Where Has This Information Been?

by Jane
(United States)

(Editor's note: The following letter came from a previous contributor to books-empower.com. You can find Jane's first message at the end of the blog lineup under the title "Steven's Story Gave Me A Wake Up Call.")

Maybe some of you remember my letter to the editor at books-empower.com from several months ago. I wrote about how another person's story had given me a real wake up call about the amount of soda I was consuming. Steven's story also showed how out of control my own mornings were and how it affected my entire day.

I vowed in that letter to make some positive changes. Those changes have stuck. I did go back to my old Brain Tracy book about managing my schedule and about avoiding procrastination. (Editor's note: "Eat That Frog" is a great book by Brian Tracy. It's featured under the "How To Books" button in the left margin.)

My days are better organized now and I'm so much more productive. Even more important, the daily stress has diminished. There are always big things to worry about. We don't need to add anxiety from little things to that pile.

But today, my main reason for this second letter is to comment on two topics recently covered at books-empower.com. First of all the Mediterranean diet. I love it! It is the perfect solution for our family. There are options to keep it from getting stale and most importantly I know we're all so much healthier than before. I've included my own recipe with this letter. I'm sure others have made this lunchtime addition as well. It is really easy. Maybe it will make it on to a future page in that section of this web site. (Editor's note: Jane's recipe will be in an upcoming page under that Mediterranean diet button.)

My second comments are about "Grain Brain." Where has this information been? I read the book and then read it again. I thought about what I used to eat. What I used to serve for daily meals. I thought about the shelves at every grocery store I've ever entered. The rows of sugar loaded food. Some I didn't even know had so much sugar. I also got on to that high carbohydrate bandwagon a few years ago. That period might have been the only time my former history of not staying with things ever really turned into a benefit.

But after reading that book, I've become a dedicated label reader. I'm becoming an informed consumer. I'm paying attention to what is being added to the food I place on our family table. I'm not fully up to speed on this whole label controversy regarding genetically modified seeds. I'm just saying that I read labels now. And my inclination is that if they won't tell me what is in the package or can, I'm not buying it. There are other choices.

So I guess I have another book to admit was filled with valuable information after I started to use it. And I need to agree that your little catch phrase is right. Books do empower.

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Just below is a quote from "Don't Sweat The Small Stuff" by Richard Carlson.  The chapter title is "Open Your Heart To Compassion." 

"Every day we are given hundreds of opportunities to practice compassion in action.  We can learn to be less reactive and live with more patience.

We can smile when others are serious.  We can drive our cars more carefully, pick up litter on the streets, recycle, and reduce our consumption.

We can resolve conflicts rather than create them, and we can become less judgemental and more inclusive.  When someone is aggressive, we can teach them to be more peaceful.  Instead of waiting for an example, we can be the example.

The more compassion that enters your heart, the happier and more peaceful you will become.  By knowing that you are doing your part to create a better world-whatever form that takes-you will fill any void that exists in your life, and you will begin to find the peace you are looking for."

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