Find a place in nature that speaks to you

59 GET A LIFE Find a place in nature that speaks to you and know it well.  Let it fill your heart that it may sustain you and give you peace. Remember to nurture that place so it will always be there for you.  Nature requires a loving hand and gives wisdom and strength in return.  

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You say I am your rock

You say I am your rock:
Someone you can count on, lean on.
Like a mountain, use me
To inspire, to escape, to be there.

Sometimes I feel like a rock: igneous
Raw, new, uncontrollable
Hot, molten emotions explode from my core
Scalding, searing, on fire.

Sometimes I feel like a rock: metamorphic
Changed by Life’s experiences
Pressured, re-formed, slowly evolving.
Like marble, I can be sculpted, chipped, cut,
But remain myself.

Sometimes I feel like a rock: sedimentary
My life is layered with experiences and emotions
piled on over the years.
Colored by pain, joy, love and tears.
Shaped by forces seemingly beyond my control.

They say rocks and stars are made of the same stuff.
I hope when I am no longer your rock
I can be your light.

Loretta Richardson Hicks

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The uses of salt

On one of my cleaning days, I ran out of cleaning products and remembered Mom would clean with baking soda and salt. For example, salt and baking soda sprinkled on a damp sponge is an excellent solution for cleaning refrigerators, counters, stoves, and sinks. Burned-on food on the stovetop can be removed with a salt and cinnamon mixture that also gives a pleasant smell and will cover up the burnt odor.

My Mother would have us gargle with warm saltwater to ease a minor sore throat and to gargle with salt, baking soda and water will freshen your breath. I then started looking up other ways we use salt and remembered salt dough bread baskets we made years ago (wondered what happened to mine)? I guess we spend lots of money on cleaning supplies, toothpaste and beauty stuff when all we have to do is look into our pantry and use the old standbys: salt and baking soda, and vinegar. Just few more little tidbits: you can remove the odor of onion from your hands by sprinkling on salt and a little bit of vinegar — rub then rinse. How easy is that? A salt-baking soda paste mixture applied on a bee sting can relieve the itch and pain. Of course, salt been a symbol of value and from watching the History Channel, I have learned that salt has been used as payment for wages, used to confirm agreements and in the Bible, that salt was a symbol for purity, perfection, wisdom, hospitality, durabiltiy and fidelity. According to President Theodore Roosevelt, “No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause.”

Salt is one of the most versatile natural substances in the world. We can use salt to freshening up fish just home from the market, fix clogged drains, fix small plaster holes in the wall, and use a salt and olive oil mixture as a skin toner. We humans require sodium for life and health, but our body cannot make it on its own. Our muscles (the heart being a very important muscle) require sufficent salt to work properly. We know too much is bad for us, but we cannot live without salt. So, I will add the salt to my food with moderation, for it does give added flavor to it, and when told gossip by friends will take it “with a grain of salt”.

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Patience is a Virtue

Sometime it is hard to be  patient.  You might be in a hurry…waiting for something to happen..and it seems like time stands still.  Then frustration sets in and blows patience right out the door.   Even counting to ten doesn’t help.  It is hard to back away and just let it go .  Peace is hard to come by when you are  impatient with anyone or anything.  This too shall pass helps if you repeat it a lot. So how do we acquire patience as a virtue?  Is it something we have to practice every day in  order to acquire patience?   Do we ever acquire patience as a virtue?  What steps do we take to start having patience with others,  with events that are happening, or anything that might have a short fuse? Patience is an asset to have all through your life.   Patience is acquired through perseverance and then  it becomes a virtue.   Sometimes attitude adjustments helps when dealing with impatience. The definition of patience:  the state, quality or fact of being patient.  The will or ability to wait or endure without complaint.  Refusing to be provoked or angered as by insults. Calmly tolerating delay, confusion, etc.  Able to wait calmly for something desired.  Well, this sounds really good, but as  I get older I find that I am impatient a lot..with myself..with anything that does not go my way and for not having a mind set at that moment to cope with whatever arises  to bug me.  I find that I am impatient with others who do not comprehend what I think they should, hey, it is my opinion so listen up.  The definition of impatience is annoyance because  of delay, opposition, etc. So what can I do to keep patient?  Is there a set of rules that apply or a mind set that I need to use?  What options are available to combat impatience?     I found that self talk, or taking a walk, or do something else or just focusing on something that has nothing to do with your frustrations works.   We need to know what triggers the onset of impatience and learn that no matter how old you are, you can keep yourself from having a stressful situation.

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