PURPLE HEART DAY

TL 8-8 PURPLE HEART DAY

8-8 TEMPTATION'S TUNNELOn this day in 1782, in Newburgh, New York, General George Washington, the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, created the “Badge for Military Merit,” a decoration consisting of a purple, heart-shaped piece of silk, edged with a narrow binding of silver, with the word Merit stitched across the face in silver. The badge was to be presented to soldiers for “any singularly meritorious action” and permitted its wearer to pass guards and sentinels without challenge. The honoree’s name and regiment were also to be inscribed in a “Book of Merit”.
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Today I overcame temptation and wanted someone to award me with the purple heart (or something similar).  This morning I was standing at the counter in Starbuck’s looking at all the really great espresso and lattes on the menu board. I was tempted to order something other than the tall skinny mocha latte I usually get.

Here is my thought process: For nearly FIVE YEARS I have tried to be good with my diet to support my husband on his diet. But guess what? I am here at Starbuck’s and I am all alone. If I did order something more yummy than the tall skinny mocha latte – he would never have to know about it! What harm would it do? I’m the only one that would have to know!

Then my brain paused and I caught a glimpse of my reflection (profile – eek!) in the shiny glass where they keep all the decadent pastries and things – and it dawned on me. I would know. Me – and my size 16 petite jeans that I fought so hard to get into… we would know.

I’ve not had to buy women’s sizes for almost 3 years. I’ve exercised myself silly and eaten healthy and for just a moment I thought I could sneak in a 500 calorie beverage. I was tempted.

Did I sin? Praise God – NO, I did not sin! See, those “temptation tunnels” are costly! There is a toll you pay before you enter in. And – if you make a choice to go in, it gets more and more difficult to turn around in there – the passage gets more narrow and darker as you go. You aren’t aware it’s going to do that (you think Satan’s going to tell you?). You just think it’s a tunnel and you’ll go through and come out on the other side into just as much sunlight as there was when you went in.

That’s not how it works. Think twice before you pay the toll and go into that tunnel. God loves you and He will help you out if you’re stuck. There’s no other way out but through Him. Pray and ask God through Christ to help you. He wants to make a way for you.

Some people think that freedom would be choosing the 500 calorie beverage. I think the REAL freedom is choosing the right – choosing FOR MYSELF – what I know is best for me. I choose the skinny mocha latte, not because I’m forced to choose it, but because it is the best choice. I choose to follow Christ because He has my best interest in mind and HE keeps me safe and away from the tunnel of temptation. Praise His Name!  I don’t really need the Purple Heart – I just need God to keep helping me do the right thing. 🙂

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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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Thank you, Veterans

On this day in 1782, General George Washington created the Purple Heart.  The Continental Congress had forbidden General Washington from granting any promotions or commendations to recognize merit.  Washington felt strongly that some token should be given, so his general orders established the Badge of Military Merit.

It was not until the 20th Century the name of the badge became The Purple Heart.  The entire design changed except the shape – it remained in the shape of a heart.  In the center of the purple heart is a profile of George Washington to honor him for creating it.

Why purple?  Why not blue or green, or my favorite color – yellow?

Obviously, yellow stands for cowardice, so…  that color is automatically eliminated.  Does it matter that purple was chosen for this great badge of merit?  I think so.

The color purple combines the calm stability of blue with the fierce energy of red.  It’s a color known for royalty, nobility, pride, peace, devotion, grandeur, dignity, wisdom, creativity, and power.

A moderate shade of purple can brighten a mood, calm the mind and nerves, enhance the sacred and bring about a general state of confidence.  I always feel more confident when I wear dark purple.  In fact, when people ask me what they should wear to a job interview, I suggest they buy an eggplant suit and accent it with a bright white shirt.  It lets your perspective employer know right away that you are confident in your abilities.  I have an “interview” suit, and yes, it is eggplant purple.  I got any job I wanted in that suit and an updated resume.

If a hue is too bright, it suggests you are wealthy and gives an air of royalty.  That is not an impression you want to give at a job interview.  That would leave the perspective employer thinking you don’t really need the job – that you are independently wealthy and think you are a little better than everyone else.

Choosing a hue that is too light can have the opposite effect.  It can make the perspective employer think that you are flighty, absent-minded or not serious about getting a job done.  A light purple is delicate.  If you are interested in romance, light purple is a perfect color.  It conjures up nostalgia and whimsy.

If the purple is very dark it can convey feelings of depression, gloom, sadness and frustration.  Again, this is not a good vibe to give to a prospective employer.

Mauve is just pink trying to be purple.  – James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Yes, a moderate shade of purple is the perfect color for the purple heart.  Brave acts of heroism should be honored in some small way.  We appreciate our military and the purple heart is just one way to let them know how much we hold them in high esteem for the sacrifices they make to ensure our freedom here in the United States of America. 

 

 

 

 

 

WEAR PURPLE FOR PEACE DAY

TL 5-16 WEAR PURPLE FOR PEACE DAY

Wear purple for world peace. This is WEAR PURPLE FOR PEACE DAY!!! Inner Peace brings with it the thought of relaxation. Here are some effective relaxation therapies:

BREATHING.  Well, that is certainly helpful, isn’t it?  Breathing exercises have taught me how to breathe correctly to relieve my stress.  The technique is simple (believe me, if it was complicated, I wouldn’t do it).  You place one hand on your chest and the other on your abdomen.  Take a slow, deep breath, taking in as much air as possible.  Your abdomen should press against your hand.  Hold that breath in for a few seconds, then slowly exhale.

VISUAL IMAGING. Basically this technique uses body awareness to do relaxation. Imagine being in a peaceful, restful place (your “happy place”). Now focus on different physical sensations, but not necessarily just painful areas. Everyone imagines differently, but I would not recommend an image of a banana split for someone who is trying to lose weight! Don’t sabotage your efforts like that.

PROGRESSIVE MUSCLE RELAXATION. This therapy is one of my favorites. It was just recently developed for people suffering with peripheral diabetic neuropathy. The idea is to flex the painful area then hold it briefly. Relax it, slowly easing the tension. I make this fun by drawing the alphabet with my foot. The movement seems to ease the pain a bit. By the time I get to the letter “Z”, I do usually feel better. I’ve actually been drawing the alphabet with my foot as I write this post. Can I multi-task, or WHAT???

CHRISTIAN POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS.  There are many CD’s available to listen to on You Tube that provide positive thoughts for Christians.  These are Scripture-based and give us support as it seems the world has gotten more crazy.

Did you catch all of that?  Don’t worry – your subconscious did!

Pray for peace as we approach the last days.  Remember this is all God’s timing and we just need to hang on to Him.  🙂