Wednesday Wisdom – C. JoyBell C.

The strength of a woman is not measured by the impact that all her hardships in life have had on her; but the strength of a woman is measured by the extent of her refusal to allow those hardships to dictate her and who she becomes.

This one really resonates with me… I won’t go into details because it will only read though I am exxagerating/complaining, which I am not… Let’s just say that I consider myself very, very, VERY strong due to all the hardships I have battled, and I won’t pretend for a second that there haven’t been challenging moments where I was tempted to just throw in the towel and let (insert hardship here) dictate who I am or who I become, but deep down my inner strength always shines, and I remember WHY I am so strong – its BECAUSE life is continually challenging me. And I rise to these challenges.

 

Wednesday Wisdom – Miguel Angel Ruiz

Always do your best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.

I love this one. While I am much better about it now, you might recall hearing me talk about how I take everything super personally – every a1c score increase, everything. I would somewhat berate myself about needing to do better. When in fact, if I am doing the best I can, that’s all I can do.

Beating yourself up and making yourself feel bad for things that are not totally in your control is pointless – it isn’t going to help you. Be kind to yourself – you are fighting a tough battle and doing the best you can.

 

Wednesday Wisdom – Happiness

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm, and harmony. – Thomas Merton

In an article written by Kimberly Chula-Maguire, she notes that women today are mothers, wives, integral parts of the workforce (and in some cases, the breadwinner!), athletes and friends. For today’s women, health means balancing all of these roles while maintaining emotional and physical health. Needless to say, this can be difficult. And unfortunately, the things that don’t get done when we are busy are more than likely the things we enjoy doing, rather than the things we need to do.

She stresses the importance of not neglecting your interests and hobbies, noting that our emotional and physical health will be more complete if we can find some time to devote to our own personal interests.

Thursday Thoughts – Nicole Ari Parker

We’re all moving at such a high rate that we have to grab the frozen dinners and the McDonald’s. We can’t make it a way of life – we have to get back to real, simple, clean good foods. It will save our lives on so many levels; not just spina bifida, but obesity, diabetes, everything. Food is our medicine. – Nicole Ari Parker

I couldn’t agree with this more! As someone trying to shift her lifestyle and nutrition habits so that I do not have to take pharmacy medication, there is a lot of wisdom in what she is saying. Now, I am not saying I never eat fast food, because on occasion I do… but its important to note that this is definitely the exception to my life and not the rule – the majority of my meals are healthy and home cooked, because that just tastes so much better to me. I do what I can to encourage my friends and my family to eat as much healthy, fresh food as possible. Because yes, we are all busy, and life really is moving at a frantic pace, but it is all about preparation – if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail. Cut up fruits and veggies and put them in snack containers – easy access for on the go, instead of hitting the drive-thru. It is doable, I promise 🙂

Monday Motivation – Love and Hate

“People are either motivated by something they want, or something that they don’t want. Love is a powerfully motivating force. But so is hate.

Contrary to social correctness, it can be good to hate. Hate disease, hate injustice, hate ignorance, hate complacency, and so on. Sometimes identifying an enemy lights your fire. Some of my greatest motivation, determination, and dogged persistence came when I had an enemy to fight.
In history, the most transformational stories and political revolutions came about as a result of fighting an enemy.

David had Goliath.
America had the British.
Luke had Darth Vader.
Rocky had Apollo Creed.
Twenty-somethings have “The Man.”
Rush Limbaugh has the Liberals.
Apple had Microsoft. Microsoft has Apple.

I could go on and on, but I think you get the point. Enemies give us a reason to stand tall with courage. Having to fight challenges your skills, your character, and your resolve.
It forces you to assess and exercise your talents and abilities. Without a motivating fight, we can become fat and lazy. We lose our strength and purpose.” – Darren Hardy

I subscribe to Darren Daily – every day this guy sends some motivation to my inbox, and I love him for it!