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BANISHING HOLIDAY BLUES

Saturday, December 04, 2010





BANISHING HOLIDAY BLUES

A case of the holiday blues probably has as many causes as there are sufferers. Your personal experience dictates what you find stressful, as well as how you handle anxiety. Understanding the basic reasons people can feel sad during this "happy time" will help you see that you're not alone! If you are suffering from a bah-humbug attitude, try to incorporate these spirit-generating ideas into your season:



1. Banish resentment. If it is an obligation, reconsider your need to do it.
Will Aunt Sue really perish without your chocolate meringues?

2. Avoid common stressors.
Do parties make you panic? Skip them altogether or be selective about where you go to deck the halls.

3. No competition.
Why does this year need to be better than that great Celebration of '87? Try not to get into the pattern of outdoing yourself every year.

4. Shop online.
There are no long lines to contend with in the virtual malls of the world, and fewer sights, smells, and sounds to overwhelm the senses!

5. Shop ahead of time.
For those overwhelmed by tasks, shopping all year round can help alleviate last minute stress. Of course, it may be too late for this year, but take this tip with you into the new year.

6. Lasso the credit cards.
What is a reasonable amount to spend on the holidays this year? Now divide by the number of gifts you must buy. That's your dollar limit: Stick to it. Unfortunately, spend-aholics are likely to use the holidays as an excuse to buy. Remember: Credit card bills can lead to post-holiday blues.

7. Rejuvenate your spirit.
Reacquaint yourself with the church or synagogue; or shine up your spirituality with a class on visualization or meditation. Get out of your own 'little world' and contribute your time or money to those in need. Make a donation in someone's name to an organization you know he or she would like to support.

8. Avoid commercialism.
Take the kids to a free Hanukkah menorah lighting or Christmas caroling in the park. Or meet new friends by joining up with the neighborhood carolers.

9. Make' yourself' the gift.
Have the children gather unused toys for donation. Or do something with those years of piano practice by organizing a holiday concert at a nursing home.

10. Ban martyrdom.
Why not take others up on their offer to help? You are not a bad hostess if you let Aunt Mary bring the dessert, have your brother-in-law scrub the casserole dish, or put the teenagers in charge of wrapping presents.

11. Find time for you.
Pamper yourself with a half-hour pedicure or get a massage. Does painting give you pleasure? Then make the time to do it!

12. Declare victory over vices.
There is no harm in a little fudge or an occasional glass of champagne, but think moderation. Too much alcohol or sugar can alter moods and disrupt sleep patterns.

13. Avoid weighty issues.
Guilt is a likely byproduct of overindulgence. Give away extra treats that arrive as gifts and don't make three batches of peanut brittle. Holiday salads anyone? Three well-balanced meals will help keep your moods at an even keel. If you have a momentary lapse of judgment, don't sweat it. That's what those nasty New Year resolutions are for.

14. Keep it moving.
It's easy to shelve plans to work out during the hectic season. But resigning yourself to the couch will only make you feel worse. Twenty minutes, three times per week, should continue to be your goal. Get out and do! Activity, either social or physical, will do more for the spirit than watching the Brady Family Special.

15. Surround yourself with love.
Avoid inviting people to your home out of obligation. It may be difficult to turn away a relative, but it is worth your sanity. Make the holidays special for the kids. By reinventing the season, you escape your own childhood issues and you won't transfer the blues to your children.

16. Expand your support system.
Friends may be busy with their own families, but that doesn't prevent you from making new friends. Take a class or join an online chat group. Post on message boards when it's convenient for you to talk!

17. Laugh often!
Rent funny movies or surround yourself with those who make you laugh. It's not easy to laugh and be depressed at the same time.



~By Lisa Allan, Oxygen.com




  
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GOSPELCLOWN 12/14/2010 12:18AM

    That's a good collection of ideas.

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CATIATM 12/6/2010 4:30PM

    I think these are terrific ideas, Lita. I do many of these, and I know I enjoy the holidays more than most people. It doesn't have to be stressful and overwrought - we make it so.

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KARRYB1 12/6/2010 1:22PM

    Great tips to follow, Thanks! emoticon

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 12/6/2010 3:22AM

    I'll keep coming back to this blog as the holiday season progresses. emoticon

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/4/2010 8:22PM

    love this Lita thank you!!!

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RANDOMKINDNESS 12/4/2010 6:46PM

  Thanks for sharing the article. I really liked #15 because after years of struggling with the guilt of making that choice, I'd finally decided that this was THE year that I was finally going to go through with not having those negative ppl around me. Of course the positive way the article stated it 'surround myself with love' sounds much better LOL. Being raised on 'be sweet now' makes this a tough one for me - but reading #15 has redoubled my determination. Less stress = happier holidays for sure. Thanks again for taking time to share these great tips.

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TRYINGHARD1948 12/4/2010 4:34PM

    Very good advice and loved the funnies at the end. Hugs.

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MS5835 12/4/2010 12:19PM

    Thanks for sharing this good advice

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MEINI002 12/4/2010 11:16AM

    Love the pictures! emoticon

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DEBBIE19580 12/4/2010 8:55AM

    What a great blog. I use the online shopping, it really is so worth it and totally stress free. Happy December!!! emoticon emoticon

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CLAUDECF 12/4/2010 7:55AM

    Excellent advice emoticon

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TWOTIMESS 12/4/2010 7:51AM

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Sound advice! Thank you!

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HOPESINGH 12/4/2010 6:26AM

    Loved these tips. Happy December! emoticon

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KELPIE57 12/4/2010 3:43AM

    Great to see what we "know" written down! Thanks

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WILLOW49 12/4/2010 2:31AM

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing with us :)
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IMPORTANCE OF THANKFULNESS......

Tuesday, November 23, 2010



IMPORTANCE OF THANKFULNESS


I Live in the Land of Thankfulness
I love the Land of Thankfulness where blessings overflow.
I claim it as my native home, most charming land I know;
And if I've need of anything, no matter what it be,
I just give thanks with confidence and see it come to me.
I like to live in Thankfulness! Would live there all my days;
Would let its spirit stir my soul and fill my heart with praise.
I questioned once how I had found a place of such a kind;
Knew I'd discovered it, because I'd thankful thoughts in mind
Oh, come with me to Thankfulness! We ask this of you:
That you be always thankful, friend, but this is all you do.
And if there's anything you need, no longer doubt or fear;
The thing you seek's awaiting you, it surely will appear.
Copyright © 2004 - Frank B. Whitney
Founder of Unity Publication "Daily Word"

The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the
thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron,
so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!
~Henry Ward Beecher

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by
a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with
deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
~ Albert Schweitzer

Best of all is it to preserve everything in a pure, still heart, and let there be
for every pulse a thanksgiving, and for every breath a song.
~Konrad von Gesner

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it ...
is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
~ William Arthur Ward

If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is,
"thank you," that would suffice.
~Meister Eckhart

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial
into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow.
~Melody Beattie

What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank you for it ...
would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way.
In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer,
you must truly appreciate what you already have.
~Ralph Marston

Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.
~Gladys Berthe Stern

Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion.
Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception.
Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude.
Every virtue divorced from thankfulness
is maimed and limps along the spiritual road.
~John Henry Jowett

When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears.
~ Anthony Robbins

The hardest arithmetic to master
is that which enables us to count our blessings.
~Eric Hoffer

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget
that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

We can only be said to be alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
~Thornton Wilder

Let's be grateful for those who give us happiness;
they are the charming gardeners who make our soul bloom.
~Marcel Proust

Real life isn't always going to be perfect or go our way,
but the recurring acknowledgment of what IS working in our lives
can help us not only to survive but surmount our difficulties.
~Sara Ban Breathnach

Make it a habit to tell people thank you.
To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the
expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those
around you, and you'll soon find many others around you.
Truly appreciate life, and you'll find that you have more of it.
~ Ralph Marston

No longer forward nor behind
I look in hope or fear;
But, grateful, take the good I find,
The best of now and here.
~ John Greenleaf Whittier






WISHING YOU AND YOURS AN AWESOME THANKSGIVING....
MAY IT BE AS SPECIAL AS YOU ARE ALL TO ME!!!
BLESSINGS AND HUGS.................LITA

  
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_CYNDY55_ 12/2/2010 12:57AM

    What A Beautiful emoticon
Thank You For Posting This
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Thankfulness Always In Our Life!
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CATIATM 11/26/2010 12:57PM

    Gratitude is an important part of contentment, Lita. Thanks frot he reminder!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 11/24/2010 4:23PM

    Thank you!! Happy Thanksgiving to YOU!!! hugs and love
Holly

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RUFFIT 11/24/2010 11:50AM

    Thanks for posting this blog. Take care, Moni emoticon

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KELPIE57 11/24/2010 11:34AM

    We all have so much to be thankful for

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WILLOW49 11/24/2010 5:22AM

    Terrific! Thanks for sharing :)
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TRYINGHARD1948 11/24/2010 3:36AM

    Happy thanksgiving Lita. We have so much to be thankful for, thank you.

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ALI_CAT9 11/24/2010 2:08AM

    Fantastic thanks so much!!!

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MOBETTAMERF 11/23/2010 7:59PM

    Thanks for sharing so many beautiful and inspiring quotes! They are especially appropriate for the holiday, but important for everyday of the year. May you have a joyful and relaxing Thanksgiving! emoticon

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DETERMINEDJANET 11/23/2010 7:05PM

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too! I enjoyed reading through this today.

Janet

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The Train Of Life................

Friday, November 19, 2010



The Train Of Life

Some folks ride the train of life
Looking out the rear,
Watching miles of life roll by,
And marking every year.

They sit in sad remembrance,
Of wasted days gone by,
And curse their life for what it was,
And hang their heads and cry.

But, I don't concern myself with that,
I took a different vent,
I look forward to what life holds,
And not what has been spent.

So strap me to the engine.
As securely as I can be,
I want to be out on the front,
To see what I can see.

I want to feel the winds of change,
Blowing in my face,
I want to see what life unfolds,
As I move from place to place.

I want to see what's coming up,
Not looking at the past,
Life's too short for yesterdays,
It moves along too fast.

So if the ride gets bumpy,
While you are looking back,
Go up front and you may find,
Your life has jumped the track.

It's all right to remember,
'That's part of history,
But up front's where it's happening,
There's so much mystery.

The enjoyment of living,
Is not where we have been,
It's looking ever forward,
To another year and ten.

It's searching all the byways,
Never should you refrain,
For if you want to live your life,
You've gotta drive the train!

Author Unknown

  
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CATIATM 11/23/2010 5:57AM

    A lovely sentiment, Lita. Thanks for sharing!

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KELPIE57 11/22/2010 6:14AM

    Thank you

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KLONG8 11/21/2010 12:31PM

    Very motivational words...thanks for opening this door for us.

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TRYINGHARD1948 11/20/2010 5:32PM

    Love it!

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DEBBIE_J 11/20/2010 12:27PM

    ~A~W~E~S~O~M~E~ emoticon

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 11/20/2010 9:26AM

    this is GREAT!! and you know..on the team..if you need help all you need do is ask!!
Hugs
Holly

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_CYNDY55_ 11/19/2010 11:40PM

    ¸.•*´¨`*• .¸ .•*´¨`*•.¸¸.•*´¨`*• .¸.•*´¨`*•.¸ *~*Awesome Words*~*
(¯`v´¯) A Great Way To Travel Too*´¨`!
~Thank~
**~You~*


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WILLOW49 11/19/2010 11:22PM

    What a wonderful poem! emoticon

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MOBETTAMERF 11/19/2010 11:11PM

    That's a great poem! Thanks for sharing that! emoticon

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WE SHOULD NEVER FORGET........

Tuesday, November 09, 2010



In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

by John McCrae, May 1915
Poppies (©greatwar.co.uk)

ALWAYS AND FOREVER THE LAST POST.....
CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW...............

www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/cus
toms/remembrance/index.htm#last

  
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CATIATM 11/13/2010 7:43AM

    Thanks for the important reminer, Lita. emoticon

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 11/11/2010 8:55AM

    Thank you Lita...I am living this day in honor of my dear Daddy..who fought bravely in WW2..Normandy, Battle of the Bulge, and he was one of the Liberation troops. Thank you Vets no matter where or when you served!!!

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TRYINGHARD1948 11/10/2010 4:33PM

    it's good to remember those who have given their lives. Thank you Lita.

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CHANGE4FIT 11/10/2010 9:54AM

    Thank you for reminding us to be thankful for their sacrifice for our freedoms.
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COOLMAMA11 11/10/2010 6:57AM

    Thank you for sharing Lita..we will remember our soldiers who gave their lives for their country!

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KELPIE57 11/10/2010 5:37AM

    Tomorrow, I shall be remembering, the injured and dead from all wars.........

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NSPLADY 11/9/2010 11:29PM

    That was beautiful.... Thanks Lita


Barb

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_MAOMAO_ 11/9/2010 9:07PM

  Thanks for the reminder, Lita! emoticon

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RAGGEDY_ANN 11/9/2010 8:18PM

    Thanks for the reminder Lita! We should never forget. (I'm from the Netherlands where they just love the Canadians...).
Hugs, Wilma
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Gently With the Flow..........

Sunday, November 07, 2010





Gently With the Flow..........

If the sky above seems cloudy, and you are left out in the rain,
If you are searching for a rainbow, but the colors bring you pain,

If your world is not revolving, and there is no end in sight,
If you are looking for the sunshine, but all you see is night,

If all around are smiling, but all you can do is frown,
If you are tired of all this living, when life just brings you down,

Then look beyond your teardrops, at the wonders of this land,
The beauty of a flower, like velvet in your hand.

Feel the air around you, the smell of new mown hay,
Laughing children in the park, the innocence there at play,

Imagine floating with a butterfly, as she flutters between the trees,
Or the whispers of the ocean, on warm hot summer's breeze,

Think of the taste of candy floss, as it melts upon your tongue,
Or the melody of morning birds, as they greet each day with song,

Remember words of beauty, told in your mother's embrace,
Feel the gentleness of her touch, as she softly kissed your face,

Seek the good within you, cast the clouds from your sky,
Don't look toward the pavement, but hold your head up high,

Think not what life owes you, but of all you have to give,
Forget about tomorrow, then you can start to live.

So bless this age you are living in, with the gifts you can bestow,
Don't disregard the stream of life,
Go gently with the flow.


~ © Shawnee Kellie



update................
have been having more knee pain of late and am now trying a different combination of medication so will see in a few weeks if it helps etc............i haven't lost any pounds of late stayed on a plateau i thought was over but somehow have managed to gain 3 pounds.................maybe it the meds???
i have increased the exercise and changed it around and well as the calories in and out too........there seems to be no rhyme or reason any more and am just continuing to plod along day by day.............
am still waiting to see the orth dr's have been waiting since July and to make this a short story found out last week i need to be refered by to see these same dr's again so that now means many many more months of waiting.............
thanks so much for all your help and support as without it i surely would have given up a long long time ago.............
thank you from the bottom of my heart................
much appreciation and love.......blessings and hugs....................lita

  
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AHOLLAND0108 11/8/2010 10:20AM

    Hi Lita, I pray that God continue to give you strength and peace as you go through. Keep you head up, your heart open and your spirit lifted. This too shall pass.



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TEXASGIRL48 11/8/2010 6:58AM

    Lita I really hope you get some relief from your painful knees. I can really understand it. I don't have pain in my knees but in my back. My back is still bothering me a lot. Everytime I think it is better I overdo it and it begins to hurt again. I haven't been able to exericse for over two months now.

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KELPIE57 11/8/2010 4:37AM

    Lovely peom, take care of yourself!

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TRYINGHARD1948 11/8/2010 4:28AM

    I do hope the ortho can find a remedy for the knee. Wishing you all the best, hugs.

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_CYNDY55_ 11/8/2010 12:59AM

    Hello And Good Evening "~*Lita*~".
Great Poem...Loved The Words emoticon
Wishing You Well! ~With The Knee Replacements~*!*
...Many Huggs And Blessings To "~*You*~"!
All The Best...Many {{HuGGs}}

¸¸.·´Cyndy..·´


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SHARON10002 11/8/2010 12:46AM

    “Don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask, don’t knock, don’t demand – relax. If you relax, it comes. If you relax, it is there. If you relax, you start vibrating with it.” ~Osho

Continue to relax into the flow. . .

Hugs,
Sharon

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GOSPELCLOWN 11/7/2010 11:42PM

    Thanks for the posting. It is the rainy month and so easy to get depressed if we don't see any sunshine.

Best wishes for a speedier visit to your doctors.
hugs,

Karen

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COOLMAMA11 11/7/2010 11:35PM

    Hello Lita, sorry to hear about your knee, I know what that is like, I have one knee replacement, and waiting for another..sure slows down my exercising...Keep the faith, things will turn around...

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