Simplify, a word that can have meaning in ones life. It meant a lot to me yesterday. I had a heart attack on December 20, 2011. I will never forget it. It was something that I never would have expected as I had lost 55 pounds months before my heart attack. I was feeling great and I was excited for Christmas. I thought that I was taking care of myself, well I was, but I found out that genetics is what caused my heart attack.
Simplify, means to live simply. To de-clutter ones life. I had decided to get rid of a lot of clutter around the house because it was driving me nuts cleaning. I had decided that I didn’t need the extra stress of having clutter. For the most part, I have kept up with the clutter not coming into the house.
Simplify can also mean to eat simply. When I was losing weight before my heart attack, I had the motto “You need to eat to live, not live to eat.”. To this day, I continue with that motto. There are those occasions that I might splurge and have frozen yogurt or maybe even a cookie, but those occasions are rare. I am now a person who eats simple meals made from fresh food. I simplified my pantry. Basic wholesome food with the occasional junk food for the rest of the family who can’t handle eating heart healthy all of the time.
Simplify. Yesterday I got a phone call from my cardiologist that turned my life upside down. I had an echocardiogram last week to see how my stents are doing. Apparently he saw something that he didn’t like and is sending me to another specialist that deals with the electrical part of my heart. I thought that I was doing so well up until that one phone call.
Simplify. I try to keep my life simple, but at the same time I realize that you only live once so you should never have any regrets. Do things now, because tomorrow might not be here. Simply put, take the opportunity to do the things that are on your bucket list. If you simplify your everyday life, you can enjoy the bigger things that mean more than clutter.
I am determined to get through these next few weeks by focusing on what is truly important in my life. Family and friends are there for me, and I am doing things that make me happy. I have a pile of clutter that I have started to donate to a local thrift shop. I am ready to de-clutter more of my life.
This jar sits on my bulk food/spice shelf. It is something that I look at everyday and realize that one word can have such a huge meaning in ones life.