Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Balancing Act, January 2015

by M. J. Joachim

Christmas came and went, literally THAT FAST!

2015 came in with fireworks, rain and snowflakes here in sunny Arizona. I missed it. We thought it was rain, didn’t bother to step outside to check it out or anything. In the shadow of the streetlamp, it really did look just like rain. We woke to the surrounding mountains covered in a light dusting of snow. No real bang to speak of in our neck of the woods, though I did win $100 at a local casino we’d never been to before and took my husband out to lunch.

I was diagnosed with Celiac just before Christmas. Having gone gluten free on my own a year and a half ago, it made me glad I made conscious choices that make me feel better, and they weren’t based on psychosomatic whims or preferences. We really do know what’s best for us sometimes, and more often than not, it is not all in our heads. Though I do think stress plays a powerful role in how we eat, sleep and physically feel per se.

Life has been taking me by storm since the new year started. I mean that. It’s been raining for a couple of days now. The neighbors leaves are falling off her deciduous tree like they do every January, to leave a maze of exposed branches willowing in the wind until spring. I’ve been so good about picking up the leaves (and dog messes) every day lately. Sure beats letting the backyard explode and taking care of it for hours at a time toward the end of the month, like I normally do.

My kids are preparing to go their own way soon. I knew it was coming this year, just thought it would be in the latter half of it. Turns out it will be much sooner than I thought, (Mom writes as she thinks of all the boxes she packed with kitchen items she doesn’t need duplicates of anymore.) Yea, mixed emotions on that one. Thankfully, it’s all on good terms and a perfectly natural transition into adulthood. Happy fireworks once again, maybe a loving tear here and there too.

Habits and cycles are easy. We all get into them, become familiar with the norm, how things are and how they should be. Then one day, they aren’t suppose to be that way anymore, so we make changes - big, small, whatever seems best at the time, hoping to find a new pattern that will lend itself easily to a habit or cycle we can live with, because if not, we will inevitably need to make more changes. I’m okay with that. Living isn’t supposed to be hard. That’s not to imply it won’t ever take us by storm and test our stamina. Of course it will, and when it does, we will be happier if we respectfully embrace the wind that whirls us, and dance in the rain that promises renewal and energy to keep us healthy and happy for years to come.

This is M. J. checking in to say, “I haven’t fallen off the planet yet. It’s just been a dizzy start to a wonderful new year, and I’m trying to catch my balance before I slip, fall down or accidentally hurt myself.”

Wishing you rainbows with your rain,

M. J.

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