Today’s Reflection: Joy

A joyful heart is like the sunshine of God’s love, the hope of eternal happiness. ~ Mother Teresa

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Sunshine & Shadow ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Sunshine and Shadow


Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Life has its shadows, as well as its sun; 
Its lights and its shades, all twined together.
I tried to single them out, one by one, 
Single and count them, determining whether
There was less blue than there was grey, 
And more of the deep night than of the day.
But dear me, dear me, my task’s but begun, 
And I am not half way into the sun.


For the longer I look on the bright side of earth, 
The more of the beautiful do I discover; 
And really, I never knew what life was worth
Till I searched the wide storehouse of happiness over.
It is filled from the cellar well up to the skies, 
With things meant to gladden the heart and the eyes.
The doors are unlocked, you can enter each room, 
That lies like a beautiful garden in bloom.


Yet life has its shadow, as well as its sun; 
Earth has its storehouse of joy and sorrow.
But the first is so wide – and my task’s but begun –
That the last must be left for a far-distant morrow.
I will count up the blessings God gave in a row, 
But dear me! When I get through them, I know
I shall have little tine left for the rest, 
For life is a swift-flowing river at best. 

Today’s Reflection ~ It’s All About Attitude

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today’s Reflection ~ Good Things are Coming Your Way

Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you. ~ Walt Whitman

Wellness Tip ~ Loving Sunshine Vitamin D

“New research says that vitamin D may play a crucial role in weight loss by controlling appetite and helping fat cells become more metabolically active,” Dr. Oz says. The sunshine vitamin also helps your body better absorb bone-boosting calcium, improves immunity, reduces inflammation, and may even protect against some forms of cancer. . . . The best sources [of vitamin D] are salmon, tuna, and mackerel (especially the flesh),” Dr. Oz says, adding that “fish liver oils, beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks also contain small amounts.” And, don’t forget the most convenient source of all: sunlight. “Vitamin D is actually produced in your body when ultraviolet rays from sunlight strike your skin; the UV rays trigger synthesis of vitamin D, which then gets converted in your liver into its active form.”

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Wellness Tip

New research says that vitamin D may play a crucial role in weight loss by controlling appetite and helping fat cells become more metabolically active . . . The sunshine vitamin also helps your body better absorb bone-boosting calcium, improves immunity, reduces inflammation, and may even protect against some forms of cancer. Nearly 75 percent of Americans are vitamin-D deficient, so there’s a good chance you’re not getting your recommended daily dose of 400 IU (some people may need as much as 1000 IU, so check with your doctor to find out what’s right for you).

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Today’s Reflection ~ Happiness

“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” – James Matthew Barrie