If any of this is applies to you, I want you to try something. I want you to post notes around your house, in your car, on your mirror, in your closet, in the fridge, wherever it makes sense for you…and I want you to write positive affirmations about you or about some outcome you wish to achieve. Positive affirmations redirect your values, your goals and your way of thinking.
I want you to think about the things you are good at, the things you have achieved, the people who love you, the things you like about yourself. Write it down, even the small things. If you think you have a great head of thick, healthy hair, write it down. Because that little reminder will hopefully redirect your focus away from something you don’t like about yourself the next time you look in the mirror.
When you stay focused on the positive, you have the capability to change your entire outlook and adopt a better attitude. When you adopt a better attitude, people are attracted to that and you find yourself in healthier relationships. Practice positive affirmations daily. At first, it may not be easy to hear the affirmation above the internal noise of negative thoughts and feelings, but just like anything, constant practice makes it easier. Just a thought.
If you need to let the water run to heat it up, capture the cold stuff in a bucket first to use for watering potted plants. Or heat your cold water on the stove or in the microwave.
Practice speedy showers and put a bucket in your shower to catch some of that excess water to reuse in watering plants.
Only wash full loads of dishes in the dishwasher and full loads of clothes in the washing machine, so you don't waste precious water for just a few items.
If you must wash the car, wash it on the grass so you'll be watering the lawn while you do.
Position sprinklers so they're not watering any pavement. And water in the morning or at night when the soil will soak it up better.
Don't let the water run when brushing your teeth or shaving. If everyone turned off the faucet for those little chores, we'd save a lot of water that way!
Look into rain barrels at The Home Depot that catch rain water (next time it comes) and hold it for personal irrigation use.
And finally, be conscious of your daily water use. It's hard to keep conservation in mind for a resource that comes flowing freely from a faucet. But if you're facing drought conditions, you need to think of the bigger picture and save water as a community. Do your part and keep water flow to a new low.
Thank you so much for being a wonderful sounding board and encouraging so many people who have heavy hearts. You've been a blessing on the radio for so long. Your show is a delight and has brought joy to my soul and a tear to my eye on many occasions.
We've listened to a wide range of stories and cheered along with you and the people sharing their stories... We've prayed along with them and been so thankful that there is someone out there who cares and will take the time to listen and minister to someone's heart with your words of wisdom, encouragement and the perfect song to match their situation. Linda
Linda’s letter gave me an idea: Every day, all day long people are posting on my Facebook wall, and many of them are seeking prayers or simply need encouragement. Unfortunately I’m only one person and I just can’t get to every single one of them. If you would like to do a good deed today, a really easy one, go to my Facebook page and look at what other people are posting; if you find a post from a complete stranger who could use an encouraging word, compassion or wisdom, go ahead and give it out. Just a thought.
I make a great summer salad out of leftover veggies. I put cold cooked veggies over a bed of romaine lettuce, add some diced leftover chicken, add a few dried cranberries for additional color and flavor, and add your favorite salad dressing. Delicious meal which does not require heating up the house on an already hot summer day! Patricia
I make oven fried chicken. If there is any leftover chicken I cut it off the bone and make chicken salad pita with baba ghanoush where you top pitas with hummus or eggplant spread, lettuce, cucumber, tomato and mint-marinated grilled chicken for an inspired, easy take on the grilled chicken salad. Jessica
And when it’s just too darn hot to cook and you decide to get takeout instead…you can use the leftover Chinese food in scrambled eggs. Just chop up the meat and use it in your morning eggs or wrap it into an egg burrito for a really delicious twist on breakfast. And combine any leftover fried rice with some grilled veggies for a delicious lunch or side dish to dinner the next night. That’s my little trick.
All it takes is a little creative thinking to come up with the next big recipe. If you think you’ve got a good one, email it to me! I’d love to publish it in a newsletter for all the world (well, close enough) to see! Email me at D@Delilah.com and put “My Leftover Recipe for Delilah” in the subject line.
I think my husband and I are worthy of your “Happy Anniversary” song. We are both 52 and we will be married 19 years this fall. We have been together for 20 years come Labor Day. I was diagnosed with mild Cerebral Palsy by age 3. The doctors told my parents that I would never walk (I did), I would never make it through school and definitely not college (I did). My parents thought I would never be on my own and never dreamed that I would be happily married (I am).
When I met my husband he was having 3-5 Grand Mal Seizures a day. My mom would say that I fell down and remembered, and he fell down and forgot. We were half a person each, but together made 1 person. I found someone who would wait for me to catch up since I am so slow but worth waiting for. He found someone who stayed around until he woke up and told him what he missed out on. He has had a seizure disorder since age 3 ½ and has been seizure-free for 3 years.
My brother once said “They are so in love it is sickening.” I have married my best friend and he his. Margaret
Who else is worthy of my Happy Anniversary song on air? If you’ve been married 10+ years, I like to reward your love and loyalty to your spouse with a fairly off-key serenade on my nighttime show. If you think your love story is worth sharing (the good, the bad, the ugly, the heartwarming and the funny), call me and let me sing to you tonight! My number is 1-888-633-5452.
I knew a man many years ago who would say “I love my son, I love my child; he means the word to me.” But he didn’t show up for his visits and he didn’t send birthday cards or Christmas gifts. He didn’t have any idea who his son’s teachers were or what his daily routine was like. So even though his words said “I love you,” his actions said “I could care less about you.”
Just as communication is key, actions speak louder than words – you’ve heard both of those before. And both are so true. So don’t be a liar, liar, pants of fire. Don’t say one thing and have your actions reflect something else. Think about this in your home with your children and your sweetheart; think about this with your co-workers or employees. Think about this with your friends. Be true to your words.
Show the people in your life how precious they are. Show them you’re not a false friend. Actively engage in finding out what’s going on in their life, their world, their mind, their friendships and their dreams. You will be rewarded with deeper friendship, healthier relationships and happier kids. And you will find a deeper joy in return. Just a thought.