Sunday, March 8, 2009

I love Sunday!

Today is Day Light savings time and of course we forgot to change our clocks. Everyone was in a big hurry to get to church on time. I remembered it earlier this week but forgot to remind myself last night. I still can't go to church because of my burn. I can hardly stand to have my shirts or jackets even on it a bit, that is still very irritating. But I have to admit that yesterday it looked a bit better, it didn't feel that much better but it looked better. Last night it started itching and I know that is a sign of healing. The main part that has been so raw should be healing soon because they last radiated it a week ago Friday, so today is my 8th day and so we should be getting that area to start healing soon. I still have the incision area getting more sore each day but I am only 2 days out on that one. Wow, what a journey this has been.

I am trying to think and study things today that will help me spiritually since I didn't go to church. I was talking to my niece and nephew the other day about someone in their life that has been having so many struggles. They had asked what they could do to help them. My suggestion was just to validate them, encourage them to get the PROFESSIONAL help that they need and to love them. I have learned the hard way that you can't change anyone, no matter how much you love and worry about them. They still have their agency to choose. So we ended up sharing our thoughts with each other, I was so impressed with his compassion and empathy at such a young age.

I will close with some thoughts that he shared with me and a quote.

Have a wonderful Sabbath and thanks again for your love and friendship!


"7 ways to cultivate a mental attitude that will bring you peace & happiness." 

1) Let's fill our minds with thoughts of peace, courage, health, and hope, for 'our life is what our thoughts make it.' 
2) Let's never try to get even with our enemies, because if we do we will hurt ourselves far more than we hurt them. 
3) Instead of worrying about ingratitude, let's expect it. Let's remember that Jesus healed ten lepers in a day--and only one thanked Him. Why should we expect more gratitude than Jesus got?  Let's remember that the only way to find happiness is not to expect gratitude--but to give for the joy of giving.  Let's also remember that gratitude is a 'cultivated' trait; so if we want our children to be grateful, we must train them to be grateful. 
4) Count your blessings--not your troubles. 
5) Let's not imitate others. Let's find ourselves and be ourselves. 
6) When fate hands us a lemon, let's try to make a lemonade. 
7) Let's forget our own unhappiness--by trying to create a little happiness for others. "When you are good to others, you are best to yourself." 
Life's Lemons Make Great Lemonade: 
"I just would like to add that life does throw us lemons--sometimes we throw lemons at ourselves, and the only way to find joy is to make lemonade--otherwise we are left with a stinky sticky situation that no-one wants to be around--including ourselves. That is what worry does to us--where if we face those worries and find opportunities to serve others the lemonade of our live's experiences we find true joy!"   ____M. Duke

I have to let you know that Lauren did not take this photo or the one of the eagle and the cookie.  She also said that none of our glasses look this nice so...she couldn't have taken it anyway!  :) I have used almost every photo that she has in her blog, I guess I am going to have to have her get me more photos.

"Any time you sincerely want to make a change, the first thing you must do is to raise your standards. When people ask me what really changed my life eight years ago, I tell them that absolutely the most important thing was changing what I demanded of myself. I wrote down all the things I would no longer accept in my life, all the things I would no longer tolerate, and all the things that I aspired to becoming."   ___Anthony Robbins



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