Kindness Full Stop
Spend your time and energy wisely. What brings you joy and how will your choices allow you to find joy? What is important to you? How will you best get to where you want to go? Always keep your goals in mind when making decisions. Determine your purpose in life and make decisions for a reason. There will be many opportunities in a day when you are able to advance yourself and take a further step in the direction you wish to go. Stand facing the direction you wish to go. Walk toward the future you wish to have and Run with the determination and purpose of someone who knows what they want and believes they can and will achieve the future they deserve.
SMALL TASK: TEST YOUR SMOKE ALARM Smoke alarms should be tested monthly and batteries should be replaced at least annually. Press and hold the test button on the smoke detector. It can take a few seconds to begin, but a loud, ear-piercing siren should emanate from the smoke detector while the button is pressed. If the sound is weak or nonexistent, replace your batteries. Try testing the battery on the same day of the month to help you remember. Similarly, you might replace the batteries yearly on a memorable date. Many people replace batteries when they change their clocks for Daylight Savings Time. Another device to monitor is the carbon monoxide detector. Press and hold down the test button on the face of the device. After a few seconds, you should hear two beeps which signify that the device has entered testing mode. If you are unable to hear any sound or if the alarm is too weak, replace the battery and retest. If after battery replacement the device still doesn’t beep, replace the whole detector as soon as possible. Test carbon monoxide detectors monthly.
SMILE MAKER: OPEN YOUR HEART An open heart is a heart that feels comfortable saying: “Let's try.” “We'll find a way.” “Let's learn something new.” An open heart is a heart that is not afraid; it knows how to endure sadness. It knows how to heal and how to forgive. It is strong and loving. When your heart is open, you physically feel warm and relaxed. Emotionally, you feel empathy, compassion, and an even keel. Mentally, you keep things more in perspective, and wish others well. Feel the strength being openhearted, wholehearted. The most open person in a relationship is usually the strongest one. Get a sense of your heart being expansive and inclusive. Keeping your heart open makes it harder for others to upset you. Notice that an open heart still allows for clarity about what works for you and what doesn’t, as well as firmness, boundaries, and straight talk. Make a commitment to an open heart.
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