Saturday, April 24, 2010

"30 Ways to Add More Life to Your Years"

It is not that often something touches me enough that I feel the need to post and share. 99 percent of what I share is my own writing or now much information on Lupus, other autoimmune disorders, and other chronic illnesses. But, today this really struck the right notes for myself, and I thought you might enjoy this also.

I will also enclose the URL from Care 2 where I read this...

Deep down we all wish to live a rich and enlightened life. That is why we make those resolutions every year, for greater biological efficiency, less disease, increased finances, a more successful career, and an increasingly better quality of life. It is still not too late. Only a few months have passed and there are several glorious months left to turn a new leaf, open a new chapter or just quietly revel in the sudden newness of your life.

You can still make your decisions about how you can add more life to your years.

Here is a good list of some wise suggestions to enhance the quality of your life on day-to-day basis. I hope they will bring much sweetness and a tremendous change in your outlook towards life.

  1. Great love and great achievement involve great risk. Take the risk anyway.
  2. When you love someone, love them deeply and passionately. You might get hurt, but it is the only way to live life fully.
  3. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship. Make amends immediately.
  4. When you realize you have made a mistake, hurt someone’s feelings, take immediate steps to correct it. Ask forgiveness.
  5. Keep your arms open to change, but don’t let go of your personal values.
  6. Talk slowly, but think quickly. Rationally.
  7. Quiet the voice in your head that says “I can’t do this.”
  8. Don’t quit, no matter what. Confucius said, “everything comes to those who wait.”
  9. Always live in a radiating possibility; become part of life’s song.
  10. Make conscious effort to change at least one negative attitude in your personality everyday. Surprise yourself.
  11. If you must fight, do it in a fair manner. Without calling/dropping names.
  12. Avoid judging people by their relatives. Accept them for who they are.
  13. When someone asks you a question that you wish to avoid answering, smile and ask, “Why do you want to know?”
  14. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  15. Spend some time alone. It has great potential to recharge your energies.
  16. Try to live a good and honorable life because when you get older and reflect upon it, you’ll get to enjoy it a second time.
  • Marry the man/woman with whom you love to talk with. As you get older, the conversations will essentially become a more important feature, in your life with each other.
  • Be kind to the environment for your own sake. Avoid litter, plastic, defacing walls and natural surroundings.
  • Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
  • Once a year plan to go to someplace you have never been before. It rejuvenates you like no other.
  • When you are having disagreements with loved ones, deal with the current problem. Never rake up the past.
  • When you lose out on something, don’t lose the lesson.
  • The best relationship is the one when your love for one another is greater than your need for one another.
  • When you say, “I love you,” mean it.
  • When you hug someone, open your heart. Do it with love.
  • Make eye contact. Look people in the eye softly when you speak to them. Try it and see the difference.
  • Your character is your destiny. Build your character.
  • Sometimes, not getting what you want is actually a blessing in disguise. Always look at the blessing.
  • Take serious care of your health. Health indeed is wealth, not a clich√©.
  • Live life like it is your last day on the earth. King size.



    Friday, April 23, 2010

    One Day at a time...

    I have so wanted to be back here daily, but between still not having my health completely restored, trying to get to all of the doctors follow up visits, fighting horrible fatigue, trying to help Jim.. he really got deeply down in the dumps just about the time I finally began feeling better. I think he spent so much time concentrating on having the faith and strength to help me live through those weeks and weeks of severe pain, severe illness, several surgical procedures (and I have one more to take the stint out of my primary bile duct next Wednesday),plus trying to work, and deal with his own pain issues with his back, everything came crashing down around him about 2 weeks ago. So, I had to try and muster enough physical, mental and emotional strength myself so I could help him pull through his anguish. Thank goodness for a dear friend of his that really helped,and the love of my Mom and his step Mom, we are still in the midst of worry about the situation next week. I have been through so much, but so has Jim, my Mom and my kids. My own PCP admitted they thought three different times I may not make it through all that I did. So, my life has definitely changed in so many ways. I am trying not to put off the little things daily, but enjoy them. I have had to slow down, but that alone has put beauty back into my life. Please continue to keep me and my family in your thoughts and prayers over the next weeks to come... xoxox Rhia

    Thursday, April 15, 2010

    It's Been Awhile

    Lots of drama ...almost too crazy to even speak of...I don't know if you would even believe it. I really do not know where to begin but to say honestly, on Feb 2nd an ordeal of epic proportions began for me, and I almost did not survive it. All of what went on even up until today, really changed my vision as to how I look at life each day. I basically got extremely ill very quickly on Feb 2nd, being take via ambulance to our local hospital. It appeared I had gallbladder issues, thus I had what was supposed to be a "basic" surgery...that turned unto anything but basic. By accident I got a slit in my liver, from the gallbladder surgery, the sent me to a hospital in Dallas..where I was for almost a month. I had several surgical procedures, was on many antibiotics and medications, and has a slight heart attack again while I went through all of the other mess. I am still going from doctor to doctor and still have a procedure next week in Dallas to take out a stent that is in my main common bile duct, due to it collapsing. We won't know if all of that has healed properly until I have that done next week. It has been an extremely frightening, nerve racking, depressing, and emotional roller coaster over the past almost 3 months. I will definitely be writing much more and now really feel a book should come out of all of this. I hope all is well with you and yours...take care... and love each day as it was your last.... xoox Rhia