Reflection & Inspiration

During this busy time in our year, when the holidays are fast approaching, it is so easy to get caught up in all the hustle & bustle. It is also a time of even greater stress in our lives as we try to get a multitude of things done.
We may worry about money or running out of time to get things done. We may worry about all the family we will be seeing or the lack of family at this time when others are with theirs.
Even when we are excited about the upcoming holidays and if things are all coming together perfectly, it can still be stressful on our emotional and physical selves.
Do take time to reflect on all the good things that are in your life, no matter how small. Take time to touch base with family, friends, neighbors or others you haven’t seen in a while – just to say hello. Smile at a stranger – you may just make their day!

Focus on the positive things and more will follow!

Do you look forward to the holidays? What do you do to keep the stress to a minimum? I’d love to hear your tips for the holiday season.

Joyfully,
Cheri
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Wisdom from Robert Fulghum

One of my favorite authors is Robert Fulghum, who wrote “All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten.” It is still one of my favorite books, which I love to go back and read through often. So many great quotes of wisdom that we could all truly learn from. Here I will share three of my favorites.

If you have never read the book, I highly suggest checking it out. He also has other fantastic books worth reading as well, you can find more information about him and his books here: http://www.robertfulghum.com
Have you read All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten” or any other Robert Fulghum books? What is your favorite quote? What authors do you find inspirational?
Have a great night,
~Cheri

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THE HISTORY OF MOTHER’S DAY …ENJOY…

Contrary to popular belief, Mother’s Day was not conceived and fine-tuned in the boardroom of Hallmark. The earliest tributes to mothers date back to the annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to Rhea, the mother of many deities, and to the offerings ancient Romans made to their Great Mother of Gods, Cybele. Christians celebrated this festival on the fourth Sunday in Lent in honor of Mary, mother of Christ. In England this holiday was expanded to include all mothers and was called Mothering Sunday. In the United States, Mother’s Day started nearly 150 years ago, when Anna Jarvis, an Appalachian homemaker, organized a day to raise awareness of poor health conditions in her community, a cause she believed would be best advocated by mothers. She called it “Mother’s Work Day.” Fifteen years later, Julia Ward Howe, a Boston poet, pacifist, suffragist, and author of the lyrics to the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” organized a day encouraging mothers to rally for peace, since she believed they bore the loss of human life more harshly than anyone else. In 1905 when Anna Jarvis died, her daughter, also named Anna, began a campaign to memorialize the life work of her mother. Legend has it that young Anna remembered a Sunday school lesson that her mother gave in which she said, “I hope and pray that someone, sometime, will found a memorial mother’s day. There are many days for men, but none for mothers.” Anna began to lobby prominent businessmen like John Wannamaker, and politicians including Presidents Taft and Roosevelt to support her campaign to create a special day to honor mothers. At one of the first services organized to celebrate Anna’s mother in 1908, at her church in West Virginia, Anna handed out her mother’s favorite flower, the white carnation. Five years later, the House of Representatives adopted a resolution calling for officials of the federal government to wear white carnations on Mother’s Day. In 1914 Anna’s hard work paid off when Woodrow Wilson signed a bill recognizing Mother’s Day as a national holiday. At first, people observed Mother’s Day by attending church, writing letters to their mothers, and eventually, by sending cards, presents, and flowers. With the increasing gift-giving activity associated with Mother’s Day, Anna Jarvis became enraged. She believed that the day’s sentiment was being sacrificed at the expense of greed and profit. In 1923 she filed a lawsuit to stop a Mother’s Day festival, and was even arrested for disturbing the peace at a convention selling carnations for a war mother’s group. Before her death in 1948, Jarvis is said to have confessed that she regretted ever starting the mother’s day tradition. Despite Jarvis’s misgivings, Mother’s Day has flourished in the United States. In fact, the second Sunday of May has become the most popular day of the year to dine out, and telephone lines record their highest traffic, as sons and daughters everywhere take advantage of this day to honor and to express appreciation of their mothers

Blessings,

Maritza

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‎”I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Don’t Quit ~ Jill Wolf

Don’t quit when the tide is lowest,
For it’s just about to turn;
Don’t quit over doubts and questions,
For there’s something you may learn.

Don’t quit when the night is darkest,
For it’s just a while ‘til dawn;
Don’t quit when you’ve run the farthest,
For the race is almost won.

Don’t quit when the hill is steepest,
For your goal is almost nigh;
Don’t quit, for you’re not a failure
Until you fail to try.

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