The Sacred Is In The Ordinary

Inspirational Quote – The Sacred Is In The Ordinary

The great lesson is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one’s daily life, in one’s neighbors, friends and family, in one’s backyard. – Abraham Maslow


Just How Important Are People?

Just How Important Are People?


This is a popular and catchy Christian or Inspirational quote by Mother Teresa that says

“Some people come into your life as blessings, others come into your life as lessons.” (Mother Teresa)

To a Christian, people are everything. We are told to love our neighbor as our selves. We are taught that “done it unto one of the least of these my brethren . . .” and so on. But does that mean we need to be around all kinds of people regardless of what their like?

I don’t think so. We do need to love all people and pray for our enemy and serve them etc., but that doesn’t mean we have to be friends with them. If “thy right eye offend thee then pluck it out.” That parable is given to teach us that we should cast away from us any unclean or unrighteous thing that could tear us down and hurt us in any way. But it doesn’t teach us to be unkind to those types of people. We still need to love them and serve them as we are able. Some people come into our life to bless us and help us become better people and to become our friends or family. Other people bless our lives as a teaching aid. That doesn’t mean we have to pal around with them if they tend to tear us down.

So just how important are people to our lives? They are very important to bless our lives with kindness and support while others provide us a chance to serve and grow by our association with them.

We need to keep ourselves uplifted and renewed so that we have the spiritual power to help those in need and live as good examples to those around us.

Troy Wagstaff © Copyright. All rights reserved.

Just How Important Are People?

A Song Dedication To Fibro Awareness – We Are The Champions

A Song Dedication To Fibro Awareness – We Are The Champions

Dedicating ‘We Are The Champions” by Freddie Mercury to Fibro Awareness

Fibro Awareness words in (parenthesis)

I’ve paid my dues
(Chronic muscle pain, muscle spasms, or tightness)

Time after time
(Day after day, hour after hour, minute after minute, with no end in sight)

I’ve done my sentence
(Moderate or severe fatigue and decreased energy, Insomnia or waking up feeling just as tired as when you went to sleep. Stiffness upon waking or after staying in one position for too long)

But committed no crime
(I didn’t ask for this, I didn’t go looking for it.)
And bad mistakes
I’ve made a few
(Doing things I knew would hurt the next day)
I’ve had my share of sand kicked in my face
(Well meaning people or family being insensitive or lack understanding or empathy)

But I’ve come through
(I’m still alive and fighting)

And we mean to go on and on and on and on
(We intend to see a cause and cure and hold on with hope)

We are the champions – my friends
(We will not give up hope!)

And we’ll keep on fighting Till the end
we_are_the_champions_fibro_awareness(It’s not in us to give up, we are fighters to reclaim some sense of our former self.)

We are the champions
(We are champions for not giving up hope.)
We are the champions
(We will no longer be ignored by the medical establishment!)

No time for losers
(We have no time for negative people in our lives. We try to stay positive in the midst of pain. We need positive attitudes around us more than ever)
‘Cause we are the champions of the World

(We will be the champion of the world when everyone that suffers from fibromyalgia will have medical help and a cure.)

I’ve taken my bows
And my curtain calls

(Our bows and curtain calls will come when they know what causes fibromylagia and have a cure or better treatment)
You brought me fame and fortune
And everything that goes with it
I thank you all

(We thank everyone who has supported us and understood us throughout our disabling illness)
But it’s been no bed of roses

(Difficulty remembering, concentrating, and performing simple mental tasks AKA Fibro Fog. Abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, and constipation alternating with diarrhea, AKA IBS)

No pleasure cruise

(Tension or migraine headaches, Jaw and facial tenderness. Sensitivity to one or more of the following: odors, noise, bright lights, medications, certain foods, and cold)
I consider it a challenge before
The whole human race
And I ain’t gonna lose

(Our health has been taken from us but not our hope. With hope we can’t loose.)

And we mean to go on and on and on and on

(And we mean to see this illness through to the end!)

We are the champions – my friends
And we’ll keep on fighting
Till the end

(We are not the type of people to give up.)
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers

(We’ve had many distractors calling fibromyalgia a trash can diagnoses and other disparaging remarks. We have no time for negative people.)
‘Cause we are the champions of the World

We are the champions – my friends
And we’ll keep on fighting
Till the end

(We choose not to let the constant bone crushing chronic pain keep us down. We will keep of fighting until a cure or better treatment is found.)
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers

(We have no time for negativity or distractors. We are down enough and we need positive energy around us to help us fight this chronic illness.)
‘Cause we are the champions

(Not giving up makes us champions my friend.)

Fibro – Awareness

Fibromyalgia Symptoms:

Chronic muscle pain, muscle spasms, or tightness.

fibro_symptomsModerate or severe fatigue and decreased energy.

Insomnia or waking up feeling just as tired as when you went to sleep.

Stiffness upon waking or after staying in one position for too long.

Difficulty remembering, concentrating, and performing simple mental tasks (“fibro fog”).

Abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, and constipation alternating with diarrhea (irritable bowel syndrome).

Tension or migraine headaches.

Jaw and facial tenderness.

Sensitivity to one or more of the following: odors, noise, bright lights, medications, certain foods, and cold.

Feeling anxious or depressed.

Numbness or tingling in the face, arms, hands, legs, or feet.

Increase in urinary urgency or frequency (irritable bladder).

Reduced tolerance for exercise and muscle pain after exercise.

Wisdom Of The Irish

Wisdom Of The Irish


Irish Proverb:
The older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune.


Irish Proverb

Young people don’t know what old age is and old people forget what youth was.


Irish Proverb

There’s nothing so bad it couldn’t be worse.


Irish Proverb

Better the trouble that follows death than the trouble  that follows shame.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day. These Irish Memes are free to use without modification.

New Years Resolutions, Timing Is Everything. Spring Time!

New Years Resolutions, Timing Is Everything. Spring Time!

For the Northern Hemisphere, the new year rolls around with dark, cloudy, gray skies. For many snow on the ground and a piercing wind in the air. Instinctively we want to go inside and get warm with a cup of our favorite hot beverage. Perhaps we want a roaring fire, a blanket and a good book to read.

Why then so we think so much about new years resolutions? Why do we have such a hard time keeping these resolutions? With dreary weather who wants to go to the gym after a long day at work when instinctively we want to go home and hunker down and get warm? Or perhaps we want to make a B line to our favorite restaurant and be warm with comfort food and out of the cold.

springtime_newyears_resolutionsI think we should delay new year’s resolutions to spring time or associate the new goals for a tradition at Easter time. Easter always comes in the spring. Spring flowers like daffodils and crocus’s are blooming along with the yellow blossoms of the Forsythia bushes. Tulips are breaking ground.

The grass is turning green and there is a sense of renewal all around. What a great time to start fresh with a newness of life in the air. Let’s use that sense of freshness all around us to renew and improve ourselves.

Let’s use the spring time motivation to motivate ourselves in making new goals and improving ourselves. We’ve got all the seasons of spring, summer and autumn to get our physical fitness goals into a new habit.

We have the renewal of spring and the Easter season to get ourselves in order spiritually. The Easter holiday reminds us of Christ on the cross, his death and glorious resurrection. Let’s use that motivation to refresh ourselves spiritually.

Let’s use this spring time wisely by making a clean break from failed new year’s resolutions and let the joy of the season motivate us to improve ourselves with a newness of life.

Troy Wagstaff © All Rights Reserved

Dark Clouds Don’t Always Mean Rain

Inspirational Quotes

Dark Clouds Don’t Always Mean Rain

dark_clouds_dont_always_mean_rainI love this meme. “Dark clouds don’t always mean rain. As someone with Fibromyalgia, I look at the weather closely because I know that most of the time dark cloud mean I will experience more pain than usual.  Sometimes I wake up in the morning and my body tells me their are dark clouds over head or even that their is snow or rain on the ground.

I look out the window and what do I see? Snow, rain or a wind storm with dark clouds over head. I know it’s going to be a bad day.

But, every once in a while, for me with my illness, the dark clouds don’t always mean I will experience more pain or sickness that day. And so it is in life. Dark clouds don’t always mean rain.

Some times dark clouds are a nice shade from the hot sun. Giving us a reprieve from the heat of a long summers heat wave. When we see dark clouds let’s not rush to judgment. The dark clouds may actually be a blessing in disguise.

With God All Things Are Possible

With God All Things Are Possible

all_things_are_possibleWith a humble heart and with God all things are possible. For surely we cannot place any limits on our God who create the world upon which we live in six days.

If He can create the world in six day imagine what he can do with you.

A Day In The Life Of Fibroman

A Day In The Life Of Fibroman

I have written several times about Fibromyalgia including a history of my 31 years finding out that I the disease. I’ve written about the bone crushing pain of fibro and other symptoms of Fibromyalgia including fibro fog. That’s what I’m going to write about fibro fog again with a story that is still happening.

Yesterday morning my laptop would not work. I didn’t have my data backed up and I couldn’t find my list of passwords to the various sites I needed and I couldn’t work on a new short story I had outlined the night before. I was in a panic.

a_day_in_the_life_fibromanI took my laptop in to get fixed. Turns out it was a hard drive issue. They said they were able to retrieve my personal data. I don’t yet have my repaired laptop so my fingers are crossed. But I did find my list of passwords today and so I was able to access WordPress and make this blog.

I had a rough day yesterday. If I would have had my list of passwords I could have used my wife’s computer and done a little writing, at least for my blog. She doesn’t have a word processor so I can’t work on my story yet. I am supposed to get my laptop back this evening. We’ll see.

The point to all this is that fibro fog is more than cognitive function and memory loss. That fog in your mind can, at least in my case, affect quick thinking and how to deal with major obstacles. My day was ruined when compared to my normal day. I was able to get some reading done and some research done for a book I’m writing. But I was really disjointed.

Ten years ago I would have been able to deal with things better and I would have probably remembered most of my passwords and this would not have been such a bad ordeal. Up until now I hadn’t realized that aspect of fibro fog and that interferes with these types of thing like switching quickly to a plan b or a plan c so to speak.

With the help of finding my password list I have been able to a least post this blog. Another issue is that with Fibromyalgia there is always something to learn about dealing with this terrible illness.

Fibromyalgia Awareness

Fibromyalgia Awareness

I have had Fibromyalgia for thirty-one years. My Fibro has been officially diagnosed for eleven years. I have learned a lot about the illness. Two things I know about the disease are that other fibro patients want validation and they want to know they are not alone.

fibro_awareness_callahanwriterBy adding a Fibromyalgia – Fibro Awareness thread to my Blog I can help with those issues. Doing so will add another important community to the Fibro world. Check back to often. My goal is to post two or three Fibro related Blog posts a week. Share these Fibro posts with other fibro patients. Perhaps these posts will help others.

I’m listing three posts to fibro awareness posts that I am particularly proud of or are posts that have more likes or feedback that others. I hope you’ll like them as well.

Fibromyalgia Awareness
It used to be that many unintelligent doctors called Fibromyalgia a “trash-can diagnosis.” That was very insulting to me and many of my Fibro friends. It now seems most doctors acknowledge Fibromyalgia. Now the issue with Fibromyalgia is to educate people to know that Fibromyalgia is much more than just a chronic pain illness. There are so many more symptoms to Fibro than just chronic bone crushing pain.


How Fibromyalgia Affects My Daily Life
The way Fibromyalgia effects my daily life can be summed up with two words, freedom and reliability. Having Fibromyalgia is like putting an innocent person in shackles and taking him to jail. Except you don’t take off the shackles. His freedom is taken away. He can barely move around in the small six by eight-foot jail cell.


Journal Therapy For Fibromyalgia
Six reasons to keep a journal for a fibro warriror


Greatest Hits Volume 1 — Christian Devotionals and Articles

Greatest Hits Volume 1 — Christian Devotionals and Articles has well over a hundred posts. The topics of the CallahanWriter blog are Christian Devotionals, Christian Articles, Fibro Awareness and posts related to my journey with Fibromyalgia. Other topics include collections of free memes, creative writing and short stories. Those last two are yet to come.

Since the post is growing I thought I would share a few of my favorite Christian articles that you may have missed.  This blog comes with a search feature and all posts are archived. Feel free to look around.

The Rose Bush. Lessons From The Rose Garden

Sometimes the trials and tribulations that we will go through are deliberate and under the control of a loving, caring Creator. Other times we go through trials and tribulations as a consequence of our behavior.

Joseph And The Coat Of Many Colors

The story of Joseph of Egypt is a story of hope, faith and perseverance. It’s the perfect story to illustrate the doctrine of Romans 8:28 where it says “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Lessons Learned From the Parable of the Prodigal Son

Lessons learned from this Parable are emphasized in the preceding two Parables. The Lord our God rejoices in the sinner that humbly repents and seeks forgiveness. The father of the prodigal son celebrates the return of his lost son, restoring him with clothing and food in a joyous celebration.

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