I trust that you have thoroughly enjoyed the 2022 series of blog topics in The Monday Moment of Truth, and being introduced to our TOPS Team through them. We have a wonderful crew of caring people helping guide us through the pathways and around the pitfalls toward our best health. This year our Board, Service Program Administrators and Retreat Directors were invited to add their voices to mine. To paraphrase an old Beatles ballad I know that “We will continue to get by with a little help from our friends!” Each member of the team shared a key message on a specific topic during the year that included:
- The importance of listening not just to others but to yourself as well
- Decluttering your environment and life in general to make room for change
- Staying aware of behaviors that are developing into habits and determining how helpful or unhelpful they may be
- Making a plan to get you started in the right direction and keep you going
- Staying focused on what you wish to change, modify and accomplish
- Identifying and finding effective ways to deal with stressors that may be roadblocks to progress
- How to restart when you get off track and need to reroute to continue the journey
- Being supportive of yourself and seeking support throughout the process of learning and changing
- Sharing moments of joy and happiness as you find the path that works best for you
- Keeping a positive attitude each day in every way about the wonderful life journey you are traveling
Each added so much to our yearlong discussion. It is clear to me that that traveling the road together is so much better than going it along.
Connecting with you for over 10 years through the Monday Moment of Truth featured on www.tops.org has been one of my favorite TOPS’ experiences. I am excited to conclude this personal blog series, and look forward to continuing to hear from President Rick as well as others in the months ahead. There is so much more to learn!
Please, take time to treasure the priceless gift of each moment of every day. Be fully present in your own life and appreciate all around you. I will definitely still be around, encouraging you and traveling beside you.
Outside my window, a new day I see,
Only I can determine what kind of day it will be.
It can be busy and sunny, laughing and gay,
Or boring and cold, unhappy and grey.
My own state of mind is the determining key,
For I am the person I let myself be.
I can be thoughtful and do all I can to help,
Or be selfish, and think just of myself,
I can enjoy what I do and make it seem fun,
Or gripe and complain and make it hard on someone.
I can be patient with those who may not understand,
Or belittle and hurt them as much as I can.
But I have faith in myself And believe what I say.
And I personally intend to make the best of each day.
As Mary Anne Radmacher so succinctly stated, “Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.”
You are TOPS!
Learning as I go, Barb