My word for this year will be “breathe”, because I have been having real difficulty with that this year. My doctor says a lot of it is stress-induced, so I have to learn to live my life so that I can breathe. When you can’t breathe, it becomes oh so much more important to you! When I get to the point that I can't inhale and fill my lungs, I hyperventilate and then pass out. NOT FUN. And then I get to spend the rest of the day recovering.
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Learning to slow the pace of my life will help to enhance stress management. I also need to stay away from people who use me or stab me in the back while pretending to be my "friend". With friends like that, who needs enemies! A true friend is one who appreciates your good qualities while forgiving those idiosyncrasies that make you sometimes unlovable. I am fortunate some true friends like that in my life and part of my New Year's resolution is to spend more time with them and less time with the others.
Learning to slow down will not be easy for me. I have always lived life at a very fast pace and I have been having trouble accepting that as I get older, I can't do the same things I used to be able to. But God and my friends have been reminding me of my limitations, and when I don't listen to them, my body speaks to me loud and clear!
So for this year - BREATHE! It is a wonderful feeling!
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