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From the Inside Out...
Chips are Down
Blessings in Disguise
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"Each one of
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WHEN THE CHIPS ARE DOWN...
Not too long ago I had one of those days. I was feeling pressure from
a writing deadline. I had company arriving in a couple days and the toilet was
went to the bank, and the trainee teller processing my deposit had to start over
swung by the supermarket to pick up a few things and the lines were serpentine.
the time I got home, I was frazzled and sweaty and in a hurry to get something
on the table for dinner. Deciding on Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup, I grabbed
a can opener, cranked open the can, then remembered I had forgotten to buy milk
at the store.
the soup idea. Setting the can aside, I went to plan B, which was leftover baked
beans. I grabbed a Tupperware container from the fridge, popped the seal, took
a look and groaned.
family aren't picky eaters, but even THEY won't eat baked beans that look like
caterpillars. Really frustrated now, I decided on a menu that promised to be as
foolproof as it is nutrition free: hot dogs and potato chips.
a brand new bag of chips from the cupboard, I grabbed the cellophane and gave
a hearty pull. The bag didn't open. I tried again. Nothing happened. I took a
breath, doubled my muscle, and gave the bag a hearty wrestle.
a loud pop, the cellophane suddenly gave way, ripping wide from top to bottom.
Chips flew sky high. I was left holding the bag, and it was empty.
was the final straw. I let out a blood curdling scream. I Can't Take
husband heard my unorthodox cry for help. Within minutes he was standing at the
doorway to the kitchen, where he surveyed the damage: an opened can of soup, melting
groceries, moldy baked beans, and one quivering wife standing ankle deep in potato
husband did the most helpful thing he could think of at the moment. He took a
flying leap, landing flat-footed in the pile of chips. And then he began to stomp
and dance and twirl, grinding those chips into my linoleum in the process!
I stared. I fumed. Pretty soon I was working to stifle a smile.
I had to laugh. And finally I decided to join him. I, too, took a leap onto the
chips. And then I danced.
I'll be the first to admit that my husband's response wasn't the one I was looking
for. But the truth is, it was exactly what I needed. I didn't need a clean-up
crew as much as I needed an attitude adjustment, and the laughter from that rather
funky moment provided just that.
now I have a question for you, and it's simply this: Has The Universe ever
stomped on your chips?
I know that, in my life, there have been plenty of times when I've gotten myself
into frustrating situations and I've cried out for help, all the while hoping
an angel would show up with a celestial broom and clean up the mess I've made
often happens instead is that my prayers are answered in a completely different
manner than I had expected, but in a manner that is actually best for me. Sometimes
I can see right away that it was was the best one after all.
I have to wait weeks or months before I begin to understand how and why. There
are even some situations that, years later, I'm still trying to understand.
I trust in the Goodness of Life? Even when my prayers are answered in a way that
is completely different from my expectations, even when there's dancing and stomping
instead of sweeping and mopping can I embrace what is being offering?
I adjust my attitude? Am I going to stand on the sidelines and sulk, or am I willing
to learn the steps of a new dance when it pops up?
be honest with you: Some times I sulk. Sometimes I dance. I'm working on doing
more of the latter than the former ... even
when the chips are down.
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Yes You Can!
Have you noticed the growing fear and panic about the current financial situation
that seems to be spreading across the globe? Have you found yourself caught up
in the fear and panic yourself? I know I have from time to time. Fortunately,
there are some things you and I can do that will help us through the coming months
of up, down, and sideways.
are a few thoughts on how you can ride out the current storm and find an internal
state of well being amidst the turbulence. This will take some effort on your
part, and especially so if you are one of those who tends to find the glass half
forgive the blunt approach here my premise is that your experience of well
being has nothing to do with what is happening around you. And it doesn't matter
how you have been impacted by the current financial situation, right up to perhaps
having lost a job, a house, and virtually all of your worldly possessions. In
simple terms: it doesn't matter what happens to you, as much as it matters how
start with fear. Almost 30 years ago, Jack Canfield and I were teaching a
seminar together and he taught me a very simple way to think about fear. It's
an acronym F.E.A.R. for Fantasy Experiences Appearing Real.
you ever been scared by something that almost happened? Like standing on a corner,
waiting to cross the street, when a car zooms by and almost hits you? Fear shows
up and you can feel it in a very real way, right down to adrenaline coursing through
the veins, stomach turning flips, and tension all over the place.
qualifies this experience as a Fantasy Experience Appearing Real? Did you get
hit? NO! Did you get scared anyway? YES? And why? Because you could have been
hit, and might have been injured. Your brain was more than capable of supplying
the scary thoughts with enough detail that your body reacted as though something
even though "that was close," nothing actually happened. You
might have been standing there in a perfectly serene state, and something that
didn't actually hit you, was enough to yank you from serene to terrified.
I was teaching a class and after about 90 minutes, I asked everyone how they were
feeling. The participants responded that things were good and that they were enjoying
the class. I then asked them if they were aware of financial situation spreading
across the globe. Of course everyone was. I then asked who had been impacted,
and just about every hand went up. From there, it was pretty easy to point out
that despite what the press is calling global panic, everyone here had been doing
just fine until they were reminded about the "crisis."
how do you go from "just fine" to "panic and crisis?"
Well, that's the whole point. What if the only difference between "just
fine" and "panic and crisis" is a question of focus
and what you tell yourself? That's not to say that you may not have some financial
hardships ahead of you, even present right now; it is to say that, in the paraphrased
words of Viktor Frankl, "freedom is that point in time just after they
do something to you, and just before you choose your response." Even
if something hit your bank account, or your home or your job, you can still find
a place of well being.
sources of the current economic distress may be complex, or they may be simple,
depending on your point of view. I'm of the mind that there are simple reasons
that play out in complex terms. It's a little late to turn back the greed clock,
but it may not be too late to change the way the whole situation impacts you on
a personal level.
pocketbook, your bank account, even your job and home may be caught up in the
sweeping panic, but that doesn't mean you have to be swept along as well. I'm
referring to who you really are, deep inside and not so much to all the things,
as in things, that many of us tend to identify with. If this notion is new to
you, please take a look at this earlier post of mine on Symbols
retirement accounts are sharply down, right along with everyone else who is still
invested. Whether that turns out to be a good idea or just plain lunacy remains
to be seen. However, my emotional bank account is just fine. Well, most of the
time anyway. That's because I understand a very simple, although not necessarily
easy to follow concept: energy follows thought.
the deal: terms like meltdown, train wreck, crisis, gut-wrenching, and
panic all conjure up emotions, none of them very positive. As a psychologist
turned business person, I see how these kinds of terms play out in everyday life,
how they can be used to manipulate other people, and most importantly, how they
can distort the experience of life at a very personal and apparently very real
level. These kinds of terms are part of the problem. I apologize for leading with
"meltdown" myself. The intent was to grab your interest, and
then refocus attention and awareness.
"meltdown" for starters. What's melting? Well, besides the polar
ice caps (that's another issue altogether). But what's melting financially? Well,
nothing, really. Stocks, bonds, and other measures of finance may be changing,
as they always do, but nothing is actually melting. If we were seeing "normal"
ups and downs of 50-100 points, no one would be talking about meltdowns now would
they? What's the difference between down 100 and down 700? Just degree, right?
But nothing is melting. And if it goes up 500, 700 or more, what do you call that?
what's my point? Is there a difference between what happens to your bank account
and what happens to you? I sure hope you can see the difference. Did you spend
any time yesterday or today, perhaps having breakfast, playing with your kids,
or just watching television? If so, you may well have experienced an hour or two
where you were just fine. Your stomach was OK, your nerves calm, your emotions
the other hand, have you spent any time in the past 48 hours twisted into knots
because of something you read, watched, thought or talked about relative to the
current financial situation?
what changes between the times you are calm, relaxed and otherwise just fine and
the times you become stressed, emotionally upset, and distraught?
suggestion is that the only thing that changes is your focus and what you tell
yourself about the meaning of the current situation. Energy follows thought.
some part of you can be at peace, even for a few minutes, then peace is available
to you despite what is going on around you. Please, do get this message. It is
absolutely critical if you want to get through this current situation in a more
balanced, healthy way.
can focus on negative scenarios, on negative commentary, on your own fears and
negative thoughts if you like. And, no sooner do you focus on the negative then
some part of you notices your focus, determines it is negative, and cooperates
fully by supplying all the necessary negative emotions to match the negative thoughts
or negative focus. The peace you were experiencing recedes to the background while
the object of your focus takes over. And, the next time you choose to play with
the kids, etc., the peace comes right back.
that's because energy follows thought.
you ever had a thought you wished you weren't thinking? Who noticed?
you ever had an emotion or feeling you wished you weren't feeling? Who noticed?
suggesting that who you are is much more than thoughts and feelings. Who you are
comes with thoughts and feelings, it's just not who you are.
if you don't like what you are feeling, change your focus, change your thoughts.
this gets dangerously close to "positive thinking." Please, do
not confuse this advice with positive thinking. That can be a form of denial:
it's hard to frame the current financial situation as positive (unless you are
rooting for the fall of other people or institutions).
you can maintain a positive focus as you find your way through the current situation.
What would that look like? You might keep reminding yourself of the difference
vs. Experience; you might notice the choices you have made that
wound exposing yourself to financial risk so you can make different choices going
forward; you might focus more on the quality of relationship you have with family
and friends and how you can deepen or improve them.
are all manner of ways to enjoy a positive focus in the midst of the current situation.
You don't have to like the current situation, and you don't have to keep focusing
on it either.
me, I am being tested every day to see if I really can live this way of being
as a practical reality, or am I just blowing smoke. The difference? Focus!
Bishop, author of Lessons
in the Key of Life,
Educational Psychologist, professional life
coach and management
consultant. You can learn more at www.LessonsInTheKeyOfLife.com
BE A CITIZEN
OF THE WORLD
Reichstag building is a powerful symbol of openness in government.
Travel broadens our perspective, enabling us to rise above the 6 p.m. news
and see things as citizens of the world. By plugging directly into the present
and getting the world's take on things, a traveler goes beyond traditional sightseeing.
ago, when I got my history degree, I said to myself, "I'd better get a
business degree, too, so I have something useful." I've learned over
the years that if more people knew more about history, our world would be better
get a wonderful chance to witness history in the making. Whenever I see the restored
Reichstag building in Berlin, I'm reminded of my visit in 1999, when it opened
to the public. For travelers unaware of history, it was just a new dome to climb,
offering another vantage point to see the city. But a knowledge of its past gives
it a far deeper meaning.
was in this building that the German Republic was proclaimed in 1918. In 1933,
this symbol of democracy nearly burned down. While the Nazis blamed a communist
plot, some believe that Hitler himself planned the fire, using it as an excuse
to frame the communists and grab power.
1945, this historic home of the German parliament which saw some of the
last fighting of World War II on its rooftop stood as an unused hulk next
to the no-man's land between East and West Berlin. After unification, Germany's
government returned from Bonn to Berlin and, the Germans, recognizing the building's
cultural roots, renovated it.
capped it with a glorious glass dome, incorporating modern architectural design
into a late-19th-century icon, and opened it up to the people. The dome rises
155 feet above the ground. Inside, a cone of 360 mirrors reflects natural light
into the legislative chamber below. Lit from inside at night, it gives Berlin
a memorable nightlight.
a powerful architectural symbol German citizens climb its long spiral ramp
to the very top and literally look over the shoulders of their legislators to
see what's on their desks. Manipulated far too often by their politicians in the
past, Germans are determined to keep a closer eye on them from now on.
the Reichstag opened nearly a decade ago, I climbed to the top of that dome, and
found myself surrounded by teary-eyed Germans. It occurred to me then that most
of these people were old enough to remember the difficult times (either during
or after World War II) when their city was reduced to rubble.
an exciting moment for them. The opening of this grand building was the symbolic
closing of a terrible chapter in the history of a great nation. No more division.
No more communism. No more fascism. They had a united government entering a new
century with a new capitol, looking into a promising future.
was a thrill to be there. I was caught up in it. As I looked around at the other
American tourists up there, I realized, sadly, that most of them didn't have a
clue about what was going on. They were so preoccupied with trivialities
camera batteries, their Cokes, the air-conditioning that they missed a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate this great moment with the German
mainstream tourism, we're often encouraged to be lighthearted and avoid the serious.
Sure, fun in the sun, duty-free shopping and bingo can be a big part of your vacation.
I enjoy it, too. But all this can distract us from another reason to travel
something Americans vitally need these days.
my own realm as a travel teacher, if I have the opportunity to lead a tour, write
a guidebook, or make a public TV or radio show, it's going to come with the expectation
that my viewers and my travelers are engaged, not dumbed down.
news is a result of recent and ancient history. Consider the current
conflict between Christendom and Islam. It's nothing new and nothing we can't
overcome. But we need to understand its roots and its complexity rather than see
it just as "us versus them."
we travel today we have the opportunity to see history as it's unfolding. With
knowledge of the past, we can better appreciate the significance of what's happening
today. And that's something a lot of travelers don't give themselves an opportunity
Steves writes European travel guidebooks and hosts travel shows on
public television and public radio.
the Reichstag building's dome
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LOUISIANA Hurricane Katrina in 2005 caused a lot of havoc for animals as
well as people. Nobody knows how many pets died or were displaced as a result
of the storm. Kaye Harris loves animals and lives on a small ranch called Pony
Paradise in St. Rose, Louisiana. She willingly participated in
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appaloosa that had been found wandering in St. Charles Parish. She named her Molly.
Unfortunately her trials were not over and she was attacked by a traumatized pit
bull terrier who gnawed her right front leg. Harris thought Molly was going to
die. She sought the help of veterinarian Dr. Allison Barca who treated Molly but
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attack Mollys hoof fell off. Both Dr. Barca and Harris made a passionate
appeal to experts at Louisiana State University to consider fitting Molly with
an artificial leg. It was an uphill battle but after being with Molly for a couple
of days, Dr. Rustin Moore, a veterinary surgeon, was impressed with the horse
and began to feel like an artificial leg was worth a try. He saw how the pony
was careful to lie down on different sides so she didn't seem to get sores, and
how she allowed people to handle her. She protected her injured leg. She constantly
shifted her weight, and didnt overload her good leg. She was a smart pony
with a serious survival ethic. Moore
agreed to remove her leg below the knee and a temporary artificial
limb was built. Molly walked out of the clinic and her story really begins there.
"This was the right horse and the right owner," Moore insists
Molly happened to be a one-in-a-million patient. "Shes tough as
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understood that she was in trouble." The other important factor, according
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providing the daily care required over the lifetime of the horse.
story turns into a parable for life in post-Katrina Louisiana. A human prosthesis
designer built her a leg. The Bayou Orthotic and Prosthetic Center, which had
never before made prosthesis for an animal, built her a leg. Molly uses the artificial
limb on a regular basis. Now 19, she is able to get around on three legs but has
been known to communicate some of the times when she wants to use her new leg.
She will put her little limb out, and come to you and let you know that she wants
you to put it on. Sometimes she wants you to take it off too. Most important of
all, Molly has a job now. Harris started taking Molly to shelters, hospitals,
nursing homes, rehabilitation centers. Anywhere she thought that people needed
hope. Wherever Molly went, she showed people her pluck. She inspired people and
had a good time doing it. "Its obvious to me that Molly had a bigger
role to play in life," Moore said, "She survived the hurricane,
she survived a horrible injury, and now she is giving hope to others. She's not
back to normal, she's going to be BETTER. To me, she could be a symbol for New
the Pony, is a new children's book about the pony who has already
inspired thousands of people around New Orleans. Its not a book about amputation
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book for children. If you know a child, a library, a hospital, or maybe a therapeutic
riding program that can use a lift, heres a book that can do that. (Contributed
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Wherever Molly goes, she leaves a smiley hoof print behind because the ground
surface of her most recent prosthesis is emobssed with a smiley face.
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