I was catching up on some blogs this morning. I generally start with Spark friends and move on to others on the site - Blog of the Day, or blogs from team members - and happened to read this one from Sami:
She always has some great inspirational photos / posters on her blog, and at the top of this one was the motto 'Nobody said it was easy.' For some reason, my eyes scanned right past that (there's this vision thing going on) to the first line, which read 'Nobody was right.'
Off on a several-second tangent.
Had she asked a question? Given a quiz? And considering all the Sparkers who read her blogs - you mean, NObody got 'it' right?
Well, duh. She was (of course) referring to the 'nobody' who said 'it was (not) easy.'
I'm not suggesting Sami had written anything confusing or unclear: this miscommunication was all down to my interpretation, or lack thereof, because I'd missed the photo.
How often do I overlook one key reference, or phrase - even a single word - that causes me to misinterpret something? How frequently do I misunderstand communication from someone else? All due to my lack of attention.
A reminder to self that 'mindfulness' applies not just to living in the moment with the five senses, but mentally - being alert, paying attention, as I read, write, listen... live.
I've spent the day practicing mindfulness. Sometimes the magic works. It's the sort of 'reminder' that makes me feel like an apprentice in the great workshop of Life. You'd think by now I'd have at least earned my journey(wo)man's card.
Doctor's appointment - scheduled the quarterly HbA1c, so that's all set. We start with an x-ray for the knee, and that's been scheduled. A reminder for the annual flu shot - check. Wrist: suspected arthritis. (Yes, well, not entirely unexpected, that.) And THIS time, instead of halting the Lisinopril altogether, he's cutting the dose in half and we'll see how that goes.
Fair enough. If - IF - I can get off of it and still maintain a 'normal' BP range, I will be delirious with joy. Doogie thinks 125 / 75 is too low. I don't see it. Is there some kind of expected increase in BP as we age? An increase that is allowed - or is genuinely of benefit? And a lack of it is a sign of something amiss? Because assuredly when I was in my 20s (and 30s) 125 / 75 was considered 'good.' Has some kind of scale or table changed of which I'm unaware?
If any of you can answer these questions (!) please tell me. I'm sure everybody can get it right, lol...
Now I've closed the circle, so - goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!