Daily Prompt: Lofty

Via Daily Prompt and  Becca’s Sunday Trees Challenge

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Forest Park, Portland, OR (February, 2016)
Like these lofty trees, we sometimes set high goals for ourselves. Awesome goals that inspire us to push ourselves, and maybe try something new. Stretch goals that allow us to demonstrate to others what we are truly capable of achieving. Personally, if I don’t keep moving forward and inching the bar a little higher I really won’t know what I can achieve, will I? Setting lofty goals is good for one’s psyche and personal growth.

“Dreams are Goals with Deadlines.” So continue to Dream a little Bigger. Aim a little Higher. And pursue those lofty goals that may seem out of reach.

“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.”

~ Pamela Vaull Starr

Cheers!

Cynthia

It’s World Kindness Day

Today is my one year Blogiversary! It’s also World Kindness Day. So in the spirit of Kindness Day, I wanted to share a story I read from On the Road with Steve Hartman about Chris Rosati who was suffering from ALS. Have you heard of the butterfly effect? It’s this idea that “a single butterfly flapping its wings on one side of the globe can, in theory, start a hurricane on the other.” So Chris applied this theory to kindness and children, thinking it only takes a single act of kindness to start a chain reaction. So if you want a little more inspiration to start your own chain reaction or spread a little kindness in the world, go read the story of Chris Rosati and his butterfly effect. It will make your day.

Go, spread kindness. Smile. Be kind.

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Gandhi

Cheers!

Cynthia

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Chaos: What a Tangled Web We Weave…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Chaos

The other day while I was walking to the mailbox, I saw a large spider bobbing and weaving up and down from our tree making it’s web for the night. I made a rather large detour around the tree to the mailbox and then went and grabbed my camera to take a few shots.

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I love the chaos of the silk seen here as the spider makes its web!

“Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.”~ Morticia Addams

Cheers!

Cynthia

Sunday Inspiration: Discover

Get outside today and blaze a new trail, discover a new path, or set a new course. The world is yours to discover!

“There is pleasure in the pathless woods.” ~ Lord Byron

Cheers!

Cynthia

Hyperbole: Sugar Is the Root of All Evil

If I eat crap, I feel like crap.

via Daily Prompt: Hyperbole
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I have said for years that “Sugar is the root of all evil.” I woke up this morning after a decent night’s sleep in fibro flare mode. Pain all over that makes me want to curl up in the fetal position and cry. The reason for this flare is most likely the sugar-crap-fest I had on leftover Halloween Candy and chocolate chip cookies after dinner last night. Shame on me. I know better.

Now sugar is not really the root of ALL evil. But it is pretty bad, nutritionally speakingsugar. It can lead to tooth decay, weight gain, and a myriad of other health issues. It’s so addictive that studies show rats will choose sugar over cocaine. And people flock to coffee shops for their sugar-laden “milk shakes” disguised as coffee drinks. It’s added to a variety of food products. (Hint: Read your labels, people.) For me, I know if I eat crap, I feel like crap. And sugar and bread are my two crappy food weaknesses. So I avoid them, most of the time. Continue reading “Hyperbole: Sugar Is the Root of All Evil”

To Sleep, Per Chance to Dream

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“To sleep, per chance to dream – for in this sleep of death what dreams may come.” ~ William Shakespeare

Having Fibromyalgia, I find I quite often don’t sleep well. I can’t fall asleep. Or I can’t stay asleep. Or when I do sleep a few hours, it’s not restful. And I certainly don’t remember my dreams very well. All common issues for those who suffer this condition.

Some nights, despite how tired I may be and how many good habits I use to prepare for bed (hot tea, warm bath, lavender spray…), it seems like I am wide awake once my head hits the pillow and I turn out the lights. My mind will be racing and I just can’t seem to be able to turn it off.

Those are the nights I pull out a little journal from my night stand, and I write down the random thoughts that pop into my head. I just write for as long I can, whatever gibberish I want. And somehow, the process of getting those thoughts out of my head and onto paper helps. I am able to quiet my mind, lie back down, and somehow sleep…per chance to dream.

Cheers!

Cynthia

P. S. Fibromyalgia and sleep troubles are, to me, very much like the chicken and the egg. Which came first? Does lack of sleep and increased fatigue lead to FMS? Or does FMS create the sleep disturbances which then leads to the increased fatigue? Some studies indicate FMS is a by-product of sleep disorders. Seeking out the help of a sleep specialist might then be the cure for a good night’s sleep.

 

Sunday Inspiration: Nature

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Bleeding Heart flowers, Juneau, Alaska

The world would be a much better place if we all got outside and enjoyed nature a little more, smelled the flowers, breathed in the air, and just treated each other like kin or family, don’t you think? Enjoy your Sunday!

Cheers!

Cynthia