Thought For The Day 11/24/12

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T’is The Season!

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http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/galleries/TMG9666808/Christmas-shopping-The-best-dressed-festive-windows.html

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“It’s choice, not chance, that determines your destiny.”

Jean Nidetch

Founder of Weight Watchers

http://suite101.com/article/inspirational-small-business-quotes-for-entrepreneur-motivation-a224262

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Last year, I posted a blog based on an email I received from my college roommate. I found the piece again yesterday, and have decided to re-share it this year. I was never able to determine the original author of the piece because it caught on like a “house a fire” in 2011 and was reprinted by every one from bloggers to business owners to religious organizations to the average e-mailer. Now, I did do some minor editing of the original last year to make it a bit more politically correct. However, this year I am going to make a couple more changes because “MandysPath” now boasts a readership that spans every continent in the world (except for Antarctica…..besides research stations, there is probably no internet service there anyway….LOL), and while the original post was geared toward the American Christmas shopper, it is a message transcends the borders of the United States, and even faiths (welcome aboard all of you who shop for Hanukkah or Kwanzaa gifts)! So enjoy the following message once more and think about taking its meaning to heart as you begin your foray into the world of the mall this holiday season!

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CHRISTMAS 2012

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As the holidays approach, factories are kicking into high gear to provide consumers with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods made by machine…..merchandise that has been produced at the expense of many working class men and women and small hometown businesses. This year could and should be different. This year, we all can give the gift of genuine concern for our brothers and sisters in our very own communities. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, cheaper, mass-produced items, are better!

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It’s time to think outside the box, everyone. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in festive paper? Everyone gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local  hair salon or barber? Gym membership? It’s appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.

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Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, locally owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates. Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down big bucks on a huge flat-screen television? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

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There are a many owner-run restaurants, all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn’t the fancy eatery sort, what about a half-dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn’t about big National chains. This is about supporting your home town businesses with their financial lives on the line as they struggle to keep their doors open!

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How many people couldn’t use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by a local neighborhood working guy?

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Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Wouldn’t she love the services of a local cleaning lady for a day? (I actually did this for my dad and stepmother one year, and it was a gift my stepmother raved about!)

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If you are reading this, you probably have a computer that could use a tune-up, so why not find some young guy who is struggling to keep his repair business running?

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OK, perhaps you were looking for something more personal. Local arts and crafts people spin their own wool and knit it into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes. (I have a friend that has one of these businesses!)

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Are you in charge of setting up a holiday party for your company? Just going out for a bite to eat as a family? Looking for something different to do on a weekend evening? Well, why not plan your holiday outings or dinners at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre on a Saturday night. Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

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Honestly, do you really need to buy another light set for the outside of the house? Instead, think about leaving the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice big tip.

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You see, the holidays are no longer about draining consumer pockets so that mass manufacturers can line the pockets of their Chief Executive Officer! Christmas and Hanukkah and Kwanzaa is now about caring about each other and encouraging your local small businesses to keep plugging away to realize their dreams. And, when we care about the little guy, and we support our communities, the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine. After all, this is the time of the year when we look to show those we love how much we care about each other, so why not begin some new traditions as you begin your gift planning this year? Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and of our communities!

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Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:19 ESV

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Please remember the millions of our brothers and sisters as well as furry companions today who are suffering from the effects of Superstorm Sandy. Give as much as you can, as often as you can to the following organizations or groups.

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The American Red Cross

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Text REDCROSS to 90999
or click
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Staten Island Gift Cards For Relief
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or
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The American Humane Association
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or by texting HUMANE to 80888

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Copyright © 2011-2012 “MandysPath” Ministry

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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