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For yesterday I hold no apologies,
For tomorrow I hold no answers, today is a gift
and I will honor it by fully living in it."
Radmacher-Hershey, Contemporary American Writer
(Contributed by Patricia in Texas)
"All By Myself"
From the Inside Out...
Is an Inside Job
What a Site!
Life Is Calling
BE the World
You Want to See!
so much that we
CAN do and NEED to do ....
All by Ourselves.
Many times we spend years thinking the answers are 'out
When we finally decide to reach inside, we discover that
a limitless source of wisdom and serenity awaits our self-realization.
From the Inside Out
IS AN INSIDE JOB
Im so stressed. I cant seem
to relax. If only my boss were different I could
enjoy work more. I never have time for myself.
Do any of these sound familiar? Our lives are so fast paced these
days, but fortunately there are many ways to reduce stress in only
a few minutes a day.
Remember to breathe deeply throughout the day. When youre
stressed, breathing becomes shallow and your body isnt getting
the oxygen it needs to operate effectively. Practice some deep breathing
right now. Focus on bringing air all the way into your lungs so
that your abdomen expands. Continue breathing in so you expand the
top part of your lungs as well. Then slowly breathe out. Try this
several times, letting your neck, shoulders, and back relax. To
remind yourself to breathe deeply, post reminders at your desk,
on the refrigerator, and on your bathroom mirror! Author Andrew
Weil, M.D., says that conscious breathing is the MOST important
thing you can do for your health!
Do your best to focus in the NOW, rather than on regrets from the
past or fears about the future. Ruminating about things that you
cant change in the past or the unknowns of the future sap
your energy for this moment. If you find yourself worrying about
something, bring your attention to a feature of your environment,
like a flower, or the sounds around you. Take a few deep breaths
and tell yourself, focus now.
Acknowledge your own needs and your own dreams. Women, in particular,
have traditionally been rewarded for taking care of everyone else,
but it serves no one if you only focus on others. There is a balance
you must find between the caretaker role and the living your
own life role. You might start by just taking the time for
a relaxing bubble bath. Or an hour at a beautiful spot in nature.
Find creative ways to make time for yourself. Perhaps you can start
a babysitting coop in your neighborhood.
Use your mind creatively. If you dwell on negative thoughts like
the ones at the beginning of the article, your stress will continue
to increase. What you focus on expands. So if youre telling
yourself you cant relax and youll never have time for
yourself, you wont! What is the change you want to experience?
Tell yourself about that! Im easily learning and incorporating
relaxation techniques into my life. Its exciting
to be learning to create balance in my life. Buy a relaxation
tape to listen to or go to the library and check out inspirational
tapes and listen to them in the car driving to work.
Give up the if onlys and the woulda, coulda, shoulda
thoughts. Accept whats in your life right now- this doesnt
mean you want it to continue in the same way, but you can stop resisting
what is. Decide what you want to be different, and begin
your changes step by step. Create positive affirmations for your
future. Be willing to commit to growth and joy rather than being
Be willing to love and approve of yourself exactly the way you are
right now! Criticizing yourself doesnt help you change or
improve your life. Be willing to be gentle and accepting with yourself,
warts and all. Dont try to be Superwoman or Superman,
just be the best you.
Associate with people who are interested in personal growth. Having
positive people around you reinforces your own desire to find more
joy in life.
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GET ORGANIZED & ENJOY!
The first day in time management consultant Lucy Hedrick's plan
for developing a system of organization should be spent identifying
rewards that will motivate you to do what needs to be done.
points out that this is, after all, the same principle behavioral
psychologist B.F. Skinner used to get laboratory animals to perform
a specific behavior an action followed by something pleasant
tends to be repeated. You simply apply the same principle to change
your own behavior. Note that Lucy does not espouse her methods in
order the "get more done." Rather, her focus is to help
you do what you ENJOY doing.
TASKS INTO BITE-SIZED PIECES:
next "day" start with identifying your goals, then break
daunting tasks into a series of small tasks that seem achievable.
If you're still intimidated by the task, she says, you haven't broken
the job into small enough pieces.
process of breaking a goal into small steps will help you see clearly
the scope of the project and anticipate obstacles. Don't try to
carry your life in your head. Write things down so you can free
your brain for creative pursuits. Make "To Do" lists.
Small lists should be numbered. Larger lists may be listed in order
SMALL TASKS INTO CATEGORIES:
Once you've created your list of small tasks for each of your goals,
Lucy recommends separating tasks into four major categories of activity
Calls, Errands, Things to Do, Things to Write.
no need to create these lists separately for each goal. For instance,
start a list called "Calls," and include all the calls
you need to make for all your current goals. Lucy also suggests
having a personal notebook with this action plan, and keeping it
with you throughout your day
ACTION PLAN STEPS TO CALENDAR:
Once you know the actions you need to take, it's time to figure
out when you're going to do them. This means looking at your personal
calendar and assigning each of the action categories (making calls,
running errands, doing things, and writing) to a specific time slot.
First, write down existing appointments or deadlines, then make
appointments with yourself to work on your action plan. Be sure
to give yourself deadlines.
YOUR DAY AROUND YOUR ENERGY LEVEL:
As you plan your day, keep in mind your own personal energy levels
throughout the day. Schedule the high priority tasks, or those that
will give you the most satisfaction, during your times of highest
energy. Save the routine, "have-to" tasks for times when
your energy level is waning.
TECHNOLOGY MAKE LIFE EASIER?
Sometimes it seems all the beeping and buzzing just makes you crazier.
With sound, simple tips on how to choose the best in technology
and use it to get the best out of life, Lucy Hedrick's "Get
Organized in the Digital Age," helps readers get control-and
turn technology into a source of sanity instead of a source of stress.
This book teaches how to:
Avoid being a slave to cell phones and e-mail.
* Choose technology that suits your needs from pagers
and get rid of what doesn't.
* Get electronic solutions to day-to-day problems.
* Become more productive at home and at work.
* Find more free time and ENJOY every minute of it.
Lucy H. Hedrick
Time Management Consultant & Author
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"Get Organized in the Digital Age"
Galapagos Islands is a place of contrasts and contradictions
from graceful flamingos feeding in peaceful lagoons, to the prehistoric-looking
marine iguanas that Charles Darwin called ''imps of darkness'';
from towering cliffs rising precipitously from the sea, to lovely
beaches. On Isabela, the largest of the islands, are five volcanoes.
Santa Cruz features the Charles Darwin Research Station, where giant
tortoise and iguanas are reared. On Fernandina, you'll see a species
of penguin found only in the Galapagos, flightless cormorants and
iguanas. On Bartolome, there are stunning panoramas, dramatic rock
tubes and trails of mangroves.
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grass-fed and organic products, and food safety. You'll get exceptional
taste and freshness, strengthen your local economy, support endangered
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ignore that ticket on your rental car windshield:
The next time you get a parking ticket with a rental car, pay it.
If you don't, you could incur some hefty charges charges
that your business may not be so willing to reimburse. Rental car
companies have recently started cracking down on drivers who scoot
before paying their parking tickets. Although technically these
fees have been in effect since the mid-1990s, recent advancements
in computer systems and better record keeping have spurred a new,
assertive effort to track down the thousands of culprits each month.
Most companies charge decent fines add that on top of the
original ticket charge and late fees, and you could have a ten-fold
increase in your original ticket cost! How you'll be billed depends
on the company. Either you'll receive an invoice in the mail or
have the charge applied to the credit card you used at the time
of rental. Check out the fine print in your rental agreement to
see just how your rental company will handle this type of situation.
The best advice: pay your parking tickets and avoid this very expensive
mess. ~Diane O'Brien, BuyerZone.com
Less And Sleep More:
Working overtime and not getting enough sleep may increase your
chance of a having a heart attack, according to a study published
in the July 2002 issue of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
For the study, researchers in Japan evaluated the work and sleep
habits of 260 men aged 40 to 79 who had suffered a non-fatal heart
attack between 1996 and 1998. They compared their findings to that
of 445 men who were similar in age and residence, but had not suffered
any heart attacks. According to the results of their research, men
who worked an average of 61 hours a week or more or who frequently
slept less than 5 hours per night were twice as likely to have a
heart attack as their counterparts who worked less and slept more.
While these findings do not prove that more work and less sleep
lead to heart attacks, it does help support the fact that we need
to watch the number of hours we work and that we should get plenty
of rest. ~ Yahoo/Health.com
spots on dishes?
If you notice rust spots on your dishes, it means your dishwasher
rack is rusting. To solve the problem, you don't have to buy a new
rack which can run you $75-$100. You can purchase a kit from an
appliance repair store that contains touch-up paint and plastic
tips to cover rusted tines. For best results, sand the rusted spots
before you paint them. The touchup kits run about $10-$12 and come
in white and blue. Before you trek to the appliance parts store,
check the color of your rack. It's not something you're likely to
remember off the top of your head.
Little Trivia Questions ...
Laughing It Off
my grandson, Billy, and I entered our vacation cabin, we kept the
lights off until we were inside to keep from attracting pesky insects.
Still, a few fireflies followed us in. Noticing them before I did,
Billy whispered, "It's no use, Grandpa. The mosquitoes are
after us with flashlights."
putting her children to bed, a mother changed into old slacks and
a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair. As she heard the
children getting more and more rambunctious, her patience grew thin.
At last she threw a towel around her head and stormed into their
room, putting them back to bed with stern warnings. As she left
the room, she heard her
three-year-old say with a trembling voice, "Who was THAT?"
little girl had just finished her first week of school. "I'm
just wasting my time," she said to her mother. "I can't
read, I can't write and they won't let me talk!"
didn't know if my granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so I
decided to test her. I would point out something and ask what color
it was. She would tell me, and always, she was correct. But it was
fun for me, so I continued. At last she headed for the door, saying
sagely, Grandma, I think you should try to figure out some of these
kids love going to the Web, and they keep track of their passwords
by writing them on Post-it notes. I noticed their Disney password
was "MickeyMinnieGoofyPluto," and asked why it was so
long. "Because," my son explained, "they say it has
to have at least four characters."
Phyllis in Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Dark clouds gather as boys play on rocks ...
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LIFE IS CALLING ...
dear friend Marilyn from North Carolina shares the following paragraph,
written by motivational writer and publisher Ralph
more you see yourself as needing anything, the less you are able
to enjoy it. So let go of the need and allow the enjoyment
to happen. Do you need to go to work today, or do you
enjoy the opportunity to create value and to make a difference?
It all depends on how you look at it. See your effort strictly
as a need, and it takes on the quality of a burden. See the effort
as a choice, a pleasure, a privilege, and you raise it to a whole
new level of effectiveness.
you see yourself as needing a certain level of income, or status,
or wealth, or power before you can be happy? Let go of the need,
let go of the conditions youve imposed upon your happiness,
and allow the opportunity to begin.
more you can allow yourself to enjoy, the more there will be to
enjoy. Enjoy the simple as well as the profound, the plain as
well as the beautiful, the calm as well as the exciting. Lifes
richness comes not from how much you have, but from how little
you need. Let go of the need to need so much, and let more enjoyment
into every moment.
always has its problems, but is that any reason to stop living
it as fully as you possibly can? Things are never perfect, but
is that any reason to be less than the best you can be?
is calling you today, calling you to live its richness. What are
you waiting for? Now is a moment that's like no other. Sure, it
has its challenges and problems, yet it also has so very much
more. Even when the troubles cause you despair and dismay, keep
in mind what is really going on. Life is simply calling you, calling
you to make it better. And that's something you know full well
that you can do.
Chelle Thompson ~
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