Making A List … Next Steps for Daily Better Endings

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I’d like to bring this discussion back to the Principle of Better Endings as a tool you can apply to your everyday life.  One practice I find useful that helps me to manifest ‘daily better endings’ is making a list of issues I am confronting and attending to each item on the list by identifying action steps I could take and then circling or identifying among these one Next Step I can and am ready to take.  Then, of course, it helps to take that next step or set in motion activities that will result in actualizing that potential.

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Making a list of current issues you face and then identifying and acting on one step you are able and ready to take Now can help psychologically as well as practically.  I find that if too many issues or tasks pile up, I may end up spinning my wheels: tossing and turning instead of sleeping well or dreaming effectively; and falling further behind while new issues continue to accrue.  Just writing a list itself helps me to release my jumbled thoughts around an issue. Spelling out dimensions of the situation or identifying action steps that could help resolve the matters at hand allows me to move on mentally, as I can return to the list to check in on my progress later.  

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The process of writing down and actively contemplating a situation allows the unconscious mind to get an overview of the issues involved.  I find after I identify the situation and put focus on it in this way, I might dream of an effective approach or wake up with a clear understanding of what I need to do.

Better Endings Story Seed:

Making a List

Make a list of those circumstances or conditions in your life that you feel a need to address or that you hope to advance to ‘better endings’ scenarios.  List these situations separately, and identify three or more action steps you can take that would help to advance each situation. For each situation, circle or highlight ONE NEXT STEP that you feel ready and able to take now or in the near foreseeable future to realize your greater potential.  Act on these steps to set in motion a ‘better endings’ forward momentum in your life.

Health and Wellness as Moving Targets

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I have been fortunate to have learned from great input and research how to care as well as I can for dear Sophie, my Shorkie (Shitzu-Yorkie) girl who has a diabetic condition. It has not been easy but we have had a very good regime going in recent months; we are over four years in (she is eleven now) to managing the situation and she is doing well.  I cook all of her food from scratch and give her all the necessary supplements (plus some!). Even so, in December she will need a dental cleaning, and such events can throw our balance off at least in the short run. Any extra stressors can require close monitoring and adjustments for weeks or months to follow. 

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Recently at my new PT job I have met a lady who has only recently learned her dog is diabetic, and so far she and her husband have not been having a lot of success in getting their friend’s glucose levels to balance out. I remember all too well the panic and fears that come with the enormous responsibility of providing the insulin and establishing a successful diet and exercise routine.

For any of you readers who might be dealing with a diabetic dog (principles are different with cats), here are the most basic elements to consider (I can email you my entire diet if you respond and ask me for that):

  • To lower glucose:
    • Use low glycemic veggies (I use ½ cup of a blended 10-veggie mix, 1/3 cup complex carb, and ¼ cup chicken or grass fed beef with each meal);
    • Use complex vs. simple carbs (e.g. barley, oatmeal)
  • High Protein
  • High Fiber
  • Essential vitamins: incl. taurine, Provite Plus multivits, bromelaine, turmeric, pre/probiotic enzymes, pure d-mannose to prevent UTIs (no cranberry), bilberry, Ocuglo (see for eyes, below), ECO-Virome drops (also to prevent UTIs);
  • Daily, regular exercise
  • Routine (insulin 12 hrs apart; if any treats, a regular mid-day of same diet as breakfast 4 hours after breakfast);
  • For eyes (preventive of cataracts): OcuGlo (I give two sprinkled capsules per day), and pure Bilberry (1 per day, also sprinkled). Plus I use tacrolimus and ketorolac eye drops to keep her eyes moist.
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One valuable life lesson working with Sophie’s condition has taught me is that health and wellness are moving targets, requiring constant mindfulness and fine tuning as life conditions and schedules change.  I am truly grateful for the love and care we share every day. Walking with her about a half mile a day helps me get exercise too, and seeing how diet can help her has also helped me pay attention to my own dietary needs.  We are true Soul companions, and being with her always lifts my own spirits just as she lifts others as we meet neighbors on our walks. She is a great giver of Divine Love to all, so I am blessed to be in her company!

Better Endings Story Seed:

Health and Wellness as Moving Targets

What about you? Have you found that health and wellness have at times been moving targets for you and your loved ones too? How have you managed to cope with these challenges? Contemplate and/or journal in your Better Endings Journal (or any journal notebook) about the lessons you have learned and the challenges you have faced or do now in the realm of health and healing. Feel free to comment here at the Better Endings blog, if you wish!

Tweaking

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A ‘better endings’ approach to ‘live your dream, now!’ requires and rewards flexibility.  Every positive, progressive or proactive step forward benefits from review and modification, or tweaking.

For example, I have relocated three times in as many years with my own experience of envisioning and manifesting better endings while aiming to fulfill my creative Dream. This has been progressively positive with every Big Move; new opportunities have opened which I have gratefully embraced.  Then even greater potentials have become evident and unfolded from these, so that, now living in my original home town for just over a year, I have embarked upon a potentially long-term, part-time position in the publishing industry.

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I am learning as I serve, enjoying the beginning of another new chapter in my life story. Still, tweaking can help me to move through this new opportunity better. I am finding it helpful to take stock, review the positive potentials alongside some possible risks, and proceed forward mindfully. 

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Stepping backwards one step to advance two or three times forward is better than the converse (one step forward, two or three back)!  Maybe this is a lesson I have carried forward from when I was on a fencing team in college.  To evaluate the opponent’s strategy while also fine tuning your own, it is very helpful to step back to establish distance while developing a plan of attack; then, execute…’et la’!  I always felt that fencing was not against an opponent but simply challenging myself to exercise creative mindfulness, free thinking—literally ‘on your feet’, lol—and yes, constant flexibility and tweaking.

So, once you have taken a positive step forward in a new direction with your own pursuit of ‘better endings’, remember to step back, pause, evaluate, TWEAK, and then…forge onward in the direction of your Dream!