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Swim A Lap Day


Today is “Swim A Lap Day”


Dive into the pool for a game of Marco Polo or to cool down from the hot summer heat. The calming feeling of being submerged in water and the fun of frolicking in the pool makes you feel 10 years old again.
Swimming for exercise is a great way to stay healthy and for an array of other health benefits. Swimming works your whole body, improving cardiovascular conditioning, muscle strength, endurance, posture, and flexibility all at the same time. Your cardiovascular system in particular benefits because swimming improves your body’s use of oxygen without overworking your heart.
From recreational swimmers to elite swimmers find your favorite lake, pool, ocean or river. Swim a lap or take it further by swimming for a mile or an hour or 30 minutes, your heart will thank you.

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June 17 – Daily Motivation – Quotes About Life – Inspirational Quotes


In honor of all fathers everywhere,

especially mine.



A Father’s Love
A father is respected because
he gives his children leadership…
appreciated because
he gives his children care…
valued because
he gives his children time…
loved because
he gives his children the one thing
they treasure most – himself.


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June 14 – Daily Motivation – Quotes About Life – Inspirational Quotes


Approaching Each Day

I woke up early today, excited over all I get to do before the clock strikes midnight. My job is to choose what kind of day I am going to have.
Today I can complain because the weather is rainy or I can be thankful that the grass is getting watered for free.
Today I can feel sad that I don’t have more money or I can be glad that my finances encourage me to plan my purchases wisely and guide me away from waste.
Today I can grumble about my health or I can rejoice that I am alive.
Today I can lament over all that my parents didn’t give me when I was growing up or I can feel grateful that they allowed me to be born.
Today I can cry because roses have thorns or I can celebrate that thorns have roses.
Today I can mourn my lack of friends or I can excitedly embark upon a quest to discover new job relationships.
Today I can whine because I have to go to work or I can shout for joy because I have a job to go to!
Today I can complain because I have to go to school or eagerly open my mind and fill it with knowledge and adventure.
Today I can dejectedly murmur because I have housework to do or I can feel grateful for shelter for my mind, body and soul.
Today stretches ahead of me, waiting to be shaped, and here I am, the sculptor who gets to do the shaping. What today will be like is up to me. And I shall decide what kind of day I shall have!”
How will you live THIS DAY?
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June 13 – Daily Motivation – Quotes About Life – Inspirational Quotes

Last spring I was walking in a park. A short distance ahead of me was a mom and her three-year-old daughter. The little girl was holding on to a string that was attached to a helium balloon.

All of a sudden, a sharp gust of wind took the balloon from the little girl. I braced myself for some screaming and crying.

But, no! As the little girl turned to watch her balloon go skyward, she gleefully shouted out, “Wow!”

I didn’t realize it at that moment, but that little girl taught me something.

Later that day, I received a phone call from a person with news of an unexpected problem. I felt like responding with “Oh no, what should we do?” But remembering that little girl, I found myself saying, “Wow, that’s interesting! How can I help you?”

One thing’s for sure – life’s always going to keep us off balance with its unexpected problems. That’s a given. What’s not preordained is our response. We can choose to be frustrated or fascinated.

No matter what the situation, a fascinated “Wow!” will always beat a frustrated “Oh, no.”

So the next time you experience one of life’s unexpected gusts, remember that little girl and make it a “Wow!” experience. The “Wow!” response always works.
-Rob Gilbert
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June 12 – Daily Motivation – Quotes About Life – Inspirational Quotes


The thoughts you choose

Where your mind lives is where your life is headed. What you think about most willingly, when you have nothing else you must think about, will define the direction of your life.
No matter what may be happening in the world outside of you, you have the power to choose your own thoughts. And the thoughts you choose can have an enormous impact.
When all is quiet, when the necessities of the day have been tended to, when your mind is free of any constraints, what kinds of things do you think about? The thoughts you have at such times, the thoughts you choose to think, are the thoughts that will show you who you truly are.
Steer those thoughts away from anger, limitation, worry and envy. Direct your mind toward thoughts of love, possibility, confidence, abundance and generosity.
Whatever may be going on in the outside world, your mind can live precisely where you choose for it to live. Choose to let it live in an empowering, life-affirming, rich and creative place.
Choosing the life you want begins with choosing the thoughts that will direct you to it. Those thoughts are yours to choose this very moment.
— Ralph Marston
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June 10 – Daily Motivation – Quotes About Life – Inspirational Quotes


Find your way

Don’t complain that something is blocking your path. Find a way over it, under it, around it or through.
Just because the work is difficult doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Find a way, and you’ll absolutely make it happen.
You can’t expect to be told exactly what steps will get you where you want to go. Find joy and sweet fulfillment in the fact that it’s up to you to find your own way.
Don’t waste your time crafting elaborate excuses or seeking the pity of others. Invest your precious time in finding a way forward.
You might think it would be nice if someone else were to cater to your every need and whim. Yet what your spirit truly desires is to find its own way, and deep inside you know that.
You were born to find your own unique way through life’s richness of possibilities. Your treasures await, so get going right now.
— Ralph Marston
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June 9 – Daily Motivation – Quotes About Life – Inspirational Quotes

The choice is yours

If you wish to live a day filled with anger, you can choose to be angry. Or if you wish to live a day filled with joy, you can choose to be joyful.

This day does not make the choice for you, and no other person makes that choice either. The choice is entirely up to you.

Why can some people be happy even when times are hard while others are filled with despair even when all is well? It is the individual, internal choice, not the external circumstance, that ultimately determines how life is experienced.

In fact, it is more than that. Because whatever is going on in your own mind and feelings will soon be happening in your outer world.

This day is yours to choose. This life is yours to choose.

As long as you have the choice, you might as well choose the very best. Decide how you truly wish to live, for right now the choice is yours.

— Ralph Marston

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June 8 – Daily Motivation – Quotes About Life – Inspirational Quotes


That’s What Friends Do


Jack* tossed the papers on my desk — his eyebrows knit into a straight line as he glared at me.
“What’s wrong?” I asked.
He jabbed a finger at the proposal. “Next time you want to change anything, ask me first,” he said, turning on his heels and leaving me stewing in anger.
How dare he treat me like that, I thought. I had changed one long sentence, and corrected grammar — something I thought I was paid to do.
It’s not that I hadn’t been warned. The other women, who had served in my place before me, called him names I couldn’t repeat. One co-worker took me aside the first day. “He’s personally responsible for two different secretaries leaving the firm,” she whispered.
As the weeks went by, I grew to despise Jack. It was against everything I believed in — turn the other cheek and love your enemies. But Jack quickly slapped a verbal insult on any cheek turned his way. I prayed about it, but to be honest, I wanted to put him in his place, not love him.
One day, another of his episodes left me in tears. I stormed into his office, prepared to lose my job if needed, but not before I let the man know how I felt. I opened the door and Jack glanced up.
“What?” he said abruptly.
Suddenly I knew what I had to do. After all, he deserved it.
I sat across from him. “Jack, the way you’ve been treating me is wrong. I’ve never had anyone speak to me that way. As a professional, it’s wrong, and it’s wrong for me to allow it to continue,” I said. Jack snickered nervously and leaned back in his chair. I closed my eyes briefly. God help me, I prayed.
“I want to make you a promise. I will be a friend,” I said. “I will treat you as you deserve to be treated, with respect and kindness. You deserve that,” I said. “Everybody does.” I slipped out of the chair and closed the door behind me.
Jack avoided me the rest of the week. Proposals, specs, and letters appeared on my desk while I was at lunch, and the corrected versions were not seen again. I brought cookies to the office one day and left a batch on Jack’s desk. Another day I left a note. “Hope your day is going great,” it read.
Over the next few weeks, Jack reappeared. He was reserved, but there were no other episodes. Co-workers cornered me in the break room.
“Guess you got to Jack,” they said. “You must have told him off good.” I shook my head.
“Jack and I are becoming friends,” I said in faith. I refused to talk about him. Every time I saw Jack in the hall, I smiled at him. After all, that’s what friends do.
One year after our “talk”, I discovered I had breast cancer. I was 32, the mother of three beautiful young children, and scared. The cancer had metastasized to my lymph nodes and the statistics were not great for long-term survival. After surgery, I visited with friends and loved ones who tried to find the right words to say. No one knew what to say. Many said the wrong things. Others wept, and I tried to encourage them. I clung to hope.
One day, the door darkened in my small hospital room and Jack stood awkwardly on the threshold. I waved him in with a smile and he walked over to my bed and, without a word, placed a bundle beside me. Inside lay several bulbs.
“Tulips,” he said.
I smiled, not understanding.
He cleared his throat. “If you plant them when you get home, they’ll come up next spring.” He shuffled his feet. “I just wanted you to know that I think you’ll be there to see them when they come up.”
Tears clouded my eyes and I reached out my hand. “Thank you,” I whispered.
Jack grasped my hand and gruffly replied, “You’re welcome. You can’t see it now, but next spring you’ll see the colors I picked out for you.” He turned and left without a word.
I have seen those red and white striped tulips push through the soil every spring for over ten years now. In fact, this past September the doctor declared me cured. I’ve seen my children graduate from high school and enter college. I’ve celebrated twenty-two years of marriage with my husband.
In a moment when I prayed for just the right word, a man with very few words said all the right things.
After all, that’s what friends do.
*Jack is not his real name.
– T. Suzanne Eller
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June 4 – Daily Motivation – Quotes About Life – Inspirational Quotes

A life with no problems

The difficulties are not what make life so difficult. What makes life difficult is trying to avoid the difficulties.

When you can accept that life is always going to have difficulties, it becomes much less difficult. When you stop running from the challenges, they become much less challenging.

Living a good life is not living a life without problems. Living a good life comes from acknowledging, facing, and then transcending each problem as it comes.

If you let the problems get you down, you’ll always be down. Choose instead to let the problems get you up, get you going, and get you working on solving them.

Choose, in fact, to be thankful for the problems. For in each problem is a new opportunity to create value and to move life forward.

A life with no problems is no life at all. Live with the problems, work successfully through the problems, and enjoy a rich and fulfilling life.

— Ralph Marston
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National Iced Tea Month

Unofficially summer has started which means being outside for BBQ’s, parties, getting together with family and friends and yes HEAT!!!! What better to cool off then with a tall glass of cold iced tea, ahhhh.
The history of Iced tea is said to have started in American and can be traced back to the summer of 1904 at the St Louis World Fair. Black tea was imported from India, Africa and South America and actually became more popular than green tea at the time. Richard Blechynden, then the Tea Commissioner of India, was offering free samples of hot black tea in the Fair’s East Indian Pavilion to promote the move toward black tea. It was so hot in the summer that they served the tea over ice and iced tea became an all American favorite.
Today because of its popularity and health benefits, such as antioxidants, the month of June has been set aside to celebrate and recognize iced tea.
Are there benefits to Iced Green Tea?
Green tea, whether iced or hot, has healthy benefits as well. You can store freshly brewed green tea for a couple of hours and still get the benefits of the antioxidants. Although when the tea is hot is when the antioxidants are at their highest.
Although tea is general has many more health benefits then just antioxidants. Read about the Top 10 Health Benefits of Drinking Tea.

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