Sunday, February 10, 2013
When I feel too much or question too much, I turn to a book called “Laughing All the Way” by Steve Goodier that makes me laugh at myself. Thought this morning that I would share the two that have I have picked for this week to help me maintain my fitness goals! Maybe they will mean something to you too!!
Laugh About It!
I recently read of a motorist who was caught in an automated speed trap. His speed was measured by a radar machine and his car was automatically photographed. In a few days he received a ticket for $40 in the mail along with a picture of his automobile. As payment, he sent the police department a snapshot of $40. Several days later, he received a letter from the police. It contained another picture – of handcuffs!
Humor is an important part of a healthy life. Though often under-used, humor is also an essential problem-solving tool, particularly in conflict. It goes a long way toward building bridges over divisive waters. What might happen if you use humor to get at that aggravating problem you are facing today? (From One Minute Can Change A Life)
Joy In The Journey
If you have ever been discouraged because of failure, please read on. For often, achieving what you set out to do is not the important thing. Let me explain.
Two brothers decided to dig a deep hole behind their house. As they were working, a couple of older boys stopped by to watch.
“What are you doing?” asked one of the visitors.
“We plan to dig a hole all the way through the earth!” one of the brothers volunteered excitedly.
The older boys began to laugh, telling the younger ones that digging a hole all the way through the earth was impossible. After a long silence, one of the diggers picked up a jar full of spiders, worms and a wide assortment of insects. He removed the lid and showed the wonderful contents to the scoffing visitors. Then he said quietly and confidently, “Even if we don’t dig all the way through the earth, look what we found along the way!”
Their goal was far too ambitious, but it did cause them to dig. And that is what a goal is for – to cause us to move in the direction we have chosen. In other words, to set us to digging!
But not every goal will be fully achieved. Not every job will end successfully. Not every relationship will endure. Not every hope will come to pass. Not every love will last. Not every endeavor will be completed. Not every dream will be realized. But when you fall short of your aim, perhaps you can say, “Yes, but look at what I found along the way! Look at the wonderful things which have come into my life because I tried to do something!”
It is in the digging that life is lived. And I believe it is joy in the journey, in the end, that truly matters. (From Riches Of The Heart)
Saturday, February 09, 2013
Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
I am, a daughter, a sister, a grand-daughter, a niece, a cousin and a friend. A partner and a student. A young girl and a grown woman.
I am confident and scared, terrified and excited.
I am loving and caring and thoughtful and hopeful.
I am sick and tired.
I I am shy and friendly and careful and careless.
I am broken and whole.
I am misunderstood, misguided and mislead.
I am hardworking and determined, but a little scared on the inside.
I wish on stars and dream my dreams.
I pray to God and cry my tears.
I smile on the outside while I’m hurting on the inside.
I listen to others who won't listen to me.
I walk on eggshells and I walk on fire.
I believe in passion and true love.
I am everything and nothing all at once.
Friday, February 08, 2013
Inspiration that show me how to be the friend I want to be!
By Oriah Mountain Dreamer
It doesn't interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for,
And if you dare to dream of meeting
Your heart's longing.
It doesn't interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
For love, for your dream,
For the adventure of being alive.
It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon.
I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow,
If you have been opened by life's betrayals,
Or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain.
I want to know if you can sit with pain,
Mine or your own,
To hide it or fade it or fix it.
I want to know if you can be with joy,
Mine or your own,
If you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes
Without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic,
or to remember the limitations of being human.
It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me is true.
I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself,
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul.
I want to know if you can be faithless and therefore be trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see beauty
Even when it is not pretty every day,
And if you can source your life
From its presence.
I want to know if you can live with failure,
Yours and mine,
And still stand on the edge of a lake and shout to the silver of the full moon,
It doesn't interest me to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair,
Weary and bruised to the bone,
And do what needs to be done for the children.
It doesn't interest me who you are, how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
In the center of the fire with me
And not shrink back.
It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you
From the inside
When all else falls away.
I want to know if you can be alone
And if you truly like the company you keep
In the empty moments.
Thursday, February 07, 2013
Lung cancer is the most deadly cause of cancer death and the second most common form of cancer in both men and women. Yet despite this, the federal response to lung cancer research and funding has not yet matched the urgent need presented by the disease.
Lung cancer research is of paramount importance, not only because of the number of Americans it affects, but also because it is still difficult to detect in its early stages.
Presently, only 15 percent of lung cancers are diagnosed in an early stage. By the time symptoms are recognized, the cancer has often progressed. For that and for other reasons, the lung cancer five-year survival rate (15.6 percent) is lower than many if not most other leading cancers.
One would believe that with the above stats Lung Cancer would be one of the foremost researched and followed cancers. However nothing is further from the truth! Try finding stats, whether in the US or UK. You have to go back to 2010 to find any credible lung cancer stats including both early diagnosed or survival rates. If you have lung cancer it is scary enough without wondering why you do not count. In 2010 Lung cancer was the leading cancer killer in the U.S, killing almost 160,000 people every year. Lung cancer has one of the highest incidence rates and one of the lowest survival rates.
Yes, smoking is the biggest cause of this disease, but exposure to second-hand smoke, air pollution, radon, asbestos, and other occupational hazards also cause this dread disease.
In 2010 there were 219,000 new cases diagnosed but tragically only 16 percent of lung cancers are diagnosed at an early stage – making most diagnoses a death sentence.
Advances in cancer prevention and treatment research have increased breast and colorectal cancer survival rates to 89 and 65 percent respectively, whereas lung cancer survival rates remain at a low 15 percent.
More must be done to increase lung cancer survivorship. Each of us has a role and we can reach out to those who we know are survivors, we can talk to our friends and maybe help with early detection or call attention to the need, and if the occasion arises we can talk to congressional folks or in public forums as a reminder. The things we take for granted may save someone's life and Increased national attention to lung cancer is long overdue!
At SP we have a team called Lung Cancer, Blessing or Curse drop by sometime.
This blog is not intended to be more than an awareness to a critical issue, “call for action of sorts”. And I think that I really needed to talk about this!
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