Sunday, October 14, 2018

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Stop And Take A Deep Breath

Ole Blue Boy was napping on the front porch of the farmhouse beside his favorite bone when Little Boo and the other puppies came running around the corner, tripping over each other in their haste, and rolled to a stop right in front of him.

"Whatever are we going to do?" yelped Boo. "The coyotes are coming! Run for your life!" Then they took off toward the barn to warn the other animals.

At that, Rosie, the mamma cat, ran to gather up her kittens. As she passed the pig pen, she yelled out, "Warning, warning! The coyotes are coming!"

In a panic, the pigs ran around & around the pen. They slipped and slid in the mud, grunting as they knocked into each other.

The horses in the field saw all the commotion and yelled, "Hey, pigs, what's up?" "Save yourself! The coyotes are coming!" they cried.

One after another, all the animals at the farm heard the news and quickly made preparations for the evil coyotes.

All except Old Blue. He was wise about the ways of puppies. And he knew full well that coyotes don't call ahead to let you know they're coming.

"Hold up there, Little Boo," called Old Blue amidst the chaos. "How do you know the coyotes are coming?"

"Because Crafty Crow told me," she exclaimed.

Right then and there, Old Blue knew something was up. "Really," he drawled. "And just where did he tell you this?"

"On the deck where we were eating," said Boo.

Old Blue took Little Boo around to the deck. There, having a lively party, were a flock of crows feasting on the dog food.

"What a great trick that was," one crow squawked, "fooling everyone into thinking the coyotes were coming so we could eat all the dog food!"

Poor Little Boo! If only she had stopped to think, she wouldn't have caused such utter chaos at the farm. But that's the way it is with puppies: they go full force with the emotion of the moment, even if it is illogical.

Unfortunately, we often tend to do the same ourselves. How many times have you seen a group of people in utter chaos over something that turns out to be insignificant?

As an example, take the media. They try to do this to us all the time, just for ratings. If something horrific happens somewhere, that night on the local news there's always a segment about, "Can it happen here?"

They try to get everyone riled up and, unfortunately, many people simply let themselves be manipulated. Rather than stopping to find the truth, they find themselves panicking over a situation they really know nothing about.

If you're wise, though, you'll take time to stop, think, and seek the truth. A calm mind is critical when everyone else seems to be losing theirs!

But how do you stay calm and collected, especially in stressful situations?

The first thing to do is to stop and take a deep breath. This action relaxes your muscles, sends some extra oxygen to your brain for clarity in thinking, and gives you a moment to consider your options.

Focus on separating the facts from the hearsay. Once you've clarified the real problem, you can seek an appropriate solution.

Now, isn't that much wiser than simply running to and fro in a panic? Things always turn out better when you take a moment to think before acting

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Thinking Thoughts

Thinking Thought:  The expert in anything was once a beginner.

Thinking Thought:  Easy is the enemy of ambition.

Thinking Thought: You are what you settle for.

Thinking Thought: You can’t do anything without ‘doing’ something.

Thinking Thought: You can’t learn from those that agree with you.

Thinking Thought: We often can change things by simply changing our mind.

Thinking Thought: Years teach us more than books.

Thinking Thought: The only way to fail is to quit.

Thinking Thought: Your main competition will always be in the mirror.

Thinking Thought:  No Deposit, No Return.

Thinking Thought: Thoughts become things.

Thinking Thought: Better slow going somewhere than fast going nowhere.

Thinking Thought: We don’t know what we don’t know.

Thinking Thought: Every path has a few puddles.

 Thinking Thought: Every person in the world knows something you don’t.

 Thinking Thought:  Every child is a bundle of potential.

Thinking Thought:  One head cannot hold all wisdom.  

Thinking Thought:  Life is what you make it.

Thinking Thought:  Lost time is never found again.

Thinking Thought:  Someday is not a day of the week.

Thinking Thought:  The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Thinking Thought: You can’t listen with your mouth open.

Thinking Thought: The fact that people are doing it is proof that it can be done.

Thinking Thought:  Money buys everything but good sense.  

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Remote From Others

The Missionary travelled for many days by train, boat, and car to a far away island. As he explores the dreary but somewhat inspiring landscape, he turned to a local villager and said: "You're very remote here, aren't you?" She responded: "Remote from what?"

Saturday, September 1, 2018

One Makes A Difference

A small boy was walking along a beach where thousands of small sea creatures had been washed up. During the low tide they all were stranded and doomed to perish.  

A man watched as the boy picked up individual creatures and took them back into the water. 

"I can see you're being very kind," said the watching man, "But there must be a million of them; it can't possibly make any difference." 

Returning from the water's edge, the boy said, "It will for that one."

Monday, August 20, 2018

Secrets to Emotional Well-Being

 Your emotions help dictate your state of mind. This means that to keep your state of mind intact, it's necessary to have emotional balance. That way, you can make it through even the toughest times.

You can enhance your emotional well-being, so when challenging times come around, you'll be more prepared to handle them!

These strategies can help you manage your emotions effectively:

1. Identify your support system. It's very easy to experience emotional dips. This is especially true when you’re making emotionally charged decisions.

Identify friends or family members who can be the voice of reason. While your emotions are cross-wired, it helps to have an external voice guiding you towards making an appropriate decision.

It's healthy to discuss various topics with members of your support system. It helps them see how you think in different situations.

2. Confront your emotions. Avoid hiding from negative feelings. Facing your emotions is the best way to overcome them. And the more you practice, the easier it will become to stay calm during emotional circumstances.

 If you're heartbroken, it isn’t healthy to try and pretend otherwise. Allow the reactions to come. If you feel like crying or screaming, go ahead. It will help you gain closure and a fuller understanding of your feelings.

 It isn’t necessary to question why you’re feeling a certain way. Identify the source of the emotion and work at confronting it instead. Avoid apologizing for your emotions.

3. Celebrate your strengths. There's no better way to build emotional well-being than by celebrating your strengths. Identify your attributes, talents, and skills that make you feel confident. Remind yourself of how resilient and powerful you are.

 Your strengths aren't to be taken lightly. They form your backbone.

Openly acknowledging your strengths sub-consciously helps you believe in yourself. In turn, you develop a sound emotional state.

4. Provide support to others. This goes hand in hand with relying on your own support team. Exposing yourself to the emotions of others helps you to process them better. You take things for face value. You can be impartial, fair, and just.

 When you support others, you’re required to be truthful and honest. Displaying honesty about someone else’s emotions can help you develop the same honesty about your own.

Helping others work through challenges can make you appreciate all sorts of emotions and build up your own emotional well-being.

5. Keep your surroundings positive. Maintaining a positive environment is very important. It helps you concentrate on positive emotions and aids in the healing process. It’s much easier to effectively manage your emotions when you’re surrounded by positive energy.

 Take part in activities you enjoy. This isn’t an effort to dismiss your emotions. It’s simply a tool for developing a positive mindset.

That positive mindset reinforces your ability to be impartial and fair. It's tempting to be hard on yourself, especially when you're surrounded by negative influences.

Remember that you have your emotions for a reason! They help you empathize with others going through similar situations and give you hope. Use these tips to enhance your emotional well-being. You’ll be glad you did!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Hear People Out

A farmer named George had a tractor accident. In court, the trucking company's  lawyer was questioning George. "Didn't you say, at the scene of the accident, 'I'm fine,'?" asked the lawyer.

George responded, "Well, I'll tell you what happened. I had just loaded my favorite cow, Bessie, into the..."

"I didn't ask for any details", the lawyer interrupted. "Just answer the question, please. Did you, or did you not say, at the scene of the accident, 'I'm fine!'?"

George said, "Well, I had just got Bessie into the trailer behind the tractor and I was driving down the road...."

The lawyer interrupted again and said, "Your Honor, I am trying to establish the fact that, at the scene of the accident, this man told the Highway Patrolman that he was just fine. Now several weeks after the accident he is trying to sue my client. I believe he is a fraud. Please tell him to simply answer the question."

By this time, the Judge was fairly interested in George's answer and said to the lawyer, "I'd like to hear what he has to say about his favorite cow, Bessie".

George thanked the Judge and proceeded. "Well, as I was saying, I had just loaded Bessie, my favorite cow, into the trailer and was driving her down the highway when this huge semi-truck and trailer ran the stop sign and smacked my John Deer Tractor right in the side. I was thrown into one ditch and Bessie was thrown into the other. I was hurting, real bad and didn't want to move. However, I could hear old Bessie moaning and groaning. I knew she was in terrible pain just by her groans.

Shortly after the accident a Highway Patrolman came on the scene. He could hear Bessie moaning and groaning, so he went over to her. After he looked at her, and saw her serious condition, he took out his gun and shot her between the eyes. Then the Patrolman came across the road, with gun still in his hand looked at me and said, "How are you feeling?"

"Now tell me sir, what would you say?"

Lesson: Always hear people out to get the full story.