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is a delicate balance of putting yourself last and
not being a doormat and thinking of yourself first and not
coming off as selfish, arrogant or bossy. We spend the
majority of our lives attempting to perfect this balance."
~ Cindy L. Teachey, Building Lifelong Relationships
April 12, 2004
THIS WEEK'S ISSUE
From the Inside Out...
A Question of Balance
Yes You Can!...
Know Nothing's Hopeless
Links That Shine...
"Rhino Survival Online"
Laughing It Off...
It Gets Better with Age
Untangling the Web...
What a Site!
Look at That!...
Art Goes Bananas
Our Latest Discovery...
Stayin' Home & Lovin' It
Creating a New Future (1)
BE the World
You Want to See!
a Libra like me, balance
has always been important ...
yet it has taken years to fully embody this concept.
~ Chelle ~
From the Inside Out
..... OF BALANCE
was a time when I acquiesced to others because I believed them to
have more experience, authority and wisdom. I was a child then,
and nothing had taught me the significance of my own inner voice.
perspective made me quite malleable. I was easily enticed and chose
my actions in response to others' opinions. Because my choices were
not made from conviction
but from impulse
it was necessary for my parents to instill firm boundaries for my
is no wonder I was exhausted by age 24 ... I had been busy
acting out others' desires and philosophies. My mind was
full, but my soul was not. I was frightfully unclear about who I
was and where I belonged. Simultaneously, the adults in my life
were asking me to become more independent. Thus, I found myself
facing a dilemma
how does one choose for themselves when their entire life
has been based upon the input others?
became apparent that I must begin by making decisions by myself
and for myself! I foresaw myriads of unbearable eventualities
within that scenario, but something inside me recognized the utter
necessity of it. One of the first decisions I made was that
no matter what difficulties arose
I would continue!
was in unfamiliar territory when I set out to determine the validity
of my choices based on how the results felt to ME. Sometimes
that meant letting go of an idea or philosophy I thought I held
dear; but, by testing my beliefs and desires against the life I
was living, I learned which things to cling to and which to release.
however, were painful! My anguish was sometimes so deep that I would
sleep in the fetal position, appalled at my ineptness and wishing
someone else could take over. I mourned and prayed
and when my strength returned
so did my resolve to continue. Blessedly, because my failure was
not skewed by the presence of "old voices" that would
have categorized it as a deep personal flaw, I discovered I could
learn from failure! It then became a merciful compass from
which to find new direction!
remember the day I found myself in an argument with someone whose
opinion differed from mine. I noted, proudly, that what I defended
was not my parents opinion, my friend's or teacher's;
nor was it a philosophy I had found in a book
borne of my struggle to live! That event was but one of many milestones
along my journey. Now I recognize the significance of all that transpired
and I understand these truths: Childhood is what it is. Becoming
an adult is what it is.
time, other voices
ones I had not given much credence to in my youth
began to resurface. Listening to them again, I heard wisdom
and now, I could recognize it. Through those voices I began
to understand that there are people I can turn to
for courage, for support and for advice.
has taken time, but I am beginning to balance now, on the tight-rope-of-life:
I stand on one foot as I listen to the anger of others
and on the other when I understand that I too feel anger
over certain injustices. I teeter in position when bombarded with
the voices of opinionated people
and then, catch myself mid-air ... as I consider their words
... and learn.
a balancing pole in both hands, I compare the philosophical differences
that exist between myself and others, but I won't fall. I am confident
in my stance, because I know that others have aligned themselves
to things borne of their experience and I, to things borne
of mine. Both are valid.
I live! I live an adult, spiritual, compassionate and steadfast
life. It was quickened by my need to be alone and independent
and matured by my desire to be intertwined and connected.
life is what it is ... it is a question of balance.
~ By N. O. Tate © 2004,
who describes "education" as
"mankind's most valuable asset
even," the author notes,
"when the learning is derived from the School Of Hard Knocks."
Yes You Can!
KNOW NOTHING'S "HOPELESS"
Shore said, "There are no hopeless situations
only people who are hopeless about them." Case in point: Morgan
Rowe. Some 30 years ago, when he was only 11 years old, he lost
his left arm and much of the use of his right arm. It happened when
he fell off a tractor at his father's fence company in Valdosta,
Georgia, and was dragged beneath the machine. Morgan's left arm
was destroyed and his right, mangled.
Morgan was released from the hospital after three-and-a-half months.
The first thing he set out to do was to help pay the bills
$30,000 worth. That was a lot of money back then as it is now. For
a boy of 11 to accomplish such a task, the situation seemed hopeless.
five years Morgan scoured roadsides picking up cans and bottles.
He collected thousands of cans and collected and sold newspapers.
He never gave up hope. First, he paid off the $455 ambulance bill.
Then he put $2,500 down on the hospital bill. He was still a long
way off though his parents raised another $9,000 toward the debt.
began to hear about the injured boy and eventually some 2,000 donations
poured in, totaling $25,000. The bill was paid in full! Morgan set
aside the additional money for future education. What then? Though
the bill was paid up, Morgan kept his projects going to collect
money for the hospital so he could help others. Someone forgot to
tell the boy he was too injured for that kind of work. Someone neglected
to inform him that the situation was hopeless. Somehow young Morgan
didn't realize that an 11-year-old boy could never pay off a hospital
bill so large.
you know that Albert Einstein could not speak until he was four
years old and did not read until he was seven? His parents and teachers
worried about his mental ability. Beethoven's
music teacher said about him, "As a composer he is hopeless."
What if young Ludwig believed it?
Thomas Edison was a young boy, his teachers said he was so stupid
he could never learn anything. He once said, "I remember I
used to never be able to get along at school. I was always at the
foot of my class ... my father thought I was stupid, and
I almost decided that I was a dunce." What if young Thomas
believed what they said about him?
F. W. Woolworth was 21, he got a job in a store, but was not allowed
to wait on customers because he "didn't have enough sense."
the sculptor Auguste Rodin was young he had difficulty learning
to read and write. Today, we may say he had a learning disability,
but his father said of him, "I have an idiot for a son."
uncle agreed. "He's uneducable," he said. What if Rodin
had doubted his ability?
newspaper editor once fired Walt Disney because he was thought to
have no "good ideas." Caruso was told by one music teacher,
"You can't sing. You have no voice at all." And an editor
told Louisa May Alcott that she was incapable of writing anything
that would have popular appeal.
if these people had listened and become discouraged? Where would
our world be without the music of Beethoven, the art of Rodin or
the ideas of Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison? As Oscar Levant
has accurately said, "It's not what you are, it's what you
don't become that hurts."
Luther once said, "Everything that is done in the world is
done by the hopeful." No matter your age. No matter your circumstances.
No matter your financial wealth. Without hope, nothing is possible.
But with hope ... well ... watch out! You have great
potential. When you believe in all you can be, rather than all you
cannot become, you will find your place on earth.
~© 2001 Steve Goodier
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One of the many interesting sites in Israel, is Avdat, a ancient
site in the southern Negev Desert. Avdat is located on a mountain
ridge where the routes from Petra (in present-day Jordan) and Eilat
converge and continue to the Mediterranean coast and where the Nabateans
established a road station for their caravans. Visitors are amazed
at the grandeur of the former city amidst the stark and barren Negev.
Along the base of a cliff are man-made hermit caves that were inhabited
by monks during Byzantine times.
In the caves are sculpted shapes, carved for various reasons: closets,
shelves, bars for hanging clothes, benches, stairs, water systems
"Rhino Survival Online"
Rhino Survival was established in order to conserve
and breed rhinos. Rhino Survival aims to prolong the lives of
the rhinoceros species in the wild. This charity works primarily
on game parks in South Africa, such as Silent Valley. Rhino Survival
provides secure environments for rhinos, and in doing so, also
ensures the survival of numerous other species that share their
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Laughing It Off
IT GETS BETTER WITH AGE
learned that our dog doesn't want to eat my broccoli either. - Age
learned that just when I get my room the way I like it, Mom makes
me clean it up again. - Age 12
learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try cheering
someone else up. - Age 14
learned that silent company is often more healing than words of
advice. - Age 24
learned that if someone says something unkind about me, I can live
so that no one will believe it. - Age 30
learned that there are lots of people who love you dearly but they
just don't know how to show it. - Age 42
learned that you can make someone's day by simply sending them a
little note. - Age 44
learned that the greater a person's sense of guilt, the greater
his or her need to cast blame on others. - Age 46
learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today,
life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. - Age 48
learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine cabinet
full of pills. - Age 52
learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.
- Age 58
learned that if you want to do something positive for your children,
work to improve your marriage. - Age 61
learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. - Age 62
learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catchers mitt
on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back. - Age
learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if
you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting
new people, and doing the very best you can, happiness will find
you. - Age 65
learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually
make the right decision. - Age 72
learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. - Age
learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People
love that human touch-holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly
pat on the back. - Age 90
learned that I still have a lot to learn. - Age 92
by John in Mohave Valley, Arizona
Untangling the Web
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shows us history through the eyes of those who lived it.
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Look at THAT!
ART GOES BANANAS
Photo: Peter Macdiarmid /Reuters
Tonico Lemos Auad, a Brazilian living in London...
creates drawings on bananas in a show at London's Institute of Contemporary
Arts for the Beck's Futures 2004 art prize. Auad draws on the bananas
with a needle, a hitherto neglected medium for graphic art. (When
you cut through the skin of the fruit it oxidizes and turns into
a black line.) The work that especially lives in the mind takes
the form of fluff from a fitted carpet, racked up by Auad's hands,
and formed into little, fluffy sculptures. On show at the ICA are
a couple of bunny rabbits, one without a head, a squirrel and several
other bits and pieces, all displayed on the carpet from which they
Just for YOU ...
OUR LATEST DISCOVERY
Joyful Lifestyles: Weekly Insights
CREATING A NEW FUTURE (Part 1)
Are you trapped in situations that drain your energy? Do you find
yourself struggling with the same problems over and over? Are
you afraid of people you admire and nice to people you can't stand?
If so, you may be stuck in automatic behaviors you learned at
an early age to survive. Now these unworkable patterns can be
preventing you from building the future your soul is dreaming
of. Personal and spiritual growth counselor Suzanne
Gold, BA, MA is a co-author of Being
Yourself: 24 Ways to See the Light. Here are some ways
from Suzanne to spark change in your life:
Set a new course: Imagine that your life can get better, that
what happens in it is largely up to you. Take time every day to
think about what inspires you. When you know what you want, your
problems become challenges to master along the way. To jumpstart
this process, give your brain a challenge by doing a little writing
with your non-dominant hand. Or take a new route or means of transportation
to work. Savor the freedom in it and build on it, one small step
at a time.
Trust your intuition: When you hear "that little voice,"
listen. Within you is a thread of wisdom that makes itself known
through your ideas and feelings. If something doesn't feel right,
it may be a sign that it isn't working for you. Wonder about why
that is, and how you'd like it instead. Let your sense of integrity
Look for a silver lining: No matter how bad a situation seems,
find something, anything, in it to appreciate. Ask yourself, what
good could come from this? What can I learn here? What am I not
seeing? The answers you get are the best indicator of where to
direct your energy.
Take a step back: Noticing habitual patterns is the first
step in breaking them. Let go of the urge to fight them or to
react at all. Just observe. Bringing the unconscious to light
helps you develop compassion, and see your life and everyone in
it more clearly.
Watch what you say: Be honest but kind, without apology. Praise
when you can. If you must criticize, first acknowledge the person's
good points. Don't interrupt. Don't assume you're being understood.
Apologize when you realize you've made a mistake. Watch what you
listen to too. Don't suffer belittlement, disrespect, manipulation.
Don't listen just to what someone says
try to understand why they're saying it. We all see life through
our own filters, so yield gracefully if you misinterpret or offend."
~Suzanne Gold ...(Continued
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