Treasure: Priceless

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There is no amount of wealth or treasure that can replace the time you have to spend with family and friends. You will only get a day once. There may be 2nd chances, but there will never be another 12/8/2016. Make the most of it by being present for every moment you have with your family and friends.

There is no guarantee that there will be a later. All you have is the moment you are currently in. All you have is the present.



Martyr: It’s your call


If we find ourselves seeking attention through pain and suffering, then let’s dig deep inside to the root of our behavior.  Being a maryr, in a sense of exaggerating your suffering, may not bring you the positive reactions you seek.

I believe that unless someone proves you wrong, believe what he or she says.  This principle was also reinforced in nursing school. Therefore, if someone says that he or she hurts or is in pain, then I  believe him or her.  I do try to know as much as I can about the condition and understand the physiological and psychological aspects of that condition, so I can fully understand what is going on and help guide the individual to accurate and timely care.

There may times that we may use our illness or condition to elicit compassion, attention, gifts/desired action of others, and other reactions.  Even children will do things to elicit attention at times, especially when they are not receiving the attention they want, whether it is to have a parent put a band aid on a small cut or bruise or to get a hug or kiss from a parent.  Up until a certain age, individuals are limited in their expressions.  As adults, though, as long as we are mentally and physically capable, we should express our emotions and feelings to others.

We should not feel like we need to harm ourselves just to receive attention from others or feel like we need to make something more than it is.  If we know how to take care of ourselves, then we should do so.  There are healthy ways of communicating with others.

If there is something that is bothering you, then please take the time to discuss your concerns with loved ones.  If you feel that you need professional help, then seek it. Continue to take care of yourself.  You should never have to endanger your life to receive attention from others.  If someone is not giving you the attention you feel you deserve, communicate to him or her in a healthy and timely fashion.





Culture: What will we do?


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Are you able to see the beauty and truth in someone else’s culture?

I am thankful for the diverse cultures that we have and so much truth and value in what others practice.  I believe that there is so much to learn from other cultures instead of belittling and discriminating groups of people because they do not practice what you practice, how you practice it, and when you practice it.  I am still hopeful that as we evolve, more and more individuals will come to the realization that just because others are different does not mean that they are inferior.  We were not made to war against each other based on culture.  Our differences were meant to serve a higher purpose.  We can either let our differences be necessary groundwork in evolving to our higher selves or continue to stay stagnant in old beliefs and practices that do not serve humanity.

It is such a waste of energy and time to focus on our differences. We are more alike than we are different.