Happy Monday everyone!
I often take time to talk about the importance of the right food but the right food is only one piece of the puzzle. The path to good health is truly a strong mind, body and soul. Take a moment and look at your foundation and then look into your heart, breakdown and rebuild if you have to, but do what you must do to create a strong foundation. Remember I often say, “Garbage in, garbage out”, that does not only pertain only to food my friends.
Wake up tomorrow morning with thoughts of thanksgiving, make it a point to avoid anything negative and be grateful for the positive things in your life. Our world is tough right now, many people are unemployed. If you are one of those fortunate people who is employed, be grateful for your circumstances, be a positive aspect in your workplace and be kind to your co-workers.
Look around you each and every day, be grateful for where you are and pray for those who are unemployed, homeless or going hungry. Most importantly, look with your heart and not your eyes and be grateful for the blessings in your life.
I know this was a short one today, but I just wanted to remind you to recharge and be thankful for what you have and what you will have. Gratitude and the joy that accompanies it are as good for the body as they are for the soul!
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. “Saint Valentine’s Day, often simply Valentine’s Day, is a holiday observed on February 14 honoring one or more early Christian martyrs named Valentinus. It was first established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD, and was later deleted from the General Roman Calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI. It is celebrated in hundreds of countries around the world, mostly in the West, although it remains a working day in all of them.
The day first became associated with romantic in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines“).
Modern Valentine’s Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.”
Well, just wanted to give you a brief history or what Valentine’s Day is and how it got started. As far as I am concerned, every day is a great day. So make this an extra special day. Why not…
- stop and be grateful today;
- call friends and family and share with them how grateful you are for their love and support;
- call a child and tell them how proud you are of them;
- call an old friend you haven’t spoken to in years;
- if you have nothing to do this evening after work, why not volunteer;
- greet everyone at work today with a smile;
- go out of your way to introduce yourself to a co-worker you have not met yet;
- nosh on a couple of pieces of dark chocolate and really enjoy them;
- if you are going to or from work today, take a moment to really look around and appreciate what God has created for us;
- think about the talents that God gave you, they are a gift and what you do with them is your gift to Him?
Happy Valentine’s Day.
“Thanksgiving in North America had originated from a mix of European and Native traditions. Typically in Europe, festivals were held before and after the harvest cycles to give thanks for a good harvest, and to rejoice together after much hard work with the rest of the community. At the time, Native Americans had also celebrated the end of a harvest season. When Europeans first arrived to the Americas, they brought with them their own harvest festival traditions from Europe, celebrating their safe voyage, peace and good harvest.” This folks is part of the definition of Thanksgiving from Wikipedia. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of Thanksgiving Day as “a day appointed for giving thanks for divine goodness: as a: the fourth Thursday in November observed as a legal holiday in the United States”.
Well for those of you who know me well, I am certain that you have already made assumptions about the direction of this blog. Where are my thoughts headed? Yes, you are correct my friends. Do you know that a couple of days ago I heard someone refer to Thanksgiving Day as “turkey day”? Can it really be? Have some people really forgotten what Thanksgiving Day should mean? Can it be that some people might actually refer to a day “for giving thanks for divine goodness” as “turkey day”? With so much struggle around the world, hunger, poverty and chaos part of our everyday lives; can we please remember that on Thanksgiving Day let’s all take a moment to praise God and give thanks for the miracles in our lives. In fact, lest you hear anyone refer to this day as “turkey day”, let’s try the following suggestion. On note cards or thank you cards or on anything you can find, write the words “Do something kind for someone today”. Give these cards to your friends, families and your children, teach everyone around you to live in Thanksgiving each and every day and to perpetuate kindness to each other each and every day.
Let’s make each and every day a day of Thanksgiving. Let us all wake up each morning and praise God for the miracles in our lives. And let’s go out there and promote kindness so that each and every person we come across feels a sense of gratefulness.
It is my sincere wish that each and every one of you have a glorious Thanksgiving Day, enjoy your friends and family and promote kindness. One last thought, before devouring what is probably going to be an extraordinary meal prepared by all of you, take a moment, go around the table and each and every one of you discuss something that you are grateful for.
A glorious Thanksgiving to all of you.