A Scoop In The Right Direction 

  Yup. Doctor’s orders. Yes, I like to eat all things bad with my main weaknesses being French fries with anything. That and desserts of all shapes and sizes. Alas, it is time to change my ways  I will not wait for January 1 to come to make for a New Year’s Resolution that won’t stick. 

As much as I would like to eat a Ron Swanson breakfast this morning I wanted to start my day right with the right fuel for my body. This is a bowl of oatmeal, topped with pumpkin flax granola, and chia seed. Ok, I added a little brown sugar as my addiction to to sweets runs deep. 

I think I am like a lot of folks. I need healthy breakfast or lunch ideas that don’t take a lot of prep time. If you are willing to share, I would appreciate whatever ideas you want to send my way. 

Laughter is Good Medicine


I snapped this street performer as he chased people down to startle them with his toy puppy, stopped to show off his juggling skills, and hammed it up for anyone with an iPhone. Shoppers, co-workers on lunch break, and tourists were laughing and smiling and happy to stop and watch the street performer do his thing.

A proverb in the the Old Testament says that a joyful heart is good medicine. According to WebMD.com the benefits of laughter include increasing blood flow, boosting antibodies, and even helping with sleep.

My approach is that life is too short to be too serious for too long. You need to be able to laugh at yourself and comfortable in your own skin to make others laugh with you or even at you.  Do whatever you need to do get some laughs in. Hang out with friends who like to laugh and watch some episodes of Little Rascals. Do whatever it takes. Get some good medicine of your soul.

Take a break

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Many of us are always going, going, going. Appointments, meetings, deadlines, chores, projects, dates, events, games, practice, etc. The once a year vacation or occasional weekend getaway is not enough. Each day, take a few minutes to take time for yourself. Most of you know this already, so take it as a friendly reminder. Find a quiet place to pray. You know, I’ll always say pray, but you should listen more than you talk. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.” I found this little spot in the warehouse at work. Once you find your spot, you can:

  • reflect and meditate (meditate does not mean worry… bad idea)
  • read
  • write in a journal

Ok, some of you journal on your phone, but no texting, no FaceBooking, and no tweeting every minute, telling your followers what you are meditating about. Please don’t. The point is to take a break for yourself. Get some thoughtful perspective. Start with 5 minutes a day and go from there.