Friday, July 20, 2012

Attitude is Everything - A repost

I get "Today's Thought" through e-mail every day from Hazelden Publications. I buy their books to help me control my compulsive overeating problem. A sweet handicapped friend reminded me this week that for her, everything she does is a challenge. I wanted to repost this "today's thought" because it bears repeating.

Just because you have a . . . handicap . . . doesn't mean that you can't be happy; it just means that it takes a lot of work to figure out how to do that.
--Jodie Foster

One day a blind woman prepared to cross a street. But as she did, her cane made contact with a car parked in the crosswalk. "Who owns this car?" she demanded in a loud voice. "This car is in my way. Can't anyone notice I am blind?" A man tapped her on the arm. "I am blind, too," he told her. "but my dog and I would be happy to take you across the street."

The woman drew her arm back from his touch. "This is not right," she snapped. "Yes it is wrong," agreed the blind man. "But my dog and I would be happy to take you across the street."

Having a visible handicap, or an invisible one such as an addiction, can be stressful. You have to work extra hard doing things most people take for granted. Yet rather than bemoan the difficulties and challenges you face, you can be thankful for those who offer help by providing a guiding arm, holding a door open, or offering a seat in a crowded meeting.

Today I will accept the assistance of those who reach out to me.

I say "thanks" to Hazelden for another reminder. It made me think. I pray it does for my readers, too.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

My Top 10 Blessings from Letting God Control My Food

10. Pride in success or achievement
9. Look better in my clothes
8. Have more energy
7. Helps with leg or back pain
6. Learn to like new foods that God has provided
5. Lowers blood pressure
4. Can board any ride at fair or Six Flags without worry
3. Able to hike up mountains
2. More self esteem
And my all time favorite blessing
1. Never again be embarrassed because I can’t sit in a tight-fitting restaurant booth.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Setting Priorities Again

At least twice a year, my life bogs down with stuff. To keep my mind and my time focused on the truly important and less on the trivial, I pull out paper and pen and redo a list of priorites.

Some goals remain the same:
The first thing on my list is daily quiet time with God. This doesn't change, yet it becomes increasingly difficult. I prefer time in the morning before the day's cares disturb me, but sometimes the morning holds an early Bible study, or writers meeting or getting off super early for a trip to see family.
Personally, I believe God talks to me while I drive in the car. He must. Sometimes, it's all the time I can find, but I do feel His presence.

My second goal is always my family; my husband first. God sends me little signals like when Charles sits down before my computer and starts talking. Especially, when I'm in the middle of a good part of my story, my first reaction is irritation. "Priority list," I scream to myself. I turn, take a deep breath, and look at my handsome husband and focus on his needs. I'm not saying this is easy. I'm not saying I always do this. I'm just saying (as my granddaughter says). My three daughters and their families and my mother-in-law live within a one day traveling distance so trips factor a lot into my plans.

After those two things, other to-dos fill my mind. Right now, with trying to market my first novel and continue to write another while editing something else, ideas pop across my brain faster than the sportcar that passed us yesterday when Charles was driving seventy on a Dallas freeway.

Things like guest blogs, booksignings, answering e-mails, tweeting & friending everyone I know. Something like critiquing friends' chapters, editing mine and sending them for critique, and stewing over a scene that isn't working. I won't even go into paying bills, reconciling three bank accounts, washing, cleaning, friends, exercise....

Often, things on my list never get done, but the line-up of what comes first keeps me on target. If something remains unfinished, it won't be the most important things.

How do you handle a busy schedule? I'd like to hear from you.