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May 6, 2014

Today we celebrate:

National Nurses Day – This is the first day of National Nurses Week. It runs from May 6th to May 12th every year. May 12th is significant because it is the birthday of Florence Nightingale. Nursing is a difficult profession that is best suited to caring, compassionate, intelligent, and dedicated people. Make sure you show them appreciation today.

World Asthma Day - Organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma, this is a day to spread awareness of the symptoms and treatments for asthma around the world.  The theme for this year is “You Can Control Your Asthma.”  Having asthma myself, I know this to be true.  I also know, however, that everyone’s asthma is different so it is easier for some to control than others.

Beverage Day – This is a day to enjoy your favorite beverage, whatever it happens to be.

International No Diet Day – Created in 1992 in the United Kingdom, this is a day to accept yourself however you look, however much you weigh. Do not try to change yourself by dieting today. You are beautiful just the way you are.  If you eat healthy food and live a healthy and active lifestyle, learn how to be happy with yourself no matter what shape your body happens to have.  We are not defined by our body shape, we are defined by who we are inside and how we live our lives.

Crepe Suzette Day – There are differing accounts relating to how this dish originated. But the one sure thing is that it is delicious and involves pouring liqueur over a crepe and setting it on fire. A practice that I have never been able to bring myself to try because I'm afraid of setting other things on fire.

Joseph Brackett Day – Born on this day in 1797, Joseph Brackett was a religious leader of the Shakers (The United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing) community in Maine. He wrote a song called “Simple Gifts” that became very popular in the Shaker community.

Buddha Day – Known as Vesakha, or Buddha's birthday, the date of celebration varies depending on which culture's calendar you follow. The Chinese lunar calendar places the day on the 8th day of the 4th month, which would be May 6th this year. The Japanese adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1873 and so they celebrate this day on April 8th every year.  On this day Buddhists are expected to gather at their temples for a day full of symbolism and reflection upon Buddha's words.

Childhood Depression Awareness Day – Researchers at Stanford are working very hard to find ways to prevent this disorder by conducting research studies. Depression among all age groups is on the rise but it is most alarming when it affects our children.

National Tourist Appreciation Day – If you are a tourist, appreciate yourself for the positive impact your patronage will have on the places you choose to spend your money. If you do business with tourists, appreciate their desire to support your business, whatever it is. If you are annoyed by tourists visiting your city, remind yourself that they are vital to the local economy. You thrive because of them even if you don't directly do business with them.

National Teachers Day – Celebrated on Tuesday of the first full week of May, this is a day to honor all the teachers who have dedicated their lives to helping our children reach their fullest potential. Many times they go above and beyond what they are paid to do and frequently spend their own money and tons of extra time to make sure the kids have what they need.

To celebrate today, ask a nurse for help finding a good treatment for your asthma, then refuse to diet while you pretend to be a tourist in your own hometown and visit places tourists go while you drink your favorite beverage.  Next, have some Crepe Suzettes with your child’s teacher while you talk about whether your child is depressed.  Finally, study the different philosophies of Joseph Brackett and Buddha.

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