Tuesday, September 13, 2011
On occasion, we will see a container marked "Handle with Care" cautioning the handlers that the contents inside are fragile. Presumably, the handlers will be diligent and respectful of the contents and will cautiously carry the container. Each handler may honor the instruction, drawing upon his or her own personal value system, work ethic, and respect for the trust that the sender has placed in the transportation system.
From time to time, we may need to be "handled with care" when we are experiencing challenges, turmoil, and crises in our lives. At these times, we may be more sensitive or unable to cope with even the slightest challenging situation. It is then that we could attach a label that is marked "handle with care."
The same applies to others -- our children, spouses, significant others, friends and co-workers. The label suggesting that we are vulnerable may not always be displayed outwardly, but may be detectable only by looking closely. Some people may be more vulnerable than others and they may show it.
Other folks feel that it is necessary to hide their vulnerabilities, believing it to be a sign of weakness. Or they may believe that no one cares. However, the absence of a label or hiding the suffering does not mean that we are not in extreme emotional pain.
There are numerous causes of our emotional pain, and there will be many times in our lives when we experience our frailty. Our pain can be eased when we know that someone truly cares and they express their concern. We must also handle our self with care during these times. It may be necessary to add a protective layer around ourselves as we are recovering, to ensure that we are not further harmed by a careless, insensitive, or thoughtless "handler" with whom we come in contact. This requires wrapping ourselves with the understanding that even when we experience bumps and bangs there is generally no intent to harm us.
In addition, if we are cloaked in the recognition that we are stronger than the situations and people that we encounter, we can survive anything. We may not enjoy the journey, but we won't come out of it shattered.
We can assist our selves and others by asking for what we need. We can assist others who may be in pain by asking what they need from us.
Affirmation for the Week:
"I will be alert to people who are in need of "handling with care" and I will treat them as I want to be treated when I have that same need."
for reading my blog today ~ Donna
Monday, September 12, 2011
COLOR IS GOOD
Yesterday I went to the doctor
For my yearly physical.
My blood pressure was high.
My cholesterol was high.
I'd gained some weight,
and I didn't feel so hot.
My doctor said eating right
doesn't have to be complicated and
it would solve my physical problems.
Just think in colors.
Fill your plate with bright colors.
Try some greens, oranges, reds,
maybe something yellow, etc.
and eat an entire bowl of
And Sure Enough,
I Felt Better Immediately !!
I never knew eating right could be so easy !!
Now stay healthy,
eat your colors,
and have a nice day!
Just having a little fun....Hope you had a great day.. remember your colors...
fruit colors that is. Donna
Monday, September 12, 2011
To be true to yourself means to act in accordance with who you are and what you believe.
If you know and love yourself you will find it effortless to be true to yourself.
Just as you cannot love anyone else until you love yourself, you cannot be true to anyone else until you are true to yourself.
Be who you are. Have the courage to accept yourself as you really are, not as as someone else thinks you should be. Do not take action or pretend to be someone else for the sake of gaining acceptance.
To be true to yourself takes courage. It requires you to be introspective, sincere, open-minded and fair. It does not mean that you are inconsiderate or disrespectful of others. It means that you will not let others define you or make decisions for you that you should make for yourself.
Be true to the very best that is in you and live your life consistent with your highest values and aspirations. Those who are most successful in life have dared to creatively express themselves and in turn, broaden the experiences and perspectives of everyone else.
Be true to yourself here on SP. Don't document if you aren't doing the work. Document what you eat truthfully. It will come back to either haunt you or you will get the true results you are really aiming for.
"He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away."
Tips On Being True to Yourself
* Be who you are, be your genuine self
* Follow your own value system and common sense
* Listen to the advice of others, but make up your own mind
* Recognize, appreciate, and develop your unique talents
* Stand up for what you believe in and you will gain respect
* Know that being 'different' is a gift
* Understand that you are enriching others by being yourself
Sunday, September 11, 2011
I want to pause today and remember all of those that lost their lives 10 years ago today.
The Day America Cried
Covered in dust at ground Zero
stood an unknown hero,
devastation in his path
brought on by anotherís wrath.
Many buildings destroyed that day
too many lives taken away,
Lady of Liberty looks silently on
tears in her eyes for whatís now gone.
Death. Destruction. Disbelief.
Long hours of searching with little relief.
Missing faces upon a wall,
in place of the towers that did fall.
The world stood still and paused to pray
that fateful September Eleventh day.
A day in history turned to night,
to many Americans a burial site.
As we move on may you be
forever in our memory.
Written by: Donna G Fowler
Saturday, September 10, 2011
A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock, with his hair fashionably combed and shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today.
His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready.
As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window. I love it,' he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.
Mr. Jones, you haven't seen the room; just wait.'
'That doesn't have anything to do with it,' he replied.
Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time.
Whether I like my room or not doesn't depend on how the furniture is arranged ... it's how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. 'It's a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.
Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I'll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I've stored away.. Just for this time in my life.
Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you've put in.
So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories!
Thank you for your part in filling my Memory Bank. I am still depositing.
'Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.
Have a great day my friends Donna
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