Aug. 2, 2020

ON YOUR MARK! GET SET! GO!!!!!!!!!

 MAKE EVERY DAY BEAUTIFUL.  IT ALL DEPENDS ON YOU.

MARK THIS MONDAY, AUGUST 3, 2020, AS YOUR NEW BEGINNING; THINK ABOUT TODAY AS A UNIQUE ADVENTURE. TODAY, DO SOMETHING UNEXPECTED. DO SOMETHING THAT'S NEVER BEEN ON YOUR TO-DO LIST.

PREPARE FOR THIS ADVENTURE---EARLY---BEFORE YOU THROW THE COVERS BACK AND PUT YOUR FEET ON THE FLOOR. FIRST:  LIE IN BED AND SIMPLY---REMEMBER.  FIND A PLEASANT MEMORY FROM YOUR PAST AND FOR JUST TEN OR FIFTEEN MINUTES---"RELIVE" IT. DARE TO LAUGH, GIGGLE, OR EVEN SHED A SWEET TEAR---JUST REMEMBERING “THE MOMENT”.   

REALLY THINK!  CAN YOU REMEMBER SOMEONE—A SPECIAL SOMEONE-- WHO ONCE SAID “I LOVE YOU” …. SOMEONE WHO IS NO LONGER IN YOUR LIFE...SOMEONE FROM—LONG AGO-- WHO MADE YOU FEEL  BEAUTIFUL/HANDSOME AND VERY- SPECIAL?!?!?  PICTURE THAT "SOMEONE" AND NOW--SMILE.  NEXT… SAY THAT PERSON’S NAME OUTLOUD, THEN SMILE, AGAIN,  AND SAY "THANK YOU".

NEXT: NOW....SIT UP AND  START TODAY WITH A GREAT BIG "THANK YOU" TO GOD.  IN FACT, OPEN-UP YOUR MOUTH—AND YOUR HEART-- AND “THANK GOD” BY SINGING YOUR FAVORITE SONG OR HYMN!

GOD DOESN'T CARE IF YOU DON’T SING LIKE A PRO.  HE ONLY CARES THAT YOU LOVE HIM--IN WORD, DEED, AND SONG. SO SING LIKE A CHILD.. HAPPY..FEARLESS.. AND SO PROUD TO BE ONE OF GOD'S CHILDREN!  

EARLY THIS MORNING, WALKING ALONG THE SPILLWAY TRAIL WITH BIG DOG- CUBBY DOG....I FOUND MYSELF SINGING "JESUS LOVES ME" AND IT SIMPLY-FELT RIGHT. I KNOW GOD WAS LISTENING BECAUSE--HE WALKS WITH ME, TOO.

NOW--- IT’S TIME FOR ACTION! IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO GET UP, PUT ON YOUR MOST-COMFORTABLE CLOTHES AND SHOES BECAUSE…YOU’RE ASSIGNMENT IS TO STEP OUTSIDE, SAY “GOOD MORNING” TO THE WORLD AROUND YOU--- THEN---- START WALKING! 

JUST PUT ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER AND START MOVING.  YOU DECIDE HOW FAST OR SLOW YOU WALK….OR IF YOU BREAK INTO A JOG OR A RUN.  HOW FAST AND HOW FAR YOU GO DEPENDS ON YOU BUT... YOU MUST AT LEAST GO THE DISTANCE OF ONE OR MORE BLOCKS.  EVERY DAY YOU MUST INCREASE YOUR DISTANCE BECAUSE--  IT'S ALL PART OF YOUR NEW ADVENTURE.

TRUST ME….I SPEAK FROM DECADES OF EXPERIENCE. SADNESS, BOREDOM, AND DEPRESSION CAN’T SURVIVE--WHEN THEY’RE EXPOSED TO THE OUTDOORS AND LOTS OF ON-THE-GO MOVEMENT. RAIN OR SUNSHINE, IN COLD OR HOT WEATHER, I START EVERY MORNING--OUTSIDE.  I CALL IT “STRENGTH” TRAINING. IF I CAN DO IT...YOU CAN TOO. 

OVERTIME, MANY PEOPLE, EVEN FAMILY,  JOINED ME “OUTSIDE” TO WALK/HIKE/JOG/RUN BUT…FEW WERE WILLING TO COMMIT TO A DAILY RITUAL.  IT DOESN’T MATTER BECAUSE…I’VE STOPPED DEPENDING ON OTHERS FOR MY HAPPINESS AND WELL-BEING.  I KNOW I MUST STAY STRONG, HEALTHY, AND HAPPY... FOR ME. IN THE END…IT WILL ONLY BE ME…AND GOD.

SIMPLE PLEASURES, LIKE SPOTTING A DEER IN THE WOODS, SHARING THE OUTSIDE WITH SQUIRRELS, POSSUMS, BIRDS, AND ALL OF NATURE"S CREATIVE DESIGNS... REMIND ME THAT LOVING GOD'S CREATIONS IS A GIFT AND...IT'S FREE. SUCH BLESSINGS ARE FREE--TO ALL OF US--WHEN WE TAKE TIME TO GO OUTSIDE AND ENJOY THEM.

I’VE LIVED LONG ENOUGH TO WARN EVERYONE OF ONE FACT: DO NOT ALLOW OTHERS TO DETERMINE HOW YOU SPEND YOUR DAYS; HOW/WHERE YOU FIND YOUR HAPPINESS; OR HOW YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE.

TOO-OFTEN, HUMANS COMPLICATE OUR LIFE, QUICKLY LEAVE US , THEN... "BILL US" FOR THEIR SERVICES.

SIMPLY, SALLY