I hope you will receive a fortnightly dose of motivation, inspiration, laughter and thought-provoking quotes. If you find yourself bogged down in our competitive, stressful work world, take a few minutes to read and then think about the positive messages you will receive. 1. Inspirational Quotes 2. As Our Dogs Think We Are ~ By Joseph J. Mazzella 3. Find of the week 4. Wild Trivia 5. Metaphor 6. Ken Warren7. Jokes 8 Martin Hunter-Jones 9. Motivational 10. On a personal note ************************************************************** 1. Inspirational Quotes Excellence is the result of caring more than others think wise, risking more than other's think safe, dreaming more than others think practical, and expecting more than others think possible." ~ Anonymous Knowledge ~ What the brain doesn't know eyes cannot see. Affirmation for Today Today I will live through the next 24 hours and not try to tackle all of life's problems at once. Today I will improve myself, body, mind and spirit. Today I will refuse to spend time worrying about what might happen if... Today I will not imagine what I would do if things were different. They are not different. I will do my best with what material I have. Today I will find the grace to let go of resentments of others and self-condemnation over past mistakes. Today I will not try to change, or improve, anybody but me. Today I will act toward others as though this will be my last day on earth. Today I will be unafraid. I will enjoy what is beautiful, and I will believe that as I give to the world, the world will give to me. Whether these are the best of times or the worst of times, these are the only times we've got. Live each day fully and you will look back on a life that made a difference. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ______________________________________________________ One of life's best coping mechanisms is to know the difference between an inconvenience and a problem. If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire ~ then you've got a problem. Everything else is an inconvenience. Life is inconvenient. Life is lumpy. A lump in the oatmeal, a lump in the throat and a lump in the breast are not the same kind of lump. One needs to learn the difference. ~ Robert Fulghum ************************************************************** 2. As Our Dogs Think We Are ~ By Joseph J. Mazzella I read a saying recently that really seemed to be true for me. It went: “Someday I hope to be as good a person as my dog thinks I am.” When after reading it I looked down at those wonderful, furry, fourlegged angels curled up at my feet and saw the love in their eyes when they looked at me I knew that I wanted to be the loving, kind, and joyous person that they saw. My dogs always seem to bring out the best in me. Their unconditional love always warms my heart and brings the goodness out of my soul. They never seem to mind when I am walking them if I stop to watch the sunrise, gaze at the evening stars, or look at the beautiful autumn leaves. They are always eager to join in with me when I sing or jump around with me when I dance. They will play fetch or tug-of-war with boundless energy and enthusiasm and they never seem to mind when my arm gets too tired to go on. They are always there to lick my hand and put their head on my knee when I am feeling down and they are always there to jump on my lap and lick my face when I am full of happiness. They are there to greet me in joy and love every time I come home and will forgive me any wrong for a pat on the head and a gentle tone of voice. They listen to me, love me, and think I already am the person I strive to be. I think there is a reason the word “dog” is God spelled backwards. God loves us unconditionally just as our dogs do. God offers us His love freely just like our furry angels do. God sees the best in us just as our puppies do. Maybe God created dogs so that we could see through their eyes the person we were meant to be. All I know is that I may never be as loving, giving, joyous, kind, and good as my dogs think I am, but I will always try moment by moment to live up to their vision of me. May we all one day be as good as our dogs think we are. ************************************************************** 3. Find of the week If anybody has an interest in doing an NLP course, please consider doing this one. I did a refresher course with Gordon a couple of weeks ago, and I can only say it is one of the best courses I have ever done. He is a gifted teacher. NLP by the Sea ~ NLP Practitioner Certification June 5th-12th + 26th & 27th June 10 days - No Prerequisite Venue – the Mondo Clinic 158 Pittwater Road, Manly 2095 Now is the time to book your place for the full NLP Practitioner Certification in June right by famous Manly Beach. The early bird price is just $2450.00 for the ten days. This is available until 7th May 2004. Thereafter the price is $2995.00. Call 9977 3553 and book your seat today! With your deposit of $700 you receive your 20 Audio CD set - a Pre study programme. This is a wonderful preparation for the course. For further information www.mondoclinic.com.au ******************************************** The Gift-wrapper: The magic, the true magic is invisible to the eyes of most people. In fact, it can be seen ONLY with the heart and not by the eyes. King Arthur's invincible sword and Aladin's lamp were, for most people, ordinary, common things but Arthur and Aladin discovered the extra-ordinary through the ordinary. They knew how to see with their heart. Because of their faith they transformed the sword and the lamp into the opportunity to express their force and the creativity within. While others were incapable of creating magic, they knew how to take the risk in believing in their ability to create magic in their lives. Today the game starts, and I invite you to create your own magic. With this game you can discover new things in yourself and to view your life AND THE WORLD in a different way. YOUR FIRST GIFT: Look for 10 magic moments just outside your house. You don't have to do anything different from what you usually do. The difference would be in the WAY you live them. You are going to look for things which you probably haven't noticed before. When you leave your house, I urge you to imagine that you are a painter or a sculptor or a very sensitive famous composer. You will learn to find moments, but which can to-day scenes to paint the emotions you felt. virtue, of passion, of things beyond the ordinary in what APPEAR to be ordinary make life extra-ordinary. You are going to look for dayor put into an art form to leave for future generations You are going to look for moments of affection, of fellowship, etc... For example, you observe a mother or a father who adjusts the clothing of his or her child so that he does not get cold. You consciously take note of the act tenderness it represents and the expression of love shown by the parent to the child. Or the child playing with his dog. Or a couple who kiss in public surrounded by other people as if they were the only people in the world. They are there for each other. While listening to the music in their car someone taps his feet, expressing his joy. Fiends who burst into laughter at the same time. The man who does his work with concentration and with the secret joy of having done it well. The colour of the sky, the reflections, the tree that has grown between 2 blocks of concrete; the smile from a stranger. One who knows how to discover the moments of magic will never find the street inhospitable. TO SHARE Having found 10 or more magical moments, answer the questions below one by one and share the answers with the members of your team : What were the magical moments you discovered? What have you learnt about how you normally view life? Can you create magic in other areas of your life? Note: Read these instructions to your children, Lyndall, so that they can help you to find - and to create - many moments of magic. Lyndall, this first gift will help you to become conscious, to train your mind and emotions to look for and to benefit from all the marvellous opportunities which are presented to you everyday. This looks simple but it will teach you to better appreciate every magical moment appearing before you - even if you have problems, difficulties, or if you are living in difficult circumstances. Spend a happy week. Kind regards Xtian ***************************************** 4. Wild Trivia Bee stings? ~ A slice of onion on the sting for a few minutes will have a soothing effect. *********************** Computer Maintenance Do you change the oil and spark plugs in your car? Does your computer seem to run slower than when you bought it? Lock up often? Do you perform maintenance on your PC? If not, just like with your car, your computer will get slower, less responsive, not start or run right, and cause a lot of problems. Think of your computer as a toy chest. You play with something and when you are done with it you toss it back in the box. Every time you do this, your "toys" get more mixed up. Eventually, if Mom and Dad don't re-sort your toys, games, and puzzles, you can't find all the parts of anything to play. Visualize your RAM (Random out a program to run. If that program, it can use up all its Run Maintenance on your PC back! Access Memory) as a hand reaching into your hard drive to pull "hand" has to look all over your hard drive for the parts to the energy just opening the program, let alone running it. (scandisk, defragment, & get rid of Temp files). Get the speed _______________________________________________ The Difference Between Focusing on Problems, and Focusing on Solutions: When NASSAU began the launch of astronauts into space, they found out that the pens wouldn't work at zero gravity, ink won't flow down to the writing surface. In order to solve this problem, they hired Andersen Consulting (Accenture today). It took them one decade and 12 million dollars. They developed a pen that worked at zero gravity, upside down, under water, on practically any surface including crystal and in a temperature range from below freezing to over 300 degrees C. The Russians................ used a pencil. No cheating. Take this cake personality test. Pick your cake, then look to see what kind of person you are. If you were buying a cake and you had your choice of the following which would you choose? 1. Fairy cakes 2. Brownies 3. Lemon Meringue 4. Vanilla with Chocolate Icing 5. Strawberry Cheese Cake 6. Chocolate on Chocolate 7. Ice Cream 8. Carrot Cake 9. All of the above OK - Now that you've made your choice, this is what research says about you! NO.... you can't change your mind once you scroll down! 1. Fairy cakes ... Sweet, loving, cuddly. You love all warm and fuzzy things. A little nutty on occasion. Sometimes you need an ice cream at the end of the day. Others perceive you as being child-like and immature at times. 2. Brownies... You are adventurous, love new ideas, are a champion of underdogs and a slayer of dragons. When tempers flare up, you're quick to defend. A strong personality. You have a unique sense of humour and direction. You tend to be very loyal. 3. Lemon Meringue... Smooth, sexy, & good with your hands, you are an excellent after-dinner speaker and a good teacher. But don't try to do more than one thing at a time! A bit of a diva at times, but you have a close circle of good friends. 4. Vanilla with Chocolate Icing ... Fun-loving, sassy, humorous. Not very grounded in life, very indecisive and lack motivation. Everyone enjoys being around you, but you are a practical joker. Others should be cautious in annoying you, however, you are a friend for life. 5. Strawberry Cheese Cake... Romantic, warm, loving. You care about other people and can be counted on in a crisis. You tend to melt. You can be overlyemotional and annoying at times. 6. Chocolate on Chocolate ... Sexy, always ready to give and receive. Very creative, adventurous, ambitious and passionate. You have a cold exterior but are warm on the inside. Not afraid to take chances. Will not settle for anything average in life. 7. Ice Cream... You like sports, but you prefer to watch rather than participate. You don't like to give up the remote control. You're straight to the point and nononsense and attract like-minded people. You tend to be self-centred and high maintenance. 8. Carrot Cake... You are a very open, loving person, who likes to laugh. People enjoy your company because you make things fun without trying. You are very warm-hearted and a good listener, yet distinctly quirky at time. You have many loyal friends. 9. All of the above... You're just a greedy git. ******************************************* Thanks Lyn Macintosh ~ this is weird, only tried it a couple of times - and it guessed mine. http://www.guessyournumber.com/ *************************************** Feel Good Right Now Pick one thing you have been putting off such as scheduling an appointment, running an errand, or returning a phone call, and do it immediately. Taking care of one nagging responsibility can be revitalizing and can improve your overall attitude. Facts about Leptospirosis Disease thanks Lyn Macintosh Leptospirosis is a rare, severe, and contagious bacterial infection caused by several species of the genus Leptospira, a spiral-shaped microorganism. A woman went boating one Sunday, taking with her some cans of coke which she put in the refrigerator of the boat. On Monday she was taken into ICU and on Wednesday she died. The autopsy revealed a certain Leptospirosis caused by the can of coke from which she had drunk straight out of, not using a glass. A test showed that the can was infected by dried rat urine and hence the disease Leptospirosis. Rat urine contains toxic and deadly substances. It is highly recommended to wash thoroughly the upper part of soda cans before drinking out of them as they have been stocked in warehouses and transported straight to the shops without being cleaned. A study in Spain showed that the tops of soda cans are more contaminated than public toilets i.e full of germs and bacteria. So to Wash them with water is advised before putting it to the mouth to avoid any kind of fatal accident. Please pass this on. *************************** 5. Metaphor Common Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend by the name of Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such value lessons as knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm and that life isn't always fair. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you earn) and reliable parenting strategies (adults, not kids, are in charge). His health began to rapidly deteriorate when well intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer aspirin to a student; but, could not inform the parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion. Finally, Common sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband; churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense finally gave up the ghost after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot, she spilled a bit in her lap, and was awarded a huge settlement. Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust, his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He is survived by two stepbrothers; My Rights and Ima Whiner. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still know him pass this on; if not, join the majority and do nothing. ************************************************** 6. Ken WarrenWe tend to get back what we give out A friend of mine, who lives in Florida, says that the drivers there are wild to say the least. Drivers change lanes at speeds of 140kms or more with frightening closeness. She says that if you signal to change lanes, other drivers often speed up and won't let you in front of them. Most people are very aggressive drivers there, she says. However, my friend tries to not be that way. She gives other drivers the opportunity to come in front of her and endeavours to be courteous in her driving habits. What she has found, is that she gets consideration back. Obviously not from the same people to whom she gave courtesy, but she gets it back ... eventually! I call this principle the Law of Reverse. We tend to get back what we give out. Eastern traditions call it Karma. Christian traditions refer to it as people reaping what they sow. I am not saying that when bad things occur, there is always something we have done to deserve this. Sometimes, bad things happen for no apparent reason at all. That life just is the way that it is. However, I believe there is a general principle that we do tend to reap what we sow in life. An unknown Author, in the following prose, encourages us to consider what we are currently planting. If you plant dishonesty, you will reap distrust. If you plant selfishness, you will reap loneliness If you plant pride, you will reap destruction If you plant envy, you will reap trouble If you plant laziness, you will reap stagnation. If you plant bitterness, you will reap isolation If you plant greed, you will reap loss If you plant gossip, you will reap enemies If you plant worries, you will reap wrinkles If you plant sin, you will reap guilt But If you plant honesty, you will reap trust If you plant goodness, you will reap friends If you plant humility, you will reap greatness If you plant perseverance, you will reap victory If you plant consideration, you will reap harmony If you plant hard work, you will reap success If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation If you plant openness, you will reap intimacy If you plant patience, you will reap improvements If you plant faith, you will reap miracles and activities for developing a healthy school culture that addresses bullying. Though targeted at teachers and other school staff, this training is also relevant to parents and others with an interest in this area. Ken Warren, BA, M Soc Sc, CPC, MACA (clinical), is an experienced Counsellor, Trainer and Author in private practice. He draws on 20 years experience in counselling individuals and families, as well as in managing counselling, community education and family mediation programs. Ken is also a newspaper columnist and writes on family and relationship issues. He publishes a free weekly email newsletter for helping professionals and the general public. Ken’s workshops are interactive, enjoyable and practical. They will: get your attention, stimulate your thinking, and benefit you personally as well as professionally. Ken aims for a positive and varied learning experience through the use of colourful presentations, fun activities, interesting groupwork, demonstrations, video presentations, and comprehensive notes. Relevant books & resources are available for sale at each workshop or through his website at www.counsel.com.au Contact details Ken Warren and Associates PO Box 54 Cotton Tree Qld Australia 4558 Level One 7 The Esplanade Corner of Third Avenue Cotton Tree Telephone: (07) 5443 7626 Facsimile: (07) 5443 7447 7. ***************************************** Jokes Telemarketers I suppose some degree of commerce would grind to a halt if telephone solicitors weren't able to call people at home during the dinner hour. But that doesn't make it any more pleasant. Now Steve Rubenstein, a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, has proposed "Three Little Words" based on his brief experience in a telemarketing operation - that would stop the nuisance for all time. The three little words are "Hold on, please." Saying this while putting down your phone and walking off instead of hanging up immediately - would make each telemarketing call so time-consuming that boiler rooms would grind to a halt. When you eventually hear the phone company's beep-beep-beep tone, you know it's time to go back and hang up your handset, which has efficiently completed its task. This might be one of those articles you'll want to email to your friends. Three little words that might reduce telephone soliciting. thanks Sinan Koray *************************************** Thanks Connie Busic The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement. There are two kinds of pedestrians - the quick and the dead. Life is sexually transmitted. If quitters never win, and winners never quit, then who is the fool who said, "Quit while you're ahead?" Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day; teach that person to use the Internet and they won't bother you for weeks. In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal. Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first. How it is one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire? ************************** QUESTION One way to tell an insect from a spider is to count its legs. All insects have six legs, and all spiders have eight legs. So if some insects and spiders went to a dance, and there were 48 dancing legs, how many insects and how many spiders were at the dance? ANSWER Four insects (24 legs) and three spiders (24 legs). No other combination will work. ************************** 7 reasons not to mess with a child A little girl: was talking to her teacher about whales. The teacher: said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was very small. The little girl: stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale. Irritated, the teacher: reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically impossible. The little girl: said, "When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah". The teacher: asked, “What if Jonah went to hell?" The little girl: replied, "Then you ask him". A Kindergarten teacher: was observing her classroom of children while they were drawing. She would occasionally walk around to see each child's work. As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was. The girl: replied, "I'm drawing God." The teacher: paused and said, "But no one knows what God looks like." Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing, the girl: replied, "They will in a minute." A Sunday school teacher: was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds. After explaining the commandment to "honour" thy Father and thy Mother, she asked, "Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?" Without missing a beat one little boy: (the oldest of a family) answered, "Thou shall not kill." One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother had several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head. She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, "Why are some of your hairs white, Mum?" Her mother replied, "Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white." The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said, "Momma, how come ALL of grandma's hairs are white?" The children had all been photographed, and the teacher was trying to persuade them each to buy a copy of the group picture. "Just think how nice it will be to look at it when you are all grown up and say,’ There’s Jennifer, she's a lawyer,' or 'That's Michael, He's a doctor.' A small voice at the back of the room rang out, "And there's the teacher, she’s dead.” A teacher was giving a lesson on the circulation of the blood. Trying to make the matter clearer, she said, “Now, class, if I stood on my head, the blood, as you know, would run into it, and I would turn red in the face.." "Yes," the class said. "Then why is it that while I am standing upright in the ordinary position the blood doesn't run into my feet?" A little fellow shouted, "Cause your feet ain't empty." The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note, and posted on the apple tray: "Take only ONE. God is watching." Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies. A child had written a note, "Take all you want. God is watching the apples. Think we might have had some of these before but they are still worth a giggle. He who jumps off a Parisian bridge is in Seine. A backward poet writes inverse. A man’s home is his castle, in a manor of speaking. Dijon vu - the same mustard as before. Shotgun wedding: A case of wife or death. Hangover: the wrath of grapes. Does the name Pavlov ring a bell? Reading while sunbathing makes you well red. When two egotists meet, it's an I for an I. A bicycle can't stand on its own because it is two tired. What's the definition of a will? (It's a dead giveaway.) Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana. In democracy your vote counts. In feudalism your count votes. She was engaged to a boyfriend with a wooden leg, but broke it off. A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion. If you don't pay your exorcist, you get repossessed. With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress. When a clock is hungry, it goes back four seconds. The man who fell into an upholstery machine is fully recovered. You feel stuck with your debt if you can't budge it. Local Area Network in Australia: the LAN down under. He often broke into song because he couldn't find the key. Every calendar’s days are numbered. A lot of money is tainted? Taint yours, taint mine. A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat. He had a photographic memory that was never developed. A plateau is a high form of flattery. A midget fortune-teller who escapes from prison: a small medium at large. Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end. Once you've seen one shopping centre, you've seen a Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead-to-know basis. Santa's helpers are subordinate clauses. Acupuncture: a jab well done. mall. Thanks Connie B From Peter Colville Have you noticed that you can clean a shiny flat surface (like a dressing table) and in a very short time a film of dust appears and yet in 2 weeks it is still only a film of dust, not a metre high? Why you may ask? And now I know the answer. Dust is height phobic. ******************************************* 8. Martin Hunter-Jones Parenting our children well is a tremendous opportunity. In parenting well a child is given emotional resilience. This means a child and the adult it becomes will be better able to think clearly as they pursue their dreams. They will withstand the rigors of life’s challenges and disappointments with greater confidence and courage. They will be are able to open their hearts to loving for filling relationships. The following is a few points which might remind parents of what to replicate from your own parenting, or describe what you were missing. Make time to Listen to children. When children are listened to consistently and well by their parents they feel worthwhile and valued. Children often have great ideas that can go unnoticed even to themselves without quality listening. Respect children. They may have less experience and knowledge but they have an untainted wisdom and infinite potential. Ensuring children notice your respect of them will encourage their own self respect. Appreciate children for their unique individuality, regardless of what that expression looks like to you. Whether children wear a batman suit or tattoos and piercings, they have their own interests and notions. Reflecting your interest in them may facilitate their appreciation of you. Hug children as often as is possible( with their permission !). Research proves closeness is essential to thrive. Hugging is an ideal way of communicating closeness. Provide hug leadership by enabling this innocent and delightful behaviour between as many people as possible. Allow them to be really sad and upset. Tantrums are hard to deal with but they are really healthy. Letting them be scared and upset without getting angry at them will mean they will get it out and live a little lighter. Play with children. Games are where children learn and grow so put the kids in charge of games and do as their leadership demands. This is easier said than done with so many “important” adult things to do but the playoff is better than money in the bank. Allow them to make their own decisions as much as possible. Practise makes perfect so even if their decisions don’t work out or are inconvenient to you they are likely getting better. Set reasonable limits. Young people push limits, but without them they get nervous. Limits that have explanation and or are negotiated rather than enforced work well. Be prepared to adjust limits as required. Allow them to explore. Some of the places our children go scare us, however children have lots of common sense. Trusting them enables their trust of themselves. Expect the best from children and they will do their best to meet this expectation. Children are really lovely to be around so enjoy them and try not to worry too much. This set of ideas is intended for parents to children. Could be that they are applicable as directives for relationships between adults too ************************ 9. Motivational Neil Eskelin's Daily Jump Start If you knew there was a New Year’s resolution that would increase your life expectancy at least ten percent, would you adopt it? Here it is! Researchers at the Universities of Texas and Colorado and Florida State University have found that those who regularly attend church services live ten percent longer than those who never attend services. The study tracked 22,000 regular, occasional and non-worshipers over nine years and found that live expectancy for weekly churchgoers is 82 - and 83 for those who attend more than once a week. Nonchurchgoers live an average of 75 years. The study adjusted the findings for everything from alcohol and tobacco use, marital status, weight and respondents incomes. Still, they found that nonworshipers have the greatest risk of early death. The risk, however, decreases as church attendance in creases. See you in church! – Neil Eskelin *************************************** "A person is buffeted by circumstances so long as he believes himself to be the creature of outside conditions." One of the great weaknesses of our society today is the growing attitude of victimization. Many people claim themselves to be victims of some outside force. "I had to file bankruptcy because of my ex-wife...”, "If my company hadn't laid me off.", "If that driver hadn't pulled out in front of me..." When we are victims of circumstances, or as James Allen says, a “creature of outside conditions", we have no power. We have given over the power in our life to the circumstances. The longer we give power to our circumstances the worse our circumstances become. In his book, "Above Life's Turmoil," Allen writes, "You imagine your circumstances as being separate from yourself, but they are intimately related to your thought world. Nothing appears without an adequate cause." To get control of our circumstances we must first acknowledge personal responsibility for being where we are. That was the hardest part for me because the "victim" in all of us doesn't want to take that responsibility. When we take the responsibility we must then take control of our thoughts. And, yes, in the beginning that can be hard. It seems sometimes that it's our nature to first think negatively. But that's just because it's the habit we've developed. And like any habit, it can be changed by replacing it with the habit of thinking the right way. One of my favourite teachers, Emmet Fox, writes: "You are not happy because you are well. You are well because you are happy. You are not depressed because trouble has come to you, but trouble has come because you are depressed. You can change your thoughts and feelings, and then the outer things will change to correspond, and indeed there is no other way of working." And that's worth thinking about. Copyright (C) 2002 Vic Johnson. All rights reserved worldwide. Change your thoughts, change your life Free eBook - "As A Man Thinketh" - James Allen's timeless classic http://www.AsAManThinketh.net ********************************** TIME GETS BETTER WITH AGE – thanks Lyn Macintosh I learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what they are doing and wave back... I learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try cheering someone else up. I learned that you can make some one's day by simply sending them a little note. I learned that the greater a person's sense of guilt, the greater his or her need to cast blame on others. I learned that children and grandparents are natural allies. I learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I learned that singing "Amazing Grace" can lift my spirits for hours. I learned that motel mattresses are better on the side away from the phone. I learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine cabinet full of pills. I learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life. I learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people, and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you. I learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decision. I learned that everyone can use a prayer. I learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. I learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch-holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I learned that I still have a lot to learn. I learned that you should pass this on to someone you care about. Sometimes they just need a little something to make them smile. ********************* 10. On a personal note. Our infomercial has been shot again and is at the moment in the hands of the editors, hopefully it will be completed in a couple of weeks. So a big, big thankyou to all who gave your precious time to give us those fantastic testimonial. Last Saturday, the family had a new experience; we gave out the brochures at the election booths for the local council elections. Gary, business partner extraordinaire, ran for election. AND WON HIS SPOT, WE ARE ALL VERY PROUD OF HIS SUCCESS.!!! So now he is to be known as the counselling councillor. Most of you may know that I have a great love of animals but not necessarily their smell. The combination of wet dogs and cats and carpet is not the aromatherapy I like. So we have elected to have our carpets removed. But I can only do it a bit at a time, so tomorrow the hall and lounge are to be done, that meant we had to move everything out – including the fish tank. Bit of a job, but I am so looking forward to shiny, smelling better, floors. Any suggestion on how to maintain them will be gratefully received. And now for the best news! My son’s wife, Julia, has been granted her spousal visa and will be arriving in a couple of weeks. I am really looking forward to having some more female energy in the home. Can’t wipe the smile of Paul’s face either. Love to all Lyndall No trees were destroyed in the sending of this message. However, a large number of electrons were significantly inconvenienced Website Managers is a web hosting company that can get your website designed and on the web looking exactly the way you want it without the technical talk. 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