Thursday, January 23, 2014

A Family of Friends

Bits of green in January
Yesterday was the third meeting of my Daniel Plan support group. While we are reading from the book together, as individuals we do not all accept the teachings in the same way. This is new territory to me because in addition to discussing our individual goals of fitness, health and balance, we are discussing our individual experiences of faith. This is new and uncharted territory for me because my religious training consists of Sunday School classes about 50 years ago.

More recently, I have read Buddhist books and found them to be helpful in controlling anxiety. I never realized until I was an adult, the debilitating effects of anxiety. Afraid to be found unworthy by the "others", we resort to harmful pretences to avoid exposing our authentic selves. These pretences become " our beliefs about ourselves" and only serve to further alienate us from the others. A recipe for unhappiness….

I am still working with My Fitness Pal to achieve a goal that might take me a year. I would like to lose 40 pounds. We have been talking about realistic goals so I know that I won't do it by February. If only..
Today, I will walk by myself for forty minutes but I have 6 other women in my group to call when my regular walking partner is unavailable.

Monsieur and I were having a discussion over breakfast today. He believes that one can experience ideas in a solitary setting and I believe that it is in the sharing and discussing of ideas that we achieve a deeper understanding.

Speaking of sharing, I took 10 books to my group and they were snatched up. So far, this January, I have been successful in buying nothing but a half-price day planner. I have started an "I want it" list as recommended by Jill. The only two items on my list are a bathroom scale and an attractive zippered tote for travel. My shoulders get sore from carrying a leather purse but I don't want to wear a backpack in Paris or London. I really like the tote in Une Femme's post on travel but Lo & Sons doesn't ship to Canada. No impulse buy is possible!

I am thankful that there is so much support from so many people in the physical world, the virtual world  and the world of faith.

No Man Is An Island

No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend's
Or of thine own were:
Any man's death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee. 

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