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{February 14, 2013}   A Lesson in Stress

I didn’t want to do a typical V Day post today so I thought I would share with you a forward I got from my Mom in my email. Yea, some forwards are really stupid, but I thought this one shared a great lesson about stress that we could ALL use! Even if you have seen this before, hopefully it will still give you a great reminder about how to deal with stress.

A Great Lesson on Stress

A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience with a raised glass of water. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, ‘half empty or half full?’… She fooled them all …. “How heavy is this glass of water?” she inquired with a smile.
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. To 20 oz.

She replied , “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it.
If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm.
If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She continued, “and that’s the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.”

“As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden – holding stress longer and better each time practiced.
So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night… Pick them up tomorrow.

*Unsure of where this originally came*

P.S. Happy Valentine’s Day! 🙂

I say writing board, because I can NOT draw to save myself. Seriously, give a newborn a crayon and a piece of paper and whatever they manage to scribble out would beat what I can draw!

But anyways, I am BACK! I know I have been away from my blog for way too long and I do miss it. I am still working on my 12 in ’12 journey and as you will soon read, my 3rd month goal should help me get back into the swing of things around here. But first, an update on months 1 and 2!

Month 1’s goal was to drink more water. I can say that I have been doing VERY well with this. At the most I will drink about 2 sodas a day, but mainly I have been sticking to just one and the rest of the day I just drink water. I want to stick with this because I think it’s a lot better for me and hey, it would be nice if filling myself with water could benefit my hunger pangs, ya know? I had a virus a couple weeks ago and it just lingered on forever and ever, not sure if it was the sickness or just my drinking more water, but at my doctor’s visit for the virus, I had dropped 4 pounds out of nowhere. Not sure if that number has gone down anymore or stayed, but I was happy to see it. Now if only it can KEEP going down!

Month 2’s goal was working on my depression and I HAVE been, but honestly, the path has been really rough, because LIFE and sickness got in the way and made it harder to focus on things I needed to. I have been working on trying to be more positive, but I think Month 3’s goal will help more.

For this month, I want to get back into blogging regularly, like I did all last year. Yea, OK, maybe that’s not very original, but I have noticed that getting away from blogging has taken away one of the biggest ways I cope with depression AND how I keep in contact with the people I care about. I miss using my blog as an outlet and reading other blogs. I think I have been kind of overwhelmed with getting back into reading them, because I am just SOOOO behind and I feel like it will take me a year to catch up. I think my best avenue will be to just start with the most recent posts of people I was following and get back into the routine and not worry so much about everything I missed. I would really love to read ALL I missed, but I think people will understand if that might not be an easy task to do.

So here I am, back in the blogging world. Next week I will restart my www wednesday letting everyone know what all I have read since the last one. I will return to doing Five Question Fridays and then blogging whatever comes out in between those times. I still plan to do posts like Mirthful Monday was but they may just be on whatever days I feel like posting them instead of just on Monday’s. Sorry I have been gone for so long and I hope my readers are still out there and I’m not just posting to the crickets!

Have a great weekend,

TheRealSharon 😉

{June 2, 2011}   Weekly Photo Challenge:WATER

I feel like I have used all the pics already on my computer that were of water…during the Ocean theme and then again for the Lights theme where I used a sunset on the lake. So….I went searching through other photos to find some more suitable water pictures since I don’t spend that much time by water, other than the bathroom and kitchen variety.

Here are some OLD photos I found that I have taken of Water. I hope you enjoy!

My favorite photo I found....taken in Wales in 2001

This photo reminds me of some sort of gothic painting almost….I just love the somber mood of it. Not sure why I never uploaded it to my computer before!

The Infamous Shamu from Sea World San Antonio!

Dolphins soaring above the water.....

....and a niece submerged under it

A seal out for a relaxing swim at the Houston Zoo

A turtle posing for my camera

Petting and feeding the dolphins as they swim through the water

Hope you enjoyed the photos I picked this week. Is your favorite the same as the one I picked or do you like a different one better? I love hearing your opinions!

SPIRIT SONG OVER THE WATERS. by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
THE soul of man
Resembleth water:
From heaven it cometh,
To heaven it soareth.
And then again
To earth descendeth,
Changing ever.Down from the lofty
Rocky wall
Streams the bright flood,
Then spreadeth gently
In cloudy billows
O’er the smooth rock,
And welcomed kindly,
Veiling, on roams it,
Soft murmuring,
Tow’rd the abyss.Cliffs projecting
Oppose its progress,–
Angrily foams it
Down to the bottom,
Step by step.

Now, in flat channel,
Through the meadowland steals it,
And in the polish’d lake
Each constellation
Joyously peepeth.

Wind is the loving
Wooer of waters;
Wind blends together
Billows all-foaming.

Spirit of man,
Thou art like unto water!
Fortune of man,
Thou art like unto wind!


{March 29, 2011}   Weekly Photo Challenge:OCEAN

I’ve only seen the ocean a few times in my life……only once that really counts. I saw it in Florida but it was from a distance and I saw the Atlantic Ocean twice as I flew above it to and from England when I went on a missions trip at 17. None of those times count really because I didn’t get pictures as I wasn’t close enough and I didn’t touch the water or the sand. The only time I have walked in the water and touched my feet to the sand was in Galveston. I think I was about 15 or 16, maybe, but not sure and it was on a youth trip at our church. Since I’m afraid of deep water, I appreciated it from the point of view of wading in the very shallow part (in other words, I just got my feet and ankles wet.) Here’s the few pictures I have of the ocean from that trip.


Rogue Jellyfish in Galveston, TX


I remember there being a lot of jellyfish in the shallow water…probably another reason not to go very far in!


A view of the ocean from inside the ferry

Another view of the ocean from the ferry

I, personally, have a fear of huge bodies of water. I guess it’s almost comical that I, who loves horror movies and stories would be afraid of something like deep water. I guess it’s just the idea of the “unknown”….the ocean is so deep and no one has ever been able to explore ALL of it and we probably will never be able to. What lurks below the surface of the water, miles and miles below? I don’t know and for me, I don’t really have the desire to know. I do think the ocean is a beautiful sight but there’s also an ominous feel to it as well for me.

Along with that fear comes a healthy respect for it as well. I think the ocean, along with other bodies of water, show how magnificent a God we have. The fact that he created all this water on our planet that takes up so much space and holds so many mysteries within while also providing nourishment from within the water, too. When I think of the ocean, I think beauty, I think fear, I think mystery, I think about the power of God and how great it truly is, but most of all, I am reminded how much more there is in this world to learn. There’s “oceans” of information out there that we ALL still have to learn.

et cetera
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