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Gratitude, freedom and motivation...

Thursday, April 09, 2020

It's high time I blog!

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I am feeling a little more positive-minded and motivated today. One thing that made a difference was watching a talk by Dr. Paul Lam. He is my online Tai Chi instructor and the founder of the "Tai Chi For Health" global movement. He spoke about his experience in the 'Great Famine" in China when he was a boy. It lasted two years. When it was over he felt a sense of freedom and gratitude. But more than that he had motivation to try new things and build a life full of meaning and opportunity, something that was missing for him in the Great Famine. I thought of my life and the many times I had serious hardships. Now with COVID I feel claustrophobic being stuck in my home not allowed to even go shopping. But there is a bright side. I have the internet and many activities available to me. I have my art, my family and I have my health. Today I feel more freedom and have more motivation to grow and build my life as I want it, as I need it. I do feel more grateful after being reminded of what hardships I went through in the past. It made today more of a challenge than a disappointment.

What about you?

Thanks!

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  • THETROUT
    I've kind of gotten to the same point. My job is now only 1 instead of 2 days, but the cut-back in eating out and entertainment expenses overcomes that problem. The excellent thing is that, so far, the state parks are open, and I live very close to some very unknown park trails, away from the main park, which have not been crowded. My husband and I have hiked A LOT during this. I have plenty to do at home to keep me busy.
    432 days ago
  • GARDENCHRIS
    we will get through this
    433 days ago
  • TDMLUVZSNOOPY
    It has made life a little different but nothing we can’t handle. I live in the country so we are used to being somewhat isolated and having to travel an hour to get to a mall or a a lot of places that my family in the cities easily access. I think it has hit them harder than us with not being able to go eat in restaurants a lot and going to the movies. It has made me feel thankful for being in a small place where the virus hasn’t effected us as much.

    My husband works at the hospital 40 miles away and I am thankful he has been well. All of my family across my state and the US has been ok and I am thankful for that as well. Good health is nothing to take for granted.

    Thank you for posting this blog and getting us to reflect on our situation and what really matters.
    433 days ago
  • TDMLUVZSNOOPY
    It has made life a little different but nothing we can’t handle. I live in the country so we are used to being somewhat isolated and having to travel an hour to get to a mall or a a lot of places that my family in the cities easily access. I think it has hit them harder than us with not being able to go eat in restaurants a lot and going to the movies. It has made me feel thankful for being in a small place where the virus hasn’t effected us as much.

    My husband works at the hospital 40 miles away and I am thankful he has been well. All of my family across my state and the US has been ok and I am thankful for that as well. Good health is nothing to take for granted.

    Thank you for posting this blog and getting us to reflect on our situation and what really matters.
    433 days ago
  • AKA_TROUBLE
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  • CATE195
    This is a challenging time, but I like to see some positives. My kids are all spending time with their kids. Time that usually isn't available with their busy schedules.
    433 days ago
  • HICIM705
    Great blog - we are all looking forward to ‘normal’ but it will be a ‘new normal’.
    433 days ago
  • SWEET_HONEY_BEE
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  • MA_DIDDLES
    Elona - Great Blog. I enjoyed reading. We are all definitely finding out how fragile our Freedoms are.

    I enjoyed talking to U 4 a bit today. I ate up all that good information you dished out on Neuropathy. I plan on following most of it. MA
    433 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5241267
    Hello darlin, good to see you on. I am an essential worker so I am still out daily but for our mental health consumers that I work COVID19 is really taking it's toil on people. You hang in there. This too shall pass.

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    434 days ago
  • SLIMMERKIWI
    It takes events such as the famine and Covid-19 to make people realize how fortunate they have been, and appreciate the smaller things in life a bit more.

    Excellent Blog, thanks.
    434 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13981092
    Having been retired since the turn of the century, not much has changed for me. Yes, I do feel cabin fever setting in, but I can get anything I need delivered to my home. My medications are delivered by mail. My son is home every day from school....possibly until the end of this school year.

    This will pass....
    434 days ago
  • SUSANSKI
    Thankfully, our life hasn't change very much, except my girls can't go to their Irish Dance class. My other daughter can do her classes online. We already home-educate so our lives are already centered around the home. We are more like on vacation, right now, since we can't do child-care throughout the week like we usually do. So I'm focused on catching up tasks around here. Of course we have less money, but we are used to having money crises. haha
    I have full confidence everyone will be more appreciative of the simple life when this is over. It's nice to NOT be the only family on the block home during the day. Family life is what makes the nation great.
    434 days ago
  • JAZZEJR
    I feel you! I do hope we will not return to "normal" when we finally come through this tragic time. I hope we will have the desire to be better in many ways.
    434 days ago
  • 2BDYNAMIC
    Likewise here, my husband and I have been through some very daunting experiences in our marriage of over 40 years. And at this time we say to each other, 'This still isn't anything like the time .... such and such ..... Nice to have the sun shining---and appreciate what is good.
    434 days ago
  • JOHNMARTINMILES
    Awright!

    Keep on Keeping on!

    Make today the greatest day of your life!
    Until tomorrow!

    “Christopher Robin: “Pooh, promise you won’t forget about me, ever. Not even when I’m a hundred.” [Pooh thought for a little.]
    Pooh: “How old shall I be then?”
    Christopher Robin: “Ninety-nine.” [Pooh nodded.]
    Pooh: ”I promise.””
    Winnie the Pooh

    434 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    Thanks. It has been inconvenient for sure. We all have a lot to be thankful.
    434 days ago
  • BIGRENTMAN
    Grace, I am grateful and thankful for what I can do.
    434 days ago
  • JANS-JOURNEY
    I can only hope this is the worst I have to go through in life. It is a hard time but it is not the end of the world. I am still stressed about the future after we return to "normal".
    Stay positive, stay safe we can get through this too emoticon
    434 days ago
  • PHATPAT18
    I feel blessed to have made it through 2 knee replacement surgeries and am able to walk around the block. I have not missed a day of walking 20 minutes for three weeks straight.
    434 days ago
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