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Tis the Season

“Enjoy the Season of Love!”

‘Tis The Season For Lots Of Love

© Astrid Hardjana-Large

Published: December 23, 2018

‘Tis the season for lots of love.
Gather all friends and family
And celebrate the joys from above.

Plan a feast and wrap gifts happily.
Distribute it all around.
Gather all friends and family.

Add the carols to make it sound
As it adds love to spirit.
Distribute it all around.

Enjoy the decorations as you share it.
Bask in the smiles of the season
As it adds love to spirit.

Friends and family are good reason
To spread warmth and cheer.
Bask in the smiles of the season.

Christmas! Celebrate with all who are dear!
‘Tis the season for lots of love
To spread warmth and cheer
And celebrate the joys from above.

Check out this site for more poetry!
Source: https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/tis-the-season-for-lots-of-love

The Holidays

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Tips to Help You Deal With Holiday Stress

I found this information by Joyce Chung on yogiapproved.com. I just made the ideas short and sweet so that you are able to read quickly and do!  Look forward to your time, don’t dread it.  Remember you have worked hard to get the time off, now enjoy it.

Here Are 5 Ways to Prevent Holiday Stress:

Cut back on the holiday stress and enjoy the holidays with five strategies:

1. Plan Ahead

Keep your calendar updated with all the festivities you plan to attend, but also block off some time for self-care.

2. Travel Smart

Create a packing list prior to a trip. This helps with visualizing the necessities, and helps prevent too much stuff.

Stay hydrated. Coffee, tea, and alcohol will all dehydrate you, so be mindful of those drinks.

3. Drink Reasonably

Holidays are a time of celebration, which usually means there will be food and alcohol. If you are drinking, make sure to eat some protein to slow down the alcohol from entering into your bloodstream. Pace yourself and drink plenty of water in between drinks and before bed. Remember you can always so no thank you and still have a good time.

4. Pamper Yourself

Do something you enjoy or is good for you and your health or self-care.

5. Reflect on the Year

Take a moment to reflect on your year. This reflection will help you in 2019.

Write down all the things you are proud of having done, ways in which you have grown as a person, the people you want to thank in your life, and the things you want to work on for 2019. A gratitude journal is the perfect place to do this, and maintaining a gratitude journal is a great practice year-round.

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The end of the year should be spent reflecting back on the year, and spending some quality time with your loved ones . . . not dealing with holiday stress.

 

UPS and DOWNS…

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Have you ever had a week with it’s ups and downs, from great to not good, from hurtful to thankful, to being in pain to having relief? It’s like hearing the tragic news of another school shooting and then witnessing the fairy tale wedding of British royalty, all within the same week. 

How confusing life can be, but yet so much to give and take in at the same time. Hold on, and continue to move on.

As I reflect, one may think of Rudyard Kipling’s poem- IF. 

 

IF

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream- -and not make dreams your master;
If you can think- -and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build them up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on! ‘

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings- -nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And- -which is more- -you’ll be a Man, my son!

Woman’s version- you’ll be a Woman, my daughter!

Rudyard Kipling
Compliments of poemhunter.com

May you have more ups than downs, and more smiles than frowns in your weeks ahead.

Thank you reading my thoughts and allowing me to share the works of other individuals that I admire.

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April Snow Showers


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Even though you may be disappointed with Mother Nature’s choice- see the short lived beauty of the moment or have a laugh after reading a cartoon from Glasbergen.  Just trying to ease the pain a bit…

 

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April Message-Healing the Spirit

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First I want to say- thank you for continuing to follow my blog and welcome to new readers that have viewed some of my posts these past few weeks. I haven’t written in awhile due to my current schedule of work, but I hope to be more active in the coming months.

It’s been one of those days. I had planned to go to church but I slept in due to being up late and needing the sleep. I also have been looking for a night service with my beliefs and spiritual upbringing in mind, but I haven’t been successful. I then went to go on line to a favorite church of mind, but much to my dismay, they wouldn’t be broadcasting today due to being off site.

So I thought I would listen to sermons on line to consider churches in the area for future reference. If you are looking for a church-it’s a great idea to listen first to a sermon. I realize that the minister, priest, pastor, etc. doesn’t entirely make a church but listening to a message based on god’s word is important. How the message is delivered is also key. If I am unable to understand the sermon, you have lost me. I want to reflect on the message and put it into practice in my own life. 

Spirituality is so personal. It looks and feels differently to everyone. I just recently discussed spirituality with a close friend who is a psychologist and she sent me this article- she has a practice that she helps people in many different ways. I enjoyed the description of spirituality and how it’s important in healing and making yourself a better person.

Healing the Spirit by Anna Deeds

Spirituality can be an important part of your life, and it’s often neglected. Spirituality is not necessarily about any particular religion – it can be about believing in something bigger than you or it can be about personal well-being and personal development. Here are some ways to heal spiritually.

  • Attending regular services and participating in religious activities may help you heal spiritually.
  • If you are unsure what you believe in, you can try going to different churches and learning about different religions. Research churches in your area online and find a couple that feel right to you. Try going to a different service each week until you find one you feel good about.
  • You can choose to work on your personal development as a part of healing your spiritual self. Look for things that you feel will make you a better person. Try new activities and learn more about the world. Think about your values and beliefs. Ask yourself questions like, “What can I do to better myself and my world?” and “What are my values, beliefs and morals?” Think about who you are as a person and who you want to be.
  • Having a purpose in life can help heal your spiritual self as well. Try finding a cause that you believe in. Doing volunteer work can help you work toward a purpose. Or find something that you believe in that you can work to improve.

I know that healing your body, mind and spirit may seem overwhelming. However, you have plenty of time to work on healing your whole self. It is an ongoing process which you may work on over your entire lifetime.  The important thing is to continue working to improve yourself and your life.

Spirituality has always been an important part of my life in good times and bad. It brings me clarity, calmness and peace. It’s funny how things work, my blog has been my church today. Have a wonderful day and my best wishes to you in the coming week. 

 

 

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Respect

Respect is such an important characteristic in our daily life. The term is used with children, friends, loved ones, or significant others when describing a value that is needed in any type of relationship.  What does respect mean to you? Are you being respected?

The truth is that, when love or care lacks respect, it may be self-serving. Definition of self-serving-serving one’s own interests, especially without concern for the needs or interests of others.  A disrespectful individual is concerned with how you make them feel, how you can serve them, how you reflect on them.

A loved one will respect you, and value you for you, as a full-fledged, thinking person. Someone who respects you will take joy in your independence and honor your boundaries.

Wondering if you have relationships built on respect? Here are signs of respect:

    1. You are listened to.  A sign of respect is that someone really listens to what you have to say. He or she isn’t just using the time you spend speaking as an opportunity come up with his or her next point; rather, instead they are listening to you carefully and responding accordingly.
    2. One is proud of you as a person. If you are respected, one is proud of you and proud to be with you, independently of how you make him or her look.
    3. They take you seriously.  For examplea friend may ask you for advice. They might not take your advice, but they take what you have to say under serious consideration.
    4. Your friend respects your wishes or boundaries, and stops when you say, “Stop or please don’t do that.” If someone respects you, he or she will honor your wishes when it comes to you saying no or stopping.
    5. Your friend is honest with you. A friend will respect you and will not lie or try to shield you from uncomfortable news, nor will he or she insult your intelligence by lying about their own actions.
    6. He or she doesn’t waste your time or disregard communication. Being constantly late, unresponsive, and unreliable are signs of disrespect. A good friend won’t make you wait around for hours when you have something planned, nor will he or she ignore your communication such as texts and calls.
    7. Your friend or loved one doesn’t control your free time or tell you who you have to be with. They let you make choices. If your friend or loved one doesn’t trust you, it’s an indication that he or she doesn’t respect your ability to make good choices and to keep promises. You will be respected as an independent person and will trust you to handle yourself.
    8. When he or she has a disagreement, you do it with dignity. As friends and loved ones, you argue at one point or another. Disagreements are natural. But you need to be respected,  even when you’re angry with each other.  When you’re arguing, a partner who respects you will try to listen to what you have to say and understand your point of view, even when it’s really, really difficult. That means not being mean, and no physical violence, ever.

Being respected is very important to any relationship. Are you being respected? You deserve to be respected!

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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

 

When I think of the 4th of July, I think about the importance of respect for our country. Please remember the lives of those who gave us our freedom and who are still fighting for it!

 

Fourth of July

Have the sense of freedom,

Have the sense of joy,

I am proud to be an American,

And I am proud to be free,

But I won’t forget the great men and women,

Who also died for me! Happy 4th of July!

 

Taken from: http://www.wishafriend.com/4thofjuly/id/8021/#6HFzteLOgii0mmrZ.99

 

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Acceptance

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This week I truly understood the word acceptance. I learned it in my workplace, I learned it in my personal life and I learned it in decisions and choices that may have come to me but were out of my control.

Once you have acceptance, then you can have peace of mind, with clarity, of knowing to live one day at a time.

It is clear in the following poem that we can all live by:

“Serenity Prayer”

by Reinhold Niebuhr

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

The courage to change the things I can,

and the wisdom to know the difference.

 

 

How timely to have the realization of acceptance with the coming of spring which brings to us new life.  As a wise person told me, “Winter may be in my head, but eternal spring is in my heart.”

Have a great day, a wonderful week, an extraordinary month, followed by years of astonishing!

P.S. Don’t forget to tell your family and friends how special they are and how much you love them.

 

 

 

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