Five for Friday

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Yes, I am still reading the same book; not drinking the same coffee, however.

I know, I’ve been “away” for a bit, but I am back, and still ever grateful for many things. As you may or may not know this post is about being grateful for as much as I can.
Without further delay I am grateful that  I have learned to lessen the pressure I put on myself. I get enough pressure from outside sources, I do not need to add to my own pot; I am grateful for my FitBit exercise tracker, because it keeps me in check; I am grateful for water; it keeps me alive; olive oil, because without it so many things would be so bland; and I am grateful for my alarm clock, because it gets me to work on time.

What are you grateful for?

“Talking ’bout a Revolution”

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I am going to lose weight and get in better shape. I say this now, and now happens to be within the first week of January, so you’re probably guessing that I have made a resolution. Well, I haven’t; this is purely a coincidence.

As for resolutions, I don’t believe in them, because in my experience, they never work. They also have, what seems to be, unwritten rules attached to them. Like when you make a resolution, you must share it with others, because how can keeping a resolution to yourself be any fun, or real. Much like the conundrum, “If a tree falls in the forest when no one is around to hear it, did it really fall?” Personally, I think it did. We have fossil fuel as proof, but I digress. Still, the naysayers will ask, “Where’s the proof of my unannounced resolution?”

Also, when a resolution goes by the wayside, unfulfilled, you must feel a considerable amount of guilt, akin to the amount of guilt bestowed on Catholics by virtue of their breathing. Immediately after failing to keep a resolution, guilt starts to feel oppressive. Excuses get thrown about like all the losing 50-50 ticket stubs strewn throughout the bleachers of any baseball park. You take on an “I don’t care” attitude that only reinforces the idea that you really needed to succeed.

So all that said, I give you my “New Year’s Revolution.” You don’t like it? You think it’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing. I disagree. I have never in my life started a revolution. I think this might be a game changer. I will be in the same ranks as Spartacus, Mahatma Ghandi, and Malala Yousafzai. Okay, maybe not exactly. I won’t be changing the world, or even my block for that matter, but I will be changing me.

This is going to be my personal revolution. My personal revolution against all the bad self-talk, the negative outlook, and all the reasons I have ever given as to why I can’t succeed at attaining my goal. It is where I will say, “Yes!” Yes to moderation, yes to healthy eating, yes to exercise, and yes to me!

The Oxford dictionary gives many definitions of the word revolution. The one I believe is most fitting is, “Alteration, change; upheaval; reversal of fortune.” If all that is true, bring it on. I cannot say it better than Tracy Chapman, when she says, “‘Cause finally the tables are starting to turn, talking ’bout a revolution.” I am so ready for this revolution.

Five for Friday

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Hi there everyone, or more aptly put, my one reader. Here is another look at another five things I am grateful for.

George Lucas, because how on earth could we ever have enjoyed Star Wars without him; popcorn, because a movie without popcorn is like Butch Cassidy without the Sundance Kid, or Thelma without Louise; “The Light Side,” because life is better when we move towards it; heated car seats, because… well, I am sure you can figure that one out; and my FitBit, because it moves me. That last one? It really does move me.

Until next time, what are you grateful for?

Five for Friday

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I’ll have to call this Five for Friday on Saturday. Well, at least I’m consistent.

(Just a note: The date at the top says 3 January, 2016, but it was really still 2 January when I posted this, so I will keep my comment about Saturday as is.)

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Let’s get right to it then. I am grateful for the fact that I am still healthy enough to shovel snow. I am grateful for heated side mirrors, because I don’t have to stay outside to scrape them; writing, because I really enjoy expressing myself in this way; painting, because I also enjoy expressing myself in that way; and the new year, because there is so much to hope for.

What are you grateful for?