"We have all known the long loneliness,
and we have found that the answer is community." Dorothy Day
This weekend we said good-bye to the "old Circle Healthcare" building.
The day before this photo, the water pipes broke. The front door lock quit working.
Our wonderful building was breathing hard.
Those who could come, gathered in the large waiting room amid the flotsam and jetsam of the moving sale. And like any funeral, people gathered around the food.
We wrote on the walls: wishes for the 5 stories of apartment dwellers who will be living in the new building. One child with a marker in her hand said, "You mean we can write on the walls?!?" Yeah!
We asked 2 questions: What will you miss most? and what will you not miss?
To a person the answer to the first question was "the people," the unique atmosphere of friendliness, "home" and respect that was fostered for all of our nearly 27 years. People nodded when someone said they had never been in a work environment as people-centered as ours. And they laughed when folks mentioned those not-so-peaceful exchanges.
And what would they not miss? Some people: not a thing.
Those of us who took care of the building were unanimous that cleaning up poop in the parking lot was the worst. I have a friend who's been homeless all the years I've known him. I don't mean to sound like a politician, especially this election year, but I will work for the day when people don't have to look for the corner of a parking lot to take care of human needs.
On a lighter note, I handed out the water pistols and twizzlers I always had on hand to keep my co-workers amused. We had some great skirmishes!
A colleague and friend for 30+ years, Dr. Jan Corwin, wrote later:
"It was just what we needed, and not too much of what we needed, as I know as emotionally slammed as I feel tonight, that if it had been a real sob fest, I might never have gotten up again."
Now about you.
Think about your life: your body, your relationships, your habits, your environment.
We are always leaving something. So what are you leaving? Some things are easier to move on from than others. Is there something big as a house that requires leaving? If there is, just consider it. Define it. Get the lay of it.
Moving on isn't just "poof!" It's a series of decisions and actions....but more about that later.
There's nothing like doing little things to take care of your body, after all, it's the only one you've got! But who knew how handy it can be all around the house!
9 Reasons to Use Epsom Salt (Try out the stress relief method TONIGHT) by TheAlternativeDaily.com
Epsom salt is a mineral compound comprised of magnesium and sulfate, and gets its named from a saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England. Epsom salt has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for a number of ailments and also has many beauty, gardening and household uses.
Both magnesium and sulfate are readily absorbed into the skin which makes the health benefits readily accessible. Over 325 enzymes in the body are regulated by magnesium which also helps reduce inflammation, alleviates hardening of the arteries and improves muscle and nerve function. Sulfates improve the rate at which nutrients are absorbed and help to flush out toxins.
Here are just a few of the many wonderful benefits of Epsom salts we uncovered:
If you are stressed, you may be deficient in magnesium and you may have elevated adrenaline. When Epsom salt is dissolved in warm water it is absorbed through the skin and can naturally replenish lost magnesium. This magnesium helps the body produce serotonin, which is a mood elevating chemical in the brain.
Magnesium also increases energy and stamina by encouraging the production of ATP – the energy powerhouse of the cell. Bathing in Epsom salt three times a week can help increase your energy, improve your mood and reduce the negative impacts of elevated adrenaline. Use 2 cups of Epsom salt in each full bath.
The sulphates in Epsom salt draw heavy metals and other toxins from cells which can ease muscle pain and improve cellular function. Adding Epsom salt to your bathwater pulls salt out of your body along with harmful toxins. Add 2 cups of Epsom salt to a warm bath and soak for at least 10 minutes for detoxification.
Relieve Pain and Cramps in Muscles
If you have sore muscles, migraine headaches or bronchial asthma, you may want to try an Epsom salt bath. It can relieve both pain and inflammation. If you are on your feet all day you may want to soak them in warm Epsom salt. It can also help neutralize foot odor.
Try the following beauty treatments that use Epsom salt:
Exfoliating Facial Cleanser - Mix a small handful of Epsom salt with a tablespoon of coconut oil and rub on your face. Rinse and pat dry.
Blackhead Remover - Add a teaspoon of salt and 3 drops of iodine into half a cup of boiling water. Apply mixture to blackheads using a cotton ball.
Skin Mask - For normal to oily skin, mix 1 tablespoon of cognac, 1 organic egg, 1/4 cup of nonfat dry milk, the juice of one lemon and half a teaspoon of Epsom salt together. Dampen your skin and place the mixture on your face – avoiding the eye area. Allow the mask to harden and set for about ten minutes – rinse and pat dry.
Home and Garden
Use Epsom salt around your home and garden:
Clean Bathroom Tiles - Get those dim and dirty tiles in your bathroom clean by mixing equal parts of Epsom salt with liquid dish detergent. Scrub tiles with the mixture and rinse well.
Fertilize Plants – Plants need nutrients including magnesium and sulfur in order to grow their best. Sprinkling Epsom salt once a week on houseplants, flowers and vegetables will provide them with nutrients they need to thrive.
Greener Grass – Magnesium is necessary for seed germination and is vital for the production of chlorophyll which plants use to change sunlight into food and helps the soil absorb phosphorus and nitrogen.
Sulfur also contributes to chlorophyll production and, as mentioned above, makes nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium found in fertilizers more effective. To help your grass be as healthy as it can, apply 3 pounds of Epsom Salts for every 1,250 square feet of lawn using a spreader. You can also dilute it in water and apply with a sprayer.
Enjoy all of these benefits of inexpensive old-school Epsom Salt!
-The Alternative Daily
Thanks to Fit over 40 for turning me on to this!
I can't believe how much I've been harping on the benefits of moving your body over the last 30+ years!
I mean, what's so good about it?
I'm in the middle of the biggest physical move I've made in--ever. And I'm grumpy.....
OK....the first time of many that my Navy family moved when I was 3 was probably worse.
I've been cozy in my office at Circle Healthcare for almost 27 years; and before that moving was no big deal: I did massage in all sorts of venues for 10 years, including the break room at Zell's Cafe, and before that moved a bazillion times for work or just for the heck of it.
Still, this feels bigger than moving my home, because here, I've worked with a bunch of fabulous people, not all of whom are moving with me. That means one heart-rending moment after another. Even the folks I'm moving with have reorganized, and our relationship is changed.
Oh, and did I mention we sold the building and it's going to be demolished? Our spacious, peaceful waiting room graced with Dawna Bell nature photos--the one some clients come early just to sit in--down to a couple brave photos here and there. Our beautiful mural wall by Carol Basch, untouched all this time by graffiti--gone by October.
Gimme a break!
So what am I learning....
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