It has been a very slow week. There is not much going on in the garden, so I mostly had to search for things to high five this week.
I'm living by my concept that life is short and so I should live it with vigor. Each day, there is always something to be grateful for beyond just, "I'm alive!"
This High Five exercise is training my brain to think positively. No matter what is going on around me, there is always something to be positive about.
I absolutely encourage everyone to take five minutes at the end of each day and identify at least one thing that is positive in your life. Do this every day and you will be amazed at how quickly you learn to embrace the good and discard the bad. For example, let's say your boss, neighbor, friend, or family member said or did something unsettling. In light of that, if you are able to bite your tongue and not lash out at them, you could give a high five to maintaining your composure and being the better person. Everything positive counts!
Here are the five things I slap a high five to this week...
1. Song I enjoyed listening to the most: “The Prayer” written by David Foster, Carole Bayer Sager, Alberto Testa, and Tony Renis. Sung by Celine Dion & Andrea Bocelli.
The theme song from “Quest for Cemelot”.
This is one of those songs that I discovered while scanning through YouTube videos. When the autoplay feature is turned on sometimes I end up hearing songs I never would have selected on my own. This song started playing automatically and I have listened to it so many times I can’t even give you a ballpark number.
I pray you'll be our eyes
And watch us where we go
And help us to be wise
In times when we don't know
Let this be our prayer when we lose our way
Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace
To a place where we'll be safe
2. Something that made me go, “Hmmmmmm…”: “He that runs fastest, runs by himself.”
I read this in The Old Farmer’s Almanac,” 2015 edition. For some reason, I read this statement as if it was a life lesson. In every game, there is going to be an ultimate winner. But, what is the prize? Is the prize worth running ahead of everybody else to obtain it? Would I be happy as the sole winner, or would I enjoy the prize more if I had someone to share it with?
After reading the Almanac statement and pondering for a moment, my phone rang. It was my mother. We chit chatted for a few minutes and then the conversation turned to a place which lead her to say, “No accomplishment is worth anything if you don’t reach down and bring someone up with you.” In light of the way my mind was already working, this was a very timely statement. She wanted me to understand that people should always look toward helping others and not just themselves. Her message is, if you are successful, do what you can to make someone else successful too.
That’s my mom. She doesn’t spend a lot of time dishing out advice, but every now and then, when my mind is open to receiving it, she slips in some very profound statements that cause me to pause and consider how my life would be more valuable if I lived by her words of wisdom.
As a publisher, I would have access to an unlimited number of books to read. In fact, reading would be my job. The thought of being a publisher has always lurked in the back of my mind. Then, this week, something amazing happened. I stumbled upon information “by accident” that will allow me to make that happen. I know I would not have found this information on my own. The timing was perfect. My mind was receptive and because my plan is to help others, the answer was given to me in a way that allows me to move forward on a path that will help others in a unique and beneficial way. As this venture progresses, I'll certainly share more. Suffice it to say that I will be adding, "Publisher" to my name tag this week. God is good!
4. Good news from my orthopedic surgeon: I got the OK to have surgery on my left foot!
Most people don't get excited about having surgery, but I am ecstatic. Earlier this year, I had surgery on my right foot and now, almost a year later, my foot has healed enough that I can schedule surgery for the other foot. My excitement comes from the fact that I have been in extreme pain from arthritis, bunions, bone spurs, and planter facetious in both feet for many years. Needless to say, for a very long time, walking has not been a pleasure. Now, my right foot is at a pain level 2 (a far cry from a pain level 10+). Anticipation that my left foot will be relieved in the same way has me tickled to no end.
Surgery is coming up in a week-and-a-half, so I will write High Five Friday! Week 7 and then take some time away from writing in order to recuperate. While I will be away for some time, I will not abandon this project anytime soon. It has truly been the perfect tool to help me hone in on the positive aspects of life, which in turn has helped me realize that I may not have all the luxuries of my previous lifestyle, but the life I have right now is a pretty good life.
5. The thought that blew my mind the most: It takes lettuce 30 days to mature!
Why did this thought blow my mind? I planted lettuce seeds on October 8, 2015. All I have to do is give it water and on November 7, I will be able to make a salad with that lettuce. Isn't that amazing?
Friends, thank you for reading the highlights of my life for this week.
I pray for you to have a rich and fulfilling life.
Have a wonderfully blessed weekend.
Because He lives!