Monday, August 15, 2011

Tools


Magpie Tales

Your painting tools need to be the best tools possible for painting a room. You should gather them up, check them out and replace them when necessary. Taking stock of one’s tools is important. You wouldn’t want to spend forty dollars on a gallon of paint and then try to paint the room with a craft paint brush? That would be silly. It is the same with all things - use the right tool for the right job.

For the first time in forty four years of life, I have figured out why I could never stick with a diet or make my health a priority. Without health you waste a lot of time sick and in bed. You miss out on your life. You only have one and it is this life or rather my life that concerns me.

I went by an older man walking with his wife. They were both using canes and he looked at me and then said, “Getting older is terrible.” I felt sad to hear him say that. Getting older shouldn’t be terrible it should be a time of greater understanding and peace. After all you’ve had years to figure some stuff out, right? The memories should bring you joy and each day should be an opportunity to make a new memory.

So what did I figure out today? That it is more important for me to regain my health, live healthfully and make as many good memories as I possibly can. How am I going to do this? Well that’s easy, I am going to use the right tool for the right job. My mind and its power to make good decisions that will improve my health. I am not going to think is terms of never again or I can’t have or any other negative because it’s too big a burden, it’s like painting a room with an eye shadow brush. The very thought impossible and ridiculous. I am going to think in terms of this minute, this hour or this day. It certainly seems more manageable this way.

24 comments:

Tumblewords: said...

Yes! The right tools for the moment! Nicely said.

signed...bkm said...

The painting of a new healthy life is painted moment by moment...agreed..bkm

PattyF said...

Wise words! Great post!

Helen said...

Love the way you think ... quite the inspiration, you are!!

jen revved said...

Getting older is not so bad-- never thought I'd make it to 62-- I write and think and play on my own terms, no empty nest syndrome, health could be improved, but that's on me... I love how you worked through to a positive conclusion. thanks! xxxj

thingy said...

Excellent mindset. One day at a time and you are right, getting older does not mean getting weaker.

the green breaker said...

Cool, I've never seen a story-telling approach on the prompt yet, yours is refreshing. :)

Mystic_Mom said...

What a great way to paint the prompt in prose, and I agree! Very nicely done!

Brian Miller said...

nice...i agree the righ ttools make all the difference...hope you find yours with your health...

Ren said...

A very thought-provoking revelation.
Very nice.

HENRY CLEMMONS said...

I am not allowed to posses a tool, but you speak the truth. We have a found it cheaper to pay someone to fix whatever than to let me try. Mainly bcause they always have the right tool and know how to use it. Nice write.

Brigid said...

Very wise, Kirsten and the positivity is infectious. Wishing you well with your goal, we all have areas in our lives that need that approach.

Nanka said...

A nice thought process and you have figured out some stuff for me :) thank you for that!!
“Getting older is terrible.” you made me think!! :)

Lena said...

You'll get there.....just avoid eye shadow brushes and walls......!

Everyday Goddess said...

Very inspirational!

Ann Grenier said...

I enjoyed your take on the prompt and agree that a day at a time is a good strategy to maintain your sanity.

rel said...

The present moment is the key to success; the right tool for sure.
rel

Trellissimo said...

A clear-headed approach to life. Wishing you good fortune.

Stafford Ray said...

I just hope you are keeping all those yummy recipes for when you write the book!
No this: "After all you’ve had years to figure some stuff out, right?"
Truth is, by the time you know some answers, nobody wants to hear them!

Margaret said...

Very wonderful words here. I am on a new exercise and eating program. And I do believe it is the mind I am at battle with more than my body...at 45, I can physically do everything still...I just need to look at it all in the positive, as you wrot. I loved that.

Erratic Thoughts said...

Wise words...
Right tools for right purpose...
sometimes being organized(just a l'il bit) helps!

Kristen Haskell said...

Thanks everyone for your kind comments. I'm on day 12 and still detoxing. This is very hard but so worth it.

Jackie Jordan said...

Wonderfully wise words written here, words to live by...

Tess Kincaid said...

Excellent. You inspire me, Kristen.