Article by Make The Days Count Contributor Tamara Belinc

 

Editor’s Note: Thanksgiving is normally the start of the Christmas season.  This article is dedicated to all the family traditions we each hold dear in the hopes we are able to maintain and cherish them this season and many more to come.

 

Every year on Christmas Day, after the turkey was eaten and the presents were opened, my family members participated in a no-hold barred paper ball fight.  As everyone opened presents, they gathered wrapping paper, hording it behind, under and around them – anywhere they could get it, just so they could get in on the fun.

 

Soon, red, green, blue and multi-colored paper balls were flying; people were ducking and twisting to avoid being hit, while strategically throwing the balls at whomever they wanted to hit.  It was a fun way to avenge any wrongs that might have happened during the year.  Even my Granny, the family matriarch, got in on the action, throwing from her lift chair in the corner of the room. Read More »

Posted on 27 November, 2008 in Finance & Family, Happiness, Spirituality
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Article by Dee DeWitt

Of the several themes that run through Make The Days Count, gratitude is probably one of the more central and important ones.  It’s sometimes tough in the times we are living to be grateful for the blessings that we are given.   Financial crises, family and friends off to war, business failures, wondering if we will still have a job (or find a job) next year, not to mention the individual challenges we each face on more personal levels.  As Thanksgiving approaches, remembering to be grateful can be tough for each of us.

 

Personally, I worry about what the impact of our many crises will have on my family, my church and business, and me.  It’s difficult sometimes to be thankful for the many blessings God has given me, most undeserved.  And He has given me many. 

 

Perspective is so important at this time of the year. Read More »

Posted on 26 November, 2008 in Gratitude, Inspirational Stories, Spirituality
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Article by Make The Days Count Contributor Judy Mosley

 

It’s a simple signal – a little growl in the stomach or the sudden urge for “something.”  Human beings are superior for knowing when we are hungry.  Even if we aren’t exactly starving, we will snack as much as possible to keep hunger at bay.

 

There is another part of us that needs just as much attention.  It can’t be seen on an x-ray or an ultrasound, but it’s still an important part of who we are.  We’ve all felt its’ many signals … from unwarranted anger, the loneliness that creeps in while we’re in a crowded room, to the feeling inside when we have nothing left to give to those around us, just to name a few.

 

It’s our soul speaking to us in different ways, and it’s telling us it’s hungry. Read More »

Posted on 18 November, 2008 in Balance, Fitness & Health, Gratitude, Happiness, Making the Day Count, Spirituality
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Article by Make The Days Count Contributor Judy Mosley

 

The alarm goes off. Quickly, you slam the snooze just praying for five more minutes. And, you get them but feel even worse after the alarm rings again. You get up, already feeling the dread seeping in. It’s not waking up that’s the problem, it’s facing whatever it is that makes you feel “just not right.”

 

So, what is it? Your relationships? The pain in your body? The boss that dries up your heart the moment you walk in the door? Is it the daycare that you just don’t feel right about or those five pounds you were going to lose? Maybe, it’s your finances? Whatever it is, you just wish the feeling would go away. You try everything to make it disappear. You explain away your fears, making excuses for things that just “aren’t right.” Or, you just ignore them.

 

And there lies the challenge! None of us can ignore what’s going on around us and to us. Everything that comes into your life has come for a purpose. Even the feelings that you just can’t shake, no matter what you do to be rid of them. You have been given a gift and these gifts can change the course of your life. It all depends on what you do with them.

 

It’s time for each of us to pay attention to our lives No more rationalizing, making excuses, or ignoring the problem. Read More »

Posted on 15 November, 2008 in Balance, Career, Finance & Family, Fitness & Health, Helping Others, Spirituality
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