Mary Jo Brown: The power of a hug

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Life likes to hand us surprises, and my surprise for the week was that due to my health. My legs are giving me problems, and I am once again in rehab at Sandrock Ridge. Again, I am looking at life through a different window, and I’m finding that it really isn’t all that different. The experience makes me feel like saying to myself, “Yeah, I’m back to square one,” which, at times, is not such a good feeling.

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Mary Jo Brown

Being here has its good points: I am visiting with old friends and making new ones. My friend Elsie and I get together at times — smile at each other and hold hands in gratitude of being able to spend time together again. I have known her for a very long time and it is great to be able to have my friend nearby again. We went out in the backyard and enjoyed the flowers and being able to once again get together and enjoy the scenery and fresh air.

Since I am supposed to keep my feet up, I spend more time than usual lying down, which results in me doing a lot of thinking and sometimes worrying. I try to figure out why I am worried when I really don’t have a single thing to worry about. Finally I realized that I was wasting time and energy thinking about a nonsensical thing and needed to stop. It’s like my daughter says, “Don’t sweat the small stuff, and it’s all small stuff.”

Worrying about things I have no control over, or that won’t make any difference in the long run is a waste of precious time I could be using to do something else. Now I try to do more sleeping and use my waking hours to look around, listen and pay more attention to my surroundings, places, people and what is going on. I also realized at times the people I am trying to talk to are not really listening. I know this because although they hear perfectly well I have to repeat myself often and their gaze is elsewhere. My decision was that unless they start it, I won’t bother them with a conversation instead I just listen to what is going on around me. I’ve learned how to converse better with a wider variety of people by using the information I get from really listening to what they are saying and what they mean.

Today I heard what the greatest remedy known on Earth was, it’s not a pill, not a shot, it’s a HUG! A hug and a smile gives a person a reason to feel good, so go out and give it a try.

Happy Birthday wishes go out to Dee Phillips, Sandra Robinson, and Mae McCullum.

Moffat County Fair is just around the corner so be sure to go enjoy the many sights and events.

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