Day 355, Valuing Our Humanity

Day 355, Valuing Our Humanity

 
“What is one way you can make a small shift in seeing your humanity with acceptance and compassion?  What can you say to yourself?”
 
 

Saturday Morning

 
Unfortunately, I gained some weight this morning.  I kept my diet diary yesterday morning but gave up some time in the afternoon.  Perhaps if I speak gently to myself about my commitment to keep a complete log, I will resume it.  My Cronometer completion average is now down to 65%.  I think what stopped me this month was infected eczema on my left middle finger, which interfered with my typing comfort and accuracy.
 

Gratitude

 
Let me begin my day with gratitude, lest I lose perspective.  What can I say in my gratitude list that will be of benefit to humanity?
 

Preparing For My Day

 
5-10 things I am grateful for:
  • being well-off enough to load our cupboards, counter, refrigerator, and freezer with a wonderful supply of fresh food yesterday, especially with peaches, which are in season.
  • not having to go to the grocery store myself.  (Instacart).
  • deluxe appliances that make housework easier.
  • Grammarly, which checks my grammar for free.  (I like the way it scores my writing.)
  • WordPress, which manages my blog for free.  (I am still learning it.)
 
morning comments, feelings, ideas, moods, and empowering questions:

10 Positive Affirmations

1.
My body is healthy; my mind is brilliant; my soul is tranquil.
2.
I believe I can do anything.
3.
Everything that is happening now is happening for my ultimate good.
4.
I am the architect of my life; I build its foundation and choose its contents.
5.
I forgive those who have harmed me in the past and peacefully detach from them.
6.
My ability to conquer my challenges is limitless; my potential for success is infinite.
7.
Today, I abandon my old habits and take up new positive ones.
8.
I can achieve greatness.
9.
Today, I am brimming with energy and overflowing with joy.
10.
I love and accept myself for who I am.
 
mood and energy:
 
0-100
comments
mood:
80
better now that I have done my affirmations
energy:
85
reasonably good today; I just need more focus.
 
accomplishments:
 
accomplishment
the reason it is important
next action(s)
1
I still have the above 10 affirmations memorized.
See if you can affirm them aloud.
2
The affirmations seem more like me than when I first adopted them.
Make them true by affirmation.
Actualize them in your life.
3
My mouth is cleaner, and my teeth are smoother now that I have been using Sonicare.  (Maybe the hygienist was right.)
Keep your teeth.
Keep using it twice a day.
4
My blood pressure reading at the doctor on Tuesday was 115/75 mmHg, without the need for medication.
Overall health
Keep doing things that manage your blood pressure.  It is likely that mixing the two kinds of V8, regular and low sodium is having a positive impact on your blood pressure.
5
I finished the book, Nothing Changes Until You Do by Mike Robbins.
Self-compassion, getting out of your own way
Put the best of his ideas into practice and keep reading.
 

Trust

 
My step-son just came to go over the family trust.  He will not be able to finish it until after his vacation though, due to the delay for getting it printed.  I am already feeling a sense of accomplishment for getting this far.  I am thinking of my mother’s advice last fall about getting a trust.  A trust will help take care of me if my husband passes on.  I thank the Lord my husband is willing to help me.  I could not live here without his help.  He says he could not live here without mine.
 

Sunday Morning

 
This morning I mind-mapped my blogging activities.  Some are not fully implemented yet but will be.  I can also use the 80/20 rule to pinpoint my most valuable activities and focus on them.  Focus is good, but I think coverage is important also.
 
 

Altitude Challenges

 
I also want to mind-map my self-care activities for better coverage.  Colorado is a dermatological challenge.  Due to the altitude, Colorado is the skin cancer capital of the United States.  It is a beautiful place to live but a bit challenging for my skin.
 
The altitude can make depression worse as well.  States with a high altitude tend to have high suicide rates.  Researchers believe the lower intake of oxygen could be affecting this.  Also, altitude is associated more strongly with suicide than gun ownership.
 
Fortunately, I am not at all suicidal presently.  Read National Geographic’s Katie’s New Face.  Her story inspired me to get over any desire to end my life.  That article also taught me the value some people put on a life, just because of its humanity, even after it has been damaged by a suicide attempt.  Katie may have wondered why so many people worked so hard to help her.  She started to value her life again, even though the doctors were not able to completely repair her body.
 

Valuing Our Lives

 
How can we value our own lives?  We can value ourselves any way we want, but to depend on what we can do to give us value can be problematic.  My grandmother lived into her 90’s, and she was unable to do most of the things she had always done.  Instead of valuing herself for just being grandma, she wanted to die.  Perhaps at that age, that is okay.  However, I do not want to live into my 90’s with a death wish.  I do not know if I will live into my 90’s.  However, it is a possibility.  I do not want a death wish in my 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, or 80’s either.
 
How can we always embrace what life we have, even if we may be disabled?  There have been times when I have felt that because bipolar disorder has kept me from a career or family, that my value as a person is not very great.  However, I can be a cheerleader to encourage others.  I have done more of that than I was aware of originally.
 

Valuing Our Humanity

 
I believe one way we can value ourselves is to understand the value of being a member of humanity.  We can value the accomplishments of human beings and claim those as our own.  One book that taught me more about what humanity has accomplished is National Geographic’s The Science Book, which I read cover to cover.  Another great National Geographic book is Theories for Everything, which I also read cover to cover.  Appreciate the accomplishments of all humanity, including not only of those you read about but those of people in your life.  Nurture the efforts of your children and/or other family members through encouragement.  If science is not your thing, try art.
 
We are all a part of this.  Admittedly, humanity has done some not so great things.  Think of yourself as part of the solution rather than the problem.  If you are not able to do so yourself, still encourage activities like donating to or volunteering for causes like Habitat for Humanity, so everyone can have the advantage of having a place to create, discover, grow, invent, and make further contributions to humanity.
 

Encouragement for Those Contributing to Humanity

 
As my Lyft driver last Tuesday drove me home, she told me that she was a college student and enjoyed making some money during the summer, driving for Lyft.  I asked her what she was majoring in, and she said, “Sustainability.”  I did not even know there was such a college major.  We passed the time talking about food deserts in Phoenix and urban gardens.
 
Food deserts are usually urban areas, where people have little access to transportation, and usually, the only food sources they have are fast food and convenience stores.
 
During our ride, I encouraged her to get connected with people who are already working on the problem.  I must have impressed her by having had some exposure to the problem of food deserts through my studies at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  I encouraged her to do what she is doing; I was her cheerleader.  The problem of food deserts may be too big to solve completely even in her lifetime, but if she is dedicated to working on it, she can make a difference and make a great contribution to humanity.
 

Sunday Afternoon

 

What Can I Do Today to Value My Humanity?

 
1.
I can reverence the miracle of my body by taking better care of it.  That could include:
  • shampooing my eyes with baby shampoo and cotton rounds
  • hot packing them with a washcloth warmed in the microwave for 25 seconds
  • lubricating my eyes with Systane against the dry Colorado air
  • taking my eye supplements: astaxanthin, lutein, and zeaxanthin.
2.
I can reverence the miracle of my husband’s body by trimming his fingernails and giving him a cloth to wash his eyes.
3.
I can reflect for a moment on the achievement of the 1969 moon landing that I am old enough to have watched on TV when it happened.
4.
I can celebrate the advancement of African Americans in America in the past few decades.  They have probably made advancements worldwide as well.  I just need to be more aware.
5.
I can celebrate the software that has been developed to make this blog possible.  Much of it is available at no cost.  Below is my blog mind map with software logos.  (If you cannot read the text, refer to the same mind map above without the logos.)
 
 

Progress of Humanity

 
Humanity has made progress, even within my lifetime.  Some people like to complain about how bad things are getting.  I do not feel that way.  I have some concerns, but on the whole, I love the information age.  We can google any question, and most likely someone has written an answer.  What a blessing that is to us!  Now, all we need to do is have the right questions and the time to go over the answers and evaluate whether they are suited to our needs.  Then we can implement a solution for ourselves.
 

Prayer

 
 
 
AFTERNOON Prayer
 
Lord,
 
This Sunday, I celebrate the achievements of humanity and feel an ownership in the collective accomplishment.
 
In 1979, I started college at Brigham Young University, majoring in computer science.  We did not have our own PC’s, and the computers we used did not have hard drives.  To store our programs, we used an 8” floppy disk.  For one of my programs, I used 80-column punch cards.  The IBM PC had not been released yet.  That happened in 1981.
 
My roommates did not even have computers.  We who were majoring in computer science were the vanguard.
 
A lot has changed since then.  Computers are used in almost every walk of life.  Almost every household in the U.S. has one or more.  Worldwide there are billions of computers as well.  Since a cell phone is a computer, I include them in my count.
Humanity’s progress has been so rapid that even with my head start, I struggle to keep up.
 
Lord, it is not just what I can do that matters; it is what I have become.  It is the fact that I belong to humanity, not so much that I program computers but that I am a computer scientist.
 
Katie nearly killed herself, but she found many willing to help her just because of her humanity.  I think she is beginning to embrace her worth, even though it must be very hard for her.
 
Lord, let me see the value of who I am.  Let me value my life.  Help me never to be tempted to take my own life again.  I do not want to die a death of my own making.  Let me live until I die, grateful for every breath.
 
Lord, bless my readers that each one will value their humanity.
 
Amen.
 
If you would like to join me on this journey from the beginning, please start with Day One.
 
 
KaeLyn Morrill
 

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