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Wishing for a complaint-free lifestyle!

Yesterday in church, our minister handed out bracelets from A Compaint Free World.org, and the idea is to wear it on one wrist for 21 consecutive days until a complaint-free habit is established. If we find ourselves complaining, we're supposed to switch the bracelet to the other wrist :P

It reminds me of something I read in In The Flow of Life by Eric Butterworth. He mentioned that a minister asked for a ring with a statement that he could refer to in all times, and that the statement be brief.

That statement is popular, and it has been referred to in several other books I've read and taken bits of to become part of my pattern of thinking.

The statement is "This too shall pass"

So, this bracelet is akin to that ring, to the engraving on the emerald tablet and to the idea. All things are temporary, except for the idea of creation and that creative thinking - infused with hope and faith - which empowers us to transcend any and all things.

It's another idea that is simple, yet perhaps not necessarily easy. But it is truth, and there's no good in losing hope.

I thought about how human beings are the *ONLY* species intelligent enough to give up. Every other living thing has a survival instinct, and isn't equipped to complain when things are difficult (except for cats maybe :P).

Yesterday morning I did my long run - an entire 6 miles. I've been sorta dreading this run for quite some time, and though I've been building up my endurance, I doubted if I could actually do it.

The run started a bit more difficult than most. I was carrying doubts of my ability to finish, and I kept rationalizing that I was feeling weak in spirit. Plus, even though I did a warm-up run and went to the bathroom before I started, I had to go again about a mile into the run. Thank God there is a wonderful little cafe on the road I ran down and they were kind enough to let me in. I want to grab breakfast in there when I can swing it.

I kept reminding myself to just take it one step at a time. Get to the nearest landmark and see if I can keep going. It was hard, and the sun was already up, which meant I was sweating like hell and wearing down.

But I did it. After months of wondering whether or not I'm capable of a 6-mile run, the question is answered and of course, the response is YES.

YES I CAN!

Every day I have to find the strength to get through, and it's there. I'm so grateful for the conditioning and the environment I'm in, and it's going to pay off.



Okay I'm about to get booted off the computer at the library, but I wanted to add a quick note.


The past year has been... it's been what it's been.

But I want to apologize to you, because I can be a better friend and I want to. I'm sorry I've been a bit self-involved, and I hope to work on it with you.

As always, I am sending my love ♥

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kanoi_trace
Sep. 16th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
I thought about how human beings are the *ONLY* species intelligent enough to give up. Every other living thing has a survival instinct, and isn't equipped to complain when things are difficult (except for cats maybe :P).

I lol'd so hard at the cats comment XD

Also, major congrats on your successful run! *throws confetti* ...I'm way too hyper 0.o
slappytanker
Sep. 16th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
Tee hee :) They may articulate themselves differently than we do, but they sure know how to express how they feel! Little cute fuzzy buggers :P

YAY HYPER WOOOOO!!!! CONFETTI IN MY HAIR!!!!

Hyperness can be contageous ;)
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crisgo4
Sep. 17th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC)
6 miles?! That's awesome. You rock. I'm so proud of you. Keep it up.

And Casey, you are doing so well with all of this. I know it's got to be trying but find us if you need anything. And like I said before, I was in College Station for 9 years. It can suck but there are some cool things there. Let me know if you need any advice on things to do or places to go. It was great seeing you last weekend. :)
slappytanker
Sep. 18th, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC)
LOL Yeah I'm still O_o that I pulled it off! But I remind myself (especially on days like today when I just can't get moving!) that I can take it one mile, one landmark, one step at a time, and if I feel I can keep going, just keep going a little further. That and I constantly pray when I run - I'm not alone out there :)

Casey's a rock star and I know things will perk up for her. That woman is a true survivor!
slappytanker
Sep. 18th, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
::BIG HUGS::

Sometimes ya just gotta let it out! With everything you've got going on and all the hell you've been through to get there, you have every right to feel the way you do, and I'm sending love to you and appreciate your constant, positive energy! I pray that things clear up soon and that you're back to Galveston and reunited with you roommates and your choice school ♥

But thanks for reminding me that "this too shall pass." It's one of the things that my dad always used to say to me. :)

And you know he's immensely proud of you for how strong you are and how well you've handled everything. Casey, you're so full of light, so composed and such a joy to be around, and you carry his love with you in your heart and share it with everyone you come into contact with. You're an immense and remarkable woman and he's looking on you happily and full of pride :)

You've got us all here ready to do anything we can - talk, give a hug, grab some dinner or just sit and be with if you need it. You've got massive karma points!

Love ya babe, and hope the infinite good you soooo deserve starts flowing forth in bountiful supply ♥
hak42
Sep. 20th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)
Dude, you are amazing! I am constantly amazed by your ability that when things are hard in your life, you still always have a good word for the folks around you.

Yay for six miles! You can totally do this. It's all about one step at a time. Disney is going to rock!

Love ya!
slappytanker
Sep. 29th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
Smooches, babe ♥
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