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Looking Forward to the Hodgepodge

I’m joining back in the Hodgepodge after neglecting my blog for a couple of weeks.

Life, quite literally, has sucker-punched me, and I’m just now getting my bearings.  I’ll share about that in a future post.  For now, let’s move on along to Joyce’s questions.

1.  Can you believe it’s the end of January? What was the best day of January 2017 for you, and why?

Oh goodness.  I have NO idea which day was my best.

Oh wait.  Yes I do.  It was the day I walked without crutches.  I still had my boot, but I was finally allowed to put 100% body weight on the ankle I broke on November 13.  I had tried the day before, but the video was u-g-l-y.  The second try was so much better.

The ability to walk…it’s soooooo taken for granted…until you can’t do it any more.

And yes, I do realize that this video is in my previous post.  That’s how long the blog has been on hiatus.  Sigh.

I’m without my boot now and doing much better, but I’ll share about that in a different post.  🙂

2.  What sounds make up the background noise in your life?

As an empty nester, the sounds at home no longer include kids playing in their bedroom, singing in the bathroom, or, dare I say, arguing about who last washed the dishes.  These days, you’ll hear the sound of the TV, the washing machine running on the weekend, and dogs snoring.  It’s a fairly quiet life these days.

3.  I read on the Power of Positivity website a list of ten things to drop from your life right now. They are-

anger outbursts, people who put you down, regret, negative self talk, being a people pleaser, the notion you need to be perfect, the past (but keep the lessons learned!), gossip and judgment, comparing yourself to others, and the word hate (focus on what you love instead)

Which thing on the list do you most need to drop? Are you trying or will you try?

I struggle with negative self talk.  It’s something I discuss, at length, with my students at the beginning of each school year, but privately, I engage in it.  I know that it comes from a deep need to be perfect…a by-product of being reared by a very strict mother who demanded perfection.

I’m finding this especially challenging now that I’ve started physical therapy.  Y’all, I’m doing the most basic tasks, and they are HARD!  I teared up on Monday when I couldn’t balance on my bad ankle.  It’s such a humbling experience to realize that I’m not going to be perfect at everything, and that it’s not necessarily my fault.

Am I willing to try to drop it?  You bet!  I give myself pep talks whenever I start getting down on myself and try to turn the negatives into positives.

4. What is sacred to you?

Faith and family.

5.  January is National Oatmeal month. Are you a fan, and if so how do you like it?

I do like oatmeal.  I prefer the old fashioned kind that you cook in a saucepan.  I like to keep things simple and just add brown sugar on top.

6.  What feelings does twilight stir up in you?

Gratitude is the main feeling I have at twilight.  Twilight signifies the end of another day…God’s promises fulfilled…the time to rest after a day of work (or play).

7.  Something you’re looking forward to next month?

I am looking forward to the state writing test being over at the end of the month.  My students have been writing essay upon essay, and we are all tired.

8.  My Random Thought

Could y’all pray for my Mr.?  He’s had quite the health scare and is facing some big decisions that may or may not make his physical health better.  We are trusting God for every step, but stepping out in faith can be hard.

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