Loving the Life I Have….

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I really do love this Life I have….its not the one I  thought I would have, but its the one I love.

So what makes this life worth loving? So many things, many of them which have nothing to do with the physical.  They are more intrinsic, harder to put into words so someone understands them but I’ll give it my best shot.

I know it sounds odd but I have a wonderfully messy home. Yes, it does drive me crazy some days for it to be so messy but to me it means we are spending time doing the things we love; whether its outside in the garden and yard, exercising, or playing with the dog. Just the fact that it is not perfect tells me we have a very full life.  I think I would have great difficulty having my happiness be based on a perfect house instead a happy Home.

Maybe he is not a “perfect” husband but I appreciate him all the more because he is not.  It allows me to be myself along with all my faults and imperfections. It allows me to be real; I can be happy, sad, silly, serious and even unsure of myself some days.  He is my sounding board when I need to reflect and he gives me (mostly) honest feedback.

I have two wonderfully creative and caring daughters. They are both are smart and intelligent–and doing it for themselves. Thankfully I have been able to instill that one thought in them–whether its getting good grades or learning something new, they need to do it for their own pleasure and satisfaction or it will not be as meaningful in the long run.  They both are very creative, although in different ways–one excels at graphic designing and the other is an extremely talented writer. They make me so proud of the women they are becoming.

I have a career I love.  Its not just a job to me–I love being a nurse! I am so fortunate to be able to do something I love-and do it well, that it fills me with a sense of satisfaction; I know I am touching lives and improving them while they are in my care. It is who I am at the core of my being: a care giver. I am so very grateful to work with a group of people who also feel the same way and who support each other in times of happiness or grief.

So what is missing to make this a perfect Life? Hmmm, guess I’ll have to think about that–because I can’t think of a single thing right now that really matters.

(Oh–and this image can also be found here–my thanks to its creator!)

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The Wise Old Bird

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                                         I don’t  know why, but I really like this image and saying.

OK, well yes I do. I know so many ‘educated’ people who just love to hear themselves talk. About anything. It doesn’t matter if what they say actually is based on fact or not, if they believe it to be true you can’t change their mind.  They rarely hear you and often talk right over you when you are speaking, as if your thoughts are of little consequence.

The smartest people I know are frequently in the background, just listening and absorbing. They take their time to actually think about what they’ve heard, perhaps do a little research before they offer an opinion.  They may not have a degree or a college education but they are often more intelligent.

And you know what? The ones I will listen to and take to heart are those who speak little and listen much. They are a pleasure to be around because of their open minds and willingness to consider what you have to say, even if they don’t agree with it.

Are you more educated or smart?

I hope I’m learning to be a little more Smart everyday.

Nurses make the worst patients….

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Medical people in general do not like to follow directions.

I know that I really do have a hard time taking my pills everyday.  Perhaps because most of them are supplements, prescribed by my doctor (actually my PA) and only 1 is an actual medication so I don’t feel the urgency to take them.

I don’t know.

I finally broke down and got one of these pill things so I could see how many days I DON”T take my pills vs the times I DO take it. It was an eye opener.  The thing is, I do understand the reason why I need to take the Vitamin D, the folic acid, the Slow Fe and the Magnesium. They are important for me to take for my heart function and when I don’t take them I do feel it.

So what to do about it?

I made a deal with myself–I can’t have a second cup of coffee unless I take the pills. I love coffee! Let’s just say the compliance is rapidly improving!

How do you motivate yourself to do things you don’t feel like doing?

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