Friday, June 08, 2012

Decide to Decide

Some decisions are easy. Chocolate or Strawberry? 7:00 or 7:30? Venti or Grande?

Other decisions are more impactful and the more impactful the more difficult the decision is to make. Some examples are:

"House X or Y"    "This car or that car"     "Job A or B"    "Vacation Here or There" 

I've been writing about choice, chance and change. It's easy to talk about it, but more challenging to put it into action. What if your choices are fairly even, House X and House Y have the same square footage, same amenities, same neighborhood. You must have decision criteria that will make one of them stand out to be the "right" choice.

So, it really comes down to the "Chance" or Risk Factor. You have to decide how much Risk Tolerance you have. A house is a BIG decision, most people make payments at least 15 years, more commonly 30 years. So it comes to reason that it has to be a decision you can live with.  Sure, you can sell it, but you risk losing money if sold too soon or if the market is not right. Again, a risk factor that has to be analyzed.

Some of the common risk factors that I base decisions on are:
Is this decision stay in line with my ethics, morals, beliefs?
Does my spouse agree?
What about my income or income potential, age, health, children, expenses, timing or security?
How secure do I think I am currently?
How will this change affect that security?
Am I too young/old to do this particular thing?
If I take this on, can I afford it over the long-haul?
What happens if I can't?
How important is this REALLY?
Can I live without it?
Is my current situation good? 
Can I fail?
How will a failure negatively impact my life?
Can I change back if it doesn't work out?
What are my goals? What do I want to achieve in my life?
Are these answers in line with my goals and my life achievements?

Since many decisions are very difficult, perhaps you are the type of person that needs to run it by a few close friends, needs to verbalize it to hear what your choices are. If so, I encourage you to do that, but to listen to yourself, your inner voice. I find mine is usually right and even if it doesn't work out, then it's still ok because I really wanted to do it anyway.

Good luck and make a choice to take a chance to make a change ! 

"...And in the end... The love you take is equal to the love you make." ---The Beatles
Thanks for reading my Heavenly Thoughts

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Hubby's 90-Day Challenge Results - Day 86

Lost 25 lbs in 86 days. 
Shirt size decreased by one.
Can't see his legs, but they have trimmed down. 
The BIG news is his insulin, day time usage cut by 80%; 
night time usage cut by 50%.
  INSULIN GOAL - working with Dr to go back to pills and no longer need shots.   

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Mayonnaise Jar & Two Beers...

I received this in an email from a friend the other day - I just loved it!! 

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, When 24 hours in a
day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 beers:

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of
him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty
mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar.
He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.

He then asked the students again if the jar was  full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous 'yes.'

The professor then produced two beers from under the table and poured the
entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the

The students laughed.

'Now,' said the professor as the laughter subsided, 'I want you to recognize
that this jar represents your life.

The golf balls are the important things---your family, your children, your
health, your friends and your favorite passions---and if everything else was
lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and
your car..

The sand is everything else---the small stuff.

'If you put the sand into the jar first,' he continued, 'there is no room
for the pebbles or the golf balls.

The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend time with your children.

Spend time with your parents.

Visit with grandparents.

Take your spouse out to dinner.

Play another 18 holes of golf.

There will always be time to clean the house, fix the disposal or deal with
things from your job.

Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter.

Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented.

The professor smiled and said, 'I'm glad you asked.'

The beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's
always room for a couple of beers with a friend.

"...And in the end... The love you take is equal to the love you make." ---The Beatles
Thanks for reading my Heavenly Thoughts

Friday, June 01, 2012

Dreaming in German

Guten abend. We are dreaming of a trip to Germany. Tours of castles, the Alps, schnitzel, bier, Munich and Berlin; boat rides, rail trips, museums, checkpoint Charlie, Black Forest - tourist everything!!! 12 glorious days traveling around Germany!

The beauty and romance of traveling together. I love vacations with him, especially a European trip. A trip of a lifetime with my favorite person. I couldn't be happier.

Won't be for another year. I hope my legs, knees whatever hold up. All the more reason to save money and lose weight.

The hills are alive with the sound of music. <3

The 3 C's of Life

You must make a Choice to take a Chance or your life will never Change.

It's been a theme with me lately. Earlier blogposts I talked about change. Why to make them, how to make them, even suggestions of things to change.

But now, this quote really does simplify the process doesn't it? 

"Make a Choice"   You know by NOT choosing you are choosing. You are choosing to keep doing the same thing over and over. Albert Einstein said "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." This is what happens when you choose not to choose. Break the cycle!  Make a choice!!

"Take a Chance"   After you make a choice to do 'something', then you have to take a chance and ACT on your choice. I know it's not always easy or convenient, but it has to be done. Because if you don't act on your new choice, then you are still acting on the old one - not doing anything different. Back in the 'hamster wheel'. So believe in yourself and take the action.


"Your Life Will Never Change"   We only have ONE life to live - don't settle for less than it could be. If life is not what you want it, make a choice and take a change - change it. Remember your dreams?  When I grow up I want to be a <blank>. Fill it in....make a choice, take a chance and change your life!!!!

"The 3 C's of Life: Choices....Chances....Changes....You must make a Choice to take a Chance or your life will never Change."
Thanks for reading my Heavenly Thoughts