From an Obsessive Optimist in the Eye of A Hurricane.

life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; It's about learning to dance in the rain.

What Is Your Excuse?


Inertia is the tendency of a body to maintain its state of rest or uniform motion unless acted upon by an external force,

direct quote from Wikipedia.  After last year I feel I move from the speed of slow to the speed of very, very slow and slower.  This has become my excuse for not getting things done.  After all, the turtle would have never won the race if he had not  bothered to enter.  The turtle had my excuse, he was too slow.

I almost skipped this postaweek post as life came between me and this commitment.  This morning I was given three quotes and a video.  All of them pointed to the fact that I was making excuses.  This is really easy to do in the eye of a hurricane.  I do not want to be good at excuses, I want to be good at being myself. See quotes below.

I have never know a man that is good at making excuses, that is good at anything else. Benjamin Franklin

An excuse is just the skin of a reason stuffed with a lie. Billy Sunday

99% of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. George Washington Carver

I  made 3 commitments for the New Year and I have already failed to live up to them this past week.  I could give you some very good reasons (excuses, anyone!).  I determine to live my life in a way that will grow the seeds of my success.  So where do I go from here?

But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus  Philippians 3: 13-14 NIV

I am going to do this one thing, I am not going to focus on what I failed to do last week, I am not going to focus on what speed I can do things at, I am not going to focus on the consequences of the hurricane; I am going to focus on the race and growing the seeds of my success.

This is my prayer.  I received this video in an email and I am sharing it with you.  I hope you are as uplifted and blessed as I was.  This little girl has also lived in the eye of the hurricane.  She lost her mother several years ago to cancer.  The inertia of grief did not stop her.  It is obvious that her focus is not on her loss, but what she can give.

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I will not be mired in the inertia of illness or the side effects of the cancer treatments.  I will  not be  mired in the inertia of my past week’s failures to keep my commitments.  I believe that you have the ability to keep me accountable.  All comments are cherished.

I believe every problem, obstacle,dilemma, predicament, quandary, or trouble that comes our way contains the seed of our future success!! Together, you and I will be able to find that seed of success, water and grow it.  Join me for free and let us see what will happen.  I covet your comments and would love for you to subscribe today.

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Verizon gets iphone – SO WHAT!


I have signed up for postaweek, and this is my current hurricane.  In the grand scheme of things it is more like a tempest in a teapot!  But the little things can get you down!

Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes. 

                                                                                                                                           Song of Solomon 2:14 KJV

It is very old and it goes on and on and on and on and on and it begins and ends with Verizon Wireless.  Verizon gets the iPhone in February, but they still do not have customer service; so, so what!  I always hope for the best, but I just called them, and the first polite person, in sales forwarded me to the second polite person in customer service, who forwarded me to perpetual hold; after 22 minutes I hung up.  I called Verizon’s corporate number in Rochester, NY.  It is circular.  It will not let you speak with an operator, a live person and when you push 1, the call mysteriously fails.  Try it for yourself, (585) 321-7000.  The president of Verizon Wireless is Dan Mead.  His address is 133 Calkins Rd, Rochester NY 14623.  I am writing him a certified letter.  I will update anyone who comments on this post to let you know the response, if any.

This story begins way back  in 2006!  In 2006 my husband had emergency surgery for a disk in his neck that ruptured and fell backward into his spinal column.  By falling into his spinal column, it had caused partial paralysis.  My husband could not lift his hands or move his feet more than a shuffle.  The disk falling into the spinal cord does not show up on x-rays, as it does when it falls out.  The disk normally falls out.  My husband was in the intensive care unit for several days, before the doctors determined the cause of his paralysis, severe pain in his right arm and high fever. 

Immediately after the successful surgery, a neighbor to a rental property we owned in South Dakota called us.  Our renters had left on an extended vacation and the relative they had left to watch the house had a family emergency.  Temperatures in South Dakota had plummeted to -28 and all the pipes had frozen in the house.  There was now water running from the front and back doors of the house.  The neighbors were calling as they could not find the water cutoff to the well, to stop the flood.  We had to call the sheriff to break into the house and turn the water off.

After getting my husband home from the Lincoln, NE hospital, still in a neck brace, the insurance company insisted I had to meet an adjuster in Rapid City SD, at the rent house.  We had no family in Nebraska.  I left my eleven year old daughter in charge of my husband and drove to Rapid City, SD – 700 miles away – to meet the adjuster.  I was in constant contact by cell phone.

Water saturated the rent house.  Every cabinet, every carpet, every ceiling, every carpet, even the sheet rock was full of water.   The pipes had been leaking for 2 weeks before the neighbor noticed the water running out the front and back doors.

NOW, we get to Verizon.  Somehow my cell phone got wet and quit working.  I went to Verizon, in a panic.  My husband, just out of surgery and my eleven year old daughter were in Nebraska, 700 miles away and I had no phone to talk to them.  Not to mention the adjuster and contractor and who knows who else I needed to talk to about the situation with the rental house.

The so-called customer service agent at the Verizon store in Rapid City, SD said there was nothing she could do for me, as the phone was water damaged and I was several months away from the “replacement period”.   After calling a supervisor to the desk, (I was in tears. ), I was told I could buy a phone; which I did.

Now begins the on and on and on and on and on part.  Several months later, Verizon threatened to cut our phones off as my husband had not paid his secondary account.  After many, many  phone calls, I finally discovered that when I purchased the phone, for cash in Rapid City, SD, Verizon had set a secondary account up for Gary, with the rental house as an address.  Effusive apologies from Verizon and promises that the second account created in error in South Dakota was deleted from Verizon’s records.

June 2008, we are moving to Texas and apply for a mortgage.  Surprise, Surprise, surprise – Gary now has a collection item on his credit report from Verizon Wireless.  I recognize the amount.  I call Verizon, after many,many, many, many phone calls, being place on hold, hung up on, the usual BS, I finally get an apology and A LETTER saying, surprise, we do not owe this money and we have never owed this money and Verizon is correcting the erroneous information on all 3 credit bureaus.

We are at the end of our contract with Verizon Wireless.  We choose another carrier – AT&T – who, by the way,  has EXCELLENT customer service!

January 2011, I sell my 2001 Suzuki.  Yes, I owned it for 10 years and it was a little sad.  We apply for credit to buy my 2010 Honda Insight and surprise, surprise, surprise – Verizon Wireless shows a collection item for $13.00 more than the original collection item for the non-existent account that my husband did not create in Rapid City, SD in 2006.  See paragraph 1 in this diatribe.          

We still were able to finance the Honda Insight, I am still getting my new car. 

I read Isaiah 41, the title in The Message Bible is ” Do You Feel Like A Lowly Worm?”  Below is the link.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah%2041&version=MSG

Who did this? Who made it happen?
   Who always gets things started?
I did. God. I’m first on the scene.
   I’m also the last to leave.   Isaiah 41:4 THE MESSAGE

Dealing with the non-existent customer service at Verizon Wireless makes me feel like a lowly worm.  Having  a collection item on his credit report makes my husband feel like a lowly worm.   I am so glad to hear He is still in charge!  I will say it again, Verizon is getting the iPhone, SO WHAT!   Without customer service they are no competition for AT&T.

I believe every problem, obstacle,dilemma, predicament, quandary, or trouble that comes our way contains the seed of our future success!!  Together, you and I will be able to find that seed of success, water and grow it.  Join me for free and let us see what will happen.  I covet your comments and would love for you to subscribe today.

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We Wear Our Marriage Inside OUT!


My husband and I wear our marriage inside out. This was not our choice, originally. My dad was a pastor, my husband’s dad was a deacon. I am the oldest of seven children. My dad’s congregation, my husband’s father’s congregation and my siblings found our early marriage fascinating and reported on every facet of it. My husband and I inadvertently triggered this fascination by eloping and having our first child 10 months later. I know those church ladies were counting it down on their fingers!  This Sunday, January 9, 2011 we  will celebrate our 36th anniversary.   

It is true, we are the cliché; everyone said it would never last. 

I was listening to Dave Ramsey yesterday and he said a great marriage is all about perseverance.  Perseverance shows.  My daughter-in-law told me, shortly after she married my son, that she did not want a marriage like our marriage, it was too much work!  I went home and told my husband,   “I believe our seams are showing!”

My husband and I were teenagers in  the seventies, raised in very strict, Christian families.  Like most of our generation, we tried many things and ran from the Lord. We gave everyone plenty to talk about!   It was only when we examined our shattered lives against what we had been taught and knew to be true and came back to the Lord, did we begin to make progress. By the grace of God, and perseverance we stayed married.

We are now happy to wear our marriage inside out. Any peace, joy, prosperity in our life, comes not from us, but from our Lord.

Recently, a niece confided in me, that my husband and I had given her and her husband hope in some tough times, because of the transparency in our marriage, i. e. no one is under any illusion that we have never had problems!

3 Ways To Wear Your Marriage Inside OUT

 

1.  Do Not Quit.

So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us.  Galatians 6:9 THE MESSAGE

Meet every problem, obstacle,dilemma, predicament, quandary, or trouble that comes your way with the knowledge that it  contains the seed of  future success in your marriage. 

2. Set Your Marriage Free From Expectations.

For my part, I am going to boast about nothing but the Cross of our Master, Jesus Christ. Because of that Cross, I have been crucified in relation to the world, set free from the stifling atmosphere of pleasing others and fitting into the little patterns that they dictate.  Galatians 6:10 THE MESSAGE

A dear pastor friend of ours said something so profound that if you can live by it, it will change your life: Expect NOTHING and be grateful for everything.

 

3.  In Every Situation, Choose Love.

 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 THE MESSAGE  

 Love is a choice. I know it is a choice, because Jesus made a choice to love me and you. He made His choice in the garden of Gethsemane. His choice to love us caused Him to sweat great drops of blood.

We will continue to wear our marriage inside out, because as someone else has already written, we all married the wrong person!

http://lifegems4marriage.com/2010/09/10/we-all-married-the-wrong-person/

Remember, every problem, obstacle,dilemma, predicament, quandary, or trouble that comes our way contains the seed of our future success!!  Together, you and I will be able to find that seed of success, water and grow it.  Join me for free and let us see what will happen.

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2010 in review


The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa has 296 steps to reach the top. This blog was viewed about 1,000 times in 2010. If those were steps, it would have climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa 3 times

In 2010, there were 6 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 11 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 6mb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was November 16th with 49 views. The most popular post that day was From The Frying Pan into The Fire, A Psalm of Thanksgiving..

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, mail.yahoo.com, getinthehotspot.com, mail.live.com, and WordPress Dashboard.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for after i read secret, from the frying pan into the fire the story, what things are and are not picked up by a magnet, crap magnet, and inflammatory breast cancer.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

From The Frying Pan into The Fire, A Psalm of Thanksgiving. November 2010
4 comments and 2 Likes on WordPress.com

2

Why I read “The Secret” July 2010
14 comments

3

About July 2010
6 comments

4

Pink Your Profile, Your World In Rose-Colored Glasses October 2010
10 comments

5

How NOT To Be A Crap Magnet July 2010
3 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

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