Finnigan’s Stew

Okay, I have no idea where I pulled that title from. To be honest, I was thinking about the many ideas bouncing around my head that I could put into a blog post and the title just jumped into my head. Who was Finnigan? I have no idea. However, I have made stews in the past and I know that there are many parts to the final dish. Each ingredient plays its part to create a satisfying meal.
I guess I’ve just worked out my analogy – there are many ‘ingredients’ in my life right now and all together they will create something immensely satisfying. At least I hope so. (Unless ‘Finnigan’ is like my old mate Nav and had NO culinary experience whatsoever) πŸ˜›You may have noticed that my alphabet posts have ceased. I gave up!
I was beginning to find them difficult to do and I know, I gave up with the finish line in sight. I had only X, Y and Z to go.
I will admit that X had me stumped. It’s been interesting reading how others have tackled this letter. I even learned some things! I had been planning on writing about x-rays. I’ve had a few of them in my time for one reason or another. What I find interesting about x-rays is that they are great for showing us our ‘structure’ (bit like the frames of a house being built) but they can’t show you the soul (or what makes your house your home).
I can’t remember what I had planned to write for ‘Y’ but I think it may have been ‘Yellow’. In fact I expect to see some posts from others in the challenge using that word. Yellow is a bright and happy colour. Yellow makes me smile.
And ‘Z’ is for Zen. That elusive state that many of us are searching for.
So, I have given up on the alphabet and I will go back to sharing my thoughts. I must admit that could be a little more scarier though.

I have had some interesting experiences over the past few days. (Well interesting to me). I had a horrid experience whilst travelling in the car the other day that showed me just how powerful our minds can be. From a line in a song, my mind kept progressing until it had me feeling quite ill with its imaginings. My breathing changed and the feelings invoked by those thoughts was very real. It took a lot of will power, breathing and calming thoughts to bring my mind back to the present and to push away those horrid thoughts and feelings. It really gave me an insight into how much of what we think can change our lives and just how easy it is for our minds to run away with those thoughts. The physical sensations that arose from those thoughts were not imagined. I was amazed at the mind-body connection.
Interestingly, I have been reading Wayne Dyer’s book “I Can See Clearly Now” in which he looks back at times in his life with the wisdom of hindsight and can see clearly what was going on at the time. Earlier that day I had read about the time he had witnessed an experiment as part of his university study that demonstrated the mind-body connection. I was intrigued by it but not really convinced. It took my mind going off on it’s own little tangents to show me the the reality of what I had read.

I’m sure there are many out there who still question the power of the mind and its effect on our daily lives.
Yesterday, I learned another lesson.
My anxiety levels were high and I was feeling physically ill. I was worried about the day ahead and I kept dwelling on this. And then things began to happen. I began to make mistakes. My prophesy was self fulfilling. And just when I thought the day was over and I could lay on the couch and watch mind-numbing television (or electric valium as one of my friends calls it), the phone rang. And I was reminded that the day could still catch up with me.
I wish I could be like this duck 073-copyand tuck my head under my wing and hope things go away. Just as I didn’t take my camera away from the duck, my problems are not going to go away without dealing with them.
Decisions need to be made and life needs to go on.

What I am learning is that thoughts play a big part in just how my life is going to play out today. I can choose to be positive or I can choose to allow my anxiety to control the day. The choice is mine.
What’s your choice today?

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43 thoughts on “Finnigan’s Stew

  1. Sometimes I “want” things to spiral down for some reason. It’s some perverse desire learned by my strange childhood. But onto more funny things. So the blog title is Finnagan’s Stew and I see this cute bird, then I start reading about a yummy stew and I think, “Tell me it isn’t so!” Whew, then I realized you weren’t making duck stew lol. In that case life wouldn’t have gone on! hahahahahaha

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  2. I can say that the AtoZ Challenge has really been a challenge for me. I am tired of it and thank heavens it is coming to an end! I like to participate in the weekly challenges and all of them have dropped off because of the darn challenge! Anyway, I am sorry to hear about your anxiety flare up. I understand where you are coming from. I have it as well. It is bad when I drive and can come on at anytime. It is worse if I am stuck in heavy traffic…that feeling of being trapped is what does it for me mostly. Anyway, like you said, you just have to talk yourself right out of it. Be positive and focus on something else …something good. If my son is with me he will start talking about something to take my mind off of it. Wishing you a better day always! πŸ™‚ Oh and when I saw the title and the picture of the bird, at first, I thought bird stew. LOL πŸ˜‰

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    1. You too? Laura thought it was about bird stew as well lol.
      It’s great that your son can recognise when you are having an anxiety attack and take your mind off it. I purposely didn’t tell my family what was happening but it was scary there for a bit.

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  3. My choices did not involve anxiety today. (So far…) Everyone else in my house woke up grumpy, and I couldn’t wait for them all to leave, lol! I painted that back hallway today, but I forgot to eat lunch until almost 3, and then I further forgot that if I wanted roast chicken for dinner, I actually needed to put the chicken in at 3…*achem* So, home fries for dinner tonight.
    Sassy brought me home a baby tulip tree, which I fancy very much, so I’m delighted about that πŸ˜€
    The Mister is not to be home until bedtime, since he has a seminar downtown, so that gives me plenty of time to clean all this paint off myself and wind down πŸ™‚
    Tomorrow is Yellow for me, as yellow is my favorite!
    Best of luck with your decision making. Trust your gut, and then let go ❀

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    1. Awesome that your choices were great.
      My Tween is not a morning person and it’s hard to get anything other than a grunt out of her until she’s fully awake (and that can take a couple of hours) lol
      Thanks for your suggestion on the decision making. I spoke to the GG about it (I’d been scared to) and he supports me whatever decision I make. That makes it much easier. πŸ™‚

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  4. You didn’t really quit or give up because you just gave us X,Y,Z snippets in your stew. We have to be kind to ourselves on this kind of day. Not every day can be productive or full of meaning; some are trying to hold on or steady or what… ever. C’est la vie.

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  5. Dangit! I was looking forward to your X post. hee hee. I’m pretty positive if I were participating in this challenge, Xanax would have been my X word. Actually Xanax would lead me to Yahoo into Zen. Ha! Okay…silly I am. Those annoying anxiety incidents. I have actually worked myself up today–a full blown spell of paralyzing fear. Good thing I didn’t have to go anywhere. I turned to writing about it, hoping to release it. I’m finding that the more I try to ignore what is making me anxious, instead of facing it head on, the more intense the anxiety becomes. While I know I have a choice regarding how I think about things, I have a fear I have to stand up to and shake my fist at. Once I have mastered that, I know what I can make better choices. (Which is exactly what I think you wrote) Make those decisions, and enjoy! πŸ˜€

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    1. You fibber. Sure you were looking forward to it… I think I might just plan a post on menopause rofl πŸ‘Ώ
      I hope you worked through your fear yesterday. I find writing works the best. The GG is encouraging me to write more so that I can get through this. He has also told me that he will support me whatever decision I make so that is great. It’s wonderful that he understands exactly what is going on in my head right now.

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  6. I chose to be super busy and super steady and super calm – it was wonderful.
    Shall we see if I can pull it off tomorrow again? πŸ˜›
    Awesome post Suzuki!
    Tell you what though – I am so sorry to say this and it may seem judgemental – but anyone who doubts how powerful our thoughts are over our physical body really needs to watch a horror movie! LOL! CHeck OUT that tingle down the spine when you go to the loo – or walk into the dark kitchen and hear a door creak. Crazy stuff man!!
    We doubt those connection between spirit mind and body so much don’t we?
    We always seem to feed one and leave the others – or let one control the others – instead of letting (learning to understand ) how to work all three together.
    I reckon it is the journey we all embark on when we leave the womb really – figuring out how to balance all three….and then – well then there is that fickle thing called the heart πŸ˜‰

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    1. Okay, laughed at your correlation between the mind and the spooky. The other afternoon, I was on my own at work and dark comes in early these days (especially when it is overcast). We know that the building (an old house) I work in is haunted. I’ve had experiences over the years. The ghost is a lovely lady (we’ve worked that out). Well she decided the other afternoon to make some noise after I had locked up the back of the house and it was dark. It spooked me so much that I forgot to alarm the building in my rush to get out the door. My mind just went into overdrive. lol

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      1. THAT is actually quite cool hey!
        Funny how things work like that – the lessons compound themselves so nicely sometimes πŸ˜›
        But SERIOUSLY??!!??
        I would not have even locked the doors dude!..
        (actually no I probably would have gone back in to have a chat – NOT – MAYBE? I have no idea WHAT I would do really?? LMAO!)

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        1. Normally it wouldn’t bother me but the other afternoon I couldn’t wait to get out of there. When I told some of the others, they didn’t even laugh. We all know about the ghost lol

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  7. Our mind has enormous power over us! ….if we let it. A small ant hill can be magnified and blown up into a gigantic mountain towering above us, within moments. I can take an insignificant thought and transform into something that has my whole body shivering. In other words, you’re right. Our mind can either control us, or we can control it. It’s our choice.

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  8. You did finish off your A-Z in this post. Check it off your list!! Being out of sorts definitely colors how our day turns out ,I believe. When I am “off” and negative or anxious whatever I touch seems to end badly. Some days I accept that it is what it is, other days I make a conscious effort to work to change the attitude and let things go and move forward in a positive manner. The mind/body connection is strong.

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    1. I definitely believe that when you aren’t on your game, it colours your view. I understand that. Unfortunately you lucky people are the recipients of my ‘therapy’ (writing). πŸ™‚ I am realising just how strong the mind can be these days.

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  9. So true Sue – our thoughts can and will determine our present and our future if we don’t get them under control, that’s the great part though is we control them and choose them. It is a daily practice and purposeful thing in my life, if I don’t manage them they manage me. Great post and I agree, your A to Z is done! πŸ˜‰

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    1. Thanks Mich. It’s so great to see you here again. πŸ™‚
      Yes, thoughts are difficult to manage. Some days I can do it and some days I can’t. But the great thing is that I can recognise that it is just my thoughts.

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      1. That’s the key Suz

        And good to be back – life took over for a while there and my blogging family chopped off – but thank goodness we all get it xx

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    1. I haven’t read that one. I am reading a few of his right now but “I Can See Clearly Now” is easier reading right now.
      I think it’s great that messages come when we need them.

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    1. Young? By what? A couple of months lol!! Or is it you who is younger than me?
      Life can be a self fulfilling prophecy – of that I am sure but it’s a good thing you have survival skills. Lighting a BBQ is always a good thing to know πŸ˜›

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