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February 28, 2005


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From the Inside Out...
The Gift of Love


Yes You Can!...
Graze without Guilt


Far Horizons...
Mount Kailash, India


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Joyful Lifestyles...
Tempering Temper


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Love that consistently never lets us down is what we, as humans, long for deep in our souls. So often it takes years to find because we allow ourselves to be detoured by love's illusions and delusions.

~ Chelle ~

 

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THE GIFT OF LOVE

The passengers on the bus watched sympathetically as the attractive young woman with the white cane made her way carefully up the steps. She paid the driver and, using her hands to feel the location of the seats, walked down the aisle and found the seat he'd told her was empty. Then she settled in, placed her briefcase on her lap and rested her cane against her leg. It had been a year since Susan, thirty-four, became blind.

Due to a medical misdiagnosis she had been rendered sightless, and she was suddenly thrown into a world of darkness, anger, frustration and self-pity. Once a fiercely independent woman, Susan now felt condemned by this terrible twist of fate to become a powerless, helpless burden on everyone around her. "How could this have happened to me?" she would plead, her heart knotted with anger. But no matter how much she cried or ranted, she knew the painful truth her sight was never going to return. A cloud of depression hung over Susan's once optimistic spirit. Just getting through each day was an exercise in frustration and exhaustion. And all she had to cling to was her husband Mark.

Mark was an Air Force officer and he loved Susan with all of his heart. When she first lost her sight, he watched her sink into despair and was determined to help his wife gain the strength and confidence she needed to become independent again. Mark's military background had trained him well to deal with sensitive situations, and yet he knew this was the most difficult battle he would ever face.

Finally, Susan felt ready to return to her job, but how would she get there? She used to take the bus, but was now too frightened to get around the city by herself. Mark volunteered to drive her to work each day, even though they worked at opposite ends of the city.

At first, this comforted Susan and fulfilled Mark's need to protect his sightless wife who was so insecure about performing the slightest task. Soon, however, Mark realized that this arrangement wasn't working — it was hectic, and costly. Susan is going to have to start taking the bus again, he admitted to himself. But just the thought of mentioning it to her made him cringe. She was still so fragile, so angry. How would she react?

Just as Mark predicted, Susan was horrified at the idea of taking the bus again. "I'm blind!" she responded bitterly. "How am I supposed to know where I'm going? I feel like you're abandoning me." Mark's heart broke to hear these words, but he knew what had to be done. He promised Susan that each morning and evening he would ride the bus with her, for as long as it took, until she got the hang of it.

And that is exactly what happened. For two solid weeks, Mark, military uniform and all, accompanied Susan to and from work each day. He taught her how to rely on her other senses, specifically her hearing, to determine where she was and how to adapt to her new environment. He helped her befriend the bus drivers who could watch out for her, and save her a seat. He made her laugh, even on those not-so-good days when she would trip exiting the bus, or drop her briefcase.

Each morning they made the journey together, and Mark would take a cab back to his office. Although this routine was even more costly and exhausting than the previous one, Mark knew it was only a matter of time before Susan would be able to ride the bus on her own. He believed in her, in the Susan he used to know before she'd lost her sight, who wasn't afraid of any challenge and who would never, ever quit.

Finally, Susan decided that she was ready to try the trip on her own. Monday morning arrived, and before she left, she threw her arms around Mark, her temporary bus riding companion, her husband, and her best friend. Her eyes filled with tears of gratitude for his loyalty, his patience, his love. She said good-bye, and for the first time, they went their separate ways. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday... Each day on her own went perfectly, and Susan had never felt better. She was doing it! She was going to work all by herself!

On Friday morning, Susan took the bus to work as usual. As she was paying for her fare to exit the bus, the driver said, "Boy, I sure envy you." Susan wasn't sure if the driver was speaking to her or not. After all, who on earth would ever envy a blind woman who had struggled just to find the courage to live for the past year? Curious, she asked the driver, "Why do you say that you envy me?"

The driver responded, "It must feel so good to be taken care of and protected like you are." Susan had no idea what the driver was talking about, and asked again, "What do you mean?" The driver answered, "You know, every morning for the past week, a fine looking gentleman in a military uniform has been standing across the corner watching you when you get off the bus. He makes sure you cross the street safely and he watches you until you enter your office building. Then he blows you a kiss, gives you a little salute and walks away. You are one lucky lady."

Tears of happiness poured down Susan's cheeks. For although she couldn't physically see him, she had always felt Mark's presence. She was lucky, so lucky, for he had given her a gift more powerful than sight, a gift she didn't need to see to believe — the Gift of Love that can bring light where there had been darkness.

~By Chaplain Jerry Vintinner
Contributed by Ellie in Albuquerque, New Mexico


 

 

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GRAZE WITHOUT GUILT

We're sure you can still hear that voice of admonishment: "No more snacking; you'll ruin your appetite for dinner!" Time to silence that guilt-inducing voice in your head once and for all, because snacking is in. Actually it's not even called snacking anymore, it's called grazing. And nutrition experts now believe that grazing on five smaller meals throughout the day is better than eating three big ones. Why? Because a steady food intake keeps your energy levels consistently higher. Also, when you graze, you never become overly hungry, so you don't get the urge to overeat. This makes weight control easier. You also tend to choose higher quality foods if you never let yourself become too hungry. But, which snacks are best? We took this question to five top sports nutritionists (they're all grazers too), and they eagerly gave us their recommendations.

Bananas are chock-full of carbohydrates. They are a good source of vitamin B6 and are vital for managing protein metabolism. When they're good: Before, during, or after exercise. They're great blended into a fruit smoothie. Or simply whip frozen banana chunks with milk in a blender for an awesome recovery shake. (Calories: 105 per medium-sized banana)

Carrots are low-calorie but filling, so they're excellent if you're watching your weight. They contain carotene and vitamin A, which promote eye health and strong immune function. When they're good: Eat them at night when you want something to munch but don't want extra calories. Or eat them before dinner if you're famished. This way, you won't overindulge once you sit down for your meal. (Calories: 30 to 40 per medium-sized carrot)

Most cereals are vitamin-mineral fortified, and they're great with skim milk and fresh fruit sliced on top. Cereal is a quick-to-prepare, easily digestible, and healthful way to satisfy your sweet tooth. (Even sweetened cereals such as Cap'n Crunch and Frosted Flakes are a better low-fat alternative to cookies). Choose cereals that have 5 grams of fiber or more per serving. When it's good: Fine as a post-exercise or workday pick-me-up. (Calories: Between 200 and 500 per 1 ounce of cereal plus 8 ounces of skim milk)

Chocolate milk is cold and helps keep you stay hydrated. It also provides plenty of protein, carbohydrates and B vitamins. The calcium in milk will help keep your bones strong. When it's good: An ice-cold shot of chocolate milk is the perfect reward after a hot summer workout. (Calories: 160 calories per 8 ounces of 1 percent milk)

Dried apricots are low-fat and high-carbohydrate, and provide a decent amount of vitamin A, fiber, and potassium. When they're good: Anytime. Toss chopped apricots over your granola at breakfast, or eat whole ones plain before your afternoon workout or as a sweet treat after dinner. (Calories: 80 per 10 apricot halves)

Dried plums (prunes) contain no fat and are packed with carbohydrates. They're also a good source of fiber and potassium. Eating potassium-rich foods like dried plums helps lower high blood pressure. When they're good: Dried plums make a healthful snack almost anytime. But don't eat them just before you exercise, as they can act as a laxative. (Calories: 100 per 5 dried plums)

Fruit Popsicles are a refreshing low-calorie treat, loaded with vitamin C, which fortifies your immune system and helps boost iron absorption. When they're good: They're great anytime, but they're best immediately after a tough, hot workout. (Calories: 75 per 3-ounce frozen fruit/juice bar)

Fruit yogurt is a great source of calcium, protein, and potassium, plus it's low in fat and fairly high in carbohydrates. The live and active cultures in yogurt will also boost your immune system. When it's good: Anytime. (Calories: 250 per 8 ounces of low-fat yogurt)

A low-calorie granola bar will satisfy your sweet cravings, without the fat calories of a candy bar. And unlike candy bars, granola bars also come with B vitamins and iron. When they're good: Anytime you feel like satisfying your sweet tooth without feeling guilty. (Calories: 110 per 1-ounce bar)

Green soybeans are a high-quality source of protein, iron, B vitamins, and heart-healthy isoflavones (which boost bone health). Soy protein has been shown to lower risk of heart disease and cancer. When they're good: Eat them after your workout, or as a low-calorie but filling afternoon snack. (Calories: 125 per 1/2 cup raw or boiled)

Hummus on Wheat Thins is a filling snack that packs plenty of protein, fiber, vitamin B6, and folic acid. The latter is especially important for a healthy pregnancy, and has recently been shown to prevent anemia and breast cancer. When it's good: Hummus works well as a substantial midmorning or afternoon snack. It's also a more healthful evening alternative to peanuts or other fried party snacks. (Calories: 280 per 3 tablespoons of hummus and 8 Wheat Thins)

Studies show oatmeal helps lower cholesterol. Oatmeal will also fill you with plenty of carbohydrates to boost energy and alertness. When it's good: Anytime you wake up feeling hungry and ready for a hearty breakfast. (Calories: 150 per 1/2 cup)

String cheese is a tasty, convenient way to take in calcium and protein as well as some fat. When it's good: Have a stick or two with some high-carbohydrate foods after a long workout. Research shows that eating a little protein along with carbohydrates can speed your recovery. (Calories: 80 per 1-ounce stick)

Tuna fish comes with protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fats. Research shows that men who eat at least 3 to 4 ounces of fish per week are less likely to die of a heart attack, and that women who eat at least 2 servings of fish per week reduce their risk of rheumatoid arthritis. When it's good: Perfect for lunch or an afternoon snack. Consider a tuna salad with low-fat mayo and sliced tomatoes. (Calories: 110 per 3 ounces, canned in water)

~Beth Moxey Eck, Fitness.msn.com


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MOUNT KAILASH, INDIA

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A Hindu devotee plays a traditional Khiel beside the holy Lake Mansarovar, situated at 14,500 feet (4420 meters) atop Mount Kailash. During a three-day pilgrimage in Bhaderwah 155 miles (250 km) north of the northern Indian city of Jammu, thousands of Hindus trek to this lake to have a glimpse of what devotees say is the Snake King Vasuki Naga who comes out of the lake once during the pilgrimage. The Lake and Mountain are the crowning jewels of a magical land of pure lights and intense colors born in the rarefied altitude. The stark windswept plains, the luminous intensity of the sky and immense snow-covered peaks that guard the region are a fitting backdrop for the dazzling purity of Mount Kailash. Every step of the sacred routes encircling Kailash and Mansarovar has its own legend; every rock, hill and spring its own outpouring of myths and belief which confirms, by its very abundance, the presence of the sacred. Bhaderwah valley is predominantly a mountainous torrid town offering a variety of beautiful landscapes, colorful local fairs and unique mosaic culture. The festive mood in the district begins with the melting of snow in April and the sprouting of greenery all around.

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"Deleting Wallpaper"
If you notice, when you go to Display properties/
Desktop you won't find a delete button to prune the long list of wallpaper. Instead, you can go to the wallpaper folder directly and delete from there. Usually the wallpaper folder is located at C:\WINDOWS\Web\WALLPAPER. If you don't find it, just do a search for "Wallpaper" and it will come up in the list. Once you get to that folder, if you have Win ME or newer, change the view to "Thumbnail" so you can see all the pictures. Hold down the Ctrl key and click the pictures you want to get rid of. Click your Delete key and, ZAP, they're gone.
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IF A DOG WAS YOUR TEACHER

You would learn stuff like this:


When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Take naps and stretch before rising. Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting, when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lay under a shady tree.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.

When it's in your best interest - practice obedience.

Let others know when they've invaded your territory.

When you're happy, dance around and wiggle your entire body.

No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and pout -
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Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.

Stop when you have had enough.

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you're not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.

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TEMPERING TEMPER

Following is a wonderful article that deals with controlling anger, called Tempering Temper by spiritual author John Minard. I feel that all of us can benefit from John's words of wisdom:

"I'm almost always a calm and collected person. Or at least I think I am. Yet on rare occasions, when I least expect it, some set of circumstances, emotions, or harsh words will override my calm capacity and spark a momentary surge of temper. Ever happen to you?

"For instance, I remember a business meeting where I once felt that one individual was chopping down every idea I suggested — often before I'd finished explaining it. After a few rounds of interruptions, I retorted: 'Well, if you'd let me complete an idea, it might not be as bad as you think.' The tone of my remark put a hush on the meeting. Embarrassed by my response, I resolved to stay quiet during the rest of the meeting. The other person didn't say much either. Actually I felt really bad about barking at that person, who probably didn't even realize they were cutting me off.

"A day or two later, I got up the courage to give this person a call. We both apologized and agreed that temper had gotten the best of us. Our moment of mutual contrition became a quiet pact of mutual respect. In subsequent meetings we became better listeners, especially to each other, and often supportive of each other's ideas. Over the years I've learned a lot about tempering, and even eliminating temper or anger in my thoughts and words. It can be done! One of my favorite spirituality writers, Mary Baker Eddy, states this point simply: 'The good in human affection must have ascendancy over the evil, or happiness will never be won.' (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures)

"I think I've gained much greater control over temper and anger by cultivating the good in my human affection so it can have ascendancy over any tendency to fight evil with evil. It's like putting on a hate-proof armor when I strive to see the innate goodness in myself and others — all others. I like to think of unselfish goodness as the normal disposition of all of God's children. Striving to view others this way has, many times, prevented me from being irked by harsh words, or even malicious acts. Because siding with unconditional goodness overrides the human nature to react.

"This type of approach is summed up by the profound truth, known as the Golden Rule, expressed in many beliefs and moral traditions: 'Do undo others, as you would have them do unto you.' Following this promotes the ascendancy of goodness. It quells temper, cools the hot buttons of hatred or revenge, and brings dominion and peace to our lives." John Minard, www.Spirituality.com

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