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"You cannot dream yourself into a character;
you must hammer and forge yourself one."
James A. Froude, English Historian (1818-1894)
"I Will Wait"
From the Inside Out...
Good Things Come to Those Who Wait
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BE the World
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A crucial factor in having
the courage to wait is Trust ... trust that the Universe
unfolds in Perfect Order and that we are divinely guided
into Right Action. Fear, of course, can erode our belief
system. When we are clear, however, that fear is but illusion...
then we're safe within The Flow.
From the Inside Out
GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO
When a farmer wants to eat oranges, he gets himself an orange seed,
makes a hole in the ground and plants the seed. Once that is done
he adds fertilizer to the ground, waters it regularly and ...
you guessed right, he waits!
contrast however, most people in the world, when wanting to eat
an orange, would go out and buy it. They don't want a seed, because
that would mean they would have to wait. They would rather have
an orange, not after a year or two years, but here and now. However,
the only way you will get oranges that are ripe and ready to eat
is if you buy them.
what if you are poor, as most people in the world are. Where will
you get the money to buy the fruit you want, again and again? The
farmer will certainly not give them to you for free, considering
it took him years to plant, water, and care for that tree that bears
him the fruit. There is a saying: "Give a man a fish, and you'll
feed him for one day. Teach him to fish and you'll feed him for
a lifetime." The laws of success are no different from the
law of agriculture. To attain success, wealth and happiness you
must understand that there is some waiting required.
the rich and famous people you see and admire today, waited for
their success. It didn't come instantly. There is a purpose in the
waiting, for it prepares you for the time when you would have the
success. There are many who DIDN'T wait for their success. It came
instantly, and departed just as swiftly as it came.
they read this article's title, many people may think that waiting
is all about you and that there is nothing else to it. Well, let
me tell you it's far from it. To tell you the truth, there are billions
of people who are sitting on their backsides and waiting for their
ship full of wealth to pull into the harbor one day. But I can assure
you that for 99.99 percent of those people this would never happen.
So what am I talking about, then? What I'm talking about is following
the farmer's example and finding some seed, and planting it. Now
in your case this doesn't literally have to be an orange seed. It
can be an idea you have to use your talents creatively and to do
something different with your life.
didn't mention this at the beginning, but when the farmer chooses
a seed, he doesn't just pick any seed. He picks a seed that is most
suited to his farm, his weather and his environment. In the same
way, when you pick a seed, it shouldn't be just any seed or idea.
The best ideas are rare and unique ideas that nobody has thought
should be something unique to you that will suit your style and
compliment your personality. Ideas are easy to find and don't cost
money just as seeds are inexpensive. But it is what you do with
it afterwards that counts.
a farmer plants the seed he prepares the ground, with fertilizer.
When you pick an idea you should think it through and plan how best
you can implement it.
planting the seed the farmer makes sure that the seed receives enough
water. He may have to make a sand wall around to keep the water
from running off. When he has done everything that is required,
the farmer waits for the seed to germinate. Do the same with your
project. See it as a little seed that you need to take care of,
and soon you too will have a thriving project that will return with
interest what you've invested in time and effort.
we've seen the launch of yet another record-breaking Harry Potter
book. All those records mean more money for the author J.K. Rowling
and I know that many people silently wish that she would throw some
of those millions their way. But that is unlikely to happen, for
those millions are the fruit of the seed she planted which eventually
became a huge business. She was a single mother struggling to make
ends meet. All she had was a desire to succeed coupled with the
talent to weave stories of magic. At the time, she herself didn't
realize the huge potential of her talent. She nevertheless used
this as her seed and the rest, as they say, is history. It didn't
happen overnight. It required effort and time, but in the end it
paid off handsomely.
too, can make it happen if you are prepared to put in the necessary
effort ... and wait.
~ By Leonard Roos, who has touched the lives of many through his
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STRETCH CASH, RETIRE
If you've fallen short of your savings or investment goals, you
may still be able to retire without compromising your lifestyle.
Here are four strategies to consider.
much do you really need to retire comfortably? In theory, the answer
might make you queasy. To start with, many financial planners say
you need enough invested to replace about 80% of your current income.
On top of that, they say, you should have one to two years
worth of expenses in cash or cash-equivalent investments like short-term
Treasurys and money market funds.
told, for most people, a $1 million nest egg is a bare minimum,
many planners say.
before you sink your head in your hands and kiss your retirement
plans good-bye, heres the good news: These days, many retirees
are proving that reality is quite different than theory.
are still finding ways to retire: Most people dont
have the kind of money that planners say you need, especially after
a market downturn such as the one weve experienced,
says Lynn Ballou, a financial adviser in Lafayette, Calif.
to the Employee Benefits Research Institute (EBRI) in Washington,
more than 75% of people aged 40 to 59 have less than $100,000 squirreled
away for retirement. Yet many people are still finding ways
to retire, Ballou says.
course, some people have so little socked away that they would have
to make serious cutbacks in spending if they retired. And there
are those whose retirement funds have been all but washed out
employees at beleaguered companies like Enron, for instance
and who have no choice but to postpone retirement indefinitely.
if you have been diligent about saving but fall somewhat short of
your savings target, you may still be able to take the plunge without
compromising your lifestyle.
first step is to be realistic about how much you can expect in income
from Social Security and other sources. According to EBRI, almost
20% of retirees say their standard of living is somewhat or much
worse than they had expected before they retired.
primary reason: They had inflated expectations of how much income
Social Security would provide. If youre 50 and earn $75,000
today and expect to retire in 16 years, your annual Social Security
benefit would be $35,000 to $40,000 a year. That assumes 3% annual
inflation adjustments; in todays dollars, that amount would
be about $21,500.
who have participated in pension plans can count on just over 40%
of their income in retirement coming from Social Security
a portion that would shrink to about 30% under President Bushs
proposed Social Security reforms, according to Gary Burtless, an
economist and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington.
20% would come from pensions and annuities, according to EBRI. That
means 40% of income has to come from investments or other sources.
if youve planned properly. A fact of life in 21st century
America is that half the private sector work force is not covered
by a pension plan at any given moment and thus could be forced to
rely on Social Security.)
if youre trying to figure out how to retire, there are some
ways you might be able to make the numbers work. Next week we'll
give detailed information on each of these solutions..
Karen Hube, Money
HAY'S "The Possible YOU"
BURMA'S GOLDEN ROCK
diminutive Kyaiktiyo Pagoda in Burma is just
18 feet high, built more than 2,500 years ago on a huge boulder
which balances on a projecting tabular rock. The gilded rock itself
is separated from the mountain by a deep chasm which is spanned
by an iron bridge. According to legend, at the time of the Buddha,
hermits lived in the mountains and after obtaining sacred hairs
from the Buddha enshrined them in the pagoda on their respective
mountains. But the hermit from Kyaiktiyo, reluctant to part with
his share of the sacred relic, treasured it in his hair-knot. Only
after finding a boulder resembling his head did he enshrined his
cherished share in a pagoda built on it. The boulder can be gently
rocked and a string can be completely passed between the boulder
and the rock below.
Google Maps, another beta product, enables you to map a specific
location, get driving directions, or find businesses near a set
location all from one page. It would be more helpful if it actually
gave you street names along with their visual depictions, but it
will fill in names of any nearby landmarks.
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TRY THE FURRY FORM OF VALIUM
stressed to the max, your first thought may be to spend time with
your significant other or a friend. However, new research says you
should be cozying up to Fluffy or Fido, instead, to calm your frazzled
nerves. A study of married couples both with and without pets shows
that having a pet is associated with lower perceived and actual
responses to stress. Not only do you feel less jittery with your
pet around, your blood pressure and pulse are likely to reflect
your relaxed state of mind. In the past, "we've documented
that people perceive pets as great for them," says lead researcher
Karen Allen, a research scientist at the State University of New
York at Buffalo. "People are right."
researchers visited the homes of 120 couples who'd owned a dog or
cat for at least six months, and an equal number of couples who'd
been pet-free for at least five years. They checked baseline blood
pressures and heart rates, and then administered two stress-inducing
tests: The participants were asked to do mental arithmetic problems
for five minutes, and then to submerge one hand in ice water for
everyone in the study had normal blood pressures and heart rates
to start with, those with pets had lower baseline measures. During
the tests, those without pets suffered more stress. Interestingly,
people with pets did better in terms of performing and handling
stress when their pet was around, but not as well if a friend or
spouse was also present. This suggests that when doing the mental
arithmetic in front of a friend or spouse, the study participants
felt pressured to perform well, Allen says. But taking the test
with a pet didn't produce the same anxiety level.
addition, pet owners perceived themselves as less stressed, and
had blood pressure and heart rates that returned to normal faster
than people without pets. Those with a spouse present who did not
own a pet exhibited the most anxiety. They had systolic blood pressures
up to a full 40 points above their norm when performing the mental
arithmetic in front of a partner.
Allen says an earlier study by her research group in 1996 produced
similar results, but that review only looked at women who owned
dogs. This new study was larger, showed that men also benefit from
having pets, and found that cats offer the same stress relief. This
surprised Allen, who owns a 14-year-old dog, but, she admits that
cat owners were not surprised. "It's
possible that most any pet you're attached to would confer similar
results, she says: "It depends on how you feel about your animal."
Everson-Rose, an associate professor of preventive medicine at Rush-Presbyterian-St.
Luke's Medical Center in Chicago, studies how risk factors influence
cardiovascular disease. "Pets really do have a calming effect,"
she says. In the Buffalo study, the cardiovascular benefits of having
a pet versus not "were pretty noticeable. Presumably, extrapolated
over time, (people with pets) could have lower rates of cardiovascular
says that based on these new findings, if one likes animals and
can handle the responsibility, getting a pet might be a good option.
"They have excellent behavioral and cardiovascular benefits,"
she says. Allen next plans a follow-up study using virtual reality
to determine whether thinking about one's pet or seeing a picture
of one's furry friend can confer similar benefits.
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do we say
"Bless you" after a sneeze?
Laughing It Off
'RULES' FOR WORK
Never give me work in the morning. Always wait until 4:00 and then
bring it to me. The challenge of a deadline is refreshing.
If it's really a rush job, run in and interrupt me every 10 minutes
to inquire how it's going. That helps. Even better, hover behind
me, and advise me at every keystroke.
Always leave without telling anyone where you're going. It gives
me a chance to be creative when someone asks where you are.
If my arms are full of papers, boxes, books, or supplies, don't
open the door for me. I need to learn how to function as a paraplegic
and opening doors with no arms is good training in case I should
ever be injured and lose all use of my limbs.
If you give me more than one job to do, don't tell me which is priority.
I am psychic.
Do your best to keep me late. I adore this office and really have
nowhere to go or anything to do. I have no life beyond work.
If a job I do pleases you, keep it a secret. If that gets out, it
could mean a promotion.
If you don't like my work, tell everyone. I like my name to be popular
in conversations throughout the company.
If you have special instructions for a job, don't write them down.
In fact, save them until the job is almost done. No use confusing
me with useful information.
Never introduce me to the people you're with. I have no right to
know anything. In the corporate food chain, I am plankton. When
you refer to them later, my shrewd deductions will identify them.
Be nice to me only when the job I'm doing for you could really change
your life and send you straight to manager's hell.
Tell me all your little problems. No one else has any and it's nice
to know someone is less fortunate. I especially like the story about
having to pay so many taxes on the bonus check you received for
being such a good manager.
Wait until my yearly review and THEN tell me what my goals SHOULD
have been. Give me a mediocre performance rating with a cost of
living increase. I'm not here for the money anyway.
by Bernard in Indianapolis, Indiana
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Look at THAT!
by Chocalatier Martin Howard
The delicious story of chocolate...
spans more than two thousand years and began
in the tropical rain forests of Central and South America where
cacao trees, the seeds of which are made into chocolate, first grew.
This fascinating exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History
explores the legends, history, ecology, economics, and enduring
allure of this delectable phenomenon. Sculptures, inspired by the
Museum's halls, including the Hall of Reptiles and Amphibians, the
Hall of African Peoples, and the Hall of Mexico and Central America,
were created especially for the Chocolate exhibition.
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CARROT, EGG OR COFFEE?
is a delightful and noteworthy little story that is shared with
us by my dear friend and subscriber, John, who lives with his
wife, Wanda, on the banks of the Colorado River in Mohave Valley,
young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and
how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was
going to make it and wanted to give up. She
was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as if one problem
was solved a new one arose.
mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water.
In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs
and the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit
and boil without saying a word. In about twenty minutes she turned
off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in
a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then
she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to
her daughter, she asked, "tell me what do you see?"
"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.
brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did
and noted that they got soft. She then asked her to take an egg
and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled
egg. Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled,
as she tasted the rich aroma. The daughter then asked, "What's
the point, mother?"
mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same
adversity boiling water but each reacted differently.
carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However, after being
subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The
egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid
interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside
became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however.
After they were in the boiling water they had changed the water."Which
are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks
on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or
a coffee bean?"
of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with
pain and adversity, do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?
Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with
the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup,
a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened
and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I
bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart? Or
am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water,
the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets
hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor.
you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get
better and change the situation around you. When the hours are
the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate to another
level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or
a coffee bean?
Chelle Thompson ~
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