Comfort is Relative

Red Pandas Asleep in a TreeThese red pandas look really comfortable. I would not find a tree all that comfortable to sleep in though. Not unless it had a tree house in it anyway.

People here in the US tend to think you need a lot to be comfortable. I expect many people in Africa and India would think some of the “poor” folks here were extremely comfortable.

But if you ask those same “poor” folk they would say they are not.

Many of the people I know seem to think you need cell phones and TVs and computers to be comfortable these days.

Or swimming pools and large beds and carpets.

Other people consider having a blanket or quilt the ultimate in comfort.

It all depends on where you are how you look at things.

My father in law passed away yesterday after being in the hospital for several days. They tried to treat him with antibiotics but it did not help. So they went to what they call “comfort care”. Which is mainly just keeping him comfortable and as free of pain as possible.

We stayed up there with him for most of each day and I have to say that I am extremely grateful for my comfortable bed after trying to sleep in the recliners at the hospital. Picture of a person sleeping on the concrete.But those recliners are much better than sleeping on the concrete.

It didn’t really seem to me that my father in law was all that comfortable but he had a place to go where they could and would take care of him (keep him clean), give him pain medication, and let his family stay with him. That is much more than many people have.

Count your blessings. Comfort is relative.

photo credit: Furryscaly via photopin cc

photo credit: juicyrai via photopin cc

What Are You Thankful For?

What Are You Thankful For?

Picture of a backed turkey.
One thing I’m thankful for is that I don’t have to cook the turkey! My mom is doing it again this year for our family dinner.

I’m thankful for the family that will be eating with us too. Especially my mother. She is cooking after all! There are lots of other things I love her for too. She is the one who taught me how to read! And cook. And housekeeping. How to balance a checkbook. Lots of things.

I’m thankful for my hubby too. He takes out the trash and mows the lawn and helps keep the bed warm. And makes me laugh.

I’m thankful for my dogs who also make me laugh a lot and sometimes drive me nuts wanting attention when I’m busy doing something else.

I’m thankful for the warm house and my books and the computer oh and electricity! A few years back I had to go without electricity for 17 days during an ice storm. I never want to do that again and I know how those folks in the northeast are feeling about that.

There are lots of things to be thankful for here in Northeast Arkansas. For now anyway.

How about you? What are you thankful for this year? Please let us know in the comments!

The Gratitude Power Workbook by Nina Lesowitz and Mary Beth Sammons Review

The Gratitude Power Workbook by Nina Lesowitz and Mary Beth Sammons Review

The gratitude power workbook by Nina Lesowitz and Mary Beth Sammons The Gratitude Power Workbook: Transform Fear into Courage, Anger into Forgiveness, Isolation into Belonging is a pretty good book. It talks about how being grateful can make you happier and can even improve your business.

Everyone wants to be happy and you probably know someone is almost always happy. If you check with them you will most likely find out(if you don’t already know) that they are grateful people.

They find beauty everywhere and are thankful for just about everything they have and anything you do for them.

The authors of this workbook says that just about everyone can train themselves to be grateful and that they will become happier if they do.

As for improving your business, customers do tend to prefer to do business with upbeat, happy people. And they also like to be thanked. Knowing that they (and thier business) are appreciated makes them much more likely to come back and do business with you again. So remember to thank them!

This book contains lots of advice and activities for improving your gratitude. It has pages for makeing notes too as you go through the excercises.

I liked it.

From the Back Cover :

Discover The Positive Power of Gratitude

No matter where you are on your life’s journey, you can open The Gratitude Power Workbook to find inspiration for change. By taking just five minutes a day with the stories, practices, meditations, exercises, and questions offered here, you’ll find yourself moving towards a happier and more fulfilling life. Like building a spiritual muscle, exercising gratitude each day will strengthen your spirit, quiet your mind, and open your heart. The Gratitude Power Workbook can be your soul’s daily companion-and one of the most important books you’ll ever own.

About The Authors :

NINA LESOWITZ is a public relations practitioner and author who has been featured on national, state, and local television and radio as well as in newspaper and magazine articles. She served as a resident expert on PBS.org in 2010. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Nina has traveled extensively throughout the world and witnessed many act of couragousness firsthand. She is the co-author of three bestselling books: The Party Girl Cookbook and, with Mary Beth Sammons, Living Life as a Thank You and The Courage Companion. Nina lives in Piedmont, California, with her husband, Martin, and two daughters.

MARY BETH SAMMONS is an award-winning journalist and author who writes about health, wellness, and reinventing your life in various print and online health and wellness sites such as AOL Health and the Chicago Tribune. She is a former bureau chief for Crain’s Chicago Business and is the author of nine books, amond them Second Acts That Change Lives: Making a Difference in the World and My Family: Collected Memories. She has recieved several industry awards, including first place from United Press International for best spot news coverage, a PR Silver Anvil Award, and an undergraduate scholarship from the Willian Randolph Hearst Foundations. She lives in teh Chicago area with the three children.

Check out my reviews of other books published by Viva Editions including The Frugal Foodie Cookbook, Girlfriends Forever, Use Your Words, The Lazy Gourmet, and Lemons And Lavender.

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