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Take care of yourself

When things go wrong, don’t go with them.

Elvis Presley

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Sorry about sleeping in yesterday. I have been pretty lazy these last few days including putting off somethings that need doing. So today I plan on doing better after I take a short nap.

I read an article the other day written by Terri R. Marshall entitled Taking Care of You . . . 25 Great Ways To Self-Nurture that includes some suggestions I plan on rereading and implementing as I think they may include funk busters I could use right now. Here is some of her suggestions.

Great Ways To Self-Nurture

Self-nurturing is taking care of yourself. Many people put themselves at the bottom of their own list of priorities. The result is burnout, exhaustion and resentment. We are unable to be at our best if we don’t take time out for ourselves to rest, relax and renew.

Self-nurturing does not have to be difficult or overly time-consuming. Anything that helps us feel more positive and joyful is self-nurturing. Below is a list of ideas, but don’t limit yourself. Think about simple pleasures that speak to you personally and incorporate them into your life each and every day. The result? A happier, healthier you!

  • Be Grateful (Keep a Gratitude Journal . . . write down 5 things you are grateful for each day)
  • Surround Yourself with Positive People (Choose people who help you grow and thrive.
  • Practice Kindness and Compassion (Remember to help and pray for others)
  • Give Praise and Let Go of Criticism
  • Do Not Complain (Learn to let it go)
  • Exercise (Choose something you really enjoy, why not try a type of mind/body/spirit exercise like yoga?)
  • Volunteer and Donate (Promote a cycle of goodwill; pay it forward)
  • Learn Proper Self-Care (Get enough sleep, detoxify, eat a healthy, balanced diet and drink plenty of water . . . learn to listen to your body)
  • Seek New Experiences and Knowledge (why not try a holistic therapy such as acupuncture or that store you’ve always wanted to go in, but never took the time)
  • Follow Your Bliss (Use your creativity, gifts and talents . . .begin a hobby or career you are passionate about)
  • Read a Good Book or Watch a Great Movie (Why not try reading some poetry?)
  • Laugh (Laughter truly is the best medicine)
  • Seek Solitude (Meditate, go within and get creative, try a fun excursion by yourself)
  • Use Positive Affirmations (Make a conscious choice to be happy)
  • Have a Cup of Your Favorite Coffee or Tea (Chamomile Tea is especially relaxing; avoid caffeine before bed)
  • Get Out in Nature (Try a walking meditation in the warm sunshine, spending time near the water, cloud watching or enjoying a beautiful sunset)
  • Remember the Purpose of Life is Joy!

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Keep your face always toward the sunshine — and shadows will fall behind you.

Walt Whitman

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Sadie bumps into her friend Rachel at the mall.

“You’re looking very tired today, Rachel. Did you have a late night?”

“Yes,” replies Rachel, “but it was all very strange. While doing some gardening yesterday, I found a lamp, so I rubbed it and out popped a genie. He gave me a choice of two wishes.”

“Wow, fantastic,” says Sadie, “so what were the choices he gave you, Rachel?”

“He said he could either give me an excellent, sharp, 100% memory or else he could make my Harry the best lover in the world.”

“So tell me already, Rachel, what did you choose?”

“I can’t remember,” replies Rachel.

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A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age.

Robert Frost

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To Whom it May Concern:

I am hereby officially tendering my resignation as an adult. I have decided I would like to accept the responsibilities of an 8 year old again.

I want to go to McDonald’s and think that it’s a four star restaurant. I want to sail sticks across a fresh mud puddle and make ripples with rocks. I want to think M&Ms are better than money because you can eat them. I want to play dodgeball at recess and paint with watercolors in art. I want to lie under a big oak tree and run a lemonade stand with my friends on a hot summer’s day.

I want to return to a time when life was simple. When all you knew were colors, multiplication tables, and nursery rhymes, but that didn’t bother you, because you didn’t know what you didn’t know and you didn’t care. All you knew was to be happy because you were blissfully unaware of all the things that should make you worried or upset.

I want to think the world is fair. That everyone is honest and good. I want to believe that anything is possible. Somewhere in our youth, we matured and learned too much. There are nuclear weapons, war, prejudice, and abused children. Lies, unhappy marriages, illness, pain, and death. A world where companies poison our water and our soil, and children kill.

What happened to the time when we thought that everyone would live forever, because we didn’t grasp the concept of death? When the worst thing in the world was if someone took the jump rope from you or picked you last for kickball. I want to be oblivious to the complexities of life and be overly excited by the little things again.

I want to return to the days when children played hide-n-seek outside instead of being glued to a television, when video games were as harmless as Pac-Man…instead of spine-ripping, blood-splattering mind numbers like Mortal Combat, and TV still had some shows on that weren’t about sex, killing, and lies.

I remember being naive and thinking everyone was happy because I was. Afternoons were spent climbing trees and fences and riding my bike. I never worried about time, bills, or where I was going to find the money to fix my car. I used to wonder what I was going to do or be when I grew up, not worry about what I’ll do if this doesn’t work out. I want to live simple again.

I don’t want my day to consist of computer crashes, mountains of paperwork, depressing news, how to survive more days in the month than there is money in the bank, doctor bills, gossip, illness, and loss of loved ones. I want to believe in the power of smiles, hugs, a kind word, truth, justice, peace, dreams, the imagination, mankind, and making angels in the snow.

So…. here’s my checkbook and my car-keys, my credit card bills and my 401K statements. I am officially resigning from adulthood. And if you want to discuss this further, you’ll have to catch me first, ’cause. . .     “Tag! You’re it.”

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It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses

George Eliot

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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