Meal #1: 8am – 2 eggs over easy on 2 slices Ezekiel toast, 1/2 T butter, Pina Colada Smoothie using soymilk base
Meal #2: 12:15pm – 1/2 oz almonds, green juice
Meal #3: 3:30pm – 2 c White Bean Turkey Chili, 2 c Asparagus soup
Meal#4: 7:30pm – 4 c Smartfood in bed
Meal#5: 11pm – Cherry Smoothie using kefir base
25 mins walk outdoors
Read more of 90 Minutes in Heaven, by Don Piper
I read the chapter about giving praise no matter what your circumstances.
The author was in constant pain from his injuries, repeated surgeries and a device that painfully stretched his broken bones to make them grow a new section that was lost in his car accident.
He was pissed off, depressed, didn’t want to live and wanted to go back to the bliss of heaven that he briefly experienced while pronounced dead by EMTs. He finally realized that his stoic refusal to graciously accept the help of his friends, family and congregation is depriving them of a way to show him their love.
It reminded me that no matter if you are used to being the caretaker or being in charge, it is still necessary to be able to be vulnerable enough to receive others’ help. I have been more comfortable being in control; it can become a habit. Recent calamities in life–being broke and out of work, breaking my ankle last year, making a career transition over the past 3 years and needing for input from trusted friends–have literally forced me to accept help. It was uncomfortable at first, but now I’m glad to be able to show more vulnerability. Otherwise I’m not sure I would know the answer to the question that comes up at times, “Who really loves me?”.