Yes, always try to do the right thing. You may ask, what the right thing is that I am talking about and yes, of course I will tell you-you already know the answer. My right thing is not the same as yours. We all face different situations and we all have different choices to make in our days.
I could go on and on with this, but I believe you know what I mean-the muffin or the piece of wheat toast, the candy bar or the apple, mask or no mask, the kind word or the dis, a pay it forward kindness, or a mean dig at the waiter, get the picture???? If we all even made an effort to do this, just imagine how it might spread. If Covid 19 has spread like it has, just think how the “Do The Right Thing” movement could catch fire. I’m Just Saying!
“Yesterday” is one of my favorite Beatles songs. That was the day that all of the troubles seemed so far away-remember? Well, troubles are never far away in these days, and we all know that. What is important about that fact is the way we deal with what is happening in our lives. I know that there are some things that happen to us that we cannot control. I get that. The trick is to either simply deal with that as a fact, or to re-evaluate our entire setting and look for an option or pathway that perhaps we have missed.
Please, if you are hurting, stop and take a few deep breaths and see if there is not a new approach or a person that is available to reach out to, or perhaps a call to a number that is some kind of a “help” hotline. These hotlines are manned by capable people and they exist to be a life line. The most important thing is to never give up. Yes, I said NEVER GIVE UP!
This is not about glasses that are half full or half empty-well OK, sort of I guess. Really though this is about the kind of glasses that help you to see and about life lessons.
This morning as I was putting on my glasses I remembered an old friend who had worn “coke bottle” glasses for as long as I had known her. One day I complained that I had worn glasses since I was 12 years old. It was one of those “Poor Me” kind of whiney comments.
She looked at me and said, ” Judith I have worn glasses for as long as I can remember and I think it is such blessing. Without my glasses, I could not see.” Obviously, that was the end of my complaints about wearing glasses, and the end too of my complaining about a host of other things. Sometimes it takes just a word or just one person to change your perspective.
Are YOU listening for that one word?
Wake up, get up, and breathe. Mindfully take five deep breaths and with each one, call to mind a blessing for which you are grateful. Think of something that pleases you, a person you like, something comfortable you ae going to where today, a healthy breakfast, that first cup of coffee or tea, the fact that you can see and feel the world around you, a book you are enjoying, something on TV you have been looking forward too, a friend coming over for a masked chat, a walk, your dog or other pet who needs and loves you, calling your child, grandchild, or old friend, checking out your email or Facebook for something interesting…….I could go on and on. Take your five deep breaths and let me know your thoughts!
If you think you are only a drop in the bucket of life, you ae missing the point, the bigger picture, and a bunch of self-esteem!
Yes, there are days. There are days when you just can’t make it to the gym. There are days when no one phones you and you don’t phone anyone. No emails! Maybe a text but you lost it? Someone on Facebook has unfriended you. It is raining and I mean raining hard! Okay, we have all had those days and in these times, we are going to have perhaps many more of them. Don’t let this happen. I have this list posted on my bathroom mirror and I am sharing it with YOU.
- Do (Make up your own-I did) an exercise routine. I do 5 minutes every morning. It doesn’t seem like much, but it starts my day.
- Drink a glass of water then have coffee.
- Get dressed and eat something for breakfast-something with protein.
- Do a 10 minute house tidy and a 10 minute yard job. If the weather is just too awful, do that job in the garage and don’t tell me you don’t have 10 minutes of garage stuff to do.
- Walk-even if you walk around your house.
- Get/read a newspaper
- Work on something-your hobby, Facebook, your email etc.
- Make yourself call someone!!
- Keep happy music going
- Keep your house well lit-windows open if possible, curtains open, etc.
Yes, this is simple, but it works for me. Please give it a try and let me know in the comment section of this blog.
This is the moto of some athletic shoe company whose name escapes me at the moment but I am using it anyway. We are currently confined to some degree or another depending on where we live. We are unable to live our lives as we would chose. I an going out when safe, having people in when safe, and wearing a mask when I go out.
I am also not giving in to all of this. I am better than that and so are you. My current way to stay sort of sane is to go outside and walk as much as I can, go to my gym while it is still open, do what I can at church, and get a hobby. Why don’t you do that too? Think of something you may have always wanted to do and Just Do It.
List of Lame Suggestions
- Jigsaw puzzles
- Knit, crochet, sew, embroider etc.
- Make jewelry
- Do a blog-Hmmm, sounds like a good idea to me!
- Write letters (This is actually great fun and yes, people actually write you back!
- Call someone
- Re-do your house-clean your house . Yes, again!
Since May, I have had, just like everybody else I imagine, some good days, some bad days, some really bad days, some ok days and yes, some really great days. In spite of everything, I have actually had some quite super days. When I start to feel down, I try to look back to those days and remember what made them so super. So, here are some shared tips for bringing ourselves UP and not letting the really bad days win.
- Get up and take a shower, get dressed, and have a cup of something and eat a little breakfast even if you are not “hungry.”
- Do some stretch exercises just for 5 minutes.
- Go for a walk, go to the gym, just get outside. Yes, even if it is really cold, put on whatever you need and go out even if it is just for 15 minutes.
- Do a 10 minute house job and a 10 minute yard job.
- Work on you hobby-If you don’t have a hobby, GET ONE!
- Call someone. Make it a point to chat with another grown up even for just a few minutes.
- Read the paper.
- Read one of “your” books. I read books in a series and I like murder mysteries Agatha Christie style.
- Re-arrange some stuff in your house just for fun.
- Cook/bake something
A very dear friend of ours from Church died suddenly day before yesterday. It really made me think about not only loss and sorrow, but what it means to be a friend. In these times it is so difficult to go out to lunch or shop or go to a movie or so many other things we used to do with friends. Our sense of togetherness is limited to unsatisfactory phone calls and even more unsatisfactory masked encounters.
We must keep up the good fight. Wear a mask. Deep your distance, and try to hold tight with all of your heart. Times simply must be better before too long. This is not about politics or religion. It is about being sure that the relationships we hold dear and the values we care about are kept constant.
There seems lately to be a lot written about the term “Mindfulness.” I have read several pieces in Yoga journals, Prevention Magazine and even in Better Homes and Gardens. It makes me feel really deeply happy to see so many meaningful and well written articles about a method of relaxation and well being development that works, is free, and can really create a healthier lifestyle. As you know, this BLOG is titled “Skating Uphill” and sub-titled Living a Healthy Lifestyle and living mindfully is such a big part of that.
Oh, so what does Mindful mean? Well, I will elaborate more on this in future statements, but for all purposes in general, the word Mindful simply means that one lives in their moment. Do not dwell on the past for better or for worse, and do not worry about the future. Breathe, center and be right where you are.