May 15, 2022
Good morning my friends. I hope you are doing well and enjoying life. If you aren’t happy or loving life, something is wrong. Don’t waste any more time languishing in the past, stressing over the present or worrying about the future. Live life focused on what’s most important to you. My family and friends are my priority and what matter most. I live each day for them; to be a better me and enjoy every aspect of life. It’s not about possessions, stuff or money. Today, right now, presents a huge opportunity for you to alter your life and happiness. Change your perception and attitude, to view life and our world through new eyes. Don’t blame other people, or the circumstances you believe control events of your life. If you aren’t happy, it’s not anyone else’s fault. We are each responsible for our own happiness, success and positivity. These simple pleasures don’t come from other people, possessions or the result of some other factor. My life isn’t governed by the circumstances that occur around me. Sure, life events happen daily; but how I react to each situation or event is controlled by my own perceptions, fears and attitudes. Hopefully, you won’t allow the negativity associated with any situation, to creep into your life or mind. Each morning, as soon as I wake up and roll out of bed, I ensure I begin another day with happiness in my mind and heart. I lift myself up with positivity, and remain focused on what’s most important in my life. I choose to maintain an open and unbiased mind regarding people, events and situations around me. I don’t make snap judgements or decisions. I typically give individuals the benefit of the doubt, until they show they reveal their true self or provide unforeseen information. Life will never be absolutely perfect. There are many things beyond my control; but I can always maintain my own happiness, no matter what happens.
I strained a groin and thigh muscle, a little over a month ago. It’s been five weeks since I’ve been able to run. Needless to say, my frustration level is high! Physical activity (running, hiking, working out, etc.), have always been my “go to” for anxiety or stress relief. My recovery has been a roller coaster ride. I realize I’m a bit older and healing takes a little more time, but this is ridiculous. I’m doing my best not to rush the process or do anything that would inflame the injury. I’m working with a pelvic/hip specialist, a chiropractor and a therapist to resolve issues from my past and present. Learning how or what caused trauma or problems within me, assist my effort to determine the root cause of these issues. Being on a path to find a solution to any root issue is what works best. In order to rehabilitate my body (physically, mentally or spiritually), I’m determined to understand why this happened and get it fixed. I’ve learned enough over the course of my life, to know I have no intention of going backwards or falling into “past practices.” I want solutions, no matter how difficult or painful they may be. I don’t want a temporary patch to mask the pain, only to have it resurface again later. Healing my entire being; while living in the present and moving into my future, is my new journey. A muscle strain, or inability to run, are light weight issues on the scale of depressive things right now. The war continues to rage in the Ukraine, people in oppressed nations continue to live in torment, natural disasters ravage lives and people die daily from a variety of causes. The political and economic upheaval in our nation is devastating and heartbreaking. These are especially sad times because many of the issues creating problems, here in our nation, could be easily remedied if we had leaders who actually cared or would act in the best interest of all people (instead of for themselves). Unfortunately, in my estimation, our current leadership has only their interests at heart and continue to push our beloved nation downward. Let’s pray our direction changes for the better very soon.
People often ask me why I write about a particular subject or make a certain statement in my blogs. My response to these questions, “I write about what I feel at any given moment.” There are times (like last week), when my blog coincided with a holiday, so I focused on Mother’s Day. This past week was filled with magic, fun, interesting and insightful times. I dealt with my share of frustration during the week too. I don’t allow negativity to dampen my happiness or disturb my positive attitude. Like most life events; there are times I have to pull myself up, dust myself off and keep moving forward. Every small step in the right direction is a plus. These gains allow me to increase my momentum as I move into the future. I identify and reconcile any issues as they arise. I don’t allow minor set-backs or annoyances dictate who I am. I maintain my composure, pray and thank God and the Universe for each new opportunity to succeed. This past week had a few bumps, but life is always a fabulous adventure. Music makes my heart dance and it lightens my spirit. On Thursday, I shared the company of wonderful friends and attended the Little Big Town / Miranda Lambert concert in Charleston. Even a few stray rain showers didn’t dampen the beginning of this fantastic evenings event. We went expecting rain, so the light sprinkles just heightened our spirits. The events of the evening were music to my ears.
Music of many genres (country, rock, old standards or even nature soundscapes), can have the same desired affect for me. Music picks me up, lifts my spirit, soothes my soul, makes my heart beat or invokes a variety of feelings and emotions. How does music make you feel? Whatever music does, it assists in maintaining my sanity. Its ability to suppress negative feelings is similar to sitting in nature. Hiking in a forest, sitting on the sand at the beach or many other natural settings; possess healing qualities all their own. Seeing these sights and listening to the sounds created around me at any given moment, have an energy all their own. If you feel down, stressed, frustrated, depressed or unmotivated; get outside and listen to the music all around you. You can always include some music of your own liking if desired. If you need help along the way, I’m here too. Stay happy, grateful and focused on living in the here and now. Follow your dreams. They know the way.
Please tune in and join me again next Sunday for more! The puzzle of life is always changing. Change can lead to amazing opportunities. Together, let’s be healthy and strong; mentally, physically and spiritually!
Thanks for your love and support! Embrace Life! Be sure to get outside and enjoy nature!