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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Reinvent Yourself & Give Thanks

There's a lot of confusion in the world today. If you haven't heard, all you have to do is turn on the news. Politics, the economy, the lost art of patience, dwindling morality and thinly veiled dignity, all play a definitive part in keeping the most humane experiences from reaching the mortal soul. Add the holiday season and a person could become completely undone.

Take the fact that towns across the US have put up holiday decorations way before their time. Holiday music is already playing in stores across the nation as preparations for Black Friday commence. (Shiver me timbers!) Though I work for a retailer, and I know the importance of THE DAY OF DAYS, the crowds, harried customers, and the push by companies for consumers to spend, spend, spend, squeal loudly like a pig trying to maintain its balance on a spinning puzzle piece.

When is enough, enough? Commercials spin the idea that no one will be satisfied unless they receive a car for Christmas. A car? Seriously? In this economy? Have CEOs everywhere lost their minds? If you don't believe me, check out reruns of the American Music Awards and watch JLo's performance. Yes indeedie, the car from her commercials was sharing center stage with her. Was I the only one who thought that was strange?

Does the picture of students getting sprayed with pepper spray just for 'sitting' in protest of increased college tuition ring any bells?

Where does the mania end?

This is nothing new. Long ago, Pilgrims survived a perilous journey across the sea only to be forced into the wilds of a new land with little to sustain them. That they made it through winter came via change, enlisting the aide of a new people, learning better ways to live, and putting those skills into action.

After spending the past two years in pain and the past three months recovering from a surgery that took that pain away, I'm living in a new world, mateys. A clearer world where simple things have become favorite things.

It's amazing how much we take for granted on any given day.

As Thanksgiving approaches, give thanks for what you have because I guarantee you have more than you can possibly imagine if you have good health, people who love you, a roof over your head, food to fill your belly, a machine to get you to and from work, and last but definitely not least, friends to help make each day better than the last.

Change is good. Pilgrims initiated a change that brought this country to life. Are you afraid of change? How can you reinvent yourself?

Live. Laugh. Love.


  1. I tend to be afraid of change. It is to much like a surprise. As everyone knows, I HATE a surprise!

    I am trying as I grow older to realize that change can be good.

    As to reinventing myself, I guess I sorta did that when I changed from working in accounting to teaching in a public school. BIG CHANGE!!!

  2. Hey Stephanie, growing up as a military brat I had to learn how to deal with change very early. That didn't mean I liked it. ;)

    Perhaps the older we get, the less we like change. We are creatures of habit. Unless we adapt to whatever environment/situation we're in, we'll never be happy. It's sad to think that many elderly people are cantankerous because they refuse to change.

    I've heard it takes 21 days to create a habit. Not a long time in the scheme of things. Now if I could only stay away from chocolate, one of my favorite things, for 21 days. ;)

  3. Change is not something I like but I am dealing with it. I hope that we all appreciate what we have this Thanksgiving and try to be a lot kinder to others. Gee, that's strange coming from me, isn't it? (grin)

  4. Hi Cheryl! Thanks for posting!

    Speaking of change, I miss you, girl!

    Change can be the pits, but it can bring so many facets of life into our spectrum, things we never would have had or experienced otherwise. Sometimes change comes to us negatively. In those times, we have to hope and pray that all will work to the good of the master plan.

    By the way, you are one of the kindest people I know. Enjoy your Thanksgiving, Cheryl!

  5. I'm so tired I can't think of anything to say. I am so happy that it will only take a little sofa time to cure my problem. Also, what has made me tired is that I am getting ready for a house full of family and friends. How lucky I am.

  6. Jean, I hope you can get some rest before entertaining your family and friends. I'm sure you're going to have lots of delicious food. Hmmm... Wish I was coming there. ;)

    By the way, you're a very lucky woman!