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Thursday, January 20, 2022

Transitions – A positive new year


I recently had my annual blood workup. I did not like the results. I must exercise more, drink more liquids, (not caffeine or alcohol), and avoid salt. Now that’s hard for me. I divide people into chocolate lovers or salt lovers. I’m the latter. I have several months’ supply of my favorite potato chips that are only sold seasonally.

I guess I should make all the dietary and life suggestions part of my New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, like most people, I don’t keep my resolutions. That’s why I don’t make them.

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values.  Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.”

Besides my own health, I have an ulterior motive to look out for my destiny. My oldest daughter made it clear that if she must take care of me because of my poor health decisions, she won’t be nice.  Like Liam Neeson in Taken, she’ll find me. Yikes! What did I raise?

Seeking out the positive in my situation will help me lighten up. Being lighter and cheerful already reflects my inner self. I don’t necessarily want to be irresponsible—well maybe I am with the chips. I will find joy in whatever life throws my way, and changing my diet is a small price to pay.

So, I will make changes in my lifestyle to live a longer healthier life. And frankly, I really don’t want my daughter to have to take care of me. She might show me some of the tough love I showed her when she was growing up.

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Barbara Blomquist
Barbara Blomquist is a Naperville resident, wife, mother, quilter, and screenwriter. Contact her at BWBLomquist@aol.com.

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