Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 Had Many Challenges But I End The Year With Joy And Gratitude

Me with two of my grand boys at Christmas.

Boy, What a Year
Ah, the last day of the year. A month ago I would have said, “hooray, let’s get this one over with.” But I end the year with joy and gratitude. Let me explain.

I started the year learning the tango in Buenos Aires and cooking in Rio de Janeiro. What a wonderful beginning to the year. I then returned in February to do several medical procedures that were going to improve my life.

No matter how many vitamins we take, no matter how much we exercise, no matter how good a diet we have – shit happens. In my case, I had a surgery to fix a Morton’s neuroma in my foot so that I could run again. It didn’t turn out as well as I’d hoped, to put it mildly (but that’s an entire blog post in itself). Then I had 2 cataract surgeries that gave me excellent vision until one of my retina’s tore which required a fun laser procedure to tack it back up. Finally, several mysterious freckles showed up which required skin biopsies.

By now I’m thinking that 2015 is not a banner year. How embarrassing for someone who writes a health blog. How did this happen to me? I eat well, work out regularly, take healthful tinctures and critical supplements every day. I was feeling pretty down - thinking that perhaps at 67 you are just supposed to fall apart no matter what. But something interesting happened to me.

While I was waiting for my biopsy results, I had this very long discussion with the universe. At the end, I made a promise that if the results were negative, I would stop sweating the small stuff. I would be more positive about life and not let things upset me. I would spend more of my time doing things that fed my soul. In short, I made the decision to be happier and more joyful.

Now you have to understand a little about me to know what a big deal this was. My mother, bless her soul, was extremely accomplished and I have the utmost respect for her. But she was not often joyful. She worried about and anticipated a negative outcome for just about everything. Were she alive today, she would be worried that ISIS would invade New Rochelle. A lifetime of these negative tapes are hard to erase and many of them rubbed off on me. Not that I was a grumpy bear, but I was quick to dwell a bit on the negative. But after getting the negative biopsy report I was hoping for, I decided to erase those tapes, as best I could. 

I made the decision to choose joy and to embrace gratitude. Yes, it turns out, it’s a decision. I’m not saying that it always works but it works a lot more when you’ve made the decision. Try it!

I am Filled with Joy and Gratitude
So as I sit here today, the last day of the year, soaking my New Year’s black-eyed peas, reflecting back on 2015, I am filled with joy and gratitude. 

I am grateful that I survived my health issues and I end the year healthy and fit.

I am grateful that I will continue my journey to discover how food, herbs, and lifestyle can lead to a healthier life and that I get to share what I learn with you.

I am grateful that I have a wonderful husband, family and good friends.

I am grateful that I live in California (I need not explain.)

I am grateful that I got to spend the holidays with my kids, grandkids, and got to watch Star Wars in 3D at an IMAX theatre. 

I’m grateful that I could fly in and out of Minneapolis at Christmas without having my flights cancelled or delayed due to snow.

I am grateful for you and your interest in my work. This provides me the inspiration to continue.

My Best Wishes to You
As you reflect the past year, I hope you celebrate the good things that have happened in your life. And I hope the challenging things you may have experienced have made you stronger. Most of all, I hope you have many interesting and joyful things to look forward to in 2016 and people you love to share them with. 

Happy New Year and I’ll see you next year!



Cindy Gillease said...

Love this post! There is so much negativity around and consciously putting your intentions above it and getting the best from your life, no matter what, is the best focus for the New Year! Being grateful and choosing joy is a great way to live.
Happy New Year!

Cindy Gillease

Dr. Joanne L. Mumola Williams said...

Thanks Cindy. Happy New Year!

Lisa M. said...

Yes, a lovely post! I'm afraid that I frequently take my good health for granted (like you, I'm a bit of a Nut Health!). Good reminder to be "great"ful and not sweat the small stuff! Thanks for the reminder and Happy New Year!

~Lisa Monroe

Dr. Joanne L. Mumola Williams said...

Thanks for the nice comment Lisa and Happy New Year!

TheRawsomeVeganGal said...

Thanks for sharing this awesome post about gratitude, as a link you sent on a comment to my youtube channel video on being grateful for what we have.
I am sharing that link here for your viewers, as well.
Being Thankful - Showing Gratitude for All the Goodness and Gifts

By the way, my Mom always has Morton's Neuroma, maybe you and her can share stories on what works best for it. She lives in Florida.
With much gratitude and thanks 😍

Dr. Joanne L. Mumola Williams said...

I'm writing a very long post on my journey to address Morton's neuroma. I hope to complete it in a few weeks so you can share it with your mom.
Take care,

TheRawsomeVeganGal said...

Thanks, Joanne.
Email me the link when it is posted, so I can share with her.

I meant to write, "my Mom also, not always"
Sorry for the typo