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"The block of granite which was an obstacle in the
pathway of the weak becomes a stepping-stone in
the pathway of the strong. That block of granite is
often nothing more than a decision."

~ Thomas Carlyle, Scottish Historian & Essayist (1795-1881)

March 15, 2004


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THIS WEEK'S ISSUE

From the Inside Out...
Never Underestimate the Power of Your Mind

Yes You Can!...
Give a Pooch
Pills & Meds

Far Horizons...
Namibian Dunefields

Links That Shine...
"Theta Mastery"

Fascinating Facts...
Bye-Bye!

Laughing It Off...
Wisdom of Will Rogers

Untangling the Web...
What a Site!
&
Computer Ease

Look at That!...
Feng Shui Rest Stop

Our Latest Discovery...
Post Pals

Joyful Lifestyles...
Clarity in Family Dynamics
(Final)


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BE the World
You Want to See!

I've never been athletically inclined. So, during a jog through the California hills at a 1982 retreat, I was dragging extremely far behind the group and decided to try an experiment. I focused solely on a vivid mental picture of catching up with the others. Huffing along, I rounded a huge bolder and amazingly found myself in pace with the runners who had been more than an hour ahead of me!!!

~ Chelle ~

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NEVER
UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF YOUR MIND

He is one of the finest runners the world has even seen and currently holds the record for the third most sub-10-second 100 meter runs. He became the first non-American to win the NCAA double (100 meters and 200 meters) at the American Collegiate Championships. Yet he has the distinction of never having won a 100 meter gold medal in the Olympics or World Championships.

If you don't know who I'm talking about, then allow me to enlighten you. I'm talking about my compatriot Frank Fredericks of Windhoek, Namibia.

Shortly before the 1996 Olympics Fredericks was in blistering form, winning a number of International 100 meter races in times that were tantalizingly close to the world record at the time. During one of these races Fredericks ran 9.86 seconds, just one hundredth of a second outside the world record and could have set a new record, had he not thrown up his arms in celebration, just before crossing the line.

When asked by journalists why he threw up his arms, and if this didn't spoil his chance of breaking the world record, Fredericks replied, "I'm not worried about the world record. It'll come when it is supposed to." In the Olympic final race Fredericks was beaten by Canadian Donovan Bailey who won in a new record time of 9.84 seconds.

Had Fredericks run in Atlanta, as he ran in Lausanne when he set 9.86 seconds, he would have crossed the finish line in roughly 9.81 seconds This, according to Jonas R. Mureika, a systems programmer at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, who developed a mathematical model of sprinting that compensates for wind effects in the 100 meter dash, and converts measured times into equivalent times in still air. The formula enabled Mureika to compare performances in all 100 meter races on a more or less equal footing.

Thus, Bailey's 9.84 second world-record time, aided by a tail wind of 0.7 miles/second, turns into the equivalent of 9.88 seconds in calm air. The race run in 1996 by Frank Fredericks into a head wind of 0.4 miles/second becomes 9.80 seconds in calm air, surpassing Bailey's world-record performance. What this means is that if Frank had ran in Atlanta as fast as he ran in Lausanne, when he clocked 9.86 seconds, he would have crossed the finish line in roughly 9.81 seconds

Remember Frederick's time in Lausanne was not only against a headwind, it was also after he threw up his arms, meaning that his time could have been even faster than the current world record, set by US sprinter Tim Montgomery. His pre-championship race time of 9.86 seconds, is the closest Fredericks has ever come to breaking the 100 meter world record and he is unlikely to write a record behind his name, as he is now 36 years of age.

Many are good, but few are great. It almost sounds like that other phrase, "Many are called, but few are chosen", doesn't it, except nobody is choosing anybody here. It's about the individual who chooses if he wants to be great. And if he makes that decision to follow it up with commitment.

Why do I say many are good but few are great? Because all that is required to become good is talent and training. However, to be good requires something else. It requires a different mental attitude.

Case in point. World champion runner Maurice Green of Kansas City, Kansas, always wanted to be great. He told anyone who cared to listen that he would soon break the world record. He didn't say when, only that it WOULD happen. He dreamed of it, trained for it, and when the time came he, executed it. U. S. sprinter Tim Montgomery did the same thing. He said he was going to lower Green's world record, and he did.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, moviestar, politician and arguably the greatest bodybuilder ever, once said, "it's all in your mind", referring to success. While speaking at the City College of New York in August, 2003, Arnold told the students in the audience. "Have big dreams, and go after those dreams. That was my secret."

Another thing that Maurice Green said is, "I like doing things that have never been done before." This is exactly how super successful people think. They strive on challenges and on proving people wrong. They hate the word, "average" and want to absolutely be the best.

They never leave anything to CHANCE or say, "it will happen when it is supposed to happen." They MAKE things happen!


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s You Can!

GIVE A POOCH PILLS & MEDS

Canine caretakers, do you feel the need for a chill pill at the thought of giving your dog medication? Relax, help is on the way. Administering medicine is simple, fast and pain-free — for both you and your pooch — when you know how. If your dog's medicine is in pill or capsule form, you have two options. The easier method is to hide the pill in food. A small piece of meat, bread or cheese will work well, or you can try mixing the pill in peanut butter. Please check with your veterinarian before going this route, as some medicine should not be given with food.

When that's not an option, you'll need to administer the medication directly. The first step is ensuring that your dog is as relaxed as possible. If 'Rover' seems stressed or overexcited, it may be best to wait until he's more receptive, if time permits. Next, get him set in a comfortable position. This largely depends on what works best for your dog. Try placing him on the floor next to you or, if he's on the smaller side, on a table. For larger dogs it may be necessary to stand over him, one leg on either side of his body.

Next, open his mouth by holding his upper jaw in your left hand and gently pulling his lower jaw downward with your right hand. (Lefties, you'll need to reverse that.) Take the capsule between the thumb and forefinger of your dominant hand and place the pill as far back on his tongue as possible. Close your dog's mouth and tilt his chin upward as you gently massage his throat to help him swallow. And don't forget — a "Good Dog!" goes a long way after the medicine's gone down.

If 'Fido's' been prescribed liquid medication, prepare the dropper and place your pooch in a sit-stay. Tilt his head — gently, to about a 45-degree angle — and pull back the fold at his lip. Put the dropper in his mouth, ideally in the pocket between his cheek and gums. Take care to squirt the medicine into his mouth slowly, allowing him ample time to swallow it.

When giving medicine to your pet, take care to be gentle but firm. The quicker and smoother you make your actions, the better. And after successfully getting a pill or liquid dosage down, congratulate yourself — and be sure to give your canine companion an extra dose of praise, too.

~ArcaMax Cats & Dogs, ArcaMax.com



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Far Horizons

NAMIBIAN DUNEFIELDS

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The Sossusvlei, Namibia's famous jewel of the Namib Desert, is a huge clay pan, enclosed by giant sand dunes. Some of the spectacular hills of sand are the highest in the world. The dunefields have developed over many millions of years. It is thought that the vast quantities of sand were deposited into the Atlantic Ocean by the Orange River. This material was subsequently moved northwards by the current to be dumped back onto the land by the surf. The coastal dunes developed as a result of this and were shifted further and further inland by the wind. Aside from the bewitching scenery and geological wonders at Sossusvlei, the area is ideal for observing the
dune-life for which the Namib is so well known.

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Links That Shine

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"Theta Mastery"


Are you ready to look at life from a different perspective, to understand the link between your thoughts, emotions and health? Theta Mastery is about freedom, freedom to live your life the way you have always dreamed life could be.

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Fascinating Facts
BYE-BYE!


Inspiration
Where did the term
"You've been 86'ed" come from?

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Cats in Bags
Laughing It Off
WISDOM FROM WILL ROGERS

1. Lettin' the cat out of the bag is a whole lot easier'n puttin' it back!

2. If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?

3. Everything is changing. People are taking the comedians seriously
and the politicians as a joke.

4. Never miss a good chance to shut up.

5. Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we
have rushed through life trying to save.

6. Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else.

7. All I know is just what I read in the papers, and that's an alibi for my ignorance.

8. Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.

9. Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes
from bad judgment.

10. It's not what you pay a man, but what he costs you that counts.

11. The taxpayers are sending congressmen on expensive trips abroad.
It might be worth it except they keep coming back!

12. Don't let yesterday use up too much of today.

13. We don't seem to be able to check crime, so why not legalize it and then tax it out of business?

14. Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your
parrot to the town gossip.

15. A fool and his money are soon elected.

16. If advertisers spent the same amount of money on improving their products as they do on advertising then they wouldn't have to advertise them.

17. The movies are the only business where you can go out front and applaud yourself.

18. I guess there is nothing that will get your mind off everything like golf.
I have never been depressed enough to take up the game, but they say
you get so sore at yourself you forget to hate your enemies.

19. Things ain't what they used to be ... and never were.

20. We are all here for a spell, get all the good laughs you can.

~From BrainyQuotes.com
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Untangling the Web

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WHAT A SITE!

"US Do-Not-Call List Enforced"
Exempted are charities, pollsters, political
campaigns and companies that have recently
done business with someone on the list. To
block 80% of telemarketing, register your
phone numbers or file complaints by
calling 1-888-382-1222 or at:
www.DoNotCall.gov


COMPUTER-EASE

High Tech Definitions...
Browser: not a person in a store who is
“just looking.” This is a type of software that
lets your computer read HTML documents
on the Internet or your hard drive.
Footprint: no need to worry about dirty shoes
on the carpet. In terms of your computer,
a footprint is the amount of surface area it
takes up on your desk (or floor, or
wherever you keep your computer).


Look at THAT!
FENG SHUI REST STOP

Germany

Travelers relax next to a "Chi Well"...
in a service station near Grubingen, Germany.
Drivers stressed by the German autobahn can now look forward to an oasis of calm and harmony at Europe's first feng shui rest stop. The main building's sweeping roof mimics the rolling hills of Baden-Württemberg state, while feng shui advisers have ensured that the design allows an unhampered "energy flow." Only calming colors and forms have been selected for the interior. Feng shui, which translates as "wind and water," is an ancient discipline of geography, architecture, ethics and prophecy, based on the Daoist principle that earth, sky and humanity are part of one whole. Proprietor Karl Rolfes said that the site would not only offer drivers a pleasant place to fill up and stretch their legs, but would also contribute to road safety. "People who are relaxed behind the wheel are also more alert," he said. ~Discovery.com

 

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CLARITY IN FAMILY DYNAMICS (Final)

Codependency is transmitted through family learning, and family members come to believe that these distorted patterns of relating are normal. As the family is the primary arena of socialization, children growing up in these families are ill equipped to deal with the demands of the larger world outside the family home. According to Clinical Psychologist George A. Boyd, MA, they are often "saddled with inadequate coping skills, distorted perceptions of what is appropriate behavior, and unrealistic expectations of the behavior of other people.

"To heal these dysfunctional patterns of relating, the codependent adult must get into touch with the "inner child", the real self within. This part of us is alive, energetic, creative, and capable of seeing things as they really are. The inner child can love others unconditionally, and can tell the truth.

"In contrast, the codependent, "false self" feels uncomfortable, strained and inauthentic in relating to other people. It acts to cover up, deny and withhold genuine feelings, and inhibits spontaneous, "natural" or playful behavior. It may develop a negative attitude toward self or others that is envious, critical, blaming, shaming and perfectionistic. It tends to be other-oriented, focused on what it believes others think it should be or others want it to be. It is capable of only conditional love, rewarding others only if they conform to its inner values of what is right and wrong," says Boyd.

"Codependency is generated in emotionally disturbed family systems by inconsistent, unpredictable, and crazy parenting styles. In physically and sexually abusive family systems, codependency is related to the violation of personal boundaries. Victims of abuse fear that the violation may reoccur at any time, and also experience an invasion of their self respect — they cannot control their own bodies, and their choices and desires are not respected. In alcoholic and drug using family systems, codependency arises as a result of the unpredictable behavior of the substance abuser, and the stresses it places on the other members of the family. In fundamentalist, dogmatic families, codependency is created by over-control and excessive regimentation.

"In a healthy family system, family members openly acknowledge their problems, discuss them openly, and work toward change. They believe change is acceptable, and actively solicit workable solutions from other family members. Children in these families are free to express their needs and wants. Family members can talk about feelings and traits in themselves that they feel should be changed: shame and embarrassment do not immobilize them. There is permission to express appropriate anger. The adults of the family model healthy, congruent behavior for their children: what they tell their children to do and what they themselves do, match," explains Boyd.

"Families function to provide the following needs for their members:

1. Maintenance, the provision of food, clothes, shelter, and health care
2. Nurturance, the granting of safety, security, warmth, and a sense of "home
3. Inclusion, the fulfilling of love and belongingness needs
4. Privacy, respect for each member's autonomy and separateness
5. Esteem, the bestowing of a sense of worth and personal value on its members,
6. Understanding, the agreed upon right of members to make mistakes and learn from them
7. Recreation, the opportunity to have fun together
8. Spirituality, the permission to develop a relationship with a Higher Power, to have meaning and purpose in life."


~ Chelle Thompson, Editor ~

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