The good news this week is that Lady is on the mend. She has been on antibiotics for an inner ear infection and finally Thursday started to feel better. She is up and walking briskly, but her head is still turned and she loses her balance easily. I can also tell she is feeling better as she is not cuddling with me as much. Papa calls Lady my shadow and said, Lady may live with me, but she's your dog. Papa was really upset about Lady illness and is so relieved that she's up and about. Papa asked me the other night if I ever considered being a dog psychologist and I said No. He said well you always seem to know what to do and she seems calm with you. I laughed and said that's because I'm a woman and we know how to baby things as needed. I did remind papa that for a while I was a pet sitter to earn extra money and they all felt safe with me. I was happy that papa complimented me on my skills as normally he is teasing me about what I don't do well.
I have been a bit of a lazy bones this past week when it comes to exercise. I was so focused on Lady that I neglected myself. I know that is not an excuse, but I'll use it. I can say that I was not sleeping well and very tired in the morning so I would roll over for a few more minutes. Today I can tell I have not been doing much as my back is bothering me. I already have it in my mind that tomorrow morning I'm heading to the gym. Time to get back on the horse so to speak. Do you have any tricks for getting back on the horse or staying on the horse?
My mom is doing pretty well overall. She has been cooperating and in a good mood. She has become very protective of another patient. It is so interesting to listen to my mother's understanding of this other patient. She told me that he does not understand what he's doing and he's not being mean when he reaches or takes something from someone else. She said to me, sometimes I think he does it to tease them. I thought to myself, how observant of her to notice this about someone else. They did not get to go on an outing this past week because of a rainstorm so she was definitely disappointed, but knows they'll go out again. She is disappointed that it has gotten so cold outside, but papa takes her down to another floor where there is a quiet room. They sit near the sliding glass doors so she can be in the sun. It seems to lighten her mood every time. What do you do to lighten your mood?
I am exploring a couple of possibilities for coaching. A friend recommended something that I would never have even thought of and I'm exploring the possibilities. I am excited to hopefully be involved in something that will touch many. I meet with the owner of this company in November when I return to Virginia and have so many ideas/thoughts that I'll need to organize myself for the meeting. I feel that this is an interesting path for me to use many of my experiences and knowledge as well as coaching - I'm staying open to possibilities. I also heard a discussion on the radio this morning involving the local chamber of commerce, the vo-tech high school and the community college. This discussion also spurred lots of ideas of how to involve coaching in the process - something to pursue. What about you? Are you staying open to the possibilities?
I have been thinking a lot lately about faith and beliefs. I am not in any type of spiritual crisis, but I think I'm reflecting on life. As I've mentioned previously I do not need a formal Sunday church day to pray or feel close to God. I am grateful that I was brought up in a family that believed and practiced, but were not overly zealous. I do not believe any religion is more important than another. I have tried to practice tolerance and learn about many religions. Timing is everything in life and perhaps it was leading me to explore a show that is coming on TV called BELIEF. As I have mentioned previously, I enjoy watching Super Soul Sunday on the OWN channel as I learn so much. This show BELIEF will be on starting this evening and I'm recording all of the sessions to watch next week. If you watch it let me know what you think.
Happy Birthday to my friends Debbie and Linda - have a fantastic day!
I am going to leave it here for tonight. The Patriots are playing and I want to be ready for the game. I hope you have a wonderful week. Take care. Chat soon. Marie
"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu
"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard
"Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine
Referrals are always appreciated.