Wisdom

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When life gives you lemons 🍋 say “Thank You for the lessons learned.” 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1IqMd3c61AJTVGofMcnVvLxdB6W0YAQd0

Life is NOT a “one size fits all” adventure. 
Wisdom comes from trial and error. 

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Wherever you go, there you are.
Read that last sentence again. Really let it sink in.
No relationship, job, gift, achievment, amount of money, success is going to make you (long-term) happy or bring you sustainable peace.
No. Rather it is vital to CHOOSE YOUR ATTITUDE regardless of your unpleasant work commute, financial success, seasonal relationships, delayed gratification, external beauty, youthful appearance, size, fitness level, chronic pain, or any other adverse or challenging circumstances!
YOU are the common demoninator. The ESSENCE of YOU. Therefore, no escape or improvement plan is going to remove you from that part of the equation (including suicide --- IF each one of us in fact, is an immortal soul.)
So I'll reiterate it here one more time for emphasis... Wherever you go, there you are. Choose your attitude.
Recently enjoyed a FaceTime call with my daughter who is currently adventuring in England. We chatted about the trials and errors of parenting. 

If you are considering becoming a parent, it should scare you! I can guarantee you that your life will never be the same again! 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1ET3in2RI7TimQVHUqX9uBH-w6o1WU0Uj
I am grateful when people like-minded to my adult children give parenting serious thoughtful consideration before dramatically altering their lives by welcoming the most-precious-gift of a child into their lives.  

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On another subject related to lifelong learning, trial & error, and gaining wisdom with age; I am presently reading both of these books.  

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1B7H1nXgVNna-scOCuTBQ1c7HmapSqKfd
You are welcome to join me in reading either one or both, or none of the above. 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1cAiImqCBDm8xdJlXYqViGRilqw-ZGXq0
Life is full of choices. 

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Day 11 of Captivating link here: 
This section is called “Dominating Women.” 
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This is Bailey. She is part of our Rescue Story. 
https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1wX8is0Ov59jPTLzRmZfain8_3X7XvCME
And we are only starting Day 4 (1/11/23) of The Sugar Fast. Prayers needed to continue successfully, as I have already slipped a few times… 

Regarding The 40 Day Sugar Fast, there are  several important points to share with you so far… 

The first is that I trust this author, Wendy Speak—After taking The 40 Day Social Media Fast with her this past summer, I can highly recommend her godly insights and valuable life challenges which if done well can draw us closer to God. 

The second is that after carefully researching and experimenting with a vast number of the existing recommended diets that have taken turns trending over the years such as Mediterranean, Atkins, Paleo, Keto, Vegetarian, Vegan, Akaline, 5:2, Pescatarian, Flexitarian, Whole 30, Intermittent Fasting, etc. to name a few—- I have recently learned about the newest eating disorder — ORTHOREXIA. 

If you’re not already familiar with this one, I recommend looking it up. 

More to come my friends as we cheer each other along one day at a time embracing the power of NOW in this magical JOY-filled journey called LIFE!  Let’s Live It!!! 

Taking actions contrary to how I am feeling today... Please allow me to give you a few examples of what I am referring to specifically.
This morning as my internal monologue was beginning to shout "I hate my &%$#@*&@! drive to work" on repeat, I made the conscious CHOICE to voice message [hands free] my mentor my gratitude list for today in order to silence the negative, stressful banter inflicting chaos in my head.
In addition to sending my gratitude list to my mentor via voice texting, I also called my aging mother to check in with her to see how she is feeling. I made a committment to her to call her each day on my way to and from work. It helps her and it helps me, so it's a WIN-WIN!
The second example of taking actions contrary to how I am feeling is regarding the ongoing chronic pain in my (plantar fasciatis) feet. In addition to taking advice from experts in the field regarding stretches and other exercises I can do and not do to manage my pain and hopefully improve my condition;
I am taking the advice from Day 3 and Day 4 of the sugar fast book mentioned above. I am doing so by singing praises and celebrating the victory in advance with my God for the battle He is about to win in my life as the sacrifice of cutting out sugar heals and alleviates physical aches and pains.
Amen and Hallelujah! As for me and my household, we will Praise the Lord! Joshua 24:15
Day 12 Indulging (YouTube link below) Once again, Life is full of choices. Choose wisely.

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