Sunday, August 17, 2008

Why are you smiling?

I want to share to you food for thought for today entitled "Why Are You Smiling?" By: Joseph J. Mazzella

"Why are you smiling?", my daughter asked me the other day. It was too complicated to answer her right away. I had been lost in thought. I had been thinking about my life and all the blessings that I had been given by God. I was thinking about the first time that I held my daughter in my arms. I was thinking about just recently giving her a driving lesson. I was thinking about all those joyous and priceless moments in between. I was thinking of my two sons who in spite of their handicaps and learning difficulties had taught me more about love, kindness, and bliss than I could ever have hoped to learn on my own. I was thinking about my family and friends and about all the joyful support they had given me over the years. They had helped me to grow into the person I am now.

I was thinking too about how wonderful it had been to grow up in these mountains of my home. Their natural beauty had touched my soul daily. I was thinking as well about how delightful it had been to have so many dogs and cats all through my life. Their love so freely given was a constant source of joy for me. I was thinking most of all, however, about how much God must love all of us to bless us with so many opportunities to choose love and share joy in this life. I was thinking about all of these things so naturally my face and soul were smiling.

Life is so wonderful. Life is so beautiful. Life is such a glorious gift from God. It is full to overflowing with people to love, wonders to enjoy, and good things to do. Even its most painful moments and most difficult times can lead us to greater growth, learning, love, and oneness with God if we let them. Be thankful for all the blessings God gives you in this life. Think of them often. Let them fill your heart, mind, and soul. And then when people ask you why you are smiling all the time, you will know what to say.

I like it and hope you too.

Lincoln, Zoo

After Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo, I will going to introduce to you the Lincoln Zoo. It is a walking distance from our place and I would like to invite everybody specially the kids to enjoy the amazing animals and fun experience inside the zoo.

Lincoln Zoo has a special program and it caters kids and family so if you are thinking to enjoy a weekend with the family, it is the best place to visit. Here is their program.

"Healthy Families Play Outside" is a new program undertaken by the Zoo and its partners: Nebraska Game and parks Commission; Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department and Pioneers Park Nature Center; Lower Platte Resource District; University of Nebraska Extension; Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools; and the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation. The goals of the Healthy Families Play Outside project are:

To introduce and provide incentives for families of all socio-economic groups to get outside and play in Lincoln and southeast Nebraska’s parks, natural areas and other outside spaces.

To educate families about the importance of outdoor physical exercise and the benefits inherent in this kind of activity.

To focus media attention on the need for active, physical, outdoor play and the resources available in Lincoln.

Research over the last few years has provided evidence of the importance of outdoor activity and physical play and the positive effects they have on health. Experiencing the natural world provides physical, emotional, and spiritual activity that seems to counteract many of the behavioral conditions and challenges experienced by people today. Over 100 studies of outdoor experiences show that natural environments produce positive physiological and psychological responses in humans, including reduced stress and a general feeling of well-being.
Through outdoor physical plan, children develop confidence as their skills grow. A child who is initially reluctant to go down the tall slide at the park feels a great deal of personal pride when he/she musters up the courage. Playground opportunities that allow children to discover more about themselves and their environment helps them develop intellectually and creatively.

After enjoying the featured animals inside the zoo, going to Sunken Garden just near that place is a great idea. You will be calmed and inspired by the colorful flowers around.