Welcome to More Cowbell! Today is Thoughty Thursday when we examine whatever topic is kicking around in my brain for the week.
Since I’ve been parked in bed all week with a bad cold, it’s natural for my mind to wander to other times I’ve been ill.
Note: If you’re unfamiliar with the near-death crazy blood clot story in my past, click here. With a health history like mine, I really need to just say “thank you” every day I wake up and get on about my day.
Usually, I do.
Except when I’m sick.
I get kinda cranky when I’m sick because I just don’t have time to be laying around. (Sound familiar anyone?)
For all of us who have Mono, flu, blood clots, migraines, or WHATEVER, it’s hard to be grateful and relish the down time. It’s hard to stop and take time to consider all the things we rush around for, and evaluate whether those tasks are important or just “busy work.”
The awful truth is that everyone does not survive all of the above health issues. Plus, none of us like to change our ways unless we HAVE to. Most humans need a good kick in the something-or-other to change the way we spend our time.
Obviously, when I tested positive for a blood-clotting disorder, many things had to change in my life to prevent future blood clots.
- I sit a lot less and put my feet up when I do sit.
- I take baby aspirin every day.
- I drink a ton more fluids than I used to
- I’m aware of foods that are high in Vitamin K (a vitamin that thickens your blood).
- I know what thins the blood and which foods make your platelets more slippery
- Flying SUCKS now because, rather than nap, I have to walk-walk-walk and drink 20 oz bottles of water before I get on the plane.
Though patience has never been my strong point, I’ve become more patient with my friends and family and less patient with bad behavior in general (my own and others).
I’ve worked hard to become less of a procrastinator, though I do still struggle with it.
In this time of taxes and Spring Break, and the never-ending flu and cold season, I’ve got a short memo for all of us (yep, I’m in need of it too) who get twitchy over the “lost time” associated with illness.
This memo applies to anyone who feels time breathing down their necks for whatever reason:
APPRECIATE TODAY and DON’T WAIT.
- Don’t wait until you have more time.
- Don’t wait until you get the nerve.
- Don’t wait to share your love.
Whatever “IT” is you’re waiting for, try to put it on the front burner.
We’re given two huge gifts in this life: the gift of love and the gift of time. Although love lasts forever, time slides by quickly and runs out when you least expect it to.
A word about fear, the #1 impediment to “Don’t Wait.”
Bob Mayer tells his students to look closely at the things that make them angry or generate a strong emotional response…those are the things we’re most afraid of.
Write the fears down, as many as you can, and see if they look as scary on the paper as they did in the dark closet of your soul.
I’ll bet they don’t.
Final Jenny Note:
The ancient Egyptians believed that upon death they would be asked two questions and their answers would determine whether they could continue their journey in the afterlife.
The first question was, “Did you bring joy?” The second was, “Did you find joy?”
How would you answer these questions? Do you have a “Bucket List?” Are you willing to share some of it with the rest of us? What is the ONE thing on that list you can start on today? Equiring minds LOVE to know these things here at More Cowbell!
p.s. Speaking of “don’t wait,” hurry up and send those Dirty Fighting Contest entries in! The deadline is midnight of St. Patricks day (you’ve got NINE days and counting…)