Issue No. 24 Highlights
• The Power of Ambition
• Holiday Food Hints
• Match Your Unique Interests to
• On Being Human
• For the Calorie Conscious
• Alternate Meanings
• Discounted Rooms at Well-Known Hotels
• Stress Relief for the Holidays
• Spread Your Bets
• Tech Tip
Pursuing Your Own
What is the origin of true ambition? There important question to ask yourself at the own ambition take you where you want to
exists only one place to find true ambition, beginning of the month, the beginning of go, to do what you want to do, to create
and that is within you—in every thought, in the week, the beginning of the day. the life you want to live!
every movement, in every motivation. Your Because here is what you don’t ever want (Source: Excerpted from The Power of
ambition is an expression of who you truly to do—kid yourself. Kid your neighbor, kid Ambition series by Jim Rohn. Reproduced
are, your own self-expression. me, and kid the marketplace, but don’t kid with permission from the Jim Rohn Weekly
yourself—fingers crossed—hoping you will E-zine. Subscribe at: www.jimrohn.com)
Self-expression. Isn’t self-expression really arrive at a good destination when you’re
self-direction? How you think, how you not even headed that way. You have to ask
move, how you motivate yourself. Ambition yourself often, AM I? Am I doing the disci- HOLIDAY HINTS
is a result of self-direction, and self-direc- plines that are taking me in the direction I
tion is one of the six key principles neces- want to go? Don’t neglect to ask these An old hint revisited: If you are driving this
sary for building ambition. important questions, questions that help holiday season and you are subject to
determine your direction, the set of your motion sickness, take some ginger or other
Positive self-direction says, “I know who decongestants to help alleviate the problem.
sail, your destination.
I am, and I know where I want to go. I’m
accumulating knowledge, experiences, Is this the direction I want for my life? For those who will be airborne: If you are
feelings, and philosophies that will help flying and suffer from middle-ear trauma,
Is this someone else’s direction? which occurs during take-off and landing,
prepare me for opportunities that I know
will show up without notice or any help on Is this a goal I have been ingrained with ginger will help here too. And if you pack a
my part.” Because you know where you since my childhood? special treat (either fruit or your favorite
want to go, you have already been working energy bar), you will not feel deprived when
Is this goal my parent’s, my spouse’s,
on the parts of your personality that will you refuse the allergenic salted peanuts or
my boss’, my children’s, or is it MINE?
make you better. Working on your attitude, chemical-laced pretzels.
working on your health, working on your Ask yourself these questions and then
time-management skills. Putting it all down Before heading for the holiday cocktail
debate them. After you have answered
on paper. And you constantly see yourself party, eat one egg and take some extra
these questions within yourself, then take it
in the place you want to be, going in the vitamin C, B6, and calcium. The egg pro-
one step further and ask, “What am I doing
direction you want to go. vides quality protein and fat, which will
that is working or not working?” Debate it
delay the absorption of alcohol into your
all. Work with your mind to figure out the
Direction determines destination. So here is bloodstream. That’s why Russian politicians
best possible direction for you—your self-
a question you must ask yourself, “Are all drink large amounts of milk before vodka-
direction. And then ambitiously pursue your
the disciplines that I’m currently engaged in drenched banquets. The additional nutrient
own self-direction. Let the power of your
taking me where I want to go?” What an supplements help to prevent the desperate-
ly hungry feeling that makes the drinks and They’ll even help you find a new job. It’s 3. Eat off smaller plates!
hors d’oeuvres irresistible. It may even give fun and FREE. 4. Drink a 12-ounce glass of water before
you enough resistance to nibble only on the eating. It will take up room in your stom-
crudités (raw vegetables) and avoid the
more damaging snacks and beverages.
INSPIRATION ach and make you feel less hungry.
5. Wait 10 minutes before snacking.
This being human . . .
Bring your host a bag of mixed nuts in the Between-meal snacks are usually
shell, and a couple of nutcrackers as your This being human is a guest house. impulsive acts. A wait before eating
house gift. It’s fun to sit around and crack Every morning a new arrival. them will often make you realize you
nuts open. Kids love this, too. The higher aren’t hungry after all.
the oil content of any food, the more quick- A joy, a depression, a meanness,
6. Keep the right stuff up front. Make
ly it will become rancid, so cracking the some momentary awareness comes
such foods as fruits and vegetables
nuts open at the time of consumption as an unexpected visitor.
readily available by keeping them in
avoids the free radical problem and also the front of the refrigerator shelves.
Welcome and entertain them all!
helps limit the amount you will consume.
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
(Source: Betty Kamen, Ph.D. Nutrition Expert) who violently sweep your house HUMOR
empty of its furniture,
and speaking of nuts . . . still, treat each guest honorably. “Your food stamps will be stopped effective
He may be clearing you out March 1992 because we received notice
Nut allergy? Avoid kissing! for some new delight. that you passed away. May God bless you.
You may reapply if there is a change in your
People with a nut allergy can have an ana- The dark thought, the shame, the malice, circumstances.”
phylactic reaction if they kiss someone who meet them at the door laughing,
has recently eaten nuts to which they are and invite them in. —Department of Social Services,
allergic. (An anaphylactic reaction is a seri- Greenville, South Carolina
ous, often life-threatening allergic reaction Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent The Washington Post published a contest
characterized by low blood pressure, shock,
as a guide from beyond. for readers in which they were asked to
and difficulty breathing.)
supply alternate meanings for various
—Rumi from The Essential Rumi words. The following were some of the
People can have reactions up to six hours
after the kisser has eaten the food. In most winning entries:
cases, the kisser is a spouse, although TIPS FOR THE CALORIE 1. Coffee (n.), a person who is coughed
some children say that they have been CONSCIOUS upon.
kissed by a relative. One grandparent was
Avoid Eating Distractions 2. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how
kissed by a grandchild who had eaten peanut
much weight you have gained.
butter. Some respondents are single people If you are trying to control the amount of
who have a reaction in a dating situation. 3. Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever
food you eat, then you may want to consider
having a flat stomach.
reducing distractions during your meal. A
Brushing teeth and using mouthwash are
French study published in the August 2001 4. Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation
ineffective measures for preventing this
issue of the American Journal of Clinical while drunk.
serious reaction. [One trick is to place a
Nutrition reported that women who ate 5. Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent.
few grams of vitamin C—dissolved in a
lunch while listening to a tape of a detective
small amount of water—under the tongue 6. Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in
story consumed significantly more calories
as soon as possible after the allergic reac- which you absentmindedly answer the
than when eating without distractions, even
tion. This curtails the reaction almost door in your nightie.
though their hunger level was the same. So,
immediately for many people.]
next time you’re ready for dinner, shut down 7. Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.
(Source: 59th annual meeting of the American the television and turn off the phone!
8. Gargoyle (n.), an olive-flavored
College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, mouthwash.
Tips to Avoid Overeating
Orlando, Florida, November 2001)
9. Flatulence (n.), the emergency vehicle
1. Slow down, chew with purpose: Take at that picks you up after you are run over
WEB SITE PICKS least 20 minutes to consume a meal. by a steamroller.
Taking longer to eat will make you feel
http://www.findyourspot.com/ as though you are eating more. Enjoy the 10. Balderdash (n.), a rapidly receding
conversation and companionship. hairline.
Discover perfect hometowns rated to match
2. Eat only while sitting down. Much extra 11. Testicle (n.), a humorous question on
YOUR unique interests.
food is consumed on the run. Making it an exam.
Compare the best cities and small towns a point to sit down while eating will 12. Rectitude (n.), the formal, dignified
with free colorful reports. help you think about how much you demeanor assumed by a proctologist
are consuming. immediately before he examines you.
13. Oyster (n.), a person who sprinkles his can run 20 to 30 percent. Web site: California Reservations (800/576-0003)
conversation with Yiddish expressions. www.hoteldiscount.com Represents 1,500 or so West Coast hotels
in 100 locations that include not only
14. Circumvent (n.), the opening in the Hot Rooms (800/468-3500) California but also Washington, Oregon, and
front of boxer shorts. Chicago-only service, a pioneer in hotel British Columbia. The San Francisco-based
15. Frisbeetarianism (n.), the belief that, discounting that books 30,000 rooms service claims it can cut 30 to 40 percent
when you die, your soul goes up on the annually at savings of up to 40 to 50 off published rates. Web address (its site
roof and gets stuck there. percent off published prices. You pay the is excellent): www.cal-res.com
hotel directly. Web site: www.hotrooms.com
16. Pokemon (n.), a Jamaican proctologist.
1-800-USA-HOTEL (800/872-4683) Formerly known as Las Vegas Reservations
TRAVEL Offers around-the-clock reservations service, Systems, this 10-year-old service is currently
as well as discounts of up to 40 and 50 branching out to 800 hotels in 100 U.S.
For Discounted Rooms at Well-Known percent, working with more than 11,000 locations. Discounts average 25 to 30
Hotels: 13 Top “Hotel Brokers” (or “Hotel domestic hotels, including most major percent. Its first-rate Web site helps you to
Consolidators”) chains. You pay the hotel directly. Web site: create low-cost domestic air-hotel packages.
www.1800usahotels.com Web site: www.travelscape.com
These are the newest of the “consolidators.”
For many years, the American hotel industry Quikbook (800/789-9887) (Source: www.frommers.com)
watched the emergence of discount compa- Handles 200 or so hotels in Atlanta,
nies in air transportation and cruises, and Boston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles,
sternly resisted the trend. Then, about two San Francisco, and Washington, DC. This STRESS RELIEF FOR
years ago, the industry succumbed. Faced service can often slash 25 to 30 percent THE HOLIDAYS
with a growing glut of rooms resulting from off a property’s quoted rates. Web site:
the over-building of hotels in the 1980s, they Our lives are busy all year long. How do we
slowly began assigning a portion of their fit those things that we do once a year in
space to independent companies for resale Travel Interlink (800/477-7172) an already overcrowded schedule? How do
to the public—quietly, without advertising, Represents thousands of hotels, primarily in we fit in more time for shopping, wrapping,
covertly—at discounts ranging up to 50 percent. Asia and Europe, and offers discounts off decorating, cooking, planning, partying,
their published rates that can run as high travelling? It’s no wonder the holidays bring
Accommodations Express (800/444-7666) as 30 to 50 percent. Also has significant additional stress to many.
Began as a booking service for Atlantic discounts on many land packages.
City; now works with over 1,000 hotels in Here’s a strategy that I’ve been using suc-
16 cities. Average savings are 20 to 25 Hotel ConXions (800/522-9991) cessfully for the last couple of years: From
percent, though they can go as high as Discounts the rates of 200 hotels in eight Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, I just say
40 percent. Its excellent Web site is U.S. cities—New York, Boston, Washington, no to anything that doesn’t directly produce
www.roomconnection.com DC, Philadelphia, Miami, Orlando, Los money. I commit myself to creating the time
Angeles, and San Francisco. Claims its cuts and experience that allows me to express
Central Reservations Service an average 30 percent, and also states it my holiday best. Here are some ways that
(800/950-0232) has space in generally sold-out periods. you can put that strategy to work for you.
This veteran books hotels in Miami,
Orlando, New York, San Francisco, Boston, HotelsOnline.com (800/383-2270) Say no to meetings that aren’t holiday
Atlanta, and Chicago, regularly offering This 5-year-old company has enormous celebrations.
discounts of at least 15 percent and reach, offering 56,000 hotels (including Say no to requests that could be done
frequently as much as 30 percent. most major chains) virtually everywhere in after the holidays.
the United States. Claims it can save you Say no to the routines that don’t add to
Express Reservations (800/356-1123) between 40 and 65 percent, occasionally or support your holiday experience.
Books only good-quality New York and more, with biggest savings in shoulder Say no to the non-essentials.
Los Angeles hotels at discounts that often seasons. Urges you to use its Web site:
Say no to the season’s aspects that don’t
approach 30 and 40 percent, depending www.hotelsonline.com
appeal to you.
on time of year. The hotel is paid directly—
no prepaid vouchers. Web site: Hotres.com (Internet only; no phone) Say no to inappropriate and unreasonable
www.express-res.com A brand-new service currently handling only expectations.
New York City—with 30 midtown hotels in all
Hotel Reservations Network price ranges—but soon to expand to Las Say yes to gratitude.
(800/96-HOTEL) Vegas, San Francisco, Orlando, Miami, and Say yes to allowing others their desired
A big selection of U.S. cities—24, to be Los Angeles. Claims to save between $20 and holiday experience.
exact—distinguishes this large, 8-year-old $60 nightly on rooms. Web site: Say yes to taking care of yourself.
company, as does its claim to obtain first- www.hotres.com Say yes to wider boundaries and higher
class accommodations for under $100 a
night per room. Average savings, it claims,
Say yes to the parts of the season you
enjoy the best.
Say yes to giving thoughtfully and accepting pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, or By market sector. Instead of singling out
gifts with grace. early family history of heart disease— technology companies, which had been the
Say yes to expressing your best to others. marathon running is probably compounding leaders, participate in many market sectors.
Say yes to forgiveness. their risk.”
By holding a diversified mix of companies,
Say yes to fun. Even healthy people can decrease their you’ll be able to profit as different styles
risk. For example, taking come into favor. In the difficult market of
Handcraft the holiday experience of your
products to prevent 2001, for example, small-cap value funds
choice. Here is a success formula for
platelets from getting had an impressive 13 percent gain, through
enjoying the holidays:
“sticky” following August, while large-cap growth funds lost
Let go of what’s not absolutely necessary a race is advis- 25 percent, according to Morningstar.
And participate with your family, friends, able. [Natural
products would Inc., Chicago. As recently as 1998, those
include ginkgo or same small-cap value funds suffered a 6
And smile and laugh a lot fish oil.] percent loss while large-cap growth funds
And practice extreme self-care returned over 33 percent.
(Source: Yvonne Chiarelli, professional, (Source: American Journal of (Source: Retirement & Financial Planning
personal, and business coach. Cardiology 2001; 88: 35–40) Report published by FEDweek)
Tip: Freshen Up that Water Bottle
WORDS OF WISDOM After a workout, the last thing you want to do
is to sip out of a stale-tasting water bottle.
Any fact facing us is not as important as The remedy: Add a slice of lemon to your Have you ever been online and suddenly,
our attitude toward it, for that determines water. Not only will it add a dash of flavor to without warning, you find yourself kicked off
our success or failure. The way you think your H2O, but the citrus juice helps keep a the Web site that you had waited forever to
about a fact may defeat you before you plastic bottle smelling and tasting fresher. finally finish loading? Annoying to say the
ever do anything about it. You are overcome least! However, as with regular phone calls,
by the fact because you think you are.” Take the Pain Out of Yard Work you can now disable your call waiting with
—Norman Vincent Peale To prevent straining your back, stretch
a special code.
before and after doing yard work, says You’ll need to check with your phone compa-
“A bit of fragrance always clings to the
Jerome F. McAndrews, chiropractor and ny to find your particular code, but it’s usually
hand that gives you roses.”
spokesman for the American Chiropractic something that starts with either an * or #
—Chinese proverb Association, in Arlington, Virginia. A good followed by two numbers. Let’s say it’s
move to get you started: Stand up and, #70 for this example. To disable call wait-
“One of the greatest gifts you can give to
keeping your knees straight but not locked, ing, have your Internet dialup begin with
anyone is the gift of attention.”
bend over until you feel the stretch in your #70 then the phone number: #70555-1234.
-- Jim Rohn hamstrings. And remember to pick up
leaves by bending at the knees (think Now you can safely surf the net knowing
squats), not at the waist, which will improve that all those telemarketers are being
the look of your lawn—and your gluts. thwarted as you surf!
Running and Cardiac Risk
Switching Between Screens
Inflammatory and blood markers of cardiac FINANCES
risk appear to increase the risk of acute While holding down the Alt Key, press the
Spread Your Bets Esc button. Doing so allows you to toggle
ischemic events among marathon runners.
Researchers observed significant risk increas- between screens quickly without having to do
Rather than invest in a few well-known
es in men (average age 47.6 years) within 4 the usual Minimize/Maximize routine. The
growth stocks (the ones touted on TV), you
hours after they completed marathon races. only exception is the desktop screen. You
should diversify within the equity market.
must minimize all applications to get there.
Some factors return to normal by next By market capitalization. In addition to
morning, but coagulation factors remain familiar names, buy small and medium-
high, and platelet aggregation increases. sized companies, focusing on those with Evelin Saxinger, Work/Life Program Manager,
There is evidence that some clotting takes solid earnings. email@example.com or 358-1311
place, although the athletes do not
experience any symptoms. By investment style. Purchase value An online version of this newsletter may
stocks that might be considered well-priced, be found at http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/
Researchers conclude: “For people who at current levels, as well as higher priced codec/cc/navig-24.pdf
have cardiac risk factors—high blood growth stocks that are prized for outstand-
ing future prospects.