Monday, December 09, 2013
(This is a repeat, but so worth repeating )
Hello, my name is:
How many of us wear name tags like these? We are so much to so many different people that perhaps somewhere along the way you have lost prospective of who you are. Think about it. Think about the name your parents gave you. How does it define who you have become?
‘Who am I?’ is such an important question:
* By exploring the Who Am I question, we become aware of the limiting ways in which we often see ourselves
* If we see ourselves in limiting ways, we set ourselves up for a limited life experience
* We discover that what we say about ourselves is usually what other people have said to us - how do they know?
* If we don’t know who we are, it‘s very difficult to know what makes us happy and fulfilled
* When we see ourselves in narrow, limiting ways, we imprison our talents and potential making it very difficult to act on our hopes and dreams
* We discover that we have the power over the way we think, speak and the stories we tell about ourselves……and through this, that we can consciously choose that which empowers us
* When we have a strong sense of self, we become better at making choices that benefit us
* If we know who we truly are, we become more flexible - it’s easier to see ourselves in new, empowering roles
* It helps us to take charge of our lives…… which not only benefits us, but everybody around us...
Take time today to think about what I have mentioned here. Who do you want to become? Is it different then who you currently are? What steps are you going to take to get there?
Remember....a goal isn't a goal, unless it is written down. And if you want to have your identity back, you will have to work for it. So what is it you have always wanted to do? What are your dreams? Remember if you don't identify them, someone else will for you.
Just for kicks:
Sunday, December 08, 2013
Let's talk about aches and pains for a bit. I have had a very rough day today. I made the mistake of getting on a ladder yesterday to get down Christmas boxes from a top shelf in one of the bedrooms. I am paying for it dearly today. I woke up in excruciating pain. I can barely bend my good knee. That's a problem because I sit all day at a desk and keeping it in a bent position about puts me through the ceiling. I tried exercising it. I tried getting up and walking more, that was tough because I am orientating a new nurse today. Needless to say when I got home I went straight to the recliner and put my legs up. Put ice on the knee that was hurting and let it soak in. That helped a great deal.
The real reason I am mentioning this is because I am grateful for the pain. Sounds funny right? I am grateful because I still have my leg. I am grateful because I can still exercise. I am grateful that I can walk. Some aren't as lucky as I am.
I hope those in pain are able to go somewhere or can turn to someone and find relief, even if it is for just one brief moment. Sometimes all we need are moments, because that’s what life is, a string of moments sown together. As the giving season approaches, now is the time to connect with yourself, with others and show your appreciation, even if it is a smile, a hug, or just a few words. Who knows, maybe you’ll feel better too?
Just for kicks:
Happy Sunday everyone ~ Donna
Saturday, December 07, 2013
The Benefits of Laughter
Physical Health Benefits:
* Boosts immunity
* Lowers stress hormones
* Decreases pain
* Relaxes your muscles
* Prevents heart disease
Mental Health Benefits:
* Adds joy and zest to life
* Eases anxiety and fear
* Relieves stress
* Improves mood
* Enhances resilience
* Strengthens relationships
* Attracts others to us
* Enhances teamwork
* Helps defuse conflict
* Promotes group bonding
Bringing more humor and laughter into your life
Creating opportunities to laugh
* Watch a funny movie or TV show.
* Go to a comedy club.
* Read the funny pages.
* Seek out funny people.
* Share a good joke or a funny story.
* Check out your bookstore’s humor section.
* Host game night with friends.
* Play with a pet.
* Go to a “laughter yoga” class.
* Goof around with children.
* Do something silly.
* Make time for fun activities (e.g. bowling, miniature golfing, karaoke).
Laughter is your birthright, a natural part of life that is innate and inborn. Infants begin smiling during the first weeks of life and laugh out loud within months of being born. Even if you did not grow up in a household where laughter was a common sound, you can learn to laugh at any stage of life.
Begin by setting aside special times to seek out humor and laughter, as you might with working out, and build from there. Eventually, you’ll want to incorporate humor and laughter into the fabric of your life, finding it naturally in everything you do.
Here are some ways to start:
* Smile. Smiling is the beginning of laughter. Like laughter, it’s contagious. Pioneers in “laugh therapy,” find it’s possible to laugh without even experiencing a funny event. The same holds for smiling. When you look at someone or see something even mildly pleasing, practice smiling.
* Count your blessings. Literally make a list. The simple act of considering the good things in your life will distance you from negative thoughts that are a barrier to humor and laughter. When in a state of sadness, we have further to travel to get to humor and laughter.
* When you hear laughter, move toward it. Sometimes humor and laughter are private, a shared joke among a small group, but usually not. More often, people are very happy to share something funny because it gives them an opportunity to laugh again and feed off the humor you find in it. When you hear laughter, seek it out and ask, “What’s funny?”
* Spend time with fun, playful people. These are people who laugh easily–both at themselves and at life’s absurdities–and who routinely find the humor in everyday events. Their playful point of view and laughter are contagious.
* Bring humor into conversations. Ask people, “What’s the funniest thing that happened to you today? This week? In your life?”
So my SP friends I will leave you with this thought:
With time, we gain weight because we accumulate so much information and wisdom in our heads that when there is no more room, it distributes out to the rest of our bodies. So we aren't heavy, we are enormously cultured, educated and happy.
Beginning today, when I look at my butt in the mirror I will think,
Good grief, look how smart I am!
Just for kicks:
Friday, December 06, 2013
No Matter What, Do Not Quit
Are you experiencing doubts in some aspect of your life? Are you confused about whether to give up, continue on, or just remain idle?
The following poem is one of my favorites and one that I have posted on my computer monitor. I am sure that many of you are familiar with it also, but it can still be a wonderful reminder and worth reading again and again.
by Edgar A. Guest
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit -
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns.
As every one of us sometimes learns.
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don't give up though the pace seems slow -
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor's cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out -
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And when you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit -
It's when things seem worst, you must not quit.
Affirmation for the Week:
"I will remain steady on my course and will not give up simply because I am being challenged. I will continue on and forge confidently ahead to meet success."
Just for kicks:
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