Wednesday, May 30, 2012

~ Kind Sight ~

 I just thought I'd share a few thoughts with you today.  I usually meet friends for coffee & breakfast every Wednesday morning. It's fun and a good chance to catch up with each other in person. We were discussing being kind to ourselves today and I thought the statement above was very appropriate.

Then I went to the grocery store. I ran into a good friend from work...she retired much earlier than I did and we haven't seen each other in a very long time.  Immediately, she began to apologize for her appearance and weight gain.  Honestly, I hadn't even thought of that...I was so happy to see her!  I told her we shouldn't even begin to compare ourselves with "what used to be"...even though we are tempted to do so.  We are healthy and able to care for ourselves,  travel, do what we want when we want and live a relatively peaceful life.  Of course, I'd love to have a slimmer body, fewer lines and wrinkles and a heck of a lot more energy but hey, we are really blessed to be where we are today.  Why, do we have this automatic tendency to do this to ourselves?  We're not 18 or 20 years old, a size 2 or airbrushed like these young ladies.


Furthermore, I don't wanna be 18 or 20 anything anymore, I've never in my life been a size 2 nor is there a chance that anyone would want to airbrush me. ;-)


I just think it's important for each of us to appreciate who we are, what we have and  how blessed we are to awaken to each new day.  Just give me a kick in the back side if I should start to whine about age, weight, etc., ok?   OK!  ;-)


15 comments:

Susie said...

Pat, I know exactly what you are saying. I have never felt happy with myself. When I was 30 pounds lighter I thought I needed to lose weight...instead of being happy then ..Goodness, I would really love to be that weight again.LOL.Smiles, Susie

Lisa said...

Well said, and something I need to embrace more often!
XO,
Lisa

Barbara F. said...

Amen, Pat, and I need to refer to this often. xo

Sandy said...

You know, I needed to read this today. I spent the day in the hospital getting some stuff done and feeling sorry for myself when I came home... I hurt a bit and am not happy... but your post just gave me the jolt I needed...
Thank You Pat...
Sandy

Paula said...

You are so right, we do need to appreciate who we are and stop wishes for something that we aren't. Great post!

Julie Harward said...

Yay for you! I so agree and at this point in life, I am just glad to be able to go out for my walk each day. Love the Kindsight thought too! We need to all look at each other with a lot of that! Great post my friend. :)

Ginger Zuck said...

Amen sista!!! I love it. It is so so true. It seems only a few years ago that I was cute and small, now I'm not, I thank God every morning for another day, to see the sun, the sky, trees and people I love and don't so much, it's all good. Great post! Thank you.

NanaDiana said...

Love it, Pat. The only air-brushing I ever got was by filling a flat tire...although I do look like I had a little air added to me...kind of like one of those blow up dolls...except I have a hard time being silent and all.

Hope you had a great day- xo Diana

jules said...

I really need to learn this lesson....I'm almost 50 for Pete's sake!

Gina said...

Truer words were never spoken! I need to listen to these words more often.

Diana @ Our Vintage Home Love said...

Amen to that, Pat! A great lesson to us all! xoxo

nanny said...

Amen, sister!!! Very good post.

Do you watch The Next Food Network Star? There is a lady in the competition that keeps apologizing for her age....what does that have to do with her ability to cook? The host told her he did not want to hear another word about her age!!! She needs to read this post/ha

Sallie said...

Amen to that! What a great lesson for all women. Like you, I've never been a size 2 and never will be. I'm 55 and overweight, but I'm still happy!

Sue (Someones Mom) said...

Can we just whine for a few minutes first thing in the morning when it hurts a bit getting out of bed?? I'm like most my age, there are changes that I don't find "pretty" happening and I can't stop them. However, I look around me and I look at the list of friends that are my age and have ailments that keep them from a full life and I'm just thankful. I do have that reunion later in June and it brings out a bit of that feeling of "hope I don't win the most changed for the worse" award!

Cottage and Broome said...

Pat, love the thought. We are our own worst enemies sometimes. I think we should learn from the past too, I've had lots of learning lessons!! Thanks for the great post and for stopping by, Laura