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What a Broken Zipper Taught Me

This past Saturday I purchased a black hoodie in my size from a local store. Mind you, I did not try it on beforehand. And when I got it home, I noticed that it didn’t have the zipper head to zip it closed and open. Oh my….so instead of ranting and raving…I decided to write about what it taught me as a grandma, mom and woman to help myself in the future. Perhaps it’ll help you put on your hat in life, too. And yes, you men can be included. You are grandpas, fathers and men, too.

10 Ways to Take Care of Yourself:

  1. Stay focused; lay out a plan of action and be sure to incorporate all the details into the final product. Looking things over from head to toe or making a mental list of what is needed is added advice. It’s kinda like-okay, I’m going to be needing these items to wear, or to cook, or to drive…Make sure that they are in good working order prior to using or needing it and this even applies to buying things. Then that alone takes stress out of the equation. Plan ahead.
  2. Do for yourself first. If you are not there for YOU, then how can you be there for others? So do what you need to do to be on top of your game: https://www.thewaytohappiness.org/thewaytohappiness/precepts/take-care-of-yourself.html
  3. Keep your agreements with others once your word is given. This builds integrity. Integrity is defined as maintaining a firm adherence to a moral code-yours.
  4. Rise up early as there are many benefits. Here’s another great link: https://zenhabits.net/10-benefits-of-rising-early-and-how-to-do-it/
  5. Be mindful of your goals, write them on a list and check them off when finished with the activity. This helps to keep your momentum going. You can see what it is you have done and what items you have left to do for that day and the week.
  6. Be productive. Staying busy and focused is what keeps you sane. If you are prone to sit around and do ‘nothing’ then self-respect and your honor goes out which makes you feel lousy. Keep busy and do only those things that bring you closer to those goals. Hang around only those people that help you further those goals as well.
  7. Observe your thinking patterns. Is your self-talk positive and uplifting? If not, then take a look at changing something with you first. Get help at https://maryrensberry9.wixsite.com/newlifecounseling .
  8. Set a good example. It can be done many ways. It can often be done by just using our manners and being kind. Saying Please and Thank you is a great start! Setting a good example helps others learn and have a better day, too.
  9. Breathe in and out…and be mindful of the condition or state you are in. Take steps to improve your situation so things don’t continue to deteriorate. And take a few minutes to appreciate or be grateful for the things and people already in your life.
  10. Take a free course on an area in your life that you need help in. Learn to navigate the physical world a little be easier so that you are more able and competent. Just don’t think that you know it all as we all have room for improvement or we wouldn’t be here on earth. Learning something new brings certainty and makes you and others, believe it or not, feel better. Check out this great place to learn more about practical solutions for improving conditions in your life: https://www.volunteerministers.org

Now, as far as that black hoodie without the zipper head I mentioned earlier…I’m sure in the grand scheme of things, I’ll be able to find a replacement and it’ll work just fine. It’s all the lessons learned anyway that make my day a little bit brighter and easier. Hope you found this information useful and helpful. Take it easy and smile!

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I Am Beautiful

have you ever been around a man or a woman

who knows who they are?

they exude beauty…

because they are in love with life

and are in life loved.

 

Front cover I AM Spirit

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Positives

Feeling like sharing all the positives today- all the sun, light breezes, smiles, music, hugs, art, books and tweets this spring day!

#WorldBookDay- pass the positives along.

Hoping you’ve had your quota of positives today…

Cheerful Turtle

Illustration by S. Cameron Chambers ©2014

 

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Tips on Turning 65

I’m soon to be 65 years young this next month.  Never felt more alive, aware or grateful, either.  I believe there are certain things you must do to set yourself up for this wonderful time in life:

  • Never quit doing what you love in life.  It took me a long time to really find out what I liked to do in life.  And that was writing and illustrating books for people of all ages.  I don’t have a large volume of books written, but I’ve enjoyed each project and product thus far done.  Keeps me young.  Of course, learning the internet is done in gradients, too.  🙂  And that’s a whole ‘nuther story!
  • Appreciate the lessons learned in life.  No one is born into this world knowing it all.  I’ve had some hard lessons in life, but in the long run, each of those lessons was done by choice or consent, even if done in ignorance.  Try to join a group that helps you learn about life and livingness because there is a technology to living, so to speak.
  • Take responsibility for what you’ve done-the good and not so good.  I realized that life keeps on going and it gets easier when I take responsibility for my part.  That helps me to be more humble and not so hard on myself in the future.  It also helps me to realize that there’s a lot of good to be done in the world and there’s always another opportunity to improve yourself.
  • Love your family. Get to know each one in your family and love them for who they are. I’m a fraternal twin-a close sister that means the world to me with two younger brothers.  My mother is still alive, I’m thankful, and happily married.  I also have a wonderful husband & family that are very supportive of me. Two grown children and three grandchildren now doing well in life. Communicate with your family often.
  • Be Community minded.  Getting out and helping others whether you do so in person or using the internet can bring rewards.  There’s nothing as rewarding as helping others out.  Treat others as you want to be treated, too.
  • Help our planet out.  Economize, reuse and recycle where you can.  It’s a great feeling to know that you are using only what you need to and giving back to the land that has given so generously to us.
  • Develop a Spiritual life.  Work and study to improve yourself-each day. Cultivate good virtues.  Keep abreast of the technologies used in this day and time to help you develop a better and deeper spiritual connection.

These are some of the things that I have found that brings success in my life. I’m sure there’s more- I hope you have questions or comments, too. Don’t forget to check out my books here.   And thanks for stopping by- come again!

2016 picture of Mary