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Make the Best of Circumstances

Hardships

WHO today finds his lot in life to be absolutely ideal? Hardly anyone! No doubt, all of us have to put up with certain hardships or annoyances. However, under present imperfect conditions why not try to make the best of your circumstances? If you do, you will have many blessings to count.

Do you happen to be a housewife with a family, perhaps a large one? Do you at times feel discontented, bored or a little frustrated? There may be stacks of dishes to wash, a large hamper of dirty clothes to be laundered, or a number of rooms that need cleaning. Why not look at things positively? Do not these very things indicate that your family has enough to eat, have sufficient clothing and a roof over their heads? Which is better, your situation or that of the millions who are hungry, half naked and homeless?

Perhaps your circumstances are such that you have to be extremely frugal in all that you buy. Why not view this as a challenge to your ingenuity to make the best of matters? There was a housewife who in later years of prosperity said that her happiest days were during the hard times of the Depression because of the pleasure that came from making the best possible use of everything to make ends meet. Besides, did you know that a great many of the modern degenerative diseases are rather closely associated with prosperous living?

Or are you the victim of compulsory retirement, having become sixty-five years or older? Do the days now seem long and drawn out, affecting not only your mental disposition but also your health? In this situation take a positive outlook and try to be helpful to others. So there are plenty of people who could benefit from your help.

Positive Action

Don’t let our circumstances paralyze our life. We may become so preoccupied with what we cannot do that we lose sight of what we can do. Do we need to put forth more effort to make the best of our circumstances? While it may be challenging to do so, we can succeed. In reflecting on his life, the apostle Paul wrote: “I have learned, in whatever circumstances I am, to be self-sufficient. . . . In everything and in all circumstances I have learned the secret of both how to be full and how to hunger, both how to have an abundance and how to suffer want.”

Do we harbor feelings of resentment and bitterness when some injustice causes us pain? This can easily happen. If we allow our emotions to dominate us, the result may prove more damaging to us than the injustice itself.

Meditating on how others successfully dealt with disappointments and difficult situations can have a positive effect on us. Ask yourself: ‘How did they come to terms with their circumstances? How did they maintain their joy? What qualities did they have to develop?’

When you are beset by challenging circumstances, be assured that God cares for you and will sustain you. Work hard not to allow your circumstances to control your life. Drawing close to God by prayer and spiritual activities can do wonders to cope. In this way, you too will see that joy and happiness can be yours even during difficult times.

Fibromyalgia and Degenerative Disc Decease

It has being about 8 years with Fibro and 5 years diagnosed officially. I have decided that I would check on things before just attributing it all to fibro and ignore things. Around 3 years ago I fell down my stairs. My back hasn’t being the same since. During that time I got pregnant, my back and hip have decided to make my morning, life in general a pain in the butt.

I got my family care Doctor to refer me to a spine specialist. For Insurance reason I was to do Physical Therapy first. They did check a MRI I had done about a year ago and had 2 chiropractor look at it and both said they didn’t see anything wrong. Also the report given to my family care doctor with the MRI said nothing significant was seen. Well, the spine specialist saw it and right away she saw what was wrong. I had a bulging disc and her physical checkup of me she determine I had an inflammation on my SI joint with hypermobility. Also, she determined I had the beginning of Degenerative Disc Decease. She said that she wouldn’t be surprise if that’s what was causing my Sciatica problems, feet pain and nerve damage.  My mind was blown from “nothing significant seen” To all this. One thing I have learned never doubt your body. Even if the doctors say there is nothing wrong. My body couldn’t be wrong for 3 years in a row.

Like I said before, For Insurance reason I was to do Physical Therapy first. I did it religiously didn’t miss not one appointment even on a flare for 6 weeks. The PT did his own test turns out my right side is weaker than my left but I already knew that. At first the exercises were difficult to do, it got easier as time pass. I have done physical therapy on and off for years for different issues, my knees, my feet and so on.  I have had heel pain for 3 years and for 2 a burning sensation that wouldn’t let up not even with injections or with the new treatment were they use the machine for breaking down kidneys stones. The physical therapy did help with the burning sensation but not the pain.

Once back at the spine specialist it was agreed that I would be a candidate for diagnostic injections for my SI Joint and a medial lumbar block. If all goes well and they help and they determine that the issues are in does nerves I may be a candidate for a Radiofrequency Ablation. Well my first injections went well they did help for the 6 to 12 hrs. meaning that the issue is in that area. For insurance I need to get 2 of the medial lumbar block the second time around was a lot more painful than the first. They did give me Ativan meds to take before procedure but I think it had not kick in before things got done. They inject 6 injections 3 on each side of the spine in the facet joints. After you get a follow-up appointment they tell you if you are going to get your Radiofrequency Ablation a fancy way of saying they will burn your nerves so you don’t feel any more pain for at least 6 months to a year. Some people can be pain-free for a bit longer than that. That’s how long it takes your nerve endings to grow back. Some may still have a numb feeling instead of pain and some are ok with that. I’m on that last follow-up appointment. The nurse told me last time all looks good and that he thought I was a good candidate for the radiofrequency ablation.

I was also given gabapentin for my nerve pain. I believe that my heel pain was neuropathy for my heel pain has gone away since I started taking this pill. I was started off with one 300 mg pill a day for a week second week, 2 pills, third week 3 pills all at night-time because they cause me to sleep. The nurse said that for therapeutic benefits usually you need 1200 mg. 900 mg a day for me seems to work no side effects. I am happy with the results so far. I really hope that the radiofrequency ablation gives me the relief I need so that I can keep up with my son.

How to Deal with Curfew Issues

Curfews have always been a controversial issue. We know there are pro and cons to everything in life. Let’s view it from both sides.

Curfew Pros and Cons

Cons Pros
1. Freedom 1. Safety
2. Less independence for teens 2. More parental control
3. What about emergencies? 3. Less opportunity for crime

For teens, a curfew makes them feel childish and controlled in a time when they want more independence and trust.For parents, it’s a way to get your child out of the street and out of trouble.
Yet, a curfew is more than just that. It teaches that punctuality is an important part of life and will benefit the teen long after he’s on his own. Of course for a teen it means a messed up social life. How can you deal with it?
Teens, think of this: Would you refuse a driver’s license thinking, ‘If I can’t have unlimited freedom I rather not drive at all’? Think: ‘Don’t I have more freedom now than I did as a kid’?
See your curfew as an opportunity. If you handle it well now you will receive more freedom later. If you just don’t understand why you have to be home so early, talk to your parents about their reasons. Try to talk, not just fight. You may be surprised—maybe the reason is that your Mom just can’t go to sleep until you are home safely. You don’t want to have an argument with a Mom that hasn’t slept in a week because you were late every day to prove something. You will not win. Remember, only if you gain your parents’ trust will the ‘leash’ get looser.
How to get a later curfew: Bring up the subject at a time when your parents are relaxed. Build a good track record by being on time. Ask for extension on trial basis. Learn to live with your curfew and you don’t have to be miserable all your teenage life.
How to Handle My Teen’s Broken Curfew
What should I do? Just let it go? Ground him/her for life?’ Don’t go to extremes—you can turn a broken curfew into a powerful tool. Take into consideration the teen’s age, responsibility, and maturity.
1. First, you may not want to discuss the matter in the heat of the moment. You may want to sleep on it.
2. The next day you may want to sit and talk at eye level. This will reaffirm your intentions of handling the matter in a mature level.
3. Listen first, for when there was a valid reason for being late. If it was a flat tire and there is proof of this it would be wise to consider this.
4. Review the reasons for the curfew and the consequences of failure to comply. Then, enforce those consequences.
5. Make it clear that after a broken curfew, the next time out their curfew will be shortened by 30 minutes, but if they build a good record of punctuality the curfew could be extended on special occasions. Make them set their own goals.
6. Give them a chance to repair the damage. Make them think of ways to make it up to you. This will show that all actions have consequences. They will have to deal with this and learn to come up with ways to fix it.
7. Do be reasonable. Allow for suggestions or requests. Then take them into consideration if, for the most part, he or she has demonstrated responsibility. Communication will be smoother if your child sees that you at times give consideration to his or her wishes if they are reasonable.
Some teens will comply with their curfew with little no problem at all, while others will want to test the boundaries on a regular basis. Be sure your teen knows that there are consequences for ignoring curfew rules, and that you will enforce these consequences when necessary.

Voice Quality How to Improve

Are you being heard when you speak? A good voice suggests power is strong, round, gives confidence, trust and holds attention. A bad voice detracts from what is said and gives a wrong impression. Are you repeatedly being told to lower your voice or speak louder?

Personality

Your personality can be judge by your voice. Could it be that your voice is giving the wrong impression? Voice production is a mechanical habit. Bad traits or habits can affect it even after improving personality wise. Improving your personality can be more difficult than improving your voice but in some instances improvement of the last can depend on the first.

When public speaking your voice can cause an audience to be on your favor or against you. A speaker with a weak and thin voice will not keep your attention. Trembling voice, shortness of breath doesn’t project confidence. Constant inflection will not make you sound sincere. When communicating with others we want our voice to express accurately what is in our mind and heart.

There are two layers to our voice:

1) The linguistic layer carries the semantic information encoded in the language (its grammar and phonological units) and its phonetic representation. It covers what we intend to say.

2) The paralinguistic layer of communication is non-linguistic and non-verbal but tells the interlocutor about the speaker’s current affective, attitude or emotional state. It also includes the speaker’s regional dialect and social characteristic.

Listen

Have you ever listen to yourself in a recording? You will be surprise and say: “I don’t sound like that.” Your voice vibration in your body makes it sound different to you as to someone else. Test yourself make a recording of yourself in different situations: Reading, Public speaking, or just in normal conversation. Does your voice show the personality you think you have?

Listen to professional singers. Most likely you will notice things you have not notice before. Listen to the way they handle their breath, volume, articulation, control, vocal habits, and resonance. Also what on TV there performance.Watch the way they breathe and support the notes with their breath; watch the way they use their lips to shape the sounds and words that they are singing.

If you have a favorite singer and one you don’t like watch and listen and point out why you like one and dislike the other. compare live performance with a recording too. Is it the sound of one’s voice, or his or her mannerisms, pronunciations, stage presence, appearance or attitude that makes the difference for you?

Voice Quality

The air send from your lungs when you speak is the foundation of the sound produce. It enters the larynx where two folds the vocal cords vibrate by the air passing them. The sounds then travel to your throat, mouth and sinuses amplifying the sound. The lips, mouth, throat, and breath all affect the quality of your voice. For smooth tones, right volume, a good steady supply of air is needed. This is achieved by the use of your diaphragm muscle giving support without straining. Control your breathing by not expanding your chest when you inhale to speak. Pull your abdomen making the lungs expand. Keeping your throat muscles relaxed. A good posture is essential to producing a good voice.

Voice quality or Phonation is the utterance of sounds through the vocal cords, combined with the amount of oxygen used during speech and the constriction of the vocal cords. It allows you to judge whether the voice you are hearing is male or female and young or old. It allows us to differentiate between individuals and give us some idea as to the speaker’s features. It is also associated with the accent, which tells the listener what area of the world you are from; pitch, higher and lower sounds; enunciation, the act of speaking concisely and clearly; how words are pronounced and articulated; volume, whether the speaker is screaming, whispering, or any volume in between; and cadence, how melodic, balanced, and rhythmic the voice is.

Conclusion

When others are constantly telling you to lower your voice. Learning to vary the volume to fit the circumstances and making a conscious effort to soften it are two of the factors that make a good voice. On the other hand, if you are told to speak up by breath control you can control the volume, keeping it ideal in all situations. Remember, many emotions and attitudes are reflected on your voice. It can work for you or against you. So next time you don’t get that job you wanted or get rejected by that girl you really liked. Consider, it may not be you the problem but your voice and what it is revealing about you.

The Best Education for Your Daughter

What are you teaching your daughter? Does she know the art of housekeeping? With many women in the workforce long gone are the days of teaching the much-needed skills of housekeeping. Many women today can’t keep a balance or just don’t have the skills themselves. Is your daughter prepare for the responsibility that come with married life in this regard?

Cultivating Incentive

Have you ever found yourself saying: “She just so lazy she doesn’t want to learn.” Could it be that you just haven’t given her the necessary push. Help her see the importance and how it makes it more comfortable for family members to work around the home. Let them see that as part of the family they have also a part in the chores needed to keep the home clean. You will be pleasantly surprise when they are ready to help out. Note that at times they will have trouble following through. Be patient and don’t forget that kids learn by your example.

If you consider housework a drag, and are grumbling and fussing as you do your duties, your daughter will probably develop the same attitude. If she sees how cheerful and fun it is to do she will be willing to give you a hand. It is wise to make work periods as enjoyable as possible this way she will enjoy working with you. Make game sessions if needed for little ones.

Start Early

Some rather wait until the child is older but most regret it. The best time is as early as possible preferable before starting school. This way it becomes a natural routine. Take advantage of your child’s eagerness to please and copy their mothers. So take advantage of this youthful willingness to help. Be patient don’t do it for her let her be. At first it isn’t going to look pretty or be done right but practice makes perfect. Don’t find fault with all she does this discourages. Avoid this at all cost.

Start by simply showing her where the tools for the job at hand is located. Explain the proper used of them. Don’t think that it’s obvious how to run the sweeper or mop.

Time for Everything

Housework can be monotonous. This bible principle can help them understand: “For everything there is an appointed time, even a time for every affair under the heavens.” (Eccl. 3:1-8) There is a time to make beds and a time to sleep in them. There is a time to prepare a meal and a time to wash the dishes and put them away.

Explain the importance of keeping things neat, organized so things can be easier to find and this way things will last longer. Be balance the home should be a comfortable and relaxing to be in. We shouldn’t be worry about sitting and messing things up.

 

Real Value

Washday: Sorting out the laundry, folding, getting spots out, and what detergent is better for what material. Not all have the easiness of a dryer. Have you taught her to sun dry clothing?

Does she knows the most likely places for dirt to be? The more obvious places for dirt: doors, windows and less obvious closets, corners of rooms, under furniture, and in kitchen cabinets and drawers. Dusting regularly will avoid having to have to do mayor cleaning later. Give her a cloth and have her see for herself the difference. Most likely you won’t have to repeat yourself. Let her make the bed it won’t look pretty at first but let her be. Eventually she will get better at it.

Kitchen: most don’t have a dishwasher. Teach her the importance of soaking dishes and washing items in batches. She will get done faster and make all simpler. She may not see the complete picture but when she has her own house she will thank you for it. Secular education has it’s place but we may forget the essential skills needed to make life easier. These are life lessons and skills that all professionals should know. To be a success on the job can’t come by failing miserably at home.

How to Plan Your Bulk Vending Business

In any enterprise you need to plan in advance.  Luke 14:28 asks: “…who of you that wants to build a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it?” Having this principle in mind at all times, you can be successful in your bulk vending business.

Think of what kind of business plan you want. For a bank loan you will need to have a more complicated and detailed business plan, with market statistics and research information.

You may find it helpful to get software. For example, Bplans.com has a complete Business Plan you can customize with a step-by-step wizard. Also, you can download one for about $38 to $80 at 125day.com/books/124/business-plan-vending machine-service.cpm. In vendingconnections.com you can find a vending start-up kit.

If you just want a plan for your personal use then a simple one is needed and it should be updated monthly, or every 3 months. This way you can see if you are meeting your original goals and can join new ones. You will be able to trim costs were needed. Just because it’s personal do not take things lightly. Be specific on what you want and how long you are giving yourself to achieve it.

Make a draft of what you have. Example: 5 machines doing on average $15 a month = $75 a month. Then state what you want to achieve. Example: By June of next year I should have 30 machines doing on average $15 = $450 a month. Then, write down how much you have to invest and where it is coming from. If you are starting using Credit Cards, ask yourself: How long will it take me to pay this back?

Tips
  • Remember this is a numbers game. Take in consideration the cost of office supplies, locator, gas, candy, and machines.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Calculator
  • Pen and Paper
  • Software

Build Investment for Your Bulk Vending Business

A great thing about vending is the fact that you don’t need to make a high investment. Of course this depends on how fast you want to grow or how much you have on hand to start.

You may get into it and want to see more results faster–this can be a problem. You may end up getting in debt. No matter if you have $50, $200, $5000 in cash or if a credit card is all you have to work with, starting at the bottom is always the best way to go. You can start with a single head machine that can cost $40 to $60 or less on eBay. Then get a $16 box of 850 count gumballs. The gum is 2 cents apiece so the profit margin is great! For other candies the profit margin is about 60 to 80 Percent. You can find it yourself or budget in about $30 to $40 for a professional locator to find a single head. For a triple head it is about $50 to $60. Then, sit and wait to see how it does in a few weeks. Then calculate how long will it take for this machine to pay itself off.

In the mean time set aside $20 or $50 for investing in the business every month. Use your best judgment according with your income. Then add this money with your collections. When you collect the total amount that you spent to place the first machine you are ready to make the second purchase. You may find that you have enough to buy, place and stock 2 machines this time. Let the machines pay for themselves. Probably, you may want to get a double head machine or a triple instead.

Do not get over your head by buying 20-40 machines at once–especially if credit is all you have to start with. With credit, use the same process as above. It would help to get a personal or business credit card with a 0% introductory interest rate.

Remember that how much you make depends on the location. The national average for a single head is $7 amount but in the right location you can get $10-$40 a month.

Don’t give up. Give yourself at least 6 months to see your machine pay itself off.

Honesty is The best Policy

Honesty

Sad to say now a days honesty is a word very much missing from people’s vocabulary. The worldwide level of dishonesty has skyrocketed in the past three years with no signs of ever turning back. It is a common believe that honesty is a costly thing. Don’t expect it from cheap.

Success

For many honesty is not practical. Those who want to be honest often find themselves pressured to give in to dishonest practices, especially if it involves short-term financial gain. It’s a common thought that to be successful in business you have to be dishonest. To calm the conscious phrases like “cutting corners”, “being competitive”, “a favor”, an “expediting fee” are used. So the perception of honesty has change a lot. So as long as they don’t get caught they consider themselves honest.

In an article referring to rules for workplace honesty. Stated: ” Honesty is not always the best policy in the workplace. Being completely honest won’t always serve you well in the workplace.Not all situations are black and white. Every situation in the workplace will require you to use your best judgement when deciding what path to take.”

Some companies even go as far as to put it on paper. By making inaccurate and deceptive claims on reports. If companies are not telling the truth about what they have not reported, how can we be sure they are telling the truth about what they have reported?

Honest heart produce honest actions. Honesty and good communication are key to success on any type of relationship being personal or business. If only we could all have this in our minds, hearts and practice it in every part of our daily life all can be so different.

 This brings to mind a few wise verses from the most practical book ever written, The Bible; Proverbs 20:17 “Bread gained by falsehood is pleasurable to a man but afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.” And Luke 12:16; ” Even when a person has an abundance his life does not result from the things he possess.”

If only we would do to others as we want to be done to us. We will enjoy a clean conscience and peace of mind.

Coffee’s Origin-Do you know what you are drinking?

Coffee is a very popular drink these days. You can get it for 99 Cents or 8 dollars. It’s given as much attention and preparation as fine wine. It is a drink to be savored and linger as it passes over the taste buds. In my culture you could be as poor as you can be but Coffee was your priced possession. The first thing you offer to your guests. We enjoyed it in the morning with some bread and cheese, after lunch, dinner and for a snack with some pastry. Very busy people use it as a 2 o’clock bust to finish their work day.

Did you know that it wasn’t immediately accepted at first? Opposition was raised on moral and religious grounds. Moslems were divided as to the religious us of this stimulating drink. In 1674 a group of English women petitioned the government to forbid the use of it. Reason: tended to degenerate family men. However, it has become the favorite hot drink in virtually every country hot or cold climates.

Best Environment and Process

For the best coffee first you have to find the climate best adapted for its cultivation—hot and humid, with other such essential requirements as rich, sandy soil in highland areas and temperature continuously within the 60-90° F. range. The trees begin to bear fruit about three years old and will produce fruit year after year from twenty-five to fifty. The berries are small green olive like at first. Then they turn red and the space between the bean and outer casing contains sweet nectar. Then mature they become dark red with a smooth glassy surface. The berries must be picked at the right time. If they are not fully ripe they will lack flavor; if overripe, they fall to the ground and spoil.

Once coffee picking starts, the workers keep at it from early morning until late in the evening. There is good reason for this, since a sudden rainfall could spoil the harvest. Then the berries are sacked and taken to machine driers or spread by hand on level areas to be dried in the sun. If the weather is suitable, three to ten days is sufficient time to complete the drying. When the berries can be broken open by hand, the time is right for them to be put through a machine that takes off the husks.

 How Coffee is classified

There are so many brands, qualities, blends and prices. Behind all this there is a careful classification of coffee, based on type, purity, size of bean and taste. Samples are taken from different sacks. Counting the number of defects in each nine-ounce sample the expert rates the shipment as of superior or inferior quality. Each defect is assigned a certain value. The defects may be one of two kinds, namely, impurities such as stones or twigs that were not eliminated by machine or hand sorting, and defects in the beans themselves due to poor farming methods. Then comes the cup test. Experts, determine by taste whether a coffee is smooth or harsh, take a sip of sample after sample, never swallowing, but simply letting the coffee settle in their throats briefly before spitting it out.

The blender uses his materials like an artist to produce a balanced and pleasing result. A blend, for instance, may contain “Brazils” to give body to it and “milds” for the delicacy of their flavor. Combining flavors, aromas and colors, the blender strives for a product that will please the eye, stimulate the taste buds and excel in aroma.

Warning

Coffee is not recommended for those suffering from heart trouble or those of highly nervous temperament. For those with normal health should be awarded the habit-forming tendency of coffee drinking. Some prefer decaffeinated for this reason. If you are a coffee drinker, it is best to have the coffee beans ground in your presence. This way you can be sure of fresher coffee and there is less chance that you will be cheated through mixing of other ingredients with the coffee—ingredients such as sand, corn, beans, peanuts or blood, to mention but a few. A simple test of the purity of ground coffee is to throw a dash of the coffee grounds on top of a cup of water. If the coffee is pure, the grounds will float, since they absorb water very slowly. If the coffee contains foreign matter, the grounds will absorb water rapidly and sink to the bottom of the cup. If properly protected, toasted coffee keeps from ten to twenty days without losing its flavor. But when exposed to the air, whether toasted or untoasted, it will lose its aroma, flavor and color. Humidity will give it a musty odor. For these reasons coffee should be kept in a dry place and in tightly closed containers.

Conclusion

Cold coffee with sugar and a ring of lemon is quite refreshing. During the hot months of the year iced coffee and coffee-flavored ice cream are very popular. Some also use coffee as an ingredient in that delicious taste treats—coffee cake. However, the most popular form, favorite of millions around the world, still is plain coffee or coffee with milk. But scientists are testing many other uses of the coffee bean. For example coffee ashes make a good fertilizer. Also, disinfectants and insulation for walls, floors and roofs have been made from coffee. Glycerin can be produced from coffee oil, and coffee oil can be used in paints, soaps and a host of other products. The coffee bean is being put to more uses. But its popularity, of course, is mainly as a beverage

Are you working to live or living to work?

Its Practicalness is Questionable.

A Hong Kong newspaper, The Star,of December 19, 1968, carried this bold headline: “WORKING TOWARDS AN EARLY GRAVE.” The article pointed out that the majority of men in Hong Kong work very hard to support their families. Some have more than one job. Others work two shifts each day. But warned a doctor: “This, eventually, must take its toll on a man’s health.”

What do you achieve out of life if you devote all your time to getting your daily bread and dig yourself an early grave? Many hardworking people view any other course as impractical. That is why they devote their efforts almost exclusively to obtaining material things.

 Bitterly Disappointing

The advice commonly heard is: “Work hard, save your money and you will have a ‘nest egg’ for the future.” Yet people who follow this advice are often bitterly disappointed.

Consider the woman who worked hard selling vegetables on a crowded street. After forty years of such hard work she returned home late one night to find that a thief had broken into her home and stolen more than $10,000, her life savings! “Now I feel like committing suicide—I have nothing to live for,” she said. Others, who keep their money in a bank, have had it suddenly devalued loosing much or everything overnight.

This reminds me of the words a wise man, Jesus said: “Stop storing up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break in and steal. Rather, store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes, and where thieves do not break in and steal.”—Matt. 6:19, 20. He also said: “Man must live, not on bread alone, but on every utterance coming forth through Jehovah’s mouth.” (Matt. 4:4) He highlighted spiritual food as important. That is why Jesus urged ones in his days who apparently were placing undue importance on physical food: “Work, not for the food that perishes, but for the food that remains for life everlasting.”—John 6:27.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations – there are over 1 billion people in the world today who do not get enough food to eat. That’s one in 7 people on Earth don’t know where their next meal is coming from. How disappointing! But this is just a foretaste of what lies ahead. Scientists now see disastrous global famine as inevitable, regardless of the efforts of men to avert it. What a dismal prospect!

 What can be done?

Balance is a key. Why wait until you are sick before giving thought to your health? Absence of distressing symptoms does not necessarily mean good health. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Why do so few people give thought to ‘maintenance therapy’? Many may feel that they are too busy. But it may well be that it takes more than concern about health for the average person to take ‘maintenance therapy’ seriously. As one noted nutritionist observed: “Over the years I have found that a patient must have some sort of mission in life—something very important that he hopes to accomplish to the best of his ability—before he is really motivated . . . The average person does not have any real mission in life.” In fact, in regard to health maintenance or preventive medicine even the medical profession comes short, as one of its own critics noted: “The senseless spending of thousands of millions for care [of illness] and nothing for prevention is increasingly apparent.”

Four Aids for Good Health.

There are four basic aids for good health to which you do well to give attention: (1) sensible eating habits; (2) regular exercise; (3) sufficient rest, relaxation and sleep and (4) good mental and emotional habits. As reasonable as doing these things may seem to be, doing them will not always come easy.

Sensible Eating Habits

Hippocrates, called the “father of medicine,” is reported to have said: “Thy food shall be thy remedy.” Better than food as a remedy is food for health maintenance!

The problem, however, is one not only of eating large quantities, but ofover-nutrition. One may eat too much rich food. Some have therefore found it helpful to limit themselves to fruit or fruit juices one meal a day. And the “day of meals of fruit only” that has been used for certain chronic diseases can also serve for health maintenance. Sensible eating habits also include getting sufficient vitamins and trace minerals. Very important in this regard is eating sufficient leafy vegetables. “They neutralize the acids in the blood and by their effect on the kidneys stimulate the elimination of waste.”

Regular Exercise

Regular exercise is good for all, but especially should those who are overweight or do sedentary work make it a point to get some exercise—a fact being appreciated more and more. It is know that it reduces blood pressure. For exercise to be beneficial there must be a certain degree of regularity about it. Especially does with a sedentary occupation should take time to exercise as a routine.

Sufficient Rest, Relaxation and Sleep

Ever so many persons just naturally know how to relax, have the good judgment to take sufficient rest and get their needed sleep. But others, again, need to work at these things. This may be due to their being the slim, nervous type, the ectomorph, or because of being naturally intense, or due to a mistaken sense of duty. It may also be because of materialism, trying to get rich or amass mundane treasures or because of pursuing pleasures too eagerly. Learn to work at a steady pace; do not think you must be going full speed all the time. Smiling will help you to be relaxed. Relaxation makes for physical ease and is conducive to mental and emotional balance. The key is self-control!

Do not feel you must be active every waking moment, from the time you get up until you go to bed. Allow time for rest and the right kind of recreation. Do not thoughtlessly or ambitiously try to cram in too much when taking a vacation, as when traveling.

Sleep shouldn’t be neglected if you would enjoy good health. Sleeplessness may be the payoff for many sins of omission and commission, such as not eating right or neglecting exercise. Or it may be due to anxiety, frustrations, and feelings of guilt or like detrimental emotions. Clear house of these if you would enjoy sound sleep. If new sounds disturb you, relax. You can get accustomed to them if you make it a point to do so, enabling you to sleep in spite of them. For good sleep you must be willing to make an effort and prepared to eat an athletic diet, eliminating starches, sweets, inessential foods, and good program of physical exercise.

Good Mental and Emotional Habits

Yes, there is the psychosomatic factor, the effect of the mind and the emotions on the body, which must also be taken into consideration if one would continue to enjoy good health. Those with a real mission in life will want to make the best possible use of their time and their mental and physical powers.

Conclusion 
All do well to give attention in a balanced way to the four aids for good health: sensible eating habits; regular exercise; sufficient rest, relaxation and sleep, and good mental and emotional habits. Doing so will not only enable you to carry out your mission in life but also help to give you the fine feeling of true physical well-being. Dig yourself out of an early grave.

How to Plan a Puerto Rico Vacation

 

We all want that dream vacation, that little piece of paradise. If you plan it right you can have just that. Puerto Rico is a beautiful island in the Caribbean. A commonwealth (associated free state) of the USA. Here are some tips on where to get started in planning out your trip.

Decide where on the island you would like to stay. Most tourists visit the San Juan area. Yet, there are many places to visit around the island. There are three airports to choose from: International Airport Luis Munoz Marin(SJU) in San Juan, Ponce’s Aeropuerto de Mercedita(PSE) on the South, or Aguadilla Aeropuerto Rafael Hernandez(BQN) on the northwest side.

Decide where to stay. This will depend on your budget. I was able to take a 10 day trip for 2 for less than $1,000 by staying with relatives and friends. There are about 18 Paradores or Inns around the island. There are rental cottages or guesthouses too. If your budget permits you can always find a Sheraton, Hampton Inn or Hilton.

Rent a car. Public transportation isn’t very good. If you want to tour the island this is the best way to go. Caution, islanders are traffic bullies. Some streets you think are meant for one car but are actually a two-way street. It’s a very interesting experience specially in the San Juan area. Signs at times will not be seen until you get to them for tree branches cover them.

There are many things to do so I will list a few things at the bottom in the section tips to your article.

If you like Whale Watching. Vikins Starship 300 passenger vessel with Reservations will take you for $25 adults $12 children. From January to Mid April 10am-5pm.

 Places to go:
  • El Morro spanish fort
  • The fortress San Cristobal
  • In between the above you will find The Old San Juan
  • Felisa Rincon de Gautier Museum. Calle Recinto Oeste corner of Caleta #51 townhouse in honor of the beloved Mayor. A role model of women’s liberation from 1940-1960. Admission free 9am-4pm.
  • Bacardi Rum Factory
  • 5 miles west of San Juan is the Arecibo Observatory largest radio telescope with a dish measuring 1,000 feet in diameter.
  • El Yunque National Forest-National Biosphere Reserve. Home of 225 species of trees, 100 species of ferns, 50 species of orchids, Yagrumo tree, waterfalls, Puertorican Parrot, and coqui.
  • Guanica Biosphere Reserve tropical dry forest. 750 species of plants 7 percent are endangered. Boardering this is a stretch of coastline were green turtles, and leatherback turtles lay their eggs. You will find Mangroves and Coral Reefs here too.
  • Bioluminescent bay where phosphorescent aquatic organisms known as dinoflagellates live. They glow a greenish-blue.
  • Ferry trip (11hrs) from Mayaquez to Santo Domingo the Dominican Republic for $40.
  • Taino indians ceremonial sites. Tibes in Ponce. Parque ceremonial Indigena Caguana. You will find Artifacts, and Skeletons.
  • Camuy Caverns
  • Beaches: Boqueron,Playa Joyuda,Crashboat,Playa Buye, and El Combate in the westcoast hwy 301 west on hwy 101. In Rincon visit Gringo Paradise.
  • In the Camuy Caverns there was an accident and a woman died. Visits inside the caves are restricted until they determine is safe to continue tours. You can take an outside tour but they just take you to the entrance of the cave.
  • Also, buying in advance plane tickets can double the cost. You may want to sign up to Farecompare.com they will email you when the tickets have come down to the price you are willing to pay. You can buy as low as $200 round trip. My sister-in-law got her tickets for $180. Now that is a deal!!!

Tips & Warnings

  • Arrive at the airport early so unexpected delays won’t cause you to miss your flight. Each airport has a recommended amount of time, such as 1 1/2 hours.
  • Allow at least a half hour extra when returning a rental car.
Enjoy your Air travel

When traveling, either on vacation or for a business trip, there are things that can be done to make it more enjoyable for yourself and others. I travel often and see many uncomfortable situations that could have easily been avoided. So, here are some guidelines to help you enjoy your flight.

It is good to remember that the plane is a public place. The ‘Golden Rule’ applies in the air as well as on land. Avoid cutting in line like you are the only one there.

Check oversized bags before leaving home. Make sure you know the baggage guidelines for your airline. It is very disrespectful to hold up the line while you re-pack your luggage because some of it is over the weight limit.

If you have business material, like an important presentation, make sure it goes in your carry-on…in case your checked bags get lost.

Board quickly, and once you’re on the plane, sit in your assigned seat. If someone asks to switch seats, be a good neighbor and help them out.

Carry your backpack or carry-on in front of you so you don’t bump people while boarding. Take your reading material out before boarding so you don’t block the aisle while searching for it.

Don’t hog the armrest. If listening to music, don’t crank up the volume too high…others don’t want to hear what you’re listening to. If it’s a small plane, don’t recline your seat too far and crowd the person behind you.

When getting up, use your armrest to push yourself up instead of pulling on the seatback in front of you. You may not realize you’re bumping the person’s head or pulling their hair.

You may not realize that many do not appreciate seat-mate conversations. If you’re held captive by a talker, politely excuse yourself from the conversation. Don’t read over someone’s shoulder, watch their computer screen, or eavesdrop on their conversation.

Remember that your tray is not your office, so be neat. Keep your laptop, accessories, and papers on your own tray or area.

Before getting up for the restroom, wait for the flight attendant to finish her cart rounds. Don’t stand impatiently behind her, waiting for her to move. Don’t linger in the restroom or leave a mess.

At the end of the flight, be patient while waiting to exit the plane. If someone is struggling with a bag you may offer to help. Do not hold up the line to stay with a friend…you can simply meet up at the gate.

Having these things in mind will make travel more enjoyable for you and for those around you. Happy travels!