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Five Steps to Forgiveness
are easy to hold onto-it is forgiving that can be tough, but the benefits are
enormous. Anger and resentment can not only harm you mentally, but studies have
shown that there are increases in heart disease, cancer, and other deadly
diseases when a person has pent-up anger. Go through these steps to help on your
way to forgiving someone in your life.
1. Try to understand the pain in you. Recognizing how
you really feel-your anger, fear, or grief-is important. Know that you are the
only one who can change the situation you are in. No one else can.
2. Don't expect to understand why it happened in the
first place. Knowing this probably won't lessen the pain and sometimes even the
person who hurt you doesn't know why it occurred. Also, know that forgiving is
entirely up to you and cannot always wait until the other person has admitted
the wrong-this may never happen. But for your own sake, you should pursue
forgiveness as a good for you.
3. Acknowledge your part. No one is perfect and
conflicts are often caused by several factors. If you have harmed the person in
your own way, take responsibility and ask for forgiveness yourself.
4. Don't tie your own forgiving to any forgiveness you
may receive. Remember, that forgiving someone is for you, not for that person.
You have the power here. It is an act of courage on your part and can help you
to heal, despite what anyone else does.
5. Forgiving is not forgetting and it is not condoning.
By forgiving someone, you are not saying that the behavior was acceptable. You
are simply saying that you are ready to release the hurt and pain inside of you.
Forgiveness does not always mean reconciling with that person. It is simply to
give you peace.
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a flat can turn a simple drive into a dangerous ordeal. Next time you get a flat
tire, be sure to remember to keep safety first.
Always travel with a good spare tire in your car. If
you get a flat, you should park your car on a level spot, away from oncoming
traffic. If you are on a busy highway, only attempt to change your tire if
the shoulder is wide enough or you can pull far off of the road.
While driving on a flat can cause damage to the rim,
it is better to do this than to risk changing a tire in an unsafe area. If
you do need to drive on a flat, try to pull out of traffic. Use the
emergency lane if there is one. Use your hazard flashers. Don't drive over
ten miles per hour, as your steering may be altered also.
Once you are in a safe place to change your tire,
put your car in park or in first for a manual transmission. Use the parking
brake and take your keys with you.
Follow your car manufacturer's instructions for
changing a flat. Be sure to complete each step and tighten all bolts
correctly. When changing your tire, never place your hands or arms
underneath the raised tire.
If you are replacing your tire with a temporary
spare, follow the safety restrictions carefully. Most are only rated for a
certain speed and distance, allowing you to get to a service center that can
repair or replace your tire.
A dry run is always a good idea. Whenever you get a
new car, practice changing your tire, so that you will know where all of
your equipment is and the proper procedures to follow. If you feel that you
are not up to the task, consider joining an auto club that will provide you
with roadside assistance.
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If you love magazine and newspaper subscriptions, but
don't like having so many items to recycle, consider sharing subscriptions with
your family, friends, or neighbors. Decide on subscriptions that you are both
interested in and then split the cost. Once you or your friend is done with the
magazine or newspaper, simply pass it on. This not only is good for the
environment, but will save you money as well.
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Camping with Your Dog
It is wonderful to enjoy the great outdoors with your
canine companion. There are some precautions you should take on your camping
adventure. These tips can help make camping fun and safe for both you and your
Before heading out on a camping trip, get your dog ready for the extra
hiking you will do. For a couple of weeks before you go, try to take some walks
on rougher ground and up and down some hills. This will build up your dog's
stamina and also condition the pads of his paws. You should also make sure your
dog is up-to-date on vaccinations and licensing. If your pet takes medication,
be sure to pack that, along with any needed treatment for heartworms and fleas
Bring Some Creature Comforts
If your dog is in good health, he can carry some supplies in a small pack.
Be sure to keep the weight of the pack under 15 percent of his body weight. Your
canine friend can carry a small first aid kit, some treats, an extra leash, and
a collapsible water bowl. Your first aid kit should have antibiotic ointment,
coated aspirin, tweezers, and a snakebite kit.
Mind Your Manners
When at your campsite or on a hike, it is important to keep your pet near
you and under your control at all times. If you are unsure of how your dog will
react to other people near your campsite or during encounters with wildlife, you
may need to keep him leased. It is a good idea to take a day trip first to test
things out before leaving for an extended camping trip.
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