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Choices: A theme for 2010

January 31st, 2010 · No Comments

I have been thinking about 2010, what I want to accomplish this year. I have many dreams as I am sure you do to. One thing that keeps coming up for me is “choices”. The one true freedom we have is “choice”.

I think that I am going to write about this for awhile. I think that It is very important.

I have another blog that I have been spending time with, which takes away time from this blog. Check out Healthy Weight Loss For Boomer Women. I have some interesting things going on there. Losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight involves CHOICES. When we gain weight we have done so by making small choices every day. These can be to eat a couple hundred more calories a day than we need to, or not exercising. A 100 calories a day equals 10 pounds a year (up or down by eating or exercise).

We have choice about our attitude. That is the biggest choice area we have. Am I going to have a good day or  a bad day. Am I going to let an event dictate my mood? Did you know that you had a choice to control your mood, and attitude. We do. It isn’t necessarily easy. It takes practice. It is like learning to ride a bike. You fell off many times as you learn to ride. So deciding on an attitude or mood for a day and sticking to it is the same thing.

Say you want to be “Happy”. You get to work/school and your assignment has been changed. Change of expectations. What are you going to do? More importantly is this going to affect your “Happiness”. You might get derailed. So what.

When you figure out that you have lost “Happy”, here is what you do. Take some deep breaths. Relax your shoulders. Doing some head and neck rolls, lift and drop your shoulders. Do some exadurated  EEEEEEEEEEEEE OOOOOOOOOOO EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE OOOOOOOOOOOOO with your mouth. Then connect with something that helps you get to “Happy”. That can be a song, a picture, a poem, whatever. Reconnect with “Happy”. Then get down to business with whatever has changed.

Currently I choose to work at hospice. I really like the job for the most part. There is so much chaos in the office, it drives me nuts. My assignments change all the time. Usually feels like I have more than I can accomplish in the time given. When I get derailed on my affirmation of “Joy”, I make every attempt to get back to that feeling. I know that it is a choice. So I get to practice a lot. That is OK.

What kind of a choice do you have today?

Stay tuned for more notes on Choices!


Mary Pat FitzGibbons RN MS

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