Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Fun With Photo Editing




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Monday, February 23, 2015

How Gratitude Saved My Life

Hi. I am so happy you decided to stop by for a visit. I hope everything is good with you.

I'm actually feeling pretty good. All things considered. 

I had a great life. A beautiful loving family. A pretty house I called home. We had two shiny cars in the driveway and great jobs we felt enthusiastic about. I had everything I ever wanted. I was happy.


Then painfully it was taken all away. My husband was diagnosed with PTSD and couldn't work. I lost my job from restructuring. We lost our home of ten years to the bank. We lost each other. And I lost my mind. Well, maybe I still have that.


Gratitude



I am embarrassed to admit I spent many hours crying in private. The frustration, anxiety and sadness would get so overwhelming that it caused physical pain in my head and my stomach. It was so emotionally draining that I just needed to sleep.

My Honey Bunny and I have moved four times in the last year and a half. One temporary place to the next. We each have a suitcase of clothes and together we have about a dozen bags which hold a variety of items.

Sometimes I wake up at night and can't remember where I am.

But I couldn’t let it get to me. I reminded myself that I have people who depend on me. Who love me. And I have so much to be grateful for. I counted my blessings.

It is gratitude that helped me cope. In fact I can say that gratitude saved my life. With everything bad that has happened depression could have easily gotten the best of me. 

there are five top stressful situations in life. I have four of the five.

The Stressful Situations are:
·       Death of a loved one
·       Divorce
·       Moving
·       Major Illness
·       Job Loss




The Holmes and Rahe Scale lists 41 stressors. You can check your score here. http://www.health24.com/Mental-Health/Stress/Stress-management/41-major-life-stressors-20120721

Life event
Life change units
Death of a spouse
100
Divorce
73
Marital separation
65
Imprisonment
63
Death of a close family member
63
Personal injury or illness
53
Marriage
50
Dismissal from work
47
Marital reconciliation
45
Retirement
45
Change in health of family member
44
Pregnancy
40
Sexual difficulties
39
Gain a new family member
39
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39
Change in financial state
38
Change in frequency of arguments
35
Major mortgage
32
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30
Change in responsibilities at work
29
Child leaving home
29
Trouble with in-laws
29
Outstanding personal achievement
28
Spouse starts or STOPS WORKhttp://cdncache-a.akamaihd.net/items/it/img/arrow-10x10.png
26
Begin or end school
26
Change in living conditions
25
Revision of personal habits
24
Trouble with boss
23
Change in working hours or conditions
20
Change in residence
20
Change in SCHOOLS
20
Change in recreation
19
Change in church activities
19
Change in social activities
18
Minor mortgage or loan
17
Change in sleeping habits
16
Change in number of family reunions
15
Change in EATING HABITShttp://cdncache-a.akamaihd.net/items/it/img/arrow-10x10.png
15
Vacation
13
Christmas
12
Minor violation of law
11


Score of 300+: At risk of illness.
Score of 150-299+: Risk of illness is moderate (reduced by 30% from the above risk).
Score 150-: Only has a slight risk of illness.
 (Susan Erasmus, Health24, updated July 2013)

How was your score? My score was 324.

When I practice gratitude I can’t help but feel happy. I smile, laugh and love life.

I lapse. I am human. And sometimes I need to be reminded to get my attitude of gratitude on because sometimes I still get caught up in old ways of thinking and lose myself in sadness.

I think Jack Sparrow says it the best.


"The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem."
Captain Jack Sparrow


And so I say, today the sun is shining. I have a roof over my head and food in the cupboards. I'm healthy and alive. And so is my family. I have my Honey Bunny by my side and she just lights up my world.

I truly believe I can say with confidence, gratitude saved my life. I'm still here and loving life. Most of the time.

What are you grateful for?


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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Spikes





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