Holly and Heather's Helping Hands

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Month: March, 2013

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Preparing for a Joyous Holiday!

Easter is on its way and Passover has already begun. No matter what holiday you celebrate this time of year, there are more ways to get ready for it then simply hanging decorations and doing some shopping. Preparing for guests and gatherings is important, but what about preparing our “inside” world in addition to our “outside” world?

We noticed a certain theme with many celebratory events: journey through the difficult to revel in the glory. How much more do we appreciate the party after all the work it has taken to get there? And this is especially true this season. There is a certain amount of hardship undertaken before the holiday. We are trying to get ourselves ready on the “inside” for the special event. Here are a few things that might help with the journey and maybe make your holiday and ours a little more special:
* Do something for someone in need. Call someone who needs a receptive ear. Donate to a good cause. Give in any way – big or small – that is helpful and needed.
* Give up something that is causing you difficulties. If you think that chocolate bar is leading to diabetes, by all means, help yourself by eating something healthy. But how about giving up something like gossiping or negative thoughts? Replace the time spent on what you give up with something you can do positively for yourself.
* Spend quite time alone. Sit in prayer, meditation or in solitude reflecting on what’s important to you.
* Forgive and allow yourself to be forgiven.

Happy Easter! Happy Passover! Happy Springtime! No matter what you celebrate, enjoy your gatherings. We wish you happy, loving times and hope you prepare your inner and outer worlds during this special time of year!

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Relationships 101

How do you feel when there is a rift in communications in one of your relationships, and that person tells others of your situation? How do you defend yourself when the other person is only hearing one side of the story? What if that person is not being truthful? Or maybe to them they are but your truth is different and they do not infer your tone or feelings correctly?

When this happens it can be very hurtful.  We have all been in one situation or another where we’ve had to air out problems to a third-party. While gossiping goes against our spirit, sometimes we do need to talk to someone when something is bothering us. How do you handle it?  Do you go to the third-party and try tell to your side of the story? Or do you just let it be and pray for peace?

Ultimately, we don’t think you can ever really have fairness in these situations; people can say or do anything they want, to whoever they want. It’s hard not to let it bother you but what it really comes down to is that you just have to be yourself. If you keep being the same, good-hearted person you are trying to be, people will realize you are to be loved for who you are, not for what others say or think about you. Others should not judge you based on someone else’s story, and if they do, then maybe that relationship needs re-visiting. There are always two sides to every story and we should be careful to remember that.  For us, it always comes back to the bigger picture: be kind, say your point of view if you feel you need to, let go, and always be yourself.

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

We like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by wearing green, going to local parades and eating corned beef and cabbage. Have some fun and remember what people say…everyone’s irish on St. Patty’s day! Here is an irish blessing we love:
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sunshine warm your face, the rain fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Internet Protection for Kids

So this is probably a little controversial but what do you think about trying to regulate the internet for children under 16? Sounds impossible right? Kids would certainly not be happy about it, but we don’t think it’s an impossible task. Here’s our take: We all know the internet is full of great stuff and has, in many ways, changed the world but there is an equal amount of bad.  For children with their growing opinions, observations of life, innocence, vulnerability and lack of foresight, the internet is downright dangerous. We could list a myriad of potential minefields they are exposed to, from predators & scams to cults, bomb making & violence; the list is probably endless. Our country has laws in place protecting our children from drinking until 21, driving until 16, making the decision on whom to vote for at 18, why not include the internet? At one time, those things were probably thought impossible to regulate but now it’s just a given that these laws are in place.  Sure if someone underage really wants to do something illegal, they will find a way.  But why make it easy?  That shouldn’t be a reason not to try.  We acknowledge kids need their computers for school work, that is the norm now. But they are subjected to so many other things via the internet. With all of the geniuses and computer wizards working on the next great thing, why not develop software specifically designed for just what they need?  Manufacture a computer with technology capable of meeting their needs without access to adult content.  Challenging, yes.  Impossible, we hope not.

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