Tonight, turn off the TV, phone and all electronic devices, go outside, and quiet your mind for a minute. Be satisfied with what you have right now. You are alive, you are warm, you have electricity, and you are safe. How do I know this? Because I see that you are reading this right now. Once you read this, stop thinking about tomorrow and count on your fingers what you are grateful for today. Don’t read Facebook or listen to the news for the rest of the week. Instead, work on your book, or pictures or crafts and make a fabulous dinner for you and your family. Next week is the time to worry once again and help those who in need.

I challenge each of you to learn something new for the next ten days. Then, go out and teach someone what you learned. It could be as simple as setting up an account on the computer, or helping someone learn how to create a budget and stick to it. Or, it could just be getting the clutter out of your mind and your house and passing that knowledge of how you did it to someone else.

We still have a lot of work to do to help everyone rise up. I pay my housekeeper more right now because she is fabulous and helps me so much. I couldn’t do the things I wanted to do without her. And, I give more money to EFAA (Emergency Family Assistance Association) out of Boulder, because they are a fantastic local agency that helps people so much and they have been around for over 100 years! I want to continue to do anything I can to make someone’s life easier.

We still have to be safe before we can hold hands or hug each other. But, for now, just breathe.

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