Archive | August 2011

Sharing a Celebration

Let’s see just the other day I talked about how Summer is going away (look how close we are to Labor Day!), I encouraged you to look at the positives from this Summer. How have you been doing on that?

Anyway, happy news (for me) tomorrow, August 27 will make FOUR YEARS since my last seizure. Those with epilepsy can appreciate that milestone. To be honest anyone with any sort of serious health issue can appreciate anyone hitting a milestone. It definitely puts wind in your sails! On top of this, my doctor agrees that we could lower the dosage of my medications. Two things to celebrate. I hate taking pills of any kind, I’m looking forward to the day when I don’t have to take any.

So, what was the first thing I did when I got home? Well I called the company I get my meds through and made the woman answering the phone think I was a bit crazy! I might have sounded overly enthusiastic about ordering medication. She understood when I told her that it’s a lower strength.

Hey what can I tell you? I suck at cartwheels!

So, just what (in my exuberance) am I trying to tell you? Well to more clearly explain celebrating I found some quotes that I feel fit the occasion

In our work and in our living, we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction.  ~ Audre Lorde
Every day is an opportunity to make a new happy ending. ~ Anon
Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey! ~ Barbara Hoffman
When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced.  Live your life in such a manner that when you die the world cries and you rejoice. ~ Indian Saying
Warning:  Dates in Calendar are closer than they appear. ~ Anon

So, we all need to remember that no matter what our life situation is – remember to take time to celebrate! Life’s too short to do otherwise, why waste the time we have being all gloomy?

I hope you find your reason to celebrate and share with us!

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Summer

Just where did the Summer go? It doesn’t seem all that long ago many of us couldn’t wait for Winter to go south for the Summer! When we felt the Southern Hemisphere was well past starting it’s snowy season.

But WOW what a Summer we’ve had (in some cases one for the record books)!

Some people were blessed with wonderful things: their baby’s first step, the start to a needed treatment to save a life from a future health disaster, or even a wedding or two. Maybe finished building their new home, cottage, boat, etc. so they could have/start a new family tradition.

Whatever happened during this Summer (Labor Day is only two weeks away – YIKES), remember all the positives. Yes, some of the negatives could be life lessons not to be forgotten – but don’t dwell on them – that’s counter-productive!

One of the things Jim Rohn wrote in his book The Seasons of Life I’ve found to be very important and fits very well with my thoughts:

Overcome one obstacle in life, and another appears to fill the void. Life is designed to be a story of achievement in spite of adversity, not in the absence of adversity, for without adversity achievement could not exist. There shall always be cause to give up; there shall always be cause for complaint, but engage in complaining and you add to the downward pull of life.

I know first hand that not complaining about one’s lot in a particular situation is easier said than done. I could list a whole long list of some negatives from this Summer – but why? That’s just reinforcing that downward pull, and who needs that?

So, as we wrap up this eventful Summer, remember all the fun things that happened and may they always bring a smile to your face. Because as you face those adversities you need to have fun things to think back on to remind you just why you keep plugging along.

Stuff in Life

It’s a fact of life – stuff happens. You just can’t avoid it. So, what do you do? You work with it, around it or right on through it. But don’t ever completely give up.

I’m one of those people who has tried my best to help others – even if it’s to just listen. I’ve never been one who’s big on asking for help. No, I don’t think I’m above everyone else. I have always figured that no matter what’s going on with me – there’s always someone who has it worse.

Well, I suppose that’s all fine and dandy. But what happens when I really do need help? Or what do YOU do if you’re a similar personality-type and you find you need help?

I’m learning (grudgingly) to ask for help – in very small increments. I will admit, because it’s important to be honest, that I haven’t told anyone close to me what’s going on – how I feel. But for you dear reader, I’m respectfully asking you to find someone to talk with. Don’t hold it in, nothing good can come from holding in your stresses and frustrations.

OK, so there will be times when it seems no one is available to talk with. If that’s the case, then one way to vent the stress is to “talk” with yourself. Yes, I know this sounds a bit strange but hear me out. I have found that if I free write either by hand or type on my computer, this simple act releases those “toxins” and helps ease some of my tensions. If I write in a journal I can keep it to look back on and say – Wow things sure have improved a lot since then!

Then after you’ve written out your frustrations, perhaps someone you trust is now available to get you out of the house, get you “away” for a bit – even if it’s only for an hour. One good thing I’ve found about my method – I can release much of the hurt before I talk with who ever and it makes it easier to get to a calmer, better mindset.

So, dear reader, what are some of the ways YOU fight frustrations? Please share – others reading may find your method easier than mine.

Thank You!