GALATIANS 5:22 ON 5/22

GALATIANS 5 22 ON 5 22

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith…  – Galatians 5:22

Ugh – longsuffering…  that’s like…  patience, right?  LOL!

Today I jumped through a hoop, hopefully on the way to gallbladder surgery.  I had to see my primary care physician today to make sure the increase of Lisinopril is bringing my blood pressure down where it needs to be.  The good news is – it has!

Now it’s time to do a little more waiting and praying.  I have a second appointment with the surgeon on the 26th, so until then I will just keep praying that the pain will be minimal (non-existent would be better – lol) – and that God’s Holy Spirit will guide me to do what I need to do.

Faith is not without worry or care, but faith is fear that has said a prayer.  – Author Unknown

I can’t believe the outpouring of concern from my friends!  I’m humbled to have such great friends and hope I’m as good a friend.  The times you are forced to jump through hoops and play the waiting game are the times you learn more about who you are and how much your faith really means.

It gives the phrase “pray without ceasing” a new meaning – lol.  I continually pray that God’s Holy Spirit will give me the strength, wisdom and grace to get through this difficult time.  At this point, I’m practicing SPIRITUAL BREATHING.  Several times a day, I hear Him say to me, “It’s okay, Linda – just BREATHE.”

In much the same way I pray before driving my car – for traveling mercies – I am praying that I’ll be granted traveling mercies from this hoop to the next hoop.  Another week and then I will know more and hopefully see the light at the end of the tunnel.  God’s grace is sufficient.

MASTER OF MY THOUGHTS

The quest for love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness and faith continues as pain makes itself apparent.  Oh – yes I did forget one – longsuffering.  Okay – I guess I want that too – wink!  😉

WORLD SAUNTERING DAY

TL 6-19 WORLD SAUNTERING DAY

I have met with but one or two persons in the course of my life who understood the art of Walking, that is, of taking walks — who had a genius, so to speak, for sauntering… – Henry David Thoreau

The popular phrase I used to hear in the workplace was, “Efficiency is the RULE and speed is the TOOL.” Because many of us work toward that goal every day, we find it difficult to take it down a few notches after we punch the clock at night. I want to challenge you to do something different today. When you get off work, take a few deep breaths and tell yourself you are on YOUR time now – and slow down!!! Yes – slow down!

When was the last time you took a walk along a nature trail? I’m not talking about walking for your health, but just a leisurely walk in the woods to get closer to nature? There is no better way to relax than to slowly stroll along a hiking trail and see animals in their natural habitat.

You may not think there are any nature trails close to your work or home. You might be surprised! Even if you live in a large City, as I do – there may be some spots to go relax. We have a nature trail less than five miles from our house. It’s a great place to escape from the frenzy of life for a while!

I take my camera out with me. When I’m trying to get a good shot of an animal, that forces me to walk at a slower pace yet. Animals, unlike people, do not demand to have their photo taken!

There is a time and place for power walking and getting your heart rate up – no doubt. But today I hope you will take some time to just saunter along – your camera hung around your neck – waiting for nature to come out and pose for you.

One day I hope to be sauntering along a beach, taking photos of lighthouses. It won’t be this year, but hopefully some day I’ll get to see a beach and a large body of water! It’s on my bucket list.

My friend Lucinda Berry Hill wrote a wonderful poem about sauntering.

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Have a great WORLD SAUNTERING DAY!!! ❤

NATIONAL STRESS AWARENESS DAY

TL 4-16 NATIONAL STRESS AWARENESS DAY

Today is NATIONAL STRESS AWARENESS DAY!!!

I’d like to ask you a question: 

Do you sometimes feel like the victim of your own Greek tragedy?  Has the drama in life got you wanting to add the phone number for a-joke-a-day to the most frequently called numbers in your cell phone? 

Let me introduce you to the best stress buster to date.  Zentangle is like Etch-a-Sketch on steroids!  This gives Spirograph a run for its money!  It takes the magna out of magna doodle!

Zentangle is used in hospitals for stress and pain relief.  Zentangle can also influence piano playing!  Since I’ve been a pianist for over 45 years, I thought it would be a good idea to look into this ZENTANGLE thing! Well, the best way to learn something is to first read about it and then experience it first hand if you possibly can.  The more I read about this fascinating art form, the more intrigued I was and the more I wanted to try it for myself.

Upon first glance, this does not look like it’s going to be simple.  It looks a bit daunting, to be honest.  Everyone assured me that it is really easier to do than it seems to be.  You know what?  That’s what everyone says about cross-stitch, but my eyesight will not let me do cross-stitch no matter how large my Aida cloth is!  I was really afraid that this medium of expression would be a similar kind of experience for me.

Evidence suggests that our hormonal reaction to stress may speed up the aging process.  – Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

I do not find such things as puzzles or games to be relaxing.  There is a certain outcome that is expected in all of this.  Freedom of expression is the reason I enjoy music so much.  Even though when you play a piece of music you are told by the composer how it is to sound, you still have the freedom to use your own style and tweak it if you want to.

This is the sort of freeing and uplifting experience you feel as you create with Zentangle.  You can create never-ending, never-changing “solutions” in these amazing creations.  As I understand it, no two Zentangle pieces are alike, because of the individual decisions you make – it is literally one stroke at a time and it’s anybody’s guess what the result will look like.  No pre-planning whatsoever.

It’s calming and relaxing because there is no absolute – no right or wrong way to do it (unlike the Rubik’s Cube) It’s a wonderful way to just rest your brain for a little while and create.  Create what?  Well – we won’t know until it’s finished, but it’s going to be beautiful!  I’ve looked at over a dozen completed Zentangle works and they are all unique and gorgeous.

If you are feeling stressed and a bit boxed in, Zentangle can provide a release of that tension and give you a sense of timelessness, freedom and well-being as you completely focus on your project with no thought or worry about anything else.  It provides a mini-vacation for your spirit.

We all know that stress happens – and there is not a single medical condition or disease that stress benefits!  Stress is bad – but we know it’s there – every day of our lives.  Any bit of relief we can find to escape the horror of stress is welcome indeed!

Walk away from what has you so stressed out and get creative with Zentangle.  It’s a great way to de-stress and forget about life for a while.  I think you will really be surprised at how your mind will go to a much happier place and you will create a unique piece of art in the process!