Monthly Archives: April 2009

A Couple of Essential Truths About Your Best Friend


There are many famous stories about best friends in literature, films and Hallmark cards. They say a person who has found a faithful friend has found a priceless treasure.

Friendship is a unique combination of mutual trust; faithfulness and loyalty; affection; and the special, deep ways friends enjoy each other’s company.

Friends are wonderful companions. They care about each other just because they do; and they hang out together, have fun together and depend on each other.

Friendship is a blessing. True friends share their deepest secrets with each other without worry or shame.

This is one of my favorite stories about two best friends! It is a rich reminder that friendship is an everlasting miracle!

Enjoy this short video then go call your best friend just because!


Remember, only YOU can make it happen!

Spring Cleaning of Your Mind, Body and Soul

It’s that time of year again! Spring cleaning is the annual ritual of cleaning a house from top to bottom in the first warm days of the year – typically in the spring. Historically this was done in the spring as the cold weather was giving way to warmer temperatures, because, it was widely held, houses are more difficult to clean during winter.

The origins of spring cleaning probably date back to the Iranian Norouz, the Persian new year, which falls on the first day of spring. Iranians continue the practice of "khooneh takouni" which literally means "shaking the house" just before the new year. Everything in the house is thoroughly cleaned, from the drapes to the furniture.

Another possible origin of spring cleaning can be traced to the ancient Jewish practice of thoroughly cleansing the home in anticipation of the spring-time holiday of Passover. Observant Jews conduct a thorough cleaning of the house, followed by the traditional Passover festivities.

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Stress is Just a Fact of Life—How to Live Life Without It

Stress is not pressure from the outside: Challenges at work or at home, money problems… Those are the stressors.

Your response to those situations, those stressors, is what we call stress.

This distinction is important. Stressors are the multitude of daily occurrences that require you to adapt. Stress is your response as you attempt to make the adjustment.

Stress can be positive or negative. Meeting a deadline, preparing to drive on ice, making it through a crisis on raw courage, cramming for an exam, making a terrific impression at a job interview or an audition, walking into a room full of strangers at a party, are all defined as positive stress.

Stress can also be destructive. It can turn into distress. It can gnaw away at you and sap your energy over the months and years.

Violin strings need just enough tension to make beautiful music, but not so much tension that the strings snap. That is the way it is for people and stress. Each of us has a level of stress that is positive and not harmful.

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