Slow Down Therapy

“1. Slow down; God is still in heaven. You are not responsible forDoing it all yourself, right now.2. Remember a happy, peaceful time in your past. Rest there. EachMoment has richness that takes a lifetime to savor.3. Set your own pace. When someone is pushing you, it’s OK to tellThem they’re pushing.4. Take nothing for granted: watch water flow, the corn grow, theLeaves blow, your neighbor mow.5. Taste your food. God gives it to delight as well as to nourish.6. Notice the sun and the moon as they rise and set. They areRemarkable for their steady pattern of movement, not their speed.7. Quit planning how you’re going to use what you know, learn, orPossess. God’s gifts just are; be grateful and their purpose Will be clear.8. When you talk with someone, don’t think about what you’ll sayNext. Thoughts will spring up naturally if you let them.9. Talk and play with children. It will bring out the unhurriedLittle person inside you.10. Create a place in your home…at your work…in yourHeart…where you can go for quiet and recollection. You deserve it.11. Allow yourself time to be lazy and unproductive. Rest isn’tLuxury; it’s a necessity.12. Listen to the wind blow. It carries a message of yesterday andTomorrow-and now. NOW counts.13. Rest on your laurels. They bring comfort whatever their size,Age, or condition.14. Talk slower. Talk less. Don’t talk. Communication isn’tMeasured by words.15. Give yourself permission to be late sometimes. Life is forLiving, not scheduling.16. Listen to the song of a bird; the complete song. Music andNature are gifts, but only if you are willing to receive them.17. Take time just to think. Action is good and necessary, but it’sFruitful only if we muse, ponder, and mull.18. Make time for play-the things you like to do. Whatever your age,Your inner child needs re-creation.19. Watch and listen to the night sky. It speaks.20. Listen to the words you speak, especially in prayer.21. Learn to stand back and let others take their turn asLeaders.There will always be new opportunities for you to Step out in front again.22. Divide big jobs into little jobs. If God took six days to createThe universe, can you hope to do any better?23. When you find yourself rushing and anxious, stop. Ask yourself”WHY?” you are rushing and anxious. The reasons may improve yourSelf-understanding.24. Take time to read the Bible. Thoughtful reading is enrichingReading.25. Direct your life with purposeful choices, not with speed And efficiency. The best musician is one who plays with Expression and meaning, not the one who finishes first.26. Take a day off alone; make a retreat. You can learn from monksAnd hermits without becoming one.27. Pet a furry friend. You will give and get the gift of now.28. Work with your hands. It frees the mind.29. Take time to wonder. Without wonder, life is merely existence.30. Sit in the dark. It will teach you to see and hear, taste andSmell.31. Once in a while, turn down the lights, the volume, the throttle,The invitations. Less really can be more.32. Let go. Nothing is usually the hardest thing to do – but oftenIt is the best.33. Take a walk-but don’t go anywhere. If you walk just to getSomewhere, you sacrifice the walking.34. Count your friends. If you have one, you are lucky. If you haveMore, you are blessed. Bless them in return.35. Count your blessings – one at a time and slowly- author unknown

AUTUMN REFLECTIONS

It’s Fall now and once againThe warm days of summer are now at an end.And I ask myself, “What have I done,To share of my talents and love everyone?Have I spent extra time with parents, daughters and sons?Have I shown golden butterflies to sweet little ones?Have I laughed and cried with them, throughout joy and pain?Or simply existed, again to abstain.Have I taken the time to lay on the grassAnd look at the clouds as they gently slip past?Did I discover the stars twinkling brightly at night,Declaring God’s power, awed at the sight?Have I shared from my garden with families in need?Or have I wasted and squandered, succumbing to greed?Have I offered a hand to a stranger in lack?Or gait swiftly by him, not looking back?Summer was busy and some things had to wait.I hope for some deeds, it isn’t too late.Pondering. . . . . I pause for an inner inspection.When the Autumn leaves fall, I find time for reflection. — by Sue Burg

Memorable Old Phrases

‘I’ll just give this a lick and a promise,’ my mother said as she quickly mopped up a spill on the floor without moving any of the furniture. ‘What is that supposed to mean,’ I asked as in my young mind I envisioned someone licking the floor with his or her tongue.’It means that I’m in a hurry and I’m busy canning tomatoes so I am going to just give it a lick with the mop and promise to come back and do the job right later.’A lick and a promise’ was just one of the many old phrases that our mothers, grandmothers, and others used that they probably heard from the generations before them. With the passing of time, many old phrases become obsolete or even disappear. This is unfortunate because some of them are very appropriate and humorous.Here is a list of some of those memorable old phrases:1. A Bone to Pick (someone who wants to discuss a disagreement)2. An Axe to Grind (Someone who has a hidden motive. This phrase is said to have originated from Benjamin Franklin who told a story about a devious man who asked how a grinding wheel worked.He ended up walking away with his axe sharpened free of charge) 3. One bad apple spoils the whole barrel (one corrupt person can cause all the others to go bad if you don’t remove the bad one)4. At sea (lost or not understanding something)5. Bad Egg (Someone who was not a good person)6. Barking at a knot (meaning that your efforts were as useless as a dog barking at a knot.)7. Barking up the wrong tree (talking about something that was completely the wrong issue with the wrong person)8. Bee in your bonnet (To have an idea that won’t let loose ) 9. Been through the mill (had a rough time of it) 10. Between hay and grass (Not a child or an adult) 11. Blinky (Between sweet and sour as in milk) 12. Calaboose(a jail) 13. Catawampus (Something that sits crooked such as a piece of furniture sitting at an angle) 14. Dicker (To barter or trade)15. Feather in Your Cap(to accomplish a goal. This came from years ago in wartime when warriors might receive a feather they would put in their cap for defeating an enemy)16. Hold your horses(Be patient!)17. Hoosegow ( a jail)18. I reckon(I suppose)19. Jawing/Jawboning(Talking or arguing)20. Kit and caboodle(The whole thing)21. Madder than an wet hen (really angry) 22. Needs taken down a notch or two (like notches in a belt usually a young person who thinks too highly of himself and needs a lesson) 23. No Spring Chicken(Not young anymore) 24. Persnickety (overly particular or snobbish) 25. Pert-near(short for pretty near) 26. Pretty is as pretty does(your actions are more important than your looks) 27. Red up (clean the house) 28. Scalawag (a rascal or unprincipled person) 29. Scarce as hen’s teeth(something difficult to obtain) 30. Skedaddle (Get out of here quickly) 31. Sparking (courting) 32. Straight From the Horse’s Mouth(privileged information from the one concerned) 33. Stringing around, gallivanting around, or piddling(Not doing anything of value) 34. Sunday go to meetin’ dress(The best dress you had) 35. We wash up real fine (is another goodie) 36. Tie the Knot(to get married) 37. Too many irons in the fire(to be involved in too many things) 38. Tuckered out(tired and all worn out) 39. Under the weather(not feeling well this term came from going below deck on ships due to sea sickness thus you go below or under the weather) 40. Wearing your ‘best bib and tucker'(Being all dressed up) 41. You ain’t the only duck in the pond(It’s not all about you) Well, if you hold your horses, I reckon I’ll get this whole kit and caboodle done and sent off to you. Please don’t be too persnickety and get a bee in your bonnet because I’ve been pretty tuckered out And at sea lately because I’m no spring chicken. I haven’t been just stringin’ around and I know I’m not the only duck in the pond, but I do have too many irons in the fire.I might just be barking at a knot, but I have tried to give this article more than just A LICK AND A PROMISE!

Angels Unaware

It was a rainy night in New OrleansAt a bus station in the town,I watched a young girl weepingAs her baggage was taken down.It seems she’d lost her ticketChanging buses in the night.She begged them not to leave her thereWith no sign of help in sight.The bus driver had a face of stoneAnd his heart was surely the same.”Losing your ticket’s like losing cash money” he said,and left her in the rain.Then an old Indian man stood upAnd blocked the driver’s wayAnd would not let him pass beforeHe said what he had to say.”How can you leave that girl out there?Have you no God to fear?You know she had a ticket.You can’t just leave her here.You can’t put her out in a cityWhere she doesn’t have a friend.You will meet your schedule,But she might meet her end.”The driver showed no signThat he’d heard or even caredAbout the young girl’s problemOr how her travels fared.So the old gentleman said,”For her fare I’ll pay.I’ll give her a little moneyTo help her on her way.”He went and bought the ticketAnd helped her to her placeAnd helped her put her baggageIn the overhead luggage space.”How can I repay,” she said,”the kindness you’ve shown tonight?We’re strangers who won’t meet againA mere ‘thank you ‘ doesn’t seem right.”He said, “What goes around comes around.This I’ve learned with time -What you give, you always get back;What you sow, you reap in kind.Always be helpful to othersAnd give what you can spare;For by being kind to strangers,We help angels unaware.”

The elderly priest…

The elderly priest, speaking to the younger priest, said, “You
Had a good idea to replace the first four pews with plush bucket
Theater seats. It worked. The front of the church fills first.”
The young priest nodded and the old one continued, “And you told
A little more beat to the music would bring young people back to
Church, so I supported you when you brought in that rock ‘n
Roll gospel choir. We are packed to the balcony.”
“Thank you, Father,” answered the young priest. “I am pleased
You are open to the new ideas of youth.”
“Well”, said the elderly priest, “I’m afraid you’ve gone too far with the drive-thru Confessional.
“But Father,” protested the young priest. “My confessions have nearly
doubled since I began that!
I know, my son,” replied the old man. “But that flashing neon
Sign, “Toot ‘n Tell or Go to Hell”, can’t stay on the church roof!