January 4, 2013

Healthy Writer's Club: What I Think I Look Like

I don't know who to credit for this photo(s), but I think it's pretty well traveled around the internet, so I'm going to post it here.

It's such a fitting photo. Running feels good, especially when you just start out. You feel like an athlete, like you can run forever. You're in the groove.

But all too soon, the runner's high wears off. You sweat and droop and drag. That's when I'm pretty sure I look like the little girl in the photo, only she's way cuter.


How are you all doing with your health endeavours?

December 14, 2012

Healthy Writer's Club: Tis The Season

Tis the season for giving, so today I thought I'd share
about someone who really knew what "giving" meant.

(And yes, yes I am avoiding the whole physical health aspect of the Healthy Writer's Club.
I may just procrastinate until after the first of the year).

So today is Inspiration Day!

Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Mother Teresa
Nobel Peace Prize-Winning Humanitarian
1910 - 1997

We can do no great things, only small things with great love.
~Mother Teresa

Agnes Gonhxa Bojaxhiu decided at age 12 that her future was as a missionary. She left her native Macedonia to train first in Ireland and then went to India where, in 1950, she started her own Order. Through her tireless work in Calcutta, her mission grew to more than 400 sisters in 123 countries, establishing orphanages, homes for lepers, the cripples, those with HIV/AIDS and many more.
~Women Who Dared by Evelyn Beilenson and Lois Kaufman.

I know from reading her biography that Mother Teresa suffered from bipolar and it seemed like she was in agony every day and even struggled with her faith. But her dedication to the down-trodden never waivered. That is true giving.

I am humbled.
I will never be like her, but I can be inspired by her
and pray that just a little of her humanity will rub off on me.

I didn't get my calling until late in life.

Can you imagine getting a calling such as hers at such an early age?

When did you get your calling?

December 7, 2012

Healthy Writer's Club: The Love Doctor

Thank you Shallee McArthur for hosting!

My butt has been in a chair all week and it barely moved. I had great intentions. I really did. I went for a couple of walks with the dogs, but that's about it. I guess this is where I should start making excuses, right? Well, you've already heard them all, I'm sure, so I'll move on.

Have you ever heard of Leo Buscaglia? He wrote many books on love. In fact, he was called the Love Doctor and even taught a very popular non-credit class called Love 1A at USC. Strange, huh? And yet he had students clamoring to take his class.

I've read most of his books and am always inspired by what he had to say. Check this out:

You know, I love to walk in an elevator and turn around with my back to the door! And I look at everybody and I say, "Hi! Wouldn't it be marvelous if the elevator got stuck and we could all get to know each other?" And then an incredible thing happens. The door opens on the next floor and everybody gets off! "There's a crazy man in the elevator. He wants to know us!"
Leo F. Buscaglia, Ph.D

I probably would have been the first person out of that elevator, I'm not gonna lie! But he had a point. Six people ride in an elevator and don't speak, eyes up front. One person gets off, another gets on, turns around with eyes up front. Like Zombies.

I'm sure we're missing out on knowing a lot of awesome people because we distance ourselves. And I'm the worst. I'm quiet and introverted. But I'm working on it.

What are you working on?

November 30, 2012

Healthy Writer's Club: The Law of Giving

It's Friday and time for another Healthy Writer's Club post. But, um, well...I got nothing for you. Not really. I didn't exercise. I went for a few walks, but nothing really recordable.

But I have been focusing on the spiritual and soul aspect of my health. I just finished reading The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra. And since we just had Thanksgiving, I pulled a quote from The Law of Giving.

The best way to put the Law of Giving into operation - to start the whole process of circulation - is to make a decision that any time you come into contact with anyone, you will give them something ... When you meet someone, you can silently send them a blessing, wishing them happiness, joy, and laughter. This kind of silent giving is very powerful.
I love this! It doesn't cost anything to give someone a compliment or a smile. There have been numerous times in my life when I was feeling down or out of sorts when a stranger's smile completely made my day.
I'm giving away prayers for Random Acts of Kindness Week on Facebook. Stop on by if you or someone you know would like a prayer. Can't hurt - might help.

And how was your week? Are you keeping up on the exercise, healthy eating and healthy soul endeavor?

November 16, 2012

Healthy Writer's Club: Godwinks

Thanks Shallee McArthur for hosting!
Sorry, my Healthy Writer's Club peeps. I don't have much of a post today. It snowed on Saturday with a high of 23 on Sunday, and so my healthy motivation just froze up!

I do have a quote, though. I just finished reading When GOD Winks at You: How God Speaks Directly to You Through the Power of Coincidence:

Leave your baggage behind and get onto your life's path, on a quest for your destiny. Your destiny will not come to you. You need to go to it. And this I promise: the godwinks will be there to guide you. p195.  ~ Squire Rushnell

Ah, yes. The Path.

For the past three years I've finally started to find and follow my path. I don't always know if I'm doing things right, or if the decisions I make along the way are correct. But I do know, without a doubt in my heart, that I am on the right path. It feels good. Am I chasing a dream? Absolutely. Will I be successful? Who knows? Am I happy with the direction I'm headed? Positively. It's not easy, that's for sure, but my heart is happy in a way that it never has been in the preceding 52 years of my life. I pray a lot - for direction, confirmation, a sign, a godwink. And the answer I get? Keep Going!

Not to sound like Oprah, but what do you know for sure?
Are you on the right path?
How was your week?