An article I just read moved me to write. Read it here. This week I was told I have a bacterial infection that can only be extinguished by medication. When I went to retrieve the prescription from a pharmacy I was asked what other medications I take. I was also asked several times to give them my insurance info. I replied; none, none, none, and it didn’t satisfy them. Oh well, too bad.

I have no health insurance. OrangeKnitMat2013 I go once a year for a female exam. I rarely purchase tests, though this year I had my thyroid tested, and resolved the issue of “running on empty” on my own, by getting lots more sleep each night. Mostly, this is how I live; eat as healthy as possible with bread I make of whole grains, brown rice, beans and veggies, fruits, nuts, yogurt, seaweed etc. Exercise as much as I can. Due to my age I now do lots of stretching each day. I think positive, I day dream. I create my art. And I love; my children, grandchildren, friends, our cat, nature, writing and creating and living.

The other article I read this morning, about a free application [app] you can get for your phone to reduce stress. Here’s part of my comment on the article; Do you really need another application? Go to Huff Post and READ from their GPS for the Soul page. Or better yet, sit on a pile of snow, a grassy hill, a bean bag chair or an exercise ball and let it all go, gaze into Inner Space… Really, life is short- put down the phone.”

I’m adding a picture here; if you skim down a couple OrangeKnit2013posts you’ll see some yarn and threads in shades of orange. I’ve finished the project and here is a picture of some of it. This color is probably the one I like least in the spectrum, but I DO enjoy knitting – and if the piece is to become a finished product someone might purchase, then it behooves me to create in all colors, not just the ones I like. For me knitting is a meditation. So I get two for the price of one. Even ripping out a piece feels good. And even better when I take the yarn from the ripping and use it again. What do you do that feels good, leaves you refreshed or rested or relaxed?

Have a great day – and a good night’s sleep!

*Bottom photo of my “enhanced” orange knitting; orange, yellows, a bit of pink and orangey-red.

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And then before you know it the extreme summer heat, the sweating, the malaise and the desire to stay inside no matter what – during the hottest portion of the day…all of that is a memory. And this year, with the extremes we experienced, what a relief!
Last night in conversation with my youngest who will celebrate (!!) his 21st birthday soon, we talked about stress versus enjoying life. I suggested he use his journal to keep a daily gratitude list. I’ve done this, and it helped me over some rough spots. There’s an interesting site with a particular post I hope you’ll browse; http://www.inspiremetoday.com/archiveDisp.php?type=0&ref=1098
There’s a surprisingly huge number of people providing “counseling” to others these days. In person, over the phone and internet… many now called coaches with some coursework behind them to give credence. But I’m skeptical all the same. When I advised my son that all we have is today, to BE happy, to remember to be grateful – I can do so with a mother’s prerogative. I’ve many years of life experience, and I am a do-er and a thinker/analyzer. And he listens because he knows all this and respects me. How can a coach or counselor advise someone they don’t know? Are we all the same that standard advice works no matter who-what-where-when-why-how… ? Ultimately, this time is all we have. My advice? Be Here Now.* ~ ~ ~ Be Here Now. ~ ~ Be Here Now.
*Author Ram Dass wrote a book with this title, published in 1971. Find him on Wickipedia.