Are you a small business owner who is undecided on whether to use social media as a resource? Maybe you're not computer/technology savvy, feel like you don't have the time to post or tweet, or are unsure exactly what to post or tweet about. You've elicited the pros and cons, but are still uncertain if social media is right for you and your business. If this describes you, you know someone else who fits the description, or you are considering starting a small business in the future, keep reading. I am going to share with you why social media is a Must for businesses, particularly smaller ones.
"It's complicated" is a popular social media relationship status. Unfortunately, but understandably, this description also applies to the prayer relationship of many, especially those new to it. The word prayer evokes different images for different people. For some of us it may conjure up an image of a pastor with an eloquent thundering voice pleading with God at the church altar, for others the image may be that of a soft spoken child kneeling beside their bed reciting "now I lay me down to sleep..."
Prayer in its most basic form, is simply conversation between a man/woman/child and God. However, many find it to be intimidating What is it about prayer that makes us feel insecure or awkward? If your prayer life is complicated, it is my prayer that this post will help to bring simplification.
Grief is a complex individual. She comes in many forms, has various levels of severity, and assumes multiple personalities. On Death and Dying, a book written in 1969 by Elizabeth Kubler Ross and coauthored by David Kessler, introduced the five stages of death: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance (www.grief.com). These authors detailed what could be expected at each of the stages of loss and offered advice for successfully processing through each level.
While grief can be overwhelming for the individual who is experiencing it, it often proves to be a difficult process for those attempting to provide support to the bereaved as well. Questions related to what to say, how to say it, when to say it, or what to do, can be baffling for those watching a loved one suffer with grief. That is the purpose of this post, to offer some insight on how we can better extend love and support during this emotional time.
“How does she do it?” Many of us have asked this question, amazed at how the caregiver in question manages her household duties, takes care of her husband and children, and provides care for a chronically ill parent or loved one in addition to taking care of herself. We look through eyes of admiration at the strength and dedication she demonstrates and watch in awe as she provides loving care without voicing any complaints. Sometimes this care goes without thanks or appreciation and oftentimes it is at the expense of the caregiver’s physical, mental, emotional, and/or financial health. From our vantage point they seem to have it all together, juggling their numerous responsibilities without missing a beat. Though they may not voice it they could use our help. The question that we are going to answer is “what can we do to aid these selfless laborers of love?”