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"If you try to make your circle closed and
exclusively yours, it never grows very much.
Only a circle that has lots of room for anybody who
needs it has enough spare space to hold any real magic."

~ Zilpha Keatley Snyder, American Children's Writer (1927- )
(Contributed by Chris in Denver, Colorado)

March 29, 2004


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THIS WEEK'S ISSUE

From the Inside Out...
Never Too Late

Yes You Can!...
Heal Your Heart

Far Horizons...
Splendor in the Mist

Links That Shine...
"Health Grades"

Fascinating Facts...
Can You Spell
'Walkies'?

Laughing It Off...
Fuzzy Logic

Untangling the Web...
What a Site!
&
Computer Ease

Look at That!...
A Howling Success

Our Latest Discovery...
The Magic of Intention

Joyful Lifestyles...
Ten "Don'ts"

Web-Wise Update...
Monthly Facts & Fiction


Inspiration

BE the World
You Want to See!

During a final speech in a Dale Carnegie seminar several years ago, these unexpected words emerged from my surprised lips: "While I've always considered myself a major risk taker, I now realize that I've never, ever risked ME. People would approach me cautiously because of my daunting protective wall. Today, I'm choosing to remove that barrier and open my heart." Since that moment of choice, my life has blossomed beautifully.

~ Chelle ~

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From the Inside OutInspiration
NEVER TOO LATE

A long time ago, in a far away land, lived a princess of great beauty and charm, but apparently little else. She would spend endless hours admiring herself in the mirror and never ventured far from home to experience the broader aspects of life. She was preparing herself, she believed, for that special suitor that was to come along and sweep her off her feet.

The other princesses knew this about her and had grown weary of her endless chatter on the subject. They too wished for a proper suitor to arrive, but they never feared venturing out into the world while they waited. Since there was no need for them to engage in formal work, they took it upon themselves to help those persons in need with whatever services they could provide. A poor street beggar would receive some scraps of food. A lost or orphaned child would be taken to a special home. Elderly people of all types were aided with their needs.

Caring for others was at times difficult work, but these young women had become accustomed to it and they rarely complained. They used to invite their friend Isabelle, the reclusive one who lived in front of the mirror, but she consistently declined to take part so they stopped inviting her altogether.

One day, a fine young man arrived in the village, in search of his father whom he had not seen in a very long time. As Andrew scoured the town looking for his father, he came upon the contingent of princesses and asked for their help. Evelyn, the eldest of the group, stepped forward and informed him that his father had already passed on. Andrew was depressed. His life had become so busy that he failed to come around when he should have and ultimately missed that final opportunity to mend the relationship with his father.

The young women took him to the burial site and left him. "Oh father," he began, "I am so sorry I missed you. I am so sorry I did not come earlier. I guess I was just afraid to. I always wanted to tell you that I loved you, but the timing never seemed right, and neither of us was all that comfortable with that kind of talk. So I kept putting it off and here I am now, regretting it."

Just then an angel descended upon the scene. She said to Andrew: "My task is to escort Souls back to the Eternal. Your father was one of those Souls I helped guide this past year. As the time came for the two of us to move on, his demeanor changed, for now he realized you would not arrive on time. I promised that I would return here, to his grave site, on the day you did arrive, and bring his final message to you."

"My dear son," she began, "I regret not seeing you in my final hours. I was hoping you would arrive before I passed on but I couldn't hold on any longer. I fixed my gaze on the heavens and asked to be taken up. My body was too weakened to carry on. To that final breath I would have cherished a few more moments with you but I knew you had things to do. So with my angel friend here, I arranged for this message to be delivered.

"I hope you are well and I do wish you to know that I always loved you. I could have told you more often, but that wasn't me, awkward and shy to the end. I know you needed to hear such words, but I was too old to learn another way. However, I can say it now, rather easily it seems. I hope you will accept that these words are from me."

The angel departed and Andrew headed back to the village. There he encountered Evelyn and the other princesses and they described his father's final days, saying they were all pleased to have known him. They had one regret; that they could never get their fellow princess, Isabelle, involved so that she too could have known such a fine man. "Isabelle sounds a lot like me," Andrew suggested, "isolated, alone and wrapped up in herself." The princesses agreed that there were some similarities, but added that Isabelle was still waiting for her fantasies to occur, while Andrew had finally come to his senses.

As Andrew wondered what he might do next, he made the decision to stay for a few days. Would the young princesses mind if he joined them on their rounds? Perhaps by helping some of the other elderly citizens could he get a taste of his father's final days? He knew for certain that he did not want to wind up like Isabelle, who, he could now accept, was more like what he used to be. He would no longer be so wrapped up in the world of affairs or appearances, nor would he wait for some special person to come along to make his life whole. Rather, he would get involved in life by mixing with the people already around him.

Andrew was about to learn a number of lessons that would be valuable to his new life. He would learn that moving closer to others helps one come closer to their true self. It is by risking oneself in such closeness that one truly finds the meaning and value of Love. Such love cannot be found in a mirror or in some vast array of accomplishments. This Love, and its inherent meaning for Life, simply lies in the hearts and souls of those nearest to you and in your willingness to share your heart and soul in return.

The true nature of Love is one of "extension." It is through "extension" that this Love grows. Andrew's heart was about to expand beyond boundaries he had previously held on to. He would know for himself the true nature of this Cosmic Love and for that he felt grateful.

~ Excerpted from "Parables on Grief & Loss"
By Maurice Turmel PhD
Counselling Psychology, Practicing Therapist for 25 Years


Inspiration
Ye
s You Can!

HEAL YOUR HEART

We all experience severe heartbreak at some time in our lives. For many it happens in childhood or adolescence, the time when we are most vulnerable. A cold mother, an absent father, being different in any way from our peers and ostracized for it these are some of the reasons for the early feeling that something is wrong, inadequate and utterly disappointing about us. For others, it happens later, when a spouse betrays our love and trust, a child is hurt, or our dream of making it big in the world is shattered.

It happens — sooner or later — to everybody, yet strangely enough, we tend to believe that other people have heaps of money, great careers, excellent health, and are blessed with devoted spouses and perfect children. Even if common sense tells us that this isn´t true, we behave as if it were. We hide behind our painted faces and empty phrases, as if our wounded heart was a rare, shameful thing that had to be hidden at all costs. Even if we are the light of every party, our real self never shows up. We withdraw and disconnect while telling pretty lies in appearance, word and deed. Thus our hearts shrink and harden, and we live lonesome, inauthentic lives deep within the fortress we have built from pride and fear.

From this point on, two things can happen: either we become depressed or cynical enough to believe that staying in this barren place and turning into dust is our only option, or we listen to the cries of our exiled hearts and become seekers.

So let´s start the search for our true selves. In the following imaginative exercise, you will begin to restore the lost connection to your heart. You may feel some resistance reading these words. Won´t this lead to an emotional breakdown, or to an eruption of pain and anger? It depends on your intention.

If you want to explore your childhood or other severe emotional trauma, there are medical and psychological professionals who are trained to guide you through that sensitive process. What we want to achieve here is to find and free our spiritual hearts.

There is the heart, and there is the true heart. There is our "pink" heart, and there is our "golden" heart. There is our low heart, and there is our high heart. Qualities of the low heart: Passion, Extremes, Volatility, Attachment, Emotion. Qualities of the high heart: Compassion, Balance, Patience, Unity, Spirit, Soul.

Again, our intention is to connect to the high, the spiritual heart. This may happen instantly, at the first try. If it does, it is a profound, awe-inspiring experience, and you will recognize the level of truth instantly. You will realize that there is, behind your physically sick or emotionally broken heart, a heart that is completely whole and strong and wise. However, establishing this pathway could be a much longer process.

You might connect to "pieces" of your heart at a time. Perhaps you will first experience an acute awareness of your heart´s imprisonment, or your inner space may remain silent for a while. Take it easy. Whatever happens is just the right thing to happen to you at this point.

EXERCISE: LISTEN TO YOUR HEART:

Sit or lie down comfortably, making sure you will not be disturbed. Close your eyes. Breathe. Relax. If relaxation does not come easily to you, visualize a thick, golden liquid pooling in your head. Slowly, slowly, like molasses, it flows down into your whole body, making it slack and heavy.

When you feel relaxed, shift your attention to your chest. Imagine breathing through your chest. In-out. In-out. In-out. Do this as long as you want to. When you are ready, focus your attention gently on your heart. Your high heart, your true heart, your spiritual heart. Now, and possibly for the first time, greet your true heart. Express your gratitude for its continuous, life giving service, its protection and guidance.

When you have established a connection, you might want to ask questions. Then be quiet and listen. Listen to the voice of your heart. This voice might express itself in words, in feelings, in images, in sounds, or just as a "knowing". Learning to recognize the unique voice of your heart may take time, so relax if you can´t "get it right" at first.

~Carna Zacharias
www.SpiritualAdventures.net


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Links That Shine

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"Health Grades"


HealthGrades bases their awards on analysis of each hospital's risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates for Medicare patients as reported to the federal government. Researchers found hospitals that earned high marks for health care quality and clinical excellence tended to share some common characteristics that people should consider when choosing a hospital.

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Laughing It Off
FUZZY LOGIC

How come you never hear about gruntled employees? (Like 'professional' dam builders who REALLY love their work.)

A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops.. On my desk I have a work station...

I believe five out of four people have trouble with fractions.

I don't have a solution, but I admire your problem.

If a tin whistle is made out of tin (and it is), then what, exactly, is a fog horn made out of?

O.K., who stopped the payment on my reality check?

I believe the only time the world beats a path to my door is when I'm in the bathroom.

What WAS the best thing before sliced bread?

If it's zero degrees outside today and it's supposed to be twice as cold tomorrow, how cold is it going to be?

Why do banks charge you a "non-sufficient funds fee" on money they already know you don't have?

Why is a carrot more orange than an orange?

Why are there 5 syllables in the word "monosyllabic"?

Why do they call it the Department of Interior when they are in charge of everything outdoors?

Tell a man that there are 400 billion stars and he'll believe you. Tell him a bench has wet paint and he has to touch it.

How come Superman could stop bullets with his chest, but always ducked when someone threw a gun at him?

If "con" is the opposite of "pro," then what is the opposite of progress?

Why is lemon juice mostly artificial ingredients but dishwashing liquid contains real lemons?

Why do we put suits in a garment bag and put garments in a suitcase?

Do Roman paramedics refer to IV's as "4's"?

Is boneless chicken considered to be an invertebrate?

Before they invented drawing boards, what did they go back to?

Does the Little Mermaid wear an algebra?

What happens when none of your bees wax?

~Contributed by Jean in British Columbia
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WHAT A SITE!

"Companion Air"
Companion Air is the first airline created specifically for pets and their owners. Generally, pets are allowed in the cabin to see their owners, one at a time only and for a limited time so others can visit as well. The use of smaller aircraft provide services at a more reasonable cost.
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A HOWLING SUCCESS

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TEN "DON'TS"

Kindness is like music, art, sports or any other discipline — it can only be mastered with practice, training, and lots and lots of encouragement. That is exactly what PartnersInKindness.org is trying to promote. The following insightful list appeared recently in their "Kind Words" email (distributed weekly to over 7,000 subscribers around the world), printed with permission of Shaar Press from Zelig Pliskin's book: Kindness: Making a Difference in People's Lives: Formulas, stories, and insights:

[1] "DON’T be obsessed with the people you can’t help. Focus on the people you can. You are a mortal. You, like everyone else, are limited. Obsessing about what you can’t do prevents you from thinking about things you can do.

[2] "DON’T let the lack of kindness and giving of others influence you to stop helping and giving. Some people feel resentful, “Other people aren’t helping. Why should I?” We learn from role models. Learn from those who are kind, not from those who aren’t.

[3] "DON’T keep trying to help someone who truly doesn’t want your help. Some people are very independent. They could gain from accepting your help. But their need to be on their own is stronger than their wish for your help. Be aware that some people really want your help but are embarrassed about it. If you feel that is the situation, try to say things to put the person at ease.

[4] "DON’T give up too soon. Some people might think that you really won’t be able to help them so they initially tell you not to bother. If you don’t give up, both you and the other person will see that he will gain much more than he thought.

[5] "DON’T complain that other people keep asking you to do things for them. If others come to you for help, it’s an expression that they believe you are a kind person. You might not be able to meet other people’s needs right now, but by being aware of their needs, you might think of a creative solution.

[6] "DON’T tell anyone, “I had to go without this for a long time. So you also can go without it.” Other people have a right to something even if you didn’t always have it. If you don’t want to help someone, just say a polite, “No.”

[7] "DON’T be hurt if a selfish person complains that you are selfish. Some selfish people try to manipulate giving people by telling them they are selfish. Perhaps you are being selfish. Then again, perhaps not. You might want to ask objective outsiders for their opinion.

[8] "DON’T be naïve. Don’t believe every story you hear. If a story seems questionable, check it out. If you have good reason to believe that someone is lying to you, perhaps he is. But be very careful. Someone’s sad story might not at first seem true, but it could very well be that it is. A person who loves kindness would rather err on the possibility of helping someone who doesn’t need it rather than not helping someone who does.

[9] "DON’T say things that might cause someone to feel badly when you help him. Some people might say things such as, “This is so difficult for me to do. I don’t know why I agreed to do this for you.” Or, “This is the last time I’ll commit myself to do this for anyone.”

[10] "DON’T embarrass someone when you do something for him. Be careful not to say or do anything in the presence of others that would cause distress to the person you are trying to help." ~Zelig Pliskin


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