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Aint That the Truth!

In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bag because plastic  bags weren’t good for the environment.
 The woman apologized to him and explained, “We didn’t
 have the green thing back in my day.”
  
 The clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. The former
 generation did not care enough to save our environment.”
 
 He was right, that generation didn’t have the green thing
 in its day.
 
 Back then, they returned their milk bottles, soda bottles
 and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to  the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.
 
 But they didn’t have the green thing back in that
 customer’s day.
 
 In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn’t
 have an escalator in every store and office building.  They walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into  a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two blocks.
 
 But she was right. They didn’t have the green thing in
 her day.
 
 Back then, they washed the baby’s diapers because they
 didn’t have the throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up  220 volts – wind and solar power really did dry the clothes.  Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or  sisters, not always brand-new clothing.
 
 But that old lady is right, they didn’t have the green
 thing back in her day.
 
 Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house – not
 a TV in every room.  And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief, not a screen the size of the  state of Montana. In the kitchen,  they blended and stirred  by hand because they didn’t have electric machines to do
 everything for you.   When they packaged a fragile item  to send in the mail, they used a wadded up old newspaper  to cushion it, not styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.
 
 Back then, they didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline  just to cut the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on  human power.  They exercised by working so they didn’t  need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that  operate on electricity.
 
 But she’s right, they didn’t have the green thing back then.
 
 They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty, instead
 of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink  of water. They refilled their writing pens with ink, instead of  buying a new pen, and they replaced the razor blades in  a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just  because the blade got dull.
 
 But they didn’t have the green thing back then.
 
 Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids  rode their bikes to school, or walked,  instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances.  And they didn’t need a
 computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find  the nearest pizza joint.
 
 But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful  the old folks were just because they didn’t have the green  thing back then?

Ain’t That The Truth!

Love Lee ♥

How to Avoid Workplace Drama

How to Avoid Workplace Drama is one of the best written articles I have read.

How To Avoid Workplace Drama

While we must follow Christ’s command to love we can also take some pro-active measures which are based on common sense.

NO MORE DRAMA!!!

Love Lee ♥ 

Color Your World

Color does have a physical effect on the human body. Color has a profound influence on the pituitary gland, which helps regulate hormone production. Hormones can affect our moods, so it makes sense that color would, too. But it can also be used to change our moods.

As for me…I love to surround myself a slight off white and accessorize with a variety of color which would lend to balance in my life. In each room of my home you will find something with each of the colors below except gray. Gray is probably my least favorite color! Gray causes me to feel down, drab, and drained.

Autumn while filled with vibrant colors is often a little on the gloomy side for me because all those beautiful colors are covered with a drab gray sky and a lack of sunshine which can lead to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

It is also in Autumn people begin to pull out their blankets and seasonal decorations in efforts to get “cozy” for the winter. They put away their bright cheery items and settle in for the winter totally unaware of the effect it has on their mood.

I challenge you to take note of your surroundings and take control of your mood by incorporating color!

Effect of Color on Emotions

Red is all about energy and vitality, but it can also indicate anger. And of course it’s associated with sexuality as well. Pink, though, can provide a sense of being cared for; it’s more about nurturing and maternal love.

Orange is stimulating, good for times when we just can’t seem to get started with something. Its lighter version, peach, may be useful for exhaustion due to stress.

Yellow is good for mental activities like reasoning and analysis. It can promote self-confidence and is helpful in situations when you need to be more optimistic.

Green tends to make most people think of nature, since so much of the natural world is green. It’s about connections – with nature, or with our fellow humans. It’s also good for general stress, since it can help balance emotions.

Blue is soothing and relaxing. It can stimulate creativity. Light blue can denote quiet, and dark blue can be sedating. But too much dark blue can be depressing.

Purple is related to imagination, intuition, and insight. In some situations it can also be very peaceful.

White is definitely about peace. But it’s also associated with purity, which makes it good for “cleansing” – which could mean purification, or maybe just clarification.

Black may make some people think of depression, but it doesn’t have to. It’s a very dramatic color; many artists wear nothing but black. It can denote mystery, something hidden – or maybe an introvert who’s been around crowds too long could use it to “hide” from people. In this sense, it can be a very protecting color.

Gray is a common color for business suits, and in those instances it can indicate independence, self-control, and self-confidence. But some color specialists think it’s also about ambiguity and indecision; after all, it isn’t black, and it isn’t white, either.

Brown is the color of earth, and be just as “grounding.” It’s good for introducing stability to an otherwise insecure situation. But too much of it can take stability to its extreme – stagnation.

I Challenge You To Color Your World!!!

Love Lee ♥

RECALL NOTICE:

The Maker of all human beings (GOD) is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to a serious defect in the primary and central component of the heart. This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units; code named Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units. This defect has been technically termed “Sub-sequential Internal Non-Morality,” or more commonly known as S.I.N., as it is primarily expressed. Some of the symptoms include:
  1. Loss of direction
  2. Foul vocal emissions
  3. Amnesia of origin
  4. Lack of peace and joy
  5. Selfish or violent behavior
  6. Depression or confusion in the mental component
  7. Fearfulness
  8. Idolatry
  9. Rebellion

The Manufacturer, who is neither liable nor at fault for this defect, is providing factory-authorized repair and service free of charge to correct this defect.

The Repair Technician, JESUS, has most generously offered to bear the entire burden of the staggering cost of these repairs. There is no additional fee required. The number to call for repair in all areas is:

P-R-A-Y-E-R.

Once connected, please upload your burden of S.I.N. through the REPENTANCE procedure.

Next, download ATONEMENT from the Repair Technician, Jesus, into the heart component.

No matter how big or small the SIN defect is, Jesus will replace it with:

  1. Love
  2. Joy
  3. Peace
  4. Patience
  5. Kindness
  6. Goodness
  7. Faithfulness
  8. Gentleness
  9. Self control

Please see the operating manual, the B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth) for further details on the use of these fixes.

WARNING: Continuing to operate the human being unit without correction voids any manufacturer warranties, exposing the unit to dangers and problems too numerous to list and will result in the human unit being permanently impounded. For free emergency service, call on Jesus.

DANGER: The human being units not responding to this recall action will have to be scrapped in the furnace. The SIN defect will not be permitted to enter his Kingdom so as to prevent contamination of that facility.

Thank you for your attention!

GOD

P.S. Please assist where possible by notifying others of this important recall notice, and they may contact the Father any time by ‘Knee Mail’!

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Love Lee ♥

Thanks to my dear friend Kimberly for posting this on Facebook…

Life a Simple Plan

On the first day, God created the dog and said, “Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years.”

The dog said, “That’s a long time to be barking.. How about only ten years and I’ll give you back the other ten?”

So God agreed . . .

On the second day, God created the monkey and said, “Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I’ll give you a twenty-year life span.”

The monkey said, “Monkey tricks for twenty years? That’s a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the dog did?”

And God agreed . . .

On the third day, God created the cow and said, “You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer’s family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years.”

The cow said, “That’s a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I’ll give back the other forty?”

And God agreed again . . .

On the fourth day, God created humans and said, “Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I’ll give you twenty years.”

But the human said, “Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?”

“Okay,” said God. “You asked for it.”

So that is why for our first twenty years, we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years, we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next ten years, we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the last ten years, we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.

Life has now been explained to you.

There is no need to thank me for this valuable information. I’m doing it as a public service.

Love Lee ♥

God Likes it All

Why are we so hard on ourselves?

I need to lose weight…My hair looks drab…My make-up needs to be touched up…And on…And on!
You know, God doesn’t partition you into pieces and loves some parts of you and not loves the others. If He did that would make Him human because that’s what people do. Think about it…what do you think when you see a woman coming toward you with too much lipstick? Well, you focus on the lips of course!
We tend to pick people apart rather than accept them for exactly who God created them to be.
God, who created you, accepts and loves every little part of you, even those you deny and hate in yourself.  So next time you try to dislike a part of you, just pause, look and remember that God loves it.
God loves in you even that which you dislike.
 
Go easy on yourself…
 
Love Lee ♥

Sick Leave

I urgently needed a few days off work, 
But I knew the boss would not allow me to take  leave. I thought that maybe if I acted ‘CRAZY’ then he would tell me to take a few days off.   

So I hung upside down on the ceiling and made funny noises. My co-worker (who’s blonde) asked me what I was doing. I told her that I was pretending to be a light bulb, So that the Boss would think I was ‘CRAZY’ And give me a few days off.   

A few minutes later the Boss came into the office And asked ‘What are you doing?’ I told him I was a light bulb.   

He said, ‘You are clearly stressed out. 
Go home and recuperate for a couple of days.’ 
I jumped down and walked out of the office.   

When my co-worker (the blonde) followed me, 
The Boss asked her 
..And where do you think you’re going?’  
(You’re gonna love this…..)    

 
   

  

  

She said,   

   

‘I’m going home too, I can’t work in the dark!  

Love Lee ♥  

From my Dear Friend Debbie Egg  

Establishing Boundaries

Until you learn how to say “no” you will never be able to fully say “yes”.
 
Unless you know how to set boundaries to form your safe space, you will always be concerned that saying “yes” might put you in danger. So you will always pull back a little from saying “yes” with your whole heart. Paradoxically, knowing how to say “no” ans to form boundaries gives much more power to your “yes”
 
I have spent most of my life doing what everyone expected me to do rather than those things I felt were right for me; things that brought a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment to my life. Seeking approval, trying to fit in, or promoting peace and harmony often guided my decisions or determined my actions. Rather than drawing from that sense of oughtness that dwells deep within, I would do whatever I was asked in order to obtain the “atta girl”.
 
  
Seeking Approval:
There were times in my life I would have given my right arm to have the approval of others. Thank goodness, the approval of the “good” crowd meant more to me than the approval of the “bad” crowd. Otherwise, my life might have taken a very negative turn. Being an over achiever I have often gone above and beyond to obtain the approval of people who sought me and my company only for the information I could provide or the work I could produce. That which they needed from me to make themselves look good. Therefore, even the “good” crowd had an agenda!
 
Trying to Fit In:
Everyone on the face of the earth has the desire to fit in…to belong! Oh the times I laughed at jokes I didn’t find humorous or the times I agreed with the crowed or group just to fit in. Wanting desperately to be one of the gang only to find I never really did…The “lunch bunch”, “girls shopping club” , “movie gang” or the weekend trips but, wait what takes place during those outings, what is discussed, or what do they represent?
 
Promoting Peace and Harmony:
Oh the times I caved just to keep peace! The times I stopped short of the goal…all for the sake of peace and harmony! Backing down or dropping the subject just because the conversation becomes uncomfortable or the other person kicks into a passive aggressive mode. Peace at all costs or is that peace at my cost?
 
God revealed to me through the book “Boundaries” that by establishing boundaries in my life the outcome has eternal value. I now seek God’s approval over the approval of others therefore, I am no longer responsible for others happiness or success. As for fitting in, I have discovered God’s protection on my reputation and integrity because I don’t fit into certain crowds. And finally, standing up for what is right and good brings all peace and harmony over my life.
 
While setting boundaries is not a perfected art for me…I am much better at it than I was 10 years ago!Knowing I am able to set boundaries, choose my battles, and stand for what is right at all cost gives me the assurance I have the approval of my Father, I fit in with Him, and His peace and harmony floods my being.
 
To learn more on how you too can learn to set boundaries I recommend the book “Boundaries” for you!

 

Love Lee ♥ 

Called to Lead

No matter how good we are there is always someone who is better. So everywhere I’ve worked, I have always kept my eyes open for that person in hopes of finding a mentor.   As I have gotten older and wiser I realize while it is important to have a mentor, it is better to have many mentors.

For some time now I have observed the different management and leadership styles in efforts to decide how to lead…tough decision until recently.

In addition to observing people, I also read a lot of motivational books. So as I was passing through the administration department, one of the books on the shelf caught my eye. The title was “Monday Morning Leadership” so I asked to borrow it. During my lunch break that day I started reading the book. I was captivated in the first paragraph! Below are some of the concepts I gleaned from “Monday Morning Leadership”.

  1. “When it comes to leading people, there is no problem unique to you.”
  2. “Even though your responsibilities increase when you become a manager, you lose some of the rights or freedoms you may have enjoyed in the past.”
  3. “A real leader spends his or her time fixing the problem instead of finding who to blame.”
  4. “When you write things down, you commit to doing them. If you simply tell me what you want to do, there is really no commitment to getting it done.”
  5. “When you depend on another’s perceptions to match your expectations, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment.”
  6. “People quit people before they quit companies.”
  7. “Take the time to manage your boss the same way you manage your subordinates.”
  8.  “One of the ‘main things’ for a leader is to eliminate confusion.”
  9. “You have to escape from management land and get in touch with your people.”
  10. “Your job is not to lower the bottom by adjusting for and accommodating the lowest performing employees. You should be raising the top by recognizing and rewarding superstar behaviors!”
  11. “Doing the right thing isn’t always easy for you in fact sometimes it’s real hard, but just remember that doing the right thing is always right.”
  12.  “Everything you do matters because your team is watching and depending on you to do the right thing.”
  13. “Guard your integrity as if it’s your most precious leadership possession, because that is what it is.”
  14.  “The most important thing you do as a leader is hire the right people.”
  15.  “Never lower your standards just to fill a position. You will pay for it later.”
  16. “One of the major sources of stress, anxiety and unhappiness comes from feeling like your life is out of control.”
  17. “If you want to make better use of your time, you need to be looking for the small increments of time; a minute here, five minutes there, etc.”
  18. “You are the Chief Bucket-Filler and the best way to fill buckets is with excellent communication.”
  19. “For you to be the very best, you cannot allow yourself to become complacent in your comfort zone. You need to be reaching for improvement.”
  20. “So much of life is about attitude and how we handle what life throws our way. Life is good  even when a situation appears to be the worst.

A leader is a person who influences a group of people towards the achievement of a goal. A manager is one who handles, controls, or directs.

While I still have a lot to learn, I thank God He has called me to Lead…Are you called?

Love Lee

Right Before My Eyes

OK all my Facebook friends requesting a share button be added to A Love Lee Place. It is finished!!!

I have spent numerous hours over the last few days trying to figure out how to install the share button. Terms like  HTML, Plugins, Java Script are just a few  I have researched. After reading multiple “How To’s”, practiced adding HTML and numerous re-boots along with Copy/Past Copy/Past Copy/Past Copy/Past Copy/Past.Believe it or not I discovered a share button in my permissions. VIOLA…There it is and I  Like It and I want to Share!!!!

Love Lee ♥