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Five Steps to Forgiveness

Grudges 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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Taking Care When Changing a Flat

Getting 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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Green Living Tip

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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Theo's Corner

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 pet.


Getting Ready
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 and ticks.

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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