Today’s Good Word ~ Two

Two represents the number 2. I like the number 2.

It takes two people to dance.

It takes two people to fall in love.

It takes two people to make love.

It takes two people to hold each other in times of struggle.

It takes two people to celebrate joyful moments. 

It takes two people to have meaningful conversations.

Yes, I like 2

Today’s Poem ~ I Met a Seer

I met a seer
Stephen Crane
I met a seer.
He held in his hands
The book of wisdom.
“Sir,” I addressed him,
“Let me read.”
“Child — ” he began.
“Sir,” I said,
“Think not that I am a child,
For already I know much
Of that which you hold.
Aye, much.”

He smiled.
Then he opened the book
And held it before me. —
Strange that I should have grown so suddenly blind.

A Better Life ~ It’s Time for Peacemakers

A peacemaker is one who has the ability to reconcile differences. Peacemakers search for ways to bring us together. Peacemakers find the path through difference and long held grievances. Peacemakers are needed in families, the workplace, and in global communities. 

Something to Think About

We never know how strong we are until life demands that we use our strength. Within each of us is a deep reservoir of strength that we seldom tap. It’s there waiting for us to call upon it. Imagine if we began using the strength that is already within us before life demands we use it. Imagine the difference we could make. Imagine how our lives would inspire others. Our strength is there. It is present within us. It is waiting for our call to spring into action. Now is the time. Call on your strength to make a difference. We need you. 

Today’s Health Tip ~ Why Manganese is Part of a Healthy Diet

Manganese is a trace mineral necessary for many bodily processes, like nervous system function and maintaining healthy immunity. Your body stores some manganese in your organs and bones, however, you need to get adequate amounts from your diet. . . . Our bodies need manganese for healthy bones and cartilage in addition to other vitamins and minerals.

Many foods contain manganese: These foods are healthy options to meet your daily requirement.

  1. Mussels  – Many types of shellfish have high manganese levels. With 5.8 milligrams, a three-ounce serving of mussels offers more than 250% of your daily requirement. Cooked oysters and clams are great options too, with up to 1 milligram for the same serving.
  2. Brown Rice -Brown rice  contains manganese; with 1 cup of cooked brown rice adding 2.2 milligrams to your meal, compared to white rice at 0.6 milligrams.
  3. Hazelnuts  – With 1.6 milligrams per ounce, about 12 hazelnuts can meet 70% of your daily manganese requirement. Pecans are high in the mineral as well, with 1.1 milligrams per serving, and peanuts — whether eaten from the bag or whipped into peanut butter — contain 0.5 milligrams per ounce.
  4. Chickpeas – Protein-rich chickpeas are a versatile legume. A half-cup of chickpeas has 0.9 milligrams of manganese, nearly 40% of your daily value. Depending on what’s in your pantry, you can also get manganese from other legumes. A half-cup of lentils has 0.5 milligrams and kidney beans offer 0.3 milligrams in the same portion.
  5. Spinach – Cooked spinach is a concentrated source of many nutrients, including high amounts of vitamin A and fiber. A half-cup also has 0.8 milligrams of manganese, 35% of what you need each day. If you prefer your greens uncooked, raw kale is a good alternative with 0.2 milligrams per cup.
  6. Pineapple – A half-cup of raw pineapple chunks comes with 0.8 milligrams of manganese. Many other fruits can add toward your daily total as well, including blueberries with 0.3 milligrams per half-cup and a medium apple with 0.1 milligrams.
  7. Whole Wheat Bread – Just one slice of whole wheat bread contains 0.7 milligrams of manganese, therefore, using two in a sandwich has about two-thirds of what you need for the day. Research shows that getting enough whole grains in your diet may reduce your risk of chronic diseases like heart disease or cancer.
  8. Black Tea – If you start your day with a cup of black tea, you’re already 22% of your way toward your total manganese requirement. With 0.5 milligrams of manganese, black tea also beats out brewed coffee, which has 0.1 milligrams per cup.
  9. Potatoes – A medium baked potato has 0.3 grams of manganese, but make sure to eat it with the skin. Along with much of the potato’s manganese content, potato skins have higher levels of fiber, iron, and vitamins C and B6 than the inner flesh.


Today’s Power Thought ~

What are you waiting for? What is the most important thing that you can do today? Perhaps it’s something big with your work. Perhaps it’s calling someone you love and telling him or her that you love them.

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