It was the broken branches scattered like a velociraptor carcass in the yard after a wild wind storm that started me thinking about chainsaws. When I think of shopping I am more likely to envision high-end resale boutiques or perhaps hiking gear, so I had no frame of reference for chain saws, or trimmers, or other potentially deadly yard contraptions. I did what every modern person seems to do, googled for answers, and asked friends for advice. The internet answers were confusing and the consistent advice from friends was “I advise you to NOT buy a chain saw.”
Sometimes communication can feel like the hardest thing in the world. When we’re in the middle of a fight with our significant other, when we’re in a rough spot with our boss or coworker, when we get into an argument with our kids or a friend, it can feel like everything is crashing down around us. It may seem crazy, but there is one very logical reason this happens. When we enter into a conflict with someone we know and trust, in that moment (no matter how fleeting it may be), the connection is broken.
If you have a teen, you don’t need me to tell you how volatile their mood swings can be. Even when we think we’re approaching a subject in the most objective of tones, the conversation can escalate pretty fast. Raising a well-disciplined teen helps, but there’s a point at which your teen controlling their raging hormones is about as easy as you controlling your reaction to them.
Job security is what so many of us dream about: focusing on work without worrying about layoffs, budget cuts or politics. Putting time in with a company, working the ladder and being rewarded for years and effort… Unfortunately, this kind of job security is an illusion. Perhaps in decades past employees could enjoy the benefits …
As a not-for-profit senior care facility, Shalom Park provides personalized and skilled care to seniors, 65-years of age and older. The campus includes the Shalom Park Nursing Home for those who need 24-hour care and the J. Leonard Levy Family Wellness Center. The Wellness Center includes a fitness center and therapeutic pool designed specifically for seniors, as well as offers inpatient and outpatient therapy. Other services include therapy, a bistro and a salon.
Before we can make any positive changes in our lives, we must first stop doing the things that aren’t working. Then we can begin to create new, more positive habits. When you re-frame your mindset and live this change every day, you’ll see results. While the road isn’t always easy – and it certainly isn’t short – it will get you to where you want to be. And isn’t that so worth it in the end?
The ocean speaks in heart echoes and soul songs without words. Only feelings and senses and energy and dreams that fill any open spaces with laughter and love. I dance down the shore, adding a few tears to the salty surf, and feel renewed and often reborn. My body relaxes and heals while my spirit expands. All that exists is the present moment and it is wonderful.
Work, commute and sleep alone monopolizes about 430 hours of a month, leaving very little time for friends, family, personal obligations, chores and leisure activities. This is why it is so important to be smart and disciplined in managing your time, especially if you are trying to reach specific goals. Keeping your time organized and being cognizant of how you spend it is a major factor in keeping focused on your goals and minimizing stress. How else can you enjoy any time you have left?
The platinum rule encourages us to treat people as they would like to be treated (rather than treating them as we’d like to be treated, as the golden rule says). This is a great rule to follow when we’re trying to help others or to guide them, which is why it’s especially important for parents.
Jewish Family Service helps people be all that they can be. Whether it’s helping someone overcome trauma, preventing a family from going homeless, or ensuring that children in need don’t go hungry, JFS assists others to overcome difficult life challenges and reclaim their lives. We call it the power of potential and it’s powerful stuff. …