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"The universe will reward you for
taking risks on its behalf. "


~Shakti Gawain, Bestselling Personal Growth
Author and Motivational Speaker

May 5, 2003


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IN THIS
WEEK'S ISSUE:


From the Inside Out...
Make Up Your Mind

Yes You Can!...
Be Healed
by Apologies

Far Horizons...
"Lady Mayon"

Links That Shine...
Pets 911

Fascinating Facts...
Ten Résumé
No-No's

Laughing It Off...
George Carlin
on Aging

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

Look at That!...
Antelopes Are Free

Joyful Lifestyles...
Realizing
Fulfillment

 


Uplifting World

BE the World
You Want to See!

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From the Inside OutGo for It!
MAKE UP YOUR MIND

Ever since I was 4, I dreamed of becoming a pilot. As a boy, I immersed myself in a world of fantasy and flew a battery-operated 747 with a life-like rotating beacon over makeshift villages complete with plastic houses, green roofs and white picket fences. I drove imaginary villagers crazy with all kinds of things that a real 747 couldn't do including spins, loops, barrel rolls and flying inverted.

When I was a teen, I often drove myself to the local airport and watched commercial planes take off and land for hours at a time. I would sit on the hood of the car and rest my back against the windshield and watch them roar directly overhead. Oh, how I loved the way the car vibrated every time!

My parents never encouraged me to pursue my dream, saying, "You're better off focusing on something more realistic." Thinking they were right, I buried my dream and forgot all about it. I went on to college and got a job on Wall Street as a banker and stockbroker, eventually earning a fabulous six-figure income.

One day, my administrative assistant told me he was taking flying lessons. It was as if I was being reminded of something very important. After all, I was earning good money and could easily have afforded flight training. But no, I chose to ignore this message, too preoccupied with my successful career. I thought no more of it.

After nearly fifteen years on Wall Street, I gave it all up to become an inspirational speaker and author and moved to Detroit. While struggling to make it as a speaker/author, I stumbled upon some information that stopped me cold. I was surfing the Internet and stared long and hard at my screen. There was a link to a site for a very small minority of unique pilots. It said, "International Deaf Pilots Association." The universe was trying to get my attention again.

I followed the link, wondering aloud, "There are deaf pilots out there!?!?" While looking through the website, I whooped and hollered to no one in particular, "I'M GOING TO SHOW THEM!" But there was one problem. How could I afford it?

I was no longer earning a six-figure income and I was barely keeping my head above water as it was. Nevertheless, I grew obsessed with my new mission and decided that I was somehow going to be a pilot. I looked all over for a flight school that would take me on.

One warm, breezy sunny day I was introduced to a flight instructor. After talking for hours, he suddenly turned serious and said, "By the way, I would be honored to be your flight instructor. We'll work out a special deal — it will be free of charge." The clock seemed to stop. He saw the shock on my face and said, "When do we start?"

From that day forward, a series of miracles began to show up. I was offered a part-time job at the very same airport where this instructor was based. I later learned they gave substantial aircraft rental discounts to their employees. Just as I was running low on money, a lucrative speaking engagement or two would come through just in time. It was like that all the way through flight training.

Several months later, I became a licensed pilot one day short of my birthday (May 18, 2001). I have since flown several thousand miles all over Michigan, Kansas City and recently New York for the Christmas holidays. The cross-country flight to visit family in New York was a dream come true. My once doubtful parents tipped off the local press and I found myself surrounded by reporters upon landing in New York. It was as if my parents were saying, "We're sorry we didn't believe in you before. We're proud of you and we want the world to know." I was touched.

The morale of this story? When you make up your mind about something, you set the universe in motion regardless of what other people think. Forces beyond your ability to comprehend are engaged in a complex process, the dynamics of which the human race is only beginning to understand! Yes, dreams do come true! Go for what everyone else says is impossible!

~ Stephen J. Hopson, Heartwarmers.com
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BE HEALED BY APOLOGIES


Most individuals who have been wronged would agree that they feel better after receiving an apology. Now researchers have found scientific proof to back up that claim.

"The data suggest that apologies and restitution can have an immediate, positive impact on physiological and subjective responses to transgressions," according to Dr. Everett L. Worthington, Jr., of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and his colleagues.

For their study, 61 college undergraduates — 32 men and 29 women — were told to imagine that they had been robbed, and that the robber had afterwards either apologized, restored to them the things he or she had stolen, apologized and made restitution, or did neither.

Overall, the students had lower heart rates when they imagined that the robber had given them a strong, guilt-ridden apology and made restitution to compensate for the stolen items and trouble he or she had caused, study findings indicate. Further, the students also showed less muscle tension in their face — such as less wrinkling of the brow — and had less stress and lower blood pressures.

In other findings, when the students imagined that they had received a strong apology and had been compensated, they experienced a reduction in their level of unforgiveness that was twice as great as when they imagined themselves to have just received a strong apology, according to Worthington.

The students also said they felt more forgiveness, gratitude and empathy and less anger, fear and sadness, study findings indicate. Finally, the undergraduates also said they felt more in control.

"If someone apologizes it makes it easier to give some measure of forgiveness because it reduces the gap of injustice," Worthington told Reuters Health. "Justice can only take you so far, but if you forgive — that can take you all the way to closure."

The findings were presented in Washington, DC during the recent annual meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research.

~Charnicia E. Huggins , Reuters Health

 

 

Far Horizons
"LADY MAYON"

Philippines
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The perfect-coned Mayon Volcano rises majestically on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. Various creeks and rivers crisscross the plains and valleys, making the land lush and fertile. Considered the most active volcano in the Philippines, Mayon ("beautiful lady") has had at least 44 eruptions since 1616. Its most devastating outburst occurred on February 1, 1814. The views of Mayon are incredible, especially from the vantage point of Cagsawa Ruins. Here you see the top of the church steeple buried in that 1814 eruption.

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TEN RÉSUMÉ NO-NO's

Résumés are a necessity for almost every job on the planet — accountant, teacher, CEO or municipal employee. But unless you carefully and objectively examine your résumé before sending it out, recycling bins across America may be filling up with those ill-planned documents. Before mailing your next résumé, check the ten "don'ts" below:

1. Appearances Count: Don't try to save money by printing your résumé on cheap copy paper instead of good quality stock. Check for typos, grammatical errors and coffee stains. Use the spellcheck feature on your word processor and ask a friend to review the résumé to find mistakes you might have missed.

2. Does Size Matter?: If your career warrants a two-page résumé, then go ahead and create a document that reflects the full range of your experience and accomplishments. Don't reduce the type size to a point that your résumé becomes difficult to read.

3. Truth or Consequences: Don't fudge over dates or titles on your résumé to hide the fact that you have been unemployed, that you switched jobs too frequently or that you held low-level positions. If a prospective employer conducts a background check and discovers that you lied, you can kiss the job good-bye.

4. State Your Case: If you are seeking a job in a field in which you have no prior experience, don't use the chronological format for your résumé. By using a functional or skills-oriented format, you can present your relevant experience and skills up front.

5. Put Your Best Foot Forward: Don't simply copy the job description jargon from your company's HR manual. To show that you are more qualified than the competition for the positions you seek, you need to do more than list your job responsibilities. Present specific accomplishments and achievements: percentages increased, accounts expanded, awards won, etc.

6. No Excuses: Don't include the reasons you are no longer working at each job listed on your résumé. The phrases "Company sold," "Boss was an idiot" and "Left to make more money" have no place on your résumé.

7. What Have You Done Lately?: While it is certainly acceptable to have a two-page résumé, don't list every single job you've ever held. Personnel managers are most interested in your experience from the last 10 years, so focus on your most recent and most relevant career experience.

8. Target Your Audience: Don't mail out your résumé to every ad in the Sunday newspaper. If you are not remotely qualified for a position, don't apply. Read the ads, determine if you have the right credentials and save the wear and tear on your printer.

9. No Extra Papers, Please: When you send out your résumé, don't include copies of transcripts, letters of recommendation or awards, unless you are specifically asked to do so. If you are called in for an interview, you may bring these extra materials along in your briefcase for show-and-tell.

10. Don't Get Personal: Personal information does not belong on a résumé in the United States. Don't include information on your marital status, age, race, family or hobbies.

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Laughing It Off
GEORGE CARLIN ON AGING

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids?

If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

"How old are you?" "I'm four and a half!" You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key.

You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

"How old are you?" "I'm gonna be 16!" You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16!

And then the greatest day of your life . . . you become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony . . . YOU BECOME 21 YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk. He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're just a sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away.

Before you know it, you REACH 50 . . . and your dreams are gone.

But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.

You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into your 80s and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime.

And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; "I was JUST 92."

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. "I'm 100 and a half!"

May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!

~Contributed 2 times by Barbara Miller and Candy Pfau
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Look at THAT!
ANTELOPES ARE FREE

African Elephant 
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An elephant named Nana in South Africa
opened a gate with her trunk to free antelopes being held in the eastern part of the country. A private game capture company had rounded up the antelopes at their camp near Empangeni to relocate them for a breeding program. The elephant's matriarch, named Nana, approached the enclosure gates and carefully undid all the latches with her trunk, swung the gate open and stood back with her herd. The herd then watched the antelopes leave the camp before they too walked off into the night. ~Animal Planet

 

JoyJoyful Lifestyles: Weekly Insights
REALIZING FULFILLMENT

This week we're going to specifically address JOYFUL LIFESTYLES themselves and how YOU can have one for your very own. My good friend and associate, Dave Boufford at www.PositiveNews.net , shared a wonderful article with me called "Psychologists Now Know What Makes People Happy." This USA Today feature, written by Marilyn Elias, states that, "The happiest people surround themselves with family and friends, don't care about keeping up with the Joneses next door, lose themselves in daily activities and, most important, forgive easily."

The happiest people spend the least time alone. They pursue personal growth and intimacy; they judge themselves by their own yardsticks, never against what others do or have."Materialism is toxic for happiness," says University of Illinois psychologist Ed Diener. Even rich materialists aren't as happy as those who care less about getting and spending. There's also evidence that altruistic acts boost happiness in the giver. That doesn't surprise Betsy Taylor, president of the Center for a New American Dream, a Takoma Park, Md., nonprofit that favors simple living and opposes commercialism. "The altruism part is worth keeping in mind," Taylor says. "Our mantra is 'more fun, less stuff.' Do for others, we say."

Good feelings aren't "all in the head," though. Actions matter, just not in the way often believed. Life satisfaction occurs most often when people are engaged in absorbing activities that cause them to forget themselves, lose track of time and stop worrying. "Flow" is the term Claremont Graduate University psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi coined to describe this phenomenon. People in flow may be sewing up a storm, doing brain surgery, playing a musical instrument or working a hard puzzle with their child. The impact is the same: A life of many activities in flow is likely to be a life of great satisfaction, Csikszentmihalyi says. And you don't have to be a hotshot to get there. Flow stretches someone but pleasurably so, not beyond his capacity. "People feel best when doing what they do best," he says. Everyone has "signature strengths," adds University of Pennsylvania psychologist Martin E. P. Seligman, (author of the book, Authentic Happiness) and the happiest use them. Doing so can lead to choices that astound others but yield lasting satisfaction..

Gratitude has a lot to do with life satisfaction, psychologists say. Talking and writing about what they're grateful for amplifies adults' happiness, new studies show. Other researchers have found that learning to savor even small pleasures has the same effect. And forgiveness is the trait most strongly linked to happiness, says University of Michigan psychologist Christopher Peterson. "It's the queen of all virtues, and probably the hardest to come by," he adds.


AUTHENTIC HAPPINESS:
Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment
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