🤗 Feel Good Hack ~ Wisdom in Slowing Down

“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.”

~ St. Francis de Sales

🌞 Today’s Inspiration ~ Shine On!

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” 

~ Marcus Aurelius 

Today’s Poem ~ Faith


S. E. Kiser

 Faith is not merely praying
    Upon your knees at night;
  Faith is not merely straying
    Through darkness to the light.

  Faith is not merely waiting
    For glory that may be,
  Faith is not merely hating
    The sinful ecstasy.

  Faith is the brave endeavor
    The splendid enterprise,
  The strength to serve, whatever
    Conditions may arise.

👊 Today’s Power Thought ~ Having All I Need

I don’t have everything I want, but I do have everything I need. Going to keep on walking and smiling.

✒️ Writers’ Wisdom ~ A Strategy for Story Writing

“When I write I pretend I’m telling a story to someone in the room and I don’t want them to get up until I’m finished.”

~ James Patterson

🍎 Today’s Health ~ Plant Based Diet? Get the Nutrients You Need

Sources of Nutrients

Make sure you’re eating enough of the following nutrients

  • Choline is a vitamin typically found in beef liver, eggs, beef, seafood, chicken breast, shellfish and milk.
    Plant-based sources include: wheat germ, Brussels sprouts, peanuts, soybeans, mushrooms and potatoes.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids are found in cold-water fatty fish like tuna, mackerel, herring, salmon and sardine.
    Plant-based sources include: flaxseed, soybeans, walnuts, chia seeds and basil seeds.
  • Vitamin B12 is typically found in animal products including fish, poultry, eggs, meat and milk products.
    Plant-based sources include: nutritional yeast, fortified breakfast cereal and fortified plant milks.
  • Vitamin D is naturally found in fatty fish, fortified milk, and eggs.
    Plant-based sources include: fortified orange juice, fortified cereals and some mushrooms. The sun is also a great way to get vitamin D.
  • Calcium is typically found in dairy products, sardines and salmon.
    Plant-based sources include: fortified soymilk, fortified OJ, tofu (made with calcium sulfate), kale, Chinese cabbage and broccoli.
  • Iron is a mineral found in beef, oysters, sardines, beef liver, and chicken.
    Plant-based sources include: fortified breakfast cereals, white beans, lentils, spinach, firm tofu, kidney beans, chickpeas and tomatoes
  • Zinc is naturally found in oysters, beef, shellfish, pork chops and chicken.
  • Plant-based sources include: baked beans, pumpkin seeds, cashews, chickpeas and oatmeal.


Today’s Smile 😃

Doctor: Jack, this is your wife’s first child, have you ever been present at a childbirth?”

Jack, “Yes, doctor, just once.”

Doctor, “Great. What was it like?”

Jack, “It was dark, then suddenly very bright.”


COVID-19 Is a Bummer – It Can’t Stop Good Things From Happening

COVID-19 Is a Bummer – It Can’t Stop Good Things From Happening

Here are a few of the good things I witnessed or experienced today:

  • I met my Italian friend Sal (we both have the funny northeast accent) on my walk. Sal gave me his special secret for a great sauce. Thanks Sal. Pasta night will come sooner than expected.
  •  Today’s visitors included cardinals, Mexican bluebirds, hummingbirds, and a sparrow family reunion (LOL). They all cheer me up.
  • It was a warm south Texas day, perfect for sipping iced tea this afternoon on the patio and reading a book. Grateful.
  • Grateful for all everyone who is working on vaccine or a cure. It’s a matter of time before they cross the goal line. BELIEVE!

The little things are priceless treasures to me. They brighten my day. I hope your day is filling to overflow with the little things that make life worth living.

Grateful for all the above.

If you’d like to share the good things you’ve witnessed on my blog, Email me (ray.brese@gmail.com) a short list (1 to 5 things.  I’ll post and attribute them to you in the way you choose to be acknowledged (e.g., anonymous, name, Word Press blog (etc.).

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