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Many people struggle to find their true purpose in life. The 5 You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom is all about introducing purpose in life, and finding meaning in what you do and in the relationships that you build in the course of your life on this planet. Have you done enough to make the most out of the life or opportunities given? Find answers in this remarkable read.
The 5 People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom
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Eddie is your ordinary 9-5 guy; he’s an old amusement park maintenance worker – a wounded war veteran – who thinks he has lived an uninspired life. When he is met by death while trying to save a little girl on his 83rd birthday, Eddie discovers that Heaven is a place where your life is “explained to you” by five people you met in your life on Earth.
The book tackles the issue of life after death and the true meaning of life in a poignant way that makes it a must-read. While being taken through his life – from childhood through old age, Eddie learns about the meaning of his life, what he was supposed to have learned, and his real purpose on the planet. In a way, The Five People You Meet in Heaven takes lyrical writing and affecting themes of Tuesday with Morrie (also by Mitch Albom) to the next level.
Who are your five?
A fascinating and compelling read, The 5 People You Meet in Heaven reminds us of our true purpose in life, what really matters here on earth. It shifts constantly between Eddies life here on earth and heaven, giving us a chance to ask the right questions. If indeed there are 5 people in the afterlife, who would they be? Would you be one of the five people in someone else life, and who would that be? The message is clear: we should appreciate people in our lives before it’s too late. We are all interconnected and expression of gratitude is paramount..
Reading duration: 4 hours 3 minutes
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If you have the luxury and convenience of working from home, it is much easier to maintain a steady commitment to your health as opposed to working in an office, which brings with it the stress of gridlocked traffic commutes, fattening vending machine lunches, cramped cubicles limiting movement for exercise, etc. Still, being surrounded by the comforts of home while you work can make staying healthy a challenge as well. Here is how to stay healthy when working from home.
- Create a healthy work environment. If possible, your home office or designated work area should be far away from the kitchen and bedroom to eliminate regular snack breaks or late-night emailing. If you will be working from home long-term, you should invest in a high-quality ergonomic desk chair to help support your posture. And most importantly, keep unhealthy foods and sugary drinks out of reach.
- Develop consistent work habits and a daily routine. Establish your office hours, and avoid working too late so as to prevent you from getting enough sleep. If you can, do not stare at your computer monitor for extended periods of time; avert your eyes away from the screen every 20 minutes or so for at least a few seconds to help with eyestrain.
- Take advantage of the fact that by working from home, you can get more sleep. Just because you can stroll into your home office at 8:59 each morning doesn’t justify staying up till after midnight, but keep to a regular 7 or 8 hour sleep pattern and your energy level will be stabilized throughout the workday.
- Exercise! This is possibly the greatest benefit you will have when working out of your home. Take regular breaks that involve not switching from your desk chair to the sofa for a sip of soda, but getting up and walking such as to the mailbox or up and down a flight of stairs. Better yet, hit the gym or the pavement for a full workout before work begins each morning or after work ends every evening. If your company is like-minded about the importance of keeping in shape, see if obtaining a stationary bike for under your chair or even a treadmill desk are possibilities.
- Commit to a healthy diet. Fortunately, this is much easier to do at home where you have complete control over the food at your disposal. Stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables for snacking throughout the workday, and drink lots of water when you’re feeling thirsty. Plus, not only will you have access to healthier lunches, but you’ll save money not getting takeout every day instead.
- Getting your work done timely and effectively should be your top priority in addition to these steps.
- Consult a nutritionist or fitness adviser for professional advice geared toward your specific needs.
- Write down a plan of your routine that includes all the things you plan to do to keep healthy while working from home. Otherwise, it will become easy to neglect this.
Once again, America is having a discussion about race and faith the exact wrong way.
The recent news that the head of the Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships made disparaging comments about black and Islamic communities showed an attitude that is unacceptable and wrong.
Among other things, Rev. Jamie Johnson said that the black community had turned America’s major cities “into slums because of laziness, drug use and sexual promiscuity” and that “all that Islam has ever given us is oil and dead bodies over the last millennia and a half.”
End of story, right? Sadly, that’s where most of the dialogue ends within the Christian community. But white Christians in particular need to take some important lessons from this moment to focus on better ways to combat inaccurate, racist and harmful ideologies.
Here are three takeaways.
White Christians need to do more
Disasters disproportionally impact racial and religious minorities who are more likely to suffer greater losses and isolation amidst the recovery process. Overcoming cultural barriers, stigma, and racism during an emergency response is an already difficult task.
The nation witnessed some of these cultural hurdles in the response to New Orleans, when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005, and more recently when Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. The dilemmas already inherent in disaster relief, and compounded by cultural barriers, have now likely been made even more challenging by Johnson’s remarks, which followed President Trump’s “both sides” comments after Charlottesville, pardon of controversial former Sheriff Joe Arpaio and claim that the people of Puerto Rico “want everything to be done for them.”
White Christians must refuse to accept the disparities our country has taken for granted for too long. Before, during, and after disasters strike, it’s our responsibility, as people of faith, to address and work toward dismantling the systemic disparities that negatively impact racial and religious minorities in our nation.
Christians’ words about race and religion matter
Whether we like it or not, Jamie Johnson represents the negative, and all too familiar, stereotype of evangelical Christianity in America. And if we do not pause to take issue with his remarks, we implicitly lend our support to inaccurate, racist and harmful ideologies. Being very clear in our rejection of Johnson’s sentiments is important for all of our relationships, and that includes our relationships with those impacted by disaster.
Disaster response is relational at its core: aid is delivered and received through human interactions. Social bonds are important to the recovery process. Disaster survivors are already subject to receiving aid from “helpers” who may be “other” in any number of ways. Often those who arrive to assist in the wake of disaster are from out of state, and they may also be people whose race, religion, class, and privilege are different from those in need of assistance.
Aid that is truly Christian will reflect the dignity and value of every individual created in God’s image.
Christians must refuse to dilute the Gospel with nationalism
Minority communities are already less likely to trust disaster messaging if they don’t trust the messenger. As a result, those who are conveying the message can be just as important as the message itself.
Though little has been reported thus far, Johnson occasionally leveraged his position as a faith-leader and his disaster relief platform to promote a religiously guised political agenda. On the popular blog site Medium, Johnson wrote, in September, after addressing the annual United Pentecostal Churches International Convention:
“Once I started speaking, it didn’t take long to sense the high level of support that these pastors have for President Trump and his ‘Make America Great Again’ agenda.” Johnson seemed to equate spiritual vitality with support of right wing politics when he wrote, “The atmosphere in the convention hall was electric. At times, it seemed more like an old-fashioned revival service than a denominational business meeting. It was clear during my remarks — and in the half-hour following, when pastors rushed to speak with me about their support for President Trump — that domestic and international events of recent months have strengthened support for the President among these faith-based voters.”
In fact, many Christians of all cultures and ethnicities who are “faith-based voters” do not support the President’s “Make America Great Again” agenda. In response, we must refuse to participate in the dangerous conflation of Christian faith and nationalist ideology.
Sadly, the ugly comments of Rev. Jamie Johnson not only misrepresent the values of many Christians, they also negatively affect disaster recovery by inflicting harm on those who are impacted disproportionately by disasters. As a result, it is incumbent on people of faith to renounce Johnson’s un-Christian assumptions and remarks so that we might be about the necessary work of dismantling the disparities that make minority communities most vulnerable to disaster.
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