One thing I have noticed is that a lot of the recommended reading material that I find dates back to the post-depression days. It seems there was a real push for the “power of positive thinking” back then, and it stalled out. The Master Key System, Think and Grow Rich, and How to Win Friends and Influence People (to name a few) are titles that are still heralded as relevant in modern times, even though they were written in the early days of the 20th century. World War II dampened that drive, I suppose, and it’s a shame because if it continued to build then imagine how much better off we as individuals and a society would be! Certainly, the inspirational community has taken up the cause in the 21st century, as you can see it all over the inspirational networks and radio stations. It’s just a shame that it’s movement in secular culture was squashed, because people everywhere need this. As it stands, The Secret (and the books in that series) are all I really see that hit “big” outside the inspirational community in modern times. That’s a shame because it really works. It takes effort. Of course, the hardest thing in the world to change is how you think, but it can be done, and it’s well worth it. As I’ve said so often, if you want to change the world, you have to start on the inside – your inside – and then a new perspective and way of thinking will lead to greater things on a bigger scale. It starts small and grows, like all other things.
I know one place it’s really needed is in personal relationships. I’ve had at least three people come to me in recent weeks saying that they’ve been disappointed or betrayed by people that they thought they could count on. In every case, it was to win “cool points” with popular people or to get attention to boost their own popularity. I believe we can all relate to how awful it feels when you’ve been loyal to somebody, and they stab you in the back over a fleeting relationship or opportunity. My reply to this is simply a quote: “in the game of thrones, you win or you die” (guess where that one’s from). When people play the favoritism/popularity game, the only way to win is to stay out of the game because eventually, everybody loses. People that play this game are excessively selfish and don’t really care about people – only what they can get out of them. Being close to them only means they’ll kill you last, as the raccoon joke that went around social media a while back said. Hard as it is not to dwell on it or strike back, it’s best to let their own nature do the job for you. Truth is always shown. That’s why I’ve told all of these people that patience is more dangerous than revenge. The hurt these betrayers cause themselves will burn hotter than any fire others breathe on them. In the meantime, get your own life in balance. And if you find yourself around people engaged in these fatalistic games, do all you can to distance yourself. If you can get away, end it. If not, do what you must to the best of your ability, minimize your contact with them, and be on your way. Don’t be forced to chose a side, because win or die is a lose-lose situation. It’s better to walk alone than to be poisoned by toxic company. And if you’ve been a victim of this, I pray you are blessed with true, loyal relationships and all the blessings the Lord can bestow. Remember, if He lets something pass, then He will give you something better when the time is right. Stay tuned. Better days will come.
Another thing people seem to be struggling with are sinus and allergy problems. Did you know that fall can be just as bad as spring for this? It’s the weed pollen that gets people. Here’s my practical tip for you: Vicks Vapor Rub. Seriously, it’s helped me tremendously this fall. Put it on your throat and it works wonders, especially before bedtime. It might not be the best smelling thing in the world, but it’s more natural and better than nasal sprays. Saline irrigation and drinking lots of water helps with sinus drainage, too.
And here’s one more tip for you: if you have trouble with the skin on your hands getting dry and flaky in the changing weather, try Dead Sea Salt scrubs. Wash your hands with them at night, and it’s better than lotions. It leaves them a little “slimy,” but it’s not too bad and if you do it before bedtime then the moisture absorbs in your skin by morning. I got this tip when I was in Arizona and it really works. Then again, folks living in the desert where the humidity is 2% on a bad day would know about combating dry skin. So see, I do give you practical tips in this blog. Come back and I may tell you more secrets on keeping a house clean, scheduling, and best bird care.
That’s all today. I hope you’re enjoying the nice fall weather and taking advantage of these beautiful days. Take care, and have a great week.