New Castle News

January 2, 2014

Lori Brothers: Embrace your best

Dedicate the new year to finding the remarkable in yourself

Lori Brothers
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Make a resolution to look at what is unique and remarkable about the way you live your life.

You already model these traits even though, sometimes, you can get caught up in the frenzy of getting everything checked off of our list. When are you at your best?

Efficiency is admirable, such as the habit of list-making. Some people don’t make lists at all. They are worse off than those of us who try to keep order in our lives.

If you see someone looking a little disheveled, please be kind. They are probably not a list maker and need your support. Open the door for them. Flash them an understanding smile. Compassion is remarkable. Then thank God, with list in hand, that you’ve made a little order.

Consistency also ranks as noteworthy. Repeated right action that delivers the results you intended is truly remarkable in a world that is moving fast. Are you creating the patterns that support your happiness, health and well-being? 

Regular routines create good habits. The definition of a habit is “a usual way of behaving; something that a person does often in a regular and repeated way,” according to Merriam-Webster. Therefore, good habits rank as remarkable.

A remarkable mind-set is also key to creating new habits or developing the ones that bring out your best. Let go of judgment and guilt. They shadow the remarkable.

Be willing to objectively observe your attitudes and thought patterns. Yank out those underwhelming “mind weeds” that lead to unremarkable living. When it comes to creating good habits don’t set yourself up for failure by attempting weak or rigid attitudes, such as taking the stance of “always” or “never.” This will lead to self-sabbotage.

It is far more effective to develop positive trending in both thought and action. Pay attention to your trends when you are at your best. You’ll know it by the remarkable results. Keep you sight on what you usually do well, and do more of that.

“Becoming remarkable has never been as important! It is more important than ever for businesses to intensely focus on what it is that they are better at than any other competitor,” advises Robert Murray, author of “It’s Already Inside: Nurturing Your Innate Leadership for Business and Life Success”.

Consider yourself the CEO of your own life and well-being. It’s already in there.

Dedicate this year to finding the remarkable in yourself. What makes you the best you? This may take some serious reflection. Eureka! This is the time of year for reflection and resolutions. So go for it. Tune into your best by answering these questions:

•What are your tendencies for utilizing spare time? 

•How do you interact with your family and friends when you are contributing or sharing? 

•What are your talents when engaged in purposed work or activities? 

•What is your eating style?  What food choices contribute to your health goals?

•Who are your role models? Do you follow those good examples? Are you a good example for others?

It is the deeply remarkable human who takes the time to know and live their answers to these questions, and other personally compelling questions. Decide that 2014 is the year for coming to a better understanding of your remarkable.  

(Lori Brothers is the director of The Dean Ornish Program For Reversing Heart Disease at Jameson Hospital, For information about the January 2014 Spectrum program, setting new patterns in the new year,  call Lori Brothers at (724) 656-4660.)


Crustless Veggie Mini Quiches


No-Stick Cooking Spray

6 saltine crackers, finely crushed

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

2 cups frozen broccoli florets

1/2 cup frozen whole kernel corn

3/4 cup shredded reduced fat Cheddar cheese

1 carton (16 oz each) Egg substitute


1.Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously spray 12 regular muffin cups with cooking spray; set aside.

2.Mix together cracker crumbs and Parmesan cheese in small bowl; set aside. Place broccoli in medium microwave-safe bowl with 1 tablespoon water; cover. Microwave on high 2 minutes; drain well. Chop into smaller pieces. Spoon broccoli evenly into muffin cups; top evenly with corn, crumb mixture and Cheddar cheese. Pour Egg Beaters evenly over filled cups.

3.Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until puffed and knife inserted in centers comes out clean. Let stand 2 minutes; run table knife around edges to loosen.