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PLAY THE FAMILY GAME!
Feel like you're losing touch with your children? Wish you understood your spouse better? Want to enjoy closer family ties without the background noise of X-Box games or loud music? Does everyone seem to scatter the moment their last bite of food is swallowed? Introduce them to "the family game!"
It's a fun way to bring your family together at the dinner table and keep them there - without complaints. Furthermore, you'll soon have them willingly sharing their dreams, disappointments, likes & dislikes, interests, successes, and innermost thoughts. Finally, you will have created a new family tradition your children will delight in passing on to their own families.
Introduce your version of the family game at the end of a dinnertime meal when everyone is present. Don't make a big production of it, just ask everyone to remain at the table. Tell them you've heard of a fun game and would like to play it with them. Explain that each person at the table gets one turn (and only one turn). You begin by asking a question that everyone, including yourself, has to answer. For instance, your question might be, "What's the most embarrassing moment you've ever had?" Go around the table and let each family member contribute.
Once everyone answers, let the person at your left ask the next question. It might be, "What's the worst birthday present you've ever received?" or maybe, "If you could go back in the past and live in a different time, when would it be and why?" You'll be amazed at the sharing your family will suddenly experience.
Once the "family game" becomes a regular part of meals, add this twist: Before being seated, tell family members that they may sit in any seat at the table except their normal seat. The catch is that they must also "act" like the person normally seated in the chair they choose. This can produce hilarious results.
If your family seems fragmented and scattered, play "the family game." It's a natural for bringing joy, depth, communication and understanding back to your loved ones.
Get ready for dining experiences at some of the best desert restaurants! Restaurant Week is back, May 29 - June 7, offering the perfect opportunity to dine at your favorite restaurants and experience the ones you've always wanted to try. Three-course meals will be served with fixed pricing at $26 or $38. Mark your calendar for this week of dining in the desert!
Million-Dollar Gift 50 Years in the Making
Laurie Johnston took a gift of $200 more than a half-century ago and turned it into $1 million dollars.
The retired pharmacist donated $500,000 on Friday to both the Misericordia Health Centre Foundation and the Riverview Heath Centre Foundation. The impetus for this philanthropy dates back to 1949 when Johnston was a cash-strapped student in his fourth year of pharmacy school. He was considering taking a year off to work when a friend of the family called him over one day and handed him an envelope containing $200.
"That was a huge amount of money back then. She told me to use it for my schooling and pay it back for somebody else in the future," Johnston said.
His experience as a child of the Great Depression also played a key role in his philanthropic tendencies. Johnston's mother would cook for young men who would ride the railway in search of odd jobs to make a few dollars here and there.
"They'd knock on the door, sometimes two or three times a day, and she'd make them a big meal of soup and bread and pack them a lunch. She said to me, 'These men have nothing, no roof over their head, no food, so everybody should help them.' That made quite an impression on me," he said.
So, he decided to build a special legacy fund. Shortly after he graduated from university, Johnston started saving money and 22 years later, he had accumulated $80,000. In 1977, he immersed himself in the investing field and started putting money into the stock market.
"I hate the expression, 'Playing the stock market.' When you work like I do, you invest and you do it on a rational basis," he said.
Johnston never took a nickel out of the fund for himself and credited a simple mantra for being able to pull off his millon-dollar feat.
"Never buy what you want, just buy what you need," he said.
Sheldon Mindell, manager of Riverview, said Johnston's gift will be put towards refurbishing its 30 palliative care beds, including installing flat-screen televisions and a Wi-Fi system. Mindell also wants to upgrade a meeting area into a place where a family could eat a meal in relative privacy, rather than in the cafeteria.
"This donation is huge for us. I believe generosity isn't a characteristic you're born with. You learn it by examples that are set in your childhood or adulthood," Mindell said.
Patti Smith, executive director at Misericordia, agreed. She said Johnston's donation will be put towards its $7-million commitment to its Future of Care redevelopment program.
Construction of the $45-million facility, which will house the Buhler Eye Care Centre, the Ambulatory Diagnostic Centre, and PRIME, a health centre for seniors, will begin next week.
"This isn't a rich man who gave away $1 million, he's a man who decided 35 years ago that he wanted to do something significant," Smith said.
Ever get that “burned out” feeling? You’re operating at maximum capacity and doing a darn good job of it, but the inspiration and the motivation start to wane. Don’t feel badly about it – after all, you can only really hit a slump when you’ve been experiencing a streak of success! Slumps do not happen to “losers,” because frankly, they’re always in a perpetual slump!
So what can be done when you hit a bump in the road? Dr. Robert H. Schuller once observed that “when you can’t solve the problem, manage it.” Maybe you can’t control whatever outside forces are weighing down on your ability to move forward. You can, however, take a break and take a step back to look at things you actually can control.
If you’re banging your head against a wall, please stop and walk away! If success lies beyond that wall, you’ll have a much better chance of getting there by going around your obstacles and not through them. Walls are not doorways – you need to refresh your perspective and find passage back to your previously winning ways.
Perhaps you’ve just gotten so good at what you do that you’ve forgotten “the basics” of your activities. It’s like you’re operating on “auto-pilot,” and there are a thousand little details that you don’t even think about anymore as you carry on your routine. Take some time to “re-train” yourself. Start by pretending it’s your first day on the job and everything is new.
New employees who have to learn the ropes often bring a fresh perspective that exposes ways to do things more efficiently. Look through your “apprentice” eyes for new ways of working, and it’s a good bet that your performance will improve, and you’ll find yourself operating with renewed enthusiasm. Now, give yourself a bonus!
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