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S is for Salmon and Sympathy!

Salmon is the common name for several species of fish in the family Salmonidae. Salmon live along the coasts of both the North Atlantic.

Typically, salmon are anadromous: they are born in fresh water, migrate to the ocean, then return to fresh water to reproduce.

Salmon is a highly nutritious food. Of course, it is high in protein, and the “good fats.” But did you know that a 4 oz serving of wild salmon provides a full day’s requirement of vitamin D? It is one of the few foods that can make that claim. That same piece of fish contains over half of the necessary B12, niacin, and selenium, and is an excellent source of B6 and magnesium. Salmon has omega 3, vitamin A.

fried salmon
Salmon fishing is a major part of recreation for the residents of my hometown of Deer Lake. One of the most enjoyed by my husband.

Some of my best memories focus around Big Falls, Newfoundland. Here the salmon is fantastic. Yes it is wonderful to taste the salmon but it is also a joy to watch nature in action.

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It is so refreshing to sit around the falls and watch people fly fishing for a salmon. It is also simply amazing to watch the salmon jump the falls. On one occasion a huge salmon tried to jump the falls and landed in my sister’s lap. Everyone I know has a story to tell about the salmon jumping the falls. How magnificent the fight, how splendid to see a salmon fly mid-air, spectacular sights and sounds of the falls.

salmon fishing at BF

Thes two pictures above is from the magazine from my home province.

http://www.downhomelife.com/

So here is my Newfie lingo coming out now.
It is such a joy and contentment perfect strangers on the waters just light up a conversation and become fast friends. Why, who would have known that a salmon the bonding ingredient to a conversation.

Around the falls watching salmon people in the like – camaraderie of nature open up their heart as unto a therapist. The joys of life and the tragedies that are still fresh in their mind and just opened up to you about. Sincere sympathy is the return in the conversation. Though you may have just met them for the first time it is a genuine response.

http://www.saen.org/?page_id=50

http://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com/planyourtrip/Detail/210319

There’s the magic; sympathy.

Sympathy is an extension of empathic concern, or the perception, understanding, and reaction to the distress or need of another human being. This empathic concern is driven by a switch in viewpoint, from a personal perspective with the perspective of another group or individual who is in need.

Sometimes we forget sympathy, harmony as this story of frustration illustrates.

Zig Ziglar tells a story of a successful big city businessman named Mr. B. Who ends up being late to work one day because of traffic. In the process he misses an important phone call. Irritated at traffic, Mr. B. calls in one of his managers into his office and yells at him about some missing reports he needed YESTERDAY! And guess what….the manager leaves the office noticeably upset.

He stomps right past his secretary and closes the door. She rings in his office and tells him she has an urgent message. He snarls at her, “My door was closed! Can’t you see I’m busy? Leave me alone.” The secretary doesn’t know what hit her. Now SHE is upset and she spends the rest of the day stewing about it is wondering what she did that was so wrong.

When she gets home she is still upset. She passes her 16 year old son’s bedroom. It is a grand mess. She hunts him down and finds him planted in front of the television set playing a video game. And she snaps. “If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you 1000 times, clean your room. Your grounded from electronics until your room is spotless.”

The teenager storms upstairs and heads to his bedroom. And guess who should cross his path but the family pet, “Fluffy” the cat. Without warning the teenager swings his foot back and lets’ fly. He gives Fluffy the cat a swift kick across the room. Fur flies as the cat skitters under the table wondering what it did that was so wrong.

Has the scene ever played out in your home? Zig Ziglar asks this question. He asks, “Wouldn’t it have been a lot easier on everybody if Mr. B went to the secretary’s home and kicked the cat himself?”
We ought to live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Actually to Be understanding of one another on an emotional level.

Here is a keen Illustration

Fathers, Mothers have you ever had one of your daughter’s have a bad day? She comes home from school distraught or crying. As a good father you listen, and you gather all the facts, and when you think you have heard enough of the facts you interject your sagely advice. You think to yourself, “This advice is REALLY GOOD!”

But then your daughter turns to you and stares and finally says, “Dad, you don’t get it. You still don’t understand.”

Father’s mother’s I can tell you, your daughter is not talking about facts. What she wants you to understand is her emotions, how she feels. She is reminding you that you need to try to understand where she is, not factual, but emotionally.

Sympathy and compassion should go hand in hand.

 Be compassionate and humble. Compassion is having a fellow feeling for. It’s allowing our heart to ache when someone else’s heart aches. That’s compassion.

sympathetic to pain

Sympathy is also very important when we see tragedies and death has affected our neighbors and friends.

Great Quotes –

Those we love don’t go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
Love leaves a memory no one can steal.

~ From a headstone in Ireland

“May tender memories soften your grief,
May fond recollection bring you relief,
And may you find comfort and peace in the thought
Of the joy that knowing your loved one brought…
For time and space can never divide
Or keep your loved one from your side.
When memory paints in colors true,
the happy hours that belonged to you.”

–Helen Steiner Rice

big falls

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F is for Fish and Friendliness and Friendship!

Fish is very good for you.

Some of my Vegetarian and Vegan friends would disagree with me [although maybe you have to aquire a taste for fish] however I stick to my guns…fish is very nutritious.

Fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. Fish is low in fat and high in protein. It is said that low levels of omega-fatty acids contribute to many health issues. The omega 3 fatty acids in fish may reduce the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, dementia, depression and more.

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I’m a Newfoundlander and I was raised on fish especially cod, tuna, salmon, trout. Going trouting was a great pastime for many of my friends. It still remains one of my husbands favorite things to do. I remember many occasions where I would build a little fire on shore and sit and sip a tea watching him fish.

Sadly I have to agree that the people of earth are not taking care of our resources thereby slowly but surely the fish of the sea are becoming endangered.

I want to care for our waters so they can remain fish friendly and have food for years to come.

If we can try to be friendly toward our resources surely we can be friendly toward each other.

That’s it ‘Friendliness‘ the word for today.

Friendliness a quality necessary for human interaction but also to be successful. If we want a relationship with others that is warm and successful it means being open, taking the risk, inviting them into a relationship with you. It may seem scary at first but allow yourself to be vulnerable with others. Now don’t be naive and of course I don’t think you are, but not all people will want to reciprocate the gesture.

Time to be Friendly! Bring your heart, Open it up and be Friendly!
First off if you want friends then you must show yourself friendly.

Some people think that showing yourself friendly is a weakness but in fact it is a sign of strength.

The distance between friendliness and friends is huge. Being friendly is an outward show of an inner quality that desires to keep the peace and the surrounding environment calm, warm and enjoyable.

Friendships go beyond being friendly.

The generosity and love and excitement between two people sharing one’s spirit is magnetic. There is much to learn between two friends as they embrace the differences between each other.

winnie th epooh

We are social beings and believe it or not friendship is an incredible part of our life. In fact I believe we need friends.

It is good for you/I to have a friend or friends that inspire us and take our hand and together travel on a higher plane to become our better selves. They also enjoy the simple things with you by kicking back enjoying a tea or laughing at something silly, dance in the rain, reaching out in time of need.

Yes friends make mistakes and break a confidence, or hurt you, and yes some friendships end but don’t let those things steer you away from being a great friend.

I thank God for my 3 friends of my youth whom I still feel close to though time, provinces and reality has placed much space but remain kindred spirits in our hearts.

Of course my hubby is still my best and favorite friend. I am free to be open and honest.

If you have friend/s cherish them, respect them, do your best to not let them down.

Quotes I am Pondering Today!

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. Albert Schweitzer

I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.- Thomas A. Edison

True friendship never questions what it costs you. Stephen Richards

Check out this Video  ‘I am a Friend’

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