Tuesday, July 6, 2010

When Sleep is a Distant Friend

I have never been a great sleeper at night but in the last six months this has become more of a challenge for me. I
rarely have caffeine, exercise, and still no zzzzzz's. What do I mean by no sleep - exactly that - no sleep or at a
maximum 3-4 hours.

I can only watch so many old episodes of "Law and Order" and then you get stir crazy. A friend suggested I get up and work and then I would grow tired. I didn't grow tired but I got a lot done. The only problem is the next day it is hard to remember where I put the mail - and the frozen food is in the fridge. :) I left the sliding door open....so that approach is not working.

I then remembered something my Mom shared with me when she was diagnosed with terminal cancer and fought a nine year battle. She said, I ask God to wake me up earlier each day so I can get everyone prayed for on my list." Knowing how rotten she felt, I wondered, "what are you thinking Mom."

After trying everything else....I decided when life give's you opportunities - seize them. My lack of sleep was an opportunity to pray, read, and even sing.

My sleep will come back to me when it should with God and my doctor's help - until then I choose to see this as an opportunity-
Thanks Mom for having an uncanny way of "reframing" some your life's circumstances.......I am learning to "reframe" too.

P.S. My Grand Marais factoid - the first chirp I hear is a beautiful robin out my window between 4:08 and 4:10 a.m. and slowly a little ensemble grows to choir size proportions at 5:00 a.m. I would have missed that had I been sleeping....aren't you glad you know that? :)

What Am I Doing With The Last 5 %

Did you know that 80 percent of everything we do, anyone can do? Everyone can go to work, answer phones,
make lunches, etc. And that with a small amount of training 15 percent of all we do, could be done by someone else.
But 5 percent of what we do can ONLY be done by us.

Only I can be a wife to Donovan, a mother to Donovan and Lexie, I can choose whether or not to maintain a spiritual, emotional, and physically disciplined life.

It's that 5 percent that will determine the legacy of what we leave in our family, our friends, community and future generations.

Not the legacy of more things, inflated titles, but what we pass on in the 5 percent.

I am encouraged as I watch friends desire to make the 5 percent count. I have a long way to go but I choose today, to live that 5 percent intentionally.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

There is never any better time then the present

In an attempt to begin writing again, I have been writing a blog to myself....not to sure if I want to share it. But because
52 is here now, there's no time to waste to try things out of my comfort zone, so today's the day.

The reason for the title of the blog is, this is an affectionate term, that my family and friends have given me. I somehow
find myself in situations that make for great stories and when I am share them they say, "Thats an I'm So Lori." I take that
as a compliment, because it is delivered from those who love me and even I have to laugh at some of the predicaments I get
myself into.