Hello, there! How are you? I’m doing well, myself.
This weekend, we sent a friend in a P-100 mask to retrieve some things from our home–a bag of threadbare Darn Tough socks to send back on warranty, as well as my suspension training system weightlifting gear (now that my cellular respiration pathway is back up and running).
I just finished watching a Scottish sitcom, Still Game, about grouchy old pensioners, and it’s quite funny. It’s wholesome, endearing, hilarious, and a great feel-good series. I would highly recommend it, though you’ll definitely want closed captions if you’re not familiar with the Scottish accent.
In you’re in the US, happy Labor Day! Hope your week to come is a good one!
Food for thought
“When troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy! Know when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow!”James 1:2-3
I was brought up Catholic, though no longer practicing. However, after decades of Catholic school, weekly mass, and daily prayer habits, I’m still familiar with many passages from the Bible which, I believe, can guide anyone. As I climb my way out from eight years of chronic illness (and a corresponding period of stubborn unwillingness to be sick), I’m realizing more and more how much that the testing of my spirit truly was an opportunity to foster endurance. Eight years ago, I was a pushover and doormat; I now prioritize putting on my oxygen mask before helping others. Eight years ago, I was sleeping under four hours a night to accommodate work (plus a long commute), classes, blogging, creative writing competitions, cooking, and a fitness regimen; today, I respect that I need nine hours of sleep and build my schedule around that need. I don’t need to accomplish everything; all I need is basic necessities, good health, and close relationships.
If you have any troubles in your life, consider a re-frame. If you were criticized, Twist what they said to you into a compliment. Struggling financially? Maybe this is an invitation to visit a personal finance blog or visit the library to learn. If you’re ill, consider it an opportunity to listen to your body and assess its needed. Lost a love one? Take the opportunity to jot down all of you special memories and allow yourself to feel that light ray of joy, if only for a moment. Hard times make for strong men (and women).
Life isn’t fair. But that’s what makes is fun. Here’s a tip to accelerate your mental performance above the lethargic masses. Start a challenge. Stop making life more tedious than it needs to be by follow the rules exactly. Creating regular challenge for yourself will help you level up in all areas. Set yourself a 30-day challenge to blog daily (I’m currently 23 days into mine) or not eat sugar, for example. Now it’s a game, rather than a chore. And the sense of accomplishment at the end is incredible.
Just for fun
As a child, I was enthralled by the legends of King Arthur. Evidence continues to emerge supporting and refuting the existence of the brave king, from cryptic texts referencing “Artognou” to carbon-dated pottery suggesting a flourishing stronghold during his supposed lifetime. Over time, the narrative spreading far and wide, ever-evolving to fit the current sociopolitical environment. The stories all weave together fantasy with fact, or at least a small kernel of reality. I’ve read two interesting articles on King Arthur recently–Was King Arthur a Real Person? from Smithsonian and King Arthur in Brittany from Bonjour From Brittany. We will likely never know whether a historical King Arthur actually existed, but his legend shows no signs of diminishing.
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