Month: May 2016

doing does it

Why playing every day isn’t as good as hard work

I figure most people are not going to be interested in reading a “deep” post today. Most people are going to be catching up from the week-end, either at work or in your home.

So today I want to share just a little something that might help you get through this first-day-back-after-a-fun-time.

Wouldn’t it be great if every day were a holiday? If we could play everyday?

children playing

Nope, it wouldn’t.

Most of us do better with purpose and hard work. While it’s always good to get a break from the routine and the responsibilities, that can get old, too.

It’s a good thing when we can work hard. It’s a good thing when we have responsibilities. It’s what keeps us healthy. Playing doesn’t give us a sense of purpose. We don’t feel as validated. Hard work has always proved to be beneficial, to our health, our mental health, our overall sense of well-being.

So today, don’t begrudge the end of the holiday. Instead embrace it.

And if the circumstances you are walking back into aren’t good, then this is your first day to begin changing it. Almost all of us can change things in our life we don’t like. If nothing else,we can change our perspective. No, I’m not talking about just thinking “happy” thoughts. While this isn’t bad, it isn’t really going to change anything, is it?

One of my favorite phrases, “Doing does it” says it all. Let this be the day you start “doing” and quit just “thinking”.

doing does it

God bless and I hope you have a good day.

 

Remembering the sacrifices and behaving like we do

Hubby and I visited my dad’s cemetery to freshen up the site and place new decorations.


My father was a WW II veteran although he never engaged in combat.

However,  he had his battle scars because of where he was stationed during his time in the service. He suffered severe chronic bronchitis his entire life. I have not to this day ever heard anyone cough like him.

It was heartbreaking.My brother is a Vietnam veteran and was right in the thick of some of the now infamous  battles we associate with Vietnam. Thank goodness he was never a P.O.W.   He doesn’t talk about Vietnam to this day.

I am so grateful for my freedoms. To me all the political nonsense going on is still proof that we live in a democracy.

I just hope some of these so-called “protesters” realize that their freedom to protest was bought with a price.

Today especially, we need to show respect to those whose political views differ from ours. As long as our rhetoric doesn’t encourage harm towards anyone, every person has a right to express their views.

Let’s be the nation our parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles, and friends gave up so much for. Let’s make sure that the living veterans  never regret their sacrifices and that those who didn’t make it, are remembered for the heroes they were.

God bless the USA!!!

 

 

 

 

week in review and thank you WWII vets

My hubby and I are watching “Pearl Harbor” tonight as a tribute to World War II veterans.

Then we will watch a couple of other movies that remind us what our freedom caused so many.

According to statistics released by the Veteran’s Administration, our World War II vets are dying at a rate of approximately 492 a day. This means there are approximately only 855,070 veterans remaining of the 16 million who served our nation in World War II. There were 291,557 battle deaths.

american flag

Are you aware most people rarely think of our veterans this weekend? Especially younger people. Take some time this weekend and talk to your children who are old enough to understand and share with them how close America came to having a major war fought on our soil.

Remind them that our freedom, our way of life, was fought for by brave men and women. Memorial day is all about “remembering”. Don’t let this weekend go by without taking  a few minutes to honor them with your thoughts and maybe a quick salute heavenward.

And if you should be fortunate enough to come across one of these WW II vets, be sure to tell them, “Thank-you”.

Moving on, Here’s what I wrote about this past week:

Monday was Which side of the road are you on? It wasn’t an obscure euphemism.

Tuesday I wrote about Why “anyway” can be a great encouragement. Wednesday was the second part.

Thursday I wrote Why we should make good word choices.

Friday was about a most unusual way to stop sweating.

lemons

How to treat sweating the “natural” way.

How many of you have big plans for this week-end?

Are you kayaking or canoeing?

Camping?

One thing these activities might have in common is sweating.

Yep, sweating. A smelly topic, huh?

But if your’re into the “natural” approach to things, you might like this article.

 lemons

I haven’t tried it myself but seeing as lemons are good for a lot of things other than beverages, I found this interesting.

http://www.glamournhealth.com/what-happens-if-you-apply-lemon-under-your-arm/

Do I have to add, “Don’t use those lemons for lemonade.”

winky face

power of words

Why we should make good word choices

Why are some people so mean and  thoughtless?  Why do they saw suck unkind things? Why do they use words like “retarded” and stupid?

There’s nothing wrong with the word itself. Words by themselves are fairly neutral but we all know how we feel when we’ve been the recipient of a word used in a derogatory manner. “Retarded” is a perfectly good word if we’re referencing something other than a person.

power of words

Many times we don’t mean our words to suggest anything other than what they literally mean. We’re not intending to hurt.  But words do hurt. It’s absolutely ridiculous to think that “Sticks and stones may bring my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Who coined that ridiculous phrase anyway?

And our culture has deteriorated rapidly in this regard.  Watch any reality show and you’ll see many examples of people talking mean to each other. And people are laughing!

Are you kidding me?

What has happened to our sense of humor that we think making fun of someone is even remotely funny?

“Sticks and stones may break our bones but words will never hurt us”.

Really?

using words wisely

Let’s be very careful our word choices. Next to our actions, our words say a lot about us and determine our own moods, more than anything else.  We simply cannot say cruel things to others without it hurting us as well.  I always feel a little sorry for someone who can’t control their words because I know they are not happy people inside because…………..

Happy people use life-affirming words.

(By the way, if you’re dealing with depression you, of all people, need to use life-affirming words.)

God bless and have a good  “word” day.

 

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