Hi there, Journal & Friends,
For Toon Tuesday, I thought I'd share an illustration I did awhile back, because I like it's message.
One thing I am convinced of on this journey to health, is that it's mostly mental. Sure, we need a good nutritional plan, we need to exercise, and we need to take care of the spiritual aspects of our lives.
But once those basics are in place, it's the daily mental battles that will make us or break us. Because what is true about us in our minds, we will live.
So who we hang around... who we allow to influence our thinking, what we read or hear... is key. Choose your input with care, for it has the potential to be a powerful ally on this journey to health.
It's a fine line, I think, knowing how to offer a helping hand and yet not be dragged down into the mire yourself... being able to offer compassion and understanding, yet not be a Pity Party enabler. It's a balance I'm trying to learn.
I'll admit... I LOATHE that saying "misery loves company". I would much rather reach out and encourage someone who has fallen to get UP again... to learn and go ON. And to remember they have a choice--every day, in everything--as to whether or not they will reach for their highest potential.
Those are the folks I like to hang around, the blogs I like to read... the ones that are reaching up every day. If you need some ideas... just look at my blogroll, and you'll find some wonderful fellow travelers!
So, here is my Toon... it is ink, watercolor and colored pencils on watercolor paper. I hope you enjoy it. :-)
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From Dr Phil's book: "Be very careful not to let others deter you from your task of managing your weight. Be sensitive... but let them be responsible for their own feelings."
My verse for today: "Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience."
My quote for today: "Life is too short to spend your precious time trying to convince a person who wants to live in gloom and doom otherwise. Give lifting that person your best shot, but don't hang around long enough for his or her bad attitude to pull you down. Instead, surround yourself with optimistic people." --Zig Ziglar
Enjoy the Journey,