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What a Broken Zipper Taught Me

This past Saturday I purchased a black hoodie in my size from a local store. Mind you, I did not try it on beforehand. And when I got it home, I noticed that it didn’t have the zipper head to zip it closed and open. Oh my….so instead of ranting and raving…I decided to write about what it taught me as a grandma, mom and woman to help myself in the future. Perhaps it’ll help you put on your hat in life, too. And yes, you men can be included. You are grandpas, fathers and men, too.

10 Ways to Take Care of Yourself:

  1. Stay focused; lay out a plan of action and be sure to incorporate all the details into the final product. Looking things over from head to toe or making a mental list of what is needed is added advice. It’s kinda like-okay, I’m going to be needing these items to wear, or to cook, or to drive…Make sure that they are in good working order prior to using or needing it and this even applies to buying things. Then that alone takes stress out of the equation. Plan ahead.
  2. Do for yourself first. If you are not there for YOU, then how can you be there for others? So do what you need to do to be on top of your game: https://www.thewaytohappiness.org/thewaytohappiness/precepts/take-care-of-yourself.html
  3. Keep your agreements with others once your word is given. This builds integrity. Integrity is defined as maintaining a firm adherence to a moral code-yours.
  4. Rise up early as there are many benefits. Here’s another great link: https://zenhabits.net/10-benefits-of-rising-early-and-how-to-do-it/
  5. Be mindful of your goals, write them on a list and check them off when finished with the activity. This helps to keep your momentum going. You can see what it is you have done and what items you have left to do for that day and the week.
  6. Be productive. Staying busy and focused is what keeps you sane. If you are prone to sit around and do ‘nothing’ then self-respect and your honor goes out which makes you feel lousy. Keep busy and do only those things that bring you closer to those goals. Hang around only those people that help you further those goals as well.
  7. Observe your thinking patterns. Is your self-talk positive and uplifting? If not, then take a look at changing something with you first. Get help at https://maryrensberry9.wixsite.com/newlifecounseling .
  8. Set a good example. It can be done many ways. It can often be done by just using our manners and being kind. Saying Please and Thank you is a great start! Setting a good example helps others learn and have a better day, too.
  9. Breathe in and out…and be mindful of the condition or state you are in. Take steps to improve your situation so things don’t continue to deteriorate. And take a few minutes to appreciate or be grateful for the things and people already in your life.
  10. Take a free course on an area in your life that you need help in. Learn to navigate the physical world a little be easier so that you are more able and competent. Just don’t think that you know it all as we all have room for improvement or we wouldn’t be here on earth. Learning something new brings certainty and makes you and others, believe it or not, feel better. Check out this great place to learn more about practical solutions for improving conditions in your life: https://www.volunteerministers.org

Now, as far as that black hoodie without the zipper head I mentioned earlier…I’m sure in the grand scheme of things, I’ll be able to find a replacement and it’ll work just fine. It’s all the lessons learned anyway that make my day a little bit brighter and easier. Hope you found this information useful and helpful. Take it easy and smile!

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Beauty

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Beauty is God-given and Man- given.  We work together in the grand scheme of things.

What I see in the picture above is a grand landscape fashioned by the Hand of God/man.  God created the heavens and the earth.  Man is given responsibility to tend this gift- the blue skies, the majestic trees and abundance of green symbolizing life and the many animals that depend upon it.  Recognizing the life that is in you and where it came from originally is the beginning of knowledge.

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever: Its loveliness increases;

it can never Pass into nothingness.”   ~Keats