Don’t count the days, make the days count
There are two ways to look at life. You can either take in life as a total body of work or you can concentrate on each individual piece. Both views are important, however, on a day to day basis, it is so valuable to focus on every moment, hour, and day. If you are always just waiting until Friday, you lose track of the joys that each day can provide. It is also easy to do a countdown until your next vacation four months from now. There are 120 days until that time and be sure and give your all to every one of them. Make every day count. Grow. Find Joy. Give Back. Always live in the moment!
SMALL TASK: CLEAN YOUR PANTRY This will be a longer task. I would suggest that you tackle this project one shelf at a time if you are happy with how you have it organized. If your pantry has gotten to the point where it is difficult to find an item because it is chaos, then take everything out at once. Clean the shelves thoroughly before you put anything back. Now, survey the items on the counter. Group like items on the counter before putting them back on the shelf so you can assess the room you need. Then, decide if you really want the product or item, check the expiration date, and wipe it down before it goes back in its place. Think about how you use the pantry and what would be ideal. It may help to get some risers or containers. You may be surprised by what you find, and you will feel so good about completing this project.
SMILE MAKER: DONATE BLOOD There is a great need and this donation will immediately and directly help someone. Blood transfusions are needed for women with complications of pregnancy; children with severe anemia often resulting from malaria or malnutrition; people with severe trauma following man-made and natural disasters; and many complex medical and surgical procedures as well as cancer patients. It is also needed for regular transfusions for people with conditions such as thalassemia and sickle cell disease and it is also used to make products such as clotting factors for people with hemophilia. There is a constant need for a regular blood supply because blood can be stored for only a limited time before use. Regular blood donations by enough healthy people are needed to ensure that safe blood will be available whenever and wherever it is needed. Blood is the most precious gift that anyone can give to another person. It is the gift of life. A decision to donate your blood can save a life! For information about where to donate, here are two helpful sites: https://www.redcrossblood.org/ or http://www.aabb.org/tm/donation/Pages/Blood-Bank-Locator.aspx