With cell phones, cable and the internet, people find less and less time to go out and associate with their neighbors in any kind of meaningful way. This creates misunderstandings, fear and sometimes ill feelings that don’t need to be there. Find time to walk out the door with the specific purpose of interacting with your neighbors. Get to know them. Even if you don’t know them, or feel they are not very nice, bake them some cookies, a pie or a loaf of bread, write them a short note – anything – and take it to them.
More than ever today, we need friends and hopeful positive feelings in our neighborhoods. We need to stop living in fear of each other, start taking care of each other and get to know each other. Some of my closest, most cherished friends began as misunderstood, pre-judged enemies!
EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT! Violence, crime, a failing economy, stRESS, STRESS, STRESS!! It’s everywhere! What can we do so that our level of stress does not break us, or our families apart? A POSITIVE ATTITUDE! You heard right, a positive attitude! Sure, it won’t fix anything immediately and sometimes it won’t fix the immediate stressor ever! So why have one? HAPPINESS! Because we all want to be happy – no matter what. When you are faced with uncertainty, challenge or pain whether physical, emotional or both, it doesn’t mean you have to be spiritually depressed to the point you can’t function! Or worse, you exaggerate the situation you’re in by making everyone around you miserable by constantly rehearsing all the bad things that have happened and constantly rehearsing the, ‘why I can’ts’ instead of the, ‘how I cans.’
Positive forward motion requires positive forward thinking. Simply put, all action begins with a thought. Therefore, if you spend all of your valuable time thinking about negative outcomes, THAT is exactly what you are going to get – a negative outcome. I don’t mean to downplay what you might be going through at the moment. I am suggesting, however, that you will do your best work, come up with your best game plan if you are approaching whatever situation you are in with a positive attitude! True happiness given any situation is a choice. It begins with your attitude. Sometimes we have to close our eyes and see things how they can be, rather than how they really are to gain enough positive energy to get through it.
Exercise! It is the one thing we can do everyday that will undeniably bring happiness, make us feel good and add years to our lives. Yet everyone goes through the overwhelming urge to lay down on the couch, sit in the most comfortable chair in the room and give in to the urge to do nothing! Try this…find a picture of yourself that makes you feel good about yourself – no matter how old it is. Hang that picture on your bathroom mirror. Write GO FOR A WALK across the bottom of the picture. Set your phone alarm to wake you up one hour earlier in the mornings. I promise that after programming yourself to systematically get up one hour earlier every morning, look at that picture and read those words everyday – you WILL get moving! Try it!
Washing your hands still remains the number one way to prevent yourself from catching the flu. Surprising, however, is how many people don’t understand this, or worse, don’t know exactly how to wash their hands properly. Your children are never too young to teach them how to properly wash their hands.
Step 1: Take your toddler to the sink.
Step 2: Put a dime size dot of anti-bacterial soap in their hands.
Step 3: Show them how to rub their hands together for several minutes before rinsing. (One of the most overlooked critical procedures in teaching children proper hand washing is not rubbing their hands together long enough. TRY THIS: while they are rubbing their hands together, teach them to sing the ABC song.)
Step 4: After rubbing their hands together the entire time they are singing the ABC’s, rinse their hands thoroughly.
With the onslaught of new flu bugs evolving into new and improved viruses, this simple hand washing procedure can save you not only money from saved Dr. visits, but save your family’s health as well!
If you have little ones, chances are leaving for a jog or the gym is a luxury you won’t get to experience very often. So how do you work off those extra pounds? Take your kids with you! Put them in the stroller, let them ride bicycles or tricycles while you jog. Find your local high school track. They are fenced and you can let your children run around on the field while you jog around the outside! Playground trips can also be turned into a fabulous work out. Be creative – who said being a mom can’t be fun? You will be accomplishing two very important goals: First, you will get into shape, and, Second, you will be ‘spiritually’ training your children that physical fitness is important and creating what I call a ‘family value memory’ that they will never forget!