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Promoting Self-Worth and Pride - Recipes and Remedies for Everyday Living - Green Tip #24

Updated on October 13, 2015
The Twin Towers burning after the 911 attack.
The Twin Towers burning after the 911 attack. | Source

Howdy All!

Before I begin, I must apologize for not giving credit where credit is due. While I had no problem acknowledging the inspiration behind Green Tip #8 -Promoting a Friendly Eco-system, that being Lady Hummingbird, I’ve been remiss in not acknowledging the inspiration behind GreenTip #11– Bugs in the Compost Pile and Green Tip #23–Natural Cold and Flu Remedies. To my dear friend and Vice President of HJH, Bart Sontag, I humbly apologize, as he was the inspiration behind both.

It is upon this reflection, along with the upcoming 11th anniversary of 9/11, I base today’s tip:

Green Tip #24– Recipes and Remedies for Everyday Living– Promoting Self-Worth and Pride

The events of 9/11/2001 devastated the greatest nation in the world. We were blind-sided. Thousands of innocent people were killed; severing families, hearts and spirits. In the past eleven years foreclosures, unemployment and suicide rates have escalated. Whether the result of that devastating day, or the general mindset of mankind, we have become cold, hard, possession and wealth driven and have lost sight of what is important: human nurturing. We’re too busy making money and keeping up with the latest technology to remember it is people who are the driving force. It is people who make the world turn, figuratively speaking of course.

My brother dropped everything to be with my son when his dad died.  He drove over 200 mile to help ease my son's pain.  That is the epitome of nurturing!
My brother dropped everything to be with my son when his dad died. He drove over 200 mile to help ease my son's pain. That is the epitome of nurturing! | Source

We Are God's Creatures

We are all God’s creatures. We have souls, hearts and spirits. These are the driving force andabsolutely need to be nurtured in thes ame way we nurture our bodies. Perhaps even more so! We humans are driven by recognition of a job well done, or kind deed. We have no problem encouraging and rewarding our children and pets for unselfish behavior, learning a new trick, good grades, etc. Why does it stop when we become adults? Do we lose the need to please? Do we cease the need to nurture our souls and those of others? No, absolutely not! In fact, reinforcement and recognition, appreciation are more necessary to maintain a healthy sense of worth as we age. We take on more responsibility. Not only the responsibilityof maintaining a home, job, car, etc., but we become responsible for the well-being of our children. It is our job to do God’s work in bringing good morals, love and responsible and kind behavior to the new additions to God’s Kingdom. That’s a HUGE responsibility and can and does become overwhelming! But we get wrapped up in material possessions, devoting time to our jobs instead of our families and selves. God created our souls. Man created the competitive nature with which we’ve become obsessed, to one up our neighbors or take a place on some superficial list. Have we lost sight of what is, in the end, the only accomplishment that matters?: the health of our souls and the pride with which we were intended to share. As I write this, it has dawned on me that sharing is the human condition that has been lost. As a result, we no longer act as humans whose nature once was to share, whether feeding someone who hasn’t eaten, giving someone a warm bed when he has none, a shoulder to cry on or a hug when someone feels alone and unloved.

Call me an idealist, and I’m proud to say my rose-colored glasses put me in that category, but if we humans were to put fellow man’s spiritual needs first, the world would not be in the state it is in today. We don’t think twice about helping those in need if we can deduct that help from our taxes, but what about helping those in need in order to deduct some of their pain or bring a smile to their faces or see tears of joy running down their cheeks? How are we any different from the puppy who lives to please his owner who rewards him with praise? Or our children? It’s human nature to want to please. Do we offer only words of chastisement to our children and pets, or do we offer words of encouragement and appreciation? At what age do we lose that right or need? We NEVER lose that right or need, folks! It’s so, so important to remember that and to put people– their spirits– first! What do you get from a child who is only reprimanded and never praised? You get a rebellious child who continues the negative behavior in order to gain your attention and grows into an adult who carries that mindset forward, often to illegal or harmful activity. Is that any way to live? Are you breeding a negative, destructive being because that’s all he’s seen and knows? That’s not the job God gave us. And our job is not over until we leave our earthly bodies! We are putting our energies into the wrong values, or lack thereof!

Love one another, be proud of accomplishments and cherish the gift of Life!
Love one another, be proud of accomplishments and cherish the gift of Life! | Source

We All Experience Hardships

We all experience hardships, whether physical, financial or emotional. That’s why it is vital to our well being and living according to God’s plan, that we nurture each other. Recently, my son and I were having hard times. Ugly, stressful, resentful times. We were constantly fighting and saying ugly things to each other. As a single mom in today’s spirit-broken, bank account driven world, life can sometimes seem unbearable. When my son told me he no longer feels loved, I regrettably saw I had become prey to society’s ill-driven mores. It broke my heart to hear my son doesn’t feel loved. He told me I’ve become cold and uncaring. Wow! God did not give me the blessing of this beautiful person for me to teach him the very behaviors I abhor! As a child, when I saw my son exhibiting selfish, mean, ill begotten behavior, I’d ask him, WWJD? And look at me now! I had to ask myself the same question and will continue to do so for the rest of my life! Thank God– and I truly mean that– our relationship has been restored and we are here, today and every day we are given, to ask ourselves that question. How many people who lost their lives on 9/11/2001 didn’t have that opportunity??

Live your life as if today is you last. Let God know His efforts aren’t for naught. Love each other. Praise each other. Share what you have. Give your heart and nurture the hearts of others.Give credit where credit is due and keep your criticisms to a minimum if you can’t offer praise. Let all who cross your path in life know they are worthy and appreciated for what they have to offer. Let the people you love know they are important. Tell them you love them– everyday! Nurture your soul. God rewards those who take up His challenge.

I Leave You with This:

The topic of human nurturing is so important to me, I could on and on. My intent here is to make you think, not harangue. So, I will leave you with this: what is it you expect to reap with the seeds you sow in this earthly life?

Keep a smile in your heart (and those of others!) and never, ever let the music fade!

God Bless You!



Shauna L Bowling

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    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you, Spy. I think your comment is the highest compliment I've had!

      Lots of Love,


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      Not Found 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hi Sha. I always salute the way you write, with so much honesty and truthfulness. all my votes.

      You always leave great and inspiring messages to your readers.

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Thanx and thanx, Gypsy. Will do!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      So very true. Voted up and awesome. Live each day to the fullest, do to others as you would have them do to you, simply embrace this world, have faith and let the Lord guide you. Wonderful sentiments, great message. Passing this on.

      P.S. Please correct word recipes to recipes in title.

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Simba, my new friend, I do believe you're peeking! Good morning! Nice to see you!

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      I agree with you, Im. I'm not religious, rather sprirtual would better describe my beliefs. However, human are (supposed to be!) highest in the food chain. We're acting like barbarians! What happened to recognized and feeding our spirits. After all, that's what makes each of us unique and special. Sadly, we losing sight of that fact. If we bring it back, one person at a time through our actions, perhaps we can restore laughter and joy to the world!

      Thanx for stopping by. I always look forward to your comments!

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      6 years ago from UK

      Well said Imkarn23 :)

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      Karen Silverman 

      6 years ago

      This is so perfect! Such a beautiful reminder of what is - and what ought to be - important! Since 9;11, the 2 seem to be growing further and further apart! it seems as if we're just collect more shit before we die - or - the end comes...

      While i may not share your 'godly' beliefs - that does not mean we are not kindred spirits and share value systems...

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Maria, you're a doll! Take your time. I'm well aware of too much to do and not enough time! I'll be here......

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


      Lotsa catching up is needed as I jumped into #24...I caught a winner as we are two peas in a pod.

      Well penned with beautiful insights. Voted UP and UABI.

      Love your glasses and everything else about you, brave Sista.

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Here, here, my friend. This relationship ought to be a trip, for sure!

    • Simba73 profile image


      6 years ago from UK

      same here Bravewarrior a lot of trippy stuff is always going on in Simba's world, I would not feel comfortable any more if it didn't LOL :)

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Likewise, Simba. I'm looking forward to sharing with you! I'm tickled you called it "trippy". That's a prominent word in my vocabulary!

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      6 years ago from UK

      Well that was trippy Bravewarrior !!! :)

      Looks like we are on the same page !!!! such an amazing hub and so wonderfully accurate with what is truly important in life, I'm so glad I have found your hubs and am looking so forward to sharing my thoughts and history with you.


    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you, Faith. Amen is right. Sometimes life needs to slap us in the face in order for us to remember what's important. To remember what sets us apart. Faith, love, humanity and nurturing is what we humans should live. The rest doesn't matter. God didn't give us bank accounts. Man's greed and the loss of the barter system have done that. We are souls borne of God. That is what needs to be fed and bettered!

      Your succinct comment tells me the Spirit penned this one for me!

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      A big Amen on this one!!! You have said it all. Enough said. Thanks for writing this great hub. In His Love, Faith Reaper

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Rich, your words touch me as I can never relay properly. I actually wrote this a year ago (had to modify the anniversary date to 9/11) when I was writing green tips for H.J. High Construction (HJH), where I work. I wrote 28 tips then stopped when I found HP in October of last year. Many at work miss my weekly tips, but it's more satisfying to reach a greater audience in the hopes of touching someone, somewhere.

      Your belief in my talent is so heartwarming. I have found my best writings come from my heart and soul.

      You have become very dear to me, Rich. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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      6 years ago from Kentucky

      Shauna -

      This has been sitting so close to the surface and finally comes out! Fantastic work! I knew you had it in you all along. So heartfelt. So honest. Such introspective. I'm so glad to see it, and the meaning within rise up. Hopefully, instead of a quick scan, people will actually take the time to read this. If they do, it could change their lives! Great job, my friend!

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      pstraubie48, welcome to my world behind rose-colored glasses! They are my survival in this increasingly ugly world. Because I've never taken them off, life is always beautiful. Even when strife gets me down, the rose-colored glasses bring me back to the beauty I see in everything.

      Where in North Central Florida are you?

      Thanx for stopping by. I'm always tickled to find a kindred spirit. Rose-colored glasses keep me safe, clear, positive and always moving forward. That is, when I'm not stopping to smell the roses!

    • bravewarrior profile imageAUTHOR

      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, in reading this as I posted, I have to agree with you. I think I may need to print it out and tack it to my fridge as a reminder of what is true. I'm always touting "be true to yourself" even tho we lose site from time to time. When I write pieces such as this, I am proud that God has entered my soul and I've not let Him go!

      Thanx for being the first to comment. Your spirit means the world to me!

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      Patricia Scott 

      6 years ago from sunny Florida

      Now I must read the other entries if in fact this is really #24. I too have a pair of those rose colored glasses and have been called Pollyanna by some and that is ok. There in fact a silver lining behind each cloud if we choose to find it.

      Hardships? You bet. Some more than others, but hardships nonetheless.

      I am so glad that I found this ....well stated and thoughtfully composed.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      This may very well be your best work. I loved your true-life sharing, the introspection, the honesty....well done my lovely friend. The music will never fade as long as there are people like you to sing out loud.

      Lots of love



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