I truly heart the many Words of Wisdom from the Wise that I’ve been receiving , lately (doesn’t that phrase just beg to be capitalized?) This here – this is one of the many reasons why I love my blog and my readers: at any given time there is someone out there who has been through similar events and can share a thing or two about how to put life back into a better perspective.
Last week I found myself feeling overwhelmed because of my slow recovery from surgery and general discontent. Cammy from Tippy Toe Diet made a comment that I’ve been thinking about on and off all weekend:
Not only am I not who I was five years ago, I’m not who I was last week, or the week before or even yesterday. To really complicate things, today I’m not who I’ll be next year or the year after. All that’s left is to be who I am today and to try to the be the best version of that that I can be.
Nothing would help solidify Cammy’s thoughts more than reading this for myself, so today I decided to go back and revisit my posts from the last week of August, 2011. This week last year my husband and I happened to be having necessary work done on our home. It was in an upheaval from construction workers coming and going and I was immediately reminded about how hectic life was, how busy my household was (workers were here on and off for three months!) and how I longed for some peace and quiet.
During the week of August 27th last year I had just taken my 5th yoga class ever, and was beginning to grab a hold of my inner strength by wanting to move from beginner’s yoga to a higher level class.
Also, this time last year I was succeeding in maintaining my weight while keeping far from my scale (not an easy task).
Finally, in a post from this time last year I introduced the newest addition to my garden – Shaylee:
She was named by Tim from Fat.Boy.Thin who told me that Shaylee was Celtic for ‘Fairy Princess of the Field’. How perfect was that?!
Fast-forward an entire year and here I am:
- sitting in a peacefully quiet home.
- Yoga is currently on the back burner for now but I know that I will eventually get back to attending my favorite classes - Gentle Yoga and Hot Yoga.
- Even though it doesn’t look or feel like it due to the ebb and flow of my swollen tummy, I actually weigh less than I did this time last year.
- Not only is Shaylee still guarding by creekside, but she has been the subject of a couple of paintings during my recovery:
This one is still on Etsy. The other painting is being lovingly displayed in a home somewhere in Los Angeles.
I am not the same person I was last year or last week, nor should I expect to be; I will be different tomorrow than I am today. Next year I intend to look back on my life right now and know that I will have lots of advice, support, and my own Words of Wisdom for the next person who needs it.
Do you ever read back through your blog or journal, if you have one? What was happening in your life this time last year?