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Mind, Body, Soul
Holidays and Truth
By Mona Lease

Greetings, Gals!! OK - I admit it. I wondered why all of the hurt feelings, depression, anxiety, and such. Then - like a lightning bolt - it hit me. We're in the season where more people commit suicide...where more people fall prey to the constant barrage of the "holiday banter". We've all heard it...we've all seen it.

Pictures of a blushing bride and a beaming groom in front of a Christmas Tree....are seemingly everywhere. Pictures of pictures - of happy couples...of happy families... seem to taunt us from store-front windows.

Buy that huge...one carat...princess-cut diamond ring. 18 carat gold, of course. "Show her how much you love her." For kicks - I looked up the price of this ring. $6,500...before tax...as a ballpark figure.

Thanksgiving is fast approaching. And there are places all over that offer a cooked "Turkey Day" dinner...with all of the trimmings. That's a good thing. But not everyone wants to stand in line - or be around those they do not know. What to do here - what to do.

We all want the "love and stuff" of the season. These holidays are really only five days....5 days. Those 5 days being: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day...respectively.

My advice is: "Buy that watch...that outfit...that ring...that necklace...or whatever you desire. Buy some chocolates for yourself. Wrap them up and put them under your tree - or wherever you put them. DO NOT OPEN until Christmas Day...or whenever you celebrate this holiday.

After you open them - get yourself ready....put on your "presents" and go out somewhere. There is always something open. A lot of steakhouses have a holiday buffet. Drop in...get a piece of pie and some coffee. Leave if you are not "in tune" with the atmosphere.

I'll leave you with a few "thinking things."

How Confident People Set Themselves Up For Success

(1)Always, Always, Always Be Yourself
(2)Don't Believe In Limits
(3)Feel The Passion And Let It Fuel You
(4)Forget The Snooze Button And Get Up Early
(5)Commit To A Productive Morning Routine
(6)Be Willing and Ready To Adapt
(7)Saying "Sorry" Can Be A Strength
(8)Force Yourself To Get Lucky By Staying In The Game
(9)Exercise That Imagination And Read Regularly
(10)Know That Risks Are Inevitable and Approach Them Fearlessly
(11)Expect And Embrace Failure
(12)Ask People For Help
(13)Be Focused And Follow A Plan
(14)Get Yourself Organized
(15)Take Time To Reflect And Meditate
(16)Be Willing To Do The Work

"Your beliefs don't make you a better person, your behavior does." - Halos and Horns Fun Page

"If you love someone with an addiction; you love someone with a spiritual, emotional, and physical handicap; one who can never truly be who you need them to be until they are freed from bondage." - Halos and Horns Fun Page

"Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere; and sometimes, in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself." - Peace, Love, and Everything Else

"Life's tragedy is we get old too soon and wise too late." - Benjamin Franklin

"This bill collector called me today saying, "Your bill is now a year old." I said, "Tell it happy birthday." and hung up. - Humor and Positive Inspiration

"Re-set, Re-adjust, Re-start, Re-focus...as many times as you need to." - Peace, Love, and Everything Else

"How To Dress For Cold Weather: (1)Take off your pants. (2)Get back into bed." - Sun Gazing

"My friend just broke up with her boyfriend of 2 years and said: "It's not the person you miss. It's the routine"....let that sink in." - Halos and Horns Fun Page

And if all else fails call: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  1-800-273-8255. Some day all of us will have the answer that someone else needs. (Yeah - I believe that!)

"Sometimes all you need is for somebody to just be there, even if they can't solve your problems. Just knowing there is someone who cares can make all the difference." - sun.gazing.com

The best is yet to be!!     MONA


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