What Is At Risk? : The Dangers Of Texting

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We are all well aware of the dangers of texting and driving.  The danger I am going to share is surrounding text messaging in a whole new way.   Many times I have run into the situation that my written words carry messages I never intended. The intentions are never good ones either! I am always baffled how what I type can be perceived in a negative light. It has happened repeatedly with several different people over the decades.  I meticulously chose my words carefully. I try to employ smiley faces in order to set a tone.  No matter how careful I am there are many times I find myself explaining how I never meant the words to be taken the way they were taken.  Over the years, I chalked up to my shortcoming in expressing the written word that reflected my true soul, because I had been trained as a research writer.   Maybe it was from years of writing educational research papers that focused on factual data and best practices in the field of learning. I was too technical as a writer. My writing was too dry, lacking emotion and compassion from the days of research based writing.  In spite of my high quality writing, as both a student and a grant writer, I was unable to express my true sincerity of my heart in personal affairs.  So I fumble through life making ever effort to ensure my words are not misunderstood and making amends when the words come across in a way I never intended.

Today I saw this matter in a whole new light.  I had a conversation with a dear friend that was sharing an experience of texting mishap.  Oh, how his words were taken out of context and understood to be something entirely different from what he intended.  It was so severe, he is concerned the friendship may never be mended.   As I, he spent much time explaining to the other person the words he send did not mean what was understood.  We continued the discussion on why this mix up could happen.  He felt better after sharing with me. I felt better that I could help him gain clarity surrounding a hurtful experience.

I got to think about this conversation in-depth after I left.  The issue with texting or e-mail is once the written word is comprehended one way it is difficult to reverse the understanding.  I pondered that thought. How could one person’s intent of an idea be understood in the opposite manner? It pulled me back to the days in high school literature class. Even the writing of classic authors can have many different understandings.  If a famous author, who society holds as a master of the written word ,could have his or her writings understood in countless ways, it is certainly understandable how a quick text message of a few words could cause chaos.

 I came to realize a very important fact about texting a message.  What a text lacks, that even a master writer would include in verse, is emotion.  When I send a text my audience can not see the love in my heart, the empathy behind the words I type or my eyes to see how my soul is a part of what I am expressing.  A text can just never replace that human connection.  The great lesson I  have learned is if I have something very important to convey, it is best to practice face to face interaction.

The human experience is an art form I fear is disappearing with my generation.  At least I know I am losing that human warmth of a heartfelt conversation by interacting in a text message. Being from the last generation to not have technology at its finger tips since birth, I understand what it feels like to speak to others face to face.  I am not certain my children even know what that feels like!  The children of today do most of their social interaction via technology.  The dangers of a misunderstood texts seems to be uniquely generational in nature.  My children do not complain that their friends have misunderstood the intent of yet one more text. Those are never words I heard come out of my kids’ mouths. The misunderstood text message belong to the old people. The older generation needs the facial expressions, the intonation of the voice and the human experience to engage fully.  Maybe the younger generations will not even understand the tragedy of social media replacing the human connection.  What is there to miss if there is no knowledge of the experience?  On the flip side, what will happen to the human experience, in general, if communication lacks emotion? What will happen to the emotional conversation in the future?

How Much Water Do We Need To Drink According To Our Weight

I found this so useful!  I never saw a chart to explain this.  What I have read is general rules of how much water we should drink. The very interesting part of this is I only feel comfortable when I drink the very amount listed for my weight. I have tried following the rules for body building, which is double the amount I should drink.  It left me feeling ill.  So most of the time, I keep saying I am not getting enough water. It turns out I am getting just the right amount by listening to my body.  It does make sense that my fluid needs would not match that of a 200 lb man, just as my calorie intake is different from his as well. Yet, this is the first time I ran across a chart with specific guidelines.

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http://www.healthyfoodhouse.com/how-much-water-do-we-need-to-drink-according-to-our-weight/

Warning Shocking Toxic Chemicals Found In Teas

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I always think it is great to be informed.  What I have learned in researching how to stay healthy and avoid exposure to toxins is it is nearly impossible. The sad truth is no matter how aware and careful one is toxins are all around and in some cases unavoidable. I feel being aware of toxic sources is vital. It is also important to know how to detox your body and liver to remove the substances that are just unavoidable.  Unfortunately, it seems all mass produced teas pose some risk to unhealthy ingredients. Be informed and detox.

Peace, Health & Joy,

Sue

http://www.herbs-info.com/blog/warning-shocking-toxic-chemicals-found-in-teas/

Benefits Of Ginger

I happen to love ginger.  Our family uses it for stomach upset.  Only some of the benefits are shared in the link I provide below.  I can tell you for certain it works. My mother suffers from joint pain and she swears that drinking ginger root tea relieves her pain. She uses fresh ginger root, grinds the root and steeps the it ingingerroot hot water. Presto, she has ginger root tea!

http://higherperspective.com/2014/10/benefits-of-ginger.html?utm_source=MAM

Ebola Reality: Hitting Close Too Home

ebolaJust this morning I addressed the importance of my focus on the Ebola crisis.  Little did I know a few hours later I would learn that the second Dallas healthcare worker infected had visited the state I live in this past weekend.  It is one thing to know that the virus has hit US soil. It is another knowing that one of the two people in the US to contract the deadly illness brought it only 100 miles from your home.  I know  a 100 miles seems far away, but let’s think about this.  Already over 100 people who flew on the flight from Cleveland to Dallas have been put on alert and told to contact the CDC. Those are the 100 people the CDC know for certain had contact with this woman. They have no idea who she was in contact with over her stay in Ohio. How many other people were in a public places with her in the last four days? That is a wild card question we will never know the answer to for sure.  In any given day, I come into contact with countless amounts of people just living a normal life and carrying on normal activities. One has to figure she was in contact with many more that will never be aware they were exposed to the illness.

With that all said, it is stated that the virus can not spread until symptoms are present.  All early indications are this woman was not showing signs of symptoms until she returned to Dallas. So this time, the spread of Ebola may have been escaped. I feel a bigger lesson it to be learned here. The CDC needs to ban those with high risk exposure to Ebola from travel.  As the events unfold in Dallas, it is clear that containing the illness has not completely worked. Statically speaking, the containment has been successful. I had read that one Ebola patients can be expected to spread the virus to seven people. Thus far, we have only seen two healthcare workers contract the deadly virus.  Frankly, statistics  are meaningless if you are the people who contracted the illness. With those at high risk having the freedom to unknowingly expose others we can expect those statistics to soar. My prayer is that we learn from this case.  Keep those that are at high risk from exposure to Ebola from traveling in order to curb the spread of Ebola.   Today it is Ohio, the rest of the nation is only one person and one airline flight away from standing where I do today.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-29632433

Ebola: What Is Being Done?

ebola I have avoided discussing the topic of Ebola on my blog. I suppose the reason is simple. I have tried to keep the content light and uplifting for my readers. There is nothing uplifting about the Ebola outbreak. As the days go on, I find it increasingly more difficult to devote a site to health and wellness without addressing the current out break of Ebola. It seems naive to post information about preventing disease without addressing this international health concern. From a personal view, I am trying not to panic. I have researched the topic. My concussion and greatest fear is that we really do not have a grip on this illness, not in the US or aboard. I have included a link to the BBC website. I find this site very useful.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-29628622

Unfortunately … Here’s What People REALLY Think Of Your Selfie

Ever wonder what people think about your selfie? This article sheds some light on the topic. The bottom line is do what you what, because I doubt all people react to selfies this way.  It is good to be aware that some will react in a negative manner.

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http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-14563/unfortunately-heres-what-people-really-think-of-your-selfie.html

What’s Really In A Big Mac? McDonald’s Says It’s Ready To Tell All?

McDonald’s is finally sharing openly with the public what is in their food.  The article highlights some of the greatest concerns of the public.  For a more in depth look at questions regarding menu selection, McDonald’s provides answers on their website.  McDonald’s is finally realizing that people no longer want fast food, but good food served fast.

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http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/10/14/356115015/what-s-really-in-that-big-mac-mcdonald-s-is-ready-to-tell-almost-all?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=2038

Easy Tips For Growing Plants In A Container

I love this idea! It is truly the best of both worlds for gardeners.  It is the ease of container growing with the benefits of plants being a part of the landscape.  I find container growing is easier to maintain.  You could simply pull out the pots for watering and fertilizing, without the hassle of moving a hose, or wasting water in run off.  I like the idea that I can control how the plants grow in my garden. It allows for maintaining garden designs.

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http://www.goodshomedesign.com/easy-tips-for-growing-plants-in-a-container/