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SoCS: Kinder, Gentler Motivation


Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is starts with “u.” Find a word that starts with the letter “u” and use it however you’d like. Bonus points if it’s the first word in your post. Enjoy!

“Use it or lose it,” was the first thing I thought about after reading the prompt. I believe this is true, up to a point. There’s a fine line between use and overuse. With osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, scoliosis, plantar fasciitis, and heel spurs, I have to be careful and look for the right kind of use (exercise) without overdoing it. All those ailments sound like a lot, but they’re not that serious if I find the right self-care balance.

I’ve figured out that if I do my foot exercises (mostly flexing), wear shoes with lots of cushioning (love my Oofos) and don’t walk on pavement much, my feet are able to take me on walks around the neighborhood and maybe a little hiking in the woods or walking on the beach. If I overdo (overuse) my feet, I have to ice them and rest some.

The back balance between use and overuse is a little trickier. Regular exercise is important, but it’s easy to strain a muscle, especially doing yard work which I really enjoy. My daughter just started selling essential oils and I’ve found I love the Deep Blue stick which is a roll on with gentle cool/warmth instead of the burn of some popular topical analgesics. But enough on that. I don’t want to do a commercial.

Another motivational quote I’m reminded of is “What doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger.” That may be true up to a point. Stress can kill over time. Stress can cause stomach and other gastrointestinal problems, all kinds of physical problems over time. Cortisol…. you can look it up. A little stress is good. A little stress here and there does make us stronger if we learn how to cope. That applies to both physical and mental stress, but too much can kill us. Being in an unhealthy relationship or toxic job can take years off our lives. In 2016 I had been saying for years, “I’m not going to let this job kill me.” Thankfully I got out in 2017. Now, I’m healing, reclaiming those years.

The “motivational” quote I really hate is, “Go big or go home.” Maybe I’m hearing that wrong, but maybe I did good to just show up. Have you seen this on a T shirt? I want one.

Sorry I’m late.

I didn’t want to come.

So far, I’ve never actually said this out loud, but I must want to, because it’s so funny. It’s an introvert thing.

I no longer have to make A’s on my report card. Thank God I don’t have job evaluations anymore.

It’s okay if some people want to go big and excel at a sport, or job, or talent, but we don’t need to make ourselves sick or crazy. Sometimes, I’m on time. Sometimes I’m late. Sometimes I leave early. Sometimes I don’t go. Sometimes, I do.

Instead of “Go big or go home,” how about,

Be nice or go home.

Be nice or apologize.

Okay, you don’t have to be nice, just don’t be mean.

Play fair or take a time out.

I like time outs. I can carry a blanket in my car for time outs. Or I’ll go play with the dog. Any dog. Or the goats and chickens….

Here’s a video of me at Blueberry Lane Farm Animal Sanctuary with Delilah and Amos who I keep calling Simon, but doesn’t care. I showed up and brought him lunch.

There are 2 pigs, 3 sheep, 9 goats, 11 roosters and one hen at the sanctuary. The chickens have various levels of rehabilitation and housing. Amos has a foot handicap and currently lives with matriarchal goats, Delilah and Esther. He can see and crow with the other roosters.

Photos from my walks with Marley:

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

26 thoughts on “SoCS: Kinder, Gentler Motivation

  1. I needed to read some of this today. Love the tee-shirt of “sorry I’m late…” and yes, let’s just punt “go big or go home”… horrible statement.

  2. I’d never heard the one about going big, but I don’t agree with it either. The other two, indeed, apply to an extent. I’m so happy you found the right balance re dealing with your foot issues and are able to heal from that toxic job environment too.

  3. Sounds like a wonderful place to visit with the animals. The goat and chicken were fun to watch. 🙂

  4. Oh JoAnna, I know all about the scoliosis, arthritis and plantar fasciitis. The latter disappeared after nine months of treatment, but I still buy shoes with the necessary arch support and cushioning. As for the scoliosis, all we can do is get the treatment and support we need and stay upright and moving.

    Love the animal sanctuary. Glad you have a place like that to visit.

    • Thank you for your support and understanding, Mary. Cushiony shoes are a priority now. The sanctuary and my yoga class are the two things I don’t miss every week.

  5. Beautiful photos. Enjoyed hearing your voice on the video clip 🙂 What struck me the most is the bit about showing up. When life gets tough, as it often does, the best we can do is “to just show up.” An important and timely reminder for me. Thanks.

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the photos and video. The part about showing up is important to me, too. It’s like bearing witness, being a voice or being counted, regardless of the outcome.

  6. Hi JoAnna, you have shared some interesting thoughts here. I usually leave functions early and I always tell people the truth – I’ve had enough – it’s too bad if they get offended. I don’t like to lie to people and I’m just a person with a limited ability to socialize in gatherings. I can’t see why that is so terrible. I am sorry to hear about your health problems but you seem to have learned how to manage them.

    • It’s so nice to be understood. Socializing is a lot of work after a while, When I don’t leave early, I find some task to do – like help with clean up, or find the bathroom. Thank you for your support, Robbie. In the big picture, I’m doing well overall. I hope you are, too.

  7. Good use of videos – and your voice. You are managing physical issues well. I really like the T shirt message

  8. I agree with you 🙂 Well written. Thank you.

  9. I like your take on motivation and agree we don’t have to beat ourselves up.

  10. I like your alternatives, JoAnna. Especiall “Be nice of go home.”

  11. This was very entertaining. Well done!

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