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My annual physical was a couple of days ago. EKG was normal. Blood pressure was 110/80. I had no pain, no swelling and no allergies. And, I am expecting the lab report to be a good one. Thank God for good health! All was going well until the Dr. asked me, “What do you do for fun?” I paused for a few moments. Exercise crossed my mind, but something said, “Don’t mention exercise!” At the same time, Dr. Kates said, “And don’t say exercise!” I had to admit that I have very little time for doing things that are fun for me. Sad!

When I could not give the doctor an answer, she shook her head and said, “If you don’t take the time to do the things you enjoy doing, your health can be affected.” Needless to say, it’s been on my mind since leaving the doctor’s office. I had already started to be concerned about my full plate of projects and even threatened to clean the plate off. I never expected my medical doctor to bring up the importance of having fun, but her timing was perfect!

The reality is that most of what I am doing is for someone, or something, other than myself. I am a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a sister, a daughter, a pastor, a teacher, a counselor and a friend. Each one of those relationships require a piece of me! Here’s the challenge …. taking time for ALL of me to just be me.

Now, I know I’m not the only one! I remember a saying, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” It makes Jill a dull girl too! So for those of you, like me, who have been working hard but not playing just as hard, let’s change that today! What makes you happy? What makes you smile? I’m thinking now. Just thinking about it makes me smile. I’m on my way to New York and heading for beads and trimmings! I am headed for the fabric district! Today is the beginning of MY fun!

Take a minute to think about it, then do it! Get ready, get set, GO!

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