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This is national nurse week. So go out and appreciate the nurses in your life.

Having a sister who has over 30 years experience in the nurse field and still LOVES her job, I came to appreciate nurses even more. She took my calls each time when I needed advise on what to do with my children. She’s driven through snowstorms, thunderstorms to do her job at the hospital, knowing that the current nurses on the job needed relief.

I also want to thank the nurses that personally had to deal with me. I do not like needles and faint rather easily. Thanks for listening to me and helping me through these events.

Nurses deserve our appreciation
They work under a lot of stress
On this there is no speculation
They are the best of the best

The Doctor’s get all of the respect
While the Nurses work on the line
Nurses do what we’ve come to expect
They’re really one of a kind

They nurse our aches and pains
Administer treatment and medication
And then the nurse patiently explains
Alternatives and expectations

Thank a Nurse whenever you can
You will need a Nurse one day
I am the Nurses biggest fan
And that’s all I have to say

More information on how nurses week came into being.

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Do One Thing and  we can create  change. The earth relies on each one of us. Today is Earth Day, what will you do to help? Just one change makes a difference.

Plant more trees & flowers to help balance the air. Carbon Based figures now outweigh the plant based, thereby causing our air to be out of balance. The plants consume what we exhale. And we inhale what the plants exhale. Help bring this back into balance.

Use more earth friendly produ

cts in your yard. You can kill weeds with water & vinegar, instead of using a chemical weed killer. Mix 1/4 vinegar with 3/4 water. Spray on dry weed on a hot sunny day. The sun will interact with the vinegar killing the roots of the weed. Or you can buy the finished product.

Water – put out some pots or cans to collect rainwater and use that water to water your plants and/or vegetables. Or you can buy a rain barrel, which collects water from your gutters. If you want to do more, you can put in a grey water system, which collects “grey” water from your house pipes.

Remove mosquitoes using earth friendly products.  Use some of the following plants in a planter that is stationed where you sit. These plants naturally repel mosquitoes.  Basil, rosemary, citronella, lemongrass

More resources
Earth save Organization

to get back to nature, a good book read and/or website is “When Technology fails” by Matthew Stein.

Building Sustainability House Plans

Eye on Design

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Dalai Llama“At a fundamental level, as human beings, we are all the same; each one of us aspires to happiness and each one of us does not wish to suffer.”  – His Holiness the 14th Dalai Llama of Tibet

There have been moments of profound happiness in my life. Just thinking about them creates a warm glow in my heart. I can feel myself smiling, and if someone were to walk in the room right now, they’d see me and smile, too. Happiness is catching.

But what really strikes me about the Dalai Llama is his ability to continually aspire to a state of happiness in spite of everything he has gone through. He has known great suffering, has lived with the physical experience of human nature at its worst, yet he is unshaken in his belief that we are all meant to be happy.

The Dalai Llama teaches that happiness is achieved by choosing not to suffer. Choosing not to suffer is achieved by training our minds. The Dalai Llama has mastered the ability to choose happiness over suffering, but he would be the first to tell you that it doesn’t happen overnight. We can start with simple, everyday experiences. For example, I can stand impatiently in a long line at the store, or I can stand there thankful for the extra time it gives me to relax. Training ourselves to perpetually seek that silver lining can prepare us to find strength and acceptance in situations that are not so easy. It takes practice.

In my last blog, I wrote about the impact our positive or negative words can have on others, including water and plants. Choosing happiness is ultimately about how we direct such words to ourselves. We can make ourselves wilt or grow with the power of our own thoughts, regardless of the situation. It’s all in how we tell ourselves to think about it. Definitely not easy to do, but Quintessence Creations was founded with the idea that we can help people on their path to healing and happiness. Sometimes that lovely image, or inspirational saying, or peaceful scent, can remind us of those warm, glowing moments in our hearts.

With sincere wishes for your happiness,

Nancy

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Grand CanyonStanding safely on a fenced cliff overlooking the Grand Canyon is much like standing in the presence of an angel. Its magnificence fills you with awe and wonder. One look from the dizzying height at the glorious multicolor view that stretches as far as the eye can see shifts something within you, and your perspective on life is forever changed. You feel humbled and strangely peaceful, even blessed by this spectacular evidence that the world is beautiful and so much bigger than we can ever hope to understand.

Science tells us that this stunning gape in the earth adorned with towering reddish rocks was created by steady, centuries-patient river water on stone. Those rushing currents caressed the rocks over and over again, repeating the same message to the seemingly unyielding stoneyou are more than this. Fulfill your potential. And the rocky land became deeper, wider, and ever more beautiful until it grew into what we know today as the Grand Canyon.

Archangel Gabriel, the Messenger, is like that river. He patiently speaks to us every day of our lives, encouraging us with the message of our own potential. Whenever we feel hard and unwilling to change, Gabriel is there to guide us and help us carve our paths through the canyons of life. Each and every one of us has the power to grow and change. We are meant to be one with our higher selves, vibrating with that same humbling wonder we see in nature’s most magnificent creations. Sometimes it just takes a little help from our good angels to get us there.

Happy changemaking,

Nancy

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Young Mule Deer in SnowSome mornings, I can tell if it has snowed overnight. As my last dream slips back into my unconsciousness, and my eyes blink slowly open, I can feel the stillness in and around the house. The steady, delicate falling snow muffles the waking sounds of my neighborhood. No birds calling, no dogs barking, no sound of cars warming up. Just a still, peaceful silence, as if Mother Nature is singing the world a lullaby.

Briefly, I snuggle deep within my comforter like a hibernating bear, but the call for a steaming mug of my favorite morning tea is too strong. Soon, I am warmly wrapped in robe and slippers by my favorite window, sipping tea and watching the white lullaby blanket the world.

Nature knows we need our rest better than we do. Whether it’s a blizzard or the flu, she always finds a way to make us pause our busy lives, drop everything, and simply rest a moment.

Ever notice that the more rested you are, the more you can accomplish? Instead of waiting for the Earth Mother to remind us that which every other creature on the planet innately understands, we can simply add rest into our daily schedule. Yes, that could mean a nap, but twenty minutes of meditation is just as refreshing. Sometimes all you need is to sit peacefully, watching the falling snow. No electronics, no book, no list of things to do – just sit comfortably and still your busy mind. Observe the simple beauty outside your window, breathe in an aromatic candle, sip the warmth of your favorite beverage, and relax for half an hour at some point in your day, every day. You’ll be surprised how healthy and awake you’ll feel after doing this for just a week. Besides, Mother Nature is less likely to bring flu to well-rested people. Might be easier to rest on your schedule than on hers.

With restful wishes,

Nancy

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