Do something for somebody every day for which you don’t get paid.
– Albert Schweitzer, philosopher, musicologist, doctor
Al was a smart man. He knew that generous acts benefit everyone, including yourself. The small actions you take now, no matter how insignificant they may seem, can have profound effects that you may never know about. Sometimes, just living as a good example has the power to inspire. Not quite as well-known are the physical and mental benefits that being a positive force can have for you. When you help others, stress decreases and causes less physical harm. Work and athletic performance improve. A positive attitude appears. And the mind is eased as troubles are put in perspective. Doing for others can involve a small gesture (pick up trash, write a note of encouragement, offer to mow your neighbor’s lawn) or an ambitious undertaking (volunteer at a neighborhood center, mentor a coworker, work with disadvantaged youth). Make a habit of thinking “What can I do today to make someone’s life easier?”
OK, this is an other SparkPeople Healthy reflection, but I am taking this TOTALLY wrong today.
I am 1000+ emails behind and just now getting to Nov. 1, 2008 emails. I try to read the important ones everyday, but if something has slipped trough then I am sorry. I take what is said above to heart. Al may have been a smart dude, but I’m thinking he didn’t have teenagers when he wrote this. I think I need to print this out in extra big print and give it to the teenagers. Somehow, some way, some where the kids today think we owe them something. I know part of this it that I am getting people’s rejected kids and they all have their own special needs, but DANG!!! I do one nice thing for them and then they come back for more or anothe one saw I did something nice and they bombard me with requests. Somedays I just need to keep my grumps bear personna and keep the silly cirtters away from me. 😛
I keep telling Rick that it he really wants me to get caught up on EVERYTHING then I need walls for my office. And a door with a lock. Now I will date myself. My home office is kinda open and I guess asking for walls is like the guy on WKRP putting tape on the floor and making people use his door. (Funny, I jsut thought of that!) But in our world I put on my headphones and crank them so I can’t hear children and then they threaten to put me on utube. 😛 There are days that killing them and not letting them turn 18 would be really easy and justifiable, but alas they live.
Now if I can just get the silly girls to understand time management and that since they are home all day THEY need to cook dinner and not me. Oh, well. This to shall pass or that’s what I am told. I am still waiting for that.
The car above is my new ride. I am offically a grandma with a 2005 Ford Crown Victoira. We got it for $1500. No, I didn’t miss a 0. It does have 174,000 miles on it (now). And we did have to go to Lawton to pick it up, but it was a corporate car and has mostly higway miles. I have and will add considerable more highway miles. It gets about the same gas milage as a smaller SUV that I was looking at and has a HUMONOGOUS trunk. I’d say two teenagers would fit quite nicely inside the trunk. 😛 So Allyson has the Altima. Now for her to get her permit. The other two will be liscend first, but at least then they can get to work if they had work. 😛
Well better get. Got tons of real work to do. Luckily I think we hired a secretary and maybe someday will get another engineer so I won’t be so overwhelmed. But this too will pass. I get off the whole week of Thanksgiving. Hope to get caught up some. And maybe ride some. Have a great day! And don’t forget to do something nice soe someone else. 🙂
Deb in Claremore
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