Being Content with what you have-life is a gift from GOD

by Brian Tinsley on December 4, 2010 · 0 comments

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It’s Saturday morning around 5:30am. I have been up since about 4:45am, but decided to get out of bed at 5am. I went straight down stairs for a cup of coffee. I like getting up early on the weekends and having some quiet time. I am playing tennis at 0700am (doubles) and then some singles at 2:30pm. I played singles last evening at 4pm.

This picture of the tennis ball coming over the net made me think about being “content” in a way that I know I have the tools and skill set to be able to get that ball back over the net, or at least I think in my mind that I can do it. Which in a way is like life, we never know what is coming over the net at us and how we will react or how we may think/feel that perhaps we are not content with what we have, our skill set/mind set and that IF we had other tools, other material things, we’d be happier and better able to handle life’s trial and tribulations.

Here’s a great quote from the Bible:

….I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4: 11b – 13, NIV

II Corinthians 12:10

I am excited about meeting my new cardiologist, Dr. Catherine Otto at the U of W Medical Center. I was referred to her from Dr. Gabe Aldea at the U of W who helps me with my site’s questions sometimes. I emailed him and asked if he’d recommend someone and that if he’d get my next CT/MRI schedule and review all my films. I think it’s very important to keep all your CT images. I am bringing 6 years worth and they are putting them all on their system. I also have my radiologist reports as well.

One thing that I am also looking forward to is my Echo Cardiogram. Apparently at this facility, a doctor does it and you find out the results right then and there. Where as in the past, my last place, a lab tech did it and then you hoped you didn’t get a call that day or the next and you didn’t, I assumed everything was OK. I want to finally find out if I have a deformed tri-cuspid or bi-cuspid valve. Either way, I know that I have a small leak and that I probably had it since birth. I would also like to discuss all the medications for BP and my Lexapro and perhaps try to figure out a way to get off some of them. All of my medications are NOT generics, they are the real brands and that’s expensive! I tried the Toporal XL 200 mg alternative and the Lexapro alternative, both I noticed immediately and had to go back. Also, Linsinpril made me cough terribly, I had to go on Micardias 80/25 HCTZ (water pill) for that med.

Have a grea day!

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