Just a Thought…

Peace from Panic

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I’ve never been much of a risk taker, so I totally identify with this. Sometimes it’s hard to get out of my comfort zone. I’m comfortable there!

But when I try something new, branch out, and reach higher than I thought I could, life can be so much more rewarding.

Sure, there’s a chance of failure. But if I don’t try, I’ll never know. If I don’t climb the mountain, I’ll never see the stunning view.

My husband and I have tried to teach this lesson to our daughters. When Mackenzie and Talee were little, we encouraged them to try new foods, make new friends, and play different sports.

Now that they’re older, we support the girls in their decisions to travel and experience the world. We’ve always tried to instill a sense of adventure and a zest for life. That happens when they push the limits and go beyond…

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Share Your Favorite Blogger!

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So I wanted to do something different Thursday which was to share the link of a blogger you enjoy following that you think others would enjoy also.  It seems to be working nicely so I’m going to continue the post via the link below.

Be sure to visit the other links and meet some great bloggers.  I’ll also be running the standard Meet and Greet so check that out as well.

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FAVORITE BLOGGER LINK

My daughter’s triumph being deaf with cochlear implants.

I have so much going on in the next month I’m a little overwhelmed. I’m trying not to think about it. The most important thing is my daughter turns 18 in a…

Source: My daughter’s triumph being deaf with cochlear implants.

Silver Sneakers part of my medical plan.

Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

I had silver sneakers with my other plan, but never used it. I intend to start using it. I can join more than one because they all have different amenities available for silver sneakers and some slap on a per class fee whereas the gym itself is free.

As my son the personal trainer says, “if I want to be in a wheelchair continue what I am doing now.”

Mental and physical problems aside I don’t want to be in a wheelchair. I may be lazy, but not that lazy. And my health depends on better physical fitness. I can get rid of some of this medicine with exercise and losing weight.

I start a new anti-depressant tonight. Remeron with my mood stabilizer staying the same.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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Chronic Shades of Gray

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Daily Prompt – Gray

Chronic illness can take several forms.

  1. You have a definite diagnosis such as MS, fibromyalgia, cancer, etc.
  2. You have a group of symptoms that the doctors can’t (or won’t) pin down with a diagnosis
  3. You have symptoms that defy diagnosis
  4. Your symptoms are not taken seriously

For the most part, I live in the gray area of points two to four. I have some diagnoses, physical, and mental. However, I also have symptoms that seem to either go unnoticed by doctors or just defy explanation altogether. And I know I am not the only one.

Two terms often associated with chronic illness are disorder and syndrome. They have some interesting definitions.

Disorder (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

  1.   lack of order clothes in disorder
  2.   breach of the peace or public order troubled times marked by social disorders
  3.   an abnormal physical or mental condition a…

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Share Your Favorite Blogger!

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So I wanted to do something different yesterday which is to share the link of a blogger you enjoy following that you think others would enjoy also.  It worked wonderfully so I’m going to continue the post via the link below.

Be sure to visit the other links and meet some great bloggers.  I’ll also be running the standard Meet and Greet so check that out as well.

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FAVORITE BLOGGER LINK

Danny’s World: No One Is Obligated To Like Your Page

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One of the toughest things for bloggers to accept is the fact that no one is obligated to like your page.  This is tough because most bloggers believe they produce good stuff.  Most bloggers want people to interact with their page.  Most bloggers desire comments, views and LIKEs.   When all is said and done people have a lot of options: television, books, other blogs, Netflix, Yahoo, etc.  In today’s age there are a lot of distractions and even more options.

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I have always said getting people to my page is the easy part; getting them to return to my page is the true challenge.  With that said I still understand people do not have to read my page, therefore I must give them a reason to want to return.  I have to add value to the lives of my readers.  The same applies to all bloggers.

Most visitors to my page are silent readers which means they might give me a LIKE, but probably will not leave a comment.  I am perfectly fine with this fact as I myself practice being a silent reader.  I will comment on a page if I feel prompted to do so which happens infrequently.

The biggest key to getting someone to comment is to be “remarkable”; your post must be worthy of someone making a remark.  If the post is not worthy of a remark,  people will not remark.  This pattern is evident in the volume of views I receive daily compared to the number of comments daily.   I’m not exactly sure what the trick is to producing remarkable content, although I am able to recognize it when I see it.  I guess it has to do with the topic, bold opinions or maybe the article is well-researched.  Whatever the case I know the post cannot be ordinary.

What are your thoughts?

 

17 ways you know you’ve become a news junkie.

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It sure seems a lot longer than four and a half months since Obama was president, doesn’t it? Like maybe a whole decade or twenty or even a hundred years ago.   With so much insanity bombarding us every day that has dire implications on our lives and those of the people we love,  it’s easy to feel like a Bobblehead toy that keeps getting sucker-punched by hard, cold reality.  These days, you might get trolled for even believing reality is real.   I think for many of us, staying glued to the news is the only way we feel like we stay connected to what’s real (even if that reassuring feeling of groundedness is just an illusion) .

Our favorite pundits and news anchors and commentators are the heroes we look up to for some idea of what unspeakable dangers might be coming down the pike.  You just never know…

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