Day After Day

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After our lovely visit with my son and his family, we started on our three day trip home. Hubby can’t drive more than 6 hours each day, because he gets so sleepy. This was the middle day of three and we’re enjoying the trip because it’s not as tiring.

It’s an interesting thing that the weather changes as we drive across the country. The transition to Spring brings me to dress in layers. Wild swings in temperatures, wind, and rain always happen this time of year.

The chilly weather never stopped me from watching my grandchild play outdoors. I loved every minute of time with my child’s family. Catching up in person is much better than on the phone.

I didn’t open my computer the entire visit, because I didn’t want to miss the people I came to see. We did a lot of talking and watching little one run back and forth with unstoppable energy. What a wonderful experience.

The days of travel have been more relaxing than in the past. We’ve been getting out of the car and walking around every hour and this has made us feel more awake. My cardiologist says that I should do that to prevent blood clots.

When I get out of the car (after one hour of driving) I am usually very dizzy. The ground seems to be moving up and down and I feel very faint. I lean up against the car until the worst of it passes, before I cross the parking lot to go inside a travel stop.

During this trip, I’ve had more time of reflection. My child lives out in the country where it is unbelievably quiet. Without the tv blaring and car horns in the distance it’s much easier to feel peaceful.

Even when I felt such peace, I noticed some of my thoughts were focused on wanting things that I didn’t have and probably didn’t need. As soon as I start with this type of thinking, it leads to discontent. I’m able to recognize that more often than I did in the past.

I don’t want to dwell on things that don’t apply to me. I am happy and thankful for what I have and have made a decision to be content with my belongings and my physical health. Now that I’m older, I find that I’m naturally more content with my belongings. There are many things I don’t need. I have everything to have a comfortable life and I’m thankful.

I never will be totally healthy. My goal is to improve little things that I can and be content with the rest. This includes working on my mental health as well. Contentment really helps my mental health by lowering my anxiety.

Tomorrow will be another day of driving and I’ll pray again for safety. Each time I arrive safely I can be thankful and content. Hubby and I can continue to enjoy our conversations as we try to encourage each other.

Sometimes we just laugh about negative issues. Others may get uptight, but we aim to let many things go and enjoy life as it comes.

@2024, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert. This post contains my opinions and experiences and is not meant to be taken as medical advice. If you have a medical concern, please consult your personal physician.

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