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I've often heard people say ... "Well, this is just the way I am — there's nothing I can do about it." How sad that they believe this and often use it as an excuse for doing nothing at all. About 15 years ago I decided that my 'exacting nature' wasn't really FUN for me, nor for those around me, so I CHOSE to change it. For weeks I didn't make the bed in the morning, I left dirty dishes in the sink overnight, and I hung my clothes over a chair rather than in the closet after work ... I also wore my watch on the opposite wrist, so even my concept of time was DIFFERENT.

After a while, I noticed that the sky didn't fall when things weren't precisely done — I could let go of my rigid ways. I actually transformed a part of my personality that wasn't working for me. Most of my life I'd operated completely Left Brained; after a while, in response to my definitive efforts, however, I surprisingly re-tested as a Middle-Brain individual. This new go-with-the-flow mindset activated my intuition and 'knowingness' which opened doors to all sorts of miracles and ethereal adventures.

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It was Molly's job to hand her father his brown paper lunch bag each morning before he headed off to work.

One morning, in addition to his usual lunch bag, Molly handed him a second paper bag. This one was worn and held together with duct tape, staples, and paper clips.

"Why two bags?" Dad asked

"The other is something else," Molly answered.

"What's in it?"

"Just some stuff, Take it with you."

Not wanting to hold court over the matter, Dad stuffed both sacks into his briefcase, kissed Molly and rushed off. At midday, while hurriedly scarfing down his real lunch, he tore open Molly's bag and shook out the contents: two hair ribbons, three small stones, a plastic dinosaur, a pencil stub, a tiny sea shell, two animal crackers, a marble, a used lipstick, a small doll, two chocolate kisses and 13 pennies. Dad smiled, finished eating, and swept the desk clean — into the wastebasket — leftover lunch, Molly's junk and all.

That evening, Molly ran up behind him as he read the paper. "Where's my bag?"

"What bag?"

"You know, the one I gave you this morning."

"I left it at the office. Why?"

"I forgot to put this note in it," she said. "And, besides, those are my things in the sack, Daddy, the ones I really love — I thought you might like to play with them, but now I want them back. You didn't lose the bag, did you, Daddy?"

"Oh, no," he said lying,"I just forgot to bring it home. I'll bring it home tomorrow."

While Molly hugged her father's neck, he unfolded the note that had not made it into the sack: "I love you, Daddy," it read.

Molly had given him her treasures. All that a 7-year-old held dear. Love in a paper sack, and he missed it — not only missed it, but had thrown it in the wastebasket.

So back he went to the office. Just ahead of the night janitor, he picked up the wastebasket and poured the contents on his desk.

After washing the mustard off the dinosaur and spraying the whole thing with breath-freshener to kill the smell of onions, he carefully smoothed out the wadded ball of brown paper, put the treasure inside and carried it home gingerly, like and injured kitten. The bag didn't look so good, but the stuff was all there and that's what counted.

After dinner, he asked Molly to tell him about the stuff in the sack. It took a long time to tell. Everything had a story or a memory or was attached to dreams and imaginary friends. Fairies had brought some of the things. He had given her the chocolate kisses, and she had kept them for when she needed them.

"Sometimes I think of all the times in this sweet life," he mused, "when I must have missed the affection I was being given. I have a friend who calls this 'standing knee deep in the river and dying of thirst'."

We should all remember that it's not the destination that counts in life — it's the journey. The journey with the people we love is all that really matters. Such a simple truth so easily forgotten, yet we can, at any moment, choose to see the truth. A little girl's smiles, chocolate kisses wrapped in old paper bags — that we sometimes throw away too thoughtlessly, each a tiny treasure.

So today take a few seconds and think about the tiny treasures in your life ...
"Every minute that passes is an opportunity to turn things around." ~From Sofia, in the movie Vanilla Sky.

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"Becoming aware of my character defects leads me naturally to the next step of blaming my parents," one woman quips. Benjamin Franklin didn't feel that way. Becoming aware of his character defects led him to something quite remarkable. He exercised what author J. Martin Kohe calls Your Greatest Power — and that is your POWER TO CHOOSE.

Franklin noticed that he had difficulty getting along with people. He tended to argue too much. He had trouble making and keeping friends. So he made a choice. He chose to examine his own personality and make a list of what he considered undesirable personality traits. (It's not known if other people helped him make this list.)

It was New Year's Day. Franklin finished his list of personality traits he wanted to change. He identified 13 character flaws and determined to work on each one for a week. He did this for an entire year and finally checked each trait off his list.

Benjamin Franklin developed one of the finest personalities in America. People looked up to him and admired him. When the colonies needed help from France, they sent Franklin. The French liked him and gave him what he wanted.

Suppose Franklin had chosen to go through life without using his greatest power — his power to choose. Suppose he reasoned that there was really nothing he could do about himself. Would France have supported the colonies? The history of the world may have been significantly different.

One good wish changes nothing. But one good decision changes everything. Your power to choose, to make a good decision, spells the difference between wishing and making those wishes come true.

Do you need to exercise your greatest power? Your power to choose can never be taken from you. It can be neglected. It can be ignored. But if used, it can make all the difference. Use your greatest power and, whether or not you change history, you will certainly change your future.

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"Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create that fact." ~William James
"Nothing is, unless our thinking makes it so." ~William Shakespeare

Every single thought you have can be assessed in terms of whether it strengthens or weakens you. In fact, there's a simple muscle test you can do to try out any thought that you're having in the present moment. It works like this: Hold your arm out to your side, and have someone else attempt to push your arm down while you resist. Think of telling a lie, and notice how much weaker you are than if you think of a truth.

Authentic wisdom is the ability to monitor yourself at all times to determine your relative state of weakness or strength, and to shift out of those thoughts that weaken you. In this way, you keep yourself in an upbeat, higher state of consciousness, and you prevent your thoughts from weakening every single organ of your body. When you use your mind to empower you, you're appealing to that which uplifts and raises your spirits.

Thoughts That Weaken You
If a simple thought will make the muscles of your arm go weak or strong, imagine what it must be doing to all of the other muscles and organs of your body! Your heart is a muscle that's weakened by thoughts that disempower you. Your kidneys, liver, lungs, and intestines are all surrounded by muscles that are affected by your thoughts.

The thought that makes most people the weakest is shame, which produces humiliation. The importance of forgiving yourself cannot be stated strongly enough. If you carry around thoughts of shame about what you've done in the past, you're weakening yourself both physically and emotionally. Similarly, if you use a technique of shame and humiliation on anyone to get them to reform, you're going to create a weakened person who will never become empowered until those shameful and humiliating thoughts are removed. Removing your own thoughts of shame involves a willingness to let go, to see your past behaviors as lessons you had to learn, and to reconnect to your source through prayer and meditation.

After shame, guilt and apathy thoughts make you the weakest. They produce the emotions of blame and despair. To live in guilt is to use up your present moments being immobilized over what has already transpired. No amount of guilt will ever undo what's been done. If your past behavior mobilizes you to learn from your mistakes, this is not guilt; it's learning from the past. But to wallow in the present moment over your so-called errors is guilt, and it can only take place now. Releasing guilt is like removing a huge weight from your shoulders. Guilt is released through the empowering thought of love and respect for yourself. You empower yourself with love and respect, letting go of standards of perfection and refusing to use up the precious currency of your life, the now, with thoughts that only continue to frustrate and weaken you. Instead, you can vow to be better than you used to be, which is the true test of nobility. Apathetic thoughts create despair. They are the thoughts that keep you from being engaged in life. Apathy stems from self-pity and a need to be entertained continually to avoid boredom. You can never be apathetic or lonely if you love the person you're alone with. Every moment of every day presents an unlimited number of options for living fully and being connected to life. You don't need a television or a radio constantly blaring to avoid apathy. You have your own mind, which is a kingdom of limitless potential.. Any moments that you fill with thoughts of boredom and apathy will truly weaken you physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

The other prominent thoughts that compete to make you weak include fear and anger. Both of these categories of thought employ force, which produces a counter-force and an inner atmosphere of tension and weakness. When you're afraid, you've moved away from love. Remember, "Perfect love casteth out all fear." What you fear, you resent and ultimately begin to hate. Thus, the dichotomy of hate and fear are at work within you, always weakening you. Every thought you have in which you're in a state of fear keeps you away from your purpose, and is simultaneously weakening you. Your fearful thoughts are inviting you to stay immobilized. Anger, likewise, is an emotional reaction to thoughts that say, "I want the world to be the way I want it, not the way it is; therefore, I'm angry." Anger is often justified as normal, but it will always make you weak; and as this principle reminds you, wisdom is avoiding all thoughts that weaken you. You don't have to be angry to right a wrong or work toward a better world. When you become more peaceful, you will only have peace to give away. Moments of frustration won't trigger anger; they'll help you be more aware, and then they'll spur you on to a solution.

Thoughts That Strengthen You
When you shift from a thought that's a very low energy vibration to one of a higher frequency, you go from weak to strong. When your thought is on blaming others, you're weakened. But when you shift to loving and trusting others, you become strong. Your thoughts come with an accompanying energy, so you might as well shift to those that empower you. Once you realize that what you think about is the source of your experience of reality, then you'll begin to pay more attention to what you're thinking in any given moment.

Many years ago, in a tremendously popular audio program called The Strangest Secret, Earl Nightingale taught many of us that we become what we think about all day long. Your thoughts determine whether you're being empowered or weakened — whether you're happy or sad, successful or not. Everything is a thought that you carry around with you. Happy thoughts create happy molecules. Your health is determined largely by the thoughts you have. Passionately think that you won't get a cold, and your body will react to your thoughts. Refuse to entertain thoughts of fatigue, jet lag, or headaches, and your body responds to your thoughts.

Your mind tells your body to produce the drugs it needs to keep you healthy. Give someone a sugar pill and convince them that it's an anti-arthritic drug, and that person's body will react to the placebo with the increased production of anti-arthritic energies. The mind is a powerful tool in creating health. It also creates divine relationships, abundance, harmony in business --and even parking places! If your thoughts are focused on what you want to attract in your life, and you maintain that thought with the passion of an absolute intention, you'll eventually act upon that intention, because the ancestor to every single action is a thought.

The most empowering thoughts you can have are those of peace, joy, love, acceptance, and willingness. These thoughts don't create a counter-force. Powerful, joyful, loving thoughts stem from your willingness to allow the world to be as it is. Then you're in a state of inner bliss where serenity replaces fighting, reverence for all of life substitutes for craving and anxiety, and understanding supplants scorn. You become an optimist. Rather than seeing the glass as half empty, it's always half full.

All of this is nothing more than a conscious decision on your part to be in charge of your thinking. Be aware at any given moment in your life that you always have a choice about the thoughts you allow in your mind. No one else can put a thought there. Regardless of the circumstances you find yourself in, it is your choice. Choose to replace disempowering, weakening thoughts with thoughts of a higher spiritual frequency.

Don't convince yourself that it can't be done or it's easier said than done. Your mind is yours to control. You are the creator and selector of your thoughts. You can change them at will. It is your corner of freedom that no one can take away. No one can have control of your thoughts without your consent. So choose to avoid thoughts that weaken you, and YOU will know true wisdom. It is your choice!

~ © Wayne W. Dyer, Excerpted from his book:
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Zambia encompasses many types of African landscapes, and thus it can be said to be "Africa in a Nutshell." It is mostly a savanna and drylands landscape, with some low mountain ranges, escarpments and parts of the Rift Valley. Despite a very turbulent history of past tribalism and horrible colonialism and political upheavals since independence in 1964, there remains a sense of basic calm and safety here. The colonial mapping left Zambia looking butterfly-shaped, almost cut in two halves by Congo (Kinshasa). The borders do not correspond to any ethnic or linguistic boundaries, and border no less than 8 other countries. Tourism is increasing its importance in the national economy. For a visitor, the larger cities generally do not have too much to behold, but in the savannas and fertile valleys, Zambia remains totally wild and undiscovered and offers some of the largest and least frequented parks in Africa. Experts have dubbed South Luangwa Park one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, and not without reason. The concentration of game around the Luangwa river and its ox bow lagoons is among the most intense in Africa. The now famous 'walking safari' originated in this park and is still one of the finest ways to experience the pristine wilderness first hand. Kafue National Park is the largest in Africa, covering a staggering 22,400 sq km, and offering sensational wildlife viewing and incredible species diversity. The lush grasslands are grazed by herds of red lechwe in their thousands whilst puku, reed buck, sable and roan antelope, Lichtenstein's hartebeest, Defass waterbuck, buffalo, bushbuck, serval, lion and elephant are all common. There are also regular sightings of leopard and cheetah and occasionally wild dog, pangolin and aardvark can be spotted. The Lower Zambezi National Park became a park in 1983 and is still unspoiled. Situated on the banks of the Zambezi River in the southeastern part of Zambia, opposite Zimbabwe's Manna Pools National Park, the Lower Zambezi National Park has 120 km of river frontage. The legendary Zambezi River is in itself a spectacle and is the namesake of this pristine wilderness.

Spectacular Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The thundering waters of the Zambezi plummet over 100 meters down into a mighty chasm in a mesmerizing display of raw power that is the world's largest sheet of falling water. Dr. David Livingstone traveled down the mighty Zambezi River in a large makoro, (dugout canoe) steered by local paddler called 'the breaker of canoes' in which he traversed the treacherous course of rapids that lay between him and the great wonder of the natural world. He was so awestruck; that he named the earth's largest body of falling water after his sovereign, Queen Victoria. Visitors to Victoria Falls National Park can enjoy incredible views by following the many different paths along the gorge — the best being along the Knife Edge Bridge that leads out to an island left isolated in the abyss from where you look directly across to the eastern Cataract and Main Falls or gaze far below to the churning maelstrom of The Boiling Pot where the river turns and heads down a dramatic series of gorges.

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Ancient sages knew of "The Law of Attraction" years before the material was revealed to the general populace. In the late 19th century, philosophers and some business people began writing about these principles. William James (1842-1910), wrote about the concepts from a psychological viewpoint in The Will to Believe & Other Essays. He was one of the first to claim that we can alter our situations through the power of our minds when he said, "Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind." Around the same time, James Allen (1864-1912) wrote As a Man Thinketh, which also showed that you can change your circumstances by changing how you think. "The Strangest Secret," he said, is "we become what we think about." By sharing real-life stories in The Game of Life and How to Play It , Florence Scovel Shinn (1871-1940) illustrated how positive attitudes and affirmations invariably succeed in making one a "winner" in life, able to control life's conditions and release abundance through a knowledge of spiritual law.

This powerful information isn't new — it was made public long ago, but few listened because one of the hardest things for any person to do is to think the way they WANT to think, regardless of external circumstances. The Secret in book and DVD is the latest promotional vehicle touting the magic of "The Law of Attraction." The Secret's author Rhonda Byrne explains that, at a low point in her life, her daughter gave her a book that started it all ... The Science of Getting Rich written in the early 1900's by Wallace Wattles and available free (below) from Inspiration Line.

Wallace D. Wattles (1860-1911) was born in the United States shortly before the Civil War, and experienced much failure in his earlier years. Later in life he took to studying the various religious beliefs and philosophies of the world, including those of Descartes, Spinoza, Gottfried Leibniz, Schopenhauer, Hegel, Swedenborg, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and others. It was through his tireless study and experimentation that he discovered the truth of these principles, put them into practice in his own life, became wealthy and began to write books outlining his process. Wattles laid out a specific formula for using "The Law of Attraction" to become rich and said that no one can fail, if he or she simply follows these guidelines. A compilation of books by Wallace can be found in: The Wisdom of Wallace D. Wattles - The Science of Getting Rich, The Science of Being Great & The Science of Being Well. He practiced the technique of creative visualization and, as his daughter Florence relates, "He wrote almost constantly. It was then that he formed his mental picture. He saw himself as a successful writer, a personality of power, an advancing man, and he began to work toward the realization of this vision. He lived every page ... His life was truly the powerful life."

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1. Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film.

2. It's not an optical illusion. It just looks like one.

3. Back up my hard drive? How do I put it in reverse?

4. What's another word for thesaurus?

5. Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.

6. I just got lost in thought — it was unfamiliar territory.

7. When the chips are down, the buffalo is empty.

8. I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous.

9. All those who believe in psychokinesis raise my hand.

10. I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be without sponges.

11. Quantum mechanics is the dream stuff is made of.

12. If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?

13. What if there were no hypothetical questions?

14. I almost had a psychic girlfriend... but she left me before we met.

15. What was the greatest thing BEFORE sliced bread?

16. One nice thing about egotists... they don't talk about other people.

17. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

18. The things that come to those that wait may be the things left by those who got there first.

19. Wear short sleeves — support your right to bare arms!

20. They told me I was gullible... and I believed them.

21. A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.

22. When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

23. Is it my imagination, or do buffalo wings taste like chicken?

24. Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted.

25. I had amnesia once — maybe twice.

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