12 June 2021

The Power of Instead Of

Wildflowers, background photo
 

In a week and a day, it will be the first day of Summer.

Time to  swish away the cobwebs of routine to see the vista of sunny days, light hearts and maskless faces. This feels like the World's Summer!
 
Instead of
A can of no bean chili, a chunk of cheese, and blue corn taco shells...heat, crumble, grate, and melt served on a plate is the usual way I prepare easy nachos. Not today. Instead, crumbled taco shells go right into the pan with the chili, then in a bowl topped with grated cheese to melt in the microwave for 35 seconds. 

A change up from a routine can feel refreshing.

Instead of
Walking this summer...my exercise focus will be on aerobic, forget the word for muscle building, tensing up the muscle, hold and release. I know there is a word for it....(update 6/16, Isometrics). Anything thing doesn't put pressure or repetative motion on my knees is the caution I have to work with. Thus far, I have seen muscle improvement in the month I began. A stretching routine I know well from martial arts (decades ago). Needless to say, I will not be doing repetative kicks or jumping jacks. At some point, however, I may be able to do more.
 
Goals can build confidence, especially after a difficult episode of ill health.
 
Instead of 
Blogging on a page with lots of information, I have removed the majority of links, and changed the layout for columns to be at the bottom of the page. The idea is to go for a summery look that's refreshing as well as thoughtful. The lesson here is that...No boo hoo about failed plans. On to the new ways to deal with issues. I blog less. I think about blogging less. During the chronic knee pain saga, I pretty much lost the enthusiasm to do anything. Falling behind surrounds me in piles of stuff, and a bit of dust. At a time when the pandemic is lifting, I was under pain and discomfort. I felt in a way, defeated.  
Out for the first time since masks off, (my mask on) standing there watching people with faces walking by, chatting, laughing, smiling was surreal. If a space ship landed at my feet, a small one of course, it would have felt normal. It took me a few minutes, (more than it should have), to realize that the majority of folks are not wearing masks.
Thus, blog and attitude changes instead of sulking and woe is me pity parties. 
 
How I feel today...We are wildflowers in the meadow of life laughing when the breezes tickles us, smiling when the raindrops wash sorrow from our stems, beaming with courage from every ray of sunshine, and, standing tall against negativity. 
 
Instead of woe...there is positive attitude flow. 
 
 
PS That doesn't go for (using Firefox), Blogger/Blogspot comment glitch where your comment goes to an Oops! That's an error page. It doesn't appear to happen in Chrome.

16 comments:

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    1. Thank you William
      Let's look forward to a wonderful summer not matter what is tossed at us.

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  2. We must keep up our spirits. All else is lost if we do not hang on to this crazy and ever changing life.

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    1. True words, Tabor
      Tending with care our spirits does make life better.

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  3. I love both your positivity and your new look! I need to think about the columns at the bottom. That looks very nice!

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    1. Jeanie,
      A bit of blog change up for summer is fun.

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  4. Maywyn your last paragraph is so inspiring and beautiful. Yes at last we are beginning to enjoy the end of the pandemic. Time will tell if each of us learned to appreciate the freedom of being out and about with others. I pray so! Take are friend and bless you in your new routines. Hugs!

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    1. Debbie,
      People, I feel, will by the majority need time to feel safe again. Hugs!

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  5. I like your new blog design, and the yellow wildflowers are cheerful. Your words, "how I feel today" are so special.
    I've always loved poems, and this sounds poetic. So lovely, my friend, and it's good to see you feel uplifted and positive. : )

    ~Sheri

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    1. Sheri,
      The increase of folks being vaccinated is such good news, I think we should embrace the joy while we can.

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  6. Glad you are 'changing to what works for you.' ~ Divine floral shot ` Xo

    Live in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  7. I like the approach of "instead of" because it forces you to find another way. This can lead to experiments in exercise, cooking, blogging, attitude. Small changes and variations can lead to creative large changes and certainly help keep the mind from dwelling on what cannot be changed. Adapting to changes is one thing, but creating the changes can be even better!

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    1. Jenclair,
      That is a fantastic way to put it...creating the changes can be even better. Wonderful words

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  8. A positive attitude is something that a whole lot more people should subscribe to. And an attitude of 'instead of' is another thing that bears thinking about. It's going to be interesting to see what things gradually opening up will do - will people continue to be cautious or will they throw the entire thing to the wind and party like there's no tomorrow (and I'm not meaning 'party' in the true sense of the word).

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    1. Maryanne,
      How post pandemic will be with people, I feel, depends on how they made it through. There are many that suffered in different ways.

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