living our best life – one thing

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Hello wonderful humans, I hope today is treating you well.

My question for you this week is a simple one.  Although I try to keep things upbeat, I have learned that one of the ways to heal to the best of our ability is to accept the present situation and go from there.

So, my question for you today is,  If you were given the chance to do ONE THING that you are no longer are able to do, what would it be, and have you found a suitable replacement?  

132 thoughts on “living our best life – one thing

    • I am so very sorry that you are not able to ride a bike anymore………and I am sure being told to try different things that you know won’t work is very frustrating. Thank you for your willingness to share………..I hope today is treating you well.

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  1. I miss my long walks…especially the ones I loved taking walking along the seashore here. Smelling the refreshing salty sea, the wind in my face, maybe getting my feet wet in the lapping water, admiring the expanse and beauty of the Norfolk skies, getting annoyed at the sand in shoes, hehe. Of course, I miss being pain-free.

    What is yours? 🙂

    Love to you and yours xox

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    • I wish the very same for you Mark! It has been so difficult not to be able to get together and feel that human connection that we all so very much need. Thank you for sharing……….I hope today is behaving itself for you!

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      • Today is being delightful, the temperature has dropped into winter finally. It took the winter solstice to do it and there is supposed to be a light snowfall up in the mountains from here.
        I just wish I had an open fireplace to revel in with a marshmallow or bit of toast even, now that would be heaven 😂 🤣

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      • My entire life I have always had such a hard time imagining the other side of the world experiencing the opposite season. Today it is 90 degrees F and it’s so amazing to think that you may see snow.
        A fire pit in the cold sounds absolutely wonderful………..

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  2. To heal we have to face and accept all of our emotional pains and physical pains the root cause of them unless we can accept what has happened, why and who. You cannot heal you just cannot close the door on the past and start from here as you have some heavy baggage in tow behind you. We have to peel the layers away it is like an onion and slowly we free ourselves. Some healers believe in waving a wand and so many are eager to follow this nonsense. The work is long many years it takes to cleanse ourselves of our past.

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  3. Thank you for sharing!!.. while I may have to make adjustments in some manner, I have yet to find something that I am unable to do… 🙂

    “The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible.” – Joel Brown

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    • You always have such awesome quotes!!! I am thrilled that you are able to do all you want, that makes me so happy to read! Thank you for stopping by and commenting………..I hope today brings you smiles. 🙂 😉

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    • Being Spontaneous is such a big deal and hard to give up and I am so sorry that this is missed in your household…………..if it is anything like mine, it takes so long getting everything ready that you are too darn tired to do the thing you wanted to do! 🙂 Sending you and your wife love and peace!

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    • Oh Vivian, I am so very sorry that you cannot share an movie evening with your beloved. I have been through this before and it sucks! No matter what was on tv, it made me ill. This may not work for you but this is what I did. We picked a movie, I laid in bed next to hubby and made sure my eyes could not see any part of the screen. I listened and if there was some interesting sceen without words my husband described it to me. Was it perfect, absolutely not……..but it was still a date night we could share together.
      Praying for you my dear!

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      • That’s a great idea. Once my hears heal, I should try that. My hubby turns the volume up too loud and with bad eyes/ears watching movies is now torture. This happened in Dec. After going over a mountain…..I haven’t been the same since. I’m grateful for this idea though and will definitely try it out. ❤❤❤❤❤

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      • Oh NO! Vivian! There is so many questions I want to ask you. I have also had this issue and it is now mostly resolved………but I am going to pray about this too for you. Would your husband be willing to turn down the volume for you? I know this is a hard question to ask when you feel as if you are always asking others around you to make concessions.

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      • Awwww, you can ask me anything. He is hard of hearing so we are both got messes over here!😆😂 Yes, I have given up asking….I just go away not to be aloof but for survival. You get me Wendi and I appreciate it!! ❤❤❤

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      • I hope you don’t mind me popping in here Wendi, but I tried something a little different in two ways for the vertigo. Mind you, cause and effect are many different things.
        One was my posture, as soon as I sit or lay it puts pressure on something and stirs it up (you should see how I have to sleep 🙂 ), even to the point that if it gets really bad I watch it standing up. And I watch all television through my computer monitor (there is a tv card you can get for your computer), so that I could change the refresh rate which eased that horrible feeling you get after watching for a while.
        Just a thought 😀

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  4. Being a stagehand. I loved it. I could probably do it again now that my health is sorted out somewhat, but I haven’t tried to break back into it. Produce is all right as a replacement, but it lacks the diversity that being a stagehand did: different venues, different talent acts, different types of events, different touring crews, different departments… Being a stagehand was an amazing job, and I miss it terribly.

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  5. In the grand scheme of things it’s pretty minor, but I wish I could wear contact lenses still. My eyes can no longer tolerate them. I miss them for things like swimming and scuba diving mostly, but the truth is I haven’t had occasion to dive in years. I’ve done other things. My life has gone in other directions. And when I swim, I accept that I can’t see very well. (I’m very nearsighted).

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    • I am so very sorry that you are not able to wear them anymore. I can’t imagine how frustrating this is for you and who doesn’t want to be able to see when they swim?!! Thank you so very much for sharing, I have prayed over your situation………miracles still happen 🙂 🙂

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  6. Oh dear Wendi, thank you for this important question. I so miss getting together with our families. Even before the quarantine began, I was severely limited compared to the way that we were used to just “checking our schedule, and marking a date.” This season is so different. It makes me appreciate those times we were given all the more now. I hope you are feeling the Lord’s comfort with you. Blessings and love to you dear friend. xoxo

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    • I am so very sorry that you are not able to get together with your families as often as you use to. I can’t imagine just how much they must miss spending time with you! I hope you receive, if it is a blessing to you, visitors are your home who provide love, support and kindness.
      I hope today is behaving itself 🙂 for you……..much love and gentle hugs!

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  7. What a great question. I miss the physical aspects of life – walking, dancing, playing tennis, golf, swimming. I can walk short distances, and I chose to do that in nature than a store, so that’s how I compensate when I can. I can still move my body to music – just no fancy foot work, lol.

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  9. I like tgese thought provoking questions, Wendi! Because of my brain fog, I can no longer write anything of length. It was always my dream to writr historical fiction and fantasy, but those days are over for me. I content myself with writing shorter stuff, from blogging to poetry to essays and short stories. It’s not the same, but as long as I keep writing, I’m pretty happy!

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    • I am sooo sorry Michelle. It is terrible that so many of us with a CI or three must give up on so many dreams due to our illness. Brain fog is such an awful symptom to live with…….and at times scary. I have to admit, although I believe you, your writing is fantastic and I would never know that this was an issue for you……….thank you for being such an awesome advocate! 🙂

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      • Thank you so much for saying that. I worry a lot about getting things wrong. I’m insanely careful with research and getting things down right away. Some parts of my brain fog are much better after all the antioxidants and such. At least until I flare, anyway. My ability to recall words and communicate is generally better, but my memory is very short-lived, and I can’t hold on to new info well. I have even found myself writing the same post or essay twice, within days of each other simply because I have no memory of having done it yet. A book would definitely be too much to juggle. I’m a real life Dorie! I can’t even figure out how to navigate an area I’ve lived in since 2008 without GPS! I really should write a post about it and all my mnemonic devices!

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      • I would LOVE to read a post on how you deal with brain fog and memory issues…….it is a terrifying thing to deal with and I have found myself driving locally and not being sure which roads to take to get where I need to go…..I still have young-ish kids and days can be so overwhelming……….so…….if you feel up to it, I’d love to read your thoughts on this.
        I hope today is being good to you Michelle! 🙂

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  10. What a very good question Wendi..
    Do you know I had to think very hard on this… And that shows me that there are not that many things I cannot do anymore..
    The one thing that did cross my mind… Is when I am gardening, I can no longer jump up from bended knee without the aid of my kneeler to lean on…
    And if that is all that I can’t do.. then I am very blessed

    Sending Huge hugs your way Wendi… Hope you and your family are doing ok my friend… Sending lots of love and well wishes your way ❤
    Sue ❤ 💖🙏

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  11. I would love to travel again like I used to back in the 90’s. It was safer then and people were nicer to Americans. My replacement is watching YouTube walking tours from other countries. Those are so fun to watch and the way they are shot it is like you are walking right there at that moment. As always, you ask the best questions. You and your family have a beautiful week.

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    • Thank you so very much for taking time to comment……….travel is something I always thought I would do when I was older and now it is not something I can easily do……..You are absolutely right about being safer years ago………and I LOVE that you watch walking tours on YouTube! I had no idea that exsisted and there are a few places I still dream about seeing. I will check it out, thank you so much.

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  12. Acceptance is a wonderful thing. It helps me find ways of moving on and finding alternatives. Living in the here and now. What helps me is the way I think, which is a gift from my mother. I wrote about it in a post called This Gift.

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  13. Dearest Wendi, I would love to be able to swim again. We tried 3 different times with pool therapy. Now I actually fear… for health reasons… but I would love to in a heartbeat if God allowed my health to do so.
    As for a substitute… puzzles, walking, listening to music are things I enjoy, but spending quality time with Jesus… THAT is the medicine for me! ❤
    Me and God love you, my fellow human being. 🙂

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    • 🙂 swimming is such great exercise and easy on the joints, I can understand why you would miss it and I am sorry you are unable to to swim at this time. I love that you have found other things to replace it and your time with The Lord fills you and your spirit. Thank you so very much for sharing Gail!

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