Body for Life, the Universe, and Everything

Being a description of the author's thoughts on the experience of participating in the "Body for Life" Challenge, questions of great philosophical import, and randomly selected topics of no significance whatsoever

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In no particular order, I'm a professional lettering artist, a yoga practitioner, a cat lover, a vegetarian, a reader of everything from books to cereal boxes, married to a very attractive guy named Tom (nope, no kids), an exercise enthusiast, and a lot of other things I don't care to admit in a public forum. I have a BS in applied math that I haven't used in over 10 years, and I can put both feet behind my head. What else would you like to know?

Friday, February 16, 2007

Rules of Relationships, and mission statements

Happy Valentine's Day!

In honor of the holiday, I have an addition to my Rules of Relationships (see my last post, January 30th, I think), inspired by a conversation Tom and I had over brunch this past Sunday in which he told me yet another jaw-dropping tale about one of his relationship-clueless young female friends. I swear, I don't have enough imagination to make this stuff up.

Rule #2.5:
Do NOT get romantically involved with anyone who is in prison. Definitely do not get engaged to, or marry, such a person. This goes double if the jailbird has been convicted of a sexual offense. Jeez!

In other news, I had been struggling with a mission statement for myself off and on for a few years. Tom and I read Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People about ten years ago and found it very inspirational. One of the things he recommends is to come up with a mission statement for yourself, as a guide for your daily activities and long-term planning. It is not set in stone and is likely to change from time to time, so you are supposed to rethink it regularly. I had not been entirely satisfied with what I had to date and always had that in the back of my mind, running a mental background process that could be entitled "What is my mission?" I was doing some journaling today and when I finished writing, I realized that in the process I had inadvertently come up with a new mission statement for myself. It goes something like this:

My mission is:
--To make the best use I can of every moment, and to do my best in every situation, based on the best information and insight I have been given up to that point;
--To be open to God's guidance to change direction at any time;
--To enjoy my life as fully as possible!

That last item came from the insight I had today that my being miserable, especially for no good reason (i.e. depression), serves no one, and hinders me from doing whatever it is that I'm supposed to be doing here on earth in this life. I know, it's a simple thing, but I had never quite looked at it that way before. I hope this will help me keep a positive outlook and not succumb to the fits of depression so much. I'm pretty tired of being depressed and having a miserable life even though there's no obvious reason to be unhappy. I find it hard to believe that this is why I'm here. My latest mental "trick" is that even though I don't actually believe that what I do will really make any difference, I'm going to try pretending that it will. What a concept; acting as though one could actually make the world a better place, even if it's just in a small way!