2017 Inspiring Moments Worth Remembering

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

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2017 Social Media/News inundated us with shootings, disasters, political madness and a general feeling that things couldn't get much worse...BUT it also delivered some inspiring stories, filled with hope, kindness, courage and the knowledge that all is not lost.

Here's a list (with links) of some of those  stories.  Let's welcome 2018 and hope that humanity will break more records, research cures and respect each other more!
(feel free to list additional inspiring stories in the comments section)

NASA's New Astronaut Class of 2017 Is Full Of Talented Women.  
These 12 astronauts were selected from 18,300 applicants.  They are next in line to go into space. And 5 out of the 12 are Women! 
That's record breaking!

 14-year-old Maanasa Mendu Takes the Title of America’s Top Young Scientist.  
We’ve all heard how important it is that girls and women get involved in science, and the good news is, they are.  Click the link above to read about the device Maanasa created with the goal of supplying sustainable energy to third-world countries which are severely lacking.

Female kicker makes college football history with scholarship 
Becca Longo, 18, is the first female to earn a football scholarship to an NCAA school at the Division II level or higher -- something she had no idea of until a signing ceremony Wednesday at her high school.

Kal Penn raises $800,000 for Syrian refugees after receiving racist tweet.  
Penn set up a fundraising page on Crowdrise to raise money for International Rescue Committee, a global humanitarian and relief charity that, among other activities, has launched an emergency appeal to help refugees in the US.

Watch the Air Force General that delivered a Powerful Speech against Racism: 
“If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect, get out.”

Alzheimer's doesn't have to be your brain's destiny, says neuroscientist and author of "Still Alice," Lisa Genova.
She shares the latest science investigating the disease -- and some promising research on what each of us can do to build an Alzheimer's-resistant brain.
Why Doing Good Is Good for the Do-Gooder 
“Voluntarism is good for the health of people who receive social support, but also good for the health of people who offer their help.”   
Helping others also gives us a sense of purpose. Dr. Linda Fried co-founded Experience Corps, a program that engages retirees as literacy tutors, after she discovered a strong association between a sense of purpose and well-being throughout life. Older adults who volunteered to help children with reading and writing tended to experience less memory loss and maintain greater physical mobility, one study suggested.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

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Coping with the Holidays

I saw a sticker on Pinterest today that said "Be grateful for another day. Not everybody made it, so don't take it for granted." 

That hit me today like an emotional Tsunami.  It's that Wonderful Time of the Year but I am not  really feeling the "Joy" of the Holidays.   I lost my dad on New Year's Eve 14 years ago, so this time of the year is always tough for me.

I am usually very private about this and have told very few people.  It took me many years to understand that it's ok to still cry, miss him and think about him.  I used to avoid calling my mom around the Holidays because I knew we would both cry and get emotional.  I realized that was selfish so the past couple of years I always made sure to call her and listen to her tell me how much she misses him.  The key word here is LISTEN.  She needs someone to listen to her so I make sure that I'm available to her (because she is the only parent I have left).

This time of the year can be tough on people for other reasons: feeling lonely, the unrealistic expectation of being perfect (what is perfect anyway?), family disagreements, political madness and the list goes on and on...

And even though everyone seems to be SO happy on their social media pages, the truth is not always so clear.  

So how can we cope?  Instead of feeling sorry, stressed, depressed, lonely, overworked, under appreciated, why not try something like this:

  1. Call a friend and honestly tell him/her how you're feeling.  Vent. Rant.  You might be surprised at the support you get back.  Even if you don't, you already got it out of your chest!
  2. Walk into a church, temple, synagogue, or mosque...you don't have to be religious.  You just need to have some peace of mind and these places usually give you that.  No strings attached.  I always go in and talk to my dad.  I tell him what's going on with his granddaughter.  How much she grew and how much she would have loved to meet him.  
  3. Volunteer.  Why?  Because it makes you feel good.  I volunteer at a local food pantry and that experience always brings me back to reality.  Find someone in need and lend a hand.  Be the hero for that person.
  4. Be kind.  Everyone is fighting a different battle.  Don't judge.  Be gracious.  Don't act like the Grinch.
  5. Be grateful.  That goes back to the sticker I read today.  It's true.  What's the alternative? I'm not ready to hand in my time card.  So everyday when I wake up I'm going to say Thanks I'm still here.
  6. Remember, don't take life too serious.  Enjoy it.  Laugh. Love. Have FUN! 

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