This morning I will be getting up and out (amidst the thunderstorms) to teach, train and then teach 2 more classes before heading home for an afternoon of prepping for our Passover dinner guests. Most of the traditional Passover dishes, I don’t eat for a zillion and one reasons. Though we have made a brisket, I have to leave it up to Mitch to taste before serving and Mitch’s dad will bring the chickens, his sister the mashed potatoes and a cousin is in charge of the sweets. Hmmm…I will make a huge salad, some roasted root vegetables and some grilled asparagus and I might even share some with the guests 🙂 I need to save some room for tomorrow night! A 2 night holiday is a recipe for disaster to the “diet”–especially when the days are Monday and Tuesday! Not only is there a lot of eating, but a need to miss work (working out!) as well!
The thunder is driving the bigreddog out of his mind and he is breathing heavy on my arm as I type. At 120ish pounds, no matter how hard he tries, he can’t seem to hide under my keyboard ledge. Poor thing. At least he doesn’t have to get to work in the mess that this morning’s storm looks like it will be creating.
In still another article that I was reading about health, laughter and attitudes, I will be sharing some simple ideas this week from the Foundation for Good-Hearted Living, established by Steve Wilson, Founder and …get this…”Cheerman of the Board,” of the World Laughter Tour, Inc. This Chicago based organization has trained over 5,000 “laugh leaders,” who spread cheer to the sick, dying and even “every day ordinary annoying” (or annoyed) people. Wilson established 6 healthy habits to boost positive well-being. He claims that people who practice these habits have stress, but they don’t get sick because they are stress resistant. My guess is that besides not getting sick, these daily “habits,” when practiced week after week, change one’s soul from the inside, out!
I will leave you with Monday’s life-changing suggestion habit.
Pay compliments to others, a natural antidote against critical or judgemental thinking.
I will be looking for opportunities to compliment others as I go about my day of work, preparing for and then observing the holiday with family and friends. As we all know, sometimes its hardest to avoid judgement and criticism when we are with our family members. That just means digging a little deeper to be the change we want to see in others. Whatever you will be doing today, I hope you will try the same. Be back tomorrow for more life-changing habits. Thanks for checking in. Happy Passover.