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07/26/20 Take the First Step

Sunday, July 26, 2020

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." Martin Luther King Jr.

"Finally, my winter fat is gone. Now I have spring rolls."

One winter morning, a husband and wife in Detroit, MI were listening to the radio during breakfast. They heard the announcer say, “We are going to have 8 to 10 inches of snow today. You must park your car on the even-numbered side of the street, so the snowplows can get through.” So, the good wife went out and moved her car.
A week later, while they are eating breakfast again, the radio announcer says, “We are expecting 10 to 12 inches of snow today. You must park your car on the odd-numbered side of the street, so the snowplows can get through.” The good wife went out and moved her car again.
The next week, they are again having breakfast, when the radio announcer says, “We are expecting 12 to 14 inches of snow today. You must park…” Then, the electric went out. The good wife was very upset, and with a worried look on her face, she said, “Honey, I don’t know what to do. Which side of the street do I need to park on so the snowplows can get through?”
With the love and understanding in his voice that all men who are married to blondes exhibit, the husband replied, “Why don’t you just leave it in the garage this time?”

It's Aunts and Uncles Day! We've had Cousins Day, so now we celebrate the special bond of aunts and uncles. They're kind of like our parents, and for some, often without the firmer discipline, so are more approachable.
--American Disabilities Act Day: today commemorates the signing and enactment in 1990 of the ADA which bars discrimination due to physical and intellectual disabilities; it also established standards in public buildings and the physical infrastructure to accommodate those with disabilities and challenges.
--Aunties' Day: today is a salute to the women who nurture, inspire and give generously of their love to their nieces and nephews; today also salutes godmothers and women who are aunties to the children of friends.
--Holistic Therapy Day: today we consider the medical practice that focuses on the body, spirit, and mind, and uses these three working in conjunction to help promote natural healing; this alternative to Western medicine works to heal without unnecessary procedures and medication; from daysoftheyear:
The history of Holistic Therapy is quite ancient, stretching back to the medical and spiritual philosophies of Hippocrates, considered to be one of the most important figures in the world of medicine. Hippocrates put forth the idea that focusing purely on ailments of the body wasn’t a healthy or successful way of dealing with poor health. Instead, he felt it was important to treat every facet of the human experience in order to get a complete and sustainable recovery.
Modern Holistic Therapy feels that modern traditional medicine comes with certain concerns, specifically the habit of focusing on treating symptoms that are being caused by ailments instead of rooting out the issue at its core. Prior to the 1970’s, this wasn’t a typical medical practice. Instead, they took the entire environment of the patient into account and did their best to treat the whole patient.
Modern philosophies of medicine believe that the mind and body are separate entities and must be treated as such.
Holistic Therapy is making strides to help bring the practice of whole body, whole person treatment into the modern medical practice. It’s making strides, but its designation as ‘alternative medicine’ means that it has difficulty gaining ground in the medical community, and is generally treated as a form of quackery.
--National All or Nothing Day: today is the day to stop deliberating and make a decision; if it's yes, then do it full-heartedly; if it's no, then forget about it and move on; today is about overcoming fears which often keep us stuck in the decision mode.
--National Bagelfest Day: started in 1986, today is to celebrate being the largest bagel factory, Lender's Bagels held bagel breakfast in Mattoon, Illinois; Lender's is no longer a company but the bagelfest goes on.
--National Coffee Milkshake Day: on these hot days, this sounds pretty good; nice change from the super sweet.
--One Voice Day: today is a global movement to promote the Universal Peace Covenant, a 577-word pledge and plea to bring families, countries, and the world together in peaceful co-existence; started in 1996, the pledge is read aloud at 6 p.m. UTC, which is 2 p.m. EDT.
--Parents' Day: observed on the 4th Sunday of July; today is a day to raise awareness of outstanding parents and to take time to thank parents for the care they've given.
--Reek Sunday: celebrated in Ireland, also known as Garland Sunday; today is an annual day of pilgrimage in honor of Saint Patrick; observants climb Ireland's holiest mountain, Croagh Patrick, sometimes barefoot.
--World Tofu Day: observed in Canada; today is dedicated to celebrating one of the many alternatives to animal products and that it is a tasty versatile food; plant-based diets have been an integral part of vegan lifestyles and are becoming more mainstream as folks look for healthier sources of protein.
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