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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 10 :: kind eyes

10 Jan


I’ve heard the saying of having “kind eyes” but today I was actually kind to mine. My new eyeglasses arrived!

As I put them on my nose and nestled them into place the whole world became clear. Crystal clear. It’s amazing how blurriness can just creep in while you don’t realize it is happening.

It was a good reminder for me too.
Kindness is all about being clear. Crystal clear.
In every aspect of life. Even when it comes to the parts that do all seeing.

More tomorrow, kind soul.

P.S.  Challenge #1 is on through tomorrow!  Are you Practicing Respect?
If you choose to accept this challenge, try one of the following acts:
– admire someone with kind words
– point out a particular and appreciated detail with kind words
– use thoughtful words to compliment someone on an achievement


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Day 326: what are you thankful for? :: part 2

22 Nov

Yesterday kicked off a week-long series called “What are you thankful for?” — That’s right, ironically occurring just in time for a national holiday.

Part 2:

Today, I am thankful for:

My stubby toes.  And stubby thumbs too.

On Day 8, I described my hands and on Day 168 I described how my body was graced with malformed feet at birth.

How easy it is to deconstruct the body, scrutinizing what is there and what isn’t.  

Including what I wish could be different even though I know what can and cannot change.

I can so easily see the dimples in my cheeks — and I’m not referring to the ones on my face  — and I can’t look past the wrinkles forming around my eyes, or the red spots where capillaries have broken through the skin on my face.  Or, the blackheads on my nose.

The freckles on my shoulders from too many days as a sun worshiping teenager.

There’s the scars on my knees from my basketball days of long ago.

The constellation of moles decorating my abdomen, around my belly-long scar from surgery past.

The veins that pop out of my arm, exactly where the IV used to go.

There’s my tiny, yet almost muscular arms, that somehow got paired with my bulbaceous-ly wide feet.  It’s as if two body parts from two different people were mixed up in the laboratory.

And, then, there are these eyeballs that have been covered with glasses since first grade. Without them, or contacts, my world is a blur.

So it seems, I have my own set of deformities and bodily disasters.

But, given all that, I am thankful for every inch of my it —
because my body is my health.

It has carried me through this life and has so much more to give.

And, over the past 326 days, I have become even more grateful for the work my body does, if not supremely aware of how I have damaged and not taken proper care of it too.

Tonight, as I read an email from my friend Amy, who goes into surgery tomorrow morning, to remove a cancer she just found, I am reminded how thankful I am for my head, heart, and body — how amazingly simple, yet complex they are — yet still all know how to play nice together.

All beating in time, moving with speed, and still keeping me ticking.

Tonight, as I sit in gratitude for my body and health, I am moved by what Amy reminded me in her email tonight — the eve before she goes under the knife.

If there is anything we do need more of, it is joy.

“Don’t postpone joy until you have learned all of your lessons. Joy is your lesson.” ~Alan Cohen

Indeed, we don’t need more stuff.
We just need to take care of what we already have and be thankful for it — even if it is stubby, half-blind, scarred, dotted with moles and oddly mis-matched. 

Thank you Amy.  You are in my thoughts.
May good health be yours.

Day 201: retail therapy

20 Jul

Today I discovered a fun new place to shop.
Online.  For glasses.  Yes, spectacles.

Actually, I discovered it yesterday thanks to my friends over at Living Social when the “Deal of the Day” from Coastal Contacts popped into my in-box.  I was not only intrigued, I was sold.

Since I desperately need a new pair of glasses with my updated prescription, and eyeglasses qualify as one of the few items I can “try on” and “buy” this year, I had what you might call a “retail therapy” moment.

What’s that you ask?
How does one buy a pair of glasses without trying them on?

Upload a photo.
It’s the fun part:  you upload a photo of yourself and try on tons of frames.
Ah!  The choices …the overwhelming choices.  Plastic, metal, sporty, hi-fashion, business, square, circle?

What’s a girl to do?
One way to handle this very complicated conundrum is to spend an hour trying on different frames, pick your top four and share them with friends through the little email link to gather feedback before you purchase.

But, for me it was a different story.  I am either an online shopping maverick or completely in shopping withdrawal because once I found this sassy little pair I knew they must be mine.  Click. Save. Buy.

Call it impulsive.
Call it crazy.
Or, call them mine.
Without really trying them on (other than a mock-up photo!).

Here’s the sweet part of the deal: I only paid $48.95.
Thanks Living Social!

Here’s hoping they arrive in the mail, actually fit and help me see clearly for the rest of this year.

With my vision in check I leave this day with a wink and a smile. 
Because even though this girl is not shopping, I know I still got it.

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