Courtesy is one of the best ways we have of affecting the world around us!
With courtesy, politeness, and good cheer, we can have a measureable ripple effect that has lasting consequences. A cheerful smile, a kind word, a sincere compliment, unexpected forgiveness for some small slight, all have an impact that is incredibly powerful. The best part of it is that it spreads. Being angry or sad is contagious too so if we consciously choose a positive attitude (even if we don't feel it) we can gain better lives for ourselves and benefit everyone around us.
I know I am repeating myself a bit here but I can't understate the importance of this idea. Consider going through a checkout line. Everybody is tired and hungry. It's rush hour, and people just want to go home. Think about the difference, and the ripple effect, of behaving in an impatient way versus behaving in a calm, polite way. If everybody is grumpy, everybody stays grumpy. It leads to a worse day with more stress for everyone.
Now, what if ONE, just ONE person in line smiles, says a kind word to the checker, thanks the bagger for their hard work, and makes way for the lady with the walker? Everyone's day is brightened, just a tiny bit, with no added effort. Maybe the checker with the sore feet smiles at the next customer. Maybe the bagger takes a little more care with the next customer's eggs. It pays forward and helps everyone.
At work, I do a lot of customer service. 9 times out of 10 I am able to calm an angry customer simply by letting them know that I care about their problem and I want to do anything I can to fix it. Then, even if I can't fix it, they are often satisfied with me because they understand I did my best. I have seen so many times when an angry person calls up tearing my head off. I listen, I demonstrate understanding and caring, that human connection is made, and we end the call amicably. Then, at home, they have a good memory of someone helping them, they have less stress, and they might be nicer to the next representative they talk to. If I had been rude, that would have been an endless chain. The same is true of my fellow employees. A little friendliness spreads.
It's a really amazing thing once you start noticing this. People are more positive toward you, you have more people behaving nicely toward you, you get more opportunities, and most importantly, you have an impact on how people treat you. You are no longer at the mercy of the world, you are changing it for the better, just a little bit. Sure there are other ways to make a change but this is a great start.View Thread
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In one day, I have been called Lola, Lois, Robin. I said "fumarate" as "few-ma-rate." Member corrects me and says "that's few-mar-te!" I calmly said "it's spelled f-u-m-a-r-a-t-e. That's why I say it 'fumarate.'" "Y'all script X" - Express Scripts "harbage" - Harbart
I said furosemide - a water pill - and she says "I take that for my claustrophobia," not being a pharmacist, I said "it's generic for lasix." She finds the bottle and it says lorazepam. Glad we didn't mix those up! Hard to see how a carefully pronounced "lorazepam" sounds like "furosemide," even over the phone.
"So, how late are you open?" "24/7." "Wow, you must work from home..." "Naw, we take it in shifts."View Thread
niihama u - professors working in high energy physics lab, discovered portal while they were trying to create a controlled window to hyperspace.
major site groups: like webmd or dmv, are nodes or clusters of nodes. password protection is a barrier.
barrier maze: shifting token-synched pasword system, maybe multi password system.
hacker kid discovers that AD was working with yaks, planning to sweep in and take suitcase. was starting to do behavior modification on kids and planning to do more experiments. hence the escape attemptes.
This is a re-post, but relevant to more than just weight loss. I did not write this, but I don't know who did either so I can't give proper credit.
Setting Realistic Personal Goals for Weight Loss
Personal goals are simple to make, but can have a tremendous influence on your outlook. By completing the incremental goals you set for yourself, you can closely follow the little improvements you're making on your way to your ultimate goal. Because the scale's reading is a relatively poor indicator of how your health is progressing each week, these smaller goals can help you see that, even when the scale is frustrating, weight loss surgery is doing you a world of good. To start bolstering your success with personal goals, make them SMART:
Specific. The more details you plan out on how you'll accomplish a goal, the easier it will be to reach it. Think about the when, what, where and how. Do you need anything to get started? On what days and at what times will you be working towards your goal? For example, don't say you plan on working out more this week—say you plan on walking in your neighborhood for 30 minutes four times this week and make sure you have everything you need to do so.
Measurable. You won't know when you've reached your goal unless you have some way to measure your progress. Make sure you have quantifiable criteria and a way to record them each day, like a journal, spreadsheet or smartphone app. For example, you can measure how many times you go for a walk, how many miles you walk, how many minutes you walk and, if you really want to get detailed, the calories burned and heart rate reached on each walk.
Attainable. There's no point in striving to reach a goal you will never realistically achieve. Though it's important to challenge yourself, your goals should always be within the realm of possibility. If your goals aren't attainable, they will frustrate you (which defeats the purpose).
Relevant. Your goals should be related to your weight loss progress in some way, but remember that this doesn't mean they should be focused on the pounds you're losing. Instead, think of other aspects of your health and lifestyle and why you want to improve them. Do you want to cook more because you enjoy learning new ways to make healthy meals? Do you want to exercise more because you love the way it helps you relieve stress?
Time-bound. You'll need set start and end dates for your goals to keep you motivated to reach them. A week works well for many minor goals and you should make sure you don't give any one goal too much time. Remember that you can give yourself an extension if necessary.
Inspiring words from PinkIsNancy in the dieting club, in response to a long discussion regarding bariatric surgery. There is some good advice here.
"As of today, it has now been officially 2 weeks since my surgery, and a total of 25 lbs lost. the aches and pains are subsiding finally, I am able to sleep in my bed instead of the recliner, the incision looks amazing for what it is, and I can have scrambled egg, cottage cheese (small curd), yogurts, and a variety of pureed items. so ... Yes, I am doing very well. I am now back to work (part time) until the doctor clears me for more hours. I still can not lift anything over 5 lbs, bend over, reach over head, and dance the samba... but then again, I couldn't dance the samba before surgery LOL! My mood is brighter than it has been in a long time. I am off all my medications except my insulin... but even that is 2/3 less than what I was taking. The doctor was baffled as was I, when my sugars spiked to 300 in the hospital. then we realized I was one of those 1% odd balls with my sugars... I burn my meds through my system very fast, instead of the norm which do the exact opposite. So for the time being, I am only using 25 units of Lantus instead of 75. and we'll 'wean' me off them slowly. Other than that... I'm doing very well. I remembered others saying they had 'hair loss' after surgery, But I realized that was because they didn't start their 'bariatric vitamins' right after surgery, as I have. so no hair loss. Also, I want to say thank you to all of you. Your ongoing support and encouragement has helped me so much! It would be difficult if there wasn't anyone that understood the frustrations and heartache of being morbidly obese. I so very much appreciate all of you beautiful souls! Pink"View Thread
This is in response to the Boston Marathon bombing. These words were spoken by Fred Rogers when he was talking to children about 9/11, but they are just as true today. He said:
""When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'To this day, especially in times of 'disaster,' I remember my mother's words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world." "
As we recover from difficult events and renew our vigilance and awareness of our surroundings, I hope that we can retain our awareness of the good in humanity as well as the bad. Our focus truly does determine our reality.View Thread
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Me: (Explaining the relationship between two companies) Me: "Liberty is part of our company but I can't see their orders so I'll need to transfer you." Customer: "So you aren't divorced, just seperated." (LOL! Sometimes customers can be awesome, too.)View Thread
A very important part of health and emotional wellness is getting the right food. Food is the foundation of life, along with water and air, and it affects everything you do. It's important that you understand what you need to keep yourself healthy.
I'll give an example, though of course everyone is different.
LIfelong I had subscribed to the idea that a healthy diet consists of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean meats. I'd tried and tried to follow this plan but had been derailed by massive sugar cravings, my perennial downfall.
I discovered recently that grains were my downfall. Not just wheat, not just gluten, but rice and corn and many other things. Even if I didn't have blood sugar spikes, I'd have digestion problems. So one day I had a brain wave and... stopped. My spouse is on the same plan and has quit smoking with almost no problems, despite having tried and failed 12 times before.
Long story short, I feel awesome. I'm finally losing weight in a healthy way. I have lots of energy. I sleep better. My skin cleared up. All because I swore off rice, grain, bread, pasta, all that. I eat lean meat, fish and fowl, vegetables, fruits, lots of nuts. No sugar cravings anymore either.
My point with all of this is you may never know what your food issues are, and it's a good thing if you find out what your specific needs are. People vary widely. You may be surprised!View Thread
Sorry it's taken so long for me to respond, but you might want to think about my cheap phototherapy solution... looking at fields of color on your computer screen. Light boxes are expensive but full spectrum bulbs are less so. Try getting a few full spectrum bulbs, maybe an extra lamp or too, and go outside if you can.
Or do what I did and move to Arizona... just kidding about that last. I used to live in Washington State so I know how it is. Good luck!View Thread
Most people have heard of light boxes, I'm sure, and most people have heard of color therapy. I've found a simple, quick way to do this by just using a computer with monitor when I need a spirit-lift.
I start by going into a graphics program such as Microsoft Paint, something simple. You won't be drawing anything, just picking one color. Open a new file, and use the color fill tool to fill the entire screen with a bright color such as yellow. Orange works, so does red (for me at least) or any other bright color. I like warm colors for mood control.
Then, just gaze at the color for a while. Let it fill your vision. Imagine breathing in the color. Meditate, if you feel like it. You may be amazed by the results. I've found that the combination of light and color can really make a difference.View Thread
Music is another thing that can jolt you out of the doldrums. A happy song with a good beat, or a powerful piece of music can have amazing and immediate effects. Whether it's pop, jazz, heavy metal or worldbeat, there's something for everyone. I've found that it helps to have a CD or thumb drive or file of music that lifts your mood, so you can pop it in when you need a quick boost. Don't listen to those songs too often or you'll need to find new ones after a while.
Overly happy songs can have the reverse effect, it's good to find something that motivates or inspires you along with being happy.View Thread
I use this as a metaphor for that sense of 'spark' in your life. That feeling of a bright spot amongst the doldrums. When it's gone, the whole world seems gray and uninteresting and it's difficult to get motivated to do anything. How do we regain that spark? How do we remind ourselves that it's there?
Some find that mindfullness does it. Some are helped by being with loved ones. Some are 'sparked' by creativity, a pet, a favorite book, music. We can discuss this here, remind each other of ideas, and also be able to read the ideas later when we need a lift.
Quotes, meditations, ideas, jokes, bits of philosophy, and personal experiences are all welcome here.View Thread
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