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I was taught at an early age to be grateful for even the simplest things. I'm eternally thankful that someone loved me enough to impart that little bit of wisdom to me. I'm grateful and thankful that I was smart enough to listen.
We should never stop being thankful and our gratitude should be enduring. Our way in life is guided by how we treat ourselves and others. If we want our Karma to be good, we have to humble ourselves in the eyes of God and our fellow man. We should not be too proud to continue being thankful for all manner of things.
Life will ultimately teach us that the consequences of our daily actions have a direct bearing on how things work out for us.
I believe that being happy is all about the good choices that you make. Being a happy person means that you choose not be strict, rigid or inflexible with yourself. You definitely choose not to be sad or foster sorrow in others.
You choose to keep an open mind about all things and all people. You have faith and belief in your fellow man. You encourage and promote opportunities whenever possible.
Being happy never gets old.
I wake up each day with a greater appreciation of the world, my unique place in it and the limitless possibilities that each new day brings.
Like a painter, each day to me resembles a fresh new canvas, where I can paint my existence anyway I want to. I'm a "Can-Do" individual, so my todays are always painted using bright cheery colors. My portraits are painted with good intentions and are always about happy outcomes.
I have control of my inner consciousness that consists of Me, Myself and I. That internal self is at peace and is vibrant because I love not only who I am, but also what I can become.
I have control of my outer self, that consciousness that everyone else gets to see. My goal is to always be engaging, civil, polite and respectful, to like minded people. I try to keep a positive perspective on most things and work hard to keep any of life's negativity at bay.
My main motto is: "It's not what you say ... it's what you do that makes the difference"
Life is always full of pleasant suprises.
I got a very special one exactly 7 years ago today. Let's go back to that time when I was living in Hickory, North Carolina .
I had been dealing with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) on and off for over 7 years at that point. This time I was back on dialysis and went to the local treatment center on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. My treatments were 4 hours in length. Needless to say, dialysis takes a physical toll on your mind, body and soul. It's something you just have to deal with because the alternative is sure death.
(Figure 1, Lifesaving Kidney Dialysis Machine)
I had recently been put on the Kidney Transplant List for my area (Western North Carolina) and had completed all the preliminary tests for accceptance. Everything was working out for me to be a viable transplant receiptant. I knew it would be some time before I would get my call for a transplant.
I wasn't prepared or expecting to get the transplant phone call when I actually did receive it. I needed to make a life altering decision in a few hours max. I was fortunate to have known a caring and giving individual who droppped everything that she and her family had to do that day and willingly agreed to take me to Wake Forest University Hospital . To me, she's an Angel on Earth because there aren't many people you meet in your entire lifetime who will give in that way to help someone out. It would have been easy to not have answered the phone or simply said that she was busy.
I am grateful that I had befriended her and thankful that we got to know each other. She's remains a very talented and energetic young lady. I am glad and priviledged to know her as a trusted friend.
WIth the aid of this Angel I recieved a kidney transplant on Monday, April 16th, 2007.
This year I celebrated my 55th birthday. I must admit that it was a most enjoyable occassion.
A beautiful day, wonderful engaging company, great conversation about many things and lots of smiles.
Today is the first day of Spring! It will be great to put all of the cold bad weather behind us.
Spring, to me, is a very exciting time of the year. I always look forward to observing the many varieties of flowers that bloom during this time period.
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Today marks another World Kidney Day. It's celebrated on the 2nd Thursday of March each year to raise public awareness.
I am grateful to still be here to observe another World Kidney Day. There are many people throughout the world who weren't so lucky. There are millions of other individuals who are now on some type of dialysis treatment to prolong their lives. My prayers are with them, as I have my own personal knowledge of what that is all about. Hopefully one day, with proper advances in science and technology, there will be a circumstance where anyone can readily get a kidney transplant or have their own kidneys repaired.
I was fortunate to have received a kidney transplant which has allowed me to live an almost normal lifestyle. I still need to take care of my transplanted kidney and get frequent check-ups to ensure that things are alright. I have also taught myself about the necessary food choices that promote good health overall.
I hope that I will continue to be blessed.
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