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. CONTENTS 1. Inspirational Quotes 2. “Laughter and Smiles” By Joe Mazzella 3. Finds of the Week 4. Wild Trivia 5. Metaphor 6. Ken Warren- Four steps to making amends 7. Jokes 8. Motivational No trees were destroyed in the sending of this message. However, a large number of electrons were significantly inconvenienced ________________________________________________________________ We are proud to announce the arrival of their first e-book titled Self Development 1001 Inspirational Quotes. Email Lyndall for a copy. Recommended Retail £7.95 GBP and $19.95 AUD A special price of $10 for anybody on this list. 1. Inspirational Quotes Throw out non-essential numbers, including age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That's what you pay them for. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening.....whatever. Just never let the brain idle. And NO! You are never too old to start a new learning project. Enjoy the simple things. When the children are young... that is all that you can afford. When they are in university... that is all that you can afford. When they are grown and you are in retirement... that, too, is all that you can afford. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. Laugh so much that you can be tracked in the store by your distinctive laughter. And, funnily enough, complete strangers will laugh along with you. It's infectious. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life is ourselves. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it is family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, and hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge. Cherish your health. If it is good ~ preserve it. If it is unstable ~ improve it. If it beyond what you can improve ~ get help. Don't take guilt trips. Trips to the mountains, to the beach, a foreign country, fine, but NOT guilt trips. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity. Remember, Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. No animal hides in shame for being itself. No tree bends to the opinion of others. No wind avoids the granite face before it. Only human beings cultivate way s in which to fawn or cower before one another, and all for the sake of winning nothing but a fleeting feeling that for their cunning they have made it through one more day. ~~~ Guy Finley «¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤» 2. “Laughter and Smiles” By Joseph J. Mazzella One of the most delightful Christmas decorations I saw this year was a gigantic, plastic polar bear someone had set in their front yard. Its very size made me laugh and smile as I drove by. Ten children could have sat on its lap with room for more. It was a wonderful and joyous gift from the homeowner to all of us who saw it. After all, there are few gifts as precious as bringing a smile to someone's face and a laugh to someone's heart. Knowing the priceless joy of smiles and laughter is one reason why I still read the comics page in my newspaper each day. It is also why I so dearly love to watch children at play. A six-year-old child will laugh three hundred times a day, while an adult will only laugh fifteen times a day. Perhaps we should take lessons in joy and laughter from our kids instead of trying to make them be more serious like us. Laughter and smiles are not just a joy for the soul either. They are also a fountain of youth for all who use them. They give us health, energy, vitality and help us choose love easily and often. You know, I have never seen a smiling person who looked old. Perhaps you only grow old when you stop laughing and cease to smile. Even the most wrinkled and ancient face instantly grows young when its lips turn up, its teeth shine bright and its eyes twinkle in delight. Let us not be afraid to smile. Don't hold back on you laughter. Choose to smile and laugh every chance you get. Let us love our laughter, delight in our smiles and grow young again with giggles and grins. Rejoice in these glorious gifts from God, and smile and laugh our way to Heaven. It is only with a smiling face and a laughing heart that we can create the kind of love and joy that will truly make this world the paradise God meant for i t to be. 3. Finds of the week I am running weekend, and one day work shops over the November and December period for those that want to learn & make Xmas presents ....and over the school holidays I have been running Beading parties for girls 10 and up ( that has proved to be a total delight and rewarding experience, will keep you posted with some info soon Cheers Carol Carolyne Brennan Hot Dot Designs Ceramic / Jewellery Artist ABN 94442146043 email@example.com 02 97438300 Fax02 97438300 ______________________________________________________________ This is pretty cool. Just follow the instructions after you click on the link below. http://www.chinapaint.com/eng/flash/colorandme_en.swf Thanks Peter Watson _______________________________________________________________________ I don’t where I found this but it is a very interesting site. The Global Village News & Resources is a monthly publication dedicated to providing you with timely news from the leading edge of human achievement. 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Now embarking on our fourteenth year, we produce programs advocating an aggressive, integrated approach to HIV management. Peace International Fellowship Of Reconciliation http://www.ifor.org The International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR) is an international, spiri tually- based movement composed of people who, from the basis of a belief in the power of love and truth, work to create justice and restore community. We are committed to active nonviolence as a way of life and as a means of transformation -personal, social, economic and political. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The reports & web listings do not constitute endorsement, recommendation or validation by the publisher. 4. Wild Trivia Subject: Good maths tri ck Maths question just for fun. Work this out as you read. Be sure you don't read the bottom until you've worked it out! This is not one of those waste of time things, it's fun. 1. First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to have dinner out. (try for more than once but less than 10) 2. Multiply this number by 2 (Just to be bold) 3. Add 5. (for Sunday) 4. Multiply it by 50 - I'll wait while you get the calculator................ 5. If you have already had your birthday this year add 1753....If you haven't, add 1752.......... 6. Now subtract the four digit year that you were born. You should have a three digit number. The first digit of this was your original number i.e., how many times you want to have eaten out each week.) The next two numbers are...YOUR AGE! (Oh YES, it IS!!!!!) THIS IS THE ONLY YEAR (2003) IT WILL EVER WORK, SO SPREAD IT AROUND WHILE IT LASTS. IMPRESSIVE, ISN'T IT? _____________________________________________________________________ Entitlement and Hunger by Victoria Did you know that you are entitled to eat whatever you want in front of anyone regardless of your body size? You many not feel entitled to eat co mfortably until you have reached your desired body weight. You might even be afraid people will judge you when they see you eat and think that you shouldn't be eating because you are so overweight. This lack of entitlement MAKES you fat! If you eat and no one sees you eat, it really didn't happen, right? It is a way for you to hide fro m yourself and everyone else. Doing this forces you to eat in secret. Here is the truth about normal eaters: Normal eaters eat whenever they want in front of anyone. For you to become a normal eater, you must do the same. Take your entitlement back! Do you feel entit led to go to the bathroom whenever your body says so? It is the same thing. Which brings us to another point: You can't give up eating to be slim. In fact you are going to have to really eat to lose that excess weight permanently. Everyone who follows The Living Well Plan knows this to be true. To lose, you need to eat! Follow these simp le steps to help overcome any problems you are having with feeling entitled to eat in front of o thers: 1. Whenever you eat anything, sit down. 2. Eat consciously and without distractions. 3. Keep your hands off of the food or utensils between b ites. 4. Eat in front of whoever is around. 5. Don't judge yourself. L'Bri Pure 'n Natural skincare products: http://chetday.com/naturalskincareproducts.htm ________________________________________________________________________ "PUS H-UPS" FOR THE EYES Hold a pencil at arm's length in front of your face. Move it slowly toward your nose, holding your gaze on the point of the pencil. The objective is to bring the pencil as close to the tip of your nose as you can before you see a double image of the pencil. This exercise strengthens the "convergence ability" of your eyes (that is, th e ability of both eyes to aim at the same object), wh ich helps prevent eyestrain and may eliminate the "floating print" that can occur when your eyes are tired. ___________________________________________________________________________ Ponderous Notions What was the best thing before sliced bread? If it's tourist season, why can't we shoot them? Do blind Eskimos have seeing-eye sled dogs? If you shoot a mime, should you use a silencer? Why is there an expiration date on sour cream? ___________________________________________________________ Here are five ways to increase your reading speed: The average high school student and adult reads at an average rate of 250 words a minute. There are many, however, whose speed is 400 wpm - and higher. 1. Don’t mumble or make lip movements during silent reading. It will slow you down. Some people make “sub-vocal” sounds that have the same effect. Place your fingers on gently on your throat while you read to be sure there is no movement. 2. Eliminate word-by-word reading. 3. Don’t point at words on the page with your finger. It is a crutch. 4. Keep your head still. There should be no physical movement from side to side. Only your eyes should move. 5. Practice a smooth “return sweep” of your eye movement on a diagonal line from the end of the line to the beginning of the next. Slow readers often sweep their eyes left over the words they’ve just read - then down. With a little practice you can greatly increase your rate without a decline in accuracy or comprehension. – Neil Eskelin The Joys Of Children To those of us who have children in our lives, whether they are our own, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or students, here is something to make you chuckle. Whenever your children are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even God’s omnipotence did not extend to His own children. After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve. And the first thing he said was “DON’T!’ “Don’t what?” Adam replied. “Don’t eat the forbidden fruit,” God said. “Forbidden fruit? We have forbidden fruit? Hey Eve… we have forbidden fruit!!!!” “No Way!” “Yes way!” “Do NOT eat the fruit!” said God. “Why?” “Because I am your Father and I said so!” God replied, wondering why He hadn’t stopped creation after making the elephants. A few minutes later, God saw His children having an apple break and He was ticked! “Didn’t I tell you not to eat the fruit?” God asked. “Uh huh,” Adam replied. “Then why did you?” said the Father. “I don’t know,” said Eve “She started it!” Adam said. “Did not!” “Did too!” “DID NOT!” Having had it with the two of them, God’s punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own. Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed. BUT THERE IS REASSURANCE IN THE STORY ! If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give children wisdom and they haven’t taken it, don’t be hard on yourself. If God had trouble raising children, what makes you think it would be a piece of cake for you? THINGS TO THINK ABOUT! 1. You spend the first two years of their life teaching them to walk and talk. Then you spend the next sixteen telling them to sit down and shut up. 2. Grandchildren are God’s reward for not killing your own children. 3. Mothers of teens now know why some animals eat their young. 4. Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said. 5. The main purpose of holding children’s parties is to remind yourself that there are children more awful than your own. 6. We child proofed our homes, but they are still getting in. ADVICE FOR THE DAY! Be nice to your kids. They will choose your nursing home. AND FINALLY: If you have a lot of tension and you get a headache, take the advice on the aspirin bottle: „TAKE TWO ASPIRIN” and “KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN”. You’ve gotta admit there’s some wisdom here. 5. Metaphor A young and successful executive was travelling down a neighbourhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something. As his car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag's side door! He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been thrown. The angry driver then jumped out of the car, grabbed the nearest kid and pushed him up against a parked car shouting, "What was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing? That's a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?" The young boy was apologetic. "Please, mister...please, I'm sorry but I didn't know what el se to do," He pleaded. "I threw the brick because no one else would stop." With tears dripping down his face and off his chin, the youth pointed to a spot just around a parked car. "It's my brother," he said. "He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can't lift him up." Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned executive, "Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He's hurt and he's too heavy for me." Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair, then took out his fancy handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh scrap es and cuts. A quick look told him everything was going to be okay. "Thank you and may God bless you," the grateful child told the stranger. Too shook up for words, the man simply watched the boy push his wheelchair -bound brother down the sidewalk toward their home. It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar. The damage was very noticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair the dented side door. He kept the dent there to remind him of this message "Don't go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!" 6. Ken Warren- Four steps to making amends Every teacher and parent knows the usual response when they catch a child misbehaving. "It wasn't me!" the child exclaims, even when it is quite obvious they were responsible. Or they say, "They made me do it!" to excuse their behaviour and defer responsibility onto someone else. Instead of apologising or making amends, they point out the inappropriate behaviour of others. Unfortunately, it is not only children who struggle with taking responsibility. However, I think there are four things we all can do to help make a relationship right, after making a choice which is hurtful to others. The first is simply acknowledging our behaviour, "It happened", is a way of putting up your hand and acknowledging what occurred. Though this sounds easy, in real life it can be hard to do, as we tend to want to deny what we did so as to avoid the consequences that come with our poor choices. Denying the existence of our actions will breed further hurt and mistrust. The second step is accepting responsibility for our behaviour by finding ways to say, "I did it". When we say, "I only did this because of what you did", or we acted a certain way because we were tired, cranky or intoxicated, we are trying to defer responsibility. Even though other people or factors may have contributed, we are still responsible for our own choices. If we try to avoid responsibility, it can make other parties wonder if we are really open to doing things differently in the future. Making amends is the third step. Things that help the other person let go of their hurt over time include genuine apologies or performing actions designed to help the other person to feel better. I think we are best to ask the person who is hurting "What is it I can do to make it up to you?", and to listen carefully for their response. Because we are all made a little differently, often people require different things to feel better. For some, it might just be a hug or a touch. For others, it might be listening to the depth of their hurt and showing genuine understanding and compassion over time. For some, it might be several acts of kindness. The fourth step is recommitting to doing something different for the future to prevent the same hurt from recurring. Of course, the recommitment has to be genuine and it has to be followed up with action. As people see us doing what we said we would do, it becomes easier to let go of hurt and to reinvest in the relationship. For many of us, our parents were not so good at taking responsibility and making amends for their own hurtful actions. By striving to get it right with our own children as well as in our adult relationships, we are not only doing our part to reconcile these relationships, we are also setting an example in how we would like others to behave. Upcoming professional development opportunities Families, Life and Conundrums: The Modern Face of Counselling Australian Counselling Association National Conference - Sydney - 7th to 9th November 2003 The Australian Counselling Association will be holding it's inaugural National Conference in Sydney from 7-9 November 2003. This three day conference will include international speakers, Dr Nadine Spelling and Dr Nancy Author, with the keynote speaker being Reverend Bill Crews. There will be workshops covering every aspect of counselling from belief systems with Kakkib li'Dthia Warrawee'a on Buddhism to Music Therapy with Dr Ruth Bright to Hypnotism with Lyndall Briggs. There will be workshops of interest to all those involved in mental health, teaching, social work, counselling and psychology. Members of the public or other professions are most welcome. Yes, that’s me, pretty exciting, For full details on speakers, subjects, costs and accommodation, please click the Workshops page of www.counsel.com.au which will take you to a copy of the conference brochure. Further information about the Australian Counselling Association can be gained by telephoning toll-free 1300 784 333, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org , by post to PO Box 33 Kedron Qld 4031, or through www.theaca.net.au Building a Successful Practice is an essential workshop for anyone who is considering starting or has just started a private practice. Learn what really works and wha t doesn't. Don't become a part of the 95% who don't make it. Comes with a comprehensive workbook. Managing and Resolving Conflict Friday 31 October 2003 - Good Life Centre - 100 Buderim Pines Drive, Buderim Do you want to have less conflict in your personal relationships? Or do you have to help others work through their differences? If so, then this practical one-day workshop is for you. You will develop a greater understanding as to why people conflict as well as practical strategies for working through differences. This workshop is a great help at both a professional and a personal level. Though targeted at helping professionals, the workshop is also open to the general public. Contact details Ken Warren BA, M Soc Sc, CPC, MACA (clinical) Counsellor and Trainer, PO Box 54 Cotton Tree Qld Australia 4558 Email: email@example.com Website: www.counsel.com.au Counselling for individuals, couples and families, Mediation and workplace conflict resolution, Workshops and in-house training, Supervision for helping professionals, Court reports and assessments, Free weekly email newsletter 7. Jokes A college professor, who was previously a sailor, was very aware that ships are addressed as "she" and "her". He often wondered what gender computers should be addressed. To answer that question, he set up two groups of computer experts. The first was comprised of women, and the second of men. Each group was asked to recommend whether computers should be referred to in the feminine gender, or the masculine gender. They were asked to give four reasons for their recommendations. The group of women reported that computers should be referred to in the masculine gender because: 1. In order to get their attention, you have to turn them on. 2. They have a lot of data but are still clueless. 3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they are the problem. 4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have had a better model. The men, on the other hand, concluded that computers should be referred to in the feminine gender because: 1. No one but the Creator understands their internal logic. 2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else. 3. Even your smallest mistakes are stored in long-term memory for later retrieval. 4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories. – Neil Eskelin ______________________________________________________________________________ A girl was visiting her blonde friend who had acquired two new dogs, and asked her what their names were. The blonde responded that one was named Rolex and one was named Timex. Her friend said, "Whoever heard of someone naming dogs like that?" Whereupon the blonde responded, "DUHHHHHHH...they're watch dogs." _______________________________________________________ In my next life... thanks Irene Colville I wanna be a female bear.... If you're a bear, you get to hibernate. You do nothing but sleep for six months. I could deal with that. Before you hibernate, you're supposed to eat yourself stupid. I could deal with that, too. If you're a bear, you birth your children (who are the size of walnuts) while you're sleeping and wake to partially grown, cute cuddly cubs. I could definitely deal with that. If you're a mama bear, everyone knows you mean business. You swat anyone who bothers your cubs. If your cubs get out of line, you swat them, too. I could deal with that. If you're a bear, your mate EXPECTS you to wake up growling. He EXPECTS that you will have hairy legs and excess body fat. Yup ... I wanna be a bear. _______________________________________________________ Never let it be said that ground crews and engineers lack a sense of humor. Here are some actual logged maintenance complaints by QANTAS pilots and the corrective action recorded by mechanics. By the way, Qantas is supposedly the only major airline that has never crashed. P = the problem the pilots entered in the log. S = the solution or corrective action taken by the mechanics. P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough. S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft. P: Something loose in cockpit. S: Something tightened in cockpit. P: Dead bugs on windshield. S: Live bugs on backorder. P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200-fpm descent. S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground. P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear. S: Evidence removed. P: DME volume unbelievably loud. S: DME volume set to more believable level. P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick. S: That's what they're there for! P: IFF inoperative. S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode. P: Suspected crack in windscreen. S: Suspect you're right. P: Aircraft handles funny. S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious. P: Radar hums. S: Reprogrammed radar with words. P: Mouse in cockpit. S: Cat installed. 8. Motivational DO YOU ALLOW YOURSELF TO PLAY? by John Robson and Patrice Steen http://chetday.com/cgi -bin/pl.cgi?ha "There is no pleasure in having nothing to do. The fun is in having lots to do and not doing it." ~ Mary Little How do you react to this quote? Do you agree with Ms. Little? Are you too responsible to agree? Do you balk at such frivolity? Today, we invite you to become aware of your attitudes towards rest, relaxation, pleasure and fun. - Do you give yourself enough 'down time'? If not, why not? - When you do give yourself a break? - Do you carry guilt through it? - Do you, deep down inside, believe that you don't deserve to have a good time or that you haven't been performing well enough to earn a rest? If you do uncover thoughts such as these, toss them into the trash. TAKE A BREAK Strong work ethic or not, we can readily justify taking a break. In fact, we need to take breaks ~ regularly and frequently, for these reasons: 1. We work more effectively when we don't work so much. Rest periods and vacations break our work routines. This helps shift our thinking from its habitual, stuck patterns. By taking time away from our regular activities, we see them more clearly when we return. We can see what's working and what's not. We're more likely to think of new ways of doing things. 2. The best way to resolve a problem may be to clear it from our mind. And rest periods, mini-holidays and vacations are great for clearing our heads. This creates the space for energy and creativity to flow. With our conscious mind out of the way, the subconscious mind can get to work on the challenge. A clear head also brings the silence that's needed for the small voice of wisdom inside us to be heard. Flashes of insight that bring new solutions tend to come when we're doing something completely different from the activity that's challenging us. 3. We need time for reflection, to step back and look at what's happening in our lives with greater detachment. It allows us to see where we're being tru e to ourselves and where we've gotten off-track. Only by pulling free of our busyness can we accurately assess the value of what we're doing. We become more sensitive and aware. 4. We need to balance doing with being. All work and no play throws our life out of balance and endangers our health. Our bodies and minds need sufficient rest for recuperation. This is critically important with the level of stress in our lives these days. 5. Pleasure is good for us! When we take a break, we do what pleases us. Pl easure brings relaxation, deeper breathing and more energy flow. Our immune sy stems strengthen as our happiness raises our vibration. When there's more energy flowing, we're more creative. When we're in love with what's happening, we attract good things to us. There will always be lots of work to do. We simply can't wait for it to go away to enjoy ourselves. Let's make recreation a legitimate pastime and book it into our calendars as easily as we book our duties. Even 15 minutes of good fun and laughter is powerful. Experiment with spending time doing something delightful, something frivolous, something totally different, something just for the sheer joy of it. And don't you dare feel guilty for it. Joy is a quality of the soul! For details on 19 GROW Yourself programs, including our new ACTIVATING JOY series, visit http://chetday.com/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?ha ABOUT THE AUTHORS John Robson and Patrice Steen offer tools and paths for meaningful growth at their excellent website. Surf over and check out their online courses, daily email coaching and FREE newsletter for personal fulfilment at: _______________________________________________________________________________ This Is My Prayer Give me the supreme courage of love, this is my prayer - the courage to speak, to do, to suffer at Your will, to leave all things or be left alone. Strengthen me on errands of danger, honor me with pain, and help me climb to that difficult mood that sacrifices daily to You. Give me the supreme confidence of love, this is my prayer - the confidence that belongs to life in death, to victory in defeat, to the power hidden in the frailest beauty, to that dignity in pain which accepts hurt but disdains to return it. 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