The Golden Rule – Not Just a Celebration for This Week, But Every Week

Apr 2nd

Humor – Joke of the Day

A mother took her little boy to church.
While in church the little boy said, “Mommy, I have to pee.”
The mother said to the little boy, “It’s not appropriate to say the word ‘pee’ in church. So, from now on whenever you have to ‘pee’ just tell me that you have to ‘whisper’.”The following Sunday, the little boy went to church with his father and during the service said to his father, “Daddy, I have to whisper.“

The father looked at him and said, “Okay, just whisper in my ear.”

International Children’s Book Day –  This is a day to encourage reading, and  to promote the love of books for children.  The best way to help children develop into intelligent grown-ups is by teaching them to read and instilling a love of reading promotes a lifetime of learning and enjoying may topics.  Libraries celebrate this day with story telling hours, and other special events for young children.  Celebrate today by giving a new book to your kids.  If you don’t have kids, maybe donating a few children’s books to the local food bank would be a good idea.  They always know children who would benefit from such a charitable gift. 
National Love Your Produce Manager Day – To all of you produce lovers out there, today is the day to say THANKS to the produce manager at your favorite grocery store.  The supermarket produce manager plays such a key role in making fresh, delicious, specialty produce available to U.S. consumers.  It is interesting, this day started when about 50 years ago a produce manager at Frieda’s Inc, received a request from some customers for some bigger variety of fruits in his store.  He introduce the first Kiwi fruit to America, importing the first shipment of New Zealand grown Kiwi.  Today this is a much loved and commonly seen fruit in many supermarkets.  Today shoppers are encouraged to say hello and thanks to their produce managers, and store executives are urged to recognize this key personnel and how important they are in their stores.

National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day – Unless you have a peanut allergy, or arachibutyrophobia (the fear of getting peanut butter stuck tot he roof of your mouth) then I’m betting that Peanut Butter and Jelly were an integral part of your childhood.  I know that there are times that nothing quite hits the spot more than that wonderful flavor combination in a sandwich.  It is a favorite of many American kids, but honestly, I think just as many adults like it too!  It’s something we just don’t usually grow out of as we get older – and I count that as a good thing.  What’s your favorite jelly with peanut butter?  I think honestly I prefer either grape or raspberry. Yum! Do you know when the first reference to PB&J was made?  From what I’m reading in 1901 the first time it was mentioned was in an article by Julia Davis Chandler. Since peanut butter was considered to be a delicacy it was only served in the finest culinary establishments.  By the 1920’s though, PB&J sandwiches had moved down the class structure as the price of peanut butter decreased.  It was around that time that it became the lunchtime favorite it is today.  Have one (or two even) today to celebrate this delicious food holiday.  Here are a few interesting ideas to use for unique peanut butter and jelly dishes!  

Reconciliation Day – this is a special day to patch relationships and to make amends with someone with whom you’ve had some struggles.  The intention is to re-establish relationships between family, friends and couples.  Life is just too short to hold grudges against people we love.  Couples who are having trouble may find today to be a good opportunity to work out their problems.  It’s a day to mend fences and remember, it’s never too late . . . well, never too late unless one of the people you need to reconcile with happens to no longer be living before you take the chance to do it.  So don’t waste another day- take advantage of this celebration and get in touch with someone you need to reconcile with today!

World Autism Awareness Day – Autism is a disorder of neural development that is characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior.   Autism is typically diagnosed within the first three years of a child’s life.  It is not really understood how this happens, but autism affects how information is processed in the brain by altering how the nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize together.  I could go into a long and detailed explanation as described on various sites, but it gets confusing and long.  I did find out that Autism has a strong genetic basis, but that it appears that is not the only criteria for having it.  There are some theories about environmental causes, which are apparently controversial, though they make sense to me.  One of these is heavy metals (i.e. metal fillings in our teeth), pesticides and childhood vaccines.  Most doctors will tell you that the vaccinations aren’t plausible, but if they were to say that it was, then nobody would get shots. This is the point that I could get all up on my soapbox about poisoning our bodies, and loading the pockets of the pharmaceutical companies, etc., but it would defeat the purpose and draw attention away from Autism Awareness.    There are those who are seeking a cure, others searching for ways to prevent it, and still others that say we should just accept it as a part of some people’s lives and learn to deal with it rather than labeling it as a disorder.  Though there are some children who grow up to be functioning, independent adults, most children who are autistic will always need some level of care.  As with anything, education is very important, and prayer and patience play heavily into living with autism as well.

The APAWS Pooper Scooper Week – April 1st through April 7th – The Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists (aPaws) was founded in February 2002 by a group of pooper scoopers who educate dog owners the importance of cleaning up after their dogs.  Animal waste is no joke, and we all know that accidentally stepping in someones dog yuck next to our mailboxes, in our yards, on a public street or sidewalk is not only nasty, it’s a bio hazard and unsafe.  It also can really mess up a nice pair of shoes!  If you can’t pick up after your dog, maybe you should hire a professional pooper scooper to do it for you.  I can’t imagine doing that job, but obviously there’s someone making a living doing it, if there’s an association dedicated to it! 

Explore Your Career Options – April 1st through April 7th – If you find yourself this week in a job that you just aren’t enjoying, or if you know in your heart of hearts that there’s something more suited to your personality out there somewhere, maybe taking this week to check out your other options would be a good idea.  Ask yourself what it is you enjoy? If there’s a way to find a job that would align with one of your hobbies?  If maybe there’s something you always wanted to do, but just didn’t feel you could ever be hired to do, or maybe a dream that would take some further education that you haven’t had the time or money to pursue.  This is the week to figure out a way to make those dreams come true.  If  you just feel that its time for a change of pace, check out local job fairs, ads in the papers and online employment portals, or networking contacts through social media.  The right job for you could be out there, you just need to reach out to find it. 

Golden Rule Week – April 1st through April 7th – It just seems right that this celebration follows Good Friday and Easter closely.  The Golden Rule is from the Sermon on the Mount. Here are 4 Bible verses that deal directly with the Golden Rule:

Matthew 7:12 (NIV)  “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”

Luke 6:31 (NIV)  “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

Romans 13:8-10 (NIV)  “ Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,”[a] and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”

Galatians 5:14 (NIV) “For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

In the online dictionary www.dictionary.com – it is defined as:

1.       A rule of ethical conduct, usually phrased, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” or, as the Sermon on the Mount, “Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so unto them.” Matthew 7:12; Luke 6:31.
2.       Any philosophy, guiding principle, or ideal of behavior, as in a discipline, pursuit, or business.
 
The top 3 Golden Rule quotes that came up in a search are:
1.       “Even as wisdom often comes from the mouths of babes, so does it often come from the mouths of old people. The Golden Rule is to test everything in the light of reason and experience, no matter from where it comes.” Mohandas Gandhi
2.       “Practicing the Golden Rule is not a sacrifice; it is an investment.” Unknown
3.       “We have committed the Golden Rule to memory; let us now commit it to life.” Edwin Markham
Author John Maxwell summed up the Golden Rule perfectly:  “There’s no such thing as business ethics – there’s only ethics. People try to use one set of ethics for their professional life, another for their spiritual life, and still another at home with their family. That gets them into trouble. Ethics is ethics. If you desire to be ethical, you live it by one standard across the board.”
 “There’s No Such Thing as ‘Business’ Ethics: There’s Only One Rule for Making Decisions”
During this week, and through our lives, make an effort to live out the Golden Rule as we spend time with family, business associates, friends and even strangers.  Living this rule is one of the main things Christ taught when he walked the earth teaching the people everywhere He went, and He still speaks this into our hearts and lives through His word.
 
 

Laugh at Work Week – April 1st through April 7th – There are many benefits of laughter and humor in our lives, and since so much of our lives are spent at work, it includes wherever we make our living! The benefits of laughing at work include improved productivity, teamwork, communication, stress relief, job satisfaction and employee retention.  This week began with jokes and fun with April Fools Day and should focus on the very serious business of humor each day of the week. Make it a habit to laugh at work a little each day – just don’t let it distract you from the work portion of that day! 

Medication Safety Week – April 1st through April 7th – This celebration is exactly what it sounds like – a time to focus on the safe storage and usage of your medications and supplements.  Learn what you can take them with, what may render them ineffective, what could be dangerous for you to combine, etc.  This information could save your life, or could educate you in how to help someone else save theirs.

Testicular Cancer Awareness Week – April 1st through April 7th – We hear about breast cancer, lung cancer, etc. daily.  It’s everywhere we look in terms of people walking, running, campaigning for funding for a cure.  What I rarely hear anything about is Testicular Cancer – so this is the week to become aware of it as education advocates across the nation will be focusing on Testicular Cancer this week.  According to the most recent estimates by the American Cancer Society, approximately 8600 men were diagnosed in 2012, and while a man’s lifetime chance of developing testicular cancer is low (1 in 270), it is the most common solid tumor in men between the ages of 20 and 40 years old.  The good news is that this is one of the most curable types of cancer, with the risk of dying from it being exceptionally low at 1 in 5,000.  Most men who develop testicular cancer do not have any specific risk factor that caused their tumor to develop, however having a history of that testicle not descending into the scrotum at birth carries a 5 – 10 fold increased risk of developing into a testicular tumor.  The most common symptom is a lump, swelling or changes in size, and sometimes the lump will be painful.  Guys are actually pretty good about going to the doctor when there’s anything abnormal in that region of their bodies, so early detection is actually very common.  One thing that is recommended would be for men to be encouraged to go in for their annual exam and have the doctor show them carefully how to perform a self-exam, and to do so routinely.  Much like women are encouraged to do self-exams for breast cancer abnormalities.

Monthlies

The Monthlies are a little Excessive, so I’m going to pick and choose something here and there.  Since you all have the list, you can choose other ones that may interest you if I don’t hit on them, and let me know how they turn out!

Brussels Sprouts and Cabbage Month – Brussels Sprouts are basically tiny cabbages, on a stick!  They grow all along a tall stem, producing up to 50 sprouts on each plant, so you don’t have to plant as many to have an abundant crop.  The smaller ones are usually sweeter, and they are a hardy crop that do fine through some mild freezing, so they are good vegetables to have for a late harvest.  They are loaded with vitamins.  I personally love them oven roasted to give them a crunchy bite. Yum!  Cabbage, being the larger relative, is often overlooked as a nutritional superstar.  We usually think of cabbage as being round, waxy, light-green or purplish heads, but there are many varieties of cabbage in different shapes and colors.  For example, savoy cabbage has curly leaves, and two Asian varieties – Napa and Bok Choy- are not round at all, but are longer with definite leafy parts.  Cabbage and Brussels Sprouts belong to the cruciferous family of vegetables which also includes kale, broccoli and cauliflower.  Cabbage is popular all around the world, often appearing as a pickled or fermented dish – such as in German sauerkraut or in Korean Kimchi.

Emotional Overeating Awareness Month – This is an issue that is not discussed often enough, and I won’t go into vivid and lengthy statistics on the subject, but just give you my impressions of what Emotional Overeating is to me.  When I am really feeling stress or pressure, the first thing I often think of is that I’d like to have something deliciously, ooey-gooey and very bad for me as a treat to make me feel better.  In that way the food becomes an anti-depressant.  It may bandage what my issue is for as long as it takes to chew and swallow, but by the time the digestive process has begun, I start to realize I still feel bad, and will likely head to the cupboard looking for something else to mask the pain.  This isn’t something that we consciously do – we don’t say to ourselves “Self, you feel pretty low right now.  So-n-such just hurt your feelings and you now need to stuff your face with as many calories as possible as to insure you get at least a 3 lb gain on the scale tomorrow -now GO GO GO! Get fat!”  That would be just weird, wouldn’t it? No, the 3 lb gain the next day just serves to make me feel worse, and makes me want to just shrug my shoulders and give up.  When we are eating we aren’t thinking about the problems we feel bad about.  We aren’t thinking about a careless comment made by someone we love that hurts us. We aren’t focused on feeling lonely or bored.  We aren’t putting our aggression towards our boss outwards, but putting it inwards and eating those feelings away.  Sometimes it works – which just about guarantees the same type of self-medication the next time around.  See, eating is safe.  We need to eat, right?  We all have food in the house.  It’s not literally a drug, but honestly, emotional overeating can become an addiction just like drugs can.  Finding a solution OTHER than food, so we treat food as the fuel it should be, is the way to go.  This past couple of weeks I have been finding myself eating emotions.  I’ve been disappointed in myself over something, so I am taking comments that are likely made in all innocence or fun, and going with my first urge, which is just to shrug it off my caution about overeating, go to the kitchen and bake something.  I’m getting off the ride now, and undo some of the damage I’ve done.  I hope if you recognize this tendency in yourself, you do too.  Learning to recognize the difference in enjoying food for the tastes and textures, and stuffing yourself without really tasting anything at all, will make a shift in your food perceptions for the healthier.  Get off the ride with me.  We’ll get healthier together.

International Twit Award Month – hahahaha from serious to seriously silly we go!  The TWIT in this celebration stands for Tiresome Wit!  Any celebrity you choose can be inserted here to be the recipient of the TWIT Award.  This month MY personal nomination goes to Jim Carey – a ridiculous excuse for a comedian who’s movies will never receive another dime of my money, EVER, and who’s current works we have in our collection are heading to the garbage heap.  If you need to figure out why he’s at the top of my list, all you need to do is just do a search for why he’s in the news recently for seriously offensive remarks and statements he’s made of late.  He’s going to be head TWIT for quite some time.  Of course, new TWITS make themselves irksome every day, so never know, he could be bumped for someone even MORE offensive before I know it.

Well, I’m catching up!  Not as late today as yesterday, so you still have a little time to squeeze something in to celebrate. Between The Golden Rule (my favorite of the day), to healing ourselves from inside out, to all the different food celebrations, there’s a lot going on!  Hope you enjoyed catching up with me and looking ahead at what April holds for us.  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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