In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Enough Is Enough.”

I have been to the edge and back many times of saying enough is enough.  I think we all have.  We are truly a throw away society as we walk away easily from anything hard.  Our great USA was built on returning again and again to the hard things in life until we reached our goals.  Learning from our mistakes and trying something else that might work is the mother of invention and ingenuity.  We need to teach our young this concept that anything worth having is worth working at.  Family is one great example.  How many times do you see in the news stories about anger, killing and violence against the very people we swore we loved?  I dare say many however we rarely see the family that works through the disappointments and learns to not only adapt but grow stronger in their bonds of love and caring.

Next time you think enough is enough, take a walk and look within yourself.  Ask yourself, “what part of me is not willing to compromise?”  We need to ask ourselves why are we not able to accept our differences and find the common ground we can compromise on and work from there?  I have walked away from many jobs when I was younger due to my unwillingness to compromise my values and morals.  I was not able to affect change and had exhausted all the resources I could find.  Now I find myself staying and trying to be a change agent.  I still have the same values and morals, however I find that stepping back, looking through the eyes of others and working on the common ground is more effective in  moving towards our common goal.  This came from challenging myself to see life and issues with open eyes and heart.  Can you take the selfish out of your why and put the needs of other first?

Enough is never enough!

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Odd Ball Challenge: 2015 Week #3 challenge.

Life would be dull without a few oddball moments.  Humor helps us all to enjoy the things in life that are mundane.  It is so much better to be involved in your teenagers life and pay attention to the things they are doing.  A great parent knows the types of music, friends, activities their teen is involved in and helps them to sort out the good from the not so good for them.  I must have raised my children right because they are the type of parents who care and are involved.  Showing he is paying attention is my son-in law as he signs along with our granddaughter as she takes a selfie.

I applaud your odd-ball behavior and say way to go Dad.

Love,

Meme

Mid Summer Moon

While looking through some of my pictures of last summer I came upon some beautiful moon pictures that I just love.  I was not sure they would come out as I hung out my window to snap them.  The moon seemed so close that night I felt it was just above the trees around my house.  I grabbed my camera and began to shoot the pictures as the light from the moon danced off the clouds and left hues of purple, green, grey, yellow and white.  It can almost be compared to the Northern Lights even though we are very far away from there.  I had never taken pictures at night that came out quite like these.  I am fascinated by this moon and hope that all of you enjoy it as much as I did.

Looking back on all the great pictures from last summer and fall helps me to make it through the greys and darker days of winter where I live.  We get little sunlight but today was bright at times and the sun warmed my soul as I got a day off to enjoy it.  Memories of that warmth led me in search of some special pictures to share.  As my body tells me I must slow down I have come to appreciate some of the sights that got by me when I was younger and in a hurry.  I seem to have found something that helps me share my experiences in the photos I have taken.  It took me a long time to go back to college and when I needed an art to complete my degree, photography not only called my name but became my new best friend.

Challenges

With resources declining and people in the USA spending more on health care annually per capita we are finding that the health of Americans are at an all time decline when compared to other nations.  We are the most overfed and undernourished nation and obesity and diabetes are out of control.  Lifestyles hasten the development of many prominent illnesses and causes of death.  The poor nutrition is in response to society wanting instant gratification and not taking the time to determine which dietary choices are best for their needs.  I find it amazing that research and statistics show that most health problems are related to poor quality diets and nutritional imbalances that most Americans still struggle to make this connection.

It is never too late to get your life back on track and feeling better.  Choosing to take control of our mindless snacking, our poor food choices and getting our fannies off the couch to exercise will have greater benefits than any pill you can receive from your doctor.  We all struggle to push ourselves to accomplish this and just see it as such a monumental task we never begin.  Beginning is ease but sticking with it is even more difficult.  Dependent on the part of the country you are from, weather and lighting conditions can add to the hibernation we all want to do in the winter months.

We are all ultimately responsible for creating the world we want to live in.  It is important to place a value on our lives and not only set goals for ourselves but to follow through on each small step to reach the milestones and eventually our goal be it weight loss or just getting healthy.  It is easier to enlist the support of those around you to help you when you need it most.  Exercising is easier with a partner and many times that simple motivation of not wanting to let others down helps us reach our goal of not letting ourselves down by giving up too easily.  Keep your eye on the targets and even if there are little set backs, get back on track as soon as possible.  Each day gets easier.