Weekly Writing Challenge; Fit to Write


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Unfortunately for me health issues and worrying about oneself is something I seemed to learn or inherit from my grandmother. I was very aware of every change my body goes through.

To tell you the truth, I hated it. I want to wait for the big signs. The chest pains, the pain running down my arm. My grandma spent more time in the doctor’s office than she did at home, I swear. Her kitchen cabinets were full of medication bottles. I always sensed there was a sense of pride that she owned half the pharmacy.

I promised myself I would not run to the doctor. I would not have shelves that look like this. I wait when I feel something, but in the back of my mind I pray it is nothing. Most of the time my over grown issues were just that.

When my Daddy became sick I drew a way from myself. I focused on his needs up until he drew his last breath. Now that I am taking care of my brother who is also dying from M.S.A. I still don’t have the time to concentrate on me.

This is a good thing. It is never an excellent idea to only see inside your own bubble. Life is moving all around us.

Now when I think of  health I think in the bright lights. I never run for the gray areas of life and play the wonder game. I see what my brother goes through daily. Every minute he endures pain. Tremors, not being able to make limbs move. Going from walking to isolated to a wheelchair.

I see his toughness behind the scene. I would have at one time drove myself crazy if I would have had tremors like him. To not be able to walk? I would have been on the biggest pity party boat ride.

Now I watch birds, I smell the fresh air, I watch for our leaves to turn in the early fall. I watch for signs from my brother that he is bearing the moment. I see a smile and my heart burst open.

I hear him talk about things he used to do and I cry. I hear him beg to die and go to heaven to see Mom and Dad and my body crumbles.

Health to me now is living. Having an opportunity, one more chance to recognize how lucky I am to be alive. Health is a wonderful way to share what you have with others. To give a good word, a hug, a card, a visit, a small token. Anything I can do to offer one heart to another is healthy  today.

This style of living has improved my mental health, my physical health and my own personal views on other people’s lives.

I am one lucky person. I have had chance after chance to heal myself and with God’s help and me opening my eyes to souls that are much worse off than I have ever been, I am not bad at all today.sunlightcaregiver

Daily Prompt; The Artist’s Eye


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Is there a painting or sculpture you’re drawn to? What does it say to you? Describe the experience. (Or, if art doesn’t speak to you, tell us why.)

Photographers, artists, poets: show us ART.

I collect Victorian children paintings. Other than that I don’t go to Art galleries, mainly because there are none in my neck of the woods.

Art to me makes me feel good. It can cause laughter or bring me peace in my day. Also, I am not an artist, myself, but I do love to play around with my camera. A few of my favorite shots I have taken are placed here for your view.

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Did You Know?


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I have a Facebook page;https://www.facebook.com/terry.shepherd1

https://www.facebook.com/APlaceToSpeakAndDream?ref=ts&fref=ts

This is a place to speak your mind on one of my FB pages

https://www.facebook.com/groups/483462575009756/

This is another page I have where you can sell or buy antiques and collectibles

This is my last page where you can place tips or read my stories

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Finding-solutions/383085775041307?ref=ts&fref=ts

Did you know that I collect crocks?

That I am looking for the clock that is a black cat with moving eyes and tail?(not new)

Did you know that I belong to Reddit and this is where you can see everything I have ever written? http://www.reddit.com/r/Journeyoflife/

Were you aware that I want to own just one antique doll before I pass on?

Can you believe that if you drop me off in front of a thrift store or flea market I am just like a kid in a candy store?

Did you realize that my very favorite book is Black Like Me?

Have you ever had to sleep in a car? I did once up on time

What do you think about a person who can laugh so hard she pees her pants? I have been guilty of this

Did you know that I dream of soaking in a claw foot tub?

Can you believe I hate washing the outside of my windows?

Did you ever think I would work for a place called the Candy Cane Restaurant? Yep, I did.

Did you know that I absolutely love sitting around the campfires?

My favorite smells are wood and wet trees?

The worst smells are roses and rubber tires?

Do you know that I would rather clean my house at night over any day?

My favorite time to eat is somewhere between 10pm and midnight? It is a bad thing I fight nightly.

Do you realize that the best posts I write are done first thing in the morning when my brain can not think. Words just come out. Well this is according to likes and comments.

Did you know that I would love to go south where all the country singers hang? Or visit Virginia or live in TN?

Did you realize that I lived in Stuttgart Germany for one year?

Well I am done and it has taken my mind off of today’s problems. Thanks for reading friends.

 

 

I Was Freshly Pressed


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I just wanted to say a big thank-you to all of you bloggers that follow me and comment on my blogs.

I was Freshly Pressed yesterday for the first time. I have been blogging since March 2012.

I will always feel an excitement when I look back on this in my life.

God has surely blessed me with wonderful friends. He urged me to write. He helped me write my first book.

The blog post that helped me reach Freshly Pressed was

https://terry1954.wordpress.com/2012/12/09/a-christmas-together/

I just wanted to share this with all of you!