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What I learned from a book

The Circuit Rider

July 13, 2012
Kay. Christie , The Daily Freeman Journal

So, I've been reading this book. And the book was telling me that I should reprioritize my life and take a break once in a while. I should relax and enjoy the blessings that I have been given. I'm not sure when it happened, but I began to think to myself that it was pretty sad that I had to be told by the book that I'm reading that I should take a break.

We unfortunately live in a society these days that while it recommends breaks and relaxing and enjoying life, it really does not afford you much time in which to do so. The very contraptions that have been marketed to give us more time and more energy have actually robbed us of both in many ways.

I must admit, and as the first paragraph indicates, I am one of the worst offenders. As God is my witness, though, I am going to try and change that. As with any change, it must be a gradual and a lifetime change. Diets for a month do not work. Saying you will exercise more does not work. Wanting to spend more time with your family does not work. It must be a daily decision that you stand firm on and believe in with all of your heart.

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OK, so this is starting to sound like something of a new year's resolution article, but whether you take action on this in January or October, the result will be the same. Either you do it all the way or you don't do it at all.

This is not a once a year, "I think I should shape up kind of thing though". This is a change that will drastically affect the rest of your life.

Put down the remote control to the television and go for a walk. Reconnect with nature. Listen to the birds and the breeze.

Turn off that cell phone and i-pad for a day or so and learn once again how to breathe in deeply and completely. Have dinner at the table with your whole family. Yes I understand that there are a thousand things to do and everyone is going in a thousand different directions. So sit down to dinner together once or twice a week. If you make the effort to do this, you will somehow find time to do it more often in the future.

Channel your energy into something that means a lot to you. Of course there are lots of things that have to get done, but shouldn't you be your own top priority? Find out who you are, what means the most to you, get involved with a hobby or activity that is going to bring a smile to your face and give a feeling of accomplishment when you are finished with it.

Take care of yourself. Work hard. Play harder, and appreciate every little thing that has been given to you. Know that there is no one that can do the things that you can do or be the person that you are, so as Mr. Lincoln said, "Whatever you are, be a good one." Live life like you mean it.



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