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Optimist Creed

Friday, August 01, 2014


Promise yourself to be so strong

That nothing can disturb your peace of mind,

To talk health, happiness and prosperity

To every person you meet,

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything

And make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best,

To work only for the best, and

To expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others

As you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past

And press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times

And give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself

That you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry,

Too noble for anger, too strong for fear

And too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

... Christian D. Larson... Optimist International Optimist Creed

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JENNY888 8/1/2014 5:00PM

    What a positive outlook and a tremendous inspiration. Thanks for posting.

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lost energy with lost weight

Saturday, July 06, 2013

This is more of a note to myself, but feel free to lurk. I have been losing tons of weight. I am looking fantastic! I am losing my desire to eat somewhat related to feelings of depression and anxiety. In the past when I lost weight I gained energy. Now, I am feeling like I am losing energy. I need to remind myself to fuel with enough food even if I am not hungry in order to maintain energy levels.

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KURLIEQ 7/13/2014 12:59PM

    I echo the small snacks of protein. It helped me as well. I would make small turkey meatballs and freeze them then pop two or three in the microwave for a quick snack with some carrot sticks or cucumbers. Very yum and healthy.

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ZOE13O 7/9/2013 5:30PM

    This may sound strange but I went through the same thing and found my balance to be - eating a "decent" snack (protein and fruit) and then going for a short run. Bit by bit my energy started to return. Make sure that you aren't losing the weight too fast or you are going to crash! Crashing for me meant giving up the run and downing Diet Cokes for energy! Can you say GUT ROT!?!? lol!
Take care of your self! emoticon

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BABY_GIRL69 7/7/2013 3:14PM

    This has happened to me too but once it's over, I go on a sugar binge. Don't follow in my footsteps on that one.....

God bless...


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SCENIC_ROUTE 7/6/2013 11:42PM

    I ran into this issue. Right now I am exercising more than I did the first time I did my juice fast, and I should be ingesting more calories - but I am not hungry. As for the emotional issues, Mercury is in Retrograde and it brings up a lot of hidden things. Hang in there, things will get better after the 20th, in the mean time just be good to yourself. emoticon

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COREY195 7/6/2013 8:41PM

    That happens to me if I don't get enough protein or cut out sugar completely. thanks for your personal note.

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The long wait is over

Friday, June 14, 2013

Life is strange.
I have agonized over the last six months to find a job. I have agonized over the last three months about finding residential real estate that my wife and I would like to live in and enjoy. Within 48 hours -- after doggedly trying and failing day-after-day on both fronts -- I now have both. I am starting on a Med-Surg unit July 8 and (with luck) closing in July too. WoooHooo!

So, what have I learned? I learned and I want to remember that financially life can be very precarious. I always presumed that I would be financially prosperous, but discovered that my financial prosperity is tied to factors which are not controllable. I have learned that when the chips are down in areas of life which cannot be controlled, that maintaining healthy habits reminds myself that I can take control of the most important value of life itself --my physical well being.

I also learned many spiritual lessons. Specifically, darkness may seem all consuming, but in an instant it can be displaced. Darkness in the end is merely an illusion and a distraction. I have been seduced into believing that commodities are more important than more significant things in life. To be certain, commodities are merely a comfort and what is really valuable are relationships, family, and health.


nurses and jobs

Saturday, June 08, 2013

I graduated in December and I have been looking for a med/surg job in Chicago for six months. It is a difficult time in life. Yet, I find strength in being fit. I just wish employment in this field was as easy as the many yahoo stories suggest.

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IMJETTA8 6/8/2013 6:06PM

    Tom, jobs are hard out here too for nurses. Bless you though as how far you have come. My daughter couldn't even get into nursing school out here in CA. Best of luck to you. We need more men in our field. Hugs, Jetta

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MAYLEE425 6/8/2013 6:51AM

  I do too.

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what is authentic wealth?

Friday, June 07, 2013

I am a patriot. I love America. I believe in free markets. Yet, worse than the American diet is the prevailing attitude that wealth is associated with money. I have been a victim and perpetrator of the American diet and money-is-wealth attitude. Both are similar.

The American diet tells us that we need bigger portions, to eat more quickly, and to consume high-caloric-low-nutrient foods. Since New Orleans has already claimed to be the "Big Easy," the American diet transforms the "Easy" to the "Big Empty." Like New Orleans, it is a temporary party that just does not seem to ever end. The foods we consume in large portions are easy, fun, and will slowly kill us with promises of happiness which never come to fruition.

Yet, as terrible as the Big Empty diet charades as a joyful way of life, the "money-is-wealth" attitude is the greater seduction. I have seen many people attach their hooks to the happiness of money only to find that their achievements amount to empty, lonely, feelings. The money-is-wealth promise requires that time is consumed acquiring money rather than relationships, hobbies, and the simple pleasures that time provides.

My confession is that I have been guilty of the American-diet and money-is-wealth attitude. I will constantly be tempted by both, but I understand that authentic wealth is correlated with being healthy and taking the time to enjoy time.

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NWFL59 6/8/2013 12:03PM

    yep emoticon

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BOILHAM 6/8/2013 8:07AM

    I love this blog, you are a wise man. I have been 'preaching' this philosophy for many years. I am currently 66 years old.
What we really NEED is in life is so little, yet we remain consumed with acquisition of material things at the expense of true wealth.

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BABY_GIRL69 6/7/2013 3:34PM

    Thank you for posting this....

God bless,


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