Today is going to be a very difficult day for me. Today is the last day I will work with my boss, my office mate, my friend. We haven’t always seen eye to eye, and there have been times when we have been irritated or even angry with each other, but we always worked through it and we have remained friends through it all. We have laughed and cried together, supported each other emotionally through difficult times and aired our frustrations to each other knowing that neither of us was judging the other. I don’t know what will happen from here for me, or how my work life is going to change, but I know that the days won’t be as bright, they definitely won’t be as much fun and will be lonely in so many ways. I know that she is heading off to a new adventure and the next big chapter of her life and I know that she deserves this so much. My dear friend, K – I am crying as I write this, knowing you will be reading it and knowing that you are feeling so many things today. You have spent more than 26 years helping to build up this business with little appreciation for how hard you’ve worked and how much of your heart is in it, and I’m sure as you walk out the door tonight it will be with tears and sadness, but I am praying, not with regret. I pray for you to leave with a sense of relief and of peace, knowing that you have so much to look forward to in your future adventures.
Verse of the Day
May 31, 2018
The Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
—1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
What do you have that is forever? Most of everything we have falls apart, breaks, or runs down in a short time. But we have three things that last forever: God, our Christian friends, and our praise of God. These are eternal.
Food for Thought
Necrotizing Fasciitis Awareness Day – This one was first observed in 2017 and I missed it. This day brings awareness of this rare disease to people’s attention. What IS the disease, you ask? I’m sure most of us have heard news stories about people contracting a flesh eating virus? Well, that is likely this! It was first described in medical literature in 1883 to be a disease of unknown cause that caused gangrenous cells in the scrotum. It was expanded on later in medical knowledge as an uncommon disease where the layers of tissue under the skin, and is referred to as the flesh eating bug or virus. The most common causes of the disease are the bacteria group A hemolytic Streptococcus pyogenes and Staphylococcus aureus, working together or alone. This can happen in any age group, and is most commonly associated with surgical procedures, but has also been seen in those with diabetes mellitus, atherosclerotic vascular disease, malignancy and hypertension. In rare occasions it can occur after a minor injury to the skin, a fall, after getting cuts or tears to the skin and can happen in otherwise very healthy people. Geesh, this makes me concerned about my own injury! It can affect anywhere on the body, but the most common sites are the abdomen, arms, legs, extremities and face. Um, I read that part out of a necrotizing fasciitis website and seriously, what part of the body have they left out there? Progress has been made in understanding this disease better, but there is much to learn and a goal to reach of improving treatment, finding a cause and a cure.
What You Think Upon Grows Day – This one is all about positive thinking . . . if you think it . . . it will grow. Some people don’t buy into the “think positive and it will happen” mindset . . . at least if you go by their negativity and down in the dumps behavior. I believe that this one was started because an author by the name of Norman Vincent Peale was born on May 31, 1898, and this was set up in his honor. Mr. Peale wrote “The Power of Positive Thinking”, which is a title that many of us are familiar with, even if we haven’t read it. In 1945 Peale and his wife published the religious magazine “Guideposts”, which is still in publication. I wonder if I am VERY positive that I won’t cry today, that I won’t? I don’t think I have enough positive in me to lie to myself. I’m going to cry. I just know it.
World No-Tobacco Day – STEP AWAY FROM THE TOBACCO! Wouldn’t it be nice if we could say that to smokers and chewers and have them actually listen? This day is to raise awareness of the health issues and dependency issues related to tobacco use. You would think that in this day and age that it would be pretty common knowledge that using tobacco is bad for your health, but with so many people still using it, it’s obvious that the information has fallen on deaf ears, or that they are so addicted that they just don’t care! This day was set up in to bring this awareness to as many people as possible. The bottom line is, if you smoke or chew tobacco, kick the habit today. Your life may depend on it!
This Day in History –
1977 – The trans-Alaska pipeline is completed.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Macaroon Day – You can make macaroons from any kind of nut. For Americans, though, these cookies have long starred coconut. Here’s a low carb recipe using almonds as the star of the show! Cranberry Almond Coconut Macaroons – doesn’t that sound delicious? I have to try these!
I’ve put it off as long as I can. I have to head to work now and face the day knowing that at the end I will be crying my eyes out as I leave the office. This is rather unfortunate since I have to head to the store after work. I better check to make sure I have my make-up bag with me. I can’t be late so with a heavy heart I wish you a wonderful day. God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow.
Celebration lists and information are sourced from the following websites:
www.brownielocks.com; www.holidayinsights.com; www.thenibble.com; www.foodimentary.com and www.verseoftheday.com