Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Week 2/Day 9~ 21 days to a Positive Attitude (Monday March 10)

Day 9 - Sunday

1) Every day write down 3 good things that happened that day for which you are grateful.
A.  Today I graduated from the couch to the bed at my daughters home, because I could manage the pain generated getting into the bed a the lower level. This means I disrupt my daughter's life less that I have been. 

B. On the the parents at the karate school sent home cookies for me!!

C. Physical therapist came by and reported that I was flexing my knee 20 degrees past 90, which is far past where I am supposed to be!!!! Yea.

2) Journal about one positive blessing. One of the three, and explain why that good thing is better than the bad things that happened.

Cookies.  Cookies.  Cookies.  I am not very good accepting help from anyone on anything, and today was no different than any other day in that respect.  No wait.  Yes it was.  I am in the 1st day of the second week, day 8, since they cut my left knee out of my body and place a new one inside. This turns out to be one heck of a lot more complicated than I had anticipated.  The pain is far more manageable than a simple ACL repair, which I have had a couple of. However, it is far more enduring.  By that I mean, the pain medication did not work for ACL, but does with Total Knee Replacements.  But, and this is huge for today, if you let the pain get ahead of you, let the pain hit level 10, it takes 12 hours or more to get it back under control.  Had that covered. Messed it up in the hospital, so I learned my lesson.  So yesterday I had PT, did a ton of work to make my knee better, and was maxing out the pain meds, but I knew that was what my doctor had asked me to do, and I knew the pain meds worked, so we were good. At 4 O'clock I went to get my pain meds, and noticed there were 5 left, enough for the rest of the day, but no more.  I called the doctors office, and got the "we need 24 to 48 hours," thing that they all say, but again I knew where I stood, and knew I was ok, so I took it. After all, I have TBI and they know it, so they really were wasting their time telling me the rules, and they knew that too.  (As it turns out, I will not forget them again, as I remember emotional stuff, and this got emotional)  She asked how long my meds would last, I said until morning, and she said she would take care of it.  Then their office closed.  Then my wife returned from teaching karate, and we discovered I did not have enough to make it through the night, and by 10pm, the pain was ahead of me.  Way ahead, and there was no way back.  I was wrecked, and I had destroyed the next day too. Errr.

That's when the cookies showed up.  You know what trumps pain?  Kindness.  Kindness trumps everything.  Thank you Mrs. Perry for the life saving cookies.

3) Meditate and detach from multi-tasking, by focusing on scripture~ read it, research it, think about how it might impact your life.

Mark 12:42-43 (CEV) - "Finally, a poor widow came up and put in two coins that were worth only a few pennies. Jesus told his disciples to gather around him. Then he said: I tell you that this poor widow has put in more than all the others."

Ever wonder why they church spends so much time on tythe?  Of course its in the old Testament, and they have some verses from the New that confirm that giving 10% is good for you, but in light of this verse, have you ever wondered why they don't push this verse?

Because she did not give 10%, she gave 100%.  It is NOT the amount you give, its the sacrifice of the thing.  

Yet we have several places where Jesus tells us the God the Father does not want sacrifice.  What then does he want?  

Love.  So it is the Love of the thing.  She gave nearly nothing, but it was all she had, and that was still not enough. How's that?  Jesus said she has put in more than any other.  What MORE did she put in?  Mere percentage? No, because that is legalistic. It was more LOVE.  That is what the Lord wants.  Your Love.
4) One random act of kindness a week. You can do more. (Try one a day)

Today my wife and I, feeling that we were wrecking our daughters sleep, using her house, monoplozing her kitties, drinking her drinks, eating her food, and making a mess as I recoperate from knee replacement, sent to my daughters office some flower.  This picture came off of Facebook.  We helped her day like the cookies helped mine. Kindness rocks.

5) Pray. Lay down the hurtful things and gather strength. 


Rules for 21 Days to a Positive Attitude and Day 1.  Click here
Day 2: Click Here.    Day 3: Click Here.    Day 4: Click Here.
Day 5: Click Here.    Day 6: Click Here.    Day 7: Click Here.
Day 8: Click Here.

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