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Snow 6-8 Inches Deep and Sleeting

That’s what it looks like. And, it’s pretty cold out there (not like the really cold places, but cold for the southeastern part of the USA).

The Hospitals Are Open

They have a ‘severe weather plan’. You don’t have to worry about being abandoned by your health care team. They’re not allowed to leave until the replacements come in.  I called in to ask how the roads were and if people came in. They told me everyone came to work today. That made me proud of the people I work with. Some even stayed at hotels last night in order to be able to get to work this morning. Bravo for dedicated health care professionals.

An Overnight Bag and Microwavable Food

I don’t know if I’ll be able to get out of my driveway. So, I plan to leave a couple of hours early, even though I don’t live far from work. I’ve put out enough food and water for the pets to last a couple of days, even though I’m supposed to be home after a few hours.  Since I don’t know what to expect, and I’m not sure I’ll want to drive home in the middle of the night on ice with temperatures in the teens, I might just try to find a department that needs an extra person and work all night. (I’ve even packed two tubes of Pear Berry Shea Body Butter to share the aromatherapy love and the luxurious feeling for a moment with my coworkers if they get worn out from working long hours. 🙂  )

But, This Was Supposed To Be About Snow Photos

Okay, they’re the same as other times, only newer. And, the snow is a little bit deeper and will last a few days longer. So, here are a few photos. It’s such an event when it snows here, I just have to take pictures. 🙂

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So Many Good New Year’s Posts

I’ve linked to many, and now January is almost over. Still there are more! 🙂

Ariane de Bonvoisin Wrote This List

Read it all here: Your New Year To-Do List for Yourself

… welcome the New Year with a sense of peace and calmness:

– Self-esteem-Write a letter to yourself. Have it come from your Higher Self. Go through what happened last year … what the wiser part of you would tell you.

-Write a letter … Don’t send it. Write it for yourself, for your healing. Say what needs to be said.

-Forgive someone who hurt you this year. Give yourself this gift…

-Accept your family members exactly the way they are. Have no expectations that they will be different …

-Figure out the few things you do to re-energize yourself and follow through …

-…  What’s the number-one excuse that gets in your way? …  “is this really really true?” … what would you do without this excuse?

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I Like This List

What to Focus on in 2010 – by Ariane de Bonvoisin

1. Be kind (instead of having to be ‘right’)
2. Focus on all that is right (instead of how you messed up)
3. Look at what has stayed the same (instead of changes you’ve had to make)
4. Be grateful (let go of what went wrong today)
5. Trust more (instead of feeling out of control)
6. Create a loving inner dialogue with yourself (be nice to yourself!)
7. Step into your power (stop limiting yourself with excuses)
8. Only compare yourself to yourself (enough said)

Focus On These Goals and Change Your Life

The author suggests we focus on one goal, and then another, and then another. She promises a radical change for the better.  I agree with her. I’ve worked on a number of these for years, and it’s made a positive difference in my life. Others are still a struggle.

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A Man Wrote a Letter to Haiti

It was not a letter of concern or love.  It sounded more like condemnation. He happens to be known in some circles, well known, it seems. Needless to say, there are already several hundred comments posted to his blog.  Would you be surprised to learn that few are supportive?

I Wrote a Comment, Too

In my usual fashion, when I write a comment that is much too long to be a comment, I’m bringing it back here, and posting it as a post, too.  😉  This is what I said.

Circumstances of birth are not anything that any of us chooses. When people are born into poverty in a nation of poor people on an island that is ravaged by hurricanes and earthquakes, what can they do to save themselves? If 10 million people should not live on a fault line in the path of hurricanes, where should they live? And, how can they make that happen?

If you had been born on that island, one of those people you condemn, you would be there with them now, hungry, thirsty, exhausted, afraid, and mourning the loss of your home, your friends, and your loved ones. You would be pleading for any people anywhere to put themselves in your shoes, feel compassion in their hearts, and help you get through this devastating time.

Closer to your reality, would it be right for doctors to deny you (as the person you are) medical care if you broke a bone, or burst an artery, or developed signs of cancer? What if a sink hole appeared and swallowed up your house, or a loved one was struck down by a drunk driver? Should there be no compassion for you? What makes any one of us more valuable than any another living, breathing human being? Are we not all a part of each other?

I believe that we are all connected to each other, whether or not we want to believe we are. We are connected across political, economic, national, racial, and religious lines. We are connected in ways we cannot even imagine.

Nothing is simple in this life, but a lot of things are more difficult for some people than for others. I hope there will be people who will help me if tragedy strikes some day. I hope there will be people for you, too. We all need help when times are bad, and not because of whether or not we ‘deserve’ it. Bad things happen to all people. We’re not better people just because we’ve not suffered the same tragedies.

I hope that you will have the opportunity to get to know some of the people you disdain. Knowing each other is a good way to make room in our hearts for each other. I believe we hurt ourselves by trying to keep our world (and, our love for others) small. It’s scary sometimes to take a chance and get to know someone who is outside our comfort zones, but it makes life so much better when we realize we are all a part of each other.

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Your Fans Love You!

One of your fans in Iran wrote to me and told me that today is your birthday! 🙂

Happy Birthday Nathan

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Nathan Pacheco on ABC on Christmas Day (the video)

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President Obama In Newsweek

Why Haiti Matters – In the tragic aftermath of Haiti’s 7.0 earthquake, images of the disaster break our hearts and remind us of the fragility of life. What America must do now—and why

Politics ?

A certain self-important, ratings-at-any-cost voice against Obama says that Obama is only helping the people of Haiti to boost his own political agenda by increasing his popularity with people of color in the USA. That racist accusation is clearly designed to gain ratings and further stir anti-Obama sentiment among people who never wanted anyone other than a white man in the White House.

Humanity ?

I don’t care what Obama’s agenda is in sending aid to Haiti, but I have every reason to believe it has a lot more to do with humanity than with politics. Even at his worst, not living up to every larger-than-life imagination people had of him, Barack Obama demonstrates daily, by doing the right thing, that he is the better man.

What Will It Be?

What will we do? Do we agree and join with our President in helping those who cannot possibly help themselves in this time of need? Or, do we listen to the self-promoting, ratings-seeker who has publicly stated many times that his hope is that Obama will fail as President of the United States of America?

Of Every Political Persuasion

I hope that all of us, of any and every political persuasion, can agree on one thing. Helping each other, and working together to do good for those who cannot help themselves is the higher good. When we work together to help those who cannot help themselves, we are doing the right thing.

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