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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Take Your Medicine! ~ Guest Post by Galen Pearl

Please welcome my Guest Blogger for the day - Galen Pearl from 10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place (and Staying There).   

Galen's blog is full of helpful advice for changing our habits and living a more joyful life!  Take a minute or two and check it out...you will be glad you did.

After reading her posts, I knew right away that I would ask her if she would write a post for us.  She is a busy person and I am so grateful that she found the time to do just that.  It is delightful, insightful, and joyful!  That's a lot of "fuls" ~ just for you! 

Enjoy...


 Take Your Medicine!

A cheerful heart is good medicine.  –Proverbs 17:22



One spring years ago, I was talking to the child psychologist who worked with my autistic son. I was going over several therapeutic program options for the summer. One option I dismissed quickly by saying, “This one would just be fun.” The doctor leaned forward until he was sure I was paying attention and said slowly and deliberately, “Fun...is...good.”

I guess all those years of training paid off for him, because that was one of the smartest things I ever heard.



When my kids were little, fun was not often on my radar.  I was a single parent trying to juggle work, a special needs child, and another child who was so high maintenance that she made autism look easy.  I was chronically anxious and stressed and exhausted.



Fun?  What was that?  When the doctor said those words, however, something about them rang true in the far recesses of my soul.  I knew that how I was living was not healthy, for me or for my children.



I had to learn to have fun.  I got to be very good at it!  Years later, I am healthier and my children are happier because I listened to that wise doctor.



Yesterday, I spent two hours sitting on a quilt in the grass with my almost nine month old grandson.  It was a gorgeous spring day.  He had two toys to play with, a ball and a cardboard box.  The ball went in and out of the box.  He went in and out of the box.  He and the ball together went in and out of the box.  There were bugs to watch and birds to listen to.  There were flowers to smell and grass to pull.  There were neighbors to visit with. 



Every now and then a thought would pop into my head.  Oh, I should be thinking about dinner.  Oh, I should be working on my guest post for Grace in AZ!  Oh, I should be...  Then I would look at my grandson totally absorbed in watching a ladybug and realize that there was no better place to be than right there on the grass, no better thing to do than watch a ladybug.  I realized that nothing or no one or no place could make me happier than I was at that moment.



He looked up at me and laughed, and I laughed back.



Laughter is the closest distance between two people.  –Victor Borge 


Hugs and huge thanks to Galen for a wonderful lesson!



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34 comments:

  1. What a wonderful post. I used to have a hard time having fun, too. Being raised in an environment where work was paramount to Godliness it was hard to find a balance sometimes between feeling guilt for NOT working and joy in a moment devoted to pure pleasure. It sounds like you found that balance. xo Diana ps. Having grandkids helped me a lot-

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    1. Diana, I'm a "Nana" too! For me, it was hard to have fun because I had an overactive need to be vigilant, fearing that if I dropped my guard, something terrible would happen. Whew--that was exhausting! Thanks for your comment.

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    2. Diana - I can relate, too. I equated relaxing and fun with being lazy too many times. Now I rest when I need it and have fun often - especially with my Grandkids!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  2. WOW, such a beautiful post. Thank you <3 <3 <3

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    1. Nicky - Welcome and thank you for your comment! It does make one think, doesn't it!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  3. Pat, Galen, Thanks you so much for a great post. It is something we all need to reminded of often...fun. Thank you for putting it in perspective. Lord knows, we all need a little fun in our life. Actually, I think He has a great sense of humor, you can see that in the antics of our precious children.
    Thanks for posting.
    Blessings, Ginger

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    1. Ginger - Having fun is a priority for me ever since my kids started having kids - and also since I have join the Red Hat Society. We claim the right to have fun and act silly, dress up and take recess whenever the mood stikes! LOL!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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    2. Yes, I'm pretty sure God is the original comedian. I mean really, just look at us! Thanks for commenting.

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  4. It's never too late to learn that it is ok to have fun and forgo the other things. Trust me, those other things will still be there but, kids grow up faster than you realize. My kids are now 14 and 16 and I look at them wondering where the time went. Luckily for both of us, I chose to unschool both of them (to better deal with their special needs) so I had more time with them. I also chose right after my hysterectomy,(within months of me choosing the unschool option)to stop letting the mountains of things I had to do every single day and spend more time having fun. That was 9 years ago and I don't regret a moment of it.

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    1. I have special needs kids, too, so I understand what you mean about trying to tailor an education for them. Sounds like you have had a wonderful 9 years with them. I wish I had learned this with my own kids, but so glad now to be enjoying this time with my grandson. Thanks for your comment.

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    2. Thanks for chiming in, Jenni. You seem to have made a wise choice back then. Good for you!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  5. Hi Grace and Galen,

    Very refreshing post and easy to read. You took me in your story and I got sucked to the end. When you say there wasn't any better place then watching a lady bug sitting on the grass I am completely with you because I'm an outdoor gal 100%.

    Thanks for this post and nice meeting you Grace

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    1. So glad you enjoyed the post. There is something about being outside, isn't there? It's interesting, too, because my grandson is a whirlwind of action when he's inside the house, but outside, he is calm and content. I think we're onto something! Thanks for your comment.

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    2. Rgine - Welcome and thank you for joining us here and leaving such a sweet comment! Please come back again soon!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  6. Galen I loved your description of your grandson. It's always a joy to watch the look of wonder on the faces of babies as they discover things that we adults seem to take for granted. They don't have to prioritize. They just live in the moment. T I wish we'd never lose our sense of fun and wonder.
    Thank you for another beautiful post, Galen and I'm glad to discover Grace through you.

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    1. Corinne - Thank you for coming by and visiting my blog! I hope you will return soon. Galen really struck a cord with so many of us through her writing today...a lesson for us all!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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    2. Corinne, I had another version of that today when I took my daughter out for a practice driving session. I have forgotten how much I had to learn in order to drive! So many things to pay attention to at the same time. Thanks for your comment.

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  7. Grace and Galen, thanks for a beautiful reminder for us all. Laughing and taking the time as it comes is not always easy, it always seem we have many more things to do, when in fact we should rejoice and enjoy the time we have in our hands. The rest can wait.
    I feel we understand this better when we have children around as well.
    Have a beautiful day!

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    1. Marie, Children are a great reminder indeed. Grandchildren are even better! Thanks for commenting.

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    2. Marie - Reminders are a good thing, especially as we age...we mustn't forget to have fun in our lives! And, yes, grandchildren make it easy to accomplish!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  8. Bravo Galen for being in the moment....having FUN watching a ladybug - priceless and full of memories.

    I have a motto I recite - TOO MUCH FUN is NEVER ENOUGH.

    Hugs to you and here's to having FUN!
    Nancy

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    1. Nancy, Funny motto! You're sure to have lots of fun with that. Thanks for commenting.

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    2. Nancy - Glad you stopped by! Please come back again and again! I love your motto!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  9. Galen, I love the easy way in which you get things across. "Laughter is the closest distance between two people" - loved that quote! Life will always bring stressful moments and challenges - and those of us who are have someone to tell us to lighten up are lucky. I can easily visualize you with your grandson, with your delightful smile. You're such a pleasure to read! I agree that laughter can disperse the most toxic situations!

    Thank you so much, Grace - it is lovely to be here, thanks to Galen. Hugs to you both! Have a wonderful week ahead!

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, Vidya!

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    2. Vidya - Welcome to my blog. I hope you become a regular visitor!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  10. Galen,
    I needed this today. Thanks for spreading JOY!

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    1. Suxanne and Malcolm - Welcome to my blog - hope to see you back again soon! I just love making new friends here!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  11. Thanks for this wonderful reminder that fun is good and laughter brings us closer together...I am looking forward to my time with family as we leave for the US tomorrow!

    Blessings to you!

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    1. Alida - Welcome to my blog and thanks for your comment. I just love meeting new folks, especially those who love fun and laughing! Have a wonderful visit and safe travels! Stop in anytime!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  12. I am pretty much a failure at play. I am working too hard at being not doing right now!

    Galen these are good words and thanks for sharing them here....another new spot to discover with lots of laughter on the page Thank you

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    1. Patricia - Thanks for the comment and for visiting here! I hope you'll come back again soon!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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