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Words must be weighed, not counted.

As a writer counting the words are often important because you/I/they often want a certain word count and page count to complete a book or novel.  Some have an obsession with word count. I’m not sure where it all started but some even believe a good  novel hinges on word count. Hence the controversy over word count.
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Today, however let’s weigh our words.

Do they value?

Do they place value on someone else?

Do they encourage?

Do they incite a positive outcome?

Will our words slander?  John Chrysostom said that Slander is worse than cannibalism.

I would also venture to say that what we say matters and what we do not say matters.  There is also a time for silence; however I won’t be silent today.

Too often we judge people based on our own backgrounds, failures, mistakes, problems  and experiences, but when you understand people’s stories, present circumstances, it’s easier to understand their demeanor and their faults.

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I hope these words will encourage:

    • Don’t look for faults in others, but focus on what YOU can control!
    • Time spent gossiping is a waste of time! Don’t give a place to plant the seed of hypocrisy in your life, because it will destroy you as a role model and your witness for the creator.
    • Be true to the creator God, and  be honest with yourself.
    • Next to God, the most important thing in your life is your family.
    • Remember, a man’s wealth or happiness is not found in the multitude of material things he possesses.
    • Commit uninterrupted time in your schedule for those you love.
    • Learn from your failures and use them as stepping stones to success,
    • Experience is a great teacher and trials result in patience and endurance.

Unless you have never been tempted, don’t pass judgement on anyone who has yielded.  I often fail at this but I try to keep these words before me.

Let’s practice by looking in the mirror first and then proceed to be more concerned with encouraging and building up others and love, love, love.  Looking in the mirror is more than issues of color but of actions, thoughts, deeds and words.

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“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” ― John Holmes

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X is for Xylitol and the X Factor!

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol sweetener used as a sugar substitute. Xylitol is a tooth friendly sugar and is roughly as sweet as sucrose with 33% fewer calories. Unlike other sweeteners, xylitol is actively beneficial for dental health, reducing caries to a third in regular use, and has been shown to reduce the incidence of acute middle ear infection. Xylitol also inhibits the growth of Streptococcus pneumoniae, as well as the attachment of Haemophilus influenzae on the nasopharyngeal cells.

Xylitol is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol sweetener used as a sugar substitute. Pure Xylitol is a white crystalline substance that looks and tastes like sugar. It is a naturally occurring 5-carbon sugar alcohol found in many fruits and vegetables. Xylitol is also produced naturally in our bodies from the foods we eat. Our bodies produce up to 15 grams of Xylitol from other food sources using established energy pathways. Xylitol is not a strange or artificial substance, but a normal part of everyday metabolism!

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Here is Donna’s website that explains xylitol in more detail:
http://ddroot.wordpress.com/category/glycemic-index-of-sweeteners/

Xylotiol has the x factor in benefits…

X Factor; no not the show, but the extra [that’s it] factor/benefits.

The X Factor is that special something that is kinda unspoken and something that you just give off. Some say it’s an energy. Other’s say it’s the spirit/aura of God. I think all people give off an energy or a vibe and I think all other people can sense that.

It’s not like we are puppets but there are things you/I can do to control y/our energy. It’s the focusing on the negative or positive things in your life.

Some would say – Who wants to be around people who are negative, complain a lot, or have nothing good to say? In fact, many would run a mile when they see them coming.

Instead, be the kind of upbeat person who lights up a room with your energy when you enter it. Do it by looking for the best in people and things. Smile warmly, spread good cheer, and enliven others with your presence. Now I didn’t say it is easy but the more in tune with your own self and the creator I believe the easier it will become. I would like to say however that this does not negate the moments of serious conversation and exploring weighty situations.  We all must make time to talk things through with a confident or spouse.

I feel that a person with the X Factor is a person of integrity and values that he or she will never compromise. He or she is a great family man or woman who puts their family first and would protect them with their own life.

A person with the X Factor is really a champion in this world. Sometimes a silent strength other times vocal. A champion that can achieve a difficult goal or overcome challenging obstacles.
A champion is a person that gets up even when they can’t. How you say? With the strength of God the creator who gives all things liberally.

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A person with the X Factor gets involved and is a Great Samaritan. Living a life of passion and not mediocrity and many times a forthright individual.

X Factor compiles the comfort of being in one’s own skin, not haughty but know their positive portrayal is a result of time with the creator. They are humbled by the awareness of the awesomeness of God who loves them.

There is no definable yard stick, set of rules, to have and to hold list but it just is. One thing I do know; I want to have the x factor.

Photo byJoanne Hoyles-Keating

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Joanne Hoyles-Keating

Quotes to Ponder!

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” Leonardo da Vinci

 Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude. William James

“I believe He wants us to love others so much that we go to extremes to help them.” – Francis Chan,
Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God

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T is for Turnip and Trustworthy!

The turnip is a root vegetable commonly grown in temperate climates worldwide for its white, bulbous downward growing root or taproot. In northern India, in Hindi language, it is called Shalgam . Small, tender varieties are grown for human consumption, while larger varieties are grown as feed for livestock.

In the north of England and Scotland, the turnip is called neep; the word turnip itself is an old compound of neep. Neep often also refers to the large, yellow rutabaga root vegetable which is also known as the “swede” (from “Swedish turnip”). Where else Wikipedia

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Turnip leaves are sometimes eaten as “turnip greens” – The turnip root is high only in vitamin C. The green leaves of the turnip top (“turnip greens”) are a good source of vitamin A, folate, vitamin C, vitamin K and calcium. Turnip greens are high in lutein (8.5 mg / 100 g).

cooked Turnip_greens

In my homeland of Newfoundland and Labrador Turnip greens is a TRUSTWORTHY delicacy.  So many long for the summer months to get a taste of these delights for at least two months of the year.  Turnips are eaten year round but turnip greens is hard to come by.

I simply love boiled turnip mashed in butter.  I actually could make a meal out of turnip alone. Nothing like an home cooked meal with mashed turnip and turnip greens. Scrumptious!

Yip the Word is trustworthy More precisely trustworthiness.

Trustworthiness is a moral value considered to be a virtue.  A trustworthy person is someone in whom you can place your trust and rest assured that the trust shall not be betrayed. A person can prove their trustworthiness by fulfilling an assigned responsibility – and as an extension of that, not to let down expectations. The responsibility can be either material, such as delivering a mail package on time, or it can be non-material such as keeping an important secret to themselves. A trustworthy person is someone that you can tell your worries and secrets to and know they won’t repeat them without your permission. In general, in order for trust to be earned, worth and integrity must be proven over time.

Trustworthiness comes to mind when we see advertisements featured.
Someone said: Never trust a restaurant that has a sign that reads, “Mama’s home cooking.” Especially, if there are no cars at that restaurant.

With that in mind; I remember when we would go on holidays and we would travel to different cities or towns we would always stop wherever the truckers stopped…we proved it time and again truckers knew where to eat.

Trustworthiness doesn’t always apply to the many sayings we frequently hear.

Yesterday TV advertisement said, “Watch out for number one” – meaning of course yourself. Is that a trustworthy saying? It is to some people but not many, because we are never to be only concerned about ourselves. THAT’S SELFISHNESS. And, the Creator I think, created us to be selfless at times.

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So what does the face of Trustworthiness look like?

Here is what I believe is trustworthy qualities.

  • Trustworthy people are honest
  • Trustworthy people are loyal
  • Trustworthy people are not prejudiced
  • Trustworthy people are reliable- they keep their promises
  • Trustworthy people are accountable
  • Trustworthy people are cooperative
  • Trustworthy people must be truthful
  • Trustworthy people have integrity –  you say what you do and you do what you say
  • Trustworthy people stay away from gossiping – gossip betrays
  • Trustworthy people learn to be transparent – let other people feel with clarity what you are about-what you are and what they can expect from you
  • Trustworthy people forgive and ask for forgiveness
  • Trustworthy people are compassionate and sensitive

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Trustworthiness is a tall order but hey it is necessary.  In these uncertain times and stress: we each deserve trustworthiness.  Being trustworthy doesn’t mean we will never let others down. Rather, it is an attitude and a pattern of behavior that honors the trust placed in us.

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While researching a project I serendipitously found this article.  I think you will find it most interesting.

If you are a person who is easily embarrassed, you may find comfort in what researchers from the University of California, Berkeley report in a paper published online this month in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: they suggest moderate embarrassment is a good thing, because it means you are also likely to be more trustworthy and generous.

Lead author Matthew Feinberg, a UC Berkeley doctoral student in psychology, told the media that “moderate levels of embarrassment are signs of virtue”.

“Our data suggest embarrassment is a good thing, not something you should fight,” he added

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/235233.

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Quotes I am pondering!

When I am afraid, I will trust in you.

Psalm

 

Few delights can equal the mere presence of one whom we trust utterly. 

George MacDonald

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