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Lifestyle changes

Posted Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at 11:33 AM

If you are stuck in a situation that you think will never change, hang on.

Nothing stays the same.

Just like the weather. There's sunshine, rain, storms, warmth and cold. Life is like that, too.

All things, both good and bad, change.

For sure, our appearance changes. We look in a mirror and wonder who's looking back at us.

Smooth skin turns to wrinkles, and sags. Hair thins, turns to gray. Waist size balloons. The once-slim figure is called middle age spread.

On Oscar night last Sunday at the 83rd annual Academy Awards television presentation, I noticed that many aging icons of the movie industry are being replaced by youthful box office stars. Legendary Kirk Douglas, once so handsome with the dimple in his chin, is now old, his looks altered by aging and a devastating stroke. Despite that, his humor showed through as he took stage to name a young Academy Award winner.

True, time changes everything -- good looks, too.

And does there seem to be no ending to unending tasks?

Surely, there's relief in sight.

When my children were babies, I wondered if the diaper changing, diaper washing, drying and folding would ever end.

Oh, yes. I loved my children dearly, but I longed for a respite from the tending, the hard work. I wanted to sit undisturbed, to read a good book or take a leisurely nap, but there was no time. There was just no time to prop up my feet and relax.

I couldn't envision a future when I could do as I pleased. Even when I ran errands or bought groceries, the children tagged along. There was certainly no money for babysitters.

But the time came when I had free time. The children got older and no longer needed constant care.

Then it seemed suddenly, I suffered empty nest syndrome. That's something I couldn't imagine when I was swamped with diapers and duties.

Maybe you are broke, out of work, sick. Maybe you are heartbroken, divorced, widowed.

You see no way out of your circumstances. But time has a lot of turnarounds.

In his book UH-OH, author Robert Fulghum says, "Life is full of uh-oh moments."

He concludes that life is lumpy.

And a lump in the oatmeal, and a lump in the throat, and a lump in the breast are not the same lump.

One should learn the difference.

Fulghum quotes an acquaintance who says there's a difference between a problem and an inconvenience.

"If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire -- then you've got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience."

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