Inspiration for the Day

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Here is a short video that will fill you with gratitude and inspiration. Visit this site
http://www.flickspire.com/m/SavDin/LearningToDanceInTheRain
and feel the warmth, wonder and excitement. If you like it, share it with the world.
We all make a difference. Make it count. Feel the power of gratitude.

Best to you,
Lee Jackson

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Super Bowl and Other Thoughts for the Week-End

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Here is a quote for Super Bowl Sunday:

A good system shortens the road to the goal. –Orison Swett Marden

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And by the same author but a different subject:
“The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone.” –Orison Swett Marden
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Is this the Year for Weight Loss?

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January is almost over and I haven’t said anything about one of the most challenging resolutions: losing weight. Every year we say this, perhaps, but will this be THE YEAR? This might be a goal to consider not only for adults but for children, too.

If you as an adult set your goal very high, it may not be very realistic. Make it reasonable. Think how much better any amount of weight loss will make you feel.

What are some of the simple ways to do this? Here is a start:

Eat only half a sandwich or slice of toast. Choose half a serving of pasta and cut the potato in half. Cutting down on carbs really works. If dessert is being served, cut that in half, too. If eating out, share a serving with another member of your party, if the establishment allows. Most restaurants serve way too much food.

Are you still hungry in the evening? First drink a glass of water and see whether that helps. Exercising and staying busy also helps to occupy the mind and turn it away from food.

I would be happy to hear of other ways you found that keep you focused on your goal.

Best to you,

Lee Jackson
Food and Family Living
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Giving Thanks and Gratitude for Another Bountiful Year

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Just as early Americans were thankful for surviving that first winter, let us also show thanks and gratitude for all we have received.

There seems to be more of an emphasis on Black Friday this season than on giving thanks for all the good things God has given us. Instead of wanting more and more “stuff”, let’s give thanks for all we have this Thanksgiving Day and everyday.

What are you thankful for? Family, friends? Warm home? Food? Clothes? Good health? Talents? Abilities? Connections? Sky, moon, stars? Trees, flowers, grass, sun?

Give thanks to God the Lord; upon His Name now call.
Make known among the people on earth what He has done for all.
Sing praise to Him, now sing; His wondrous acts proclaim.
Rejoice, all you who seek the Lord; come glory in His Name.

Lyrics by Susan H. Peterson

May you have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Best to you and your family,

Lee Jackson
Food and family living author

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Tips for a Happy Thanksgiving Day With Your Family

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In preparation for Thanksgiving, here are some tips to help you have a happy day with your family by guest Ivana Pejakovic .

Without a doubt Thanksgiving is a day that ought to be filled with hope, gratitude, and happiness. It is a time of togetherness and for appreciation of our family and friends. It is a day to be celebrated in joy and liveliness.

Although this day is great on its own, it is possible to enhance the day for your family. There are many things that can make your Thanksgiving holiday exceptional. Your kids watch and notice much of what you do. How you talk about your family, the attitude you have about this special day and life in general is all being recorded by your kids.

As such this article is intended for parents to examine how they are currently celebrating the day and to find tips that can enhance this experience with their family.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Begin with a thankful mindset: Start the day off with a happy and thankful attitude. You can ask all family members to write down one positive thing about each of the other family members they are grateful for. Decide to read these notes out loud when you are together at the dinner.

Cook together & eat together: Cooking and eating are important for human bonding. Sharing a meal with others is what makes the food even more enjoyable. This is an opportunity to share your daily experiences (the good and the bad) with those you love and those who love you the most. Thanksgiving Day, however, is a good time to share your gratitude with each other. When we share positive ideas with people we grow closer to them. Remember that food is more than just nutrition for the body and brain. It is nutrition for the mind and soul.

Celebrate the gift of life: Thanksgiving is the time to celebrate life, not only by saying “Thank You” but also by stepping out of the home to experience something fun (e.g., family sport game, hike, photography, picking wild flowers, appreciation of nature). Joy and happiness are the best vehicles to gratitude and a zest for life.

Build family connections: As adults, people recall many memories from their childhood years formed during family events. Many adults have great memories of “crazy Uncle George” or “eccentric Aunt Martha” which they speak about with their siblings and cousins. This is a good time to put aside any family disputes. Model good family relations to your children so they can grow up and value the relationships they have with their siblings and extended family.

Be thankful for your family: Much information exists on “How to survive the holidays with your family.” Nobody’s family is perfect and most of us have a family member that is difficult to get along with. Use Thanksgiving Day to remember all the positives about everyone and to recall all the positives they have done for you. Find a subtle way to tell everyone what you appreciate about this family member and watch his or her attitude change that night. This is a great opportunity to show your kids how family can connect.

Volunteer: Give some of your family’s time to a shelter or food bank. This is good for the kids and it is good for you. You will come home with a feeling of contribution, a greater gratitude for what you have, and with feelings of humility. This helps keep us all grounded, but it helps kids form a positive attitude about the life they were given, and it can show kids how their actions can make a difference in their community.

New and old tradition: Sometimes it’s just easier not to cook the traditional favourites or put up the decorations. But believe it or not, these little, seemingly unimportant traditions are what we crave and what we remember from our youth. Celebrate your yearly traditions and think about developing a new tradition that incorporates the uniqueness of your family! As a family unit, what is your strength and what are your interests (e.g., using arts and crafts, visually represent what each of you is thankful for)? Use your family’s uniqueness to establish a new yearly ritual.

Happy and Safe Thanksgiving to your family!

Ivana motivates teens and adults in their 20s to approach life with desire, confidence, and passion.

Ivana also works with the following cases:

* Low motivation

* Stress & time management

* Anger management

* Social skills

* And more…

Life coaching is the perfect gift for your teen or young adult. It provides your child with an early start at success!

Ivana Pejakovic, B.Sc., MA

ivana@lifecoachintoronto.com

http://www.lifecoachintoronto.com

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Volunteering for a Cause

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It’s been a busy week – but aren’t they all? I’m the outgoing local hospital auxiliary president and have been working on completing the program of work.

Our auxiliary has had an active year. There have been lots of fund-raisers for the hospital, volunteering at the gift shop, and some travel.

I just came back from an enlightening convention of our Missouri Association of Hospital Auxiliaries (MAHA) at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri. One of the highlights was hearing the talk, “Leaving Your Imprint on the World Through Volunteerism” by JoAnn Contorno, a motivational speaker and author. She is a spirited and dynamic speaker, somewhat like Erma Bombeck. She really pumped us up – and made us laugh – what good medicine that is!

Lee Jackson
who thinks volunteering gives you an opportunity to change lives, including your own

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15 Ways To Help Others

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This past week I’ve zeroed in on “self” and making a difference. Today I want to share with you 15 ways I believe we can help others, which will make a huge difference in the world.

Volunteer. Find out what opportunities are available in your community and help them out.
Smile. “Everyone smiles in the same language.” — Author Unknown
Show gratitude by being appreciative of what others do for you and let them know it.
Be a good sport, which means knowing and following the rules and playing fair.
Be a caring, respectful person who obeys the laws and rules.
Help people who need help – work to improve conditions for others.
Be honest, truthful and accountable.
Let others know you care about them.
Be optimistic in believing things will turn out well.
Be proud of your community and work to make it better.
Do positive things for others.
Show kindness by being gentle, helpful and friendly.
Be punctual, which is a way of showing respect for others.
Be reliable and trustworthy.
Accept others for who they are.

These are reminders of ways to brighten the world and make it a better place.

Lee Jackson, CFCS
Helping promote family well-being through knowledge and skills
Books for home and family living
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Finding Happiness in Your Own Back Yard

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I’ve been doing a series on making a difference, to spotlight Make a Difference Day on October 23.

Today I want to highlight another aspect of making a difference. This time I want to relate this to our search for happiness and how it makes a difference in our life and the lives of those we love.

People search for happiness in many places. Often times others, such as mass media, the internet, and those with whom we associate, influence us into thinking that possessions, places, or things will make us happy.

Questions here point to:

Do you think a place can provide happiness?
Do you trust all the people you listen to?
Where do you find happiness?

Taking a look at another story in Listening to the Mukies and Their Character Building Adventures Mukies shirt1 300x225 Finding Happiness in Your Own Back Yardwe find that eventually the Mukie realizes happiness is working at what you like to do, having optimism and a faith in the future. It is sharing with others, and most of all, being loved and loving others. He realized he didn’t need to seek a place elsewhere – it was in his own backyard.

The author, Robert Bohlken, Ph.D.  relates lines adapted from The Man in the Mirror by Dale Wimbrow that include:

It is you alone who makes your choices
No matter what others may say or do
You may listen to other voices
But the voice of the reflected one in the mirror
is the most important to you.

This book has been highly recommended by parents, teachers, and counselors in bringing out important ways of making a difference in personal lives as well as those of others. It won the Mom’s Choice Award from The Just For Mom Foundation.

Order these books for your home or school at Amazon here or at our website here. They provide the basis for an easy exchange of thoughts, feelings and ideas about values and ethical issues.

These books help children share a vision for a better world.

Lee Jackson, CFCS
Helping promote family well-being through knowledge and skills.
Books for home and family living
http://www.imagesunlimitedpub.com

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Make a Difference by Helping Children

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In his circle of peers, one Mukie in the book, Mukies and Their Character Building Adventures,Mukies Make a Difference 002 300x225 Make a Difference by Helping Children is a different color. He and his father were the only purple Mukies in the community of brown individuals.  Can you imagine the thoughts and feelings of the single young purple Mukie among a large peer group of brown Mukies?  Or of the large brown group and the single purple one?

This story examines racial bias before it becomes a prejudice. The purple colored Mukie’s identity is first one of curiosity, then distrust, and finally indifference.

Ignoring someone and demonstrating a non-caring attitude can be as hurtful as verbal abuse or name-calling. Self-esteem diminishes and the awareness that one has little or no influence upon others or the situations becomes painful.

The story points out the importance of caring associations – friends, family members, and other associates. A single event can change the mental perspective of those involved. However, often there are “fences to be mended” before mutual acceptance, respect, and friendships can develop.

These and other stories in the book, Mukies and Their Character Building Adventures, make a difference by helping children become more tolerant and understanding of differences in others. By being open-minded and truly listening to one another, issues such as racism, violence and aggression can be overcome. When people know how to talk to each other and work out their differences, they are more willing to cooperate and compromise.

Make a difference by helping children understand important character building skills. Building character is not done in a vacuum. In families and faith communities, adults have long taught children about character. Children watch and observe how others act and react. The traits they develop are linked to personal experiences, beliefs, upbringing, culture, laws, and many others. Being a good role model helps to develop positive character traits in children.

This book, Listening to the Mukies and Their Character Building Adventures, has been highly recommended by parents, teachers, and counselors in bringing out important ways of making a difference in personal lives as well as those of others. It won the Mom’s Choice Award from The Just For Mom Foundation.

Order these books for your home or school at Amazon here or at our website here. They provide the basis for an easy exchange of thoughts, feelings and ideas about values and ethical issues.

These books help children share a vision for a better world.

Lee Jackson, CFCS
Helping promote family well-being through knowledge and skills.
Books for home and family living
http://www.imagesunlimitedpub.com

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Making a Difference in a Troubled World

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Here are questions from one of the stories in the character skills book, Listening to the Mukies and Their mukiesbook Making a Difference in a Troubled WorldCharacter Building Adventures:

Do you think one individual can make a difference and influence a community?

How can rumors create conflict?

What are alternatives to violence and war?

Why do you think the Mukies were able to live without conflicts?

One of the characters in the book expressed the beliefs and hopes of St. Francis of Assisi in his prayer:

My wish is that peace may begin with me.
Where there is hatred, may I create love.
Where there is discord, may I create unity.
Where there is doubt, may I have faith.
Where there is falsehood, may I find truth.
Where there is ignorance, may I find learning.
Where there is despair, may I create hope.
Where there is sadness, may I bring joy.
May I realize that it is not as important to be understood,
as it is to understand,
and to be loved, as it is to love.
May I realize that it is in giving that I receive,
and in pardoning that I am pardoned.

This is adapted from the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi.

For more of the insights from the Mukies and their character building adventures, go to Amazon here or to our website here.

This book has been highly recommended by parents, teachers, and counselors in bringing out important ways of making a difference in personal lives as well as those of others. Order these books at Amazon here or at our website here.

These books help children share a vision for a better world.

Lee Jackson, CFCS
Helping promote family well-being through knowledge and skills.
Books for home and family living
http://www.imagesunlimitedpub.com

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