madmarvelouslife

A place to share and celebrate the madness and marvelouness of life.

Empathy

This will be a brief post. I had this moment this morning that made me have such a sensation of empathy that I felt led to do a little writing on the subject.

Now, if you look up the definition of empathy in Merriam-Webster’s dictionary you will find the following:

Empathy

  • 1: the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of  either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner; also : the capacity for this
  • 2: the imaginative projection of a subjective state into an object so that the  object appears to be infused with it

So, what sparked this sensation of empathy this morning? Well, I have been having some health issues. Nothing terminal. Thankfully. Its just an issue that I ignored for a long, long time. Because I ignored the issue until it could no longer be ignored, the problem has currently reached its most advanced stage. What is this problem? It’s Stage 4 endometriosis. What’s the big deal about it? The big deal is that during my monthly menstrual cycles I experience excruciating pain and other troublesome intestinal symptoms that have made it difficult to function, much less work. I have had many other of the symptoms of endometriosis that occur month-long for years now as well. It’s easy to ignore those though. It’s when you begin to be unable to continue your life’s activities that you have to admit there is a problem. I finally sought medical attention and since have undergone many tests and a few attempts at treatment. I most recently attempted to undergo surgical intervention, which was aborted due to the severity of my disease. Turns out there are things attached to other things in there that could cause big problems if anything went wrong. The next steps for treatment include seeing a specialist in robotic surgery. This specialist just so happens to work with West Clinic Cancer Centers.

So, this morning I decide to check the mailbox and I get my packet from West Clinic. I open it and look through it and notice that, of course, there are questions included regarding what kind of cancer you may or may not have or have ever had in the past. Suddenly, I felt this overwhelming sensation of what it must feel like if you are receiving this packet, not for endometriosis and specialist surgical procedures, but because you have just been diagnosed with cancer. I imagined how it would feel to be completing this packet with that knowledge. With that truly overwhelming fact weighing you down. Suddenly my worries and fears about my health, my work, my finances and what is going to happen with me just felt minuscule in comparison. It’s amazing what a little perspective can do to spark empathy and make you open your eyes to look beyond “me.”

Why are any of the words I’ve written above important? Because it could help this world if we had more perspective and empathy. If we can see beyond ourselves and our immediate surroundings and circumstances, we as individuals will gain a new sense of appreciation. We will be able to recognize the good, the bad, and the ugly. We may begin to see the needs of others that are much greater and more immediate. We may recognize that there is something we can do about it. We may begin to create good change in the world.

What is another thing that is important about my story? It is the fact that if your body is trying to tell you something is wrong, don’t ignore it. I know all of the reasons why it is easier to ignore. There’s no time, no money, more important things going on, people to take care of other than yourself, etc. You may have very limited means and feel you have no access to healthcare. I encourage you to talk to someone. Do some checking around. There are many clinics now that will see you regardless of insurance coverage or income. There are clinics that will assist you with obtaining your medications if you have limited resources. Just don’t do nothing. When you wait until you can’t anymore, the problem becomes compounded and far more expensive and troublesome to deal with.

So the take away for today is don’t ignore yourself. Take care of yourself. And then, look outside of yourself and help take care of others as well. May God bless and keep each of you as you go through your days. Thank you for reading and considering my thoughts today!

Loving your Neighbor…Continuation…

23 companies that actually give back

Loving your Neighbor Series # 3

Today’s super neat find is actually a website for an organization that helps people with a heart to volunteer, but no clue what to do beyond that.  At Volunteer Match,  you can pick from lists or do a more specific search to find opportunities to volunteer in areas that you care about.  I feel it is a really great tool for everyone.  There are even virtual opportunities for people who aren’t comfortable with working in the field.  You can find out more about them here.

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Here’s a view of what their page looks like.

Hope you’ll check them out!

Loving your Neighbor Series # 2

     Okay, hear me out on this one.  This week I want to talk about a product and its company, rather than about a specific charity or mission.  Although this company is not a non-profit company, they are doing great things to give back to the community.  I happen-chanced upon this company by searching for their products, after having seen a couple of people using them at the gym.  I’m talking about Polar Bottle.  

  
     Their mission statement includes the desire to improve the health of their customers, improve the health of our planet, and improve /strengthen American economy. Here’s a list of some of the programs they donate to, taken directly from their Giving Back page.  Most are local to their state of Colorado, but they are doing good things!

  • I Have a Dream Foundation
  • Cancer League of Colorado
  • The Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado
  • Realities for Children
  • Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics
  • The Access Fund

     If you are an athlete, like to exercise, are a frequently active person, or just a person who likes to stay hydrated, I hope you will check them out.  They offer many attractive bottles for men, women, and children in a variety of sizes.  Their bottles are also dishwasher safe, making them easy to clean and care for, which is important to many of us.   If you’re concerned about the safety of the product, you can get answers on their FAQ page.

    

Loving your Neighbor Series

     Although it has been quite awhile since I have written, I continue to have a heart to write and a hope within me to make some lasting, beneficial contribution to this world while I am in it.  The idea has come to me to attempt a series of posts about things we can do to show love and kindness to others in this mad, marvelous world in which we live.  I hope to find unique charities, support groups, etc to which contributions can be made.  As a Christian, I feel called to show Gods love through service and support to those in need.  However, we all know that the showing of love and kindness to others is not limited to those who are Christian.  All it takes is an inner desire to do good unto others, a desire for a better life for all, a desire for a better world for all who live in it.  I hope that this will be a fruitful effort and will inspire others with a heart for the humanitarian effort.

     Without further adieu, I present an organization that I recently came across and was so moved that this whole idea was born to me.  NICU Helping Hands is an organization that was formed from the recognition of the vast emotional, physical, and financial needs of families with premature, sick, or otherwise special-need babies.  They provide many support services to these families and have multiple ways to contribute.  As a nurse and a mother, I feel this organization is providing a beautiful, loving service.  I hope that everyone will check them out and maybe even find a desire to contribute to their good works. 

  
  

Happiness

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I have decided to revamp my life a little in the search of a little more happiness. I mean, what makes us happy anyway? I believe that answer could be drastically different from person to person, however there must be a basic root for us all. I know there are a multitude of books, websites, blogs, etc on this subject already. Let’s just say I’m a hands on learner.

To be continued…..

Obsession with Pinterest

Just wanted to say that Pinterest has become an obsession for me. If you haven’t tried it yet, you must do so as soon as possible. Or, maybe you shouldn’t because it will suck you in and become a time consumer. It is very entertaining though. There are photos covering anything and everything from food, beauty, home, crafting, art, photography, recreation, and life in general. Most of the photos have links to recipes, instructions, etc. I love it! Hope you will too!

Reason to Celebrate

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Crazy Holidays In February
February 1 is Serpent Day.
February 1 is Give Kids a Smile Day.
February 1 is Robinson Crusoe Day.
February 1 is Spunky Old Broads Day.
February 2 is Crepe Day.
February 2 is National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
February 2 is Sled Dog Day.
February 3 is The Day the Music Died.
February 4 is Quacker Day.
February 4 is Wear Red Day.
February 4 is USO Day.
February 4 is Create a Vacuum Day.
February 5 is Weatherman’s Day.
February 5 is Disaster Day.
February 6 is Lame Duck Day.
February 7 is Wave Your Fingers at a Friend Day.
February 7 is Send a Card to a Friend Day.
February 7 is Charles Dickens Day.
February 8 is Laugh and Get Rich Day.
February 8 is Kite Flying Day.
February 8 is Birthday of Boy Scouting.
February 8 is Extraterrestrial Culture Day.
February 9 is National Stop Bullying Day.
February 9 is Read in the Bathtub Day.
February 10 is Plimsoll Day.
February 10 is Umbrella Day.
February 11 is National Shut-In Visitation Day.
February 11 is White Shirt Day.
February 11 is Don’t Cry Over Spilt Milk Day.
February 11 is Make a Friend Day.
February 12 is National Plum Pudding Day.
February 12 is President Lincoln’s Birthday.
February 12 is NAACP Day.
February 12 is Paul Bunyan Day.
February 13 is Get a Different Name Day.
February 13 is Dream Your Sweet Day.
February 14 is Ferris Wheel Day.
February 14 is National Heart to Heart Day.
February 15 is Susan B. Anthony Day.
February 15 is National Gum Drop Day.
February 16 is Do a Grouch a Favor Day.
February 17 is World Human Spirit Day.
February 17 is Champion Crab Races Day.
February 17 is Random Acts of Kindness Day.
February 18 is Pluto is a Planet Day.
February 19 is National Chocolate Mint Day.
February 20 is Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day.
February 20 is Love Your Pet Day.
February 20 is Cherry Pie Day.
February 21 is International Mother Language Day.
February 21 is Card Reading Day.
February 22 is Single Tasking Day.
February 22 is Be Humble Day.
February 22 is Girl Scout Thinking Day.
February 23 is Curling is Cool Day.
February 23 is Inconvenience Yourself Day.
February 23 is Tennis Day.
February 23 is International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day.
February 24 is Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.
February 24 is National Chili Day.
February 24 is Personal Chef Day.
February 24 is Tortilla Chip Day.
February 25 is Pistol Patent Day.
February 26 is Tell a Fairy Tale Day.
February 26 is Carnival Day.
February 26 is National Pistachio Day.
February 27 is Polar Bear Day.
February 27 is No Brainer Day.
February 28 is Floral Design Day.
February 28 is Public Sleeping Day.
February 28 is National Tooth Fairy Day.
February 29 is Leap Day.
February 29 is Surf and Turf Day.

One Day We All Shall Perish 2

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Anne Frank passed away nearly 67 years ago in early March of 1945. Her story and the stories of others like Elie Wiesel opened a window for everyone to see and feel the horror of the Holocaust. I post this in memory of and thanks to Anne. I also thank Elie and the many others who have told their stories for opening their hearts, bearing their souls, and sharing them with the world.

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One Day We all Will Perish

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Whitney Houston has passed away. She had so much talent and yet such a tragic life as portrayed by the media. I send out prayers for her family and friends.

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