May 8, 2005

A Mothers Love for Her Son

I was sitting on the beach yesterday enjoying the rich healing sea air and sunshine on my skin. The day was divine. I like to people watch and the beach is an especially good place for that. I am also an amateur photographer and any opportunity to catch people in an authentic state of bliss makes for a perfect photo opportunity for me. As I was doing my people watching and basking in the sun I happen to notice an old woman, her husband and son strolling arm in arm along the beach. It was easy to see the deep adoration which she held for her son and the loving comfort her son, a grown man, was feeling. In that moment their whole story had unfolded before and mine as well.

I suspect that the old woman was Eastern European, probably Russian, Hungarian or Polish since there are many people of Eastern European decent that have made there homes where I live. She and her husband were dressed in the typical Eastern European garb, the son was obviously Americanized in jeans and a button down dress shirt. Maybe an engineer? Nevertheless you could read in the woman’s face how proud she was of her son… her son who has made a success for himself in America. She couldn’t take her eyes off of him and she held his arm so tightly. It was such a sweet moment to be captured. When they say a picture is worth a thousand words this was indeed that moment and it brought tears to my eyes.

Mothers no matter who or what there son’s have become always hold a special place in their hearts. I think of my mother. I am a grown man and I will like it or not always be my mothers little boy but, I do like it. About ten years ago, for my birthday my mother sent me a children’s book entitled Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch. I have always thought of myself as a little bit macho but, when reading this children’s book I was balling like a little baby. It weaves the story of a woman and her son and her enduring love for him. One of my favorite quotes in the book goes as follows:

I'll love you forever.
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living
My baby you'll be.

As I journey through my day today, this Mother’s Day, I will think of the enduring love my mother has had for me and how she has been there for me through the ups and downs, the trials and tribulations and how she has always told me that “the darkest hour is just before dawn”.

Have an excellent day.

Thom King
Steviva Brands, Inc.

Positive Emotions Are The Key To Life
by: Brian Tracy

"Grey clouds are just clouds passing over." – Duke Ellington

Positive emotional energy is the key to health, happiness and well-being. The more positive you are, the better your life will be in every area.

Your Main Energy Source
Here’s the important point: Positive emotions give you energy, while negative emotions deplete your energy. When you are excited and happy and are interacting with people you love and enjoy, you sparkle with energy and enthusiasm. When you are angry or depressed, or negative for any reason, you feel tired and frustrated and, eventually, burned out.

You Burn A Lot of Energy
It takes 1,000 units of physical energy to operate your body. If you do not do physical labor, that physical energy can be refined in your body to produce 100 units of emotional energy.

Emotional energy is a far more refined form of energy, and it is absolutely essential to healthy emotional functioning.

Creating Mental Energy
If you do not consume all your energy units in the expression of negative emotions, such as fear, doubt, anger, and resentment, your emotional energies are conserved. If your energy is conserved at one level, your body continues to refine it into higher and better energy. One hundred units of emotional energy thus conserved will be refined by your body into 10 units of mental energy.

Anger Is A Killer
You’ve probably heard someone described as “shaking with anger.” When a person is shaking with anger, it is an indication that he has burned up the glucose, or sugar-based, energy in his system, and he is actually weak from his angry outburst.

Keep Yourself Calm
Another characteristic of very successful people is that they keep themselves calm much longer than the average person does. They are more relaxed, more genial, and more in control of their emotions. They are very aware that expressions of negative emotion deprive them of the energy they need to be effective in the more important things they do. They don’t allow themselves to become upset or angry over little things, or even over large things. They remain objective and detached.

Don’t Take Things Personally
They stand back and refuse to take things personally. They do not allow themselves to get drawn into arguments or other people’s problems. They save their energy for more productive purposes.

The whole purpose of physical relaxation is to allow yourself to recharge your emotional and mental batteries. You don’t engage in physical relaxation so much to relax your physical body because it’s likely you don’t work that hard with your body.

The aim of rest and relaxation is more to build up your mental and emotional energies and thereby improve the overall quality of your life.

Action Exercises
Here are three things you can do immediately to put these ideas into action:

First, keep your thoughts on your dreams and goals, and keep them off of the things and people that cause you stress and negative emotions. This is not easy, but it’s very important.

Second, preserve your emotional energy by staying calm and positive in difficult situations rather than allowing yourself to be upset or angry.

Third, take ample time to rest completely so you can recharge your physical and emotional batteries. The better rested you are, the more effective you will be.

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Make Time For Exercise
ten foolproof tips

by Gerald Secor Couzens

“Remember, when you exercise consistently, you’ll have something that’s truly beneficial for your heart and your soul.”

Life seems increasingly complex these days. There are children and pets to care for, partners who need attention and errands to run. On top of that, the cell phone is ringing, the email is chiming, faxes are flying and taxes are coming due. How is a person supposed to find time to exercise?

The key is to make exercise a priority. In a survey of both active and sedentary adults, both groups had 24 hours a week available for their leisure pursuits. So - there is time to exercise! Workouts of 30 minutes, three times a week, add up to a mere hour and a half out of the possible 168 hours in the week. Remember, when you exercise consistently, you'll have something that's truly beneficial for your heart and your soul. Some tips to help you fit in fitness:

1. Pencil in the time. Plan ahead. Make an appointment with yourself and pencil your workout in your schedule. When exercise time becomes a priority, just like a meeting with your boss, you'll give it the importance that it deserves.

2. Remember the benefits. Most regular exercisers will tell someone who doesn't exercise: "You're just not making it a priority." Actually, the non-regular exerciser may feel that the costs of doing the activity outweigh the benefits. Remind yourself that taking a 30-minute walk before work can increase your energy level throughout the day, increase productivity and boost your mood. Isn't that worth a half-hour less sleep?

3. Be prepared. Lay out your exercise clothes the night before and exercise first thing in the morning.

4. Blend it in. Try to incorporate exercise into your daily activities - do you normally walk the dog? Put on your exercise shoes and pick up the pace a notch. Extend the walk to 20-30 minutes - that's your workout (and your dog will love it.) Other ideas: Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park the car in the far end of the parking lot and walk. Use any way you can to increase your daily activity level. It all adds up!

5. Make family and friends time active time. Enroll in a parent-child swim or gymnastics class; take the kids to the park and make an obstacle course for yourself out of the playground; make a date with your spouse to take short after-dinner strolls; get together with a co-worker for a quick lunch plus some brisk window shopping.

6. Set limits. Don't eat lunch (or play your favorite after-work video game) until you've completed your workout for the day. Linking your workout to a well-established routine will help ensure that your exercise quickly becomes a healthy habit.

7. Hire a coach. A good way to ensure your success as a regular exerciser is to assign someone to be your personal fitness "coach." This person could be your spouse, co-worker, a close friend or a sibling—someone who will understand your weekly fitness goals and who can nix any excuse you come up with for not achieving them. Your coach's duties include checking in with you several times a week to see how you're doing. If you miss a workout, the coach can be understanding, but should insist on a scheduled make-up session.

8. Be ready with Plan B. Expect obstacles and overcome them. When your favorite exercise bike is occupied at the gym, jump onto a treadmill or a rower, or start your weight training and return to the bike later. Think about trying a new piece of equipment to spice up your normal routine. This new skill will make your workout more exciting.

9. Create your own bonuses and incentives. A month of workouts can equal a new outfit, an upgrade in equipment, a massage, a half-hour with a personal trainer, a yoga class, or a fancy pair of cross-trainers.

10. Be forgiving. There is a delicate balance between a firm commitment to exercise and a rigid compulsion about keeping to a pre-determined workout schedule. By developing a flexible, healthy attitude about your exercise program - making it part of your life, not your entire life - your enthusiasm for exercising will always remain high.

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A Commitment To Serve

“Our deepest need is for the joy that comes with …knowing we are of genuine use to others.”

-- Eknath Easwaran

Holding an intention to be in service shapes our overall attitude towards life in many ways. For example, it brings a greater sensitivity and awareness of others, a commitment to harmlessness, a willingness to put others’ needs before our own and a desire to be in harmony with all.

An attitude of service also involves a willingness to be served when we truly need support.

"… there is no such thing as just existing. Everything is in service to everything else. Existence is giving and receiving. A stone gives and receives no less than a saint."

-- Jacob Needleman

All Natural
- Sugar Free Coconut Cream Pie
Makes 12 servings

4 eggs
1/4 cup Butter
1 cup Steviva Blend or Equivalent
1/2 cup soy powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup unsweetened coconut
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Place all ingredients in blender at one time and blend until mixed together. Pour into a buttered 10-inch pie plate. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour. When done, crust will be on bottom, custard in the middle, and coconut on top.

Optional: Garnish with a few fresh berries of choice.

Total calories – 1451, Total grams carbohydrate – 22.4
Per serving – 121 calories, 1.8 grams carbohydrate

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