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Forgive So You Can Live

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Exposure Magazine Contributor Ada Gardner

 

 Trusting someone and then being hurt by them cuts like a knife and the process of letting it go can be tiring. That person quickly moves from an asset in your life to a liability and it angers you. Your immediate reaction is, how you can make them feel what you feel. How can you get them to understand how their actions hurt you? The answer to that is, you can’t. You can’t make them understand, feel or visualize the pain you feel, and you shouldn’t be quick to seek revenge-leave that up to God (Romans 12:19). So, what do I do with this anger then? You must release it. Unforgiveness holds you hostage to receiving all the things that God has in store for you. Holding on to it hinders your growth in other relationships and in life. It keeps you guarded and unfulfilled and you live behind this prison in your mind that keeps you from trusting because you are living in expectation of being hurt again.

Unforgiveness is toxic and because you are holding on to those emotions, you attract people who aren’t good for you. Why do you think people feel there is a need to “cut people off” every year? Hurt people, hurt people and broken people attract broken people.  Forgiveness is necessary, no matter the infraction. It frees you up and allows you to make better decisions about who and what you allow. It is essential to an everyday healthy lifestyle. But wait, what if they don’t say “I am sorry”. That’s okay, true forgiveness isn’t for them, it’s for you. How do I get started?

  • Don’t hold your breath for an apology. Think about it, is an apology really going to fix the situation? Most times, the reason you haven’t forgiven is because the person you want to forgive doesn’t see it the way you want them to see it. I hate to be the barrier of bad news, but your view on the situation is just that. It’s your view and your truth. The accuser is always going to see it differently and have a different version. Be okay with not ever getting an apology. It shouldn’t be a condition of you forgiving them. 
  • They have moved on. You are holding all this anger in your heart for someone who has moved on. They may think about their actions sometimes, but trust that they aren’t losing sleep over it. Accusers may even avoid you because they don’t want to hear about it anymore. They have moved on, you should move on to. When they see you, and they see they aren’t affecting you negatively- that is priceless. 
  • The most important part of forgiving is-You can’t be forgiven if you don’t forgive. The bible speaks on forgiveness and its effects on our own salvation. (Luke 6:37) Do not judge and you will not be judged, do not condemn and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Contrary to trendy belief, we are all in need of forgiveness from someone. We must be in a position so that when we are the wrong doers, we can also be forgiven. You aren’t the judge, allow God to do his job.

Final thought, you don’t have to reconcile with the person you have forgiven. Reconciliation comes after forgiveness. You don’t have to allow them back into your lives if that isn’t what is best for you. You get to decided! If someone continues to hurt you, allowing them to take up residence in your heart gives them permission to continue to hurt you. Let hurt go. Don’t allow them to keep you hostage to their inability to treat you the way you deserve to be treated.  At this point, forgive yourself. You deserve forgiveness just as much as anyone else, besides God has already forgiven you. 

Don’t be the person who always has someone to cut off at the beginning of every year. It shouldn’t take a new year to birth new habits and form healthy relationships. Create healthy forgiveness habits everyday. Forgive, so you can truly live !

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Tire Safety Tips for Winter When Temperatures Drop

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The same temperature you can begin to see your breath at 45 F—is also when the all-season tires on your car can start to lose traction and grip.

As temperatures drop, drivers should remember that if you can see your breath, you should think about winter tires. Whether you’re planning a cross-country trek or simply driving to and from work daily, exposing your vehicle’s tires to colder weather could lead to potential trouble on the road.

Snow and ice may be fun to play in, but they make for dangerous driving conditions. Winter tires are built for cold-weather conditions and deliver improved starting, stopping and steering control in temperatures 45 F and below. The difference is the tread compound of winter tires, which stays soft and pliable in colder temperatures for superior traction. Add the tread design of winter tires with thousands of extra gripping edges and you get as much as a 25-50 percent increase in traction over all-season tires.

To help stay safe on the road this winter, the experts on tires and winter driving recommend following these four tire safety tips:

  • Get ready now. It is important to replace all four of your vehicle’s all-season tires with winter tires if you regularly drive in temperatures 45 F or below, snow or no snow. Winter tires are made of a softer rubber that allows the tires to stay pliable and maintain better contact with the road through winter weather conditions.
  • Don’t forget the wheels. Having a set of wheels specifically for your winter tires can save you money in the long run. Pairing a separate set of wheels with your winter tires can eliminate certain changeover costs and save your everyday wheels from the wear and tear brought on by ice, slush, snow, and salt during the winter months.
  • Know your numbers. Check your tire pressure at least once a month to make sure tires are at the appropriate inflation level. Temperature changes affect tire pressure – for every 10 degrees of temperature change, tire air pressure changes 1 pound per square inch. Low tire pressure can lead to decreased steering and braking control, poor gas mileage, excessive tire wear and the possibility of tire failure. Also, don’t forget to check your spare tire.
  • Rotate, rotate, rotate. To help increase tread life and smooth out your ride, rotate your tires every 6,000 miles or sooner if irregular or uneven wear develops.

Your safety is important, that’s why drivers should make it a point to beat the rush by getting winter ready before the first snowstorm or cold streak of the season hits.

Photo: Getty Images

Source: Discount Tire

 

@LeNoraMillen        01-19-18

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Medicare Takes Aim at Medical Identity Theft: Protecting Seniors From Fraud

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Criminals are increasingly targeting people age 65 or older for personal identity theft. In 2014 alone, there were 2.6 million such incidents among seniors, according to the Department of Justice.

A growing offshoot of identity theft is healthcare fraud, which can result when someone unlawfully uses another person’s Medicare number. Medical identity theft can lead to inaccuracies in medical records, which in turn can result in delayed care, denied services and costly false claims.

That’s why Medicare works with the Department of Justice, taking aim squarely at would-be thieves. In the largest law enforcement action against criminals fraudulently targeting the Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare programs, 412 people around the country, including 115 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals, were charged in 2017 with bilking U.S. taxpayers out of $1.3 billion.

New Medicare Card for 2018. (Video Courtesy of YouTube)

The next big fraud-fighting push is well underway — and its focus is protecting the personal information of senior citizens by removing their Social Security numbers from Medicare cards.

People with Medicare don’t need to take any action to get a new Medicare card. Beginning in April 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will mail out newly designed Medicare cards to the 58 million Americans with Medicare. The cards will have a new number that will be unique for each card recipient. This will help protect personal identity and prevent fraud because identity thieves can’t bill Medicare without a valid Medicare number. To help with a seamless transition to the new cards, providers will be able to use secure lookup tools that will support quick access to the new card numbers when needed.

Healthcare fraud drives up costs for everyone, but healthcare consumers can be an effective first line of defense against fraud. Follow these tips to help protect yourself:

Do

  • Treat your Medicare number like a credit card.
  • When the new card comes in the mail next year, destroy your old card and make sure you bring your new one to your doctors’ appointments.
  • Be suspicious of anyone offering early bird discounts, limited time offers or encouraging you to act now for the best deal. That’s an indicator of potential fraud because Medicare plans are forbidden from offering incentives.
  • Be skeptical of free gifts, free medical services, discount packages or any offer that sounds too good to be true.
  • Only give your Medicare number to doctors, insurers acting on your behalf or trusted people in the community who work with Medicare, like your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP).
  • Report suspected instances of fraud.
  • Check your Medicare statements to make sure the charges are accurate.

Don’t

  • Don’t share your Medicare number or other personal information with anyone who contacts you by telephone, email or approaches you in person, unless you’ve given them permission in advance. Medicare will never contact you uninvited and request your Medicare number or other personal information.
  • Don’t let anyone borrow or pay to use your Medicare number.
  • Don’t allow anyone, except your doctor or other Medicare providers, to review your medical records or recommend services.
  • Don’t let anyone persuade you to see a doctor for care or services you don’t need.
  • Don’t accept medical supplies from a door-to-door salesman.

Learn more about how you can fight Medicare fraud at Medicare.gov/fraud, or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). You can also visit a local SHIP counselor, who can provide free, one-on-one, non-biased Medicare assistance.

With a common sense approach to protecting health information, senior citizens can be effective partners in fighting Medicare fraud.

 

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

@LeNoraMillen       01-19-18

 

 

 

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Amazon Reveals ‘20 Cities’ That Could Be The Home Of Its Next Headquarters

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Amazon has revealed 20 cities that could be the next home of its second North American headquarters, dubbed HQ2.

The candidates, selected out of 238 applicants, will move to the next round of Amazon’s selection process, the company said Thursday. Amazon will make a final decision on the site of its next headquarters this year.

The list of candidates includes Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Washington, DC, and Columbus, Ohio.

Amazon said it will work with each city to “dive deeper into their proposals, request additional information, and evaluate the feasibility of a future partnership that can accommodate the company’s hiring plans as well as benefit its employees and the local community.”

Amazon has promised a $5 billion investment and up to 50,000 high-paying jobs to the city that wins its selection process.

“Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough – all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” said Holly Sullivan, head of public policy for Amazon. “Through this process, we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation.”

Here are all the potential candidates:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Columbus, OH
  • Dallas, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • Montgomery County, MD
  • Nashville, TN
  • Newark, NJ
  • New York City, NY
  • Northern Virginia, VA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Toronto, ON
  • Washington DC

 

Source: Business Insider

@LeNoraMillen     01-18-18

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