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My journey as a writer began as a child. I wrote poems and short stories which were my way of dealing with various life changing events. I am a member of Rave Reviews Book Club. Follow me on Twitter @KIngallsAuthor www.facebook.com/KarenIngalls, and you can find my books at www.amazon.com. My first book is Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir which received two awards. All proceeds are donated to gynecologic cancer research. My second book is a novel Novy's Son, about one man's attempt to find love and acceptance from his father. This is an all too common problem in our society. My third book, Davida: Model and Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens is about the love affair between this great American sculptor and his model. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2017.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

CHRISTMAS GIFTS OF HEALTH

MY CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR GOOD HEALTH:



A box full of laughter, which is the best medicine. As long as we have a smile, giggle, or uproarious laugh, life cannot get us down. 




Two boxes filled with positive, loving thoughts. If we think gloom and doom, our life will be such. No matter the challenge, think about what you can learn from it and become a better person.

Three (or more) healthy meals a day rich in vitamins, minerals, protein, fruits and vegetables. Cut down or eliminate processed foods and sugars. 

Exercise at least four times a week. Opening those four boxes will improve your heart health, body weight, stamina, and will put a smile on your face and happy thoughts in your heart.



Do deep relaxation or meditation at least five times a week. This is a way to calm stressful thoughts, relax the whole mind and body, commune and listen to your God or Higher Power, and find peace.

There is no better gift at Christmas (or anytime) than the gift of health. Our bodies are each unique and beautiful, packaged and wrapped just for us. They do need to be taken care of, cherished, and listened to for good health physically, emotionally/mentally, and spiritually.

I like to think that our bodies are God's gift to us, and what we do with them is our gift to God...and to ourselves.
        Wishing you each a most blessed Christmas and a truly 
                          healthy and happy New Year.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

A SMILE & A HELLO

For the last two weeks I wrote about gratitude and chains, which leads me to share this beautiful true story. I hope you will be inspired, learn something, and it will change your life (and perhaps another person's life) for the better.


One Sunday morning Robert was patiently waiting for his wife to join him near the entrance to their church. As he stood there and looked around, he saw a man standing nearby who appeared to have just come from the nearby woods. Robert walked up to the man with a smile on his face and said, "Hello." The man shifted his position and looked around before saying hello to Randy.

"My name is Robert. Would you like to come in with me for a cup of coffee?"

The man stepped back a little and shook his head as he whispered,  "No, thank you."

"Well, I would love to have you come in and join me. I am waiting for my wife who is over there talking to those people." Robert pointed towards his wife, Danielle a few yards away. "The coffee is free and you just might like it. It will warm you up on this chilly morning."

The man again shook his head, turned, and walked back into the woods.

The next Sunday, Robert saw the same man standing near the entrance to the woods. He went up to him, extended his hand and said, "Hey, man. It is good to see you again."

The man smiled a little and shook Robert's hand and said, "My name is Mike." That morning Mike did go into the church and had a cup of coffee. The following week he sat in the church next to Robert and his wife.

Over the next weeks and months, Mike shared how he became homeless, that he was from England but had lived in the U.S. for several years, was well educated, and still had contact with his mother in England. Mike was very thin and Robert and Danielle were concerned for his health. They took him into their home, fed and clothed him, and found medical care for him. They set him up with whatever financial and community support programs available to him.

Another parishioner at the same church, Phil whose wife had passed away six months prior to Robert and Mike meeting. Phil and his wife had been long time members of the church. He was quite lonely and felt overwhelmed living in such a big house for one person. When he met Mike at church a kinship developed and soon Mike was living in one of the spare bedrooms in Phil's house.

When I heard this story, I could not help but recall the two blogs: gratitude and chains. We each probably have so much to be grateful for: our homes, food, clothing, health, etc. And it is my hope that we can break the chains that are holding us back. Thanks to Robert, Danielle, and Phil the chains that kept Mike homeless were broken.

    AND IT ALL STARTED WITH A SMILE AND A HELLO!!
                 WE EACH CAN DO THIS...WE JUST MIGHT HELP A PERSON IN NEED

Thursday, December 1, 2016

CHAINS OF LIFE


A CHAIN CAN BIND, HOLD, OR BE DECORATIVE.
THERE ARE CHAINS IN LIFE,
SOME FROM WHICH WE NEED
TO FREE OURSELVES.

There are times in our lives when chains might or need to be broken:

                     Chains of servitude: slavery of any type is immoral
              Of abuse and neglect: there is no excuse for either
              Poverty: we are all responsible to help those in need
              Illness: more research needed & sharing of medical
              Addiction: AA, NA, Al-Anon, and many more to help




Some chains have weak or missing links:
                                  
               Family: relationship between child & parent
               Friends: is there trust & honesty
               Professions, Jobs: is there integrity & respect 
                     



Locks might hold some chains together:

                       Can be locks of love: unconditional love is a must
               Tradition: family, religious, cultural
               Or control/power: this is a lock that must be broken


There are chains of gold or silver:

                Keep riches in: greed is not acceptable
                For jewelry: if done with love, not pomposity



And others made of steel:

                Can be broken: must allow freedom
                Emotions: unhealthy to hold onto fear, resentment, etc



What are the chains holding you down? Are you being abused? Are you addicted to any substance including food? Are you fearful? Do you hold onto possessions to the point they are weighing you down? Is your relationship with your spouse, partner, child, parent one of control?
If we answer yes to any of these questions, we need to seek freedom by breaking the chains that are holding us back from a free, healthy, and fulfilling life.

**My thanks to Shutterstock and photos at "photos of chains."