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One Minute at a Time

One Minute at a Time

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One minute at a time…

“Boy, am I glad this day is finally over.” The recent words of a friend caused me to stop and scan my own attitude about the minutes that make up a day. My first impulse is to say that we have freedom to choose how we spend each minute. But is that really true? Some of my time is dictated by a lot of factors, such as health, relationships, or finances. You’ve wasted time waiting in a doctor’s office or making money. Honestly though, is it wasted, or do we have a choice of how we spend our time?

Lately my time has been spent on these things:

Physical therapy for post tibial tendon injury

Researching joint and muscle pain side effects after Hepatitis C Treatment

Teaching yoga

Showing the farm to potential buyers

Sharing weekend meals with our kids

Learning Zumba with my granddaughters

Speaking engagements

Volunteer work

Traveling with my dream guy


Training for World Transplant Games

It’s a busy and wonderful life I lead. Making every minute count is a way to honor my Creator, my donor, and myself. This looks like a glamorous life on paper. If you were with me, you’d find that there is a lot of personal work going on to make it all come together.

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Between the lines of the above list:

Walking sideways with a giant rubber band on my calf

Calf raises and heel drops

RICE = Rest Ice Compression Elevation

Crutches, boot, cane

Learning chair yoga

Modifying everything, including yoga

Medical tests

Keeping the house Way Way Too Clean

Asking the kids for help cooking

Eating out more

Wearing the same pair of shoes for 4 months

Allowing my dream guy to take care of me

Connecting Oklahoman’s with The American Liver Foundation

Learning to walk again using all core muscle groups after a liver transplant

Finding my balance – legs, feet, life, relationships, and…. Balancing time


There has been some frustration.

If I can’t do what I want to do, what is the next best thing?

Do what I can with joy and gratitude.

Oh my. I recently wrote a series of articles for Hepatitisc.net about suffering. I’m good at it. It creates suffering for me just to think about what I have suffered. But in the midst of it all, there is a stillness and joy minute by minute.

Standing on one foot for 3 seconds without pain became a new way to measure time. Weight bearing for 5 minutes with pain brought shouts of triumph.

Then between the lines, while lying with my foot iced and elevated, I wasted time grumbling in my heart. Not much time though, because I make the most of each minute.

How do I make the most of my time?

By listening to uplifting audio books like this one: E2 by Pam Grout, a Methodist pastors kid from Kansas – or Wellth by Jason Cachob, founder of the mindbodygreen.com. movement. I also kept my youtube station on Joel Osteen. Gosh, who can be down with him in the house?

I did some serious booty shaking and ukulele playing. I still put on some weight. It looks good on me according to dream guy. I receive that.

It’s been a long time since I posted a blog. You can tell I’ve been busy healing my body. I’ve also been busy feeding my mind good stuff so that I can make every minute count. One minute at a time.

 xoxo Karen Ruth Hoyt