This is the season of miracles. Have any doubt…just consider everything your body does in one minute. Complex systems are operating without our awareness or assistance. We breathe; blood gets pumped to all our organs; organs process food; and we benefit!
Perhaps if we considered our body a miracle, we might feed it better. I don’t want to be a wet blanket for all your holiday festivities, but I encourage you to consider moderation as you partake. Go easy on the alcohol and limit the sweets to one time a day. Try consuming healthy vegetables and drink plenty of water to combat the extra sodium.
Don’t forget to feed your mind as well! Recent research is indicating that aerobics exercise actually reduces the protein that is required to get Alzheimer’s. More cardiovascular exercise will reduce our risk. And of course, what we think and say either feeds are brain healthy vibes or pollutes it with garbage. Take great care with what you allow to consume your mental attention and emotional energy. Joel Osteen teaches a principle I love: Is this a five-minute or five-hour situation? Is what I’m going through going to impact me for five-weeks or five-months? I think we’d be surprised at how many five-minute inconveniences we allow to upset us.
Your body is a temple. It is sacred, built just for you! Take good care of it, and it will continue to give you a great life.
This year will go down in the record books as one of the most challenging yet! It has held financial struggle, health issues and relationship mishaps. Can you relate? As Christmas approaches, I don’t have the money to buy and mail a bunch of gifts. I don’t think friends and family know how expensive mailing packages has become. Last year, my postage for Christmas was $300.00, and that didn’t include the actual gift purchases! This is what I get for moving around so much—I have friends all over the place.
I know no one is expecting anything, but I enjoy showing my love through gifts. Since I can’t see many loved ones, it is a small way to be present. I’ve had to be frugal and creative this year. I thought as the days went on that I would become discouraged and down, yet the opposite is true. The meaning of the season is much more powerful to me, and the message inspiring.
Like you, I’ve heard or read about Jesus’s birth countless times. This year, I am relating with that small babe born into meager state of affairs. Circumstances were not ideal and times where tough. Although his parents had nothing, everything that baby needed was provided. Unexpected gifts of adornment came from all corners of the world. Being born in a stable did not prevent His purpose for this world; in fact, it made His ministry that much more miraculous. His humanness comforts me. He’s felt the struggle and overcame it.
My tradition is to transform my house to Christmas the weekend after Thanksgiving. I counted down the days this year with great anticipation. The hope of Christmas is near: love, peace, and joy. They cannot be bought, and giving them to others is free. As much as I love opening up presents, being Christmas is a far better gift. Perhaps we can all focus a little more on the message and meaning of this beautiful season because that would truly be a gift for us all!
By now, I hope you have seen the biopic movie about the group Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody. You
don’t have to be a fanatic fan to enjoy the story of Freddy Mercury, the lead singers for the band. It’s a story of one man overcoming his insecurities and flaws to become a world-known legend.
Like most success stories, he didn’t do it alone. Not until he joined college friends from the group Smile did he truly grow into his calling. Each of the members couldn’t be more different with varying backgrounds, upbringing, experience, and education. Yet, when they came together, the magic happened!
‘We’re four misfits who don’t belong together, we’re playing for other misfits. They’re the outcasts right at the back of the room. We’re pretty sure they don’t belong either. We belong to them.’ Freddie Mercury (Bohemian Rhapsody)
Teams are required for success, but they take hard work and commitment. Queen hit some major bumps in the road but because they considered each other family, they overcame the obstacles. They also never lost sight of the most important factor: their audiences. Their Live Aid performance is still renowned as the most watched and well-received concert of all time because they involved their audience.
Let us not forget we must first support everyone on our team. We are only as good as the trust, rapport, and cohesiveness of our teams. Then, we must pull all our creative energies, talents, abilities, and giftedness together to deliver what the customer wants, how they want it, and where they want it.
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