Food For Thought

Secret to Happiness: Stay in Your Lane

Such simple instructions. I go even more pared down:

Stay in your own lane.

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Why does human nature find it so hard to follow?

It seems on an individual level, less difficult; but add up to a group, society, or community…now it’s different. The almighty “WE” wants in your business and WE want to tell you what to do, what to think, how to do it and how to think.

Take a step back. It’s great to “Think Globally” but we must ACT individually.

ACTIONS speak louder than WORDS

Do you really understand what that statement means? It means:

  1. People won’t change because you tell them to or YELL at them to.
  2. People are change by how they see you behave.
  3. Act responsibly in your own life.
  4. Others will follow.

The caveat to this: Another’s responsibility is not the same as yours. It won’t look the same, think the same, act the same as yours.

Be ok with that. Stay in your own lane. Be the person who understands and takes to heart “Personal Responsibility” and you WILL make a difference. The kind of difference that changes the WORLD.

Blessings ❤️

Personal Growth

The Ugly Truth

Working up the nerve and the faith to write about my life raw and unvarnished. Just facing the journaling process is intimidating.

Anyone out there with experience sharing their hard-won experience honestly and without color?

Please share your thoughts.

I’ll be posting as I make progress on my journey.

Food For Thought

You don’t like me? That’s OKAY!

One of my most difficult life lessons has been accepting that it’s ok that not all people like me. I don’t like everyone either!

More important than that lesson is that it is ok to disagree AND still like and respect another person or not 😉.

More often than not, something that bothers me in someone else, is a BIGGER version of a failing I see in myself.

Let’s all try to spend some time thinking about this:

Difference of opinion and experience is what makes us each unique. We can learn from each other, disagree with each other, even not like each other… and STILL Be respectful.

Being polite does not have to be connect or equivalent to liking or agreeing with another person.

Compassion is key.

Personal Growth

He Reigns: Newsboys

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This song has been so uplifting.

If you haven’t already, watch “God’s Not Dead.” It’s a powerful movie, an amalgam of court cases between schools and faith organizations.

It speaks loudly of faith being a choice we all have in a free society, just as we have the choice to not have a faith. It speaks to the battle ground of today’s society’s fear of supporting people of faith.

The Newsboys music is featured and the movie ends at Newsboys concert.

You’ll recognize many famous faces in this movie.

I hope you find it as powerful, moving, and uplifting as I did.

Please share your thoughts!

Personal Growth

Healing is a Journey, Not a Destination

Who else feels like this will take a lifetime?

Honestly, I’ve healed from a lot, and I can share most of it without crying…

There are just some things that leave deep scars, and revisiting them will probably ALWAYS make me cry.

These are the events, traumas, experiences that no matter how many times they are triggered, there is a new layer of shit to process and heal from.

They say, “Time heals all wounds.”

I say, “Time gives me space to heal and scar.” Some wounds are so deep that they are a part of who you are.

For these “scars” I say, “learn from them and share your knowledge with others”

There is someone out in the world dealing with a trauma like yours, wondering if there is a light at the end of their tunnel, and they need your experience to help them navigate the healing process.

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Current Happenings

Coming Down Fast & Hard

Winter 2021: Snow, Snow, and more Snow!

I think we’re making up for the past few years of unusual warm Winters🤣.

Last week: almost 2 feet, today 5-7 inches… we shall see 🤔. The rest of the week is calling for a few inches almost EVERY DAY 😖.

I DO love the snow. The impact it has on my job as a Home Healthcare Scheduler, not so much. The worry over caregivers not getting to clients, clients need care but don’t have anyone to clear driveways. 🤦🏻‍♀️

Definitely having a white winter!

Other Blogs

Drop The Titles, We Are All Americans

A powerful piece by Edge of Humanity. Spot ON.

#onenation
— Read on edgeofhumanity.com/2020/12/27/drop-the-titles-we-are-all-americans/

Food For Thought

Ushering in 2021

Ushering in a New Year, a New President, a New attitude.

I don’t agree with the new President or administration policies.

That said, I ALWAYS respect THE OFFICE and the PROCESS. 🤔

Let’s ALL try to remember/learn a few important LIFE FACTS:

  1. The Politicians that run your STATE and your COMMUNITY have more power over how you live and your quality of life than the President.
  2. If you are unhappy with what is going on around you, BE THE CHANGE you want to see.
  3. You can ALWAYS voice complaints to your LOCAL and STATE Politicians for CHANGE.
  4. Be part of the SOLUTION, stop worrying about WHO is responsible for the problem.
  5. We don’t have to AGREE on ANYTHING to BE KIND and HELP OTHERS.
Personal Growth

Learning to Let Go… or NOT, in My Case

Christmas 2020

A few things that bring me joy and gratitude this morning: Christmas Tree at Sunrise. Vanilla Carmel coffee. Morning breathing exercise. Three new ornaments for my tree, made with love by my sister @judnickhalley, and the Russian Tea Cake Cookies sent by mom (all arrived in a box of thoughtful gifts last night).

Handmade Felt Ornaments
(family tradition)

I won’t lie. I’ve been on the “Struggle Bus” since mid-October. I’m not discounting moments of joy and peace. I hold them close to my heart to keep me moving forward.

Warm Gifts from family

This has been a very tough year.

My husband’s work is in shutdown (unemployment) for the second time this year. 15 is struggling to keep up with school, participate in clubs, and (sigh) learning to drive. All with social distancing that means only video chats with friends.

My job in Home Health Care has been extremely stressful due to COVID regulations and trying to get 60+ Caregivers on-board with weekly testing (semi-successful) and wearing PPE (slightly more successful). Then add in those who get sick (COVID or just the common cold, stomach bug), those that have small children and are struggling with childcare, school-age children stuck in home learning (because God-forbid ALL towns run on the same plan or schedule), and just everyday catastrophe: car accidents, a slip & fall, a health concern that takes a bad turn… you get the picture.

Then there are our vulnerable clients, constantly worried whether having the help they need is going to cause their demise! It’s not a small concern, for most of our clients, their contact with the outside world comes in the form of our non-medical home caregivers, nurses,and physical therapists. Any number of persons or companies they rely on for their quality of life.

This is STRESSFUL.

I want to do better at LETTING GO of things I can’t control. I am having a hard time with this concept, which feels like it’s in direct conflict with the seriousness of my job.

If you have a stressful job and have been successful at doing your daily best and letting the rest go, I desperately need to HEAR from YOU!!!

Food For Thought

Friendship in 2020

I know I’m in the market for some new friends.

Political views are one small part of who we are as individuals. We are all full of contradictions. How we chose to rectify those contradictions is an internal struggle that is NOT helped by someone telling you you’re not only wrong, but a horrible person, based solely on politics.

Broaden you view. See All the colors of the human experience and accept that we are all trying our best to find our way and be who we are in a world that is literally trying to tear us apart.
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