Wednesday Wisdom

We all  procure and obtain wisdom. Most wisdom comes from experience and education. Many of us seek wisdom from either health or wealth specialists, as good health and financial security may improve the quality of our lives. A specialist I am not; but a seeker I am!

This morning upon awakening,  I had a thought that our bank account is like our bodies. When we put green (money) into our bank account,  it grows through interest. When we put green (nutrients) into our bodies, our health grows.

This time of year, we tend to withdraw from both our bank and health accounts.  There are small steps we can take so our growth in these areas does not stagnate. We may have already overspent financially,  but it’s not too late to counter the effects of that!

Following are some ideas to replenish our financial ” green” :  At a restaurant,  drink water instead of a beverage.  That alone can save you $2 -$10 a person. Speaking of beverages,  brew your own coffee at home until your bank account is back to where it was before the holidays. Ladies,  those party dresses you’ve been eyeing? Skip them! Follow  A Small Wardrobe blog for some great ideas on shopping from your own closet. Are your shoes looking used up? Give them a good polish and new insoles from the drugstore.  Ladies,   decorative clips can turn plain pumps into party shoes. Skip the hairdresser for your formal occasions by finding YouTube tutorials. At home,  make a big batch of homemade soup for inexpensive and quick leftovers. There are many other ideas to cut corners on Pinterest.

It is definitely a challenge replenishing our  health account during the busy holiday season! Although I make no claims of expertise, I do know what works for me

There are quick,  easy hacks to keep our bodies nourished. One is to take whole foods supplements,  as our bodies will not assimilate chemically based supplements properly. Another thing is to keep healthy snacks with you, so you aren’t as tempted to grab junk food while out and about.  Some ideas are: raw mixed nuts, whole grain or gluten free crackers, Life Bars, snow peas, hummus, natural nutbutters and low sugar dark chocolate.  Many so-called nutrition bars are no better than candy bars. Make sure they are non-GMO, all natural with less than 2 grams of sugar. Also, keep a water bottle with you at all times

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Our workout routines may understandably  be on hold  now.  Still try to get a good nights sleep, stretch a lot,  and ask for foot ot shoulder rubs. Take time for a soak in the tub with Epsom salts. 

Whether our bank accounts or health get replenished or not,  staying grateful and doing the best we can will still help us achieve in the big picture. Happy holidays!


Thursday Purge Day!

Yes, I really am writing about purging on Thanksgiving, a day of abundance and thanks. There will be no recommendation here of purging food or martyrdom.  Nor will I suggest a day of purging your closets on a holiday.  What we should purge today are detrimental feelings!Thanksgiving

We all have unhappy memories attached to certain people or events in our lives that may surface when we gather with family. Feelings of loss, inadequacy or haunting memories may linger beneath our outward appearance of contentment. How may we purge those feelings to make the most of our day of thanks?

In feelings of loved ones lost, focus on the times they were with us instead of the lack of their physical presence. Forget the “would have, should have” thoughts.  We cannot change the past. We can focus on today and who is with us now.

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We may feel inadequate at times being around people that appear to have more success than we do.  As Don Miguel Ruiz says in his book,  The Four Agreements: never make assumptions. Plus, being happy for others brings joy to ourselves.  Have you ever had a feel good feeling from a “not as good as” thought? Don’t measure yourself against others.  You are not them!  Purge your negative self talk  with gratitude for everything you have, starting with thankfulness you woke up today.

 

Many of us have had expectations of a happy holiday celebration crash and burn due to a variety of events:  illness, death, vehicle breakdowns, misbehavior and more. Although very unfortunate and difficult to forget, they are done. Again, we are back to the thought that we only have today. Make the goal that today will be so amazing, that no bad memories have room to roost in our brains!

My wish for you is that you may successfully purge feelings that do not serve you today; bringing you joy,  contentment and a lasting happy memory! I am truly thankful you took the time to read this.  Happy Thanksgiving today and every day!

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