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Good Morning,

Well, this is Dan and my 21st day of hunkering down.

Yesterday we decided to support one of our local restaurants and order out. We rewarded ourselves, and downloaded Door Dash. This is the first, and it went very smoothly. I like it because it shows how long it takes before the food will arrive, where to leave it, who will leave it and it was very simple. Dan and I ordered Mediterranean and for a change had a delicious meal that I didn’t have to cook.

The other day I received an email, which I would like to share with you. I never thought of my tongue as healing and the power it holds.

It starts with this verse in the bible; The tongue has the power of life and death, and those that love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21

Did you ever wonder why you were created with a tongue? As I was reading the email it had me thinking? The tongue is used for two purposes - eating or making sounds.

When we eat, we are either feeding our body with health and wellness, or the opposite of which can lead to disease or death.

When we speak or make sounds, this can also be useful or harmful. They can either build others up or tear them down. They can create a place of peace or one of disharmony. The fruit of our words can either give hope, or discouragement.

With the uncertainty and hunkering down, we all need positive words and eat healthy foods in order to keep our bodies and souls healthy.

When you think about your tongue remember it is very powerful, and you can choose on how you will use it. The promise from God’s word, we will eat the fruit; it will either be life giving nourishment or rotting on the vine. It can be sweet to taste or bitter and unappetizing.

I know you will agree that what goes in your month gives you life. However, most of us forget is that what comes out of your mouth is just as important to your overall being and all that surrounds you.

So, how are you using your tongue; for the good or for the bad!!

I posted this article on the blog MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2011 and thought this is the perfect time to re-post. However, I changed some due to the situation.

ITS -Monday! Monday! Monday! Especially during this isolation time of hunkering down.

So full of newness and excitement.

Don’t feel the same way? You’re doing it wrong!

Here are 20 ways to help you beat the Monday Blues:

Procrastinate feeling blue. Is a gloomy cloud forming above your head? Ignore it – you’ll give your attention to it later, not now.

Wear your best clothes or the cheeriest color from your wardrobe. You’d be surprised how much your clothes could affect the way you feel about yourself.

Early start - It may seem like a punishment to wake up earlier on Monday but trust me, when you have enough time to organize yourself, you’ll feel like you can conquer the day easier.

Treat yourself in the morning – Sit down and eat. Enjoy your food. Monday is Pancake Breakfast day for me, so I actually look forward to Monday mornings. But eat well - although it’s ok to treat yourself, make sure you eat well. I have a good serving of fruits along with my pancakes. Have enough to drink too - your malaise could be a sign of dehydration.

Have a list of why you’re having the blues – you might be surprised that there will be things on the list that you can easily work on to make your Mondays better. My problem used to be a completing work from last week (very difficult to gain momentum after a weekend break) which brings us to the next point: even if you are at home, you have house work that need to be completed.

Talk to a friend – it’s most likely he/she is having the blues too. Keep your conversation short. Remember this is about taking comfort in the fact that you aren’t alone in this.

Listen to happy songs – a tune can affect your mood. Let cheery, happy songs be the soundtrack to your Monday.

Dance - just move that body! Jog in place, stretch, do yoga. You’ll feel less lethargic.

Laugh and smile. Recall happy memories or a good joke. If you can’t think of any, do it anyway (fake it tills you make it) Some research is saying that even the thought of laughing raises your endorphin (feel-good hormones) levels and a fake laughter provides similar benefits to a real one.

Affirmative statements – Today is a great day. I will complete my report today. Stick positive messages around your monitor and take them seriously.

Choose to feel happy. If you don’t already know, being happy is a choice, so choose happiness!

Buy something new for Monday – it doesn’t have to be big or expensive – Monday is like a birthday for me. During these uncertain times, I get food delivery, order supplements or food on line. Even getting necessities during the week makes me and Dan feel good.

Try something new - you’d be surprise how easy it is to feel energized by doing something you’ve never done before. A new dish, a new song.

Plan something special for Monday night – meet a person or persons on zoom, face time, Skype, or rent a movie. The day will be easier when you have something to look forward to.

Do not get distracted. YouTube, Facebook, personal emails. Once you allow yourself to get distracted you will be sucked into hours of time-wasting activities.

If you don’t have the discipline to limit your distraction to 10 minutes, don’t attempt to do it at all. Reading blogs like this is another time-sucker so now that you’ve reach the bottom of the list, why don’t you get working! :) Remember stay positive.

Take a walk, but keep your distance. Dan and I try to walk three miles a day in our complex.


Until tomorrow, have a peaceful Monday.

Finally to end with a joke of the day.


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