Jul 06 2012

Invest in Yourself

"You were made for so much more than sitting on the sidelines" -Mandisa "Waiting for Tomorrow."

That lyric speaks to me loud and clear lately.  It reminds me to make every day count, and stop putting things off and live life fully.  I'm inspired lately by a woman who is doing just that.  

As a new mom, she discovered that she had cancer.  She was forced to slow down.  Now she's writing this blog about her experience, Mommy Has Cancer.  I was really moved by this one, "14 Ways to Start Taking Better Care of Yourself"

She had been doing what so many women do, care for themselves last.  She had rescheduled many doctor appointments, ignored little aches and pains, ate quick unhealthy food on the run, and never treated herself.  

But, once she recovered from surgery, she made some changes and started caring for herself too.  

She's eating healthy, taking vitamins, setting aside time for quiet time, reading more books, and getting regular massages.  She also said she's learning to savor sleep and become more grateful.  

She said, "it has occurred to me more than once that I'm doing the things for myself that I should have been doing all along.  I did not have to get sick to make self-care a priority, but that's basically what happened.  What is a better investment than one's self?  Because if we fail to do that, none of the rest of it really matters."

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Jul 06 2012

Best Things About Being...

You probably know someone like this, no matter what their circumstances are, they seem to find the bright side. I like being around those people. They help you feel better about whatever challenges you're dealing with. Found one of those people last night in this video I watched. He’s a film critic.  His name is Tommy Edison, and he’s blind. He made his own film talking about the best things about being blind:

He said…

-he got out of gym in school

-fewer bills, no electric bill (he doesn't need lights)

-no car payment,

-no car insurance

Then he said, "I don’t know race.  I don't know beauty.  I know people from what comes out of their mouth and what's in their heart, it's very cool that way."

Maybe today you could look at whatever situation or challenge your dealing with and come up with a “Best Things About Being _____ ” list too.

I’ll do it with you:  Best thing about being single…More room for shoes in the closet, but most importantly discovering how Jesus can be my everything.  

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