Monday, July 31, 2017

Do Most People Expect a Calm Before the Storm?

We have all heard the idiom There is always a calm before the storm.

Think about that for a moment.  What it suggests is that if things are going a bit too smoothly or calmly, WATCH OUT.... The storm is about to emerge.  Many of us have experienced that, especially those of us who seem to go through periods in our lives when everything seems to be going wrong - one thing after the other.

Storms of Life



Many of us have heard this expression our whole lives and consequently have expected the negative scenario to happen.

When things are going too well, someone might say, "Just waiting for the storm to hit -- it always does!"  And...sure enough, if we wait long enough, everything goes south. 

  
Lightening

Growing up in the Midwestern USA, thunder and lightening storms happened regularly and I miss these storms. Now living in the Northwest, this is a rare occurrence.  There is something intriguing about them.  The loud claps of thunder followed by the brightness of the lightning can be terrifying and makes you appreciate the warmth of your home. These storms often come with torrential rain which can be merciless.  The rain doesn't fall - it is driven....hard. The sky is dark and almost eerie.

Many things that happen in our lives feel like thunder and lightening strikes.  Bad news can hit you without warning, terrify you and hold you hostage, until it passes.

calm

There are also times in our lives when the news we receive assures us we are about to go through a blizzard with the wind blowing snow that deprives us of visibility.  We wonder how we will ever get back safely.  Assuredly, winter is only for a season, SPRING will come.

Often, as quickly as the storm starts, it stops.  The sunshine comes as a welcome sight and makes us glad we did not have to 'weather' the storm any longer.   

The Good News.....
                   
                                                    
This is the calm AFTER the storm.  This is a much better way to approach life.  When the storms come, and they most definitely will, we must realize deeply that each storm will pass.  They will not last.  The sun will shine. The sky will be blue again.

I have often heard someone say after a financial windfall,  "Just watch, now my car will break down....." or something to that effect.

I am sure we have all heard that "bad news comes in threes."  Does that mean that when one or two bad things happen in a row, we need to wait for that third one?


clouds


What a negative place it is to live when you wait for the storms.  How much better to realize the calm will come, after the storm.   Every.  Time.  Look closely, you may even see a rainbow!

We all have a choice as to how we approach life.  What do we expect -- the good, the bad or the ugly?   If something bad happens, do we say something like -- "just as I expected"  or "I KNEW that would happen - things were going too well?"  Do we wait for the other shoe to drop?

If we could see our lives in the light of tomorrow, how easy it would be to wait, to be patient, to understand that this too.....shall pass.  There are better days ahead - no matter how it looks.


Calm

How do you approach life?  Do you get worried when things are going too well?  Do you expect the worst.......or the best to happen?

Sunday, July 30, 2017

When You Stand on a Soapbox - What are You Shouting?

Star
If I am going to stand on a soapbox and scream..... nine times out of ten it would be about animal abuse.  If I had the time and the means I would drive around town and look for dogs that have been left in hot cars so that I could rescue them. 


Last week I wanted to take my pups to the park for a nice cool walk in the shade but the cement en route to the park was too hot for their little paws.  They were ready for their walk, giving me those puppy dog eyes and jumping around in circles so I decided to drive them to the park.  I had already backed out of the garage when I realized I forgot their water.  When I got back to the car my little mini-dachshund, Star had LOCKED me out.  In her excitement, she had jumped on the door locks.  

The car was in the sun and I knew how fast it would be deadly hot inside.  Then I remembered that my husband had a spare key in his desk.  It WAS NOT there.  I called him in panic while he was at work, but his car was in the shop and he had no way to bring the key to me.  

I was freaking.  I called my friend who would drive to my husband's store, get the key from him and bring it to me.  But that would take at least 20 minutes and I envisioned my dogs would not survive that long. 

I prayed.  I cried.  My hubby called and said "Start talking to Star and get her excited. She might pop the door back open."  It W O R K E D.  It only took a minute and she was happy to open the door for me.  I will NEVER, EVER do that again.  


Star and Gunner

Star and Gunner are rescues.  They were show dogs who were mistreated terribly.  Gunner, the male, washes Star's face every day.  After all, they were married for a few years and had babies together.  When we rescued them, they came as a pair and they are adorable together. Gunner was hurt by their owners because he would protect Star from their abuse.  So sad.  But they are two of the sweetest rescues we have ever had.
Gunner



This past week, Gunner has been lethargic and sad.  He is too young to leave us yet as he is only 11 years old. Even though he seems to be improving a bit every day, it is difficult to know what will happen.  Star would be devasted if he left her.

Does everything happen for a reason?

Hubby tried to start his car last week and realized there was a fuel pump problem.  We had it towed to the garage where it was confirmed we needed a new pump.  After waiting almost a week for the parts, it was finally ready for pick up.  Hubby gets in, turns the key and.......nothing. This was AFTER he paid $750 for the repair.  

The mechanic asks the shop boy to get the jumper cables and the kid put them on BACKWARDS.  Blew up the car.  Hubby walks back into the office, throws the keys on the desk and said: "Fix it!"

Bad mechanics

It hadn't started because either they put in a faulty pump or they never cleaned the fuel lines  - but that was their problem, not ours.

After another week, the shop called to say they had ordered many new parts and that this was entirely their fault.  I was surprised as we had expected a fight.  

Another two weeks go by.  Finally, they called to say it was ready for pick up.  Hubby drives the car home and realizes that the entire dashboard had been changed along with many internal parts.  The car never ran better.  We were actually going to get rid of it, but now it is like brand new! 

                                  What would you have done?


Grocery theft




I was loading my groceries from the cart into my car in the Costco parking lot.  It was taking some time as there were a lot of them.  I noticed, out of the corner of my eye, a man was loading MY groceries into HIS car.  He was bigger than me and I had no idea what might happen when I approached him.

"HI,"  I said as I walked towards his car.  "I bet you did the same thing I do all the time without realizing you had the wrong cart."  I lied.

"No....no.....no.....no."  He stammered.

"Yes, YES!" I said as I walked to the side of his car and pointed to my groceries.  

"Oh...I don't know how those got in my car."  Come on -- did he honestly expect me to believe that?

How was your week? 



Monday, July 24, 2017

What would you do if you found out you are being poisoned?


medication
What do you think it feels like to find out you have been conned or worse yet -poisoned?  Listed below are the first eight weeks in my series, World's Biggest Con Job. In this series, you will find answers to many of your questions about the vitamins you may be taking. If you don't have any questions, then it is time to ask some

Vitamins are supplements we take to make us feel better, look better and have a better sense of well being.  What most people do not realize is that they may be hurting themselves more than helping.  BUT, there are supplements available that are pure, unadulterated, unaltered and with LIVE enzymes to give you the most benefit.

In each one of the following articles, I explain what you need to look for when purchasing your supplements and not buy them because of the brand name or price. One of the largest vitamin companies on this planet (with a name that most people trust) is actually one of the worst.  They use the cheapest DEAD, synthetic ingredients possible to make the biggest buck.  They made a net profit of $48 BILLION last year.  That's NET!  Laughing all the way to the bank while the people taking their products are being lied to and even worse, getting sicker.  That article is in Week Eight below.

I am a registered symptomatologist and a certified health coach who has been steering people to optimum health for 35 years. I have cured myself of a wide variety of physical limitations ranging from chronic fatigue, rheumatoid arthritis, and uterine cancer. It doesn’t matter what you have to overcome specifically. It’s important to boost your immune system in order to heal current disease and prevent future disease.  A proactive attitude today will pay huge dividends tomorrow. 


healthy cells


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Do You Know How to Sell Yourself or Are You Your Own Worst Enemy?

Common sense
When someone says, "I can't sell anything" or "I can sell ice to the Eskimos" where do you fit between these two extremes? Were you born a salesperson or did you become one? Selling is based on common sense.

Some people believe that you must have a certain type of personality in order to sell something. Some people don't like to 'feel' as if they are being sold something. Sometimes we have the mindset that we will NOT buy and yet walk away with a purchase. Why? Were we intimidated into buying? Did the salesperson make us realize that we had a definite 'need' to make that particular purchase?

Every single day we either buy or sell something and, at times, without even realizing it. We buy and sell thoughts, ideas, objects, lies, or truths.    

own worst enemy
The expression that someone is their own worst enemy often stems from them believing lies about themselves.  A negative experience or an abusive relationship can have long-term effects on our state of mind. When you buy the thought, you buy the lie. If we hear something about ourselves for a long enough period of time, we tend to believe it -- or 'buy the lie.'  That thought can be one that we have told ourselves or one that someone has drilled into us. When our self-esteem is low, we have a tendency to tell ourselves things like - "You have no value."  "No one will ever love you or want you."  "You aren't qualified."  "You will never be successful."

If we are products of our environment, we need to take inventory as to where these thoughts are coming from.  Are we in a relationship where we are made to feel that way about ourselves?  Or are we possibly jealous of others' successes that we believe we will fail if we try?

giving up


In the face of failure, some people throw their hands up in the air because they feel helpless to change the situation -- so they don't even try.



don't care about you




I am a public speaker and learned a long time ago that people do not care how much you know until they know how much you care. People will gravitate toward you when you can empathize with them; when you show them that you understand their situation.
Years ago while making a presentation for the products I was selling, a man said to me "I am not sold on your product but I am willing to give it a try because I trust you."  Fortunately, after his purchase, he was extremely satisfied and thanked me.  When you believe in what you are selling, people will trust what you say about it.

There is a lot of information available on how to sell your merchandise. You can take a course, read a book, do research online. What I want to address here is how to guarantee you don't sell.  In other words, here is a humorous look at how NOT make a sale. 

Whether you are selling a car or a bottle of vitamins, certain things you do will help guarantee you do not make the sale. It has been said that trying to sell yourself is not as important as selling your product. Hogwash! Selling is ALL about selling yourself. Here is how to guarantee you DON'T sell. Think about it!

Starting with the 10th way not to sell.......

indifferent



10If your prospect asks you a question to which you do not have the answer, make it up. Hopefully, they will never find out. No matter what they ask you, say “I don't know.” Appear uninformed. Don't offer to find the answer to their questions.






Friday, July 7, 2017

Are You Sitting on the Fence?

Decision time




Are you a black and white kind of person? All or nothing?  Or are you easily influenced and possibly can have your mind changed regarding your 'convictions?'



In many ways, I am black and white - all or nothing.  However, I have learned that being this way may not allow for change and one could become quite close-minded.  Take food for example. I love or hate.  Rarely is there a middle ground.  I enjoy cooking and will try new recipes but they must pass the love or hate test and I will not make them again if they fall into the 'like' category.   

I have strong principles regarding my ethics, morals and the way I treat people.  I work diligently at not judging others at face value but choose to look beneath the surface and find out why they may do or say things I do not necessarily agree with.  

All or Nothing

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