Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Preventive Maintenance


Freeepeace & Hunny - Original comic by txsguinan.
Will someone tell me why she's not a published writer and illustrator yet?  I love this woman!  If you haven't been to her journal yet, drop everything and go now!
Thank you sweetie - Hunny and I are honored to be amongst your incredible comics.


PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE

I received an email this morning from a fellow journaler
who gave me some great advice about my new car, regarding preventive maintenance.  I'm grateful for the tips.  [thank you]

The first paragraph expressed his sympathy for all the negative stuff happening in my life lately.  A bit confused, I had to read it a few times to really understand that's what he was saying.  Because honestly, it never would've occurred to me to think that anything going on in my life has been negative.  I've been more than blessed in the last few months  - with work, friends, new car and this determination to take care of myself.  I feel like the fog is lifting in so many ways.  But I realize I've only been writing about the fatigue I've been experiencing.  Perhaps that comes across as negative.

The point is, it all can coexist.  Yes, I'm exhausted and frustrated with being sick.  But yes, I see it as a blessing.  There's a reason for everything.  I obviously wasn't listening to my body's need to slow down.  So my body [being as stubborn as I am] spoke louder.  I hear now.  I'm listening.  I'm paying attention.  If I don't listen now, my body will speak even louder - and I'm sure I won't like what it would have to say then! 

Preventive maintenance is what holistic healing and wellness is about.  I don't need to wait for the signs of illness before I take care of myself.  I need to fill my body with healthy thoughts, food, vitamins, water, exercise and the proper rest, every day so that I can last over 150,000 miles without needing to rebuildmy engine.

So friends, I appreciate your love and support - truly!  But please don't feel sorry for me.  Many of you have shared your experiences with mono from your past - and perhaps that's where the sympathy comes from.  [and I agree, it's a drag!]  But I couldn't feel more blessed in this moment, for the opportunity to love life and appreciate the beauty of spirit.

Having mono has given me a 'reason' to take care of myself.  When I'm through this, I hope I'll have gained the skills to take the same care of myself - replacing the word mono with self-love.

27 comments:

babyshark28 said...

I have seen her drawings, they are wonderful! so great.  and this one is fabulous!!!!  way to go txsguinan!!  she captured you two perfectly, she really did. I have been dropping into her place since last you featured her.  
she should sell her work.

and about the rest.
I know your dealing with everything as best as you can, with that trademark "can do, can be healed" attitude of yours. :)  but, I still wish you weren't sick and wish you were well NOW.  I can do that ya know....you can't stop me. :P
*hugs*

geminiwilder said...

oh my gosh, that drawing is PERFECT!  how nice!  i'm going to hop on over to check out her journal right away!
i respect your outlook on life, and the way you respect your body's needs...you've got it together pretty well, i think.  good for you.
xo phinney

chattiekimmie said...

Once again you've taught me something about myself through your journey.  I think you have to be one of the most inspirational women I've come in contact with.  What a positive and motivational journey you are sharing with us all.  *hugs*  You are still in my prayers for a quicker recovery. ;) lol

lucylouladybug said...

That drawing is fabulous!  That's something I would want framed, seriously!  Lovely, she's talented and the subject projects pure happiness, wink*
Freee, interestingly, I have never gotten a negative vibe from you, even if you are sick.  In spite of it, you manage to rise above it, and listen to it's story.  I have always been inspired by you, it's no different now!
Much love, Penny

slowmotionlife said...

Wow.. this comic is amazing!!  So perfect!  Too bad we didn't have it when I was designing your dog-walking site!  It would have been cute to use!  And I think there's something empowering in knowing that you're doing what's RIGHT for your body when you're sick.  I know you've felt down a bit lately, a little low on energy, tired, etc.  But I also know how much BETTER you feel just knowing that there's a physical CAUSE for all that muck.  Keep it up!  You'll be better before you know it.  :)

sistercdr said...

Her talents just amaze me!  What a wonderful cartoon.

viviansullinwank said...

{{{{{{{{{{Freee}}}}} thank you for sharing the wonderful original comic of you and Hunny...it is adorable  her work is wonderful! I'm glad you're putting  YOU first and taking care of yourself. {{{{{Freee}}}}} thanks for taking the time and finding the energy to keep us posted. Hope you're back up to 100% soon.

Love you...my sweet Gemini friend!
Vivian

diannevan said...

More than anything, I totally recognized Hunny in the picture.  That looks JUST like her!! As for you...the twinkle in the eyes totally says FREEEPEACE!  What a sweet gesture!

dakotarose2852 said...

Oh, what a wonderful drawing!  She's captured both of you beautifully, but Hunny... she SHINES!  How I would love her to do a drawing of my precious Lucy and me.  Oh, to have that kind of talent.  Your drawing is priceless!  Enjoy and get strong soon.
Susan

somenuttychic said...

First, that sketch of you an Hunny is amazing! That is one talented woman!

Second, only you could take something like having mono and find the positive side to having it. But what you said is all true. I loved the quip about not having to rebuild your engine ater 150,000 miles. But um . . . Freee . . . when IS 150,000 miles on your engine? Do you have some kind of built in hit counter for all your steps? Or some kind of pop-up turkey timer that lets you know when that is exactly? ;-)

Be well.  

freeepeace said...

SHARKY - So glad to hear you're a regular of Lotus Martinis now.  Love that!  And I wish I weren't sick too... I do love your support... I would never try to stop you. :)  ::hugs back::

PHINNEY - Oooh good, I hope I captured another Lotus Martini follower!  And, you're a brave woman leaving me a kiss with that hug. Let's hope you've already had mono.

KIMMIE - Thanks for that reflection. I think that's what we all do for each other... inspire and motivate.  :)  And thanks for the prayers.  I'm all for a quicker recovery.

freeepeace said...

DIANNE - I know!!  Doesn't Hunny look GREAT?  She really captured her essence in the comic.  I just love it!

SUSAN - She is very talented. I love her drawings, her painting, her writing... every bit of her!  Thanks for the strong wishes. :)

NUTTYNIKKI - Good question.  I guess I have 150,000 miles on my engine when I am struck down with mono for not taking better preventive care.  Thanks for the well wishes. :)

freeepeace said...

PENNY - Oooh great idea to frame the drawing!  Thank you for your love and support...always.  I always appreciate your support. Love to you.

SLOMO - Maybe we can incorporate the comic into the site someday.  You're not too busy these days right?  :P [you so know I'm kidding]
And your right about how I feel better knowing there's a reason for my fatigue.  It is helping set the pace for a healthy lifestyle.

VIVIAN - Yay for the Geminis! Wow, two hugs in one comment.  I feel so blessed. Thanks for your support...I know you had a request from me recently... I will respond, as soon as I can.  {{{{Vivian}}}} Love you too!

krobbie67 said...

I can't feel sorry for you anymore? Uh....what if I want to? ;-p

That picture is fantastic! I thought you created in your photo editing software. She really is a talent and I'm so very jealous. :-) ---Robbie

txsguinan said...

Oh, freee....sweetie pie!  OK ~ I feel a "leeeetle" bit sorry for you.  

Mostly I just feel admiration; your business is thriving, your material goals are being met one by one, your spirit seems to grow more beautiful and generous in spite of (or perhaps because of) your illness and your circle of friends and loved ones (including canine) continues to expand and nuture you, body and soul.  

Mono?....feh!  This will pass.  You have an enduring strength and beauty anyone might envy.    :)

alphawoman1 said...

She is great and the pic is terrific!  She really captured you and Hunny.

miarenee24 said...

Having mono has given me a 'reason' to take care of myself. <~~ I DO know what you mean! I feel the same way about my illness. Now, if I can just take on your attitude of getting off my butt and doing it :)

btw... I love that artwork up there of you and hunny! What talent! She really should be published! Can't wait to visit her J. Thanks for letting us know. Take care! I love you!
Mia

indigosunmoon said...

Awww that picture is so great!!!
-Connie

sonensmilinmon said...

I think this is what I needed to read today.  I need to slow down a bit.  I need to do a little preventive maintenance.  Thank you for the gentle reminder! :)

Monica

s0ngbird1962 said...

Ok, THAT is just the cutest picture of you and Hunny.  Love it!!  Although you are still struggling with fatigue, you are sounding better, more like Freee....
~~Keep on, keeping on....

gatorspictures said...

Freee, awesome drawing!!! Kudos to that chick, she is a real talent!
Glad to know you are taking care of yourself, sorry you are so tired...
You have such a way of putting a positive spin on things, I love reading your journal...I usually come away with a better perspective and outlook. Thanks for that! C

clarity4today said...

What a beautiful picture! She is very talented, indeed.

Glad you're sounding better, and your attitude is certainly a positive one. :-)

glennarient said...

HELLO THIS IS MY FIRST TIME WRITING,JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW I WAS INSPIRED BY YOUR REASON TO HAVE SELF LOVE INSTEAD OF SELFISHNESS. YOU DIDN'T MENTION IF YOU HAD LOVED ONES OR NOT BUT, I DO!  AND TRYING TO DEAL WITH ILLNESS, FATIGUE, DEPRESSION,LONLINESS AND DESPIRATION NOT TO BE THIS PERSON THAT'S ALWAYS SICK OR HURT, WITHOUT HURTING THEM IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME RIGHT NOW. YOUR WORDS OF WISDOM, AND RHYTHM OF HOPE WILL HELP TAKE ME THROUGH THIS. PRAY FOR ALL OF US STILL IN WAITING.THE POWERLESS.

glennarient said...

HELLO THIS IS MY FIRST TIME WRITING,JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW I WAS INSPIRED BY YOUR REASON TO HAVE SELF LOVE INSTEAD OF SELFISHNESS. YOU DIDN'T MENTION IF YOU HAD LOVED ONES OR NOT BUT, I DO!  AND TRYING TO DEAL WITH ILLNESS, FATIGUE, DEPRESSION,LONLINESS AND DESPIRATION NOT TO BE THIS PERSON THAT'S ALWAYS SICK OR HURT, WITHOUT HURTING THEM IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME RIGHT NOW. YOUR WORDS OF WISDOM, AND RHYTHM OF HOPE WILL HELP TAKE ME THROUGH THIS. PRAY FOR ALL OF US STILL IN WAITING.THE POWERLESS.

aynetal3 said...

Oh dear ... it's been four days since last post ... Free?  You doing ok?  Hey there beautiful girl ... sending out some extra prayers!

dymphna103 said...

Do slow down.  It is the reason I took my trip to Florida and left the computer was so I could rest.  It helped me   john

musenla said...

I'm glad that you are listening to your body, young lady.  It's a marvel what an efficient and intelligent machine it is.

The mono, though exhausting, is temporary.  We're all rooting for you to get well soon.  I love the graphic of you and Hunny, Txsguinan captured your essence so well!