This is very wierd.
I can't sleep, so rather than laying in bed torturing myself I decided to get up and blog - this way I can meybe even sleep in. I know if I didn't blog now, I would still want to get up early to do it - so here I am... and you most likely will be reading this while I'm snugged up in my warm and cozy bed.
I realized over the past few days that I'm using the word HATE a lot lately - more than usual. I'm not using it to say I hate any people but I am hearing it slip off my tongue for really petty little things, so I decided to think on it for a bit. What came to mind is to ask if hate is mentioned in the bible so I looked it up. Hate is mentioned in the bible 128 times. Well, this caused me to wonder how often love is mentioned. Love is mentioned 697 times - thats roughly 5 - 6 times more than hate. Right there I can safely assume I might want to be loving a lot more than hating. I should be noticing more lovin going on. I also noticed while searching the scriptures that hate was used for the most grave and awful of things e.g. God hates sin.
It seems I hate little things. Like when people don't use the crosswalks. When the cars don't stop for people using the crosswalks. When my takeout coffee is too hot to hold. When I get bundled up to go outside and find I need a potty break. Little things. Things not really worth getting that emotional about. Little things like this get me hating really fast. I guess its because when I say I hate something petty, its so final. I say it like a mild curse.
While there's nothing really bad about this, I don't like that I fall into a pattern of grumbling - about every little thing. So, I've decided to experiment. Tomorrow (LOL - today, I guess) I am going to conciously change the words "I HATE" for something else. The first thing that springs into my mind is "I wish" So, for example, if someone doesn't use the crosswalk I will say "I wish they would use the crosswalk" and when my coffee's too hot I will say "I wish I could have two cups"... This won't actually change the things that bother me, but it will change ME. I think I will save the complaining for the really big things in life. What do you think?
Do everything without complaining or arguing
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hot water heater
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No Exuses For a Workout!
C'mon - why wait for New Year's - make your resolution now and look great FOR Jan 1st! No more 'scuses that you don't have the equiptment etc. I watched Oprah yesterday and she had the good doctor on. They posted a workout on Oprah's site that requires no special equiptment at all! I raced right over to check it out, and I say I am totally impressed. They've broken it into three sections, from beginner to advanced. Don't feel alone, I am going to do this from beginning to end tomorrow! Won't you join me?