To my friends:


I read the following in a book called "Simple Abundance" by Sarah Ban Breathnach, and loved it.  I shared it with my mom (she has the book also) and she typed it up.  I'm glad she did because now I can share it with you!  It brought me a lot of ideas to get more out of my life.  The title of it is "Coping with Stress."  But I think it's about more than just coping with stress, but coping with life.  Good things to think about in your everyday life.  It also just simply brought a smile to my face.  Hope you enjoy her ideas as well.


P.S. If Mom already sent this to you, I re-sent it to you so you could read my thoughts.  Love you all!



-------Original Message-------


From: Marsha (My Mom)

Subject: I don't toss these along often,


 But it isn't a forward, I typed it up for myself after my daughter nudged me here again, then I thought it was something I'd love to share with those who meant something to me.   For anyone who is feeling stressed. . . my daughter pointed me once more to this wonderful list from Simple Abundance.  I loved these words:


Cultivate, Begin, Keep, Strive, Allow, Breathe, Luxuriate, Opt, approach, Honor, Surrender, Nurture, Create, Cherish, Care, Express, Search. . . Be.


* Cultivate gratitude
* Carve out an hour a day for solitude.
* Begin and end the day with prayer, meditation, reflection
* Keep it simple.
* Keep your house picked up.
* Don't overschedule.
* Strive for realistic deadlines.
* Never make a promise you can't keep.
* Allow an extra half hour for everything.
* Create quiet surroundings at home and at work
* Go to bed a nine o'clock twice a week.
* Always carry something interesting to read.
* Breathe - Deeply and often.
* Move - walk, dance, run, find a sport you enjoy.
* Drink pure spring water. Lots of it.
* Eat only when hungry.
* If it's not delicious, don't eat it.
* Be instead of Do.
* Set aside one day a week for rest and renewal.
* Laugh more often.
* Luxuriate in your senses.
* Always opt for comfort.
* If you don't love it, live without it.
* Let Mother Nature Nurture.
* Don't answer the telephone during dinner.
* Stop trying to please everybody.
* Start pleasing yourself.
* Stay away from negatie peple.
* Don't squander precious resources: Time Creativity, Emotion.
* Nurture friendships.
* Don't be afraid of your passion.
* Approach problems as challenges.
* Honor your aspirations.
* Set achievalbe goals.
* Surrender expectations.
* Savour beauty.
* Create boundaries.
* For every "yes, " let there be a "no"
* Don't worry; be happy.
* Remember, happiness is a living emotion.
* Exchange security for serenity.
* Care for your soul.
* Cherish your dreams.
* Express love every day.
* Search for your authentic self until you find it.


The Little prince, says, "What is essential, is invisible to the eye" ~  It is this that I breathe. ~MS



"Unforgiveness is like taking poison, and waiting for the other person to die."

~ Malachy McCourt