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is no psychiatrist in the world
like a puppy licking your face."
~ Ben Williams, American Editor & Journalist (1877-1964)
July 5, 2004
Will Follow Him"
THIS WEEK'S ISSUE
From the Inside Out...
A Friend Like Ben
Yes You Can!...
Find Business Tips
in Eastern Thought
Lost City of the Incas
Links That Shine...
Barking Up a Tree
Laughing It Off...
Funny Things to Think About
Untangling the Web...
What a Site!
Look at That!...
Golden Horse Monks
Our Latest Discovery...
Tools for Transformation
Daily Security Alerts
My Process in Poetry
BE the World
You Want to See!
healing is a most amazing gift that's bestowed by our furry friends
... dogs, cats, bunnies, hamsters, et al. The choice to nurture
a pet in our life can bring huge returns on our 'investment.'
~ Chelle ~
From the Inside Out
A FRIEND LIKE BEN
Are you afraid of the dark? Going outside at night? Joe Walker's
family knew all about Andrea's fear, but were in for a little surprise
when they found out how she was able to conquer her trepidations
Andrea isn't a wimp, exactly. She's just... nervous. Cautious. Skittish.
Easily frightened. And she screams a lot.
just say that my adult daughter has the characteristics of wimpishness
without actually being one. Exactly.
afraid of clowns ... blame Stephen King's "It". She believes
that any part of her body not covered by a blanket while she sleeps
will be eaten by little green elves (I have no explanation for that
one). She won't sleep in the big bedroom downstairs because she's
nervous about sleeping down there alone. And to go outside
after dark... well, that's unthinkable.
isn't a bad thing, necessarily. Bad things can happen to beautiful
young women who are alone outside after dark, so we humor her on
that one. But sometimes it isn't easy.
last night, for example.
were all elbow deep in a family project, one that involved brothers-in-law,
uncles and cousins. It wasn't fun, exactly, but it was as much fun
as you can have moving refrigerators. With cold pizza, refrigerator
parts and 19-month-old granddaughter Samantha all fecklessly flying
every which way, the house was less "humble abode" and
more "rock concert mosh pit."
Suddenly in the middle of all this, Andrea had to make deliveries
to several different neighbors
and it was after dark.
asked Jon to go with her, but he didn't want to go. Neither did
Elizabeth. Neither did cousin Jake. I would have gone with her,
but we were at the point in the project where my expertise was going
to be needed ... nobody can tear duct tape off the roll like I can.
And Anita... well, there was a CPA, a journalist and a college student
tearing things apart in her kitchen. Would YOU be willing to leave
at a time like that?
Andrea put on a brave face and boldly announced that she would make
the trip around the neighborhood unaccompanied.
looked around the room one last time, taking it all in just in case
she was abducted by little green elves wearing clown masks. Then
she heaved a heavy sigh, wrapped her jacket around her (actually,
it was her mother's jacket, which she could get away with because
her mother was busy trying to get the duct tape out of Jon's hair
and honestly, I have NO idea how it got there) and went out to face
the cold, dark night
In less time than it took us to figure out that we needed to remove
the hallway thermostat from the wall BEFORE we tried to squeeze
the refrigerator past it, Andrea was home. Smiling.
"So you made it!" I said while rubbing what I was sure
was the world's first elbow hernia.
"Yep!" she said happily. "Ben took care of me!"
is the big yellow dog who lives with one of our neighbors. Lovable,
playful and gentle as a lamb, Ben is the neighborhood mascot, drifting
from house to house to play in every game and sample every barbecue.
He goes on walks with us and patiently allows pawing and petting
from our granddaughters, all of whom could say "Ben" before
they could say "Poppa."
"It was like he could tell I was nervous," Andrea said.
"He'd go up to each door before me and then look back as if
to say, 'It's OK'. As long as Ben was there I knew I was fine."
Now, I can't say that I really understand that. I mean, I like Ben
and everything, but I've never really been a pet person. But millions
of people are, and each one of them has a story like that. And the
way I see it, there must be something to it if that big yellow dog
could give Andrea all the courage she needed to face the cold, dark
and little green elves notwithstanding.
Walker at SFPNN Value Speak
Contributed by Jane at TheCatsMeow.com
Yes You Can!
TIPS IN EASTERN THOUGHT
may surprise you, but Eastern spiritual thought and practices
including disciplines such as Buddhism and Zen offer a world
of useful guidance and ideas for even the most traditional Western
are seven tenets of Eastern philosophy that you should be applying
each day to run your business, and perhaps your life, more efficiently.
If it's broke, fix it. Contrary to what many assume, Eastern
thought and philosophy do not derive from blind faith. Eastern ideas
are practical and results-oriented, geared to making things work.
"Eastern ideas aren't dogma; they're very empirical,"
says Debbie Mandel, author of "Turn on Your Inner Light: Fitness
for Body, Mind and Soul." "It's all based on direct observation
and experience. If it works, great; if not, find something else."
means that if your distribution system isn't up to snuff, don't
just wait for the problem to vanish. Fix it.
Be in the moment. That emphasis on the practical translates
into one of the most salient principles of Eastern thought: immersion
in the moment. Put another way, that means paying attention to what
you're doing putting complete focus on a new marketing campaign
rather than worrying about what to make for dinner. If you find
your attention wandering, take a moment to pull it back to where
it belongs. "Everyone
complains they're so tired when they come home from work, but a
lot of that has to do with all these other problems that they're
carrying in with them to work," says Mandel, a New York-based
stress-reduction specialist, motivational speaker, a personal trainer
and mind/body lecturer.
De-emphasize time. We all have to wrestle with deadlines, but
time shouldn't dictate all. Much of Eastern philosophy suggests
that things are completed in due time, no matter if you're keeping
one eye on the clock. Translated: Be aware of deadlines, but don't
let them dictate what you do and when. Looking beyond time as an
enemy is not only stress relieving, but it furthers your focus on
completing the task at hand. "The reality is that when you
really have to get something done, it usually gets done," Mandel
says. "That happens even when you initially thought you didn't
have enough time."
Be a team player. The West exalts the individualist. But that
archetype may not flourish in a business setting, where people and
parts must function as one. That means keeping in mind the Eastern
notion that all things, in some manner or another, are connected.
"We're all part of the same universe," Mandel says. "At
work, that translates to a support system, helping others and asking
for help. Being a team player is not only effective, it can really
Take the "me" out of business. Many businesspeople
have egos that would make Rush Limbaugh look self-effacing. Unfortunately,
that focus on the first-person singular can prove problematic; it
translates into the notion that if someone "wins" in business,
someone else must lose. Not so with many Eastern approaches, where
the emphasis is on a determination to solve problems so that everyone
my own business, I found that when I began to focus on giving and
letting go of my ego, my business doubled," says Bruce Van
Horn, author of "Yoga for Men" and founder and CEO of
Yoga for Business.
Do the same with employees and customers. Far too often, business
looks at employees and customers as mere cogs in the wheel or a
wallet waiting to be tapped. But including them in a group-minded
approach may improve your bottom line and ensure your employees
and customers don't leave you. "If you look at your employees
as people with goals and aspirations, you can develop a rapport
that goes beyond an employer-employee relationship," Van Horn
says. "They'll give more to your business because you may be
the first person to ever treat them like that. From the customer
side, figure out how you can help customers rather than worrying
about closing a sale. Your relationship may last longer than the
lifespan of a particular product."
Strive for balance and more balance. We've all endured workdays
that resembled a car going over a cliff. Those are occasionally
unavoidable, but bear in mind the critical importance of striking
an overall balance in your workday. Rather than grinding it out
from sunup to sundown, take frequent breaks: Go for a walk, stretch,
or take a few minutes to meditate at your desk to clear your mind.
And, true to the Eastern emphasis on going with what truly works,
mixing in balancing breaks doesn't mandate extensive downtime. Just
a few minutes here and there can work wonders.
Check out Zenguide.com
for more ideas
on how Eastern thought can benefit you and your business.
~By Jeff Wuorio is an award-winning writer
and columnist, and author of
Guide to Money & Markets: Everything You Need to Know..."
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LOST CITY OF THE INCAS
Machu Picchu, Peru
July, 1911, Professor Hiram Bingham was deep in the Andes. The weather
was turning bad, and everyone was ready to call it a day, but an
innkeeper captured Bingham's interest with a tale about a nearby
lost city, Machu Picchu (which means "Old Peak").
While his team stayed back to wash their clothes, Bingham was guided
by a 10-year-old boy up a steep mountain and over Incan terraces.
Professor Bingham wrote: Suddenly I was standing in front
of ruins from the best quality of Incan building art. In the shade
of bamboo bushes and climbing plants were walls of white granite
blocks chopped in the highest precision. I found brilliant temples,
royal houses, a big square and tens of houses. It looked like a
As a metaphor, the sky stands for the great unknown, the space
unexplored by our earthbound feet. The rapture of a beautiful
outdoor vista is often difficult to describe. This site compiles
photos that let the colors of the sky's palette do the talking.
Fluffy clouds float by in many of the shots, inspiring viewers
to gaze at their amorphous forms and truly get lost in their beauty.
Some pictures are saturated with hues of purples and oranges,
while others display the majesty of distant peaks looming on the
horizon. There's nothing corny about any of these photos, although
some of them are quite dreamy. You'll have nothin' but blue skies
from now on.
by Jane at TheCatsMeow.com
BARKING UP A TREE
Laughing It Off
FUNNY THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
it's supposed to be zero degrees outside today and the forecast
says it will be TWICE as cold tomorrow, how cold is it going to
eating, do amphibians need to wait an hour before getting OUT of
don't they just make mouse-flavored cat food?
you're sending a friend some Styrofoam, what do you pack it in?
cruel idea was it for the word "lisp" to have an "s"
light travels faster than sound, is that why some people appear
bright until you hear them speak?
come abbreviated is such a long word?
night I played a blank tape at full blast. The mime next door went
do you press harder on a remote-control when you know the battery
are they called buildings, when they're already finished? Shouldn't
they be called builts?
is a carrot more orange than an orange?
two airplanes almost collide why do they call it a near miss? It
sounds like a near hit to me!!
are there 5 syllables in the word "monosyllabic"?
do they call it the Department of Interior when they are in charge
of everything outdoors?
vegetarians eat vegetables, what do humanitarians eat?
is it, when a door is open it's ajar, but when a jar is open, it's
not a door?
are they called apartments, when they're all stuck together?
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.
come Superman could stop bullets with his chest, but always ducked
when someone threw a gun at him?
is it lemon juice contains mostly artificial ingredients, but dishwashing
liquid contains real lemons?
do we put suits in a garment bag and put garments in a suitcase?
went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, "Where's the
self-help section?" She said if she told me, it would defeat
the best way to save face to keep the lower part shut?
doesn't determine who's right, just who's left.
~Contributed by Denys in Santa Fe, New Mexico
HUMOR ARCHIVES: ..
Untangling the Web
WHAT A SITE!
"How Far Is It?"
This service uses data from the US Census and a supplementary list
of cities around the world to find the latitude and longitude of
two places, and then calculates the distance between them (as the
crow flies). It also provides a map showing the two places, using
the Xerox PARC Map Server.
Various query formats
are allowed; for example:
(Contributed by Ron in Bend, Oregon)
Programs under Start/Programs...
1. Click the Start button, Programs. Highlight any program group
(i.e. menu item) that's listed there. 2. Now, just right-click and
select "Sort by name" from the resulting menu. That's
it. Remember that you can still drag and drop program groups around
if you want to manually specify which ones sit at the top of the
Look at THAT!
GOLDEN HORSE MONKS
REUTERS/ Sukree Sukplang
young novice from the Golden Horse temple ...
in Mae Chan, 800 km (500 miles) north of Bangkok, rides his horse
through a fast-moving creek. The Golden Horse monks keep over 100
horses, using them to reach remote communities in the mountainous
jungle regions along Thailand's border. They travel to hill tribe
villages hundreds of kilometers apart, helping to rehabilitate drug
addicts in an area that was for decades a center of the regional
opium and heroin trade. Mae Chan, home to 120,000 people, is a fitting
place for the program. A hilly and lush farming district, it is
in the northern Chiang Rai province, part of the infamous drug-producing
"Golden Triangle" straddling the border regions of Thailand,
Laos and Myanmar. Chiang Rai is also the AIDS capital of Thailand.
Its 1.25 million people comprise just 1.9 percent of the country's
population of 62 million but account for 10 percent of its AIDS
cases. Dr. Somsak Supawitkul, deputy chief of the provincial health
office, realized the clergy's power to provide spiritual healing.
He cleared a room in Mae Chan's one community hospital where 50
monks now take turns giving sermons every weekday, a soothing balm
to many who were shunned by society or were near death. ~Reuters
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MY "PROCESS" IN POETRY
have asked about my spiritual path ... the answer actually goes
back to 1985, when I finally began a more introspective approach
to life. At that point "all the pieces started falling into
place, and the Universe opened to show me what was possible"
(from Field of Dreams). In October of 1991, I moved from
Southern California to Santa Fe, New Mexico, (where I knew no
one) to "give something back" to the world.
a series of synchronistic events, I found myself establishing
a holistic center called Lightship of Santa Fe that offered
workshops for both metaphysical and traditional seekers of physical,
emotional and spiritual development. The term "Lightship"
refers to a state of being in which our soul's Essence
or Nature is fully embodied ... i.e. relationship with "The
Light" or "Spirit" or "God" (however
you personally choose).
following poem was written about a month after I arrived, and
gives insight into my personal process:
fell on the adobe, the air was chilled with frost, I'd made the
trek to Santa Fe, abandoning all cost;
It wasn't due to boredom or discontent I'd gone, 'twas spiritual
evolvement, a purpose yet undone.
I'd quit my bubble of security and friends, was a matter of intention
... to inspire a Cosmic Spin;
My head succumbed to heart-sense as I shifted into Soul, creating
the allowance in which miracles unfold.
showed up at every turn, the picture became clear, pieces slipped
in place with ease, I only had to "hear";
The choice to step out fearlessly and trust the Truth that IS,
encouraged and impelled me to keep following my Bliss.
I faced a snowstorm, another chance to know, that fear is but
illusion, we're safe within The Flow;
As I surrendered and released, inner peace returned, Spirit took
the wheel again ... the metaphor re-learned.
I arrived in Santa Fe, I felt embraced yet free, surrounded by
an atmosphere of sacred energy;
Artistic in its beauty, historic in its span, a consciousness
of Oneness to perpetuate The Plan.
weeks in town I asked myself, "Why haven't I done more?"...
the Voice Within reminded me what I'd moved here for;
My worth lies not in doing, it's BEING that's my task; bringing
in the Light we ARE is why we're on The Path.
first the nights were lonely, a time to be with me; the Essence
of my spirit was bursting from its seed;
The stars seemed so much brighter, a kinship and a bond, a link
in space to all I AM ... and destinies beyond.
occurrences enraptured and amazed, I never knew the outcome until
I turned the page;
No predicting and dissecting details by degree, my focus now was
centered, revealing Me to me.
Days of insight brought me keys for opening up my heart, unlocking
portals in the walls that kept me set apart.
Distance is still distance when I give but don't receive: separation's
not the answer ... it's vulnerability.
©1991 Chelle Thompson, Editor
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