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Thursday, August 04, 2011

Instead of comparing our lot with that of those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow men. It then appears that we are among the privileged.

- Helen Keller
Do you ever feel that you're always getting the short end of the stick? Or do you constantly compare your life to others' lives? We are bombarded with daily images of the posh lifestyles of celebrities. Their expensive wardrobes and status can entice even the happiest person to drool over such luxury. But by thinking about the world as a whole, you'll find that your own life is wealthy beyond compare. Make a short list of some of your overlooked privileges. Owning a car (or two!), having access to television, computers, drinkable water, a respectable wage at your job, and all of the freedoms you enjoy that are a foreign idea to many people around the world. Be grateful for your life and over time maybe you will see that your plot in life is someone else's "greener grass."

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CANNIE50 8/4/2011 11:36PM

    Amen - I think a gratitude list can cure some of what ails us. I am often mindful of how blessed I am and how little some people make do with, and how absolutely excessive some lifestyles are. Thank you for the reminder.

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SUNNY1432 8/4/2011 9:35PM

    emoticon blog!! It is easy to forget how lucky you are. Thanks for the reminder!!

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NUOVAELLE 8/4/2011 7:22AM

    Absolutely true! I had recently read a saying - I don't remember where or by whom - about happiness: "If you want to find happiness, stop wanting what other people have and start enjoying what YOU have that other people want." I believe that being grateful for what we are given in life, even the smallest things, is really one of the keys to happiness.

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Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Today's SP Healthy Reflections

Small steps that lead us to achievement

There are natural consequences that accompany every choice we make in life. Some opportunities inevitably pass us by, but we can take advantage of others. Many people feel powerless, but this is rarely the case--some opportunities just require a little thinking outside the box. Today, reflect on the doors you are opening in your world and which ones are closing. You have the power to create the life you want if you are willing to set goals and take steps toward them. Rarely does fulfilling our hopes and dreams happen overnight, but you can take one tiny move towards them each day.

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CANNIE50 8/4/2011 12:05AM

    Amen to this - thank you for writing this. Here's to tiny moves forward, and shutting the door to self-destructive behaviors.

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SNOOKUMS19 8/3/2011 8:02AM

    Thank you so much for this today. I needed it soooo much. I will take this to my Zumba class this morning!

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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Lots of firsts yesterday with my girls. First day of jumpstart for preschool, first day of dance camp for my oldest and her first night of cheerleading. Felt great to run last night and made plans to run again but remembered this am that book club is tonight. Unless dh or a friend brings her home for me I will not be able to go, so I need to remember to ask them later. Woke up early this morning because my oldest had a nightmare and shortly after putting her back to bed I heard my husbands alarm clock, so decided to just get up and start my day and hope to go to bed early tonight because I went to bed late last night and am up early today. What are your plans?

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SUSIQZER 8/2/2011 7:54AM

    My day sounds a little like yours... DD was up again last night and I considered just staying up and starting my day. I might try that tomorrow, if we have more of the same tonight.

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Monday, August 01, 2011

Helathy Reflections

The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.

- Stendhal, 19th century French writer

Leading a successful flock

Be mindful of who you are following. By no means develop a skeptical temperament towards authority, but consider the quality of the leadership before you. Are you allowing informed consent to be the rule of your actions rather than blindly following? If not, educate yourself, follow your instincts, and speak up! As a parent or friend, you have a great responsibility to lead your family and friends in the right direction. Take the initiative to review the path you're taking your loved ones down and revise it to make the healthiest and most mutually beneficial choices for everyone.

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CANNIE50 8/4/2011 12:09AM

    One of the best things about getting older is my willingness to say things that are not necessarily popular, but that I believe need to be said. I don't say mean things in the guise of honesty, but I have become willing to be uncomfortable instead of being a "people pleaser". I am also more discerning about whose advice I seek out. This is a good point - thank you for posting this.

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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sunday, July 31, 2011's Healthy Reflections
Persevering through failure

Of course try, try again, but when you don't succeed at something it's best not to beat yourself up or hold yourself to an unrealistic standard of achievement. Feeling as if you're a failure, simply for not reaching a goal, is not who you truly are. Do you think you're the only one who fails? Of course not! Most problems involve steps to their solution, and solving each step along the way IS an accomplishment. If you become discouraged during your weight loss journey or find your financial aspirations out of reach, keep trying! Some of life's most rewarding experiences make you sweat and persevere through hard times, only to emerge on the other side victorious and wiser for having worked so hard.


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