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Friendly Fill-Ins: Week 17


Annie at McGuffy's Reader and Ellen at 15andmeowing are co-hosting a weekly meme called Friendly Fill-In'sAll you have to do to participate is complete the statements and link your post up hereThis is a fun way to get to know each other a little better!

Here are the this week's statements:

1. My favorite way to exercise is ______________.

2. Something I learned last week was  __________________.

3.  I am sentimental about __________________ .

4.  Some people might find it surprising to know ___________________.


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Here are my answers:

1. My favorite way to exercise is walking in nature, it's good for body and soul.

2. Something I learned last week was that sometimes people can't be rescued no matter how hard everyone tries. Sometimes the damage is just too great.


3.  I am sentimental about little gifts I've received that were chosen with much love and consideration of the things that make me smile.

4.  Some people might find it surprising to know that I cherish my personal time, and I get frustrated if I feel that people are demanding too much of me.  It seems I am less flexible at this stage of life than when I was younger, or maybe just less willing to be a people-pleaser.


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22 comments:

  1. Nice answers, Josie. Thank you for visiting mine, the "rabbit" says thank you gobs of carrots for your vote.
    I'll answer here, maybe on Anne's blog too. She is a nice lady.
    1. My favorite way to exercise is ___It used to be running but since my back surgery at age 68 it is now WALKING___.
    2. Something I learned last week was __about a guy I'd never heard of and don't want to hear much of him now, Colin Kaepernick making a national anthem controversy____.
    3. I am sentimental about ___our National Anthem, I gave five years for it to be sung freely ___.
    4. Some people might find it surprising to know ___that I was dying my hair back when we got married, I was sooo young___.
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    1. Thank you for sharing your answers, Jim! Yes, do link them up with Annie too, so others can enjoy them. I love to walk, but my knees and feet don't allow a great deal of it at the moment. Amen on your #2. I wish we'd stop giving people like this the publicity they crave. If no one commented it would have ended his "protest". He makes a whole lot of money to behave so poorly. I agree with #3. If you want to protest, take action, do something to better the world! Maybe he should spend a stint in the military and see how he feels. Men dying there hair was less common then, now many do, but often take it to extremes, just as women do. Black hair at 80! Silly :-) I love silver hair and hope mine is all white someday!

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  2. Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. I feel the same about #4, I am generous with things, but not with my time. I agree with #2 as well, I don't think we can rescue anyone, everyone has to rescue themselves. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. I think I equate time with freedom, Ellen, because as a wife and mother mine was often taken up with necessities. I love time to do as I please and I get grumpy if people steal it from me. I agree about rescuing people, they have to want to be helped, they have to want to be saved, not everyone reaches that point, sadly.

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  3. It's the co-dependent's dilemma, not being able to see that you can't rescue a person who doesn't want to be rescued. Not in the true sense, anyway, although you can take away the momentary problems, it never helps.

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    1. That's absolutely true, Mimi. Most addiction issues of any kind are supported by well-meaning co-dependents who believe they are helping when they are really just helping the person kill themselves. Throwing gas at a fire may feed it, but it won't douse the flames.

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  4. I agree 100% on your answer to #1. Natures walks are good and healthy on a multitude of levels. :)

    Have a blessed weekend!

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    1. Yes they are, nothing uplifts the spirit more... and it's a wonderful opportunity to pray and listen for answers!

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  5. Walking in nature is the best. I dislike the treadmill but like an indoor stationary bike. I sort of come to a stop when I feel people are asking too much of me. I can be protective and selfish with my time.

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    1. I like outdoor walks far better too. I have had treadmills and bikes and always found I quickly tired of them. I am like you about coming to a stop when I feel pressured. I become resistant. I have learned that I can choose how I want to spend my time. Friends understand that there is a way and time for both.

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  6. Ah, Josie. I learned long ago that some people cannot be rescued. I respect that, though. You can reach out, but it is their choice to grasp on. You cannot dictate someone's journey. Ultimately, they have to control their own destiny.

    There are also critters who cannot be saved, sadly. There were some that I tried to save and some I only knew, that shut down, gave up. Again, when you have done your all, you have to respect that choice...and it takes a piece of my heart every time I witness it. I remember every critter, a scar on my heart. Like my Moon.

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    1. Amen to each person being in control of their own destiny, Annie. We can throw life lines, but they have to grab on or let go. It hurts the heart so badly to see someone you care about drown. :-( I agree that this extends to critters too, when something gives up on life it is difficult and often impossible to change that, but we can always share our love no matter what the outcome, and you do that so generously with each critter that has come to you.

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  7. You are right. Some people have given up on themselves and aren't interested in being helped. There is only so much one can do.

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    1. That is sadly, very true David. An acquaintance of mine committed suicide last week. She had struggled with life for a long, long time. It broke my heart.

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  8. Excellent answers, Josie!

    I love walking in nature - you're so right that it's good for body and soul.

    It's sad but true that sometimes people can't be rescued no matter how hard everyone tries, and that sometimes the damage is just too great. My sister is one of those people, sadly enough.

    Oh yes! Little gifts that were chosen with much love and consideration of the things that make one smile are the BEST - and definitely something to be sentimental over. ;)

    I am SO with you on #4, too - I can relate so very much!!

    Have a great weekend! :)

    Exercise and Learning, Sentimental and Surprising – Friendly Fill-Ins for Friday Fun!

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    1. Walking in nature is so restoring! I am sorry about your sister, it is heartbreaking to care about someone that cannot overcome the damage that they have sustained in life. Yet many are able to overcome horrific situations, if their survival instinct is strong enough. Sadly, it isn't up to us, it's up to them.

      I find that little, thoughtful gifts are often far more precious than expensive gifts that were given more for show. Papa Bear is a master of choosing things that touch my heart... like a wildflower placed in the handle of my car door for me to find!

      I think with present technology we sometimes expect people to be available to us 24/7, and in emergency situations we should be, but on a daily basis I am the one who can choose to respond to or ignore messages, calls, emails, etc. until I find the time for them. It looks like I am not the only one who often feels pressured.

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  9. Great answers for the questions. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you Jeanne! I'm heading over to check out yours!

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  10. Definitely agree with #2 -- there have a been a few people I had to just let go because there was just no helping them... and staying friends would mean getting dragged down into their pit.
    And I love my personal time too. I think it's because the world is just so fast and noisy and so much information all the time: an introvert like me needs to hit pause a lot more as a I get older.

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    1. Like you, there have been a few people I had to detach myself from because they were draining, a one way relationship, trying to bail out a sinking ship.

      I think you've nailed it completely about personal time, we all need it or we begin to feel anxious and frustrated. I love to socialize, but I need recovery time, and I need it often!

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  11. Nature always is a refreshing thing for the body and soul.

    Sometimes I feel like I spend too much of my time by myself and not around other people.

    : )

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    1. Yes it is refreshing, Joseph. I always feel better if I go out for a walk! I like people, but I like my along time even more in most cases! :-)

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Your comments are always appreciated... they make me smile! :-)