I have a crazy memory. It's a bit like rainman...10% as good, but just as annoying, really random and to some a wee bit scary.
I have quotes and poetry sitting in my head from the 70s on up. I can quote sing the entire Tab commercial for you. I can quote an obscure commericial for a cereal called Raisins Rice and Rye. "B'gosh B'gum B'golly..."
When I was 14 I went to a youth conference and learned a poem;
"THERE IS NO CHANCE
NO FATE, NO DESTINY,
THAT CAN CIRCUMVENT OR HINDER OR CONTROL
THE FIRM RESOLVE
OF A DETERMINED SOUL"
While it plays well to a crowd of teenagers, I now know It is only partly true. Fate happens, sometimes the chance card I draw sends me to jail and doesn't let me pass go or collect $200 no matter how determined I am.
I do know that determination paired with patience, cleverness and introspecton can get me through everything..
Thanks to life experience I KNOW having a hysterectomy sucks. It has taken so much away from me this past month. I have all the determination in the world, but my body resigned on me and took a holiday to "heal"(said dripping in angry sarcasm).
I know that this means I will read more and watch record levels of TV. My favorite companion to these activities is eating
Lots of food
All kinds of food
My clever soul has decided to combat this with embroidery, drawing, texting carrot until I can't control my bladder, and posting from my little phone. Empty hands are Ben and Jerry's workshop. So far, so good, my weight has stayed the same.
My cousin discovered she has sleep apena.
She found out the fix...got the machine and she said to me she has lost 50 pounds and doesn't need any naps! She has more energy and she said "the weight falls off"
So what I know is that as we get older there are reasons we gain weight that go beyond not eating healthy and not exercising.
If you have bad knees, then of course you don't want to run. Use your cleverness and pair it with determination and see a doctor, get your knees help with good shoes, or go to a pool.
If you can't eat healthy because of money and or time get your clever determined mind to learn how to fix that problem
If you just don't have time, or don't care if you are unhealthy any more...figure out why.
This Sunday was stake conference and the visiting speaker said we should go to the temple with a question. I thought, "I don't really wonder anything, I am too busy to wonder...."
The answer came like a ton of bricks.
"It you don't have any questions, then you aren't taking time to think, ponder and pray."
"The unexamined life is not worth living" - Socrates
I know that's right...