Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Even the North Carolina Department of Transportation has lost their minds over the eclipse. On major highways the big NCDOT signs now say, "Eclipse August 21, Expect Heavy Traffic, Plan Ahead"
A friend was looking online for eclipse glasses and found 3 pair for $299...now, I'm as interested in the eclipse as anyone, but for $299 I can drive to Charleston, sleep in my car, visit the bar at the Francis Marion Hotel and watch the eclipse on television and it'll cost me a lot less than $299.
So, if you really want to safely experience an event that used to make primitive tribes throw virgins in volcanoes with hopes their gods would bring the sun back, here's what you do....
go get a box from the likker store...you'll need one that is rectangular and usually holds 6 fifths...Jose Quervo or almost any cheap vodka box is the perfect size...
tear the flaps off the top
flip it over and poke a hole about the size of a big pencil 2/3 of the way up one end...if you want more complete instructions, poke the hole 1/3 of the way down the box from the end that is now the top and is glued together...how's that?
now, on eclipse day you stand with your back to the sun, put the box over your head and position it so you can see a round spot of light on the end you are facing.
As the eclipse progresses you'll see the shadow of the eclipse begin to cover the light spot...it'll be just like watching the eclipse without actually looking at the sun...and you won't hurt your eyes!!
However, you should print this blog out so that when your neighbors call the cops, "My neighbor is standing in the middle of the street with a box on his head!!! I think the Trump stuff finally got to him!!!"...you'll be able to explain that you simply didn't want to spend $299 for glasses that would make you go blind.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Heard a question yesterday that may have changed my life.
While driving I was listening to Wayne Dyer (if you don't know the name you need to go to YouTube and check him out) and he said, "How would you treat yourself if you were who you believe yourself to really be?"
In our hearts-of-hearts we know we are good, kind and successful. We may not show the expected trappings of success, but we know that, if we learn and do certain things, we'll achieve the success we know we deserve.
Unfortunately, we spend too much time beating ourselves up...and yes, we could be slamming ourselves or simply bumping ourselves around with generally negative thoughts.
Over half our thoughts are of a negative nature; over half our conversations are, in one way or another, of a negative nature.
While our "Negativity Bias," the tendency to look for and expect the worst, kept us safe when we were living in caves it slows us down now.
"How would you treat yourself if you were who you believe yourself to really be?
If you know someone who might benefit from this message please share it!
Monday, August 7, 2017
Caregiving is one of those life experiences that can be so wonderfully rewarding and so crushingly stressful and sad...all at the same time.
Are you are caregiver or do you know someone who is?
Many of you know that a few years ago I created a video, Care for the Caregiver...won a National Caregiver Friendly Award from Today's Caregiver Magazine...just posted this ebook...Caregiver 101...101 Tips for Keeping Caregiving From Making You Crazy!!!...if you can use it, check it out...or, share with someone you know who is facing this challenge.
If you are interested in the video it's on Amazon...just check out "Care for the Caregiver Mike Collins"...
here's the book...https://www.amazon.com/Caregiver-101-Caregiving-Making-CRAZY-ebook/dp/B074KQ28ZJ/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1502112618&sr=1-2&keywords=caregiver+101
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Whataya think about the picture?
If you're like me the first thought you have is, "I wish I was there!"
So, why not be there?
I'm going to ask you to take two minutes and hang with me on this....I promise you'll like it.
You want to really get into this: Focus on the picture and imagine yourself standing barefoot on the beach at the edge of the water. You're wearing shorts and a light shirt or top. You have cool sunglasses on and, if you need it, a hat of some type.
Imagine the feel of the sand on your bare feet. Take a few, slow, deep breaths and imagine a wonderful fragrance. It could be flowers off to the right, someone grilling down the beach, or the light, salty fragrance of the ocean.
Feel the warm sun on your face, arms and legs. A way to understand that you are too much of a grown-up is that you can't imagine this without automatically thinking, "OMG!!! Sunscreen!!!"
So, just chill out for about one more minute.
You hear the water lapping up on the beach and you feel the warm, wetness of the sea on your feet.
You look around and see how beautiful the beach, the sea and the sky really are.
Now, just relax into it.
This whole exercise takes about 2 minutes...and, if you're like most people, if you really get into it your heart rate will slow down a little and your body...and mind...will relax.
What you've just done is a mindfulness exercise...and doing it, or something like it, is REALLY healthy and good for you mentally and physically.
Enjoy the beach.