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What the HE** just happened?

I guess this is a message to who ever is out there listening and reading about what is going on these days in this world of ours. It seems like we, the general public, are always allowing some of our strings to be moved if we consider we are just some kind of puppet in this society of ours. We seem to fall into the trap of just surrendering and just agreeing with what ever every one else is saying. Well, that bothers me. I was raised by 2 Italian parents who immigrated here, became citizens, and kept their Italian culture alive in their home and also kept the rules of the USA in their heads, and ours! My dad was always telling us to be proud to be AMERICANS, but do not forget where your parents were born. I listened. I went to college, working 2 jobs and paying for it MYSELF. I got a BA degree and then immediately starting working 2 jobs. I eventually got married and had 2 children. They both went to college and are also working 2 jobs. So, I feel very blessed. Our hard work and our prayers do count. You just have to keep focused on YOUR goals, not the other guys! YOU COUNT!

Believe in Yourself;
Luisa Doraz

PEP TALK 10/6/15

Spent the day around sick people at a hospital with my mom. She just needed a test done. I talked with many in the waiting room. Lots of sadness but also a lot of courage! I was so touched today. So, I want to consider today a lesson for me in COURAGE. NEVER give up a fight you are determined is worth fighting! 🙂

Quote of the Day…5/7*

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“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear. And the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”

H.P Lovecraft

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”

Eleanor Roosevelt:

Quote of the Day…4/26*

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The greatest mistake in the treatment of diseases is that there are physicians for the body and physicians for the soul, although the two cannot be separated. ~Plato

Body and soul cannot be separated for purposes of treatment, for they are one and indivisible. Sick minds must be healed as well as sick bodies. ~C. Jeff Miller

In the sick room, ten cents’ worth of human understanding equals ten dollars’ worth of medical science. ~Martin H. Fischer

It is a mathematical fact that fifty percent of all doctors graduate in the bottom half of their class. ~Author Unknown

Movie Review…..Slumdog Millionaire*

Like many of you out there, I was thinking “What is the big deal about this movie?” Well, it is a movie that lives up to its awards! It was a movie where the good guy wins. It depicts the horrible life of a small boy growing up in the care of his older brother because their mother is killed. It shows us the bond between brothers and how it can never be broken, no matter how terrible things may get. It shows how a love for a woman that is meant to be their destiny, endures…no matter what! It shows how to survive. It is a very well written script that is played out nicely by all the actors and actresses. You can actually feel their emotions. All of these memories are put into play because it is suspected that the contestant in the millionaire game is cheating. He explains how it is he knows the answers to the questions he is asked. A movie worth seeing, for sure!

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After 20 years…….gosh…it’s gonna get ugly!

A good friend just called. She was crying and very upset. She could not believe what just happened to her. She could not understand why  .It was her significant other. She always did everything for him. She always supported him. She gave up several key positions in her career just to help advance his. She was always faithful. She was always there. What does he do? He walks up to her one day and says he does not love her anymore. Just like that. No warning. No signs. He claims to be in love with a woman who has 2 children and is currently in the middle of her own divorce. She is 20 years younger. She is involved with a married man. Does she not understand this? Does she not care? Of course my friend is expecting to divorce. She has no choice. She tryed with all her strength to make it work. She was even willing to forgive and forget his affair! They even went to marriage counseling. The counselor said he was too far gone to work out their marriage. So, she is on her own again, after a 20 year committment. She is determined to live on. She is determined to be strong. She is determined to live her life. She knows she has a long journey in front of her, but she also knows she has support. I admire her courage. I admire her spirit. I admire her!

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Life is like wheels…see what I mean?

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My friend Pam sent this to me. It got me thinking about life. Our lives go by SO quickly. Are we really enjoying what we do or are we just doing what we do just to do it? Think for a moment about what you are doing RIGHT now. Is it something you have been looking forward into doing or is it something you are doing because you have to? There is a difference. I know we all have certain responsibilities in life, if we didn’t we won’t even have a life to speak of. So, I guess we should try to mix up the day with some ” fun ” stuff so when we are doing the “other ” stuff, we do not feel so bad. I always treat myself to a good coffee break! I indulge in what I consider a treat. It could be a latte. It could be ice cream. It could be an M & M cookie! Just that little indulgence helps me to plunge forward. What works for you?

Movie Review of ” STUCK”…..

I do not even know why I rented this movie, I guess I figure it sounded ok. Well, it was different, that’s for sure. It shows us how someone in life may resort to things they never imagined just to survive. It shows how a girl who is trying hard at work to succeed, makes a fatal mistake and turns her life into an unnecessary whirlwind because she did not make the the RIGHT choice. It shows how a man, who is at one time in his life living “high on the hog” loses everything even faster than it took him to gain it! He is in the process of coming to terms with his new situation, when this girl runs him over. He is stuck in her windshield, bleeding all over, and she does NOTHING about it to help him. You’re not going to believe what she does. She drives him to her house and parks her damaged car, with him still attached to the windshield, in the garage! I will not tell you what happens. There is some weird stuff going on with the characters in this movie. If you like strange situations and you like seeing people at ” their best,” you want to see this movie. I just hope that it never happens to me!

A day in the life of…….

A very special friend, who is like a sister to me, has recently been told she has multiple sclerosis. She has been to so many doctors and has had so many tests, I admire her courage and strength. For a long time, she admits she was in denial. The sensation that her body is experiencing is only known to her. The pain and anguish she feels, she must endure. She has had to start giving herself injections everyday. She can no longer hide and pretend all is fine with her system. She has taken the responsibility of caring for herself, and she must deal both mentally and physically each day with whatever this disease may bring. She has educated herself to MS and has made the decision to fight and hope one day for a cure. Research in the area of MS has grown, so she feels one day soon she will have great news!

She has also come to understand that her friends and family are with her on this journey in life that she must now go through. She understands that she does not need to do it alone…others love her and are with her! I admire her strength. I admire her courage. I admire her sense of humor! I love my friend! I am not going anywhere. I will always be there for her! Friends to the end!

Footnote taken from Wikepedia……

There is no known cure for MS. Treatments attempt to return function after an attack, prevent new attacks, and prevent disability.[1] MS medications can have adverse effects or be poorly tolerated, and many patients pursue alternative treatments, despite the lack of supporting scientific study. The prognosis is difficult to predict, it depends on the subtype of the disease, the individual patient’s disease characteristics, the initial symptoms and the degree of disability the person experiences as time advances.[7] Life expectancy of patients is nearly the same as that of the unaffected population.[7]

BE A FRIEND TO SOMEONE YOU LOVE….FRIENDSHIP HOLDS AMAZING POWER…….

Believe in Yourself!

I am getting so tired of seeing the majority of society walking around all over the place like they are in auto-pilot. Do they realize that they are not even noticed? Do they realize that most people do not even care about what is going on with them? Do they understand that one day, maybe sooner than they suspect, their gig is up? Well, I do not believe so.
I believe a lot of people are just doing what they think they are expected to be doing. You’re a baby doing all the cool baby stuff, you become a toddler and start noticing that everyone is not going goo -goo all over you anymore, then you become a TEENAGER…lookout, and finally an adult. During all those phases in your life, you start to realize that the whole world does not focus solely on you. You begin to develop survival mechanisms that help you stay sane….if you are lucky! I believe, somewhere along the way, we lose our SENSE OF HUMOR and our INDIVIDUALITY.
So, I guess what I am getting at is….DO NOT LOSE YOURSELF.
Don’t be afraid to sing in public or start dancing, when you hear a song you love. Do not be afraid to state your opinion , it counts. Do not be afraid to speak up when you notice something that is not right. Do not be afraid to EXPRESS YOURSELF. I love to express myself through dance. I am not a great dancer, but I ain’t too bad!!! I just love being “different.”
I like to write down, every so often, what I like about myself and what I think I should try to improve on. ( Of course, I never have any in that column.) It helps me stay focused on handling everyday stuff in my life. It is just one of the things that works for me. Try it , if you want.