In This Issue: 3M LC-LC OM3 10 Gig 50/125 Multimode Duplex Fiber Patch Cable | 10 Healthy Habits We’re Keeping After the Pandemic | News to Start Your Day
Happy National Iced Tea Day! I think the biggest debate of all time is who has the best sweet tea? Who’s your pick? McDonald’s, Chick-Fil-A, Bojangles, your favorite gas station, grandma? The options to choose from are endless!
The CK Daily – Stay Focused on the Right Things
You ever have those weeks where everything feels like a struggle? I mean you have all these great plans for the week and feel really good about it then when the week gets here and you are actually living through it nothing goes as planned? Yeah, this has been one of those weeks for me.
I have some friends coming to stay with me from Germany for the month of July so I had all these plans to get stuff taken care of around the house, knock out some personal projects that I had been working on, had high hopes to knock out some projects at work, and then I feel like everything that could go “bump in the night” has gone wrong. (Well, not everything but you get what I am talking about.) I got sick, the dog got sick, and threw up everywhere, I have had internet issues at the house all week, there is an issue with getting the new fence up, etc. It has been a crazy week already and it just wears you out.
I was thinking yesterday morning, when I was debating on whether to take a sick/PTO day to rest and get over the sickness, about how many “issues” I see right in front of me right now. I felt like I got a gentle nudge from God that I was focusing on the wrong things. I was focusing so much on the mountains right in front of me instead of the valleys past the mountains. (There is always some sort of valley when you get past a mountain.)
I have a lot to be thankful for and grateful for even in the middle of issues, problems, and when things don’t go as “planned”.
– I have good health even with the sickness.
– I have a nice home to do all of the projects in.
– I have a phenomenal job with phenomenal people that I get to do what I love to do, even if I don’t get the projects done right then.
– My dog is one of the best you could have and he generally has good health too and will again after he gets better.
– I have the money to be able to take him to the vet to get better.
– I have an awesome group of friends that circle around me when I get depressed or anxious about things.
The list can go on and on. It can be difficult at times when we are walking through stuff and it IS difficult to keep our eyes, mind, and heart focused on the right things. Plus, it is not me that has to figure everything out. I have someone that is better at it than me, and He sees the bigger picture and past the mountains. A buddy of mine sent me this verse as encouragement and a reminder:
“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” Matthew 6:34 MSG
I know for me, it is very difficult to get out of my own head about stuff especially when it feels like things are snowballing downhill. I have to constantly remind myself that God’s still in control and He knows what I need when I need it better than I do.
I hope this is an encouragement to you today with no matter what you are walking through are dealing with. I know it was, at the very least, helpful for me to be able to type this out and share it with you today.
Have a great Thursday and stay focused on the right things.
Product Spotlights & Updates:
Happy Thursday! Today’s spotlight is the 3M LC-LC OM3 10 Gig 50/125 Multimode Duplex Fiber Patch Cable, FMD5G-LCLC-03.
Fiber optic cabling is the medium of choice for longer-distance and challenging cabling runs. These cables are thinner than copper patch cords and immune to EMI (Electromagnetic Interference) making them perfect for riser runs and uplink cables.
Inside these cables, you will find three basic layers. Starting from the inside, you have the core which is surrounded by the cladding. Both are protected with the jacket on the outside. Multi-mode cables have a thicker “core size”. The core size is simply the thickness of the optical fiber inside the cladding. The cladding is material that surrounds that core which basically serves as the boundary for the signal, keeping the light refined to the core and not allowing it to escape.
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10 Healthy Habits We’re Keeping After the Pandemic – LifeSavvy
Just because most of us are finally returning to a normal routine doesn’t mean we have to ditch everything we did during those COVID lockdowns. Here are 10 habits that it might be good to keep up long after the pandemic is history.
With the constant changes in 2020, many of us adopted new habits to protect our physical and mental health, and generally, just to keep ourselves (and everyone else) safe. As the world reopens and we let go of some of the stricter practices, there are a few things that it would be a good idea to keep doing.
Cooking at Home
From the early pandemic days when everyone was baking bread to the lack of dining options for several months, many of us have been making and eating more meals at home than ever before. While it’s great to be able to get takeout and even enjoy in-person dining again as the world heads back toward normal, we shouldn’t abandon the benefits of cooking at home!
Making More Time for Hobbies
Picked up a new hobby (or two, or three) during the pandemic? Don’t let it lapse as life goes back to normal! It’s easy to feel like every moment of the day has to be “productive,” but it’s just as important to take time for things that just make you happy.
Exercising between Tasks
When the pandemic shut down gyms and fitness classes, most of us turned to some form of at-home exercise. Although those in-person options are available again, exercising at home can be a more flexible and less intimidating option for many of us!
Reaching Out More to Friends
With in-person hangouts off the table for several months, the barriers to reaching out to people who maybe aren’t in your immediate geographic area felt lower. Zoom and phone calls will still be there after the pandemic ends, so continue to take advantage of them.
Personal Care Routines
Don’t neglect those personal care routines that you might have picked up during this past year—in fact, as we return to “normal” busy lives, it’s even more important to take time for a little pampering! It doesn’t have to be a big, expensive, fancy spa day—it can be something as simple as taking five minutes for a skincare routine instead of just splashing on water and calling it good.
Giving Yourself a Break
There’s been a real push during the pandemic to be a little kinder to everyone, including ourselves. So, give yourself a bit more grace when it comes to expectations and life stress. This is one of the most important takeaways that we should all carry into the new normal.
Going for Walks
One of the simplest ways to boost your mental and physical health is to take a walk. Stroll through a park, around your neighborhood, or anywhere that you enjoy and feel safe. It gets you up and moving, gives you a chance to breathe some fresh air, and lets you take a few minutes away from the stresses of daily life.
Lots of folks became plant parents over the last year! Whether you dipped your toe in with one or two plants or have pretty much turned your living space into a greenhouse, keeping houseplants is a habit that can make your life more pleasant at any time.
We’ve all spent the past year incredibly stressed out and on edge, which has, for many people, meant looking for techniques to reduce that anxiety or at least keep it manageable. In terms of both physical and mental health, maintaining those stress-relief habits is one of the most important things that you can do long-term.
If nothing else, the last year has taught us all a lot about our priorities. We all had to get good at rescheduling or outright declining things over the last year. It’s helpful to remember that it’s healthy to have and maintain boundaries in our lives. Stick with them, even if you no longer have the excuse of the pandemic.
Want to read the full article from LifeSavvy? You can find it here.
Today’s News to Start Your Day:
- As of this morning, in the US, active COVID cases are on a decline and are reported at 5,397,142.
- NASA has designed a new spacesuit for the next lunar mission in 2024. Learn more about it here.
- Moderna has asked the FDA to expand the emergency use of the Covid-19 vaccine in adolescents ages 12 to 17.
- 777 Sarbonne Road in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles recently hit the market with an asking price of $87,777,777. Many of the home’s architectural details were designed in measurements that are multiples of seven, and it took seven years to renovate the property. Check out some photos of the renovations here!
- Apple’s iOS 15 is coming to iPhones this fall, and it includes a lot of fun new FaceTime, iMessage, Safari, Wallet, and privacy updates. You’ll be able to watch Disney+ with friends over FaceTime, for example. And, later this year, you’ll be able to add your driver’s license in some states so you can move through TSA at the airport faster.