30 12 2010

My mother’s mother, my grandmother,  was a very superstitious person.  She had all kinds of beliefs.  I never knew her very well as she was very old by the time I remember being around her much.  In fact, I was really afraid of her.  She sort of barked at me when I came in the room, always wanting me to be quiet.  I got a doll buggy one year for Christmas and when I rolled it up next to her, she slid her eyes over towards me and told me to take that thing out of the room.  So I never got to know her very well.

But getting back to the superstitions, she believed that a man has to come in your front door first on New Year’s Day.  That supposedly brings good luck to the household.  If a woman enters the door first, beware!  Bad things ahead.

And she said that whatever you do on New Year’s Day, you will have to do all year long.  My mother would not do any work on New Year’s Day.  She prepared the Black Eyed Peas and Ham Hock, but that was about it.  I remember that my sister and I washed and dried the dishes.  Sure enough, I have been doing dishes  every day since then.  Guess that’s the reason.  I should have known better than to wash and dry dishes on New Year’s Day.

So watch out!  Be careful on New Year’s Day.  Be sure a man walks in your front door first.  And don’t do anything unless you want to do it all year long.



29 12 2010

Hope you have a great, grand and wonderful 2011.  Just remember to keep your head on straight and your feet on that lighted pathway.  Then you will do great, grand and wonderful.  Always put God in your thoughts first.  This only takes a little practice.  As you feed the kids, Thank God for the food.  As you wash the dirty dishes, Thank God for the fact that you can do that, that you can stand in front of the sink and use your hands to wash those dishes.  

Thank God for the clothes you are washing every day and for the clean sheets for the beds and for the light switch on the wall that illuminates your world.  Just make a habit of thanking God for all that you have.  It may not be enough some days, but if you thank God enough, it soon will be.  No matter how dark and dreary your life may seem, there is always a sun shining behind that cloud.  

When things were really tight, tight for us, I was ironing one afternoon and looked out the window.  Then I thought to myself, ‘Well, things couldn’t be too bad here.  There is no one starving in the gutter in front of my house.’  So always remember that.  ‘There is no one starving in the gutter in front of your dwelling place either.  Be thankful for that one, too.

Have a Wonderful New Year!!!!

HAPPINESS IS – – – – –

24 12 2010

We all know what happiness is supposed to be, or we think we do.  Real happiness is not wanting anything that you don’t need.  Then you are satisfied, deep down satisfied.  I know it is important to buy whatever is shown in the latest advertisements.  But if you don’t really need it, then don’t even think about buying it.  This is called the difference between wants and needs.  If you don’t buy what you don’t need, then the credit card bills don’t go up, the house payment gets paid, the car payment doesn’t break you, and the grocery list is considerably shorter.  Give it a try.  Cut down on everything that you ‘think’ you need and just purchase what you really do need for the next 30 days.  And then see how much better your financial situation can be.  After awhile, it becomes a habit not to want so much.  

As long as my living quarters are warm in the winter and cool in the summer.  As long as my car runs. As long as I have clothes on my back.  As long as I am healthy, what else do I really need.

 Oh, and by the way, have a really Merry Christmas!  The New Year  will be even better.

Visit with Jesus

20 12 2010

Catholics believe a Priest actually changes bread and wine into the true Body and Blood of Jesus Christ during Mass.  This is not just a symbol.  This is the True Presence of the Body of Jesus Christ in the wafer of bread and the True Presence of the Blood of Christ in the cup of wine.  The proper name for the wafer of bread is The Most Holy Eucharist.

Many Catholic Churches in the world have what is called Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration.  This means Christ is truly present in the Eucharist on the Altar in that Church.  If that Church does not have this Perpetual Adoration, then Jesus is still present in that Church, but He is in the Tabernacle beside the Altar.  His actual Presence is the same in every Catholic Church all over the world every moment of every day. 

Even if you are not a Catholic, you are welcome to come and visit with Jesus in any Catholic Church in the world.  You might want to just come into the Church, kneel down or sit down, and rest with Jesus for a few minutes.

Tell Him your problems, your wants, your needs, your everyday experiences.  Ask Him for help if you need it.  Thank Him for what you have. 

He is listening to you.  He knows you are there with Him.   He is always there for you.

Take a few moments from  your busy life to just Visit with Jesus.  You will be glad you did.

Gift Giving

17 12 2010

I know this is the season for giving.  I hear it on the television all day, the radio in the car, and from everyone I know.  And I agree wholeheartedly with all of it.  But, you know, giving should not be for just this time of year, but for all during the year.   It doesn’t have to be much in order to make someone very happy.  Why not try my suggestion in the year to come.  

I’m sure there is a nursing home near you or a school for handicapped, or even a public school with a handicapped department.  And these are only two suggestions.  The recipients are up to you.   Go to the store and get a small box of cards for the occasion.  It might be birthday cards or Christmas cards or Valentines. Then sign them wishing the recipient a great holiday.  You don’t even have to put your real name.  You might want to call yourself the Elf or something like that.  Put a $1 bill in each card.  Seal it up and take them  to the place you want to give them out.  Speak to the person at the desk, telling them you want to give a card to someone who has no family or who doesn’t get any mail, or someone who is very lonely.  And then leave.  It is not necessary for you to be involved in any way.  

Some of the places want you to give out the cards yourself, but most do not.  The point is that for $1 and a cheap card, you are going to make someone very happy today.  

For myself, I have a list of  birthdays at a handicapped center.  I make sure that every child who has a birthday that month gets a card with $1 in it.  And I also send cards to a home for neglected throwaway children.  After a year of sending cards, I received a birthday list for each month.  Now I can send to individuals.  But they still don’t know who I am and that is not the important part anyway.  

This doesn’t cost me much and it gives a great deal of pleasure to the person who receives the card.  Try it.  You can do this all year long or just at certain holiday times.  

You might want to read my blog from some time ago entitled The Power of the Dollar.  Make someone happy today!

Getting a Job

14 12 2010

Trying to get a job?  There are still a lot of employers out there looking for good people to fill their jobs.  If  you really want a  job, you can usually find one.  No matter what job you are seeking, the qualifications are always the same.

All employers are looking for  a person who wants to work, is willing to learn and will work.  This means the person shows up on time every single day.  He doesn’t cause trouble in the office or in the field.  He listens well and learns and learns all he can about what is expected of him.  And then he performs to the very best of his ability. This means he is not watching the clock all day to see if it is time for a break yet or time for lunch or quitting time.  

When applying for a job, it is important to be truly interested in  the job and not just in the benefits.   Some applicants have been known to ask as soon as the interview begins, ‘what can you offer me in the way of benefits?’  One employer always answers that question with ‘what are you going to do to make me money?’  After all, the only reason the employer is in business is to make a profit.  Without a profit, he is immediately out of business.  The person more interested in the benefits rather than the job is the one who will never get the job.

Most employers are very fair.  He probably has been in business for a number of years and knows what it takes to run his company.  He is the one with the job.  He makes the rules. He also provides for all the people who work for him.  They, in turn, provide for him with their daily tasks.   A  lot of people are under the impression they are doing the employer a favor by coming to work.   Not so.    If  you want a job, you have to understand that it is exactly that – a job.  You work for the employer, you get paid by the employer.  

Do your very best.  Show the employer you are eager and willing to learn and to put in a full day’s work for his dollar.  Then you will have no trouble finding a job.

Going To College?

14 12 2010

When we graduated from high school in the 50’s and before that, we were well prepared to step out into the real world,  get a job, provide for a family, and have a good life.  Then the 60’s came howling into our lives and it was no longer adequate just to have a high school education.  Now it was in vogue to change the world, demonstrate, and live off Mom and Dad for years to come.  No reason to get out and get a job.  No reason to grow up.  More fun just going to college forever.  In fact, I talked with one student at a basketball game.  Seems he had been going to college for 15 years and loved it!  Planned on going for a while longer, too.  As long as the money from home held out, he would just keep on doing  that.  And by the way, he knew all the cheers for the game, too.

After that came the 70’s and all the young women were told that if they didn’t have a college degree, they could not get a job.  And since the women’s movement had been pushed into our lives, it was absolutely  and positively necessary that all women had to have a job and help provide for their family.  By the time the 80’s and 90’s rolled around, this was a way of life.  In spite of that college degree, though, most jobs were of the hum drum variety.  And not everyone is happy with their life.  This can be attested to by the number of divorces in our society of today.

Whether you be male or female, don’t make that momentous decision about college until you have thought about all the issues involved.  What field are you really interested in?  Does it pay well?  Will it provide you with an income for the rest of your working days?  But most of all, will you be happy working at that job day after day after day.    I know of several instances where the person went to college, got the needed degree, and then hated working in that field.  One, an accountant, had all the necessary education and went to work.  After two weeks, she could see this was not what she really wanted to do. She had wasted four years of her life for nothing.   She had to go back to college and get another degree  in order to become a principal in a private school.

It might be better just to skip college for a year and get a job in the field you think you want to work in.  If you like the field, then you can pursue the college later.  Worth a try.  Certainly seems feasible to know what it is you really want to do in your life rather than waste all those years pursuing something you maybe don’t want to do anyway. Sure, you can take tests to see what you are suited for.  But that is not the same as real experience.  Give yourself a fair chance.  Test the waters a little bit.  Then get on with your life.  You have years and years and years ahead of you.  Take advantage of all that is offered.  And then get on with your life.  Good Luck!