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I wonder……..

I wonder……..

I wonder if………….

How often do we say those words.  I wonder if I did this or that, what would happen?  How will we ever know if we don’t do what we wonder?  I must admit I have been thinking much on this over this past week.  I have been pondering life a bit more closely, and wondering if I should even write this, and tell what happened to me.  I decided today that I will share it because somewhere out there perhaps I will connect with someone else who needs to hear this.

Last week I had the closest brush with “death” so to speak, that I have ever experienced, and hope to never experience again for quite some time.  However scared I was, I was actually okay with whatever happened.  I didn’t at all feel it was my time to go, but all

Time to start doing, learning, and experiencing what I wonder!

Time to start doing, learning, and experiencing what I wonder!

of a sudden realized that it most certainly could be.  I have had a heart that likes to race as of late, and can usually get it calmed down and haven’t really thought it was super serious.  My doc has done all of the heart tests that she could think of to do, and told me that if it ever happened again that I should get into emerg and let’s capture what is really going on.  The tests results showed nothing wrong, so the next thing was to catch it in the act.

Well last Monday it happened again.  Bam!  My head started spinning, I started instantly sweating, and my heart was racing.  It’s the weirdest thing.  So I did the usual things to try and calm it down, but it wasn’t listening to me.  Off to emerg I go with Logan, and of course because it was my heart, I got to bypass the waiting room full of sick and injured patients.  Probably a good thing because I am sure it would have been a couple of hours waiting at least!  They whipped me into the room and had me hooked up to all kinds of monitors and IV within just a couple of minutes.  My heart was racing well over 200 bpm and a few times was up to 236 bpm.  Not fun.  I wasn’t worried, but they sure were.  They tried some breathing techniques with me to see if it would calm down, but it wasn’t being very obedient.

Next step was to give me a medication called Adenosine.  Wow that was some drug.  You can find out a few things about it here, which also describes briefly about what they called it that I have “supraventricular tachycardia.”  In short form they had to reset my heart, at least that is how the emerg doc had described it to me.  I can only say that it was the most bizarre thing I have experienced.  I felt for a very brief few seconds that I might just be dieing.  The craziest thing was that I was at peace with that.  But….I didn’t die!  And now I have a whack more of appointments to figure out what to do about it. I guess it isn’t life threatening, but they do need to treat it so that it stops happening.

Back to the point of my thoughts today, I wonder what would happen if I start acting on some of the I wonders that I think about.  I have come to understand that life is way too short to keep wondering, and we should actually start doing.  It is way too short to keep worrying over stuff that we have no control over.  It is way too short to keep getting upset over little things that tomorrow, won’t matter anyway.  It is way too short to not stop and smell the flowers, take a walk in the park, read a story to a little one, or take time to visit someone you haven’t seen in awhile.

I wonder what will happen when  I actually start doing,

and quit only wondering?

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Posted by on May 18, 2014 in Life, Life is Too Short, Living

 

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Live Life With Intention

Live Life With Intention

It seems to me that so very many people just float along through life.  They really have no intentions, no focus, no goals, and therefore no purpose. I wonder how this can be? I mean I know that not everyone is quite as obsessed with so many purposes in life as I am.  I get that!  But sometimes I am shocked at how many people seem to not care.

My Project 1-001Intention actually means to have a plan or something that you are aiming for. How sad if we go through life with no intentions, no plans, nothing that we are aiming for.

I think we only have one life, so why not live it with intention?  Why not figure out what our purpose is here, and live it to the fullest?  What do you want to accomplish with your life?  What do you want your life to be? Do you even know?

I think one of the most important things we can do to live our lives with intention, is to find out the answers to these questions.  If you don’t know who you are, why you are here and what you want, how can you ever make it all work.  It will seem like you are just floating along in life with no real purpose.

I think we need to have goals.  I know that setting goals is kind of hard sometimes because we make them unrealistic.

Find your purpose in life no matter what it might be.

Find your purpose in life no matter what it might be.

If you are going to set goals, make them realistic goals.  You want to be able to achieve them.  You also want to stretch and grow, but be successful.  Set some long term and short term goals, so that you can have some checkpoints along the way.

I try to live my life with intention.  Some days it turns out that nothing I accomplished had to do with my intention, or so I think, until I really sit down and think of what I accomplished.  Service, compassion, and helping others is all a huge part of my intentions.  I love to do this.  I love people.  I love serving people and I find that through serving, I forget about my own woes for a time, and often I find that my own woes are nothing compared to others.  This is all a part of my plan in life.

What is my plan?  To find my purpose here in life, (which I think I understand), and to work my butt of to be the best I can at everything I do.  I don’t have to be perfect, but I do need to try my hardest. I don’t have time to waste, there is so much to do to accomplish my plan.

Intention – a plan, a purpose, a goal.  Do you live your life with intention?  Or do you live your life from day to day wandering, feeling lost, and never really knowing why?  Find your purpose in life.  Find your reasons to live life every day.  Don’t waste it away when there are so many good things you could be doing for yourself and for others.

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2014 in Life, Living, Uncategorized, Walk The Creek

 

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The Simple Life

The Simple Life

We can’t all sell everything we own, quit our jobs, move to the beach or the mountains, and live the simple life that we all dream about, but we can reorganize our own lives right where we are, to make it the best it can be here and now. The simple life, oh how we all crave it!  Well I guess we don’t all crave it, but it is likely that if you are reading this post, you are one of us that does.

Those that don’t will probably think the rest of us are crazy. You know what? It is okay to be different. It is okay to be crazy in that regard. If people don’t appreciate you for who you are and who you want to be, then you shouldn’t listen to them. It is your life, and it is you who wants to change,to live the simple life.

 What is it really, to live the simple life?

 Here is a pretty basic Manifesto for a Simple Life

 Eat Less, Move More

Buy Less, Make More

Stress Less, Laugh More

Feel Blessed, Love More

Find a quite spot every day and breathe.

By Kety Exeter – The Smile Collective – thesmilecollective.com.au

 Really, living a simple life, is de-cluttering the things that are not important and focusing on things that are most important. It is a lifestyle that allows you to get back to the life of self reliance, frugal living, and erasing the chaos and clutter that rules most of our lives.

 For me, living the simple life, in my perfect world, would be to move from the city to a cabin in the mountains, produce as much of our own food that we could, get away from all commercialism, make things ourselves, cook things from scratch, have fewer bills, be debt free, be not reliant on anyone for anything.

 The mountain cabin is a dream, and maybe someday it might become a reality. For today, I can work on becoming debt free. I can work on cooking everything from scratch. I can work on growing and producing as much of our own food as possible, while living in the city. I can start to eliminate as many bills as possible, like television, phones, reducing utilities, reducing gas and vehicles, and others. I can work on de-cluttering the “stuff” from my home. I can work on de-cluttering the “stuff” from my life. I can work on becoming prepared for unforeseen things, by becoming more self reliant. I can work on learning skills to become more self reliant. And most importantly I can work on slowing down, taking time to reflect and ponder, and planning for what is most important.

It is okay to be the new you. Create the you that YOU will love, without worrying whether or not others will love you. If you love yourself, then you will attract others that will love you too.

 You will have to be willing to make those mistakes, let negative people go, and focus on your life. It will take hard work. It will take much determination to succeed. But you can do it.  You can live the simple life, regardless of where and what it is that makes it for you.

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2014 in Life, Living

 

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RED

RED

RED

Red. That was his name. My faithful horse. Oh man, how I loved that horse. In the mind of a child he was the fastest, smartest, and nicest race horse in the whole area. The area being, well, all of the farms anywhere within riding distance, of course. We loved him and he loved us children.

One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six. I remember well one birthday party, where my father lifted six of us loud, crazy children up onto the back of Red. He allowed us all to be there, patiently walking around with us, just like a grandfather patiently allows his grandchildren to crawl all over him while he lays sleeping peacefully on the floor. Red transported us happily. We were his friends.

 Transportation. Red was our transportation. He took us to the swimming hole. He took us to the field of peas. He took us to the old “haunted” shack down the road. He took us on picnics. He took us on many adventures. He took us to find friends. If ever we wanted to play with friends, within a 5 mile radius, (or so it seemed) we rode Red. We would ride to the neighbor’s home, pick up a kid or two, and sometimes another horse, and then off to the races.

The races. We had many a races, out there in the wide open fields. Races with other horses. Races with imaginary horses. Races against the wind. Races with my hands held high in the air to feel the warm summer breeze, my hair flowing wildly behind me. Nobody out there to slow us down. Not a care in the world. Reins loose and free.

Reins. Yes, we had to use these, but only these. We learned young how to put these on Red, but rarely a saddle. Red preferred we go bare back, and that is what we did. After all, we were too little to put on a saddle, we couldn’t even lift one up. We would simply put a rope around his neck, lead him over to the fence where we could climb up high enough to put the reins on him, and then hop from the fence onto his back. Yes we were big, but still oh so little. I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t allowed to ride Red. We were jockey’s at five years old.

Jockeys. We raced. We jumped ditches. We herded cattle. We ran in and out, zigged and zagged between the trees. Red knew us well, and we were one with him, as we sat high up on his back. It was the life of a farm kid, back in the days of black and white. Ooops, I mean back in the ’70s.

I sometimes long for those peaceful, carefree summer days. Just a girl and her horse. A wide open field. A world of adventure awaiting, and all day to discover it. That was the life. That was the best. That was perfect. That was my life!

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2014 in Living, Writing

 

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