Posts Tagged ‘Health’

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A Dog With Heart

06/08/2012

This story was featured on a local news channel in Denver a few nights ago.

A male long-haired Chihuahua named Jack.

I was so happy to hear about the different groups of people who have been enriched by this little dog, from the owner, to the nursing home residents, and also the engineers at a local school.  Each group played a part in giving life and being given life by the events of the story.

Watch or read about BeeBee the Chihuahua HERE.  I hope you’ll be inspired!

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Take A Break!

20/05/2012

“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop. — Ovid

 I love the quote above from the ancient Roman Ovid: He reminds us that for millennia farmers have known that every so often they must allow a field to “rest” or go fallow between plantings.”

This excerpt is from an article published on the Huffington Post (read HERE), a great article on why it is important to let yourself rest, and the overall benefits.  I wrote a similar post on Sabbath Rest and referenced a book review (HERE).

It is important to recognize that others are writing about this, right now.  We are in a world where the “Go” button is always on.  That’s not good.  In another study, it was noted that people who worked more than 40 hours per week were actually less productive.

Take notice of these admonishments to rest.  You’ll be thanking the authors someday, instead of your doctor, or worse – your mortician!

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Thursday Thanks – Overbooked Flights

10/05/2012
Airport

Airport (Photo credit: stanley)

Does that sound ironic or what?!  There is a method to the madness though: I was waiting for boarding on an oversold flight and volunteered to bump if they were looking for volunteers.  They called my name and I got a night at a hotel, three free meals, and a travel voucher that will give me a free trip basically.  I also got to see some family and friends I wouldn’t have seen with a short connection time.  Additionally, when I boarded the same flight the next day, the plane was not packed, and I was able to stretch out and rest for the flight.  It pays to be flexible sometimes…:)

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Have The Years Been Kind To You?

19/04/2012

enthusiasmNobody grows old merely by living a number of years.  We grow old by deserting our ideals.  Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.”  ~Samuel Ullman

I was looking for a quote on aging/growing old because of a great moment in sports on Tuesday night.  Jamie Moyer, a 49 year old pitcher for the Colorado Rockies, became the oldest pitcher to ever win a Major League baseball game – EVER.  It was interesting to listen to Moyer as he was interviewed, calm, yet emotional.  He wanted to prove he could still do this. He didn’t lose enthusiasm for the game, or confidence in his ability to do the job.  He’s slower than most pitchers today: I think his fastball was clocked at 78 miles per hour; most aces are upwards of the 90’s and beyond.  But to hear Jamie talk – it was wonderful to see the glint in his eyes, the excitement over winning….and somewhat of a relief that he still “had it”.

To give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.  Have the years been kind to you?  Do you still have enthusiasm for life, or do you feel “done”?  What ideals have you deserted that might be worth pursuing again?

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Music and Memory – and Memories

17/04/2012
Cover of "Musicophilia: Tales of Music an...

Cover via Amazon

“Music imprints itself on the brain deeper than any other human experience.”

Dr. Oliver Sacks, a neurologist and author of “Musicophilia”, made this observation in an interview regarding music and memory.  I’m sure many have seen the video of the dementia patient in a nursing home who becomes much more animated when he hears music from his own era.

What many of us may not realize is that we can play a key role in this “reawakening”.  Perhaps you have a family member in a nursing home or rehabilitation hospital.  Why not ask to bring in music the patient might remember?  If you play an instrument or sing, you might be able to go in as a volunteer and bring others to life.  You could even ask to bring a small group in to act as choir or band for sing-alongs.  What a great gift you could be giving to your family member and others who may be present.

If you haven’t yet seen the video, watch it HERE.  I’m sure it will bring a smile to your face!

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