Graduation & Celebration

This is a wonderful time of the year. With students graduating to a new grade, school or phase of life, they deserve recognition. If you have a friend, neighbor, relative, family member graduating, take time to celebrate and honor them with a card, call or visit. Graduations are joyous transitions that should be cherished. However, graduation can also be a bittersweet time. Leaving familiarity, friends and going to the unknown can be scary and intimidating.

Provide encouragement whenever possible to explore the next phases of life. You may also want to reflect on some of your life graduations. Having done some reflection, ask yourself what kind of emotional support or advice you would have liked. Embrace the excitement and fear that accompanies change. Let these graduates know how you feel about them.

Don't Get Stressed by the Hype on the Flu!

If you watch the news, you may become overwhelmed by the reports about the Swine, Mexico, or H1N1 flu virus reports. If you follow the stories, you will find that much of the "pandemic" talk is being sensationalized. In fact, now many of the reports of cases of flu reported in the news are now being retracted as "not the flu." Take normal precautions to protect yourself, but the most important precaution is not watching too much television! Get good rest, wash your hands frequently and be alert to your surroundings.