New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 3, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Take time during the holidays to look at what you’ve accomplished
As the holiday season approaches, it is good to pause and reflect upon the blessings and accomplishments of the year. Of particular importance are the warm experiences with family members (even if there is conflict with other filmily members) and with dear friends. Major personal accomplishments are great to reflect on, also.
Certainly the holidays are rich in the tradition of family time. For those with close families and friends, the holidays can be a fulfilling and revitalizing time. Sometimes in living our day-to-day lives, we get so busy “do-ing” for the holidays that we forget to “be.” Let’s make time to slow down, reminisce and give thanks.
I suggest that reminiscing with ourselves (and/or with others) about the love we have given and received, and immersing ourselves in the blessings of our lives helps us reenergize and experience peace and contentment.
This time of reflection can also aid us in reorienting our priorities, thereby giving us direction for how we wish to live our lives for the next year. When we seek on a daily basis to live our lives and make choices consistent with our values and priorities, we are more prone to like and respect ourselves, and in turn, contentment and peace of mind come more easily.
Life is not perfect for anyone (I’m sure you’re surprised to hear this!) and we all have problems. For those recently alone or with losses, the holiday season can be depressing. I say CAN be depressing, because there are so many ways to deal with difficult or painful situations that lessen the distress and even add some joy.
We can feel sad about some things and joyful about others. Let’s add joy where we can! Being sad may be unavoidable, but frequently feeling depressed can be avoidable. The effort it takes to get out and do something positive to avoid sinking
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into a situational depression is well worth it!
Loneliness is a common emotional experience. Most people who isolate themselves from others and stay at home will continue to feel lonely. Going to “meat markets” or singles bars seldom produces a good relationship, however.
So where are people to find good people?
(By the way, there ARE truly good men and good women out there.)
I encourage folks to develop a hobby that involves social contact. We meet people with common interests that way.
I encourage folks to find a cause or a purpose outside themselves in which they can take pride and which requires effort. In this way, when we are going about accomplishing tasks for a cause we believe in, we meet people.
Relationships that grow out of a common cause or hobby or activity are more likely to evolve into a positive relationship than one growing out of alcohol and “partying.”
Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, a food kitchen, church, welcoming committees, etc., but get out and meet people! How about working on the Toys for Tots or Elf Louise program?
Furthermore, when we are working toward a goal outside ourselves, we have satisfaction and often can forget (at least for a while) our own struggles. (This can be taken overboard, by the way, but in correct proportions, it is a wonderful tool to use to build a contented lite.)
How about inviting someone alone
or without family close by over for dinner? How about inviting a small group of people from the armed services at a nearby military base over for dinner over the holidays? How about taking dinner to a homebound person? (Your local church would know who needs such care.) Practice random acts of kindness and senseless beauty.
For yourself personally, buy flowers (the grocery stores have inexpensive but lovely ones) to brighten up your home.
The fresh fragrance can brighten our mood too. Go for a walk in the open areas, say around the rivers or up Panther Canyon. Go to Lost Maples or Enchanted Rock.
Open yourself to the glory of the colors of the sunsets and the sun sprays dancing out around the clouds. Watch the squirrels play and dart up the trees. Feed the ducks.
Write a love letter to every member of your family or to special friends. Give love, find appreciation in the beauty of our world.
Remember to pray.
In short, if our families are intact, make time to reminisce about the special times and share those loving thoughts and memories aloud with them.
If our families are spread around or broken up, find ways to remember the good times, but reach out to others to help them — finding a cause greater than ourselves to which we can apply our time, thoughts and energy can bring us peace and contribute to the well-being of others.
Find ways to brighten up our lives, to find joy in the small things (nature is always magnificent), and look for ways to make life more fulfilling. Include our own spirituality in all we do.
Disclaimer: All matenals in this column are provided for general information only. It is not intended, nor should it be construed, as psychological advice or instruction.
(Dr. Logan is a psychologist in private practice in New Braunfels.)
Photo submitted by Canyon Middle School
Canyon Middle School teacher Lindy Dowdy (far right) presents the school’s first-place prize for door decorating to (from left) Chris Medrano, Thomas Kerestzury, Tiffany Latham and Gwen Gitcho at an assembly marking the school’s efforts during Red Ribbon Week, which focuses on the war on drugs.
School recognizes anti-drug efforts
Canyon Middle School took time for an assembly Oct. 25 to recognize the work of students during Red nbbon Week, an effort to emphasize the work on drugs.
The week is meant to commemorate Enrique Camarena’s drug prevention movement.
Gigantic posters decorated the school’s gymnasium with anti-drug and anti-alcohol messages the signatures of the entire student body.
Other activities conducted dunng the week included a door decorating contest, a crazy sock contest, the display of red ribbons and the placement of red ribbons throughout the school, tennis courts and cars in the parking lot.
Students also signed pledge cards taking an oath to forego drugs and alcohol.
Canyon Middle School Principal Nancy Cobb spoke to students about tossing someone close to her to drug
Special guests at the assembly included New Braunfels Mayor Jan Kennady; Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager; Dr. Caroline Wemli, director of personnel for the Comal Independent School District; Gary O’Brien, coordinator of the Guada-Coma Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse; and McGruff the cnmefighter.
NBISD teacher nominated for state award
Whether they are juggling scarves or crawling through cardboard boxes symbolizing burning buildings, Lone Star Primary School first- and second-graders learn how to better move their young bodies and keep those same bodies safe in their physical education classes.
Their teacher, Casey Sauls, successfully combines the physical and educational aspects of her classes to such an extent that she has been nominated for the state Teacher of the Year in Elementary Physical Education.
Dr. Cynthia Rutledge of Southwest Texas State University nominated Sauls.
The award is sponsored by the Texas Association of Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Sauls, a physical education teacher since 1982, has been teaching in the New Braunfels Independent School Distnct for eight years.
She has made numerous presentations at the local, state and national levels and has published a book on incorporating rodeo events into physical education classes. A unit she developed on fire safety is used throughout the nation and was submitted to the Texas Commission on Fire Prevention.
The Family of Irene Caillouette
wishes to express their sincere thanks to the staff, nurses, and aides at hden Home for the care of their loved one during her long illness. All of your thoughts and prayers were greatly appreciated.
A special thanks to Dr. Stan Handshy.Elect
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