There are more, but here are my top three reasons why you don’t want to buy most household cleaners:
- Chemicals – are hazardous to humans and animals
- Disease – Many of these chemicals have been linked to cancer, asthma, allergies and other disorders
- Environment – Most cleaners come in plastic containers which takes hundreds of years to decompose and though these empty containers should be disposed of as hazardous waste, many end up in our landfills.
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Things one looks at on a regular basis can have a major impact on focus and emotional health. Maybe that’s something you already figured out? I personally never had it hit me ‘front and center’ before.
This flag for instance . . . The image is not as clear as I would like, but you can see it is definitely ripped and a good visual for the shape America is in. I couldn’t figure out why I was feeling so much stress or why my creativity was down. It’s because I saw this every time I looked out of my office window.
I’d think about what is happening to our once beautiful America “Land of the FREE and Home of the Brave” … Our fundamental God-given rights are being challenged by a liberal society: Freedom of Religion and Speech – the Right to Bear Arms, the Right to Life, etc. The Constitution and Bill Of Rights fought for by our Forefathers and even some of my own relatives are being threatened daily.
I remember as a child running free, there was discipline – we were taught right from wrong. We had The Ten Commandments, we talked about God and had prayer. I remember Christmas lights everywhere and Easter egg hunts. We really worked hard for awards and rewards in school, too. Today, kids seem to get rewarded just for showing up! I even question what our kids are being taught.
I know America was beautiful and I know she can be again. THIS is the flag I look at now … Yes, I have a new one! My stress level has already gone down, my creativity is coming back and my focus is on helping to make America beautiful again and the Land of Opportunity … to help people feel like individuals rather than numbers because they receive government aid. There IS work in America and people CAN live their dreams.
Like me though, their focus needs to change. Some education may be required. We are responsible for our own lives. It’s like taking care of your own teeth for the year between dental exams. It’s about making better choices.
Is it time to replace your own “flag” … take control of your own life and become the person you want and are meant to be?
May God Bless America … again.
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Growing yourself enables you to grow others. You can’t give to others if you don’t have it. Benjamin Franklin saw the world as what he could give to it rather than what he could get from it – shared what became known as the Franklin Stove with society rather than patent. “What good can I do today?” and “What good have I done today?” were morning and evening questions Franklin asked himself.
Be a river rather than a reservoir. Have an abundance mindset and believe that you will keep on receiving. As long as you are dedicated to personal growth, you will never experience scarcity and always have much to give.
Questions Gordon McDonald asks: Continue reading
If you’re still breathing and are of sound mind you have the potential of increasing your capacity. People use and cultivate only about 10% of their capacity. First, we must change our thinking and the way we do things. Here are a few steps to follow:
- Stop thinking ‘more work’ and start thinking ‘what works’. We want better and more work or working harder isn’t the answer. Figure out what works by asking yourself these questions: 1) What am I required to do?; 2) What gives the greatest return?; and 3) What gives the greatest reward?
- Stop thinking “Can I?” or “I can’t.” and think instead “How can I?” “Can I?” and “I can’t” places limitations on ability whereas “How can I?” gives you a chance to achieve something. Challenge yourself. What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? Learning is discovering that is possible. The Law of Expansion is about learning, growing and increasing our capacity.
- Stop thinking ‘one door’ and start thinking ‘many doors.’ Think in terms of options. Success is a result of continued action filled with continual adjustments. Good news: If you can change your thinking, you can change your life. Continue reading
How can you improve if you have no one else to follow? Resources have little value unless you can pull from them the essentials that you need – notes, quotes and reflection. Putting things into practice as soon as possible after learning them helps you improve more rapidly. It does no good to learn something and not use it. If you travel a bit, make your vehicle your classroom and listen to tapes or CDs.
Be selective when choosing mentors as models to follow. Some really good ones can be found in books. Continue reading
Curiosity is key to growth. Remember the question you asked most as a child – Why or How come?
Curiosity is the primary catalyst for self-motivated learning. It takes people from living ordinary to extraordinary lives.
10 suggestions to cultivate curiosity:
- Believe you can be curious. You must go out and look for knowledge. It will not come to you.
- Have a beginner’s mindset. Be open and vulnerable. Continue reading
Trade offs are part of growing up … changing … becoming more successful in life. We tend to stay within our comfort zone until we begin to feel dissatisfied. As we grow and get better, we use different but similar tools. We go from being in a stroller to a 3-wheeler to a 2-wheeler, maybe skates, scooters until we arrive at motorcycles and cars and some stretch further to become pilots. We grow and become more proficient.
When you realize the clothes in your closet have shrunk seemingly overnight and notice your knees ache, your feet or maybe even your lower back hurt – it’s time to consider a few trade offs. It’s simple enough to buy larger size clothing but that doesn’t get to the cause of the problem. You learn about potential diseases waiting for you around the corner. It’s probably past time to cut way back on fast foods, sweets and breads.
In the first scenario, the trade offs feel good except for the bumps and bruises. In the second, it’s a lifestyle change requiring a serious commitment and persistent action on a daily basis. Eating healthier foods and exercising on a regular basis is a real change – especially in the beginning of the journey. Giving up comfort food – those munchies – while watching your favorite TV shows or playing video games is really tough. However, once the education starts and you realize many of your previous choices have not been good, you’ll make better ones and realize you’re becoming a better and healthier person. You’ll feel better because you’ll have more energy and won’t ache. You’ll look better because your clothes will fit nicely and you won’t look as though you poured yourself into them. Continue reading