster, and the beautifully colored balloons were flying overhead - LOOK at them! It was safe to watch them when the vehicle was stopped, like every couple of minutes. Enjoy the beauty!
    152 days ago
    Terrific blog. Thank you. I need to put it into practice.
    154 days ago
    Wonderful read...I always try to find something good about myself! It's so important to NOT take for granted all the wonderful things about ourselves!
    158 days ago
    Thank you I needed to read your message today. It was beautiful written.
    160 days ago
    Lovely message and a great reminder! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    163 days ago
  • DSJB9999
    Fantastic blog with lots of great advice Jan. I plan to write that list of nice things and a job's list tomorrow so that I can feel I have achieved what I need to! Your blog could have been written for me as I do 'rush too much' and my hubbie is always telling me off for it! ;-) love and hugs Donna xxx
    163 days ago
  • THINCPL2004
    Right on! You hit the nail on the head with this blog. I too am guilty of speeding though Spark sometimes. Going slow and steady is good. I want some waffles if you are making some I would love to have some. LOL!! I love my legs, and the wife loves my arms. emoticon emoticon
    164 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Right on Jan! We should love ourselves and find the good in ourselves as well as being able to find the good in others. How awesome that you have great legs! That is one of my best features as well. They are long and they are strong.
    Thanks for the reminder of finding things about ourselves to love and to build on it.
    Thanks for being one of my very special spark friends and for always stopping by.
    Hugs and have a wonderful Saturday!
    164 days ago
    Another helpful blogpost! Yes, we need to be as kind to ourselves as we are to a close friend. As for stopping to smell the waffles I giggled because I must avoid the smells of food that can set me off into a binge :). The worst is smelling chocolate chip cookies-total kryptonite. I remember in college there was a David's cookies downtown and I could not walk within 3 blocks of it or else I'd end up inside buying one or 3.
    165 days ago

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  • JUDY19463
    You couldn't have said it better, I do rush sometimes. As far as what I like about my self, my husband, always folded me I had pretty legs. I do like my hair. Many people (family) asked me why I don't have my hair colored. I always say, I used to have my hair frosted, but now mother nature does it for me. Great blog. God Bless
    165 days ago
    It amazes how much people rush, rush, rush through their lives, never stopping to enjoy the little moments which make life worth living. ( but that’s merely my opinion
    166 days ago
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    166 days ago
    So true.
    166 days ago
    Great blog! And so true. I rush, rush, rush all the time. I need to slooooow down and savor more. Thank you for the reminder!
    166 days ago
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    166 days ago
    Thank you
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  • no profile photo BONDMANUS2002
    166 days ago
    emoticon I agree. Was hard, but I have learned to slow down and enjoy. Food, life, everything. Still thinking about what I love about myself, easier for me to compliment others. My friends always say they love my smile emoticon

    emoticon Nice blog. emoticon

    166 days ago
  • 97MONTY
    Well said, thank you
    166 days ago
  • ALOFA0509
    emoticon emoticon In my best Sally Fields imitation; "I like me, I really, really like me"! lol

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    166 days ago
    Awesome blog and something I truly need to do more of...

    Carpe Diem

    166 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    This really does hit home Jan. I do wonder how I can admire someone else's beauty and find none in me. I don't think I ever really did now that I think about it. I'm going to stop and try and re-evaluate those thoughts.
    Thanks for the thought provoking words today.
    166 days ago
  • TEAPOT619
    I need to slow down and smell the roses and watch the butterflies.
    And chew my food....

    166 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    166 days ago
    emoticon Great blog!
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    emoticon thank you
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  • no profile photo GRAMPIAN
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    167 days ago
    and yes i do rush thru things, eating walking working out, the day .. i do need to slow down and enjoy the cool moments that happen! I like the color of my hair, the way it looks in different light.
    167 days ago
    Great thoughts to start the day
    167 days ago
    wise message
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  • 2DAWN4
    Thank you for posting such a wonderful and uplifting blog!
    167 days ago
  • JAMER123
    I find it very hard to tell myself that I have features I like. Great blog, Jan. Keep it going.
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  • 52BINCE
    This blog is so revealing that no words can say how valuable slowing down and taking time to see how beneficial following what you have written here can be...….Love this blog!
    167 days ago
  • LINDA!
    Great blog. We certainly do put a lot of thought into what others' traits are but not our own. Recently, I had a medical procedure and had to lie on a bed. I had to lift my legs for the procedure. Some of the nurses said wow, you have a lot of strength in your legs because you lift them so high. I know that my cardio really has made my legs strong - especially for a 63 year old. Being strong really means so much to me.
    167 days ago
    emoticon lots to think about and a new perspective that needs to be implemented. Thanks!
    167 days ago
    So true!! 😄
    167 days ago
    Thanks Jan!

    Great blog and a reminder to slow down and appreciate what we like about ourselves. When we feel good about ourselves we are more confident and it shows.
    167 days ago
  • NOMI_822
    Awesome, I think I need to practice this more. I really needed this post today. You're AWESOME!!! emoticon emoticon
    167 days ago
  • GLORYB83
    Good blog to read, Jan, thank you for sharing with us.
    167 days ago
    The last two days I did strength training at the gym. I was so proud of myself for being able to do a full on plank for 3 min. each time. My arms must be strong to hold me up, they were shaking but they did the job!!
    167 days ago
    Such a great blog!! I think as a whole, most of us live "hurried." Even if it's just for 10 minutes, I try to slow it down at least twice a day.

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    167 days ago
    Hi Jan...............
    Thank You for another great message. Loving ourselves is so important to every aspect of our lives. It gives us the self-confidence to do our best to make this journey as successful as possible. When we receive compliments, our 1st reaction is to take the attention away from ourselves, when a sincere "Thank You" would be so much more appropriate. It is very easy to see the sincerity of the compliment and the more sincere it is, the better we feel about receiving it. When we went to Elizabeth's first volleyball game of the season late yesterday afternoon, Nola was waiting at the door to the gym for us. She wrapped herself around my legs and said that she had "waited all afternoon to see us." It doesn't get much better than that.

    167 days ago
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