Thursday, August 27, 2009

what do you believe?

There is a call on the life or heart of every man woman and child to do the right thing, to view their life as something that matters. We all have an innate desire to make the world a better place because we were in it, and to somehow make our lives more than just a waste of dirt and flesh. How then do we choose to go about this endeavor? What makes us feel that we need to fulfill this “Greater Calling” what is the name and face we give to this nameless, faceless tug deep within our souls? Many would call this “religion”, the path that we choose to follow to benefit the world around us, the personal drive to make ourselves better and to improve our standing in this life and the one to come.

History has given us a rare glimpse into the lives of countless thousands of predecessors who have put before them the goal of self and world betterment, the altruistic view that we have something bigger than ourselves to look forward to. We can see though history how people have gone about attempting to make this goal a reality from the sacrifices of primal tribes to gods in the sky, sea, or land. To individuals who sacrifice themselves to build a greener and better planet in which we live today. One of the key similarities of all of these religious viewpoints is the attitudes of Sacrifice. Either of self or others, there is a feeling of enduring the loss of a loved one for the greater good or the work of ourselves to further the cause that draws us on each day(some greater than others). There are those in this world who have chosen the path for others by setting up for themselves the guidelines in which to live love and exist. For others however we choose to blaze our own trail or road less traveled; in all, the journey of a lifetime starts with that first step of sacrifice toward the greater idea of good. For some there is the view of sacrificing a Sunday a week or even once a major holiday to spend time in a Holy building with others singing hymns or praise to God in fellowship. Others it is a trek up the side of a mountain to a hidden monastery or shrine where men or woman have given themselves to pious solitude. And still others who find themselves in the middle of a great urban center passing out fliers or tracts or booklets on end times or healthy eating and hairstyle.

Regardless of your personal views on this matter we all have something that we are sacrificing our time, money, and selves to. There are even those who do so to a job or event like football or humanitarian effort with no spiritual forethought whatsoever. Whatever, whoever, wherever, and whenever you sacrifice yourself it is in the name of religion, call it what you will Faith, Hope, Love or Money; Jesus, Buddha, Zoroaster, Baha'ullah, Mohamed, or Oprah; Vishnu, Hubbard, or even Gouda. At some point in time you will bow the knee and declare there is a God.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

green tip

We have 6 people in our family and so we use a lot of water. One way we have found to save some water in when you flush, I know this may sound strange but think about it, on average we use about 2-3 gallons of water each flush. This means that we are using on average 1825 gallons a year just to flush per person, this is based on only using the toilet 2 times per day. multiply that times the number of people in your house and you can see how this can add up to a lot of water. So our little green tip for the day is to add a one gallon milk jug (cleaned and washed out of course) into the back tank. If you fill it with water then each time you flush it will save you 1 gallon of water. For our family the savings adds up, lets say we use the toilet 2 times a day each that will add up to 4380 Gallons of water in one year! That's a ton of water well actually 18.28 tons to be exact.

Here is how to do it.
  1. Take a cleaned out Milk Jug, make sure it has no label on it either, the label could come off and clog your toilet.
  2. fill the jug with water and cap it off.
  3. take the top off the back of your toilet (be careful it's heavy and breakable)
  4. flush your toilet while its refilling place the jug in the open side of your tank
  5. make sure that it isn't coming into contact with any of the mechanisms in your tank.
There you go its just that easy, the next time your tank fills up it will stop at its normal level but since the jug is in there it will be one gallon less per flush, you won't even notice the difference. Now your tank size may be a bit smaller depending on the model of toilet that you use, if this is the case you may not be able to fit a gallon jug in there but try a half gallon or another type of jug, remember to use plastic not glass and fill it with water.

happy saving and remember to live well, bless better.

image thanks to http://www.urbanecoist.com/2008/08/

Monday, August 3, 2009

CPR Saves Lives

As a CPR Instructor I hear stories all the time about people saving lives of loved ones and strangers by properly administering CPR and First Aid. The importance of this skill far out ways the time it takes to learn it. I love being able to teach a skill that I know if needed could save the life of an individual, and thereby save a family. If you have just 4 hours I would love to come teach your family, company or group, the lifesaving skills of CPR.
This is a great story about how CPR saved the life of a man in Oregon.

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20090802/COLUMN0807/908020330/1001/news/Man-is-grateful-for-CPR-on-street