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"From this Moment"
From the Inside Out...
The Learning Moment
Safely in Winter
"Spirit of Tea"
Flu Shot Locator
for Dogs (Part 2)
Survival at Work
What a Site!
Up in the Sky
a Closer Look (Part 1)
BE the World
You Want to See!
We all know the old adage that 'timing is everything"
... the truth actually lies in learning to operate intuitively
so we can hear when the "Universe opens to show us
what is possible."
From the Inside Out
THE LEARNING MOMENT
are familiar with the Buddhist saying, "When the student is
ready the teacher will appear." That is what the learning moment
is. The student being ready to hear the message. Like everything,
learning is a process. In the beginning, the student has no awareness
of what is going on.
like learning a foreign language. When you first hear the foreign
language, you have the impression the people speaking are in a race.
The sounds flow rapidly from one to the next. It seems impossible
for anyone to be able to understand such a language.
you begin to know the sounds of the different letters and you learn
a few simple words, it seems like the speakers have slowed down
a bit. You begin to catch a sound or a word that is recognizable.
Their speech still seems incredibly fast, but you start to see how
a native might just be able to understand the language.
so the process continues. You learn more words. You begin to get
comfortable with the sounds. You learn a few phrases. The language
becomes more understandable. After awhile you are able to have a
simple conversation. Then are able to understand a newspaper. Maybe
you even get to the point of thinking or dreaming in the language.
a process. Novice to master. You have to go through all the steps.
Nothing happens when you are exposed to some knowledge before you
are ready for it. Your awareness level is not sufficient for you
to understand the knowledge. You
could have access to the best business-writing teacher on earth
for your new language, but if you can't have a conversation in the
language, the teacher cannot teach a thing. It doesn't matter how
simply teacher make the lesson, you are not ready for it.
matter how hard you study, you are still not ready for the message.
But once you are ready, the learning is easy. It's like a door opening.
Before, when the door was closed and locked, no amount yelling,
knocking or pounding on the door would open it. But once you have
the key, it takes little effort to open the door.
so what does the learning moment mean to me? Awareness. If you are
aware of where you are in the learning process, you are in a better
position to learn what you can at that moment. And, when something
happens and you can recognize it as a learning moment, your awareness
can help learn the lesson instead of missing the opportunity.
could be anything.... Your child had fight at school. This could
be a learning moment for him about handling arguments. Your ad in
a newspaper didn't pull a single response. This could be a learning
moment for learning how to write ads.
negative result could be the opportunity to learn what is necessary
to advance to the next level of achievement. Your awareness determines
whether or not your can take advantage of the opportunity as it
comes up. Your awareness determines when you are ready for the teacher.
must go through the learning process. Open your awareness. Pay attention
to the results of your actions. Keep learning and growing. Listen
to your intuition. They all clue you in to your learning moments.
The more aware you become, the more learning moments present themselves.
yourself to the learning moment and step closer to achieving your
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DRIVE SAFELY IN WINTER
way to cope when inclement weather strikes is to be prepared and
to use common sense. The Bureau of Traffic Safety of the Kansas
Department of Transportation offers tips for driving in adverse
Make sure tires and brakes are in good working condition, that the
radiator reservoir is full, and that front and rear defrosters are
working. Replace windshield wiper blades periodically.
Routinely carry items like flares, a flashlight, ice scraper, candles,
blankets, a first aid kit and spare water in your car. Other useful
items include jumper cables, a tow rope or chain, a basic tool kit
and a shovel. If possible, motorists also should carry a cell phone
to use in the event of a weather-related roadside emergency.
Before you drive in snow, clear all windows, headlights and brake
lights of ice and snow, check tire tread. Get a good set of snow
Always wear seat belts.
Proceed cautiously during rain and snow. The road can be slippery,
especially when precipitation mixes with oil, grease or dirt. Remember
that streets are slickest just after a rain begins. Avoid slamming
on brakes in wet or snowy conditions.
In inclement weather maintain a greater distance from the car in
front of you, so that you'll have plenty of stopping time.
Remember that bridges, overpasses and exit ramps may be hazardous
and iced over even when other roads are in good condition.
In fog, use low-beam lights, slow down, watch the tail lights in
front of you carefully, but don't follow too closely. Be especially
alert for brake lights. If fog becomes so bad that driving is unsafe,
pull your vehicle far enough off the roadway to ensure another motorist
doesnt collide with it. Use emergency flashers.
During a heavy rainstorm, dont drive into running water as
it could be deeper than it looks, and the roadway surface underneath
could be damaged. Obey barricades and warnings. If your vehicle
stalls in water, leave it and seek shelter on higher ground.
IMPORTANT: Don't use cruise control on rain-slicked roads, in foggy
conditions or on icy and snow-packed roads. The cruise control is
designed for normal road conditions and doesn't know when the pavement
is slippery. Under slick conditions, you need to be in complete
control while monitoring road conditions. You're more likely to
notice hydroplaning if you are not relying on the cruise control.
With some cars, it is possible that the wheels will actually spin
faster when the cruise control is on and the car hits a slippery
spot. When the tires make contact with firm road again, the car
can skid or lose control. On most cars, the cruise control is disengaged
by tapping on the brake. In an emergency, this adds a fraction of
a second to your response time as well as the risk of the braking
action itself causing a loss of control on a slippery road.
Dept. of Transportation
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THE "SPIRIT OF TEA"
Korea holds the Dahyangje ("aroma of tea") Festival around
harvest season in spring. It begins with the Dasinje ("sprit
of tea") Ritual on the first day and proceeds to a leaf picking
contest, brewing competition and demonstration of the ancient "Dado"
tea ceremony. The Boseong tea industry dates back to the Japanese
colonial era, to the year 1939 when Japanese tea specialists selected
the area as optimal for black tea cultivation, and planted imported
India tea there. From the late 1970s to early 1980s the tea plantations
were greatly expanded, making Boseong the largest tea cultivation
area in Korea. The tea is gathered by hand, leaf by leaf, and the
drying of the leaves into tea for drinking must be done within a
few hours of picking, before the juices in them start to oxidize.
"Flu Shot Locator"
The American Lung Association offers the Flu Shot Locator, intended
for people who are high risk, including those with asthma and lung
disease and the elderly. The best time to get the flu vaccine is
from early October to mid-November, although it is administered
throughout flu season.
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COLD WEATHER CARE FOR DOGS (Part
canines love to frolic in the snow, but there are some things caring
owners should know before stepping out into the winter wonderland
with their dogs.
If you are considering having your dog spend any considerable amount
of time outdoors, it is always a good idea to have your vet give
his or her approval, especially if you plan to participate in strenuous
exercise or canine winter sports. You may also want to ask your
vet about increasing your dog's rations during the winter months.
ice, and the typical chemicals used during winter all have the potential
for causing serious problems. Chemicals used to combat cold temperatures
are dangerous if ingested and contact with them can crack the pads
on a dogs' feet and dry them out. Snow
and ice are dangerous because they can cut into the pads. You can
and should condition your dog's pads to stand up to these seasonal
stresses. The pads will toughen up some by walking, however, this
isnt the complete solution. If you and your dog have been
couch potatoes all summer, it will be necessary to start a walking
program gradually and extend the distance slowly and reasonably.
Do not start off by jogging as you will put too much stress on both
of you. Do stop along the way to take a look at the beautiful fall
colors and offer your dog a drink of water.
are also products available to toughen and strengthen the pads and
feet of dogs. They are used when feet are sore from exercise. Some
are especially designed to prevent drying and cracking and may be
used for elbow calluses. One of the products is designed to shield
your dogs paw with a thin coat of natural wax to prevent contact
with road chemicals, hot sand, or cold pavement. It is non-staining
and non-allergic. Products like Paw
Choice are most often used by owners of hunting dogs
but certainly have a place in the average home. Note of caution:
Please do not think that you can substitute household products for
the above. You could make your dog very sick and cause serious internal
Foot Hair and Nails
in and around the foot should be kept well-trimmed. This is very
important in preventing snow from building up between the toes.
For trimming I recommend a couple types of scissors: surgical scissors
which are quite small and have rounded tips; bandage or nurses scissors
which are angled and have rounded tips. Both types of scissors are
fairly small and lessen the possibility of you accidentally cutting
your dog. Keep nails well-trimmed, this will help keep the quick
back. When your dog walks across the bare floor you should not hear
his nails click.
Paws After Outings
Snow can conceal hidden hazards such as sharp stones, sticks and
even metal or glass shards. If you will be outside for an extended
amount of time, check pads periodically during your outing. Get
in the habit of checking your dog's feet for debris after a walk.
Make sure the pads are not cracked or dried out. Rinse the paws
in some warm water to remove any chemicals. Even if you dont
see any salt or sand on your walk, it may be there and get into
the area between the toes. It can irritate the delicate skin, and
if your dog licks its paws ingestion of the chemicals could cause
an upset stomach.
week: More important tips for winterizing your dog ...
and T.E. Ellis, DogsAbout.com
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Laughing It Off
SURVIVAL AT WORK
computers to look busy: Any time you use a computer, it looks
like "work" to the casual observer. You can send and receive
personal e-mail, chat and have a blast without doing anything remotely
related to work. When you get caught by your boss, claim you're
teaching yourself to use new software, thus saving valuable training
walk without a document in your hands: People with documents
in their hands look like hardworking employees heading for important
meetings. People with nothing in their hands look like they're heading
for the cafeteria. Above all, make sure you carry loads of stuff
home with you at night, thus generating the impression that you
work longer hours than you do.
desk: Build huge piles of documents around your workspace. To
the observer, last year's work looks the same as today's work; it's
volume that counts. Pile them high and wide. If you know somebody
is coming to your cubicle, bury the document you'll need halfway
down in an existing stack and rummage for it when he/she arrives.
Mail: Screen all your calls through voice mail. If somebody
leaves a voice mail message for you and it sounds like impending
work, respond during lunch hour when you know they're not there
it looks like you're hardworking and conscientious even though
you're being a rascal.
Impatient and Annoyed: According to George Costanza, one should
also always try to look impatient and annoyed to give your bosses
the impression that you are always busy.
the office late: Always leave the office late, especially when
the boss is still around. You could read magazines and novels that
you always wanted to read but have no time until late before leaving.
Send important emails at unearthly hours (e.g. 9:35 pm, 7:05 am,
etc.) and during public holidays.
Sighing for Effect: Sigh loudly when there are many people around,
giving the impression that you are under extreme pressure.
Strategy: It is not enough to pile lots of documents on the
table. Put lots of books on the floor etc. (thick computer manuals
are the best).
Your Vocabulary: Read up on some computer magazines and pick
out all the jargon and new products. Use the phrases freely when
in conversation with bosses.
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Look at THAT!
LOOK, UP IN THE SKY
Pat Vasquez-Cunningham/ /Albuquerque Journal
The balloon "Sunny Boy" ...
of Akron, Ohio, is inflated in the foreground as
other balloons float above the New Mexico fiesta grounds during
this year's Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, held every
year in October. More than 800 balloons participate in the event
become the premier balloon festival in the world. Mass ascensions
at dawn fill the skies over Albuquerque with hundreds of balloons
in all designs and sizes, while the evening showcases (called "Glowdeos"
like "Rodeos") feature special shape balloons in
the light of their own fires. In 1972, on a cool April morning,
sleepy spectators gathered to witness Albuquerques inaugural
hot air ballooning fiesta. ~MSNBC
Joyful Lifestyles: Weekly Insights
TAKING A CLOSER LOOK (Part
important for us to get an in depth picture of the important relationships
in our lives. In Robert Fritz's book, The Path of Least Resistance,
he states, It is essential to report to yourself what reality
truly is, no matter what the conditions or circumstances may be.
If you impose any rose-colored or otherwise synthetic views on
your reality, you obscure it.
This week's exercise (taken from my Joyful Lifestyles workshop
series) is as much designed to spotlight the POSITIVES, as the
areas that may need changing. Our incapacity to honestly assess
and acknowledge whats GOOD reinforces our focus on whats
lacking. If we were to fully admit all the ways in which our relationships
are satisfying, wed lose some of our steam for complaining
about whats missing.
these ten questions about your personal relationship(s) with Usually,
or Sometimes, or Never:
Do you take notice of this particular persons kindnesses,
special qualities, good deeds, uniqueness, etc.?
2. Do you find yourself unable to forgive certain things
theyve done and still feel angry or upset when you think
3. Are you open with this person about your feelings?
4. Are you critical of them, beating them over the head
until they get the message?
5. Do you give this person compliments, thank yous
and other verbal expressions of appreciation and support?
6. Do you use a dose of their own medicine
to get your point across to them?
7. Are you noticing and learning the valuable lessons that
this relationship offers?
8. Do you criticize them to friends or family and complain
about the relationship?
9. Do you relinquish your ego and let them win or be right
in trivial arguments?
10. Do you only half-listen when they talk?
Take some time to evaluate your responses to the above questions.
Then, based on the clarity you've received in this exercise, choose
one or two behavior changes you'd initially like to make. (If
there are more, wait two weeks, then choose a couple more items
to work on.) Consciously apply these changes in your daily life.
Then, tune into the mood and reaction of the world around you.
Keep a journal listing any shifts you notice in yourself or in
the dynamics of your relationship)s) and how others respond.
Chelle Thompson ~
PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE:
Learning to Become the Creative
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