Saturday, January 21, 2012

Tips On How To Recruit For Your Favorite Presidential Nominee

I've been volunteering at the campaign office of my favorite Presidential Nominee for awhile now.  It's just that I feel that this election is such a crucial election for our country and so many things are on the line.  No matter who gets the Presidency, it won't be easy for us.  It's gone too far downhill for that.  But maybe, just maybe, our country will be able to have a chance at gaining back some ground after all that we have lost.  I really don't want to live in a European Socialist State.  I really like Capitalism and I love Freedom.  Here are a few things I have learned since volunteering at Mitt Romney For President.  If you'd like to join me, please feel free.  It's fun and it's a great feeling to know that you're helping your country. 

1.  Maintain a calm tone and demeanor, even though people are yelling at you that you are the millionth caller for the elections, and that they are NOT going to vote for your candidate simply because you are calling.  Statistics show that those calls do make a difference and in all probability, those same people yelling at you will end up voting for your candidate just because of name recognition alone.

2.  If they are polite, thank them profusely!  

3.  If they say that they will be voting, thank them profusely, regardless of who they are voting for.

4.  Scripts are there for those who are unsure.  If you know that something you are doing works well, do it.   

5.  If they say they are undecided, ask them to give your candidate a 2nd look and give them ONE specific reason why.

6.  Give them some validation as an individual for doing the right thing (especially if they switch their vote to your candidate). I tell them that the campaign loves and appreciates them for their support. People seem to appreciate that so much!  I've had people tell me that they were changing their minds just because I said that.  People love to matter.

7.  Don't say anything if it isn't sincere.  People can tell if you're for real.

8.  Have a light-hearted approach to your calls.  Let folks know that you enjoy talking to them.  If you are calling into different states, let them know how it is in your state!

9.  Be aware that time is important.  Sometimes you get people who want to get in a spirited debate about politics and how the country is going to hell in a hand basket.  Try to keep moving because it's your job to reach as many voters as possible in the time you have. 

10.  Always try to get in a mention of who you are campaigning for, even if it's only a "this call was paid for by Mitt Romney For President!"

Monday, January 9, 2012

I'm Determined To Stay Well This Year!

The Flu Bug
I haven't heard a whole lot this year about pandemics or runaway flus.  That's a great thing because I am trying to keep up my good fortune and I don't want it to run out.   I haven't been seriously down-in-the-bed sick for well over 3 cold and flu seasons.  And  I'm around some of the worst carriers around--teen-age kids-- who come to school sometimes on their deathbeds just to be with friends, keep their grades up (this one, not so much), or sadly, just because there isn't anywhere better to go.  Furthermore, I'm probably the most careless person around for putting hands on face during the day and/or not washing my hands as regularly as I could. I DO wash after going to the restroom, but then I may negate the whole process by opening the door without the aid of a paper towel.  So, what has been the difference between me and others, who seem to get 1 or 2 contagious illnesses every year?   I checked out an article in Prevention Magazine and I checked myself against the 10 check points they gave for staying well during this time of year. 

1.  Don't Stay Away From Others - Recent studies show that the ones who are most apt to get sick are the ones who isolate themselves from the outside world, whether it is because they are afraid of getting sick or are just not able to socialize.  The most healthy individuals are those who have at least 6 social interactions daily!  So, yes, I pass that test.  I'm talking to many different people each day because of my job at Independence High School! 

2.  Get Enough Sleep - Adults need between 7 - 9 hours of sleep per day.  OK, this is my absolute essential ritual.  I crave sleep.  I love sleep.  I am selfish with sleep.  People know that if they want to get along with me, they need to let me have my sleep.  If I miss my sleep during the night, I will come home and take myself a lovely, afternoon nap.  Actually, it's one of my favorite things to do.  Incidentally, less than optimum sleep will lower your immune system.  You can either get enough sleep now, or get the needed sleep as you are recuperating from an unwanted, uncomfortable choose. 

3.  Be More Of An Optimist - Apparently, and I do know this, those who are going around like Eeyore rather than Tigger are going to have more illnesses.  Basically your brain power is a powerful partner to your immune function.  How do I rate? I must admit, some days are better than others with this one.  I'm actually going through some really hard things right now that can make me very sad if I dwell on it at any length and sometimes the only thing I can do is cry about it.  (I miss you, Eddie and Joseph)  Thankfully, I'm a generally happy person and when I psyche myself up, I'm able to handle things.  I think the best way to get into that happy state of mind is to always remember that whatever you are going through, there is always someone else who has it way more difficult than yourself and to reach out to others (See #1).

4.  Express Myself  but do it positively - Whew!  I need some work on that one.  When something bothers me, I can express it, but it sometimes comes out more like a freight train roaring by instead of feeling like a spring breeze wafting through the trees.  That's why a lot of times I just don't express myself at all and that's dangerous because I'm bottling it in.  OK, I need some more help on self-expression.  I want to able to express myself asseertively yet not come off as hard core or angry.  I think that it takes a certain skill, if not an inborn talent to do that.  

5.  Stress - Is it possible to not be under stress these days?  It seems like they're saying, though, that the ongoing stress is the bad one. If you can leave behind your day at work and come home and relax, then there's nothing wrong with that.  But stress that is present day-in and day-out is really hard on the immune system. Grieving is a form of stress that takes its toll..  I recently went through about four months of grieving when my son moved out of our house. Empty nest syndrome is no picnic. But I'm OK now.  I still get to see him once a week and I have been able to move on a bit. 

6.  Using My Own Stuff - Do you use your own keyboard?  Your own pen?  Things that pass from hand to hand are really dirty!  Me?  Yep, I use my own pen, but people come along and swipe it and then either put it back or never return it.  I used to get a little irked when people swiped my pens.  Maybe I should just be grateful they took it, and their germs, with them. 

7.  Exercise - People who don't exercise get sick more than those who don't.  OK, I'm about 50-50 on that one.  I like to put my feet up after work and don't like to get out much after that.  It's especially hard in the winter, when it's so darn cold.  But my dang dog is going to save me yet.  I come home and she is waiting for me in the backyard, looking so dejected and forlorn.  I know that she wants to go on a walk so badly that she can barely stand it.  If I even look like I'm headed toward the door again, she will quietly start crying, hoping I'll pick up on her subtle hint.  That's why I say 50-50. Half the time, I'm a real softie and will go get the leash and we'll head out for an adventure.  The other half, I say, sorry girl, not this time, Mama's toooo tired!

8.  Pollution and Ciggies don't help - first or secondhand smoke is bad for you.  So stay away from it if possible.  Your immune system will thank you for it. problem.  We have a no-tolerance policy for smoking or drugs in our High School.  We don't smoke at home either.  What we do have is bad air quality.  In the winter, the Utah Valley gets clogged with smog, trapped in until a storm clears it out.  Not the greatest to be out in, for sure.

9.  Don't Know How To Use Antibiotics -The thing that is so scarey about using antibiotics w/o just cause is that it puts a strain on the whole community of antibiotic users and potential users, rendering many of them ineffective because the germs they were meant to kill now are resistant to them.  Only use antibiotics if you have a bacterial infection and use the whole course.  I haven't used antibiotics for years.  
 10.  You've gotta laugh!  This is going to really help boost those pheromones and immune assisting chemicals in your brain.  Fortunately, I have a husband who is a big goof and he makes me laugh more often than not.  I'm not saying that he never falls flat.  And I let him know.  I think it's his mission to try out his running comedy routines on me and if I give it a thumbs up, based on my laughter, he knows he's onto something.  I wonder if fake laughing counts?  I do a lot of that as well over at the high school, where kids think they are the funniest things since Bob Hope and I play along with it sometimes,albeit sometimes they are good too. 

Really?  Is that it?  Wow!  I think I do OK on most of those points.  Not excellent, but OK.  So what is it that has brought me such luck with the colds and the flus?  Could it be genetic?  I don't think so...Is it the fact that I take some really, really great vitamins and have done so for, get this, 20 years?  Yep, I take some supplements that have been backed by and I'm thinking that they are pretty amazing as far as vitamins go. 

But for whatever reason I have been spared, I'd like to go for another healthy year.  

What are some things that you think make the difference when it comes to the cold and flu season?  How do you do on the 10 points of prevention?  

This article was written by me with no cash or other incentives.  

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