Sunday, November 23, 2008

Life will have it's way

I had just decided that I was going to start getting up early, regularly, to get in some extra time at the gym, while I was working some 12 hour shifts at work. It appeared to be a workable plan and all was right with the world. But when I went to work on Friday morning I had a lesson in how things can get completely out of control in a heart beat. A co worker of mine had just found out that her dad was dying and needed to take time off to be with him. Of course her normally structured life was thrown into sudden chaos but also like a stone hitting a pond the ripples effect not only her and her family but everything and everyone around her. Good reminder that no matter how well we plan and structure life can throw us a fast ball when we least expect it.

Like most of us I try to keep everything flowing smoothly, everything in its place and all things timed to run like a clock. But you really can't foresee all the pitfalls waiting for us out there. The strongest people are those who can roll with the punches, those who can take the hit and keep on going. Unfortunately taking the hits is often more than we can handle, at least for a while. When stuff goes to hell in a handbasket all of a sudden it will in most cases knock us on our butt. That's why when we plan it's a good idea to plan a support system also. A lot of times we don't stay close and in touch with family and friends till life stomps on us. We should instead keep up with what's going on in each other's lives. I'm as guilty as most and maybe worse.

We get in a mind set that we can handle what ever gets thrown at us, but really we are all just a breath away from our lives our schedules and our hearts being challanged with more than we can handle. Of course we should live and try to find joy in each day of our lives. But we have remember that each of those good days are precious and should never be taken for granted.

We have to remember also that even though stuff happens all the time, it could usually be a lot worse. The better we learn to handle the small roadblocks to our plans the stronger we become. That probably won't make the big stuff any easier to handle but at least being able to roll with the small stuff will keep us sane.

A big part of our leading a healthy lifestyle is accepting the fact that we really are just tiny fish in a huge ocean. No matter how in control we think we are, we are at the mercy of life. Find joy and love in everyday and never take a precious day for granted.

Thanks for reading.

Resting Panda

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