Gratitude 31July14 Quizzical Inspiration

When I am in need of writing inspiration, bored or just “stuck on stupid”, I go to a website called http://www.coolfreesurveys.com. It has a gazillion question quizzes you can take on a variety of topics. The number of questions varies with each survey. You can even create your own. As nonsensical as the questions are, they get me thinking and trigger ideas.

Follow Your Heart via Pinterest.com

Follow Your Heart via Pinterest.com

I don’t give much thought as I write my responses. I type out the first thing that comes to my mind. As an after thought, some of my answers surprise me. I believe we get caught up in life. We stop looking outside the box we create for ourselves as we are creatures of habit. Also, some questions can reveal who we are and how we view the world. It is healthy to step outside of your comfort zone. You may discover that sky diving should be on your bucket list. Maybe.

The following is an example of one of the surveys titled Ultimate Bulletin Survey and a few of my replies.

Ultimate Bulletin Survey

12 Do you like Snapple? If so, what’s your favorite flavor?  yes. raspberry

13 Do you have a pool? no.

14 Do you daydream a lot? always, i am a writer

15 Are you flexible? body? yes mind? kind of

16 Can you drive? yes. although some would debate that

17 What’s your favorite band or single artist? al jarreau

18 Have you ever dyed your hair? yes

19 Would you ever go skydiving? yes. no. yes. no. yes. no. maybe.

Today I am thankful for ..

  • Time with an old friend
  • I achieved the tree pose in my yoga routine
  • Courage. That voice deep within me that keeps me getting up each day.

Yesterday, our city experienced a horrible tragedy. A police officer was killed in the line of duty. It is a phenomenon how an event like this can bring a community together. How sad it takes a death to do it. Please join me in sending uplifting thoughts and deep sympathy to those he has left behind.

affectionately yours, Laura

Gratitude 30July14 The Body I Want

I am a fan of a science site called How Stuff Works. (www.science.howstuffworks.com) You can inquire about almost anything and it will break down the dynamics of process. Sometimes, I will go from topic to topic just to learn. Somehow, I got into the workings of the human body. Imagine my surprise when I read about fat cells — once they are created — they never leave! They may shrink in size, however, with the next mini Reese’s Blizzard from Dairy Queen, they are ready to puff right back up again! They are like the negative kryptonite of the body.

My Motivation via Pinterest.com

My Motivation via Pinterest.com

I shared a couple of weeks ago that I am really close to achieving my weight and body mass index (BMI) goal. What I don’t like is the spots on my body — that despite my weight loss — still have fat. My belly spot that hasn’t been the same since delivering two beautiful almost 8 pound babies. The “love handles” on my sides. Who thought of that name? In search of a quick fix to these fat spot issues I also discovered, contrary to popular belief, a gazillion sit-ups or crunches isn’t the cure. The key to body health and size is what you eat.

Then I came across this miracle fat cure I have been hearing about. There is an amazing new invention called Coolsculpting, The procedure boasts that it is the only FDA approved, non-surgical fat removal procedure. It will eliminate those fat cells faster than a speeding bullet. Check out this website for a really good explanation on Contouring with Coolsculpting at www.kimberleygohmd.com. Essentially what happens is they use this square thing that looks like an oversize ultra sound probe. They rub the probe over your problem areas, freeze the fat and your body flushes them right out when you go to the bathroom. Like any miracle cure, there is a financial price attached. Till I can afford it — my spanx’s will have to do.

Today I am thankful for ..

  • YouTube Sleep Meditation videos
  • A Santi day is always a good day

Every now and then I stop and think .. It really is a wonderful world.

affectionately yours, Laura

Gratitude 29July14 Reason and Passion

The Prophet ©2014 llpeltier All Rights Reserved

The Prophet ©2014 llpeltier All Rights Reserved

I keep a well used copy of The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran by my bed. It is there along with my Bible and several other books I read often for inspiration. I read Gibran when I am in need of answers for which I don’t know the questions. There isn’t a specific issue, problem or drama in my life. It’s just an unease and a restlessness within that has me seeking resolution. 

This year I turned 57. I was born in 1957. And since my birthday in March, the number 57 is popping up everywhere. Strange. So, when I picked up to read last night — yes, I turned to page 57 — and there was my answer.

My question “Why am I so restless?” My answer from Gibran “And when the storm comes, and the mighty wind shakes the forest, and thunder and lightening proclaim the majesty of the sky, — then let your heart say in awe, “God moves in passion.” And since you are a breath in God’s sphere, and a leaf in God’s forest, you too should rest in reason and move in passion.”

Simply, to be restless and have a bit of unease is just a part of life. Sometimes we just have to go with the flow and not analyze every aspect of our life. I plead the 5th on the analyze piece. The feelings I am experiencing are partly the result of upcoming projects coming to completion. Bucket List wishes coming true. Goals that are coming into focus and reality. It’s not a bad thing to feel this way. It’s a good thing that should keep me motivated and striving. “Rest in reason and move in passion.” 

Today I am thankful for ..

  • The gift of answers. The re-assurance that comes with finding them. 
  • My Keurig coffee maker
  • Chobani Key Lime Greek Yogurt — my latest favorite
  • All of my laundry is done. A tad of ironing and it’s a wrap!

Good things happen for the giver and receiver of the act of paying it forward, It is the action of being kind and generous that sows and reaps the rewards for all. The effect has been known to be contagious. Try it today.

affectionately yours, Laura

Gratitude 28July14 It Really is Just Stuff

There is a knock at your door. A policeman informs you that you have to evacuate your home immediately. As fate would have it, your house is on the edge of a giant sinkhole. You could sink into oblivion at any moment. What material possessions (not including people or pets) could you not live without — that you would risk your life for — to retrieve?

Steve Martin in The Jerk via Google search

Steve Martin in The Jerk via Google search

I began thinking along the lines of that old Steve Martin movie The Jerk. All I need is my purse, that’s it. And my cell phone. And my iPod. And my external hard drive with all my writing. And my family pictures. And my Nook, if it’s handy. I have this visual image of myself lugging all this shit in my Vicie pajama’s because I forgot to grab clothes.

Our connection of defining ourselves through material things is quite a paradox. Remember the Madonna song Material Girl? That is our world/society now. Our worth is measured based on our “stuff” which creates a credit score. The more nice stuff you have, the higher esteem you are held in. Chances are the more family / friends you will have around you .. lol .. to borrow your stuff and money.
What material items can’t buy is the character of a person. When all the good stuff around you is gone ~ what will remain is you. Stuff won’t make you a kinder person, a better person, or make your self-esteem soar. It’s really is just stuff. All that glitters is not gold and money does not buy happiness. One important lesson I have learned from my depression is; if it’s just me and Jesus. I’ll be alright. That is a calming security.
Today I am thankful for ..
  • I don’t have everything I want, yet, I have everything I need
  • My grandbabies: Iysanti and Lucy
  • Day 865 on my Wii Fit

When you get down to the basics, anything is replaceable except for living breathing life. Value yours and make someone’s better.

affectionately yours, Laura

Gratitude 25July14 Old Memories That Haunt

Sometimes old memories come back to haunt me. Like tonight. It’s 3 in the morning and I am wide awake. I woke out of a sound sleep with my brother in my heart and on my mind. I have always been different like that. For no reason I will feel the need to reach out or to just pray and lift someone up. People come into my heart and mind for no reason, I have come to accept it.

Other times, it’s my negative old memories that come back to taunt me. Messages of inadequacy, bad choices, things that happened to me I had no control of. I have to remind myself not to give them power as they replay in my mind. No longer am I that person. Metaphorically speaking, I have to resist the urge to get some popcorn, a glass of “whine” and snuggle in with my blanket to watch re-runs of my life movie on the big screen in my brain.

I Doubt it via Pinterest.com

I Doubt it via Pinterest.com

There is nothing we can do about our past. Trust me on this, I have tried. We make atonement and ask for forgiveness of ourselves and others. At that point, it is unhealthy to stay stuck there. We must move on to live fully today. I was recently told I carry so much baggage around with me that I couldn’t afford to fly anymore if I had to pay for all of it to get on a flight!  My challenge to myself, is to fly Spirit Airlines with just a backpack for a trip, just because. No baggage. Just the essentials.

In order to move ahead successfully, you can not take the past with you. Part of me challenges that. I have always been of the mind-set that all the lessons of my past, make me who I am today. The piece of that I missed was, leaving behind the negative emotion attached to the lessons and only bringing the positive along for the rest of the journey.

Today i am thankful for ..

  • A late night Marilyn Monroe movie marathon
  • Walking through the fire without getting burned
  • Old friends that become new friends
  • My trusty blanket

Enjoy your Friday and Happy Weekend.

affectionately yours, Laura

**rewrite of blog 19October13