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Happy New Year everyone!

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve blogged here.  It seems to be one of the things that got lost in the shuffle with my move, and now that I think I have all the boxes unpacked, both figuratively and mentally.

Meh, close enough.

I’m writing this curled up in my desk chair in a big, blue fluffy robe and a pile of blankets.  Yes, I live in San Diego, and right now, it’s cold (for us) and stormy and windy.  And I’m pretty sure that I have the flu and have been sick for the last four straight days.

Happy New Year!

While the flu made for a lame birthday and a lame start to the New Year, it has given me great opportunity to practice one of my resolutions, which is taking impeccable care of myself.  This meant that rather than soldier through I actually took time off work to make sure that I’m feeling better and getting the rest I need to heal.  I took a nap this afternoon when I needed it, am still taking massive doses of Vitamin C and Zinc in an attempt to mitigate the effects of this, and I’m just trying to take care of me.  Even though I’m not feeling my best I’ve gotten back into a daily yoga practice, because working a little bit on something is better than doing nothing, and the stretching has helped me not cramp up from all the sleeping I’ve been doing.  I’m working hard of being mindful of the state that my body is in right now, and changing my thoughts accordingly.

That sounds pretty hippy-dippy for the New Year, huh?

For example: I am normally a pretty terrible patient.  My brain is going, going, going, and I’m just constantly waiting for myself to get better so I can get on with it.  Instead of doing that this time, I’m worked to remain present in not feeling well.  Rather than try to rush through it, I’m focusing on being present, and enjoying things like taking time to lie in bed and read a book, and to really enjoy that luxury without feeling like I have to “hurry up and get better.

I’m probably in such a philosophical mood because I started read Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning” over the last few days.  His general philosophy is that the one thing that we do have control over is our attitude, which I really like.

For some reason that I can’t really explain, I’ve started 2013 feeling lighter than before.  I don’t know specifically if part of the reason I feel such a weight lifted is because I have a better and stable job, whereas this time last year I was constantly worried about getting laid off.  I’m sure that has something to do with it, and yet, that doesn’t feel like all of it either.  I don’t know why but I feel like I’m in the right place and I feel lighter and less stressed, mainly because I’m choosing that that’s my attitude.

That’s a long-winded way of saying Happy New Year, and I’m back, and I will see you all on the blog much more often.

I didn't forget about you.

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