Happiness requires that we celebrate the positive sides of life.
CONTINUING THIS WEEKS WITH, HOW CELEBRATING EACH DAY IS GOOD FOR OUR HEALTH? PLUS, THE BOOK TEN-MINUTE RELAXATION FOR MIND AND BODY.
Wow, it is Thursday already!
By now, hopefully you can see per reading our blog and the experiences with our cancer treatments that we are not politically correct.
So, with this Christmas the most wonderful time of the year we celebrate and share a zest for life with our near and dear ones and people we do not know.
This is the time to free yourself from the complications of life and enjoy the season.
It is Christmas, and everyone is singing, sending well wishes, along with sharing love and compassion.
May this Christmas be special and wonderful.
Our first Christmas in Mexico, I wrote this message:
A peaceful hush falls over the world…
When this holiday rush is through…
It is time to reflect on family and friends…
And so, I think of you…
It is a time to send our greetings…
To those who are far and near…
To wish you the blessings of the season…
Not just today but throughout the year…
We pause and think of this special time…
A time that is set apart…
For thinking of those who are dear…
Who hold a special place in our heart…?
As we continue to celebrate this holiday season, Dan and I are starting a new series; HOW CELEBRATING EACH DAY IS GOOD FOR OUR HEALTH?
Today, fifth good reason to celebrate-
Shameless self-promotion and marketing are easier with celebration.
We must toot our own horns in this crowded world so the right folks will hear us and gather round.
“If you’re embarrassed about what you do well, you won’t be very attractive.” – Thomas J. Leonard in 1998, way before The Secret, Leonard in his groundbreaking book, The Portable Coach, shared his 28 Laws of Attraction.
In number 7, Market Your Talents Shamelessly; he shares a brilliant distinction: Confidence vs. Arrogance.
“Confidence is knowing exactly what you do well and do not do well; arrogance is a way to cover up what you do not do well.
” Confidently celebrate and flaunt yourself and marketing gets easier because more people will seek you out.
Fear not, the phone will ring.
The world needs your edge to be complete.
The same people who told you not to toot your own horn also told you to be seen and not heard.
They were dead wrong, both times.
DECEMBER 22nd, Dan, and I thought on continuing this segment with the series with some fun; What is it about December that is so significant during this month?
National Cookie Exchange Day – December 22, 2022
This is a glorious occasion when festively decorated cookie tins and boxes appear at cookie exchange parties.
It is a classic celebration where the host throws a holiday party for family and friends, to which everyone brings delicious homemade cookies to share around.
The toughest decision is which cookies to take.
Wintertime classics like thumbprint jam cookies or gingerbread are always festive, but since this day celebrates all cookies, go ahead, and add in some sugar cookies or lemon squares!
According to some culinary historians, our modern-day idea of cookies may have been a happy byproduct of cake-baking.
The earliest modern cookies could have been dollops of cake batter used to test if the oven were hot enough.
Technically, a cookie is any kind of hand-held sweet cake, crisp or soft.
We know very early cookies came out of Persia in the seventh century, as this was very near where sugar originated, and Persia was one of the earliest empires to get a hold of it.
When Spain was invaded and after the Crusaders established the spice trade, sugar, and the delectable cookies that it produced began to spread throughout Europe.
In the 14th century, sweet cookies could be purchased along the streets in Paris.
Cookie recipes started to appear in cookbooks in the 1500s and baking became a serious profession in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Cookies became works of art and featured careful measurements of particularly chosen ingredients.
In the late 1600s, Dutch, English, and Scotch immigrants brought European cookies, like shortbreads and simple butter cookies, to America. Particularly in the South, these “tea cakes” took off and were the pride of the Southern housewife.
Cookies were uniquely influenced by American geography once they arrived in the country.
Oranges from the West coast and coconuts from the South gradually became included in cookie recipes as railroads were laid to connect the nation.
In the 1930s, iceboxes gave way to icebox cookies.
The 1930s saw the accidental advent of the ever-famous chocolate chip cookies, when the Toll House Restaurant owner, Ruth Graves Wakefield, thought the chocolate chips would melt into the batter when baked.
Cookie exchanges are a centuries-old tradition dating back to medieval times.
The classic idea is of a holiday party in which guests bring a selection of homemade cookies to trade with one another.
While the festive holiday has sweet beginnings, the etiquette associated with them has become elaborate and strict.
Guests are judged for the quantity and quality of their offering, and cookbooks like The Cookie Party Cookbook outline the acceptable and unacceptable practices.
Today, cookie exchange traditions live on in families and friendship groups.
Though there is traditionally a strict etiquette that accompanies the party, you do not have to adhere to it.
The spirit of the day is the joy of cookies, so get together a group of friends and celebrate the treat on your own terms!
Time is precious and is priceless, so Dan and I will continue each day to pull from a box of 365 inspirational quotes, one quote and share with you.
HAPPINESS IS OFTEN THE RESULT OF BEING TOO BUSY TO BE MISERABLE.
Today Dan and I will be continuing the book, Ten-Minute Relaxation, For Mind and Body by Jennie Harding.
Whenever you are feeling under pressure, ten minutes is all you need to relax totally, using tools that are always with you; your senses.
This book is packed full of wonderfully simple ideas and exercises for using sight, taste, smell, hearing, and touch and that vital sixth sense of intuition to rebalance your energies and bring you back into harmony with the natural world around you.
Identify your favorite sensory relaxation solutions and combat that stress!
Per Dan and my experience this is another component in keeping ourselves healthy, meditation.
By using your five senses, you can learn to relax in just ten minutes.
CHAPTER 2; THE SENSORY JOURNEY; TOUCH
TOUCH THE ESSENCE OF CARE-
SWITCHING ON THE SENSE
Today, BACK MASSAGE SEQUENCE/TEN MINUTE EXERCISE
1. First, pour at least one teaspoon of the chosen blend into the palm of your hand. Then smooth it quickly over the whole surface area of the back. If the skin is very dry, you may need to use all of it. The aim is to have the surface of the skin feeling supple, not drenched with blend, or your hands will slip too much.
2. Place both hands at the base of the back on either side of the spine. Slowly stroke all the way up to the shoulders, out to the sides and down the outside of the torso to the starting point. Repeat at least six times. More if your friend’s skin is cold.
3. Next, starting back at the base of the spine, place your hands side by side and fan out from the center to the side of the torso. Three times over the lower back. Three times over the mid back and three times over the upper back. Repeat the sequence once.
4. Starting at the base of the spine, thumbs on either side of the spinal bone; make two lines of pressure up toward the shoulders. Moving your thumbs up about two inch each time. Check with your friend that the pressure is comfortable. Repeat this sequence once.
Finally, repeat the stroke in step #2. Several times, slowly down as you finish.
The PHRASE TO REMEMBER; Health is Wealth.
We stand by this and continue to do daily; walk, meditation, and Qigong.
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Until Friday, if we celebrate life with all its contradictions, embrace, experience, and ultimately live with it, a chance exists for a spiritual life filled not only with pain and untidiness,
but also with joy, community, and creativity.