Coffee and Contemplation: Self-Improvement Month

September is Self-Improvement Month. There are all kinds of ways for one to improve themselves. It depends on what kind of person they want to be and what they have to do to get there. It could be something as simple as learning to recipes for dinner or saving money for a new car. I want to share some of the things I’ve done to improve myself. Most of these things I’ve been doing for almost a year. I recommend using Self-Improvement Month as a starting point for short-term and long-term goals. Short-term goals being less than a year and long-term taking a year or longer.

I made a list for myself and am happy to say I crossed off all my short-term goals and even a couple long-term. These were simple things like saving money and getting some new clothes. There were many other things that weren’t on my goals list. For example, I had money saved to get some dental work I’ve needed. I had to get a root canal and a crown. I’ve been reading more books and writing a lot more. I’ve even planned a little road trip for my birthday weekend. So what are you doing to improve yourself? 

National Day of Encouragement

Sometimes a few kind, uplifting words from someone make a difficult situation better. Sometimes encouragement comes from friends or family. Other times it might come from a total stranger. I’m a fan of the phrase “Be kind whenever possible. It’s always possible.” Encouraging others is another form of kindness. Mayor Belinda LaForce of Searcy, Arkansas proclaimed the first Day of Encouragement on August 22, 2007. The project began as the brainchild from the Encouragement Foundation at Harding University in Searcy. A month later, Governor Mike Beebe, proclaimed September 12, 2007 the “State Day of Encouragement for Arkansas. Later President George W. Bush made September 12th the National Day of Encouragement.

How does one participate in this national holiday? Encourage others. Reassure, inspire, or tell someone how important they are to you. Think about someone other than yourself and say a few kind words to them. If someone feels like giving up, tell them to keep trying. Or at least listen to them vent their frustrations. Sometimes having someone listen is enough to encourage someone to keep fighting. At some point in our lives, we all need encouragement. We all need a little push to see the positive and keep going when all hope is lost. If you’re struggling, things will get better. Even if it doesn’t look like they will.

Wacky Wednesday: September 9

Hello all you wacky people. We’ve got some exciting new things for today. Our first word today is a noun which derives from Scotland and Northern England. Oxter is a person’s armpit. I don’t know any way to use this term other than to insult someone without them knowing. Our next word is a rare adjective. Pauciloquent means using few words in speech or conversation. You could use this to describe your quiet, shy friend. I am still on the lookout for more strange and wacky words. If you know any, please share them in the comments.

Let’s start the holiday section with our token food holiday. Today is National Wiener Schnitzel Day. If you don’t know what that is, it’s like an Austrian corndog. Veal is salted and breaded then deep-fried. There’s a law in Austria requiring the dish to be made with veal though it can be made with pork or other meats. The next two holidays go together well on September 9. The first is National Teddy Bear Day. In 1902, President Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear cub while hunting. It made national news. After a caricature cartoon was published in the Washington Post, Morris Michtom created a new toy and asked the President’s permission to name it the “Teddy Bear.”

There have been many famous Teddy Bears including Big Bird’s bear named Radar, Garfield the Cat’s bear Pooky, Winnie-the-Pooh and Paddington from across the pond in Great Britain, and the Muppet Fozzie Bear. Also, in 1981 starting as greeting cards before into television and toys, the Care Bears. This brings us to our next holiday, Care Bares Share Your Care Day. The main goal of the holiday is to inspire acts of kindness and goodwill. That’s something we all need to see more of in the world. Go out and Share Your Care.