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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.

“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Telling the Truth Tuesday - Live each day as if it's your last

One of my friends is facing a very difficult, life-threatening health situation. Someone else very close to be is dealing with a progressive, chronic disease and struggling on a daily basis. I have my own little challenging health issues - my hands are still tingling in the middle of the night and I wake up numb.
So I'm tired all the time. My hip hurts. Oy vay!.

What are we to do with all the problems and turmoil and pain, physical, emotional and spiritual? Are we to be sad and depressed and go woe is me and just about give up?  No. Are we to live in fear about all of these things? No.

I say we need to learn to live each day as fully as possible, finding joy wherever and whenever we can. Because all we have that we can be sure of is this moment. Right here. Right now. What are we going to do with it.

How about you?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Right now I'd like to go back home and go to bed.
Every day is a gift.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Karen .. I do hope you can get some relief soon ... living life to the full is a mind over matter thing ... and I've seen a few very elderlies cope incredibly well with some serious challenges ...

Those recurring anxieties don't help at all ... with thoughts - Hilary

Tonja said...

Have you tried hand splits? An occupational therapist can custom make you some that fit your hands or you can get the kind that Velcro on at the drug store. It's good to wear them while you sleep so your hands don't get in a position that causes problems.

I'm working harder than ever to get my novels done. I can see that big hour glass from the Wizard of Oz out of the corner of my eye. It's going to run out of sand eventually.

L.G. Smith said...

All those little aches and pains can add up, but we can't let them rule our days. That would be a waste of life.

And I'm wondering if you've had your thyroid checked. Those are all symptoms of a low thyroid, which I have -- the hand tingling, the hip pain, being tired. I suppose they are symptoms of a lot of things, but you might get it checked, since you've said before you have metabolism issues.

Karen Walker said...

Alex, hope you get some rest. And you are so right!
Hilary, I've seen both - good attitudes and bad. I hope I do it with grace and dignity and a good attitude
Tonya yes I have those - they are not helping - and good luck with everything
L.G. Yes I have but I'll look into it again. Thanks.

Manzanita said...

I've lived life that way, now for quite a few years. Sure, I may grumble a little from time to time but I'm just happy to wake up in the morning and know that I have another day. You can't be unhappy with that knowledge.

Pk Hrezo said...

Sorry to hear about your friends, and your own health issues. Seems like every time I turn around someone else has cancer. Really puts life in perspective. Life is so precious.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

You're right. None of us got a guarantee when we entered this world, and there are no expiration dates printed on our butts, so we have to make the best of every day. There may not be a tomorrow.

Jack said...

It is hard to do even simple things when one doesn't feel well, no matter what that might be. But it is true, even in things like this we can endure with patience and enjoy the life we've been given.

Paul Anthony Shortt said...

Absolutely. We can't control the world around us, but we can control our own response to it. And how we respond can change our lives.

~Sia McKye~ said...

It's never easy facing health issues. It can rob you of so much. But, having said that, I also know that it's only a part of life not the only part of your life. Attitude plays a huge part of how we face things.

I, for one, refuse to be defined by what I can't do. Instead, I focus on what I can do, what I enjoy. I push my boundaries constantly. I may not be able to do everything I want, but I get to most of it. I do look at each day as a gift and my time with my family and animals as special. :-)


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AMEN Karen!! Living each day as fully as possible is the best way to handle health adversity in my opinion

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