Archives for February 2016

A stranger saved my life, I really hope I can pay it forward.

A stranger saved my life on Valentines Day.   I mean a real stranger.  I don’t know if this person is male or female, young or old, black, white or green with pink polka dots.  It doesn’t matter.  What does matter is this person made it possible for me to still be here, to not make my husband a widower.  God willing I will continue to watch my grandchildren grow and maybe have the joy of great grandkids one day.

This person did it in a very simple way.  They paid attention when I did not.  They were disconnected from the many distractions we have nowadays when we are driving and for that I will be forever grateful.

I am a recovering multi tasker.  I would use any little bits of time to get lots done.  Television commercials are a great time to run around the house and do things and quite honestly the way things are going there will be 25 minutes of commercials and 5 minutes of the program.  Wait I think we are already close to that point.

So it is no surprise that I consider waiting at stoplights a perfect time to clean up the passenger seat, rummage through my purse, open the mail I picked up or check my phone.  Pretty sure I am not alone in this.

I was in an amazing mood after a lovely birthday breakfast for my daughter and her family.  I drove away and smiled thinking of the nice time we had together.  I heard the familiar ding of a text message on my phone and was grateful the stop light ahead was red so I could read it.

And I did..a beautiful thank-you text from my daughter.  I glanced up quickly since I was first in line and saw the light had turned green. I started through the intersection and then I heard someone honking their horn.  It was polite honk, not a long angry one but just one long enough to get my attention. Out of my peripheral vision I saw a car to my left that could have broadsided me and honestly I thought “Dumb ass, why are you honking?  I have the right of way with a green light”

Except I didn’t.

In a heart wrenching moment my sanctimonious self glanced in my rear view mirror and all the cars behind me  were still stopped at the stop light.

I wanted to throw up.

I hadn’t seen a green light.  Not only did I go through a red light, but I put myself and that erectile dysfunction other car in extreme danger.  I could have been broadsided, my car totaled and my life taken.  I immediately thanked the driver and my guardian angel for looking out for me and then I cried, turned off my phone and threw it to the back of the car.

I drove the 75 miles home in silence and prayer.

Nothing…and I do mean NOTHING on my phone, tablet or laptop is worth losing my life over or endangering someone else.  So I made a promise to disconnect and I did.  Oh I still have my phone and all my other gadgets but I now control them.  I thought it would be hard to not only break the addiction to my phone and social media and multi tasking but it was not.  I discovered when I limited myself  that I had more time for things I always said I had no time for..reading, decluttering, photography, writing.

I won’t be the one at lunch looking at my phone and I will politely ask you to put it away so we can visit.  Not an unreasonable request.

Ironically sitting at home on my bedside table was a book I have been wanting to read titled:

“The Joy of Missing Out”  Finding Balance in a Wired World by Christina CookFullSizeRender (5)

The title alone says it all and it is a wonderful book.  I now have time to read it.

I still post and read face book and check my e-mail.  I am just not obsessed over it.  I am now embracing “The Joy of Missing Out”  rather than FOMO..the “Fear of Missing Out”

The people who really need me can find me without texting, email or face book.   Call my phone or landline, leave a message.  As my mother says “bad news travels fast” and as a nurse I will tell you there are very few “true” emergencies.

When we visited Italy in 2014  (a dream trip I waited a long time for) I learned to look up everywhere we went. The ceilings, the bell towers..oh my gosh there was so much to take in when I looked up.

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And that is my message to you..Look up, pay attention, be with the people who are with you.   We have this amazing privilege called LIFE.  Let us live it looking up and enjoying the things and people around us.

Looking down almost killed me.  Every time I look up I remember and whisper “Thank-you for paying attention”

Be healthy today in every way!

 

What is the one easy thing you can do now to improve your health?

Yup I am going to let you in on THE secret.  The BIG secret as to the ONE thing you can do to improve your health.  The one EASY thing you can do and I am not even going to make you read a whole lot to find out the big secret.

It is tempting though to write a whole bunch just to make you read it but that makes me crazy so I won’t do it to you.

Just don’t cringe when you find out what it is because I do have a little explanation about that makes a whole lot of sense and how you can get started.  Truth be told you are already doing it.

The big secret to improving your health NOW?

Get up and MOVE !  Run, walk, skip, bend over, touch your toes, reach high, reach low, bend to the side, bend over, sit down, and get up right up away.

JUST MOVE !!

Yup that is it.

By the way I didn’t just make this up.  It comes from an accredited source even though it sounds as easy as pie.

Here is the thing that got my attention.  Staying sedentary for five hours at a time is the same as smoking a pack of cigarettes.  WHAT???

The biggest obstacle people ( okay us)  face as we age is the immobility.  We get lazy, we don’t get up , we don’t move, stretch or bend.

So a few things you should know:

  • A Harvard study found that walking an hour a week cut the risk of heart attack in half for 39,372 women.
  • A moderate 30 minute walk a day substantially reduces the risk of getting tramadol breast cancer and/or surviving the disease.
  • Increasing the rate or intensity of every day activities had the same benefits of walking ( intensive yard work, stairs instead of elevator, parking farther away than usual, or washing your car, or walking your dog at a faster rate or farther than usual).
  • Basically anything that can increase the amount you move will benefit you greatly.

I recently met a woman who was my age that was complaining about the cost of her recent pedicure.  I mean really complaining about it so much that I had to ask or suggest she just do it herself most of the time and then treat herself to a real pedicure every 3 months or so.  She shook her head no, it wasn’t possible.  She could no longer bend over far enough to reach her toes to paint them.

This woman had no real health problems, no arthritis or anything that would physically prevent her from bending over except she hadn’t done it in awhile.  She just hadn’t moved much and the really sad part is she had no interest in doing some simple exercises to be able to increase her ability to reach her toes.

So of course I went home and did all kinds of stretching ( I also clean my house intensely after viewing an episode of hoarders)!

So get up and move. Make it fun.  Dance, chase your dog, skip, challenge yourself to walk everywhere faster, touch your toes, ditch the remote, do your own toes, run up and down the stairs!

Just do it! 🙂

P.S.  Max keeps me moving no matter what the weather!

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