It is a strange world and this week I got a real peek into how strange it can be. Really. It’s time for a few confessions.
2014 began with the usual resolutions. Mine were ambitious as they so often are, but this year they took a strange turn. One resolution was to finally let my blonde locks go their natural gray. The plan was to grow it out. I have seen a lot of ladies who sparkle with their proud silver tresses.
Alas, I was not one of them. It was a hard winter, emotionally and physically. I felt as bleak as the weather. For the first time in living memory, winter beat me. I gained weight, my arthritis became a constant companion, I stopped walking the dogs daily, waiting instead for sunny weather, writing became a chore most days, and promotions became drudgery.
I became ill, stopped wearing make-up, the doctor told me my kidneys were in trouble and I was borderline diabetic. I quit drinking coffee cold-turkey; ditto anything that tasted good. Worse, I still felt sick most days.
Earlier this week I looked into the mirror and saw an old woman looking back at me. What the hell had happened? What was this mysterious force that had abandoned me? Why was I no longer a Jedi? I started to break down. Kathy called our hairdresser and booked me an appointment. I was commanded to get my hair done; it always made me feel better. I was stunned at the difference when I came home that day.
I saw myself looking back from the mirror. My smile was back, my energy was back, and I felt like me again. Now, a few days later, here are some of my observations.
The weather outside is what we call RDF (rain, drizzle, and fog) and hovering on the freezing point, however, my arthritis has withdrawn to where I don’t notice it, my hands are limber again, my energy is still back, I don’t miss the damn coffee, I’ve got a million stories running through my head, and I’m excited about life again. Hell, sales have even gone back up. The Force is with me once again.
My conclusion? The mind is truly the most powerful force in a person’s life. Find that little something that makes you feel young and indulge yourself in that. Your social circle, your family and friends, and especially your inner self will thank you for it.
What do you think?
Now to ROW80
This past week saw a burst in ambition and activity. It also saw eleven thousand words and the conclusion of the rough first draft of Blue Rider, the sequel to Old Family Mansion. If you’ve read the above post you can probably see where that burst of energy came from.
Now, for next week’s targets. I plan to catch up a bit on reading some more of your blogs, do a read through and tidy up of that first draft, then decide if it needs more or if it goes off to the editor, and arrange for a cover for the book. I’m shooting for an early June launch. I also plan to read a book written by someone else. Hehehe
Well, that it for me this week, folks. Drop me a line and let me know how you’re doing. I do love to hear from you.
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