Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wally Amos' Watermelon Credo

It's interesting how life works. I have been craving raw fruit, which is a no-no when you are in the midst of an Ulcerative Colitis flare-up. Yes, bananas are okay but most of the lists of low-residue foods say to stay away from raw fruits, although several mentioned ripe honeydew, cantaloupe and watermelon as kosher to eat during a flare. So I decided, a few days ago, to try watermelon and see if it would sit well with me, and I'm happy to say it did! I savored the sweet, juicy fruit with great relish, thankful there's at least one raw fruit I can enjoy.

You might be wondering what all this has to do with Wally Amos's Watermelon Credo. Well, I have been struggling with remaining positive throughout my 7 month ordeal, frustrated that there has been no resolution and nothing seems to be working, though I was recently diagnosed with a protozoan parasite and am hoping that resolves my issues (but that will be another post). So, in the midst of my struggles I came across an old Costco Connection magazine, and there was Wally "Famous" Amos sharing his words of wisdom to help make it through hard times.

It's so interesting how we are often led to what we need to help us progress. His words were a wonderful reminder that we create our own reality. It's so important to remember that whatever challenges we face, there are reasons, and that God is in charge, and things evolve and resolve in His time, not ours. For whatever reason I am meant to go through what I am going through, and that my attitude towards this experience can make it either tolerable or unbearable. It IS all about attitude. Enjoy these pearls of wisdom, I certainly did.

Watermelon Credo
by Wally Amos

W – Whatever you believe creates your reality. Believe that life is a
positive experience and it will be.
A –
Attitude is the magic word. Your greatest asset is your attitude. Be positive regardless.
T – Together everyone achieves more. There are no limits to what we can accomplish together. I am more than I am but less than we are.
E -Enthusiasm is the wellspring of life. There is no limit to what can be accomplished with enough enthusiasm.
R – Respect yourself, as well as others. When you begin to respect yourself, your whole world changes.
M – Make commitments, not excuses. There is overwhelming power in the words “Yes I will!”
E – Everyday can be a fun day. Fun is the lubricant that keeps life moving forward. Laugh a lot.
L –
Love is the answer. Whatever the question, Love is the answer. It is the greatest force in the Universe.
O – One day at a time. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. All of life happens in increments of one.
N- Never give up or become a victim. You are guaranteed to lose if you give up. Winston Churchill was right, “Never, never, never give up.” It works if you work it.
Watermelon is FUN, inspirational and a great reminder for us to always live life from our highest self. Do not allow yourself to be overwhelmed by events. Let watermelon remind you that you are larger than events. You have the power to create and change events by what you believe. –

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Making The Most With What Life Deals You- Amazing pianist Heeah Lee, The 4 Finger Pianist

Some in this world are blessed with an easy life, others face what might seem to be insurmountable challenges. For those with challenges, some complain about their lot in life, while others take what is put on their plate and make the most of it- the proverbial making lemonade out of lemons. It's all about our attitude towards what is dished out to us that makes it either a negative or positive experience.

Though I had some wonderful epiphanies during that first year I was so sick with the Rheumatoid Arthritis, I am still looking for the lessons to be learned from my current battle to get myself back into remission with the Ulcerative Colitis. But as sick as I was over the summer, and how frustrated I can get with the fact that I am still having problems, it's important to note that I am blessed that everything else is fine, including the R.A. I have my sight, my hearing and all my limbs are functional. Not so with Heeah Lee, who will amaze you with her talent and joie de vivre, in spite of her physical challenges.

Heeah is a 20 -year-old Korean girl who was born with pincer-like hands and had to have her legs removed at the knees, but who plays piano like an angel wowing audiences worldwide. What impressed me most while watching this video was the incredible devotion of the young woman's mother, who taught her piano, and Heeah's total lack of self-pity. These are people who looked past what life dealt them, making the most of everything.

This 10 minute video is worth every minute.