Archive | December 2011

Resolutions/Goals – Huh???

For as long as I can remember I’ve not been good at that thing. I mean, EEWW, EEWWWW!! But, being tied down to something I have to be responsible for? Something that affects me directly? (I have no problem with the commitment of marriage/relationship – we celebrated our 25th anniversary in 2011)

I’m one of those folks who, yes I know what I want. I have a general idea of how to get what I want. But I have a challenge when it comes to setting up goals and sticking to them. I have a friend who came up with an answer that really seems to fit for me. She had noticed that I am creative in nature. I do LOVE my photography, I love to design a look for my clients’ reports, etc. She told me I suffer from a form of A.D.D.

Huh???

In her definition A.D.D. = Artists Dreaming Daily. In this case artists can see the path they want to take. Can see what the final outcome can/should be. But dang it, can’t always see just how to get there – can’t see the steps it takes to get to the goal.

BINGO!

I suppose I should be “ashamed” to say that this is me. I suppose I should say that I need to overcome this “affliction.” But then I worry that if I do learn to be (at least) somewhat rigid and follow goals, I’d loose my creative side. This may sound like a bit of a cop-out, but since my seizures and the lovely (yes there is sarcasm here) medications and the surgery, a bit of my personality has changed. I do, on occasion, have issues with focus. It seems that the times I have issues with this is when I have to concentrate on something more concrete. Like something I need to do for me/my business. Concentrating on those “technical” things – you know the stuff that when you read seem dry. The text book kind of stuff. EEWW, EEWWWW!! Or should I say, “Oh look, I could do…”?

I have identified my flaw. I have at least learned not to let my form of A.D.D. negatively effect my work. I am concerned that this will be a bit of a challenge for me, but that sooner or later I will get beyond this fear and then be able to create goals that I can stick to and have a better/clearer path to where I’m going. How about you?

Let’s all have an amazing 2012!

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Your Health is Important

As I have stated before, I have epilepsy. In 2007 I underwent surgery placing electrodes directly on my brain to try to determine just where the seizures originate. Turned out there were either too many locations firing all at one time – or too far inside to safely perform any surgery.

The amazing news, I apparently am one of those rare people that the act of opening the skull and changing the environment of the brain has made quite a difference. I’ve been seizure-free since then.

But like anyone (perhaps you know yourself) who’s broken a bone can tell you, every time the weather changes the bone hurts where the break was. In my case I get some nasty skull aches – the vibration from chewing hurts, even smiling/laughing hurts. Then if my sinuses are also affected – I’m really in trouble! When that happens I do my best to stay away from people. Why? Because I have a very short tolerance level. I know that I will say or do something I will regret later.

In life that’s bad. For a business?? Worse! One cannot have quality client relations when suffering through a day I just described. Chances are your clients don’t know your medical history, why would/should they? Normally I can perform my work for my business without issue. This kind of debilitating pain is comparable to someone with chronic migraines. This is the kind of situation that if one can work around the situation and not have contact with people (but can still work – like I can), then this is actually a good thing. However, I also know from experience that this type of pain can be very distracting – it’s hard to think to just do “normal, everyday” things and you may not be able to work at all. I’ve been there too (just the other day in fact).

So, dear reader when it’s possible, please take the opportunity to take care of your health. When you can, rest. Do not do or say something that could turn around and “bite you in the butt” at a later date. You’re already stressing over a side-effect of your health, don’t set yourself up to make your health worse. As in my case, if I were to stress too much I could cause a seizure. I have been blessed with four seizure-free years; I do not ever want to experience another seizure. Ever.

Know your limits and work within them – but don’t let them hold you back! Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do a thing because of your health. You know your body. You know what you can get away with. Do not feel sorry for yourself and lock yourself away – that solves nothing and only makes things worse.

Do you believe in Christmas?

I’m one of those loons who wish for a white Christmas – but not so much that people are injured because of the snow – but the fun let’s play stuff. I don’t want anyone in the hospital for Christmas because they had a heart attack from clearing snow.

Now for my question.  Do you believe in Christmas? Wow, that can be a loaded question – for some! My belief has always been celebrating Christmas is being with family and friends and enjoying the companionship. I feel it is a blessing to be with those I love and cherish – especially since some are not around…for various reasons. I celebrate the gift of love and pray for peace. It’s watching kids have fun and the wonder on their faces. Just as I still believe in the spirit of Father Christmas, St. Nicholas, Santa Claus what ever one wishes to call the basic core feeling/belief. You may be thinking, well Liz you can do that any time. You’d be right, because the feeling/spirit of Christmas should be year round.

Let me share with those of you who may not know the original story of St. Nicholas or Father Christmas as some call him. In the 4th century (despite being living in a time where Christians were ruthlessly persecuted) Bishop Nicholas of Myra became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships. It was said that he came from a wealthy family and he wanted to help those in need. Through the centuries many stories and legends have been told of St. Nicholas’ life and deeds. These accounts help us understand his extraordinary character and why he is so beloved and revered as protector and helper of those in need.

Depending on your beliefs, Jesus Christ was merely a prophet and a good man. To some, like me, our religious beliefs tell us he was the Son of God. Either way, for his deeds, and the good He inspired people like Bishop Nicholas of Myra and many others to do throughout the centuries, you really can’t fault a belief that names a season Christmas.

So, yikes I got very serious here! But to me celebrating those I cherish, the companionship of friends and family, watching kids have fun and the wonder on their faces, eggnog, cookies, snow, and all that stuff – you bet I’m a happy camper it’s Christmas time!!

I wish for you all to have a wonderful time doing what ever it is you do this time of year. And now I’m greedy and/or nosey – Do you believe in Christmas?

P.S.: Do you know the etymology of the word Christmas?

  • The word Christ stems from the Middle and Old English word Crist meaning the anointed one, the Lord’s Anointed.  It is borrowed from the Latin Christus and from the Greek Christos also meaning the anointed one.  The Greek is a translation of Hebrew mashiah meaning anointed of the Lord or Messiah.  In the word Christmas, the suffix mas evolves from the Old English word maesse meaning festival, feast day or mass.  (Source: All Experts ~ expert: Carol Pozefsky – 12/17/2003)

So folks, this is a festival, a feast day. Not a day to be working (a business), a day to be with family and/or friends. Enjoy!