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Happy Monday! Are you pepped up..prayed up and ready to go?

Do you know that statistics say that many people have heart attacks  on Monday morning going to jobs that they hate!

My nugget for the day is…

Don’t let undeserving people kill your spirit and make you bitter. Sometimes others around you can’t accept that you’re  growing…making positive changes, and creating a happier, more productive and peaceful life. They are energy drainers, be aware.  Stay as far away from them as you would someone with a bad cold!

Sometimes others are stuck in their own stuff! YoU can’t change that. It’s good to care and be supportive but not at the expense of  letting someone impinge on your development and happiness…

So…keep smiling and focused and remember that you can’t control what people say or do but..you can decide how and if  you choose to respond to them!

Stay Pepped up…Prayed up…and ready to go!!!

 

Please share what keeps you up and motivated when your surroundings are a challenge?

From the desk of Ameenah Ross

Nurse. Author.Speaker

http://www.ameenahross.com


 

 

GOOD DAY!

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I woke up this morning…Good Day…cause I didn’t have to…Took a hot shower to wake my aching bones…Good day…I had water to bathe…said a prayer of gratitude, then dressed and drove to my favorite park for a morning stroll …Good day!

I arrived at the path; arms welcoming me… and stepped into a place where my spirit runs free. No ear phones for music or chattering friends… I love this alone time It’s just me and them… Good day!

Them you ask?…The squirrels scurrying up a tree to play… the daddy long leg who paused cause I got in his way. I snapped a picture of a beaver building his lodge, and watched frogs patiently sitting on lily pads waiting for food to come. Good day!

The Birds are chirping and tweeting  while flying from tree to tree…awesomely  beautiful…wow, so thankful that I can see…Good day!…and this nature gift, my dear friend is free.

Mom-ma duck is swimming with her babies trailing behind …I’m still walking …Good day… and I’m feeling fine!

The crisp morning air is brushing my cheeks… while pebbles sound like a bowl of crunchy cereal beneath my feet…My heart is beating faster…I’ve picked up the pace …beauty and exercise all in one place.

I glance over at the lake… rain is beginning to fall but the trees are my umbrella, they’re standing strong and tall…and then moments later the sun…well, it’s out again.

As I wind the bend and head for home…this has been my morning cup of coffee and tomorrow…God willing… I’ll have it again!

FREE PRESCRIPTION FOR A SLUGGISH DAY!

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  • Count your blessings… one is that You can read this blog!
  •  Look in the mirror…  Tell yourself 3 things you love about you.
  •  Do something nice for someone, sMiLe…give a hug…ask how are you today?   and mean it, say I loVe you to someone who would enjoy hearing it from you (don’t  take life for granted) give an old fashion card (not E card)  write a sweet note the old fashion way…  simple things to do, that mean a lot!
  •  Live today as though it were your last, Yet live it as though YoU had Forever!

 

 Oh…and maybe exchange the soda, and junk food for something healthy and a little exercise won’t hurt either!

 

 


 

 

NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH MONTH

 

Depression…will have you existing behind a veil of darkness. Slowly, killing your dreams and goals…

Over 20 years ago I overdosed on prescription pain medications and over the counter drugs, ironically I was a nurse on the psychiatric unit of a hospital. I was great at taking care of others while my own baggage was becoming too much to bear.

When I awoke in an emergency room I knew I had hit the bottom of the black hole that had been haunting me… That end was my beginning of a journey to claim my life of passion and purpose that I deserved to have.

Since that time I have dedicated myself to helping educate others on depression; prevention and resources for help.

Extremely important, is breaking the stigma connected to depression that keeps many people from reaching out for the help they need.

Depression does not discriminate. It doesn’t care about the color of your skin, your age, how many degrees you have or how much money you have in the in the bank. Look around you…Many people wear mask to hide what they’re feeling, after all…what would happen if you knew?

My book…Depression Free… A Wise Woman’s Guide to Healing and Happiness shares my story and offers great tools for creating positive life changes.

“We all have one life to live and one chance to live it. Do it well and with purpose!

 

From the desk of Ameenah 


 

 

I Am My Mother’s Eyes…

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At 28 my mother was completely blind. I was 11 and my brother was 6. The year before, as she was losing her sight, if my dad wasn’t able to get off work to take her to a clinic appointment, it became my job. We lived in Boston, so the good thing was that public transportation was convenient.
For a little girl, I had a big job. To get my Mom to the clinic safely, not letting her trip on a stair, bump into anything or have any accidents. I didn’t always count the stairs correctly or keep her from bumping into something, but I did the best that I could.
What I disliked the most was people staring at us. I hated it… however, we were always offered a seat on the train or bus.
I became my mother’s new set of eyes. Reading her the mail, the stories in magazines that she liked…many of the same ones I watched her read when she could see. I wrote all of her letters, business and the ones to friends.
One of my favorite things was going to the Hallmark store and reading different cards to her until she found something she liked. I became a connoisseur of greeting cards. Sometimes I think that my passion for writing was ignited from my reading and writing for her.
When my mother went blind she was offered classes to help her adapt to her new way of life. I remember a woman coming to teach her braille, a system of writing for the blind consisting of raised dots that can be interpreted by touch. Mom, for reasons I don’t remember, didn’t continue with that. She didn’t want to have a see and eye dog or learn to use a cane.
My mother, however, never stopped taking care of our home. She continued to cook, clean, wash and iron clothes, and people still commented on how good she looked. Nails, hair, clothes…never lost a beat! She also became my dad’s secretary when he started his own business.
With my mother’s blindness came safety proofing the house; making sure there was nothing on the floor she could trip over. Cabinets had to be shut so she didn’t bang her head or bump her leg. It was important to not rearrange things unless she did it because touch and familiarity was critical for her… and cleaning…well she checked you’re cleaning by running her hands over the surface of what you cleaned, if she felt dirt or grit on it …you, were in trouble. You’d be surprised at how clean a surface looks until you run your hand across it. Try it sometime.
It’s amazing how God increases tenfold the senses you do have, when one is lost. My mother could hear a bug pee on cotton, smell you a mile away… and count her money, coins and bills. She developed a method for everything.
When clothes shopping, she would describe what she wanted and tell you the colors she was looking for. The rest was touch…the feel of a fabric, the cut, the placement of the buttons or zipper. The details please…just the details. If she wanted to see you, she’d asked to feel your face…she would cup your face in her hands and then gently and slowly glide her fingers over your face, taking in each detail… the shape of your nose, fullness of your cheeks, thickness of your lips, your ears, the texture of your hair, and your voice. Together, like a puzzle, they created her picture.
My mother has long passed away, funny…I still find myself conscious of open cabinets and doors, be it my home or anyone else’s, and I still run my hand across things after I clean.
My fear as a young person was that I would be blind by thirty… thankfully, thirty came and went.
I sometimes wonder…if I had to lose one of my senses, which would it be? I love the smiles I see on my grandchildren’s faces when they greet me, and the awesomeness of watching the sunrise over the ocean. I look forward to hearing the birds sing as I do my morning walk and feel the crisp spring breeze on my cheeks, the smell of homemade oatmeal cookies in the oven make my day and an evening of drinking ginger tea with a good book is soothing.
There is nothing I’d want to give up, so… I just keeping thanking God every day that my senses are all intact. I honor them.

 

 


 

 

Pumped Up! Prayed Up! and ready to Go!!!

Welcome to a brand spanking new day that you haven’t seen before and will never see again!

Don’t stress over what happened yesterday cause you can’t change it! Don’t worry about tomorrow because it’s not a promise to you…But…if you are reading this blog that means God has blessed you with breath another day! He’s blessed you with sight to read this and enough income to afford the device your viewing it on! There must be a roof over your head and at least a little food in the fridge?

Blessings to count!

When something is challenging my peace of mind I often …Recite the Serenity Prayer.

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.

                                            –  Reinhold Niebuhr (if you would like the complete version..you can Google it)

When you seriously think about those words and apply them to what’s going on in your life you may find yourself making better decisions and saving yourself unnecessary stress!

Well, I’m going to enjoy my day with family and friends and hope you do the same! (Oh, and if you don’t happen to be with family or friends, Enjoy your day with yourself!)

Ameenah

 


 

 

The Gift!

Each morning we awake we receive a gift, the gift of life.
How will you use yours?

Will you be grateful for another day, counting your blessings or taking time to pray?

Will you forget the angry moments from the day gone by, and commit yourself to be willing to try?

Will you tell someone “I love you…I really do care,” remembering that life is short, and they may not always be there.

Will you take time to gaze at the sky, watch the blue clouds drift and the birds flying by?

Will you stop and smell a flower, give a hug to your child…or snap your fingers to a happy beat and give someone a priceless smile?

Tell me, how will you use your gift today?

Ameenah

I invite you to check out my book, A Wise Woman’s Guide to Healing and Happiness at http://www.ameenahross.com for more tools for happier living. – Ameenah

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