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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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Granting Life

People are alive to the degree that life has been granted to them and alive to the degree that he has granted life to himself and others.  Or stated another way, grant life to yourself and others and life begets life.

We are here…we are alive this very moment.  Look around and grant that same life that is in you to your possessions, appreciate those things, take care of those things that take care of you.  Grant life to the community you live and work in, saying to yourself, ‘Hey, this is a great place to live and the people here are wonderful!’  The town and the people in it eventually will conform to the life you give it to that degree.  Just think what a difference it would make starting with just idea.

This day grant life to yourself, to your family, to your home, to your possessions, to each other in the community…And the degree you grant that life into people and things is the degree of aliveness it becomes.  Funny how things work out that way…but try it…do it each moment.  As an artist and illustrator, I’ve got to breathe life into what I’m drawing or doing on canvas or it just won’t communicate to others.  If I can’t do that, then to that degree, I have not accomplished my goal as an artist.  You don’t have to have a degree from a major art school or to have studied under someone to create…just imbue LIFE into it…desire it, feel it, put emotions in it…and it’ll communicate and be alive to that degree.   It’s amazing what things can happen from granting life to yourself and others.

So go out there and be your great self-GRANT LIFE!  Help, support, play with, imagine, uplift, act with kindness…It is something which we can ALL do…and it is relatively simple.

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Ears to Hear

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This page is from the book entitled, Nature’s Gift to Humanity by Mary Rensberry, author and photographer of the Extra-Ordinary!

Look and thou shalt find a solution.  We are problem-solvers…lovers of Life and Love.

 

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Words

Words

May words bring healing
to your heart I’m feeling

Some may not be appealing
vulgarities stealing

Why not healing words
with only positive verbs.

February 22, 2010
updated 4/16/2016
Mary Rensberry

Author at QuickTurtle Books

Just out:  Nature’s Gifts to Humanity

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Poem dedicated to L. Ron Hubbard, Humanitarian