Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Pink Dress


There was this little girl sitting by herself in the park. Everyone passed by her and never stopped to see why she looked so sad. Dressed in a worn pink dress, barefoot and dirty, the girl just sat and watched the people go by. She never tried to speak. She never said a word. Many people passed by her, but no one would stop. The next day I decided to go back to the park in curiosity to see if the little girl would still be there. Yes, she was there, right in the very spot where she was yesterday, and still with the same sad look in her eyes. Today I was to make my own move and walk over to the little girl. For as we all know, passed by and made no effort to speak to her. Deformities are a low blow to our society and, heaven forbid if you make a step toward assisting someone who is different. As I got closer, the little girl lowered her eyes slightly to avoid my intent stare. As I approached her, I could see the shape of her back more clearly. She was grotesquely shaped in a humped over form.I smiled to let her know it was OK; I was there to help, to talk. I sat down beside her and opened with a simple,
The little girl acted shocked, and stammered a "hi" after a long stare into my eyes. I smiled and she shyly smiled back. We talked until darkness fell and the park was completely empty. I asked the girl why she was so sad. The little girl looked at me with a sad face said,
"Because, I'm different";
I immediately said,
"That you are!", and smiled.
The little girl acted even sadder and said, "I know."
"Little girl," I said, "you remind me of an angel, sweet and innocent."
She looked at me and smiled, then slowly she got to her feet and said, "Really?"
"Yes, you're like a little Guardian Angel sent to watch over all people walking by."
She nodded her head yes, and smiled. With that she opened the back of her pink dress and allowed her wings to spread, then she said "I am. " I'm your Guardian Angel," with a twinkle in her eye.
I was speechless -- sure I was seeing things.
She said, "For once you thought of someone other than yourself. My job here is done"
I got to my feet and said, "Wait, why did no one stop to help an angel?"
She looked at me, smiled, and said, "You're the only one that could see me," and then she was gone.
And with that, my life was changed dramatically. So, when you think you're all you have, remember, your angel is always watching over you.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009



First, make a decision to be happy, only then will happy things happen.
Grab a bite. Even if you’ve just had a bad morning, a bite of chocolate can do wonders.
Get moving. Moving releases natural endorphins, which are natural antidepressants.
Smile. Some studies actually say that smiling purposefully puts people in a good mood.
Laugh out loud. Laughing also releases endorphins, the happy hormones.
Be with happy people. Happiness can be contagious.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009



Say goodbye to bagels. Researchers from Louisiana State University System tracked people on a low-cal diet and found that those who ate two eggs in the morning lost 65 percent more weight than those who had a bagel breakfast with the same number of calories.Plus,the egg eaters’ cholesterol levels didn’t go up. How did they shed the extra pounds? Compared with the bagel group, they felt fuller after breakfast and ate fewer calories during the day.

Exercising to the right song can help you get fitter. Music helped participants work out longer. The key is to find tunes that get you going. Once you sit down to eat,however, silence is best. A study showed that people munched more when music was playing. (hmmm, is this the reason why almost restaurants have music around).

No longer feeling the burn from your daily walk? Weight loss may plateau becausemuscle memory kicks in when you do the same exercise over and over. Challenge your body and use up more fuel by giving different muscle groups a jolt. Mix it up: Do some laps in the pool or try some high-intensity power yoga.

Grab a snack before you sip. Drinking caffeine or alcohol, especially on an empty stomach, encourages insulin to floodgate into the bloodstream. The result is the activation of cortisol, a fat-storing hormone. If you can’t live without your morning latte, drink only after a nibble of healthy fats, it’ll help stabilize your blood sugar levels.

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