This morning we carried through with an early appointment to be, (don’t laugh), with Palliative Care. I’m not laughing at my uninformed self anymore, only praising their efforts. The concept is to prolong life by all medically effective means.

I went into the appointment with an agenda. The doctors listened intently to all my aches and pains. After I plead my case, they began to gently bombard me with questions upon questions. They pulled through the muddle and wondered who is this lady was who was so negative. I tried to explain it was ME, realizing that I have been extremely hard on myself.  WHY?  In real life the ME had to change to a more positive person. I’m done but not finished. I’m done looking back and I’m only looking forward. I’m finished with looking backwards.

I’m going to post a few of my writing’s that some of you may have read.



Listen carefully and alter your thoughts according to each set of situations. Each situation has a set of sights and sounds. Study each before entering. If you are used to entering a certain way, change your entry and your thoughts. Perhaps this will be your simple solution, but I doubt it.

The next step is to address people you are not used to conversing with and in your entry assume humility! You must retain your real self in your hidden pocket and show your humility to whomever you have encountered. They will appreciate not having to tangle in your webs of fears, anxieties, and insecurities. Hide all of that from view and soon without stoking they will slowly but surely be eroded away.

It is what you are feeling that will attract the outside world to you. If the fears are hidden, how can fear find you? If the anxieties are hidden by a smile, how can they grow, and if all that bad luck is hidden in your pocket, how can it use any outward visual pulls to you?

Now for the real test of COURAGE. Try out humility all day today and see where you go. Facing danger, fear, uncertainty, and pain is courage in the raw. It is a new adventure. Take it slowly even adding more choices and willingness as you go. But go, and go in with HUMILITY! That is what I mean by Positive Altering, especially for many of us.



I had my mind a few minutes ago, now where did it go?

It went south then east and now I don’t know.

Then I remember standing on tiptoes.

I’m looking for the center from which everything grows.

It must be the purpose in which we search

I lay claim to daily ritual and hopeful research.

Your mind and mine are still a forefront to all of our desires.

My mind lays claim to change,

It makes my world bloom and gathers other minds to inspire.

It is me who ascends or descends with my mind full nearly to the brim with thoughts and prose

Our bodies change our minds and I am forever trying to catch up with my mine. Hold on, let us all bring mindfulness to each other and begin the dancing in the moonlight, bringing thoughts of desire.

Please feel free to comment to us we like to hear what you have to say.




18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jacqueline morris
    Nov 10, 2019 @ 15:02:28

    Dearest Sheila,
    You are one of the most intelligent, creative, loving and strong women I know. To recognize the reality of your present takes real strength and I know you have it. You have a lifetime of love and achievements to call upon and they will raise you up, if you let them. I am so proud of all you are and so grateful for all you have given me.
    The next phase will be challenging and much of it you must do alone but know that there are scads of people who love you and are sending strength your way.
    You are so brave to share what you are currently experiencing. It is enormously loving and enlightening of you. I wish I knew you better. I am sure we would have had much to give each other.
    Love you and thank you for being in my life,


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Nov 17, 2019 @ 09:37:52

      Thank you soo much for your thoughts, they mean the world to me. I really appreciate what you have said, I need all the strength I can get. The next phase is going to be challenging as the past phases were. It helps to know that people are there for us. M&S


  2. Dina Marshall
    Nov 10, 2019 @ 15:25:13

    Thank you for the mind altering thoughts. Such a great pleasure to read your posts!! love you. xoxo


  3. Marie Loscalzo
    Nov 10, 2019 @ 17:09:47

    Love Jacqui’s comment – oh so true – you are an amazing person. How lucky I am to have known you for so many years (high school, teaching, meetings with Skip). Hang in there. I’m just one of so many who love and admire you. Marie


  4. Mona Gustafson Affinito
    Nov 10, 2019 @ 17:49:38

    I don’t know what to say. No comment is adequate. So moving, so brave, so inspiring.


  5. nancy
    Nov 10, 2019 @ 18:07:38

    hi sheila, please be careful with palliative care. in canada, it means no further treatment. I can only hope yours is better that what we have seen.


  6. Nuala Ryan
    Nov 10, 2019 @ 19:27:29

    How privileged I am to know you, dear Sheila. The Irish would say
    “You have a way with words”. I say “brilliant”.
    Thank you.


  7. GP Cox
    Nov 11, 2019 @ 04:45:55


  8. Carol
    Nov 13, 2019 @ 11:47:00

    I have to smile picturing the doctors not knowing what hit them!! I. Think they probably learned more from you than they expected. Love love love your spirit and quick mind, and especially your heart.


  9. Diane
    Nov 14, 2019 @ 00:18:45

    Sheila . Good for you. Do whatever you need to do . You Will be much MucHappier & better taking control of what makes you feel happier and more in control with your body. Much love to you . We miss you both. Jim & Diane >


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