Archive for November, 2011
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011
How many times a day are we frustrated? The line at the grocery store is taking too long…’COME ON! THIS SAYS EXPRESS…YOU’RE WAY OVER THE….’ Ok, calm down. Or, the elderly driver in front of us who is doing 30 in a 60….so we feel the best thing to do is speed up, look at them and cut them off out of sheer..’I'll show YOU how to drive!!’ attitude.
Or, how we seem to complain that there is nothing on TV, nothing to wear, nothing ‘good’ to eat, it’s too hot outside, it’s cold, too windy, why is it raining today, how come that person did that, I want this, I’m sad because I don’t have THAT, and I wanted THAT..and I didn’t GET THAT! BOO HOO. The problem today is that everyone wants too much. Nothing is ever enough. Bigger, better, louder, faster, more, more, gimme more! And, the last time I checked..as a society, we are more miserable than ever. There are more heart attacks, there is more depression, there is more debt, there is more misery than ever before. And yet, some of the happiest people I meet, and I’m sure you know what I mean, are often the one’s who seem to have very little. They don’t NEED the stuff. The THINGS. The material possessions that seems to fill up our houses, but never seems to fill up our hearts. I consider myslef one of the lucky ones. I learned a long time ago that having THINGS doesn’t mean anything. People don’t like you more if you have more. If they do, those aren’t real friends. What impresses people? Sincerity, trust, honesty, being a good listener, empathy and love. Not what they have. We are not what we have. Gratitude plays a big role in the way we function in this thing called life. My mom has always told me to be thankful for what I already have…and not what I don’t have. And to be happy with what ‘is’ and not focus on what ‘isn’t’. She told me a story…she was going to visit a woman in the hospital who was very ill. As she made her way through the hospital parking lot, it was clear, there were no spots. It was frustrating! She would have to park down the street. It was also raining. So now the far walk to the hospital would be a wet one. ugggh.
When she finally found a spot she remembered what she had been telling me about gratitude. Instead of being angry that she could not park close to the hospital, she had gratitude for being able to own a car, and have a job to pay for it. Instead of cursing the rain, she realized that she was thankful to be able to be outside and be alive and feel the rain as her poor friend lay there inside on a hospital bed. If you are able to read this on a computer, that’s enough to be thankful for, some people don’t have the luxury. Next time you’re mad in line at the grocery store, mad about how you shouldn’t have to be in a line this long, think about how lucky you are to be in a store at all, where you can pick your own food…plus you can read a magazine for free. (just thought I’d lighten things up there at the end…with the magazine comment…)
Cheers to all of my blog friends..punch in ‘gratitude’ for 1000 points. xokerr
Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
Oh great, my pants are too tight. They weren’t tight LAST week! What happened? Don’t you hate the way our weight, as women, goes up and down! It drives me batty! One day I’ll be able to wear a skirt that I bought 4 years ago..BEFORE the baby, and the next time, I’m muffin topping all over the place! Remember the days that we could eat anything we wanted and not gain a pound? Chocolates for dinner, and entire meal made out of cheese, cookies for breakfast…it didn’t matter! The pants still fit. Now,it takes planning. ‘ Hmmm, let’s see..it’s Thursday, I have that party coming up NEXT Friday, SO..if I cut back on dairy all weekend and give up toast, I may be able to get that zipper up on that skirt that seemed to fit me 3 weeks ago…that’s before I gained the 2 pounds the previous week from the ‘All you can eat Bufffet for the the going away lunch for that co-worker that I barely knew anyway, but hey, it was a free lunch. ‘
I am a big believer in stretchy clothes. They can’t be too stretchy though, or you never KNOW if you had one too many Honey Cruller’s. Just stretchy enough so that your weight can yo-yo comfortably. A couple pounds up or down..and you can still breathe. Just know, that if you start wearing sweatpants day in and day out, when the time comes to put on a pair of Jeans..you might be in a bit of shock. There’s nothing worse than wearing your new yoga pants for the entire week of the Christmas holidays, only to discover that when you have to put on actual clothes, You feel like a stuffed sausage. UGH! I know this because, it happens to me! All. The. Time. Punch in ‘sausage’ for 1000 points. But oh well! So, I guess there is no moral to this blog. Just, that, we should be easier on ourselves. We’re women, we fluctuate, we work hard, we like stretchy pants..and we often enjoy cookies for breakfast. And that’s OK.
Cheers ladies! And Men too!