Tuesday, October 2, 2007

"The Road to Hell...."

I've had a bad few weeks with injuries that have slowed me down, and just when I was trying to step up my efforts in yoga practice and other healthy habits. First I hurt my back for the first time in my life, so I"ve been nursing that. Then a few days ago during a weight training session and strained my arm from over lifting. As if that wasn't enough, yesterday I stubbed my toe so bad that it split open and today my foot is black and blue and swollen.
All of this caused me some stress and the result was this journal entry that I wrote last night:

I read somewhere once that "The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions" Well, I think it could have some meaning to it. What exactly that meaning is I'm not quite sure.
Maybe it came from some Puritan text that wanted us to know that we'd surely go to hell if we couldn't follow through on the good works and deeds of going about the business of living. Living "upright" that is. Living disciplined, orderly, "just" lives. With all those intentions lined up and fulfilled. Delivered as promised. Without flaws. DO NOT BEND FOLD OR MUTILATE
We'd go to hell and all the evidence would be lying there for everyone to see. A road strewn with pitiful, glaring wrecks. The skeletons of our failed dreams and goals. Our unfinished
intentions a testament to our inability to fulfil our destiny, to claim our prize, to stand tall and say "Here I am"...."Look at me"..."I made it!"
But alas, we couldn't make the grade.

So today, when I had this cute message in an email, it put a smile on my face and made me think of how connected we really are. It came from a dear friend who lives in Florida, whom I hadn't communicated with in a while. She has a sixth sense and has always had an uncanny way of knowing me so well. Here is her message:


What's so poignant about this picture? ?Well, it shows a line of little girls holding hands facing the immensity of ocean waves. Alone they might be washed away, but together they stand strong. Thank you each for holding my hand somewhere along the way when I was facing a wave of my own. I hope you will reach for my hand when your own wave threatens.

All of us girls.. Old and young... Near and far...
Hold special memories of good times we've shared.

We've had our share of hard times when our friends were there to make us feel better.
We've shared... our hearts our time our secrets our fears our hopes and our dreams.
Let us never break the chain of friends!

I am only as strong as the caffeine I drink, the hair spray I use and the girlfriends I have. Here's to you! Why do we only have parties for each other when one of us gets married, pregnant, has a birthday, or retires? What would most of us do without our sisters, confidants, and shopping, lunching and traveling girlfriends? Let's celebrate each other for each other's sake!
Someone will always be prettier.

Someone will always be smarter.

Their house will be bigger.

They will drive a better car.

Their children will do better in school.

And their husband will fix more things around the house.

So let it go,

Be Happy! And love yourself and your circumstances.
Think about it. The prettiest woman in the world can have trouble in her heart. And the most highly favored woman on your job may be unable to have children. And the richest woman you know, she's got the car, the house, the clothes....might be lonely.
And the word says "If I have not Love, I have nothing."
Love who you are.
Look in the mirror in the morning and smile and say "I am too blessed to be stressed!"...I like that!
"Winners make things happen. Losers let things happen"
Be Blessed ladies and pass this on to encourage another woman.
"To the world you might be one person, But to one person you just might be the world".


I am so blessed to have such a beautiful and thoughtful friend. Thank you Cheryl!!
Gypsy Girl


Babs said...

Well Gypsy Girl, I KNOW you are blessed cause I remember the pictures this summer of the grandkids! When I'm "down and out" with health problems, I kinda think it's God's way of making me slow down, sit down and take time to look around, read a book or take a nap. To me a nap solves everything. Get well!

Gypsy Girl said...

Thanks Babs for the words of encouragement. That's just what I did today...read a book and take a nap!!!!

Babs said...

Ok Gypsy girl - how the heck are you? It's been 5 days and we allll want to know that your foot is better as well as everything else!

Gypsy Girl said...

Sorry babs, I've been a bit of a whoos these last few days, but I am much better now. Thanks for your thoughts!!!