Understanding, supporting and loving each other, is
how we will change the world….
New This Week
GB – Goodbye
ls2bd – left something to be desired.
wif – what I face
CC – constant companion
We said GB to 2020 and Welcomed 2021, but the start of the year ls2bd. It is very difficult 4 me to understand the behavior of others, especially in this truly chaotic time. However it reminded me of 1 of my favorite quotes; Mother Teresa said: “ I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.”…that just about sums up the beginning of 2021!
So it is not too hard to see why today’s message rings true in my soul… the simple idea that no matter wif this year, God is already there, brings me such a sense of peace it is hard to describe. It is that constant reminder that we can face whatever comes our way, because we are not alone. Faith is a guiding force if we allow it to be.
I am sharing Toby Mac’s song, Speak Life this week because I believe it helps center this idea that “God is already there” or faith with its CC, Hope. When we choose to speak life, in all its variations, we provide a platform for Hope…and we all know that mountains are moved with hope!
The lyrics to part of the song go like this:
Lift your head a little higher
Spread the love like fire
Hope will fall like rain
When you speak life with the words you say
Raise your thoughts a little higher
Use your words to inspire
Joy will fall like rain when you speak life with the things you say
Joy will fall like rain when you speak life with the things you say…wow…how empowering is that? What do you think would happen if we all choose to speak life in our daily lives? Would hope be invigorated? Would kindness become a mainstay? Would lives’ change?
There is much we could fret over and hide from this year, but I choose Hope and Faith in the understanding that whatever I may face, that God is already there and that my words have the power to bring hope and my actions can change someone’s world for the better. Will you do the same? #2021ChallengeSpeakLife
H – honest desire to
E – eagerly support
L – loved ones
P – prosper
WdUd? – What do you do?
hta – have to admit
G&T – Gifts and Talents
PS – Problem Solver
sXs – Step by step
ttti – throw the towel in
When life hands you opportunities to H.E.L.P. a friend or family member, WdUd? I hta that there have been times when the bed called me longingly, and I obliged, and other times when I jumped head long into the project. Such an opportunity arose yesterday and boy o’boy did I jump on it.
1 of my cohorts decided that they wanted to create something special for their family, but was as a loss as to how to pull it off. Ding, ding, ding….step in the PS and craft guru! We discussed the vision and steps it would take to make it happen, and the next day supplies were acquired, templates were cut and sXs instructions given.
There was one part of the vision that required creativity and ingenuity to achieve the desired outcome, not to mention; the time and multiple attempts to make it come to fruition on the page. With each failed attempt, it would have been easy to ttti, but the vision we shared would not be attained. Try again I must! In the end the desired outcome was achieved and we both gained something positive in the experience. The necessary tools to complete the project and the satisfaction that with a little bit of perseverance, a friend could be satisfied that their vision was coming alive.
In an ideal world, we would recognize the G&T of others and support them. By cultivating this simple change, can you image the impact our communities could experience? Moments will arise when we can do just that. We are given multiple opportunities to help or walk way daily. How we choose to interact and engage others can and does make a difference. What will you choose today?
~ mbp – making big plans
~ bca – best course of action
~ A2O- all too often
~ GaP – go as planned
As we head into 2020 most of us are mbp for our New Year resolutions. Starting the year off on the right foot is always the bca, but A2O those plans are either set too high or; good intentions are in place, but the follow through is lacking. Wanna make 2020 Extraordinary? Why not try doing a little EXTRA?
E – Examine the choices/options before you
X – X marks the spot
T – Trial and error
R – Routine will set in
A – Appreciate what you have accomplished.
Those who achieve the extraordinary didn’t give up! When they fell, they dusted off the dirt and picked themselves back up. When things didn’t GaP, they adjust – fire (that 1 was 4 u Joe! Lol) and approached the challenge from a new direction. The biggest difference between ordinary and extraordinary is the determination to keep on going and not give up! So as you approach 2020 and your New Year resolutions, I hope you have an EXTRAordinary year! And just in case you need to hear it…. I Believe In YOU!
Happy New Year!
~ KmG – Keeps me grounded
I am filled with Joy and Thanksgiving this Advent season. I have so much 2 be grateful 4! A job I Love, with cohorts that make the day seem too short. Good health and a family that I am so proud to call mine! A faith that KmG and the capacity to LOVE in a way I never thought I could! With all my wishes coming to fruition, this Christmas season I want to share my Christmas wishes for U!
May your Christmas bring you:
W – Warm homes and hearts
I – Incomprehensible joy
S – Stories and tales for generations
H – Heath today and in the years to come!
Like the lyrics to the song “The Christmas Wish” by John Denver;
For the truth that binds us all together, I would like to say a simple prayer.
That at this special time, you will have true peace of mind
and love to last throughout the coming year.
Blessings to you and Yours this Christmas time!
Song: The Christmas Wish, by John Denver
S C A M
M anage and maintain your finances
~ lfm – last few months
~ BFF – Best Friend Forever
~ gr8ful – grateful
~ ↑tick – Up-tick
~ DF – Don’t Fret
~ b2l – brings to light
~ t&m – time and money
~ y2y – year to year
~ HR – Human Resources
~ txt – text message
If you are like any of the 100k+ of residents in Yuma, you have spent much of your time on a computer in the lfm, it probably seems like the screen has become your BFF. I am truly gr8ful that we live in such a technologically advanced world. It has made this pandemic that much more bearable, but with the good we also have the bad.
I have definitely seen an ↑tick in phishing emails in both my private and business email and I have even heard of companies who’s whole networks have been compromised because 1 employee clicked a link they had in 1 of those emails. The good news is that if we take a little bit of time to educate ourselves on the current SCAMS (orginal meaning J) and ways to protect ourselves, we will not be another # in the growing statistical nightmare.
In the mid to late 90s we started seeing messages from a Nigirian Prince who wanted to share his wealth with us, all we had to do was send him $$$, and “poof” he would share his wealth with us. Do you remember that ??? Well this is just 1 example of a simple scam that hundereds fall for every year, Yes, it is still going on. The last reported statistic for that particular scam grossed over $700,000 in 2019. But DF…there are some simple things you can do to protect yourself.
In the video I have shared; 5 Ways to Protect Yourself Against Phishing Scams, a Webroot Cybersecurity Expert b2l 5 ways we can safeguard ourselves from phishing.
Phishing scams have evovled. It used to be easy to pick out a phishing email. There would be missed spelled words and/or bad grammar, no graphics or poorly imported graphics. But that is not the case today. Phishing has become soficticated and many phising emails do look legit. The best way to handle this is to NOT click any links in the email and contact the organzation directly. This could save you t&m in the long run!
Phishing fashion tends to change from y2y. Bye, bye Nigirian prince, Hello Mr./Mrs. Bossman/lady. Yes, believe it or not people are sending messages that appear to be from a trusted person asking for personal information. Or perhaps it came from your company’s HR representative. Again the best way to safeguard your self is to contact that individual directly. Ask if they are requesting that information. DO NOT click links.
Look at where the email came from. If it is from a comon free webhost like @gmail, @hotmail, etc. It probably is a scam.
Hover over the links in the email, DO NOT Click!! Your email will show an informational bar with the URL. If you do not knowy…NO clicky! Again, if you are not sure, most legitimate companies will have contact information accessable. Making a phone call could save you heartache in the long run
And let’s not forget that scammers don’t stick to just emails, there are many who prefer making a phone call or send txt. I have heard some horrifying stories of friends and family who lost everything believing that they were helping a loved one, who wasn’t in danger to begin with. The best advice in these situations is to keep your cool. Try to keep the caller on the phone for as long as you can, get as much information from them as you and reach out to your loved one. I have heard of individuals putting the scammer on speaker phone while they sent a txt to the supposed loved one in trouble, only to get a response that they were fine.
It is my sincerest hope that you stay safe during these troubling times and that with a little knowledge you are able keep yourself out of the rising statistics of those who have been SCAMMED.
God Bless You!
~ H2S – Have to say
~ VGR – Very Good Representation
~ FB – Facebook
~ PC – Political Climate
~ TC – The case
~ TAB – Thoughts, Actions & Behavior
With the 1st of 3 Presidential debates under our belts, I H2S the events yesterday truly encouraged my message for this week. As we listened to and observed our nation’s leaders behave in a manor I do not feel is a VGR of our country or governmental systems, I was drawn to a post my cousin shared recently on FB. I thought it would probably be apropos to share, given our current PC. The tangability of the messsage in it’s abstractness is perfect example of the human endveaor.
They brought balloons to a school.
One was given to every student, who had to inflate it,
write their name on it and throw it in the hallway.
The professors then mixed all the balloons.
The students were given 5 minutes to find their own balloon.
Despite a hectic search, no one found their balloon.
At that point the professors told the students to take the first balloon
that they found and hand it to the person whose name was written on it.
Within 5 minutes everyone had their own balloon.
The professors said to the students:
′′These balloons are like happiness. We will never find it if
everyone is looking for their own. But..
if we care about other people's happiness... we'll find ours too!
Happiness to some may seem like an elusive realm that only the fortunate are invited to, but that is not TC. In the video I shared, “How to be happy (even if you’ve forgotten what it feels like) – posted by Memorize Academy – there are some very simple concepts, that we can control, which could impact our happiness. Did you know studies have shown that 40% of happiness is linked to TAB? 50% of happines is tied to genetics or that only 10% of happiness is from circumstances? (i.e. home, car, career, etc.) WOW…I can influence and change my thoughts, actions and behavior and it will DIRECTLY impact my happiness. But…how?
There are some very simple things we can do to change the state of our happiness:
We can Nurture our relationships
Create and participate in New Experiences
Be GRATEFUL for what we have
It doesn’t matter who you are, where you are from, or what is in your bank account; you can create the happiness you are searching 4. And when you do, you will more than likely increase someone else’s happiness as well. Start today! Take a few minutes to watch the video I shared. Apply the techniques and track your progress. I think you will be amazed by the results. Oh and there is an app 4 that!! Try Happify!
God Bless you!