Cringe: to make a sudden movement out of fear of being hurt or hit.
So I adopted a senior dog last December and she is now well adapted to me and my family. She has her daily routine, and her tail wags all of the time! But near the very beginning I could tell she was nervous and unsure as well as probably traumatized by previous owners mistreating her. It was sad! She would cringe with every sudden movement we made and every loud sound. She was afraid of fly swatters and newspapers – maybe things she had been hit with I’m guessing?
This whole idea of having to build trust was difficult to get my head around when I met her and she wouldn’t even look at me, but with consistency and affection sure enough it has been built over the course of 6 months. I carried her to the car, and she was definitely unsure if things but in my lap on the way home she felt a big relief and was so comfortable that she fell asleep. She can now rest without worry and sleep soundly. She runs to the door to greet me happily when I come home from work and I wouldn’t have it any other way than to welcome her into my arms every day.
It isn’t easy but it’s the most rewarding experience I’ve ever had to rescue a pet. I highly recommend it to anyone out there with an open heart, and of course the practical things like enough room/space, financial means, etc. It is no small task but a huge commitment that takes time and energy to be nurtured and to grow.
To commit to something is to put all of your effort into it, pour all of your energy into it, to make it succeed.
At this point in my life, I find myself reexamining what I am committed to and how much I have invested in these commitments.
First, there is my family – close friends included. I am always there for them especially when they need me the most. I spend a lot of time with them, making decisions with them, getting their opinion and guidance on things that I want to accomplish. This also counts for taking responsibility for our dog as she is an integral part of our family.
Then, there is my job. I am committed to serving the public and being a bigger part of my team. This takes up most of my time and energy, but it is so rewarding to be a part of something so incredibly wonderful as going to work every day is a joy and our team feels like a family.
Next comes my fitness. I am committed to living a healthier life including working out every day and eating well. I plan out my meals and help find healthy recipes as well as follow a 3-week workout plan. Yesterday’s chicken Parmesan was a hit and today’s cardio workout knocked my socks off!
And last but not least, I am committed to becoming more social – going out on dates, out with friends, with coworkers, out shopping, out to coffee shops and restaurants to try new things and meet new people. Now, this one terrifies me because I’m an introvert trying to open up to a world of new possibilities. Nonetheless, I stay positive and remain cautious in nature, but I am putting myself out there more to see how I can grow as an individual. I feel like this part of my life has always been lacking until now, and as hard as it is to change, I’m trying to do my best to be open to this commitment.
What are you committed to at this point in your life? How has it affected you and those around you? Do you feel it has made a positive or negative impact on your life? I am curious to hear from you!
This video sums up what I want to say to you who read my words one post after another, leave your comments, and make your likes known. Thank you so much for your support! It means everything to me.
To my dad, who:
- always made an effort to show up on time to drop me off at and pick me up from school,
- always gave me a ride anywhere,
- taught me to ride a bike,
- Taught me how to love unconditionally
- Put up with my silence
- Always sang for me
- Could always make me smile with his silliness
- Taught me to not always be so serious
- Taught me the importance of building credit
- Taught me how to pay my bills on time
- And other things ;0)
To you, Dad. Today is your day! Thank you for being you! No matter how stubborn I may be, always remember- I got that from you! Lol
I just wanted to share this recipe with you that I have found to be quite wonderful in providing a daily cleanse while regulating my blood sugar levels. It’s great whether you have diabetes or not! Actually, my mother gave me this recipe and started me on this shake every night before bed. She is boarderline diabetic and needed something natural to help regulate her blood sugar so she drinks this twice a day and her levels are always near normal now.
I like this shake because it keeps me regular, full, and stops me from snacking about. It’s all natural and easy to blend. I hope you will find this helpful and try it out for yourself! Let me know what you think of it!
Green Shake Recipe:
Handful of spinach
Handful of kale (only the leafy parts)
2 cucumbers with skin
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled (or two smaller green apples, peeled)
2 stalks of celery
2 cups of water or fill until just below the brim (you will add more as you blend the shake to make it as liquidy as you like)
Blend all ingredients together, pulsing as you go to get every ingredient blended, and adding water little by little to make the shake drinkable.
This should make about 4-5 servings. Store the letf over shake in the fridge. It turns dark green after a day. I usually only store it for a day or so if there’s any left over because my whole family drinks it right up!
Share with family and friends! Enjoy!
Hey all! Just wanted to link to my latest guest post over at chapeblog.com