1 Aug 2010
Welcome to the August episode of KaTsZoNe! July seems to have come and gone rather quickly, at least for me. I hope you have had a chance to go out and play with your friends and family!
As you may recall, I was contemplating making changes to KaTsZoNe in some shape or form. You may also recall that in last month's episode, I said, KaTsZoNe is ME and I am KaTsZoNe. What I'm trying to say is, I felt like change is due, and I'm not just talking about the newsletter and website.
Since returning to work at the beginning of July, I have given serious thought about various aspects of my life. Let me start with a little lesson in Greek. Have you heard the expression, "It's all Greek to me?" I have my own expression, "It's all Chinese to me." I cannot read neither! Anyway, getting back to this little Greek lesson, the Ancient Greeks had two words which meant time, chronos and kairos. Chronos refers to chronological or sequential time. Kairos means "the right or opportune moment (the supreme moment)", which could be a moment of undetermined period of time in which something special happens. I wish I had room to explain the significance of kairos, but, I'm mentioning it just to say that in my life, I feel that it is the opportune moment for change. At your leisure, enjoy some Greek at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kairos.
I am happy to report that health-wise, I feel so much better than several months ago. I have made changes to what I eat, how I eat, and listening to the way my body ticks. I think it's important to pay great attention to what our body tells us. You and I have a voice inside, telling us when something is not quite right. The problem is, sometimes, we tell that inner voice to "Shut up!" We might try to dull the volume of that inner voice too often, then, one fine day, our bodies revolt and send a message loud and clear! You may hear or experience the message as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, psoriasis, cancer, etc. So, that inner voice is for our own good. It's never too late to finally listen. Remember, the only person that you can change is YOU!
Equally important are the voices you hear who can help you to make changes to your health. Thank God for my family doctor, specialists, dietician, my previous naturopathic doctor AND Dr. Oz! Love that man! I have listened to their compassionate, caring, and sometimes stern voices and realized that the only person who can change ME is ME! Good-bye diabetes, hopefully for good! Psoriasis is also going away -- hopefully, also, FOR GOOD!
Another type of change I have been considering is my career. After being a legal assistant for about fifteen years, I have a yearning for change. This is not an overnight process. It was not easy making a career decision at 16, 18, 25 or at this stage in my life. All I know is, if I want something to change, I have to take action. It starts with divine guidance through prayer and meditation. The process also includes self-analysis, counseling, reading, networking, etc.
One of our summer high school students who came to gain experience at my office shared a fantastic quote which seemed so timely in my life:
"The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for."
By Maureen Dowd
(American Journalist, Opinion editor columnist for The New York Times, b.1952)
Ms. Dowd's quote really struck a chord in me. No matter what you are contemplating in life, the timing of your decisions, the chances you take, the person you were, the person you have become can each have an impact on your future and the life you choose. If you settle for less, you may regret it. If you don't settle for less, take a chance, and a leap of faith, you may be closer to following your destiny. You would not be happy or satisfied if you settle for less than what you were meant to be.
As each year passes, there is less chronos left for you and I on planet Earth. So, as we get older, I think we need to pay greater attention to kiaros because there is a purpose in life for all of us. It is likely that most of us have not reached our fullest potential. And, when you realize that the time has come to change your life, I think that kind of excitement would make a person get off his/her butt, take the baton and run!
For those of you who are also contemplating changes, I congratulate you. Some of those changes may not have happened to you by choice, but, I know that we will all come through just fine. For me, lots of love and support have brought me through changes throughout the years. I have been so blessed to have my mom and Larry (my wonderful hunny) in my life. I also have some awesome co-workers and amazing friends who make me feel "human" because through my tears, complaints and frustrations, they do not belittle me. Like I have said, I just feel "human", which just means, I feel "normal" and then, I am able to go on with my life, knowing that my life is full of blessings! Thank you all for being there throughout the years of changes which I have been through in my life. So, if you are going through changes too, accept and feel the love and support. You need a good team on your side -- good friends, special loved ones and wise counsellors.
Speaking of change, those of you who are receiving this newsletter by e-mail, I am attaching an audio file. You can download it with a default media program on your computer - i.e. Windows Media Player, QuickTime, RealPlayer, iTunes, just to name a few. You may have to manually select the program if it does not start automatically. Let me know what you think of it!
Who knows what will be in store for me in August? All I can say is, STAY TUNED for the next episode of KaTsZoNe!!!
Enjoy the rest of your summer! Hope you will drop me a line, if you have a chance.
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