Saturday, November 27, 2010

day 27

Wow, November has flown by!  I can't believe there are only 3 more days left until December!!!!

Today I am thankful for....
* clean sheets
* cell phone stores being open on Sundays!
* grocery stores that are open 24 hours
* candles
* furry animals (minus tarantulas!)

- What can you do to leave the world a better place?  Brainstorm ideas on how to anonymously brighten someone's day.  Check out Operation Beautiful and like sites to help motivate you.  Could you rake or mow or shovel for a neighbor while they are on vacation?  Put a pot of flowers or homemade cookies on their doorstep while they are out?  Tuck away a $1 bill into your favorite library books???  You could have so much fun with this one!
- Has anyone in your family had or is currently suffering with a major disease?  What are some steps you could do to improve your own health so you can lower your risk.  Genetics are a factor, but I personally believe lifestyle is a much more major factor in weather or not you will get sick.  You have the power to shape your future.  Look at healthy family members vs. non healthy their lifestyles.  Sometimes the simplest things like cutting out processed foods, avoiding harsh chemicals, engaging your brain with books and hobbies instead of tv, enjoying nature more often......could lead you on the path to a long and healthy life.
- Are there things you feel like you really should know but you don't?  Did you learn things in school that you forgot immediately after you took the test?  I have a daughter in the 4th grade.  They were memorizing state capitals.  I only knew about half of them!  Luckily I did remember a catchy song I learned in the first grade that helps me recall the 50 states in alphabetical order.  And in the 8th grade choir we learned how to sing the alphabet backwards....(might help someday in a sobriety test?).  Also, in the 7th grade I think, they taught us how to type without looking at the keys.  That has been a really helpful skill.  Teachers that took the time to care about you actually learning the content, drilling it into you, and also explaining the importance of the information were golden.  I will be thankful forever to the teachers that cared enough to make sure we learned our lesson in whatever fashion we needed.  Like the songs, sung over and over...learned bit by bit until we learned them by heart.  To the teacher that made sure we spelled common misspelled words correctly.  To the teacher that screamed at our class & threw a chair because he found out a lot of kids were making fun of the retarded boy.  To the teacher that called me out in elementary school for plagiarizing The Owl & the Pussycat.  To the elementary teachers that taught "handwriting" and "grammar" as actual subjects with textbooks and everything.  Thank you!!!!!  You know, it's never too late to learn.  There were a lot of stupid high school moments that were passed in class.....sleeping, daydreaming, passing notes, talking.  Don't you wish you would have paid a lot more attention sometimes?  Write a list of the things you think you should know.  I bet it will be a lot more fun this time!

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