Smorgasbord Health Column 2022 – The Dynamics of Change – Part Two – Our Mental Approach to Life by Sally Cronin

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For so many of us, this last two years have resulted in changes to our lifestyle, relationships and reliance on others. For millions who have contracted Covid, there has also been for lingering aftershocks that have impacted their physical well-being.

However, change is also a natural and progressive force in our lives as we move through the various stages in our lifetime. Each year sees minor shifts in the way we are physically but there can also be changes in our mental and emotional perspectives. In the next few posts I will be exploring those changes.

Last Time – Physical Changes I looked at the voluntary and involuntary changes to our body during our lifetime and where we can influence those changes for better health and longevity.

This time it is our mental being that is the focus.

In this post I am taking a look at the enforced hardware…

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About Patty L. Fletcher

About Patty October 2021 Patty and her guide dog Blue. Patty has her hair tied back in a low ponytail and rests her right hand on Blue's head. She wears a white shirt with a pink and purple butterfly on the front and light blue shorts. Blue is a handsome black lab. He wears a brown leather harness with a handle attached to the back and is smiling at the camera as he sits in front of Patty. In the background is a brick building with white, windowed doors and a flowerpot overflowing with pink and yellow blooms. Updated – October 2021 Patty Fletcher is a single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom she is enormously proud. She has a great son-in-law and six beautiful grandchildren. From April 2011 through September 2020, she owned and handled a black Labrador from The Seeing Eye® named King Campbell Lee Fletcher A.K.A. Bubba. Sadly, after a long battle with illness on September 24, 2020, King Campbell went to the Rainbow Bridge where all is peace and love. In July 2021, she returned to The Seeing Eye® and was paired with a Black Labrador Golden Retriever cross named Blue. PATTY’S BLINDNESS… Patty was born one and a half months premature. Her blindness was caused by her being given too much oxygen in the incubator. She was partially sighted until 1991, at which time she lost her sight due to an infection after cataract surgery and high eye pressure. She used a cane for 31 years before making the change to a guide dog. WHERE SHE LIVES AND WORKS… Currently, Patty lives and works in Kingsport, Tenn. She’s the creator and owner of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business Assist), The Writer’s Grapevine Online Magazine and the creator and host of the Talk to Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing Podcast. WRITING GOAL… Patty writes with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disabled from the non-disabled. HOBBIES… Patty’s hobbies include reading, music, and attending book clubs via Zoom. FAVORITE TUNES… Some of her favorite types of tunes are classic rock, rhythm and blues, and classic country. FAVORITE READS… Patty enjoys fantasy, science fiction, and books about the supernatural. She loves books by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Norah Roberts, and many more. Some favorite books include Norah Roberts’ Hide Away, Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series. SPIRITUAL FAITH… Patty describes herself as a spiritual Walker. She says she knows both Mother Goddess and Father God and embraces all they have to offer. CONTACT… Email: Visit: And: As well as:
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7 Responses to Smorgasbord Health Column 2022 – The Dynamics of Change – Part Two – Our Mental Approach to Life by Sally Cronin

    • You’re very welcome. I enjoyed reading this and found the information quite useful.

      I hope other people will take advantage of your wisdom. Although, it is becoming painfully clear to me that there are some who are never going to be healthy and it’s simply because they don’t care enough about themselves to do so.

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      • Unfortunately I have to agree with you Patty… to a great extent our health is our responsibility apart from the unavoidable.You have done an amazing job in the last year..♥ hugs


      • Hi again, Sally.

        I think for me the most infuriating comment I get from people is, “I know I need to but…”

        I find myself having to bite the inside of my mouth to keep from saying, “Why don’t you get off your butt then and do it?”

        Even during COVID while Campbell was dying, though I didn’t walk as much as I needed because it is so difficult to do it with a cane rather than with a dog for me, I still tried to watch what I ate and made sure to do my physical therapy workout every day.

        I also get tired of people who talk about what they cannot afford. Holy cow, I’d rather spend 5 dollars on fresh veggies than a big box of cookies any day of the week.

        Oh well, you can lead horses to the pond but you cannot make them drink the water.

        I’ve learned, the only person I’m responsible for is me. I’m not perfect but I sure feel better than I did before I lost this weight.

        The hardest thing for me is making sure I drink enough water. So, I’m trying to do better with that.

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      • You have done an amazing job Patty and it is touch at times to think about drinking enough water.. even I have to watch it.. I now have three teas and a green coffee in the morning and early afternoon and then drink some water.. I know I am getting the 2 litres then… I find it hard to drink 2 litres of water..♥


      • Hi, the other day, I had a stroke of inspiration. I’d just emptied an orange juice bottle with a good lid on it which is an exact gallon. I cleaned it well and put water into it and put it into the frig. Now every time I go past I open the frig and get a swig. You’d be amazed how much water you can drink that way.

        I especially like doing it after a good power walk with Blue.

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      • Excellent Patty. great move hugsxx

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