FOOD FOR THOUGHT!!!!
This is Dan’s and my 14th day of hunkering down. Be safe today everyone, go out and enjoy the sun- but be aware of your surroundings and keep a distance from one another. When I was raising our daughter, Danielle’s safety was the first rule that I taught her.
She really didn’t understand why I was so strict by not allowing her to adventure out when she was young. Much like these uncertain times, we have to know our surroundings and stay our distance for safety reasons. I learned to take each day at a time and be thankful for today.
Its Sunday and Dan showed me this prayer that he read; I would love to share it with you. Because we all are going through a difficult time.
I’m going to rise up and take hold of everything that God has in store for me.
I’m believing and declaring every day.
I’m getting better and better.
God is restoring health unto me.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT – DO YOU MAKE UP YOUR BED EVERY MORNING?
DID YOU MAKE IT UP THIS MORNING?
During these times of uncertainty, I know when I make up my bed and also get dressed out of my pajamas; I feel a lot better. A lot of professionals say that we should all start the day with a good attitude. One way to be feeling good about yourself is get some sun, put on clothes and start with a clean space.
This is one of my daughters designs, you can order on line with TARGET.
When I was a child, I was told to make up my bed. My mother told me that it will make the whole room look clean... Well, this stuck with me and I always made up my bed.... How about you? There is a secret to it, I just buy a big comforter and pull it over with big fluffy pillows.... MAKE IT BRIGHT and be feeling happy.
IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD YOU FIRST NEED TO MAKE UP YOUR BED!!!
Here is what the professionals say:
5 Reasons You Should Make Your Bed Every Morning bed
“If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. Making your bed will [reinforce] the fact that the little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right.” – U.S. Navy Admiral William H. McCraven
For reasons that vary from the cultivation of mental discipline to highlighting a bedroom’s aesthetics, there is something to be said about making your bed every morning.
There are also plenty of reasons (or excuses) why someone doesn’t make their bed. First, most people simply don’t care or notice – it’s a bed – what’s the big deal? With all the rushing around and things to do, making the bed is a “time waster” for many people.
No dispute from this end that making your bed is mundane – it is – but this is one reason to do it. Think about your typical day: how many trivial, “unimportant” things require your attention anyways? You must do these things – at work, at home, or elsewhere – whether you want to or not.
So, why take the time to make your bed?
1. YOU START THE DAY RIGHT
As Admiral McCraven said to the graduating class at the University of Texas, making your bed instills a sense of accomplishment. You walk out of the room knowing that you’ve achieved something. You’ll feel more inclined to complete another task, then another. At the end of the day, you’ll have done more, (perhaps) spearheaded from the simple act of making your bed.
If you approach making your bed with the mindset of “How I do anything is how I do everything,” you’ll gain a growing sense of pride, self-confidence, and motivation. Further, you’ll leave the house feeling a sense of control and personal responsibility – an asset you can take with you throughout the day.
2. IT CULTIVATES MENTAL DISCIPLINE
Mental discipline, also known as self-discipline, is developed by overcoming mental and physical resistance.
When you roll out of bed on a Monday morning, sometimes the last thing you aspire to do is make your bed. This dreaded feeling is understandable, but it’s also a terrific opportunity to discipline yourself.
We tend to associate any form of “self-discipline” as harsh and restraining, but it needn’t be. Although your brain and body may resist your efforts, you can engage your mind at-will and gently bring its attention back under control. You employ your mind this way by focusing intently on one thing, and one thing only: the task at-hand.
Which segues perfectly into #3:
3. IT CAN BE A GREAT MINDFULNESS EXERCISE
One tenet of mindfulness is witnessing your thoughts without criticism or judgement. This very principle can be applied to all of our efforts. Any mundane task: washing the dishes, cleaning the floor, and yes, making the bed – are all excellent times to practice mindfulness.
As we implement mindfulness into every small or large task, we establish a mental and physical “connection.” This mindset dissipates much of the resistance and angst attempting to creep in as we intently focus on the task at hand. As our mindful “muscle” grows, we’ll find making the bed – and many other duties – less “painful” and more rewarding!
Charles Dickens, one of history’s most profound writers, once wrote:
“He did each single thing, as if he did nothing else.” Perfectly said.
4. YOUR SLEEP MAY IMPROVE
A study undertaken by the renowned National Sleep Foundation (NSF) may have discovered a correlation between making the bed and better-quality sleep.
Individuals or couples that made their bed “every day” or “almost every day” reported better sleep than those who rarely or never make their bed.
It’s difficult to explain this study’s results, but – and this writer is speculating – it may be the byproduct of the several other benefits listed in this article.
Certainly, it is not out of the realm of possibility to attribute higher quality sleep to a sense of accomplishment, mental discipline, task-orientation, and, perhaps most importantly, mindfulness.
5. YOU’LL APPRECIATE THE NEATNESS
For those with an eye for design aesthetics, making your bed will most likely prove pleasing to the eyes.
Rachel Hoffman, a housekeeping and organizational guru, states: “Taking a moment to straighten up your bedding creates an orderly and neat focal point in what might otherwise be a messy disaster.”
Hoffman also says that making your bed can serve as a source of inspiration and reassurance. More specifically, that you can control your surroundings; this “can be pretty empowering as an indication of what you’re capable of accomplishing with just a small amount of effort.”
I bet you didn’t ever think that the topic of making up your bed would make a big difference!
Name the hardships in your life and the good you can find in them.
Open your blinds, get some sun coming in. Go out in the fresh air and if need be- yell and scream, let it out. Enjoy what God created, nature.
Until tomorrow, safety.