Posts Tagged ‘friends and family’

Self Improvement–In a Hurry

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

I recently received a comment from a reader who was looking for information about how to improve her self–quickly.

I don’t know if it’s truly possible to quickly improve how you view yourself but I do believe it’s possible to begin the improvement immediately.

The way we view who we are largely depends on the way we think about ourselves. For example, if I want to be a great cook I can begin right away to affirm to myself and to the world that I’m a great cook. I can think it, I can write it down, and I can post little notes all over my house telling me what a great cook I am. I can also tell whoever will listen just how great I am in the kitchen and if I set my mind to it, I might start to believe it.

But most likely, the positive regards I have for my cooking won’t last if deep down, I don’t believe–truly believe I’m a great cook. I can say the words and write them down but my self- doubt will eventually override all my verbal and written messages if I don’t believe it.

So then what do I do if I want to be a great cook quickly? There’s really only one way. I’ve got to take action and lots of it. I need to study recipes and make dishes that look and taste delicious. I’ve also got to share the food I prepare with friends and family so that other people can judge for themselves how well I’m doing. (more…)

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

The most important work you and I will ever do will be within the walls of our own homes.

Valentine’s Day is for Everyone

Monday, February 8th, 2010

If you’re not currently in a romantic relationship you might feel this isn’t a holiday you want or for that matter have any interest in celebrating but you might want to rethink that.

Sure for many, Valentines’ Day is a day to express love to a special someone but it’s a special day regardless of  love relationship status as a day to express love toward family and friends. It’s a holiday to appreciate the people we have in our lives and let them know we care about them.

St. Valentine appreciated love and family and did what he could to help out fellow citizens living in Rome during the third century. Emperor Claudius II ruled at this time and had a big love of war. He wanted men to join his armies and fight in wars but they didn’t want to. They instead wanted to stay home with their families rather than sign up to fight. This made Claudius furious so he decided not to allow people to get married at all.

Since St. Valentine was a priest he spent a fair amount of his time marrying couples and continued to do so even after the law to ban marriage was passed. Many people supported what he was doing however he was eventually caught performing a marriage ceremony, thrown in jail, and sentenced to death.

One of his supporters was the daughter of a prison guard who befriended him and visited him while he was in jail. Before he died St. Valentine sent her a note thanking her for her visits. He signed the note “Love from your Valentine.”

St. Valentine died on February 14, 269 A.D. We celebrate love and friendship on this day. Some people might not know about St. Valentine but even if they don’t this holiday is celebrated by many in order to remember those they love.