Archive for January, 2014

TEN-PLUS WAYS WE CAN BRIGHTEN ANOTHER’S DAY

Friday, January 10th, 2014

My Facebook post for today is based upon the LV Nonprofit Awareness photo, which shows the picture of Mother Teresa and the caption, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” I, not only agreed with it and liked it, but I shared it with an explanation of my own, which I will quote here for you.

“Some people believe that they can’t make a difference because they don’t have power, money, unusual talent or even the kind of personality that immediately attracts others. I think they’re wrong. That is why I chose to share this picture. Here are ten little things anyone can to do bring a smile to the lips of another and perhaps even highlight another’s day. 1) IF a friend or relative is feeling down, give him or her a call and LISTEN to what they have to say. Venting can get rid of a lot of stress. 2) Send a bright and cheery note to anyone who needs to receive it. 3) Learn how to present a few good jokes, and make someone laugh with you. 4) Smile at a friend and give her a hug. 5) Treat a friend or relative to lunch or dinner. 6) Buy an unexpected gift for someone (flowers, perhaps or chocolates) without there being a holiday or other special occasion. 7) Don’t ever hold back a compliment. If someone looks good, tell him or her. 8) For no special occasion, bake some cookies or a cake for a friend, relative or neighbor. 9) Give someone without a car a lift to a club meeting you both attend, or take them to the supermarket or to attend to another chore. 10) Invite an elderly friend or relative to lunch or dinner at your home to spend time with you and your family. And here’s even an eleventh: tell someone you love how much he or she means to you. Don’t just assume that special person already knows it….And # 12 be the first to apologize if you and a friend (relative) have a disagreement. #13 Be charitable. We can’t donate to every charity, but we can be selective and give to a few. #14) Finally, say ‘thank you’ to those who have been really helpful and special to you. And by the way, thank you all, Facebook friends and relatives, for your love and support.”

And I happily extend the ‘thank you’ to you, readers, who have visited my website and read what I have had to say for the last three and a half years!

Until the next post,

Cheryl

My New Year’s Wishes For All of You…

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

At the beginning of 2014 we are standing on the threshold of change, new experiences, better relationships (especially our most important one with God), but also right here on earth with friends and acquaintances that could blossom into real friendships, too. It is a time to feel more positive and have hope.

Of course, at times everyone gets a little depressed. When I feel down, I pray to God, read the Bible, listen to spiritual music, based upon the Scriptures, and watch upbuilding movies. My favorite channels are “UP” (Uplifting Entertainment), a channel I found seemingly by chance (but I am not sure it was not meant to be) one day when I needed encouragement, and Hallmark. I also love to watch classic movies on the Turner Classic Movies channel (TCM). Today from four o’clock to six o’clock, I watched “Magnificent Obsession,” a wonderful movie bringing out the theme of expiating for one’s sins, giving to others unselfishly and the blessing of second chances. (It stars Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson and Barbara Rush and was made in 1954.) If I had the time, I could watch some of these movies and sitcoms for hours, but I am very selective and pick the best ones for me since, like you, I have a somewhat busy life.

Today I wrote a post on Facebook, which I want to share with you now. Since I don’t know how to link it, I’ll rewrite it here. It isn’t very long. I hope it helps you. It certainly helped me to write it, and, yes, I try very hard to follow my own advice.

“It is the beginning of a new year. Maybe, that means it is time to think of trying new things, being more positive, (especially if we have been too negative in the past); thinking more of others (if we have sometimes been too self-absorbed); and leaving our comfort zones here and there until it becomes easier and easier to do so.

“Perhaps, the start of a new year means being more cognizant of attending to our health issues (instead of postponing doctor visits or being in denial); keeping up with friendships and developing new ones; helping those who are facing more difficult times than we are; finally doing what we have put off for too long; believing that everything that we want or need (if it is good and in God’s Will) is possible and ours, not exactly for the taking, but as a result of hard work and faith.

To all of us, (even the most seemingly depressed person who hides behind his self-imposed mask,) the New Year means a ray of hope. To those of us who are more positive, it is brimming over with possibilities, love, great things right around the corner and the reverberating mantras inside our brains:
‘Never give up. Keep on going and believing. Change is inevitable and good, and, in the words of Franklin Roosevelt: ‘There is nothing to fear but fear itself.’

“Happy New Year, everyone!”

Until the next post,

Cheryl