Morning Everyone! And Happy Tuesday to you all!
When I woke up this morning I made a conscious decision to make the best of each and every day. I'm not going to promise each day will be full of sunshine and rainbows, because you all know I have a temper, love to rant and some days just need to be utilized for snarkiness. I did begin today with Day 2 of the Oprah & Deepak 21 Day Meditation Challenge. I have already participated in this challenge 3 times & each time I finish the challenge, I find a new and different perspective to my world.
I've also re-examined my personal goals for my family, education and spiritual life and found I had been detoured from the steps I set down to achieve those goals. As of this morning's meditation I am please to say I am back on track. I will be working daily with my spiritual mentor to maintain the balance of my higher self so as to keep my feet firmly planted on this track to bigger and better things for my life.
In the past few weeks I have been reminded that I have many friends and family members who for one reason or another have developed some pretty debilitating diseases or medical conditions. One cousin by marriage has had a re-occurrence of cancer, one daughter suffers from Chiari Malformation and fybromyalgia (this is not a new diagnosis), the other has hyperthyroid disease (again, not a new diagnosis) and is trying to schedule an appointment to test for Grave's disease, and a close personal friend has just recently been diagnosed with Stage 1 Multiple Sclerosis.
This made me stop and examine the things I do in my personal life to see if I was on the fast track to developing some of the conditions running rampant in my biological family. And it's not a pretty picture. Both my parents were diabetic, both had high blood pressure, and both were over weight for a large part of their lives. So far, I haven't been diagnosed with diabetes or high blood pressure, but I'm thinking if I don't make some changes I'll be right there in a few short years.
Again, these changes are going to be difficult for me to follow through on, I'm lazy when it comes to healthy eating and I do not like physical activity other than walking around my neighborhood or the mall (I've thought about joining the mall walkers over at Cross Creek Mall, but I haven't figured out how to do this with Ravyn, yet). Somewhere in all the mess I call my life I HAVE to find the drive and determination to get up off my butt and make some radical changes.
Also, the tone of the things I share here in the Lair will be changing. And if you find them too boring I will understand if you decide to stop following. Last night I had an epiphany... I do not need or want the numbers. I began this blog as an outlet for my depression and even though it's gone through many different phases of my life, the numbers were not important then and they are not important now. Just as I've reduced the number of people on my friends list on Facebook, the pages I *liked* and the number of people I follow on Twitter, I have also removed some of the blogs I followed at one time simply because they no longer interest me or fit in with the things I want for the future.
Plans have changed for the political themed blog I was going to begin writing, it's still there in the back of my brain, but the focus has shifted and for now Opinionated Pagan has been shelved. Once I manage to balance the things I'm already involved in, I'll reevaluate the desire to become politically active.
That's all the updates for today. I *plan* to write a bit each day, perhaps along the line of a daily journal type entry. And if *life* doesn't get in the way as it is known to do in my world, I'll be able to keep this commitment to myself.
Have a great Tuesday and be safe...