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SEPTEMBER 29 – OCTOBER 30, 2016
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Why Am I So Happy?
Do you speak Affirmations? Affirmations are statements that help you to focus your day around the ways in which you aspire to be. Affirmations are like mantras. Here are a few examples:
• I choose to be happy.
• I surround myself with things that make me smile.
• While busy, I take time to be grateful.
Dr. Noah St. John, the author of Afformations. (Yes, this is spelled correctly). In the author’s view, it is a word for affirmations that have taken solid form). Noah St. John has found a way to make affirmations much more enduring and more manifesting. While in the shower one day, the author was contemplating why it was that all the things he’d been doing to manifest (bring about) a better, happier, more satisfying life did not seem to have the impact he’d hoped for. He also is a strong proponent of and a believer in the law of attraction. Yet having and using a Vision Board, reciting daily affirmations, keeping a positive attitude, and inviting in the very things he wanted in his life—though helpful and clearly important to him—did not seem to have invoked the Universe to move in his favor in significant ways. He felt stuck in his life-as-usual status. He wondered why, why, why?
Suddenly it came to him that he needed to turn his affirmations upside down, and instead of making statements of how he thought things should be, that instead, he should form his thoughts into questions. The reason was simple. Our brains will work really hard at trying to answer our questions---we seem to be wired that way.
As our brains provide thought energy, that energy connects with the universal energy surrounding us. And like-energy attracts more of the same.
So instead of repeatedly saying, “I choose to be happy”, he asked, “Why am I so happy?” And immediately the brain went into analysis gear and started to provide answers, like,
…because it is a beautiful day and I know how to enjoy it.
…because I have much for which to be thankful, including abundance.
…because I have landed in a good job, actually have been led to it;
…because I find value in my work and I know I am in service to others.
The other day, my daughter pulled out a book and looked at me in a strange way. She then, held up the book saying, "what's this mom"? I looked over and couldn't believe my eyes. The book in question, was a phonebook. It was in that moment that I realized, why WOULD my 10 year old daughter know what a phonebook was?? In her world, and to a great many adults as well, they were pretty much obsolete. Simply put, there really isn't a need for one at her age.
We are raising a generation that only relies on their technology. Soon, there will be no point in printing/publishing them at all. Hardly anybody uses them now. The same could be said about books in general. I barely see anybody picking up a book to read. Rather, we all seem to be glued to our smart phones, pads, and laptops.
Ok, so technology is really convenient. But, is it healthy for us to depend so much on these technological devices? What happens if there's a worldwide power outage? Everybody would be lost. We would not know how to travel without the GPS that we totally love. In order to reach our destination, we might actually have to pull out a map. Dare I ask if our youngsters have ever laid their eyes upon one, were it not for the occasional use of one by a teacher, when pertinent to subject area. Finding out what movies are out, along with starting times for each, may very well leave them clueless. Let's face it, it may sound crazy, but perhaps we depend on our electronic devices way too much.
There's something about picking up a real book, sitting down In a comfy place, and reading it. I remember as a child taking books like, "Little House on the Prairie" and reading every one of them. I'd go up into my room and sit on my bed with a blanket. Then, I would read for hours, cover to cover. When the book was finished, I felt so satisfied, having that feeling of being taken away to another place, learning about new and interesting things. I was intrigued with the various ways in which people lived, spoke to each other, and respected one another, "once upon a time."
There is something to be said about libraries. Kids feel a sense of ownership when they get a library card. In a sense, it's making our children feel a measure of independence, responsibility, and intelligence. Think about it, children get their own library card. It enables them to have a world of information & education at their fingertips.
I once read a book titled, "450 Degrees Fahrenheit" by Ray Bradbury. In it, books were no longer allowed. Rather than becoming educated, informed, and prone to questioning society or governing laws, people were fed entertaining, mindless propaganda. In doing so, these distractions made it easier to maintain a communist like regime.
With new technological advances growing daily in leaps & bounds, I can't help but wonder if we are eventually going to lose the crux of human relations. It is true, we communicate with people everyday at the push of a button. However, the personal benefits and value of sitting down person to person, looking at facial expressions, body language and all, seems to be getting lost somewhere in our wireless world.
Angie R. Lucarini
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