Friday, December 03, 2010
The weather over the past couple of days here has taken away all the snow we had received last weekend, but that's a good thing for me as I am not a snow lover. Maybe some day I will get to spend some time in a southern clime in the winter. I got invited to a Christmas Tea at my Mom's special care home this Sunday afternoon. It is the day when they start decorating the house for Christmas. And do they ever decorate. They have two big Christmas trees, one in the kitchen and the other in the living room. And ornaments and flowers all throughout the house. I spend a lot of time there around Christmas, including having my big Christmas dinner there.
I must say, I have been reading some excellent blogs here on SP lately. Well, I just got into blogging myself. I don't much care if I have any readers, it is just nice to put one's thoughts "on paper" so to speak. It is really a lot more fun than I ever thought it would be and I have met so many new SP friends by blogging. I highly recommend it.
I would like to share with you a lovely poem by an unknown author that I found the other day and also a link to a wonderful video entitled, "Have You Been Told?"
WHOSE CHILD IS THIS?.
"Whose child is this?" I asked one day
Seeing a little one out at play
"Mine", said the parent with a tender smile
"Mine to keep a little while
To bathe his hands and comb his hair
To tell him what he is to wear
To prepare him that he may always be good
And each day do the things he should"
"Whose child is this?" I asked again
As the door opened and someone came in
"Mine", said the teacher with the same tender smile
"Mine, to keep just for a little while
To teach him how to be gentle and kind
To train and direct his dear little mind
To help him live by every rule
And get the best he can from school"
"Whose child is this?" I ask once more
Just as the little one entered the door
"Ours" said the parent and the teacher as they smiled
And each took the hand of the little child
"Ours to love and train together
Ours this blessed task forever."
HAVE YOU BEEN TOLD?
Thursday, December 02, 2010
I's rather amazing how our attitude can change with the weather.
I was reading about how the sun affects our mental health.
When you go out into the sun, your body produces Vitamin D and that in turn releases Serotonin.
As Serotonin is the brain chemical related to one person's mood, it makes sense if you don't have enough of those little guys, that you can become pretty depressed.
It goes withoug saying that the more sun you get, the more vitamin D you get and the more Serotonin you get.
Therefore the happier you are when all those elements come together for you.
Unfortunately, not all people are wired the same way. Some people have more difficulty than others to produce Serotonin. Those cases are very affected by the lack of sun. That's why they sufffer from what is called "SAD" (Seasonal Affective Disorder) syndrome during the short days of winter.
Many people who are affected that way will find help by using special lights which will give them the same results as if they were sitting in the sun without the harmful UV. Some people also take a small Vitamin D supplement, on the advice and direction of their doctors and pharmacists.
SO, whenever the SUN appears, get out there and enjoy! Your brain will thank you for it.
Norah Jones-Sunrise (with Lyrics)
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
I had a wonderful morning. I hadn't been able to get out to see my Mom, who is in a special care home for dementia patients, for several days due to snow and a back problem. So, I ventured there this morning and had a wonderful visit. I stayed for lunch and visited with all the residents there. And, to my and my Mom's surprise, her sister and brother-in-law came into town for a visit. They don't visit too often as they live over an hour away. All in all, it was a tremendous morning.
And the weather today is beautiful, nice and sunny.
And now to Rudy and Olive. Our local zoo, quite a large regional zoo actually received a couple of early Christmas presents... a couple of reindeer! Rudy and Olive will grow to 600-700 pounds are their life expectancy is at 20 years or more. We hope to have this "brother and sister act" around for quite a number of years. The public can't see them yet as the zoo is closed to visitors for the winter months. But, I hope to see them when I visit on opening day in March.
Meanwhile here are a couple of photos of Rudy and Olive. Olive is the lighter coloured one and Rudy is the darker one. Are they not sweet? Now let's hope they don't mystically disappear on December 24th. Oh well, if they do, they will be back by morning!
And to get us in the mood here is a wonderful animated video of the song, "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer":
RUDY AND OLIVE:
Monday, November 29, 2010
I read a story recently about a man who had just logged 13,000 miles on his stationary bike. He called this "my ride to nowhere."
In 2007 this now 44 year old man weighed 297 pounds and his blood pressure was 142/83. Three years later he weighs 205 pounds and his blood pressure is 110/60. This was a man with a goal, a dream, a vision.
Talk about motivation! How did he do it? He started out slowly, he worked up to 3 miles a day. He now powers his way through over an hour a day, each day, every day, on his trusty bike. What does he do to combat boredom? He plays video games while pedaling!
I know I can learn from this chap. I know if I have the motivation I can do anything I wish. Motivation is in one's mind. The mind must see the goal or need clearly. For the man above, he was concerned about his health and his family. For each one of us, our motivational goal may be different. But, yes, the goal is there... lurking in our minds.
Dictionay.com defines motivation as "something that motivates; inducement; incentive."
If we can find that one thing, that one goal that motivates us, let us write it out on post-it notes and stick them all over our homes, our cars, our office cubicles and on our bathroom mirrors to look at first thing in the morning and last thing at night.
My goal is to redesign my lifestyle, both physically and mentally. I have lost 44 pounds through this wonderful site and my goal is to lose 40 more. With my SP friends, I know I can do this!
What is your goal? Better yet, are you motivated?
"The reason most people never reach their goals is that they donít define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them." - Dr. Denis Waitley
Motivational Song - Never Give Up On Your Dreams
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