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rest here while we can, but we hear the ocean calling in our dreams,
And we know by the morning, the wind will fill our sails to test
The calm is on the water and part of us would linger by the shore.
For ships are safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for."
~ Song "Ships" by Tom Kimmel
& Michael Lille...
June 27, 2005
THIS WEEK'S ISSUE
From the Inside Out...
Realizing Your Dream
Yes You Can!...
Know the Buzz
Untangling the Web...
What a Site!
Just for YOU...
Special New Treats
Laughing It Off...
The Giving & Receiving
BE the World
You Want to See!
dream for many years has been to empower people around the world
... to have everyone, everywhere recognize their innate worth. No
matter what our environment has taught us, the Truth (with a capital
"T") is that we are spiritual beings having a human experience,
rather than the other way around.
~ Chelle ~
From the Inside Out
REALIZING YOUR DREAM
The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged
us to get to know someone we didn't already know. I stood up to
look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned around
to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile
that lit up her entire being.
said, "Hi handsome. My name is Abigail. I'm eighty seven years
old. Can I give you a hug?" I laughed and enthusiastically
responded, "Of course, you may!" and she gave me a giant
are you in college at such a young, innocent age?" I asked.
She jokingly replied, "I'm here to meet a rich husband, get
married, have a couple of children, and then retire and travel."
seriously," I asked. I was curious what may have motivated
her to be taking on this challenge at her age. "I always dreamed
of having a college education and now I'm getting one!" she
class we walked to the student union building and shared a coke.
For three months we would leave class together and talk nonstop.
I was always mesmerized listening to this "time machine"
as she shared her wisdom and experience with me.
the course of the year, Abigail became a campus icon and easily
made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she reveled
in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She
was living it up.
the end of the semester we invited Abigail to speak at our football
banquet and I'll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced
and stepped up to the podium. As she began to deliver her prepared
speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor.
and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply
said "I'm sorry I'm so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and
this whiskey is killing me! I'll never get my speech back in order
so let me just tell you what I know." As
we laughed she cleared her throat and began:
do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop
playing. There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy,
and achieving success.
have to laugh and find humor every day. You've got to have a dream.
When you lose your dreams, you die. We have so many people walking
around who are dead and don't even know it!"
is a huge difference between growing older and growing up. If you
are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don't
do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old. If I am
eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything
I will turn eighty-eight. Anybody can grow older. That doesn't take
any talent or ability.
idea is to grow up by always finding the opportunity in change."
"Have no regrets. The elderly usually don't have regrets for
what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people
who fear death are those with regrets." She concluded her speech
by courageously singing The Rose. She challenged each of
us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives:
say love, it is a river that drowns the tender reed.
Some say love, it is a razor that leaves your soul to bleed.
Some say love, it is a hunger, an endless aching need.
I say love, it is a flower, and you its only seed.
the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance.
It's the dream afraid of waking that never takes the chance.
It's the one who won't be taken, who cannot seem to give,
And the soul afraid of dyin' that never learns to live.
the night has been too lonely and the road has been too long,
And you think that love is only for the lucky and the strong,
Just remember in the winter far beneath the bitter snows
Lies the seed that with the sun's love in the spring becomes the
the year's end Abigail finished the college degree she had begun
all those years ago. One week after graduation Rose died peacefully
in her sleep. Over two thousand college students attended her funeral
in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it's
never too late to be all you can possibly be. These words have been
passed along in loving memory of Abigail. REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER
IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL. We make a living by what we
get, we make a life by what we give.
To Read Many More Heartwarming Stories & Poetry
Yes You Can!
KNOW THE BUZZ
Let's face it-people love their morning cup of coffee and people
around the world love their caffeine. It's the most popular psychoactive
drug in the world and if you have any doubt just visit a Starbucks
at 8am, 3pm or even 6pm. Are they ever not packed? Or go to any
dance club and you'll see twenty some-things pounding Red Bull and
a Buddhist temple and you'll see monks drinking their morning tea,
energizing their morning prayer. Spend some time with teenagers
and watch them gulp Mountain Dews and Diet Cokes. Or go to any office
at 3pm and well, you know what you'll see... People love their caffeine
but many want to know if it's good for them.
no wonder why one of the most frequent and common question I receive
has to do with caffeine. So here's the buzz on caffeine. What you
learn may surprise you.
Caffeine is an alkaloid that occurs naturally in the leaves,
seeds, and fruit of tea, coffee, cacao, kola tress and more than
60 other plants. (National Geographic). It is a natural drug. Consider
that before caffeine, way back when, cocaine was used in soda.
The latest research shows that drinking 2 to 3, 8oz cups of
coffee a day enhances your mood, thinking, alertness and performance.
And if you drink small doses before exercising it increases muscle
coordination and strength.
Caffeine in moderation does not cause dehydration.
You'll find various caffeine contents in different drinks.
Brewed Tea, 8oz cup.................40-50mg
Coca-Cola 20 oz bottle...............57mg
Red Bull 8.3oz can.....................80mg
Brewed Coffee 8oz cup...............140mg
Brewed Coffee 12oz cup.............200mg
Mountain Dew 32oz....................147mg
Caffeine is addictive. If you are a regular caffeine drinker,
you will crave your caffeine and you will likely experience withdrawal
symptoms if you go without. Withdrawal symptoms including headache,
fatigue, irritability, and depression can last from 2 days to a
week and can cause a major disruption in your work and life.
France and Denmark have banned energy drinks like Red Bull, citing
health concerns about the elevated level of caffeine. (National
James Lane, associate research professor of psychiatry at Duke University
said, "Moderate caffeine consumption makes a person react like
he or she is having a very stressful day." Caffeine raises
your blood pressure and can add to the normal stress you may already
feel. Excessive coffee can make you anxious and jittery and for
people who are sensitive, caffeine even small amounts, can make
them more anxious and nervous.
Caffeine is a stimulant and drinking it later in the day can keep
you up at night and cause restless sleep.
There are many studies that demonstrate the negative health consequences
of caffeine while many other studies support various benefits. It
can become very confusing to us.
with all this conflicting information describing the good and bad
of caffeine when I am asked for my suggestion, here's what I say...
If you love your morning cup of coffee then drink it. My rule of
thumb: Morning cup of coffee-GOOD. Morning pot of coffee-BAD.
remember that caffeine is a drug and like anything, if you are going
to consume it, do so in moderation-no more than 300mg per day. Eliminate
sodas and energy drinks. They serve no health enhancing purpose
Instead, during the day and in the afternoon get your caffeine from
Green Tea which contains antioxidants that help you fight cancer
and prevent against heart disease.
will also give you a smaller dosage of caffeine than the jolt you
receive from coffee. If you find that caffeine keeps you awake at
night don't drink it in the afternoon.
you are sensitive to caffeine then don't drink it. Drink decaffeinated
Green Tea that is naturally decaffeinated with water instead of
chemicals. Try a brand such as Long Leaf or other organic brands
found at the health food store.
you love your daily visit to Starbucks but want to reduce your coffee
consumption, have no fear. Starbucks also serves Green Tea. Ask
them to make it for you and then serve it hot or over ice with raw
cane sugar or honey for a sweetened green iced tea. Encourage your
company to offer Green Tea in addition to coffee in the break room.
By Jon Gordon, America 's #1 Energy Coach, who is the author of
Addict : 101 Physical, Mental and Spiritual Ways to Energize Your
Jon Gordon's website, www.EnergyAddict.com
Giraffe Manor of Nairobi
Kenyas mile-high capital is only 45 km south of the equator.
Founded by the British little more than a 100 years ago, the city
now has a population of more than 2,000,000. Its a modern
commercial center with some interesting high-rises and lots of
bustle. For those who cant wait to see animals (or who are
only visiting Nairobi), the nearby Nairobi National Park has lions,
giraffes, impalas and more, in addition to an animal orphanage.
Or you can take a taxi ride to the Giraffe
Manor in the suburb of Langatta where the Rothschild
giraffe was saved from extinction. This excursion to Langatta
is often combined with a visit to the former home of Karen Blixen
(who wrote under the pseudonym Isak Dinesen), author of Out
of Africa. Blixens farmhouse, which was presented to
the Kenyan government by Denmark, is now a museum it is
located next door to the Karen College. Langatta also has The
Bomas of Kenya which is a terrific cultural center that regularly
hosts traditional song and dance performances. A wonderful day
trip (a two-hour drive each way) can be made to Lake Magadi to
visit Olorgesailie in The Rift Valley for its prehistoric campsite.
The scenic region inhabited by Masai farmers has a wide variety
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Laughing It Off
boy in a baseball hat, stands in the field with his ball and
"I am the greatest player of them all." Puts his
bat on his shoulder, and he tosses up his ball.
the ball goes up and the ball comes down;
swings his bat all the way around.
world so still, you can hear the sound:
The baseball falls to the ground.
the little boy doesn't say a word, picks up his ball: he is
"I am the greatest there has ever been," and he
grits his teeth and he tries it again.
the ball goes up and the ball comes down;
swings his bat all the way around.
world so still, you can hear the sound:
The baseball falls to the ground.
makes no excuses, he shows no fear. He just closes his eyes
and listens to the cheers.
boy, he adjusts his hat. Picks up his ball; stares at his
"I am the greatest; the game is on the line." And
he gives his all one last time.
the ball goes up like the moon so bright.
Swings his bat with all his might.
world's as still as still can be.
The baseball falls and that's strike three.
it's supper time and his momma calls. Little boy starts home
with his bat and ball.
"I am the greatest, that is a fact, but even I didn't
know I could PITCH like that!"
"I am the greatest, that is understood, but even I didn't
know I could PITCH that good!"
by Don Schlitz for Kenny Rogers
From Kenny's Album "She Rides Wild Horses" © 1999
(Idea suggested by Vidya at www.WebWiseSage.com)
Joyful Lifestyles: Weekly Insights
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in community and feel a sense of personal gratification, the
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