“When you are in the valley, keep your goal firmly in view and you will get the renewed energy to continue the climb.”
Here we are the beginning of a new week. I pretty much hibernated last week though I did venture out a couple of times but found that it was more challenging then usual. When I decided to go out to see how fast I could run it took me so long to walk to the door I forgot why I was there but by that time I was so worn-out I took a nap.
Of course it is really not that bad, it is just that I am not recovering as fast as I hoped I would. I was told that it would take awhile so I guess I am progressing well enough. I do feel bad about how many appointments I had to cancel, the events I missed and not spending time with friends. But considering my recent hospital adventure I really have no right to complain. I have enjoyed the many naps, the chance to see some movies watched from my easy chair and catching up on some reading. I still have not got through all the e-mail messages so if I missed something of yours I’m sorry.
There are a couple of important events this week that I really need to try to make so I am going to think positive and concentrate on mending. I will see my doctor in a couple of days and get a follow-up test at the hospital on Thursday morning as part of the normal post hospital procedures. In the meantime I am avoiding making commitments that I might not be able to keep, especially those where my participation would be important.
Whoa, I just read what I wrote and it sounds pretty depressing, trust me I am not that bad off. In fact if I look back only a week or so I am doing great and progressing nicely. So don’t let my impatience mislead, I am on my way back and when I get there watch out as I’ll be making up for lost time.
What I really need is an energy boost, so I did a little research and found what Gretchen Ruben suggests, here is what she wrote:
Feeling energetic is a key to feeling happy. Studies show that when you feel energetic, you feel much better about yourself. On the other hand, when you feel exhausted, tasks that would ordinarily make you happy—like putting up holiday decorations—make you feel overwhelmed and blue. When my energy feels at a low ebb, I try one of these techniques (well, first I drink something with caffeine in it, but if I feel like I need to take further steps, I try these strategies):
1. Exercise—even a quick ten-minute walk will increase your energy and boost your mood. This really works! Try it!
2. Listen to lively music.
3. Get enough sleep. If the alarm blasts you out of a sound sleep every morning, you’re not getting enough—and it matters.
4. For some people, taking a 10-30 minute nap is a big help. I can’t nap, myself, but my father has been known to take three naps in one day.
5. Act energetic. Research shows that when people move faster, their metabolism speeds up. Also, because the way we act influences the way we feel (to an almost uncanny degree), by acting energetic you'll make you feel more energetic.
6. Talk to friends. I’ve noticed that if I’m feeling low, and then run into a friend on the street, I walk away feeling much more energetic. Reach out if you need a boost. This is true for introverts and extroverts alike.
7. Get something done. Crossing a nagging chore off your to-do list provides a big rush of energy. For a huge surge, clean out a closet. You’ll be amazed at how great you feel afterward.
8. Do NOT use food. It’s tempting to reach for a carton of ice cream when you’re feeling listless, but in the end, all those extra calories will just drag you down. In general, be wary of the urge to treat yourself when you're feeling low.
Energy (or lack of energy) is contagious. If you feel energetic, you’ll help the people around you feel energetic, too. And that makes them feel happier.
As soon as I get some energy I definitely will take her advice, in the meantime I think I’ll take a short nap.
“Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy, you can't build on it it's only good for wallowing in.”
A lady came to the hospital to visit a friend. She had not been in a hospital for several years and felt uneasy, not knowing about all the new technology. A technician followed her onto the elevator, wheeling a large, intimidating looking machine with tubes and wires and dials.
"Boy, would I hate to be hooked up to that thing," she said.
"So would I," replied the technician. "It's a floor-cleaning machine."
Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.
Lisa was babysitting Cory and Cody. Finding Cody making faces at Cory, Lisa stopped to warn the child.
Smiling Lisa said, "Cody, when I was a child, I was told if I made ugly faces I would stay like that."
Cody looked up and replied, "Well you can't say you weren't warned."
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
Women don't understand the appeal of sports. Men seek entertainment that allows them to escape reality. Women seek entertainment that reminds them of how horrible things *could* be.
If a man goes on a seven-day trip, he'll pack five days worth of clothes and will wear some things twice; if a woman goes on a seven-day trip she'll pack 21 outfits because she doesn't know what she'll feel like wearing each day.
Women brush their hair before bed.
Women do not know anything about cars. "Oil-stick, oil doesn't stick?"
Women have better restrooms. Ladies receive the royal treatment in the ladies room. Gents just get a large bowl to share.
The average number of items in a typical woman's bathroom is 437. A man would not be able to identify most of these items.
Women love to talk on the phone. A woman can visit her girlfriend for two weeks, and upon returning home, she will call the same friend and they will talk for three hours.
A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the garbage, answer the phone, read a book, or get the mail.
Women will drive miles out of their way to avoid the possibility of getting lost using a shortcut.
Women do NOT want an honest answer to the question, 'How do I look?'
PMS stands for: Permissible Man-Slaughter.
Everybody lies, but it doesn't matter, since nobody listens.
A city slicker stopped his large, expensive car on a country road and looked about in confusion. He noticed a young farm hand leaning on a fence and called to him, "Hey, you know how far it is to Shrewsbury?"
The farm hand thought about it and said, "Don't know."
"Well then, do you know the best way to get there?"
Again, the farm hand thought a bit and said, "Don't know."
"Look, can you just tell me where the nearest gas station is so I can pick up a map?"
"'Fraid I don't know that either."
Frustrated, the man in the car snapped, "You don't know much do you?"
To which the farm hand replied, "I'm not lost."
“Feeling sorry for yourself, and you present condition, is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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