Memorial day is the time to remember our patriotic heroes who sacrificed their lives to help all of us live in Freedom. This day is observed with families and friends visiting cemeteries and memorials to pay homage to their loved ones. myFiveBest wishes to honor the men and women who serve in our military and those who gave their lives for this great nation.
Did you know that there’s more to the Serenity Prayer?
Goodness knows who wrote it, since originally thought to be Protestant theologian, Rienhold Niebuhr. However, the origin isn’t what this particular post is about. I’m more interested in the second verse.
Yes! There is a second verse! I think the second verse is even more important than the first verse!! It’s beautiful!!!
God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Have you heard of this? My mother recently came to visit me in Phoenix and I noticed a round, purple-ish area on the back of her shoulder and I couldn’t imagine what she had done! When I asked, she replied, “Cupping!”……..like I was supposed to know what the heck that was!
Turns out, cupping is pretty popular and has been around forever! It is a practice where a small cup first has a flame that is used to heat the inside of the cup. Then the cup is placed on the skin (nope, it doesn’t burn you) on your back. The lack of pressure in the cup creates a vacuum that slightly pulls the skin and muscle tissue into the cup. This suction draws stagnant blood and fluid to the surface where the body can more easily remove it. Instead of compressing, pushing, or stripping the body tissue against bone structure and against itself, like when you get a normal massage, cupping allows the person to pull the body tissue out and away from the body. Cupping is a classic deep tissue massage technique in reverse!
OUCHIE! DOES IT HURT? (mom says no)
According to Acupuncture Today, “While cupping is considered relatively safe (especially air cupping, which does not include the risk of fire and heat), it can cause some swelling and bruising on the skin. As the skin under a cup is drawn up, the blood vessels at the surface of the skin expand. This may result in small, circular bruises on the areas where the cups were applied. These bruises are usually painless, however, and disappear within a few days of treatment.
In addition, there are several instances where cupping should not be performed. Patients with inflamed skin; cases of high fever or convulsions; and patients who bleed easily, are not suitable candidates for cupping. Pregnant women should not have cupping on their stomach or lower back. If the cups are being moved, they should not cross bony areas, such as the ridges of the spine or the shoulder blades.”
This is the new rage with some celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham, to name a few….but if MY MOM says it works…….THEN, PEOPLE….IT WORKS!!
You can check out some videos on YouTube. It’s pretty creepy, so I didn’t post one. But hey, even Jackie Chan did it in the Karate Kid remake! So! There you go!
To all of you born between 1946 – 1964, here’s a little recap….
First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and or drank when they were pregnant.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and were never tested for diabetes.
After that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in our crib covered with bright colored lead-based paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we wore baseball caps not helmets on our heads.
As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no airbags, no seatbelts, bald tires and sometimes bad brakes.
Riding in the back of a pick-up truck on a warm day was always a special treat. We drank water from the garden hose and not a bottle. We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one died from this.
We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar….AND we weren’t overweight! Why?
Because we were always outside playing, that’s why! We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came back on.
No one was able to reach us all day…..and we were okay.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down a hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We did not have PlayStations, Nintendo’s and XBoxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD Surround sound, or CD’s. No cell phones, no personal computers, no internet and no chat rooms.
WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
We ate worms and mud pies made from and dirt and the worms did not live in us forever.
We rode bikes or walked to a friends house and knocked on the door or rang the bell and just talked to them.
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn with disappointment. Imagine that!
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of! They actually sided with the law!!
These generations have produced some of the best risk takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.
The past 50 years have been an EXPLOSION of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility and we learned how to deal with it all.
This next generation isn’t the most difficult but has challenges we never even considered. They need a sense of purpose; they need strong relationships; they need role models they can trust. If we understand them, we can more accurately shape the environment in our homes to meet their needs and point them toward lives of true meaning. (www.christiananswers.net)
An old gentleman lived alone in New Jersey . He wanted to plant his annual tomato garden, but it was very difficult work, as the ground was hard. His only son, Vincent, who used to help him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament:
I am feeling pretty bad because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my tomato garden this year. I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. I know if you were here, my troubles would be over. I know you would be happy to dig the plot for me like in the old days.
A few days later he received a letter from his son.
Don’t dig up that garden. That’s where the bodies are buried.
At 4 a.m. the next morning, FBI agents and local police arrived and dug up the entire area without finding any bodies.
They apologized to the old man and left.. That same day the old man received another letter from his son.
Go ahead and plant the tomatoes now. That’s the best I could do under the circumstances.
Love you, Vinnie