The Window from Which We Look

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Someone shared this with me and I thought it was such a great message; I would like to share it with you once again, and hopefully, this will help us become more aware regarding what we THINK we see when watching others.

A young couple moves into a new neighborhood.  The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside.

“That laundry is not very clean”, she said.

“She doesn’t seem to know how to wash clothes correctly.

Perhaps she needs to use a better laundry detergent.”

Her husband looked out the window, but remained silent. Every time her neighbor would hang her, wash to dry, the young woman would make the same comments.

A month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on her neighbors clothesline and she said to her husband:

“Look, she has learned how to wash clothes correctly. I wonder who taught her.”

Her husband said, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.”

The moral is: Therefore, it is with life, what we see when watching others depend on the purity of the window of which we look.

(Photo by Jez Timms on Unsplash)

 

 

 

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The Story of a Woodcutter

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Once upon a time, a very strong woodcutter asked for a job in a timber merchant and he got it. The pay was really good and so was the work conditions. For those reasons, the woodcutter was determined to do his best.

His boss gave him an axe and showed him the area where he supposed to work.

The first day, the woodcutter brought 18 trees.

“Congratulations,” the boss said. “Go on that way!”

Very motivated by the boss words, the woodcutter tried harder the next day, but he could only bring 15 trees. The third day he tried even harder, but he could only bring 10 trees. Day after day he was bringing less and less trees.

“I must be losing my strength”, the woodcutter thought. He went to the boss and apologized, saying that he could not understand what was going on.

“When was the last time you sharpened your axe?” the boss asked.

“Sharpen? I had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been very busy trying to cut trees…”

Reflection:

Our lives are like that. We sometimes get so busy that we don’t take time to sharpen the “axe”. In today’s world, it seems that everyone is busier than ever, but less happy than ever.

Why is that? Could it be that we have forgotten how to stay “sharp”? There’s nothing wrong with activity and hard work. But we should not get so busy that we neglect the truly important things in life, like our personal life, taking time to get close to our Creator, giving more time for our family, taking time to read etc.

We all need time to relax, to think and meditate, to learn and grow. If we don’t take the time to sharpen the “axe”, we will become dull and lose our effectiveness.

Author: Stephen Covey
From: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Have a Safe and Enjoyable Holiday Weekend

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I’ve Got To Talk About It

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Sometimes when we keep things inside it makes things worse than they are. There is so much going on inside: the past, the future, the present, and let’s not forget to mention those normal bodily functions. The weight of it all is tearing you up, holding you down; it may feel like you just want to burst. Well, if you don’t talk about it, you will.

There is a saying “A wound needs air in order to heal.” There comes a time in life when it becomes necessary to open ourselves up for review and examination by talking about our pain. It’s not easy. As a matter of fact, it is downright frightening. We don’t want to expose ourselves to public speculation or criticism. We don’t want to admit our frailties or follies. And goodness knows we don’t want to face the pain, fear, anger, shame, or guilt that may be attached to our deepest thoughts and feelings. Yet when what is going on inside hinders what we are able to do, we must talk about it.

Find somebody you can trust. Find someone you don’t know and may never see again. Call up a help line, hot line, or a prayer line. Find someone you can talk to about what you feel. You are not looking for an answer or even a resolution; you are in search of a release. If you can’t find a living person, go into a quiet place and talk to God or whatever your higher power might be. The truth is you’ve got to talk about it.

Peaceful Moments of Worship

Many of us are going through some really rough times right now.

There are times when we just need a little peace and stillness.

I hope this soothing music can provide some comfort to us all.

 

7 Benefits Of Drinking Warm Water In The Morning

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You may be used to drinking a cup of coffee or tea to wake you up in the morning. Some of you may opt for a glass of cool water to replenish you and get your morning started. These things may now be morning habits; however, it can be worth reconsidering how you start your morning because research shows that drinking warm water on an empty stomach offers the most health benefits.

Here are 7 beneficial things that will happen to your body when you start drinking warm water in the morning.

  1. It Prevents premature aging

Nobody wants to age prematurely; however, the presence of toxins in the body can make aging faster a reality. When our body accumulates toxins, it becomes prone to illness and aging. Warm water can help cleanse the body from toxins. Furthermore, it can help repair skin cells which can lead to an increase in the elasticity of your skin.

  1. It Alleviates pain

A potent natural remedy for easing the pain from menstrual cramps is warm water. It relaxes stomach muscles and helps alleviate menstrual pain. Moreover, warm water is an effective remedy for all types of cramps as it improves capillary circulation and helps to relax the muscles in the body.

  1. It Helps with weight loss

You may be trying to lose weight and have heard that drinking a glass of warm water in the morning can be helpful. This is correct. Warm water increases your body temperature, which; in turn, increases your metabolic rate. An increase in metabolic activity gives the body the ability to burn more calories throughout the day.

If you start your day by drinking a glass of warm water with lemon, you will help your body break down the adipose tissue (or body fat) in your body. Warm water with lemon also controls food craving because lemon contains pectin fiber.  “Physicians recommend drinking warm water in the morning, usually, with a polyphenol-rich lemon immersion, or with a tea shown to decrease free radical activity in the body.”

  1. It Improves digestion

If you drink a glass of warm water in the morning you will stimulate your digestive system and help your body to better digest and eliminate foods. Drinking cold water after meals can be counterproductive. Cold water solidifies the oils and fats in the food you have just eaten. This creates fat deposits and makes digestion more difficult. You are better off replacing that glass of cold water with a warm one.

  1. It Improves blood circulation

Accumulated deposits in the nervous system and fat deposits in the body are eliminated when you drink a glass of warm water. This process helps flush out the toxins that are present throughout the body, which; in turn, aids blood circulation. Warm water is also relaxing, helping the muscles loosen, eliminating poor circulation, and assisting blood flow.

  1. It Aids constipation

Many of you have experienced the uncomfortable and irritating effects of constipation. This common stomach problem occurs when one has little or no bowel movement. Often, the cause is a lack of water in the body. If you begin your morning by drinking very warm water, before you have eaten anything, you can help improve your bowel movements, thus reducing the effects of constipation.

Doctors says, “Women will always benefit because they [have] more hormones to contend with, making constipation more of an issue.”

  1. It Induces sleep

When you sip warm water during meals, especially during dinner and before you go to bed, you will help your body relax and sooth your nerves. In turn, this can help induce sleep. It will also assist with stopping midnight cravings and lead to a feeling of rejuvenation in the morning.

Summation

We have seen 7 surprising and amazing benefits that will happen to your body when you start drinking a glass of warm water in the morning. Start making a morning glass of warm water part of your routine and be sure to enjoy the revitalized feeling that you will experience.

Monday’s Mindset

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Happy Friday!

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Doubt

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How many times have we’ve said to ourselves “I guess it’s just not my time”? WHAT IS IT going to take before we realize how absolutely wonderfully special and blessed we are? We are human beings after all, which means we are endowed with everything we need to master this thing called life. We are not human becoming or a human could be. We are being now all that we are born capable of being. Why do we act like there is something else we need? Isn’t life enough?

Life is all that humans need to be in!

 

Perceptions

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Lina Ford is a very outgoing woman, one who loves a good time. Lina works as an event planner and a very good one at that. She’s good at getting great bargains and saving her clients tons of money for their events. Lina is very approachable and always have a giant smile to give to anyone that comes within her path. Yet, Lina also has a boat load of drama in her personal life, and for some reason she feels the need to share all her troubles with anyone with a set of ears. She does this so much that after while people stop asking her how she is doing, because they know they will get an ear full of Lina’s latest troubles.

Sometimes you can get so caught up in being miserable that you will not see your blessings when they come!  You can become so addicted to having crisis in your life that the minute one crisis is resolved you are on the lookout for the next one! It is very easy to miss the delightful moments of peace or joy when you are preoccupied with all of the possible tragedies that could fall upon you. It is very possible that you have many of the bad situations you have in your life because you pay so much attention to them, they feel welcomed. It is possible to believe that if you stopped paying so much attention to the bad things, they would feel neglected and go away! If you don’t believe it, try it to see if it works.

When a bad situation gets no attention, it becomes a better situation!

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