Gratitude 29January16 Drama Junkies

If you look, you will always be able to find unhealthy situations to insert yourself. They are everywhere. You choose to involve yourself and become a drama junkie in the world of unhappy people who go from one crisis to another. It is a choice. For me, if I focused on someone else’s drama, I didn’t have to deal with my own. It was a distraction to looking in the mirror.

drama junkieThere will always be someone that someone is doing them wrong; lack of planning becomes paramount to someone rescuing them to handle their now emergency. By keeping yourself around drama junkies, who thrive on the adrenaline rush — that comes with the fight or flight drama offers — takes a lot of energy. I guess it can be entertaining for a while. And it does add to your repertoire of tales to pass along.

Most of the best stories begin with “I was just standing there minding my own business and then (fill in the blank)” What it does do, without a doubt, is take away from your emotional energy. It can empty a room of positivity quickly.

Mama used to tell me “Girl; you’re a hot mess.” I didn’t understand that term of endearment then. I do now. It has been quite a long time that I have been avoiding drama like a plague. As I am getting older, looking at life through a different spectrum of realities, I am making different choices. I just don’t have time for drama anymore. My tolerance is at ground level for drama junkies.

Today I am thankful

  • Hopefully a hair cut today. I must need one, I woke up singing Beatle songs
  • My FitBit is motivating me
  • A new Valentine ornament for my Holiday tree

I wish you a wonderful drama free weekend. If you are able, pay it forward to someone in need.

affectionately yours, Laura

Gratitude 27January16 It’s That Simple

You either get bitter or you get better. It’s that simple. Scared to LeapYou either take what has been dealt to you and allow it to make you a better person, or you allow it to tear you down. The choice does not belong to fate. It belongs to you.  Josh Shipp

Today I am thankful

  • Sunshine and blue skies
  • 38 degree heatwave
  • A Santi day is always a good day

Do something nice for yourself today. Life is short ~ Live it well.

affectionately yours, Laura

Gratitude 21January16 Random Act

I had the opportunity to do a random act of kindness today. Seeing the result made me feel really good inside.

It has been quite a while since I have done anything out of the ordinary for someone I did not know. Like anything in life, I believe you have to be aware and in the habit of looking for opportunities to do so. Lately, I have been wrapped up in my world and it is easy to forget what you put into the world is returned to you — that requires action.

kindnessThere are many benefits to paying it forward and simple acts of random kindness. The most powerful is that doing good and helping others impacts self-worth and self-esteem. It interrupts the dialog of negativity and releases positive energy. For me, it gets me out of my comfort zone and makes me feel I am doing something good in a world where our politicians are bombarding us with how horrible the country we live in is.

Today I am thankful

  • I went walking
  • I was able to make someone smile
  • Laundry for the week is done

Kindness is a boomerang

I want to get back into the habit of being able to do something extra for someone when I am able. Doing for others should not be a detriment to yourself. But, when you are able to gift someone, do so. As big as buying the next person in line their cup of coffee or as simple as giving someone a smile who is without one. I am hoping you will join me.

affectionately yours, Laura

Gratitude 20Jan16 The Power of Death

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Over the past several weeks we have been witness to celebrity deaths. Alan Rickman, David Bowie, Glenn Frey, and Meadowlark Lemon to name a few. In death, they are emulated, and accolades of their accomplishments are in abundance. David Bowie, post humus has been awarded his first number one album in his career.

One thing that has always amazed me is how “delightful” “kind” “the best person ever” after someone ends their time here on earth. They could have been the worst person, however, in death they are lifted, and people tend only to remember the good. It gives me hope for myself.

My Dad recently said to me “Don’t wait till I am dead, see me now.” Sadly, many of his days in hospice are spent alone, being crabby with me, waiting for the inevitable. While no one can find the time now, don’t get me wrong, I get that lives are busy. Somehow I imagine time will be made for his funeral when his journey has ended. And he won’t be there to enjoy the visit.

Today I am thankful

  • I got my toes done
  • A wonderful gift from my grandson that makes me smile
  • The view out my window

Jimi Hendrix, who continues to be a superstar in his death, said a prophetic quote at the start of this blog. Sadly, how true it is for all of us. I am with my Dad, come and see me now.

affectionately yours, Laura

Gratitude 18January16 In Times of Controversy

MLK The Ultimate Measure of a Man

Of anytime in my adult life this quote of Martin Luther King holds the most meaning for me. Not only the world environment but, personally.

I remind myself often that it is how I handle the events in my life that dictate who I am as an individual. Life is a lot easier when you go through your days with predictability. Times of being on edge and of the unknown take a toll.

Today I am thankful

  • Fresh banana bread
  • An afternoon nap
  • A sense of calm in the storm

Life. Even in the worst of times, there is something to be thankful for.

affectionately yours, Laura