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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Courage



                "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." Walt Disney


Brrrrrrr baby it is cold outside. What about you are you frozen yet. You would laugh if you saw what this ole grandma yellow hair looks like sitting here doing this post. I just went and put a scarf around my neck and a blanket on my legs. I look like I live in the North Pole. The news said it was 17 when I woke up this morning but I guessed around zero. lol

They are doing a Black out here about every two hours. Just when you get the house warm they turn the electricity off. I had no clue they were going to do this because I did not see it on the news. So when I woke up this morning during one of the black outs I thought my heating unit went out. Scared the you know what out of me.

I know you are thinking what a wienie she should come to my state. Would love to do that but it will probably not be in the winter.

Yesterday workers comp sent me to one of their doctors to evaluate me with some kind of fitness test. I drove to Bryan and the wind was blowing 40 miles and hour. Thought I was going to get pulled over for drinking and driving. Anyway this doctor was a patient man I ask him if he had read my post about patience. lol He had never heard of me. Go figure!

The test was over three hours and I told him there was no way I will be able to get out of bed tomorrow but I did and am not too bad but I am taking those pain pills. He did mention that my back and neck were not showing any improvement from the last test they administered to me. Not encouraging to say the least. He wants me to get into therapy and pronto. Also maybe consider surgery. Good gosh did I mess myself up when I fell.

Sheriff's office has been more than nice about me being off but their getting tired of it now so I look for something to happen with my job and in the near future. This doctor read my job description and did say I would never be able to do that again. Brought tears to my eyes thinking that I was not strong enough to do it any longer. Of course I really knew it before he told me. Just did not want to hear it I guess.

Anyway Dan at Yesterday Once More word this week is Courage. I was thinking he would choose frozen or rigid but I got it wrong this week.

Can not write these word post like our buddy Dan but here goes my thoughts on his word of the week.
Courage to me is:

1. Loosing a child and still able to function as a whole person. Our friend Marydon wrote a post about this the other day and it is a heart wrenching story you all need to read. My prayers to all of you who live without their babies.

2. Being a child like my granddaughter Kaci and my son Chad living with Juvenile Diabetes every day of their lives and never once complaining to anyone. That just amazes me the courage they have.

3. Fighting cancer or any other disease day in and day out. All the treatments, the doctor visits, getting sick and being afraid of what is happening to you. Bless all of you like JoJo who are going through this now. My daughter Christi who suffers with Fibromyalgia.

4. Saying NO to any kind of abuse. Especially physical abuse from a spouse. Those of you that make the decision to walk away and not take it any longer I admire you and wish you the best.

5. Being able to quit an addiction. Drugs, alcohol, smoking or eating are just a few. If I could only master this eating part.

6. Being a teacher, an officer of the law, fireman, doctors, nurses, caregivers and EMS workers. The list is long and I have left some off.

7. My son Clint and his wife Andrea for dealing day to day with Juvenile Diabetes and never ever complaining  but only seeking new ways to raise money for this cause.

8, Living a creative life! Choosing to sell your work and list it on your sites.

9. Writing your blogs. It does take courage to put the pen to the paper and undress your inner self in front of all of us.

10. Being a foster parent and loving those children who their parents have given them up. Mumsy of course comes to mind when I think of foster parents. I admire her so.

11. Going back to school for that degree that you never were able to get before.

12. Women and men who are divorced and raising their children alone. I know how much courage is involved there and my prayers to you for hanging in there.

13. For anyone who is going through the loss of their loved ones whether through death or divorce. They both are heart breaking but you manage to get up and make it through another day.

14. Admitting you were wrong and asking for forgiveness.

15. Using the word NO!

16. Loving your mother-in-law! Sometimes that takes a lot of courage but it makes your spouses so happy.

17. Living up North.....sorry I could not resist.

The list goes on and on. I may add to it every day when my brain warms up.

Thanks for always leaving me such wonderful comments. You always treat me like you really should...another thing I could not resist. Whats wrong with me. Guess I had better close before I really get goofy.

Oh I did update my Temptation page. You know I am not computer savvy so it is taking time but soon I may have the site the way I want it and this one too. Check it out and see if you like the new look. While your there check out all the sites that are listed. Also if you want to be listed on here just send me an email and I will be glad to add you.

Stay warm and join Dan on his word of the week

Love to all
Maggie

28 comments:

Linda said...

Aw, I'm so sorry you won't be able to go back to work. Of course, I'm retired, and have no desire to go back. I miss the $ and people, but not the work!

I was -10 this morning when we got up. It is +9 now, and the sun is shining, and now wind, so it looks warmer, but I've not been outside.

Take care of yourself!

Sandy said...

All of your list takes courage, and the sad thing is I can think of someone that they fit. Sometimes the world gets a little squirrely.
Your pj party dance-line reminds me of a picture of mine-- did we all do that!! haha

FairfieldHouse said...

Know HE has different plans for you. Although it is hard to leave a profession (not buy choice) that you love.
I sent you a link, about the juvenile diabetic in my life:

http://fairfieldhousenj.com/2011/01/24/the-moment-that-matters/

I need to see the wizard for some courage because for the life of me I don't know how I'm going to do it.

Your Friend,
Deborah

Sharon said...

I thought your list with the courage was great.
I am going to try and post mine on this word.
Sorry to hear that you can't go back to work.
I know what that is like as I had that happen to me 11 yrs ago, but I got a better position in the company.
Prayers for you.
Have a great day.

My Grama's Soul said...

Oh dear Maggie...I loved this post on courage....the only thing I will share on this is one of my favorite quotes of all time. "Courage is when fear has said it's prayers".

Stay warm sweet lady,

Jo

Mumsy, Chancy and Company said...

Sweet Maggie I am so sorry that you will no longer be able to do the kind of work that you seemed to enjoy. I am still praying for your back to get well.

Your post on courage is great. I could think of someone I love dearly as I read each one. You are so sweet to think of and mention me...you know what took the most courage when foster parenting...it was giving those little sweeties up when the time came to do so.

Speaking of courage...YOU...are a super example of courage.

Love and hugs dear friend

Debby said...

Well said. Sorry your doctors report wasn't better. Hope that therapy helps. You poor thing.

Gorges Smythe said...

This may sound like a cop-out, but maybe the Lord has a reason for getting you out of your "rut", no matter how much you may have liked it there. One thing I know, if you keep your eyes open, He'll show you things you hadn't thought about.

Garden of Egan said...

Maggie, I loved this post!!!! It really shows what a wonderful woman you are!

Ya, it does take courage to live "up" north!

I am so very sorry that this neck/back thing has gone on for so long! I was so impatient last year when I hurt my back. It was NOT fun at all.

I hope it can get resolved. You'll be in my prayers again!

Love you!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

So sorry about your neck and back. I'm still dealing with my shoulder that I hurt around the same time you got hurt. Fifteen years ago, it wouldn't have been a problem. Getting old is not for those of "little courage". Love your courage post, sweetie.. Keep on keeping on!

Arkansas Patti said...

Those were all wonderful expamples of courage. I knew someone would beat me to it and Mumsy did. I think you are a darn courageous woman to keep perservering. You set the bar high lady.
So sorry about the job but surely that only means there is something better waiting. How about writing that book?

acorn hollow said...

so sorry things are not getting better health wise for you.
courage: It takes courage to wade into the snow where you sink to your hips to roof rake.
trade ya!
Cathy

Whimsey Creations said...

I'm sorry about the news from your doctor. Change is always hard no matter what it is. I'd never thought about courage in all the ways you did but you are right about them - I especially like #9 - never thought about my blog being undressing my inner self but you are dead on about that. I had a kind of epiphany when I was about 50 and realized I had better make the most of things and not care what others thought as long as I was kind. I really think that kind of courage comes with age. Here's a hug for you ((((((((((((Maggie))))))))))))))))

artangel said...

maggie - this really made me appreciate that my own problems are a tiny fraction of what some others are dealing with. Thank you for that :)
xx

yaya said...

Mother nature had her way with us today! First thing this morning it was almost 40..then after she stopped laughing her head off it dropped to somewhere between frozen solid and froze to death..snow, ice, rain, thunder, we've had it all. Courage? Your list is wonderful and hits many points that I would say. Your courage is living with pain and still laughing and sharing your good humor with all of us! Thanks Maggie!

Sue said...

I think you exemplify courage in your plucky attitude about having to give up that job of yours. I know you loved it.

I have a feeling wonderful things will come along to fill the void, because you deserve them. And all the love you send out will bring good things back to you.

=)

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

I wish I had the words to express how much I love coming here and reading your words. I hear you speak from your heart and mine sings.. What did i do before I found you here in blogland? I dont remember. I just know I dont ever want to come and visit and not find you here.. I wish I was your neighbor, so I could visit for real and just sit and listen to you talk..

Sonny

Dan said...

Maggie~

What a wonderful post. Thank you for sharing it with us and for participating in my word of the week.

I am so sorry that you did not get good news at the doctor. I think of you often and pray that you will be much better really soon.

I agree with Mumsy. You are a perfect example of courage. I know one day you will have a book published and we will all be saying, "I knew her when."

I hope you have a wonderful week and try to stay warm.

Love Ya,
~Dan~

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Superb post! Sure hope you're able to 'get fixed' so you have no more pain
*hugs*deb

Cherrie said...

So sorry about your work but it will all work out in God's time! Love ya and hang in there!

The French Bear said...

Maggie, Maggie, Maggie.....you are the bravest woman I know....wish the doctor was wrong.....it isn't fair. Your post is wonderful and you and Dan are sooo right, what a great word courage is......many of our friends live with courage and face such big decisions everyday....
Glad we have each other!!!!
Hugs,
Mags
xx

Tam said...

Maggie Maggie what are we to do about you. I think God is trying to tell you something by your fall. Now I know from reading all these other comments day after day on your site that you are loved.
Pull your boot straps up or whatever that saying is in Tx and get back on that horse but this time do it with your writing skills.
Do we have to come over there and lock you in a room with paper and pen. Write that book, give us all a signed copy and that way we will all be happy. You have a talent for writing so use it
Sorry though for the news it has to be scary but I know from reading your post that you are first person that comes to everyones mind when they think of courage.
We all love you Maggie whether you write under Pearl or Maggie just do it
Try to stay warm...my grandmother livded in a ole farm house and when we visited her we slept under I don't know how many quilts but you know I would not trade those days for anything. She was like you....kind, loving and lots of courage
Take care
Tam

Julia said...

Maggie, I'm sorry for your health problem. You are a prime example of courage and i love your post today. Right now I'm looking at my son in law changing his new baby boy who was born with only one hand and I know that it takes a lot of courage for them to raise this beautiful little boy of theirs and the challenges that they will face in the near furure.

You are still in my prayers. JB

jojo said...

life takes courage doesn't it!! You gave so many wonderful examples...I think of you when I think of the word courage, and your son and grandaughter, your daughter and brother...you are all so strong and amazing and I am so blessed to know you!

Rae said...

The courage examples were excellent. Having developed MS and being forced to give up a job that I loved, I understand your feelings and tears about not being able to return to work. You write from the heart and your words are an inspiration. The was a great post!

Nezzy said...

Girl, look in the mirror and see the Maggie that we all see. A woman hit right and left with life's challenges who does it with courage, faith, humor and writes it all will wonderful eloquence. You my dear are a valued treasure and an inspiration to us all!!! :o)

Know that if God closes this door on the job you know and love He has somethin' better in store for you. I believe that with my whole heart friend.

God bless and have a most glorious day all bundled up.

I talked to my Mom and sis in Brownsville yesterday and they are havin' 30min. blackouts freezin' rain and snow...in the valley for goodness sake!!!

Donna said...

Courage is somthing that is amazingly strong in difficult situations and I'd say that is YOU Maggie!! In all you have helped your brother when you yourself don't feel well....is courage in my book! Sorry about your job but hopefully where a window closes....
Love all your examples...you certainly thought of many!!!

Darlene said...

I too, am so sorry about your back problems. It must be hard to have to give up a job you loved. I just hope that you will be able to get help with it because unfortunately, it could just get worse. My back has always been bad too. I can't take any pain pills so just have to use frozen gel packs and the heating pad. I don't know how I would make it without. I can't have surgery because I almost died of pulmontary embolism and once you throw blook clots like that, surgery is usually not an option unless it is life or death. At your stage of the game, I think I would consider it. I have two friends who have been helped greatly by surgery. I just hope and pray Maggie, that you will continues to feel better each day. Your attitude is wonderful, and that is a big help!!