I’ve been part of a Photo Challenge for a few years now. I used to participate pretty regularly, but haven’t for quite a long time now. There is no better time than the present, right? Right! Well, the first one of the year is “Resolved”. I have been thinking about it since I read it a week ago. It has been sailing in and out and around my brain.
I am not a big resolution maker when the new year comes. To be quite honest, I am not a good self goal keeper at all. I usually accomplish for others, but not always myself. I think that is why I have found this so hard.
I have even looked up the word several times in the dictionary and read it over and over. This is what it says…
I know it’s a lot, but you can see where my struggle has been.
Well, this is what I have come up with…
Paladin – Our 13-year-old Dog – Sick with Valley Fever
He has been sick now for almost 2 years. Each night I kiss him good night, give him love and a good scratch. I am resolved to let him go and hope each day that he goes in his sleep. He has to be carried outside to potty, as his back legs are paralyzed from this disease from the hips down. He is in no pain, but I know each day that he is as frustrated as I am that he can’t get himself around. He is here in our home and surrounded by love each and every day. 🙂
Do you think money can buy happiness? This is a yes and no answer for me. I need to lean more to yes though… especially with a family of 7. If I can’t pay my bills, buy food for my family and have gas to get them to school do you think I would be a happy person? The answer is no!
I think that money is relative to all of us, no matter how much we have we have. $5 a day or $5,000 a day, we all need it. I know I do. When you don’t have the money to do the essential things in life it is stressful and please don’t tell me that it isn’t. I know it is. I have been through more living situations in my life than most. I have worked since I was 12 years old and also haven’t worked now for the past 6 1/2 years. I have had enough money to pay for everybody around me and I have not had .20 cents to my name to make a phone call to call the temp agency for a job.
Don’t get me wrong. I always tried to stay happy during the hard times. I have my health, wonderful friends and the best family ever. That is what always made me look forward. To hug my children each day is amazing. If I could give them more I would in a flash with no hesitation. I wouldn’t only give to my household, but I would help anyone else I could. Life is grand! Enjoy it! Live it in the best way you can. As I have always said… Life on the edge, don’t fall off. 🙂
If you could go back in time and have a 5 minute conversation with yourself ten years ago, what would you say?
I would have told myself to be careful with your weight. 5, 10 pounds… fine! But! Don’t let it get out of hand. Care more about yourself to keep it off. It will get harder when you are older. Not just because you ARE older, but because of the things that come along with the changes of being older. We slow down physically by working more, in my case it was sitting at a desk. Having children can change hormones. Creeping up in age our hormones change too. There is NO getting past it. Care now, make good choices, make and keep healthy habits. Have a regular routine. By doing this it won’t be so hard trying to learn one later in life. Just stay active and care about those extra pounds and just don’t ignore them. Just do it! 🙂