Friday, 28 December 2007

*Secret #108 Quit Trying to Manage Time


No one can really manage time.

Think about it.

Time tenaciously and mercilessly marches on--with or without you. There is NOTHING you can do to "manage" time!

The only thing you can do is manage yourself in relation to time.

So quit trying to manage time... and instead... start managing yourself.

Just a thought.

BA
PS. Need training to manage yourself in relation to time? Time Management for Painfully Pooped-Out People THE WORKSHOP

Friday, 21 December 2007

A "mini break"

Stop for a moment and sit back in your chair. Take one of those deep breaths in through the nose, and exhale from the mouth. Do it a few times. Remember: when stress enters we slow our breathing down - almost stop when we are angry! As you breathe think "I am relaxing myself, slowing my heart rate, lowering my blood pressure, maintaining optimum oxygen so I can think better, and giving myself and the only place I have to live (my body) - a few moments of regeneration!"

Believe me - it will do all those things for you. After a few breaths, stretch your arms up in the air, blink your eyes several times, wiggle your toes and if you need to take a bathroom break - don't put it off! Do it now. The walk will do you good anyway and get that oxygen moving through the body again.

NO STRESS is worth your life! It will all work out somehow. Don't add to your problems by stressssssssssing out!

CREATE a wonderful day, and better yet, a great life for yourself. I really care!

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

*Secret #106 Quit Blogging



The first secret to amazing time management is...

QUIT WASTING YOUR TIME READING AND WRITING BLOGS!

You could save yourself HOURS of time for things like LIVING LIFE IN THE REAL WORLD.

Each second you fritter away reading this and other blogs is slowly stealing your preciously short life. Ironic... isn't it?

Just a thought. And just having some fun...

BA
PS. For real time management help check out Time Management for Painfully Pooped-Out People

Monday, 17 December 2007

Secret #105 Time-Saving Techniques Are Good, But Being Clear About What to Live for Is Better


"We can be quite sure that whatever God wishes us to devote ourselves to He will grant us time enough in which to do it. Our responsibility is to find out exactly what He wants and hold resolutely to that. One of our greatest problems is that we misunderstand what God asks of us, either by adding all kinds of extra responsibilities or by possessing only a hazy idea of what He wishes. We will gain more time by properly understanding His will for us than by all time-saving suggestions put together."


— Robert Banks, The Tyranny of Time: When 24 Hours Is Not Enough

Wednesday, 12 December 2007

How do I relieve stress during this busy time?

1. I remember to breathe! Breathing can calm you down, lower your heart rate, make you think more intelligently, and help any pain you might have to diminish. That is just a partial list of the good things that will happen to you when you remember to use your oxygen. It's a gift. Try holding your breath for 4 minutes and see how precious your oxygen is to your life!

2. Prioritize - Make sure that the tasks you are trying to accomplish don't cause you
to loose your temper with those people in your life you are trying to please! People first (LOVE), all the other stuff next.

3. Loosen the old thought that Christmas is about "presenting" a great dinner table,
buying the best gifts, or decorating the house with a million lights. It's not. It's about LOVE LOVE LOVE. For us Christians it is the time we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior. For non-Christians it can be a lovely time to celebrate family and the spirit of giving. Don't diminish one moment with frustration and anger. Take it easy...take a breath!

4. Don't forget to give yourself a hug once in a while. You work hard and you know it. Count small blessings we skip over each day. I was shopping and looked up and saw an awesome sight-so I took out my little camera and captured it (photo on the right). What a blessing to see such beauty!

Have a wonderful holiday season and DON'T spend it drinking too much. You loose your spirit when it is saturated with booze. Yes, I have a drink now and then - but I
am in charge; not the alcohol. Be safe. Be YOURSELF!

Monday, 10 December 2007

Secret #104 Beware the Knee-Jerk No

No is a two edged sword.

It can cut you free from entanglements you shouldn't have been involved in to begin with—and it can starve your very soul.

That's right. If your autopilot is set to automatically say no to everything... your soul will starve.

Consider this: It's possible to be so focused on protecting YOUR schedule with "no" that you miss God's agenda for you.

Think about it. In such cases, you're not saying no to people or opportunities—you're saying no to God himself.

That's not where I want to live.

Yet, saying yes to God doesn't mean saying yes to everything.

So here's my two cents: Learn to say no... but only so you can say a passionate yes to God when he hands you an assignment.

How can you know if an opportunity calling for your attention is just a good thing... or a God thing?

At the risk of being too simple, I would encourage you to do something crazy: Ask Him.

Beware of the knee-jerk no. You could be missing God.

Sunday, 9 December 2007

Alaris® & Awarepoint® Partner to Track and MonitorInfusion Pumps

San Diego, CA, September 11, 2007 – Awarepoint Corporation today announced a breakthroughpartnership with Cardinal Health Alaris to enhance patient safety and provide hospital staff with up-tothe-minute information about the status and location of Alaris PC infusion pumps and modulesthroughout their facility. The Alaris PC infusion pump includes integrated wireless connectivity thatworks seamlessly with Awarepoint’s Real-time Awareness SolutionSM.

Using Awarepoint’s patent-pending technology to remotely monitor Alaris PC infusion pumps, thisintegrated approach will provide hospital staff with real-time actionable information including: whichpatient is using the pump, which modules are attached and whether or not the pump and its modulesare in use. The Awarepoint Real-time Awareness SolutionSM further delivers equipment locationinformation to staff via Searchpoint™, an intuitive user interface that can be accessed from anynetworked PC. Designed with busy clinical staff in mind, Searchpoint offers simple, one-clicksearching capability with results instantly displayed on a map of the facility.

The Awarepoint solution has proven to reduce staff time searching for equipment, enhance patientsafety and optimize equipment utilization. “Providing richer, asset-specific information allows hospitalstaff to search more effectively,” said Ron B. Hegli, Vice President of Engineering and ChiefTechnology Officer at Awarepoint. “Together, we leverage the Alaris Gateway interface to enrichAwarepoint search results pertaining to pumps.”

Awarepoint and Alaris are committed to providing the best possible medical solution for patients andhospitals. The new agreement between the companies will enhance clinical documentation andmedication administration to better streamline hospital processes.

About Awarepoint: The Awarepoint® Real-time Awareness Solution SM delivers healthcare providers reliable location,status and movement information to remotely monitor equipment and people. Using minimal hardwareand no hard wiring, Awarepoint offers a non-disruptive installation - even in occupied patient rooms.Our award-winning, rapid impact implementation enables hospitals to map resources, monitor activityand measure performance to more effectively improve business processes that impact patient care andoperational efficiencies. Awarepoint is provided as a fully managed service, including all hardware,software, 24/7/365 remote system monitoring and full maintenance. The company is headquartered inSan Diego, California and serves hospitals across the United States through a national sales andoperations workforce. See what’s new at www.awarepoint.com

Monday, 3 December 2007

Secret #103 Notice the Correlation Between the Pace of Your Life and the Quality of Your Relationships


The quality of all your relationships is inversely proportional to the pace of your life.

Saturday, 1 December 2007

Nursing Seminars

Continuing education is an essential part of a career in nursing and is required to keep a license and vital to keeping skills fresh. The trick is finding the time to get these continuing education hours in and still have a life outside of work. Balancing a personal life and work is hard enough without additional time demands.

College courses can be huge time commitments. These usually span a whole semester and many have strict attendance policies. Online courses offer a less time intensive option, however you are on your own to learn the material. No one is presenting it to you. So, what is a working nurse to do? That is where nursing seminars come in. These are chances to get some much needed continuing education in a shorter amount of time.

Some seminars may be offered at the workplace. Others may take place at local or regional conferences. These are designed around convenience and pack a lot of information in a small space of time.

Another positive to nursing seminars is the focused nature of this type of training. A seminar usually focuses on one particular area of nursing. A college course is general and covers all the topics included under the course title. A nursing seminar may focus on one new technique or piece of equipment. A seminar may present the newest research available. It can be focused on new developments in patient care or ways of dealing with colleagues and the stress of the job. No matter the topic, there is much to be gained by attending seminars.

Rubbing elbows with others in the field is another benefit of these seminars. It might be co-workers in the same hospital that you don't see because of opposite shifts or colleagues in other hospitals or clinics. Keeping these connections fresh can pay off when they are needed. These people have the same work-related interests and concerns as you. They are great sounding boards for new ideas and great support in times of need.

Many seminars offer a chance for the give and take of information. Some presenters will open with an idea session, asking for audience participation right off the bat. This is a chance to get answers to questions that may have been lingering. It is also a chance to bounce ideas off colleagues and those higher up in the field. Some seminars, the smaller ones, are set up as a roundtable discussion, with the sharing of ideas as a central theme. This meshing of minds and ideas is a common formula for the development of sound policies and procedures.

The skills and information gained from the seminars can usually be put into practice immediately. Whether it's a seminar to help prepare for testing or one on the newest technique used in critical care for cardiac patients, the information is relevant to what you are doing right now. Learning how to use a new piece of equipment or the steps of a new procedure will pay off in less confusion and less of a learning curve for everyone involved. Patients will benefit from this new found knowledge, as will colleagues and employers. The skills gained could lead to promotions and extra responsibilities or perhaps even more pay.

Seminars are designed to be focused and many times are delivered in smaller group settings. Some seminars may be delivered in large lecture halls with less give and take. These should be approached like any lecture and the information taken back and shared with the group at work. This is where the ideas are generated and implementation takes place. Small group seminars, such as those that come to you, offer more immediate feedback and idea generation, however, this sometimes leads to missing some information or seminars running long.

Nursing seminars are similar to any other seminar. The goal is to present an idea and get the information out in a short span of time. Those who are interested in more detailed information can then explore the ideas through additional courses or classes. Many new and innovative ideas are presented in seminars. It is a good way to spark interest in these new technologies or ideas. Nurses who attend may find equipment or techniques that would enhance their work with patients and can take those ideas back to their supervisors for possible implementation. This shows a supervisor that you have initiative and are committed to the patients.

Nursing seminars are great opportunities to get those much needed continuing education hours in short time blocks, but they are so much more. They offer opportunities to network, share ideas, develop new ideas, enhance patient care skills, and bring back ideas for change in the workplace. Seminars are ripe with opportunities to advance your nursing career and make you a better nurse.

Continuing education is an essential part of a career in nursing and is required to keep a license and vital to keeping skills fresh. The trick is finding the time to get these continuing education hours in and still have a life outside of work. Balancing a personal life and work is hard enough without additional time demands.

About Author:Megan Hazel is a freelance writer who writes about topics concerning the nursing profession such as Nursing Uniforms.

Friday, 30 November 2007

Avian Flu Spikes Concern Over Online Sales of Medications

For the past several months, avian influenza has dominated health headlines across the globe. A number of countries are reporting cases of avian influenza, commonly referred to as "bird flu", in their domestic and wild bird populations. In addition, there are confirmed cases of bird-to-human transmissions of avian influenza in the South East Asia region, many of which have resulted in death. Concerns over bird flu have caused a spike in online prescriptions from foreign pharmacies for medications such as Tamiflu. This boom is reinforced with each new report of an avian flu outbreak and resources to get these prescription medications from online foreign pharmacies are popping up across the Internet.

Reports have shown that many of these online foreign pharmacies are not quite what they seem. Consumers are being taken each day by websites promising genuine medications and not delivering. To combat this type of fraud in the face of increased demand, resources are now available on the Internet that can present multiple options for consumers seeking discount medications from foreign pharmacies.

FreeBeeForeignPharmacy.com has been online for over 3 years and has provided thousands of consumers with real options for purchasing their medications over the Internet. The site provides its members with a search that returns specific results for their necessary drugs from multiple online pharmacies. The choices are complete with prices, quantities, and user reviews of each pharmacy. The last point is the most important. This user review system provides more confidence to consumers wary of ordering from a particular online pharmacy. With the rising concern over avian influenza, this type of confidence is essential.

Avian influenza medications such as Tamiflu are available from multiple pharmacies on FreeBeeForeignPharmacy.com. Consumers can compare prices for these medications and many others for a low monthly subscription fee. They also offer a 100% guarantee that you will find your medications through their database. The security and confidence that this site provides is a standard that consumers can now utilize when purchasing medications. If you are concerned with avian flu, settle for no less than this standard if you are purchasing your medications online.
For more information check out: http://www.freebeeforeignpharmacy.com

Thursday, 29 November 2007

I'm back!

Sorry. I stepped out for a while there, didn't I? A long while, I guess. But you know, there are so many things to do...and only so much time. Who doesn't need to take breaks now and then? I did. And I did.

But I'm back. And I'm pleased to report that the BIKE is still working for me. Is it working for you?

Exciting things have happened to me since we last shared our time together. I've been traveling a lot. In fact, I've been to Southeastern Arizona with friends to follow the Salsa Trail -- a route along the Old West Highway that takes you to 13 Mexican restaurants, a chile farm and tortilla factory, where you can taste really hot salsa and really good food. I'm on first-name terms with the guy who helped organize this unique trail, Sheldon Miller. He probably loves me most because I've sold several stories on the tour. But, hey, you get the love where you can sometimes, don't you?! He's a good guy, no matter what. And if you ever happen to be in Southeastern Arizona, I recommend you take the trail. It's really fun, and the food is off-the-beaten-path good. The scenery ain't half bad, neither.

I also took my first trip abroad. But instead of the typical European tour that I always dreamed I'd take, I veered a bit from that and went to Kenya. I was with a group of really fun and caring women, led by an organization called the Foundation for Global Leadership. There were about 10 or 12 of us traveling together to learn about women's rights, or the lack thereof. We toured a refugee camp. We met with women in the Kenyan Parliament in Nairobi. We spent a lot of time at a slum, also in Nairobi. That particular part of the trip was quite surprising to me, because I noticed I felt far too comfortable walking amongst the muddy paths, holding the little hands of girls too young to suffer mental anguish as I know they must. And there I was, walking with them, knowing a part of me could relate. I felt a connection with these girls that scared me a bit, and yet I felt safe walking with them.

Aside from those young school girls, I met some other amazing women...Merci Musomi who heads up the Girl Child Network, for one. She's a huge proponent of giving young girls the power of choice. I love that. Becuase of her, I thought, perhaps, I'd spend some time teaching the girls and women she works with about my BIKE philosophy. She had asked me to. But instead, when I came home, I realized there are plenty of women right here, in my own neighborhood, who can benefit. They're the reason I started speaking about BIKE in the first place. I'm likely to go back to Kenya and work with Merci, but I think I have things to do here first.

So that realization took me to Homeward Bound, a homeless shelter for women in transition. I'm lucky enough to know someone who knows someone. So I was able to meet with the director and present my idea. I'll now be teaching my BIKE lessons to a small group of women at Homeward Bound in January. For four weeks, they'll get a chance to learn how a mental bike can help shape their future for the better.

I'm excited about this new opportunity, though somewhat intimidated. I've presented my BIKE presentation to plenty of people before but never to women who are living the life I once led. It's not pretty. It's not easy. It's not anything anyone wants. So, in January, I'll get to see first-hand if BIKE really works. Or was it just a quirk in my personality that allowed it to work for me? My guess and my hope and my expectation is that BIKE can work for all of us. But the key word is work. It takes time. It takes thought. It takes effort to transform an idea into reality. I hope I won't scare the women off because of that.

But you'll soon know more.

Meanwhile, I hope you're back on the road like I am, changing the course of your life for the better.

All my best,
Jackie

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Quick thoughts

A collage of thoughts for you...busy time of year!


Turns out sitting up straight is actually bad for your back. Sitting at a 90 degree angle puts pressure on the lower back-enough to squeeze fluid from the disks that cushion vertebrae. Adjust the height of your chair so your hips are 3 to 4 inches higher than your knees. Recline slightly, with a small pillow behind your lower back, so you backbone is at a 135-degree angle to your thighs. These conclusions were found in Scotland as researches took MRI scans of 22 volunteers.

You can learn from your children, be led by them, keep young through their eyes, and get many blessings in return from loving and guiding them.


Water: First thing in the morning drink 12 oz. Your body loses fluid stores overnight, which can make your mind foggy. Star the day with H20 and it might keep you from seeking out coffee or tea -at least cut back or dilute. Drink 30 meals before meal to help you fill up a bit. German study- drink 50 oz. of cold water a day-can help you burn up extra 50 cals per day-5lbs. a year, without exercising. metabolism boost due to extra effort needed to raise the water’s temp to 98.6F.


Interesting -students who drink too much may be setting themselves up for heart problems.
AMA excessively - double levels of C-reactive protein, a biological marker for inflammation associated with higher chance of cardiovascular problems. (heavy drinking defined: 3 or more alcholic drinks at least 3 days week or at least 5 drinks two days of week. Moderate: 2-5 drinks at one time, one or two days week. CRP levels on heavy MORE THAN DOUBLED, placing them in zone associated with moderate risk of heart disease More studies on way-still, setting up a dangerous pattern. Not to mention “date rape drug”, blackouts, risky behavior-aids, pregnancy, drinking and drive, turn into big A holes!

Hope you are using your wits and not over eating throughout the holidays. Take a bite of everything but don't be a pig. It's your body - the only place you have to live! Whatever is on the plate is NOT TO DIE FOR!

Blessings and love!

Monday, 26 November 2007

Secret #102 Don't Chase Someone Else's Definition of Success



"The only problem with success is that the formula for achieving it is the same as the formula for a nervous breakdown."
–Chuck Swindoll

For more fun, FREE help on determining what success really is for YOU CLICK HERE.

Thursday, 22 November 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just wanted to take time out and wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Thank you for helping get this site off of the ground!!!!

Monday, 19 November 2007

Greetings

Hello everyone. Just wanted to let you know that I'm so excited about bringing another great nursing website to nurses. I truly hope that my nursing and educating effort will exceed all other futuristic nursing websites out there. If you have any comments or suggestions let me know!!!

Secret #101 Thank God for Nap Research...

Being caught napping may be stressful. But napping itself may actually relieve stress and do the heart good, researchers have found.

Scientists at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Mass. and the Univer­sity of Athens Medical School in Greece found that midday naps, also called sies­tas, reduced heart disease death risk by about a third.

Naps may help the heart by relieving stress, researchers say, noting that a study found the effect strongest among workers. The researchers studied 23,681 people in Greece who, at the outset, had no past strokes, cancer or coronary heart disease—the most frequent cause of heart-related deaths, including heart at­tack, the most common cause of death in most western countries.

The scientists tracked participants for over six years on average.

Siestas are common in the Mediterranean area, where heart disease death rates are low. Some prior studies had looked at the link, but this was the first large prospective study of people who were healthy at the start, the researchers said. A prospective study is one whose participants are identified, then followed forward in time.

The study was also the first to control in detail for risk factors such as diet and physical activity, the investigators said. The findings appear in the Feb. 12 issue of the research journal Archives of Internal Medicine.

People who napped at least three times weekly for half an hour on average had a 37 percent lower coronary mortality than non-nappers, the scientists reported. Siestas’ apparent protective effect was strongest among working men, the scien tists said; working women had too few deaths to allow firm conclusions.

Past studies have found that the sleep-health relationship is com plex. For in stance, a paper in the February, 2002 is sue of the journal Archives of General Psychiatry suggested that excessive sleep actually increases mortality, and the best survival was found among those who slept seven hours nightly. But that study focused on night sleep, not after noon naps.

The new study’s authors said an after noon siesta may help the heart by alleviating stress. Past research has also found that an after noon nap boosts productivity. Di­mitrios Trichopoulos, senior author of the new study, said he’ll stop short of offer­ing any recommendations based on it, “until it is confirmed.” But if you’ve been nap ping, keep doing so, he suggested.


From:
Study: Naps may cut heart deaths

Feb. 12, 2007
Special to World Science

Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Unexpected trauma II - the continuing story:)

I could have been upset when I was getting ready to serve dinner to my husband. One
of the baked potatoes decided to BLOW UP! Of course I had just cleaned the oven, and I
was very hungry.

I have no idea why it blew up. In all the years I've baked potatoes and there have been thousands (no lie), I've never had this happen!

So my stress management technique: Laugh. It actually was funnier than upsetting...I
opened the oven and there was my potato (of course it was mine, my hubby was starving)
all over the oven. :)

I reckoned that I wasn't supposed to have the potato as I always use too much butter and sour cream, and I am trying to loose a few pounds before the holidays. Dinner was still great, and I was not "over-stuffed", nor did I feel guilty.

So when something happens that could be unexpected trauma, but it's really not life altering, take it with a sense of humor. Laughter saves many a day!

USE IT - laughter is free and always cheers up those around you. Besides, it's fun.

Monday, 12 November 2007

Sunday, 11 November 2007

Unexpected Trauma

Ok, this is a "little" trauma, but it could have been WAY BIGGER if I had let it!
Several months ago my husband bought me a new Schwinn sidewinder bike (designed particularly for women). A couple of days ago I put it in my vehicle and went to a bike trail and rode. It felt great. I do that as often as I can.

When I got home I took the bike out and as I sat it down the phone rang. I quickly opened the kick stand and ran for the phone....last time I'll do that:).

By the time I got there no one was on the line, so I used the restroom and thought I'd
run a few pressing errands. When I came back out the garage door I didn't see the bike so never thought a thing about it! Obviously the kick stand wasn't fully opened and the bike was laying on the ground.

I jumped in the vehicle and backed up - right over my new bike! THUD! I thought I had wrecked it! I did cry (crying is good as it cleans out the tear ducts) - then I called my husband and told him.

He was not mad, but felt terrible I had been crying. He said it's okay - "Stuff happens". We'll just get it fixed." I was fortunate as I know some men can be nasty
about things like that. (Just to clear this up: I don't accept material things being more important than people, so if he'd been upset about the cost, I would have dealt with it differently-but peacefully:) War never ends, as we see all over the world!

Anyway, I felt better, will be more careful next time, and am prayerful and happy it wasn't a child or adult! I will be more careful and that is my lesson learned.

Have a wonderful day and you be careful too!

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Think about it.....

When was the last time you lit a candle in the day time? Have you played any warm and cozy music just for you? Pick a rhythm that makes you sway to it.

When was the last time you stood outside? Just stood. Quietly listening, looking, smelling all that is around you, for all these things are life and have a place in this world. Accept that and you will learn to love all things, because all things will change according to the light and love you share.

I took a picture of the moon before sun up this morning. There was a star way above it. I didn't really see just shadows from the tree branches. When I put it in photo shop I just changed a few things and now I can see the branches too.

Do something different today. Walk down the stairs instead of using the elevator.
One day I watched a group of Canadian geese flying in perfect formations. I watched them until they were gone. I was in the Costco parking lot. I heard them and just
looked up and paid attention to them. It was beautiful.

When I looked back down I realized there were four or five people standing near to me and we were all watching together.

It's your day. Take a breath and ENJOY!

Monday, 5 November 2007

Secret #99 Hula Hoops & Life Lessons

1. There's a connection between the smile on your face and the number of hoops you choose to hula.

2. Make sure the few hoops you choose to hula are the most important ones.

3. In order to hula a number of hoops at one time, you'll need to get into a sustainable rhythm.

4. The more hoops you hula, the more important that you establish a center and then let everything move around that.


5. While everyone has a differnt number of hoops they can hula, you can't hula every hoop.

6. If you have more hoops than you can hula, you'd better figure out fast which ones you can drop... and which ones you can't.

7. It's a beautiful day in your life when you can hula less hoops without frustration or guilt.

8. Say these words out loud: "God doesn't expect me to hula every hoop offered to me."


9. Other people will try to make you hula their hoops.

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Go ahead... click on the comment link below and fill in your own lessons about life from hula hoops. I'd love to share your thoughts with over 1,000 people who read this blog every month! And I will actually add the best ones to our list... so please share your insights with us...

Sunday, 4 November 2007

Right now - do this for YOURSELF, please!

Since you are sitting down just push your chair back for a moment and press your shoulders down and back. Make that posture count for good oxygen intake. Now hold the abdominals in and take a few deep breaths. Breathe in through the nose, and out through the mouth.

Slowly again - in through the nose, and out through the mouth. Two or three more mindful breaths remembering we need oxygen to live and good breaths make our thinking
clearer. When you exhale you visualize all the negative thoughts you hold within fall down to the fingertips and dissipate.

Now turn your neck to the right and hold for a moment. Now back to center and then to the left and hold. Bring your head back to center and let the right side of your head fall towards the right shoulder. Hold a few moments. Now back to center and lay the left side of your head to the left shoulder. You'll feel the stretch on each side and this is good.

Roll your shoulders back in circles a few times, then roll them forward.

Blink your eyes quickly 10-20 times and close them. Rub your fingertips together until they feel warm and lay them on your eyes. Take in two more mindful inhalations and exhalations.

Open your eyes and SMILE! You have done something wonderful for yourself and it didn't take that long at all! Now resume whatever it was you were doing and remember someone out here on line REALLY CARES!

Friday, 2 November 2007

Be careful what you dwell upon in thought or vision

TRUE FACT the things we think about repeatedly, and the things our eyes behold really have an affect on us!

You know this innately. For instance, children watching violence does affect their
thought process. It will desensitize the horror of violence and make it more acceptable in their minds.

We create brain cells according to what we see and hear habitually....and the thinking does become altered accordingly.

An old Cherokee tale explains it quite beautifully:

An old Grandfather said to his grandson, who came to him with anger at a friend who had done him an injustice...

"Let me tell you a story. I too, at times, have felt great hate for those who have taken so much, with no sorrow for what they do. But hate wears you down, and does not hurt your enemy. It's like taking poison and wishing your enemy would die."

"I have struggled with these feelings many times. It is as if there are two wolves inside me; one is good and does no harm. He lives in harmony with all around him and does not take offense when no offense was intended. He will only fight when it is right to do so, and in the right way.

But...the other wolf... ah! The littlest thing will send him into a fit of temper. He fights everyone, all of the time, for no reason. He cannot think because his anger and hate are so great. It is helpless anger, for his anger will change nothing."

"Sometimes it is hard to live with these two wolves inside me, for both of them try to dominate my spirit."

The boy looked intently into his Grandfather's eyes and asked, "Which one wins, Grandfather?"

The Grandfather smiled and quietly said, "The one I feed."

So pay attention to what you FEED your mind and the minds of your family and those you share life with daily. We can help change the world if we work at it from within our own minds!

CREATE a beautiful day!

Monday, 29 October 2007

Secret #98 Repent of the Pride of Busyness



"Driven people operate on the precept that a reputation for busyness is a sign of success and personal importance. Thus they attempt to impress people with the fullness of their schedule. They may even express a high level of self-pity, bemoaning the 'trap' of responsibility they claim to be in, wishing aloud that there was some possible release from all they have to live with. But just try to suggest a way out!"
--Gordon MacDonald, Ordering Your Private World

Do YOU need to repent of the pride of busyness?

Sunday, 28 October 2007

Alternate Nostral Breathing - A Relaxation Technique Revisted..


Since I am out injured - here is an article from the archives that you might find useful.

be well...

Allen


About ten years ago I went on a Yoga course at the Scandinavian Yoga and Meditation School and was taught this relaxation technique.

I was a little skeptical at first but its a really effective way to calm frazzled nerves! I find it effective in that you are actually DOING something PHYSICAL rather than just some form of MENTAL relaxation. Meditation etc. can be very hard to do when you are feeling stressed and it is more something to do on a regular basis as a preventative measure against stress. I view Alternate Nostril Breathing as a first aid technique for a person who is ALREADY stressed. So look beyond the yogic mysticism and see a very effective relaxation technique.

This is what Holistic Online has to say about it:

If you don't do anything else, this is a simple yoga breathing exercise that can be done virtually anywhere, anyplace. You will be glad you did.!

With this exercise, we breathe through only one nostril at a time. The logic behind this exercise is that normal breathing does alternate from one nostril to the other at various times during the day.

Benefits

- The exercise produces optimum function to both sides of the brain: that is optimum creativity and optimum logical verbal activity. This also creates a more balanced person, since both halves of the brain are functioning property.

- The yogis consider this to be the best technique to calm the mind and the nervous system.


1. Close the right nostril with your right thumb and inhale through the left nostril. Do this to the count of four seconds.
2. Immediately close the left nostril with your right ring finger and little finger, and at the same time remove your thumb from the right nostril, and exhale through this nostril. Do this slowly and in a relaxed manner. This completes a half round.
3. Inhale through the right nostril to the count of four seconds. Close the right nostril with your right thumb and exhale through the left nostril slowly and in a relaxed manner. This completes one full round.

Start by doing three rounds, adding one per week until you are doing seven rounds.

Alternate nostril breathing should not be practiced if you have a cold or if your nasal passages are blocked in any way.

For details on this exercise please visit HERE.

Good Luck!,
Allen

Alternate Nostral Breathing - A Relaxation Technique Revisted..


Since I am out injured - here is an article from the archives that you might find useful.

be well...

Allen


About ten years ago I went on a Yoga course at the Scandinavian Yoga and Meditation School and was taught this relaxation technique.

I was a little skeptical at first but its a really effective way to calm frazzled nerves! I find it effective in that you are actually DOING something PHYSICAL rather than just some form of MENTAL relaxation. Meditation etc. can be very hard to do when you are feeling stressed and it is more something to do on a regular basis as a preventative measure against stress. I view Alternate Nostril Breathing as a first aid technique for a person who is ALREADY stressed. So look beyond the yogic mysticism and see a very effective relaxation technique.

This is what Holistic Online has to say about it:

If you don't do anything else, this is a simple yoga breathing exercise that can be done virtually anywhere, anyplace. You will be glad you did.!

With this exercise, we breathe through only one nostril at a time. The logic behind this exercise is that normal breathing does alternate from one nostril to the other at various times during the day.

Benefits

- The exercise produces optimum function to both sides of the brain: that is optimum creativity and optimum logical verbal activity. This also creates a more balanced person, since both halves of the brain are functioning property.

- The yogis consider this to be the best technique to calm the mind and the nervous system.


1. Close the right nostril with your right thumb and inhale through the left nostril. Do this to the count of four seconds.
2. Immediately close the left nostril with your right ring finger and little finger, and at the same time remove your thumb from the right nostril, and exhale through this nostril. Do this slowly and in a relaxed manner. This completes a half round.
3. Inhale through the right nostril to the count of four seconds. Close the right nostril with your right thumb and exhale through the left nostril slowly and in a relaxed manner. This completes one full round.

Start by doing three rounds, adding one per week until you are doing seven rounds.

Alternate nostril breathing should not be practiced if you have a cold or if your nasal passages are blocked in any way.

For details on this exercise please visit HERE.

Good Luck!,
Allen

Friday, 26 October 2007

Frozen Shoulder ....

Hello all..

A very quick apology for lack of posts. I have been off work with a frozen shoulder and I have not been able to blog either.


As soon as I am well I will upload a lot of posts. I have a lot of (I hope) useful articles for you all.

Be well...

Allen

Frozen Shoulder ....

Hello all..

A very quick apology for lack of posts. I have been off work with a frozen shoulder and I have not been able to blog either.


As soon as I am well I will upload a lot of posts. I have a lot of (I hope) useful articles for you all.

Be well...

Allen

Monday, 22 October 2007

Secret #97 Dare to Discipline... Yourself

In the spiritual life, the word discipline means 'the effort to create some space in which God can act.' Discipline means to prevent everything in your life from being filled up. Discipline means that somewhere you're not occupied, and certainly not preoccupied. In the spiritual life, discipline means to create that space in which something can happen that you hadn't planned or counted on.
--Henri Nouwen

Monday, 15 October 2007

Secret #96 The First Spiritual Flaw

You may have heard of the first spiritual law: God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.

I would like to introduce you to the first spiritual FLAW: God loves you… and PEOPLE have a wonderful plan for your life!

If you are going to intentionally and proactively take charge of your life and time, not only must you learn to say no to obvious time stealers in your life, but you must also learn to say no to people who will try to get you involved in many different GOOD activities. To develop the inner fortitude to say no to people, you must:

1. Clearly identify what God’s priorities are for your time at this season of your life.

2. Figure out the difference between a good opportunity and a God opportunity.

3. Say no to doing mere good things.

4. Say yes to doing God things.

Why do you have to learn to say no to good things? Good is the worst enemy of God’s best! If you refuse to learn to say no to good activities, you will never be able to strategically invest your life in what God’s best is for you. It is possible to be so involved in good activities—even church activities—and miss God’s best for your life!

If you need permission from someone to say no—listen up: I HEREBY GIVE YOU PERMISSION TO SAY NO! Dr. Richard Swenson says, “Saying no is not just a good idea—it is an absolute necessity. If there are one hundred good things to do and you can only do ten of them, you will have to say no ninety times.”

Make no mistake about it: We must get used to saying no if we are going to take control of our time—and use it to honor God.

* In what ways are YOU suffering from the disease to please?
* With whom?
* What do you think God wants you to do about it?




Note: This blog entry was taken from the workbook and audio CD, Time Management for Painfully Pooped-Out People: Ten Biblical Principles for Taking Control of Your Life and Time

Saturday, 13 October 2007

FAMILY visits can be Fun and not Stressful!

We recently had a family of five stay with us for almost three weeks. The guest room was used and the office was full of children on the floor. The small kitchen was always fragrant with something cooking, and the table squeezed us all in for meals. Every chair was used in the living room, and someone usually was patiently waiting for a shower or to use the toilet.

We had a ball! Would you like to know how? We were as polite to each other as we would have been to strangers. We picked up our own messes and helped share in the responsibility of cooking, cleaning and doing laundry. No one took advantage of anyone else, and when the children began to squabble - the parents / or grandparents attended to resolve the problem instead of ignoring because of adult conversation.

No one drank alcohol. Let me repeat that: NO ONE DRANK ALCOHOL! No I am not a prude and yes I do have a glass or wine or a drink once in a while. But this is what I've learned over the years:

If no one drinks while at a family gathering, misunderstandings WILL NOT happen. Children will not be left on their own. Arguments will NOT happen.

I've seen it so many times in "past" days. Keep in mind. Alcohol is a drug and if affects everyone differently. Most can handle a drink or two, but many simply cannot.
There is always (guaranteed) one who gets mad or upset or just plain drunk and stupid.

Don't take that chance with your family - or anyone else's for that matter. You will remember the gathering with love and joy. Keep in mind also - children LEARN what they see and hear - and they see and hear MUCH MORE than you will ever know....until perhaps it's too late.

Have fun. Stay away from alcohol at your next family visit and you will be part of the pleasure, not the problem!

Honest!

Friday, 12 October 2007

True Love

True Love

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Monday, 8 October 2007

Secret #95 Lost Things = Lost Time

Over the course of a lifetime, the average person spends one year looking for misplaced things.

* Source: Harper Index

Wonderful Quotes

Wonderful Quotes

Saturday, 6 October 2007

Thursday, 4 October 2007

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Problogger Has Prize Birthday Bash

One of my favorite sites is holding a birthday party with loads of prizes. So dear readers please visit:
Problogger.

Happy net birthday Darren and long may your blogging infuse the blogsphere with blog :-)


Allen

Problogger Has Prize Birthday Bash

One of my favorite sites is holding a birthday party with loads of prizes. So dear readers please visit:
Problogger.

Happy net birthday Darren and long may your blogging infuse the blogsphere with blog :-)


Allen

Some Great Inspiring Thoughts

Some Great Inspiring Thoughts

Monday, 1 October 2007

5 Ways to Calm Down in an Emergency or When Having a Panic Attack

5 Ways to Calm Down in an Emergency or When Having a Panic Attack


Sometimes, despite all our best efforts, we can suffer from the symptoms of panic or as they used to call it "bad nerves". The symptoms of panic can be:

* Rapid heart beat, pounding heart or palpitations
* Sweating
* Shaking visibly or inside
* Choking sensations or lump in throat
* Smothering or shortness of breath sensations
* Chest pain or discomfort
* Nausea, bloating, indigestion or abdominal discomfort
* Dizziness or unsteadiness
* Feeling light-headed
* Derealisation (feeling unreal or dreamy)
* Depersonalisation (feeling outside yourself or like you don't exist)
* Fear of losing control or going crazy
* Paresthesias (numbness or tingling sensations) in face, extremities or body
* Chills or hot flushes
* Skin losing colour
* Blushing or skin blotches
* Urgently needing to urinate or defecate

When you are panicking - the body releases adrenaline into your blood and this puts you on a high state of alert. Your fight or flight system triggers. The fight or flight system harkens back to the day when we were all living in caves and hunting for food. Perhaps we might get attacked by a saber tooth tiger and then we have a choice - we can either fight the beast or run away. In both cases we need a boost of adrenaline to help us fight or run. In today's culture, we don't get attacked by many saber tooth tigers but we do experience mental and emotional stress. This mental and emotional stress still triggers the fight or flight system except we usually don't do either. If the boss is giving you a hard time it wouldn't pay to start punching him in the head or running away!

When this panic reaction happens we need a little "first aid" to break the cycle of panic before ever addressing the cause of what brought you to feeling like this in the first place. If you are unable to break the cycle of panic and anxiety then this is classified as a panic disorder and you should seek medical help. Panic disorder is very common and it is not dangerous in itself although the symptoms can be extremely unpleasant. I could write pages on my experiences with Panic Disorder but I will leave that for another day but suffice to say I view panic attacks as your mind and body's way of telling you something about the way you think has to change.

So when you feel the symptoms of panic what can you do? Well here are five suggestions (that have worked for me) on how to calm down in an emergency:

1) Abdominal Breathing.

When you feel panic your breathing becomes faster and shallower. Abdominal breathing is the exact opposite of this and is the best way I have found to calm down. Place one hand on your chest and the other on your abdomen. When you take a deep breath in, the hand on the abdomen should rise higher than the one on the chest. This insures that the diaphragm is pulling air into the bases of the lungs. After exhaling through the mouth, take a slow deep breath in through your nose to the count of 5. Hold it for 3 seconds and then breath out to count of 5. Repeat this cycle until you feel you have calmed down.

2) Distract Yourself.

When you feel panic it is your thoughts that actually cause the panic. A cycle of scary thoughts but only thoughts. These thoughts trigger the fight or flight system in the body which triggers the symptoms of panic. What you could do when you are trapped in this cycle is distract yourself thus, breaking the cycle of thoughts. This can be done by picking up the phone and talking to someone, playing a video game, watching a favorite movie or TV show, going for a brisk walk, writing about your feelings in a journal - anything that will distract your mind from the panic thoughts.


3) Face/Accept, Float and let time pass.
This is the famous technique created by Dr. Claire Weekes on how to deal with being trapped in a cycle of panic. The more you "fight" your panic symptoms, the more adrenaline your body releases and the worse you will feel. Its like picking at wound - it just wont heal! So this technique is more about changing your attitude to the symptoms. You need to face and accept that because of the adrenaline in your system you will be feeling the symptoms of panic for the next while. In the mean time you need to carry out your daily activities while having the symptoms but the key here is to accept the symptoms not just "put up with them". The less you fight with yourself the more relaxed you will become. This brings us to floating. You can imagine yourself floating as you move and live with the symptoms. Relax yourself and go with the flow. Float don't fight! And finally you need to let time pass. Frayed nerves take time to heal and it doesn't pay to keep obsessing about how long you have been feeling this way. Live in the moment. If you are feeling panicky say to yourself "this is only adrenaline in my system and time will heal my frazzled nerves". For more on this technique please check out the book "Hope and Help for your Nerves" by Dr. Claire Weekes.

4) Do something physical.

This is not always possible and is similar to point number 2 in that you will be distracting yourself but it is still very important. Remember your system is full of adrenaline and so you need to burn this off. Your fight or flight system is triggered so we are not going to fight but we are going to take flight. Go for a brisk walk or run to burn off that adrenaline. Go and do some work in the garden. Do some of those chores you keep putting off. Do some housework, wash dishes - anything that will get you moving. I realize if you are taking an exam or test you can't just get up and run off - as much as you would like to - but you could apply one of the other techniques and then go and burn off the stress chemicals later. Exercise is important.

5) Comfort yourself.

While applying the other techniques also try and comfort yourself. Have a long hot soak in the bath, eat your favorite food, drink some warm milk. Don't drink alcohol this will put your body under more stress. Ask for a hug from someone you love, go for a long leisurely walk or a swim. Do something you enjoy that will bring a smile to your face and comfort your soul.


Know that in time these feelings will pass.

These symptoms are nothing more than feelings and feelings no matter how unpleasant cannot hurt you.

For more information check out these wonderful sites (they are still worth checking out even if you don't have panic DISORDER but just feel panicky).

Panic disorder at about .com
TAPIR: The Anxiety Panic Internet Resource


Good Luck,
Allen

5 Ways to Calm Down in an Emergency or When Having a Panic Attack

5 Ways to Calm Down in an Emergency or When Having a Panic Attack


Sometimes, despite all our best efforts, we can suffer from the symptoms of panic or as they used to call it "bad nerves". The symptoms of panic can be:

* Rapid heart beat, pounding heart or palpitations
* Sweating
* Shaking visibly or inside
* Choking sensations or lump in throat
* Smothering or shortness of breath sensations
* Chest pain or discomfort
* Nausea, bloating, indigestion or abdominal discomfort
* Dizziness or unsteadiness
* Feeling light-headed
* Derealisation (feeling unreal or dreamy)
* Depersonalisation (feeling outside yourself or like you don't exist)
* Fear of losing control or going crazy
* Paresthesias (numbness or tingling sensations) in face, extremities or body
* Chills or hot flushes
* Skin losing colour
* Blushing or skin blotches
* Urgently needing to urinate or defecate

When you are panicking - the body releases adrenaline into your blood and this puts you on a high state of alert. Your fight or flight system triggers. The fight or flight system harkens back to the day when we were all living in caves and hunting for food. Perhaps we might get attacked by a saber tooth tiger and then we have a choice - we can either fight the beast or run away. In both cases we need a boost of adrenaline to help us fight or run. In today's culture, we don't get attacked by many saber tooth tigers but we do experience mental and emotional stress. This mental and emotional stress still triggers the fight or flight system except we usually don't do either. If the boss is giving you a hard time it wouldn't pay to start punching him in the head or running away!

When this panic reaction happens we need a little "first aid" to break the cycle of panic before ever addressing the cause of what brought you to feeling like this in the first place. If you are unable to break the cycle of panic and anxiety then this is classified as a panic disorder and you should seek medical help. Panic disorder is very common and it is not dangerous in itself although the symptoms can be extremely unpleasant. I could write pages on my experiences with Panic Disorder but I will leave that for another day but suffice to say I view panic attacks as your mind and body's way of telling you something about the way you think has to change.

So when you feel the symptoms of panic what can you do? Well here are five suggestions (that have worked for me) on how to calm down in an emergency:

1) Abdominal Breathing.

When you feel panic your breathing becomes faster and shallower. Abdominal breathing is the exact opposite of this and is the best way I have found to calm down. Place one hand on your chest and the other on your abdomen. When you take a deep breath in, the hand on the abdomen should rise higher than the one on the chest. This insures that the diaphragm is pulling air into the bases of the lungs. After exhaling through the mouth, take a slow deep breath in through your nose to the count of 5. Hold it for 3 seconds and then breath out to count of 5. Repeat this cycle until you feel you have calmed down.

2) Distract Yourself.

When you feel panic it is your thoughts that actually cause the panic. A cycle of scary thoughts but only thoughts. These thoughts trigger the fight or flight system in the body which triggers the symptoms of panic. What you could do when you are trapped in this cycle is distract yourself thus, breaking the cycle of thoughts. This can be done by picking up the phone and talking to someone, playing a video game, watching a favorite movie or TV show, going for a brisk walk, writing about your feelings in a journal - anything that will distract your mind from the panic thoughts.


3) Face/Accept, Float and let time pass.
This is the famous technique created by Dr. Claire Weekes on how to deal with being trapped in a cycle of panic. The more you "fight" your panic symptoms, the more adrenaline your body releases and the worse you will feel. Its like picking at wound - it just wont heal! So this technique is more about changing your attitude to the symptoms. You need to face and accept that because of the adrenaline in your system you will be feeling the symptoms of panic for the next while. In the mean time you need to carry out your daily activities while having the symptoms but the key here is to accept the symptoms not just "put up with them". The less you fight with yourself the more relaxed you will become. This brings us to floating. You can imagine yourself floating as you move and live with the symptoms. Relax yourself and go with the flow. Float don't fight! And finally you need to let time pass. Frayed nerves take time to heal and it doesn't pay to keep obsessing about how long you have been feeling this way. Live in the moment. If you are feeling panicky say to yourself "this is only adrenaline in my system and time will heal my frazzled nerves". For more on this technique please check out the book "Hope and Help for your Nerves" by Dr. Claire Weekes.

4) Do something physical.

This is not always possible and is similar to point number 2 in that you will be distracting yourself but it is still very important. Remember your system is full of adrenaline and so you need to burn this off. Your fight or flight system is triggered so we are not going to fight but we are going to take flight. Go for a brisk walk or run to burn off that adrenaline. Go and do some work in the garden. Do some of those chores you keep putting off. Do some housework, wash dishes - anything that will get you moving. I realize if you are taking an exam or test you can't just get up and run off - as much as you would like to - but you could apply one of the other techniques and then go and burn off the stress chemicals later. Exercise is important.

5) Comfort yourself.

While applying the other techniques also try and comfort yourself. Have a long hot soak in the bath, eat your favorite food, drink some warm milk. Don't drink alcohol this will put your body under more stress. Ask for a hug from someone you love, go for a long leisurely walk or a swim. Do something you enjoy that will bring a smile to your face and comfort your soul.


Know that in time these feelings will pass.

These symptoms are nothing more than feelings and feelings no matter how unpleasant cannot hurt you.

For more information check out these wonderful sites (they are still worth checking out even if you don't have panic DISORDER but just feel panicky).

Panic disorder at about .com
TAPIR: The Anxiety Panic Internet Resource


Good Luck,
Allen

Saturday, 29 September 2007

Friday, 28 September 2007

Thursday, 27 September 2007

Secret #94 The 1000 Percent Return Principle

Tired of letting life live you while your priorities sit quietly neglected in the back seat of your life? Well, if you're REALLY ready to do something about it... this blog's for you!

To make sure your life's priorities end up in your daily, weekly, and monthly routine, you will need to start by investing time in planning. Why is planning so critically important? When you take time to proactively plan your priorities into your schedules you are engaging in one of the highest returns you can get from time. As corporate consultant Brian Tracy puts it,
“You save ten minutes in execution for every minute you invest in planning. This means that the very act of planning—thinking on paper before you begin—gives you a 1000 percent return on energy. This is one of the highest returns you can get from anything you do in life.”
If you are serious about getting your priorities out of the back seat of your life, then you must proactively plan your priorities into your daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly schedule. Planning takes time... but the return on your investment in planning is worth the time spent planning.

If you don't take time to plan, you will more than likely arrive at the end of life wondering why life lived you. Is that what you really want?



Note: This blog entry was taken from the workbook and audio CD, Time Management for Painfully Pooped-Out People: Ten Biblical Principles for Taking Control of Your Life and Time

Some Motivational Good Quotes

Some Motivational Good Quotes

Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Tuesday, 18 September 2007

A quick post - CELL PHONES

Just a small stress management technique!

If yours is stolen or lost......do you have a hard copy with a list of all the numbers available?

Yes, I know you can get them from email, but would it not be simpler to have that hard copy?

My daughter's phone was stolen, so I know it can happen! Hold on to your "stuff", make hard copies of your numbers, and PRAY FOR PEACE!

Valueable Quotes

Valueable Quotes

Saturday, 15 September 2007

GONE BUT NOT PERMANENTLY!

I won't be posting for a while....at least I don't think I will. I have family coming to stay and I will try to be spending the majority of my time LOVING them! They are
moving from the east coast and I am so excited I could literally jump out of my skin!

I hope you don't forget to check back with me in a couple of weeks. In the meantime,
love those who are around you. Don't ignore them for someone on line!

Keep the priorities of life in order and remember to laugh, move, have fun and bless
your hearts!

I care!

Friday, 14 September 2007

Tuesday, 11 September 2007

10 Ways to Excercise the Mind - Revisited

Hi Readers,

I thought this might be a good time to repeat this post. The popularity of Nintendo's Brain training is testament to that! So here you go .. 10 ways to exercise the mind.

Allen



In many ways the mind is like a muscle i.e. if you don’t exercise the mind – it can weaken. Like a muscle, if you regularly test it with exercise, the brain will be become stronger and stay fit and alert. I am sure there are many more spiritual or deeper methods of exercising the mind but in keeping with the theme of my blog I like to keep things simple.

With that in mind :), here are some of my suggestions on how you might exercise the brain and keep your mind fresh.

1. Regularly solve puzzles e.g. crosswords, sudokus and other “brain teasers”.
I find this the single most effective and simple way to exercise the mind. I have noticed if I give them a miss for a while, my brain doesn’t quite operate as efficiently as it might do when I regularly solve my favorite crossword.

2. Play a musical instrument – even if you play it badly.
I play a little bit of guitar and I play it quite badly. I play it for myself and I find it a great way to stimulate a different part of the old grey matter. If you don’t play an instrument then learn how! There are countless instruments out there that you can play badly or you might even surprise yourself and play the instrument well!

3. Paint, sketch or draw. I know what you are going to say. I can’t draw! Well you know what? It doesn’t matter that you are not the next Leonardo Da Vinci, paint or draw for you. I draw sketches now and again and sometimes they look ok and sometimes the look like they have been drawn by a six year old. It doesn’t matter. Do it for YOU!

4. Learn a new language.
This is such a great way to stimulate the mind. I can speak Swedish as a second language and it’s a shame I don’t get to practice it any more. Although my wife and I can have secret conversations in public as there are not that many Swedish speakers in the world. Pick a language you feel you would love to learn but remember some languages are more challenging than others.

5. Learn how to juggle.
I love this exercise. It is a great way to improve concentration and improve hand to eye co-ordination. It also relaxes the mind as you don’t have time to think of all the stresses and strains of life as juggling takes 100% concentration. Go on, give it a go! Its even fun!

6. Play Chess, Backgammon, Checkers or even Go!
These are great and classical mind games and are surprisingly easy to learn but it might take a life time to master Chess or Go! :) .

7. Play computer games.
Strategy games or puzzle games can be great stimulation but like most things in life play them in moderation! I like to play the odd game of “Advance Wars” on my Nintendo DS.

8. Write!
Write poetry, write a short story or even write a blog! :) Even keeping a journal is a great way to flex those creative muscles.

9. Try amateur dramatics.
Acting can be a wonderful release of emotions and very creative. I was involved in an English speaking drama group in Sweden – even performing as part of a cabaret act. It was something so different from my then day job (a computer programmer) and I felt I was able to use other parts of my brain and rest the logical part! There is nothing logical about performing in front of a crowded theatre.

10. Travel.
It is true what they say - travel does indeed broaden the mind. You take in so many things about so many different cultures. You learn that not everybody thinks the same way you have been taught to. You gain an understanding of the world around you and sometimes you have to think fast to meet the challenges traveling can bring. I admit this is not an option for a lot of people but if you ever get the opportunity to travel this world of ours – go for it!

What other ways can you think of to exercise your mind?

Good Luck!,
Allen

10 Ways to Excercise the Mind - Revisited

Hi Readers,

I thought this might be a good time to repeat this post. The popularity of Nintendo's Brain training is testament to that! So here you go .. 10 ways to exercise the mind.

Allen



In many ways the mind is like a muscle i.e. if you don’t exercise the mind – it can weaken. Like a muscle, if you regularly test it with exercise, the brain will be become stronger and stay fit and alert. I am sure there are many more spiritual or deeper methods of exercising the mind but in keeping with the theme of my blog I like to keep things simple.

With that in mind :), here are some of my suggestions on how you might exercise the brain and keep your mind fresh.

1. Regularly solve puzzles e.g. crosswords, sudokus and other “brain teasers”.
I find this the single most effective and simple way to exercise the mind. I have noticed if I give them a miss for a while, my brain doesn’t quite operate as efficiently as it might do when I regularly solve my favorite crossword.

2. Play a musical instrument – even if you play it badly.
I play a little bit of guitar and I play it quite badly. I play it for myself and I find it a great way to stimulate a different part of the old grey matter. If you don’t play an instrument then learn how! There are countless instruments out there that you can play badly or you might even surprise yourself and play the instrument well!

3. Paint, sketch or draw. I know what you are going to say. I can’t draw! Well you know what? It doesn’t matter that you are not the next Leonardo Da Vinci, paint or draw for you. I draw sketches now and again and sometimes they look ok and sometimes the look like they have been drawn by a six year old. It doesn’t matter. Do it for YOU!

4. Learn a new language.
This is such a great way to stimulate the mind. I can speak Swedish as a second language and it’s a shame I don’t get to practice it any more. Although my wife and I can have secret conversations in public as there are not that many Swedish speakers in the world. Pick a language you feel you would love to learn but remember some languages are more challenging than others.

5. Learn how to juggle.
I love this exercise. It is a great way to improve concentration and improve hand to eye co-ordination. It also relaxes the mind as you don’t have time to think of all the stresses and strains of life as juggling takes 100% concentration. Go on, give it a go! Its even fun!

6. Play Chess, Backgammon, Checkers or even Go!
These are great and classical mind games and are surprisingly easy to learn but it might take a life time to master Chess or Go! :) .

7. Play computer games.
Strategy games or puzzle games can be great stimulation but like most things in life play them in moderation! I like to play the odd game of “Advance Wars” on my Nintendo DS.

8. Write!
Write poetry, write a short story or even write a blog! :) Even keeping a journal is a great way to flex those creative muscles.

9. Try amateur dramatics.
Acting can be a wonderful release of emotions and very creative. I was involved in an English speaking drama group in Sweden – even performing as part of a cabaret act. It was something so different from my then day job (a computer programmer) and I felt I was able to use other parts of my brain and rest the logical part! There is nothing logical about performing in front of a crowded theatre.

10. Travel.
It is true what they say - travel does indeed broaden the mind. You take in so many things about so many different cultures. You learn that not everybody thinks the same way you have been taught to. You gain an understanding of the world around you and sometimes you have to think fast to meet the challenges traveling can bring. I admit this is not an option for a lot of people but if you ever get the opportunity to travel this world of ours – go for it!

What other ways can you think of to exercise your mind?

Good Luck!,
Allen

Life

Life

Monday, 10 September 2007

Secret #92 The "Why-Not-Try?" Principle

ALPINE, Texas--Mike Flynt was drinking beer and swapping stories with some old football buddies a few months ago when he brought up the biggest regret of his life: Getting kicked off the college team before his senior year. So, one of his pals said, why not do something about it? Most 59-year-olds would have laughed. Flynt's only concern was if he was eligible.

Finding out he was, Flynt returned to Sul Ross State this month, 37 years after he left and six years before he goes on Medicare. His comeback peaked Wednesday with the coach saying he's made the Division III team's roster. He could be in action as soon as Sept. 1.

Flynt is giving new meaning to being a college senior. After all, he's a grandfather and a card-carrying member of AARP. He's eight years older than his coach and has two kids older than any of his teammates.

"I think it was Carl Yastrzemski who used to say, 'How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were?' I'd be in my late 20s or early 30s, because that's how I feel," said Flynt, who has made a living out of physical fitness. "That's been my approach to this whole thing. I feel that good. I'm just going to find out if I can perform and make a contribution to the team."

A longtime strength and conditioning coach at Nebraska, Oregon and Texas A&M, he's spent the last several years selling the Powerbase training system he invented. Clients include school systems and the military. His colorful life story includes being the son of a Battle of the Bulge survivor and having dabbled in gold mines and oil wells - successfully.

Flynt's life was supposed to be slowing down this fall. With his youngest child starting at the University of Tennessee, he and Eileen, his wife of 35 years, are planning to take advantage of being empty-nesters for the first time.

Instead, they've moved to this remote patch of West Texas so Flynt can mend an old wound and, he hopes, inspire others.

He became emotional discussing his goal of "helping a bunch of young men to make up for those guys that I let down." Then he laughed about the reality that fellow Baby Boomers are getting the most out of his comeback.

"People are kind of in awe. They keep comparing me to themselves and where they are physically," he said. "If I can help anyone out by what I'm doing, then it's all worth it."

Flynt's position is still being determined, but he used to play linebacker. Wherever he lines up, he'll likely become the oldest player in college football history. Neither the NCAA or NAIA keeps such a statistic, but research hasn't turned up anyone older than their mid-40s. And even those are rare, for obvious reasons.

"I told him he's an idiot," said Jerry Larned, who coached Flynt at Sul Ross in 1969 and counseled him at the start of his comeback. "I said, 'Gosh, dang, Mike, you're not 20 years old any more. You're liable to cripple yourself.' He understands all of that. But he has a burning desire to play. ... He is in great physical condition. He still runs a 5-flat 40 and bench presses I-don't-know-what. He's a specimen for 59 years old."

Back in the day, Flynt was quite a player.

In 1965, he was on the first state championship team at Odessa Permian, the high school featured in "Friday Night Lights." He was offered a partial scholarship at Arkansas when the Razorbacks were among the top teams in the land, but instead went to Ranger Junior College.

He wound up at Sul Ross in 1969. An NAIA school then, the Lobos were in the Lone Star Conference with East Texas State, which at the time had future NFL stars Harvey Martin and Dwight White, and Texas A&I, which was starting a two-year run as national champs. The highlight of Flynt's two years at Sul Ross was sticking A&I with its only loss in '69.

Flynt was going into his senior year in 1971 when he got into a fight that was far from his first. School officials decided they'd had enough and threw him out of school. He earned his degree from Sul Ross by taking his remaining classes elsewhere.

"I actually grieved for more years than I can remember the loss of that senior year," said Flynt, who'd been a team captain and the leading tackler as a junior. "What really got me was I felt that was MY football team and I had let them down. ... I don't know if I ever got over it, but I finally learned to live with it."

Then came word of a reunion of former Sul Ross students from the 1960s and '70s. Randy Wilson, who has been best friends with Flynt since they met as college roommates in 1969, talked a bunch of his former teammates into using that event as an excuse to get back together.

During several days of reminiscing, Flynt's pain became fresh as ever, especially when one of the guys said their '71 season went down the drain without Flynt.

That's when he told them of his remorse. And, he added, "What really gets me is that I feel like I can still play."

"You might as well give it a shot," Wilson told him. "The worst thing that can happen is you get your head knocked off and come home."

When Flynt returned home to Franklin, Tenn., his wife wasn't as fired up by the idea.

"I feel like I'm married to Peter Pan," she said.

It took time to accept that instead of joining their daughter at Tennessee's home opener she would be watching her husband hit kids one-third his age.

Eventually she came around. They've sold their suburban Nashville home and are now living in Alpine, a town of about 6,000 residents near the Big Bend National Park, a three-hour drive from the nearest major airport.

"I told her, for me to know that I can do it and not do it would be worse than losing out the first time," he said.

A devout Christian, Flynt sees many religious undertones to his story. He also believes it touts the benefits of strength training.

"People have asked me, 'Mike, what is the fountain of youth?' Well, it's strength training that builds muscle, increases bone density and burns calories," he said. "It's the one thing you can do in your 90s and benefit from."

Just to be clear, Flynt won't be playing football in his 90s.

He'll be out of eligibility then.

Winner v/s Loser

Winner v/s Loser

Friday, 7 September 2007

Comments and that ..

Hi Everyone,

I have a confession. I have been feeling guilty that I have not been responding to your comments in the way I would like to. I have no excuse other than I am a very busy person and sometimes before I know it, weeks have passed and I have not responded to comments on my blog.

What I will say is that I will try an improve upon this (after all this is supposed to be a personal development blog). I read every comment and I appreciate deeply the time and effort you take to pass comment on my scribbles on life.

I hope you all have a relaxing weekend and please be kind to my mistakes.

Peace,
Allen

Comments and that ..

Hi Everyone,

I have a confession. I have been feeling guilty that I have not been responding to your comments in the way I would like to. I have no excuse other than I am a very busy person and sometimes before I know it, weeks have passed and I have not responded to comments on my blog.

What I will say is that I will try an improve upon this (after all this is supposed to be a personal development blog). I read every comment and I appreciate deeply the time and effort you take to pass comment on my scribbles on life.

I hope you all have a relaxing weekend and please be kind to my mistakes.

Peace,
Allen

Life's Lesson

Life's Lesson

Monday, 3 September 2007

Hope and Encouragement ....

Two women, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One was allowed to sit up in her bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from her lungs. Her bed was next to the room's only window. The other woman had to spend all her time flat on her back. The women talked for hours on end. They spoke of their families, their homes, their jobs, their travels.
Every afternoon when the woman in the bed by the window could sit up, she would pass the time by describing to her roommate all the things she could see outside the window.
The woman in the other bed began to live for those one-hour periods where her world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside.
As the woman by the window described the scenery in exquisite detail, the woman on the other side of the room would close her eyes and imagine the picturesque scene; a park with a lovely lake, ducks and swans playing on the water while children sailed their model boats, young lovers walking arm in arm amidst flowers of every color, the city skyline.
One warm afternoon the woman by the window described a parade passing by. Although the other woman couldn't hear the band - she could see it in her mind's eye.
Days and weeks passed.
One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the woman by the window, who had died peacefully in her sleep. She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.
As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other woman asked if she could be moved next to the window.
Slowly, painfully, she propped herself up on one elbow to take her first look at the real world outside. She strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed.
It faced a blank wall. She asked the nurse what could have compelled her deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window.

--- Author Unknown

Hope and Encouragement ....

Two women, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One was allowed to sit up in her bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from her lungs. Her bed was next to the room's only window. The other woman had to spend all her time flat on her back. The women talked for hours on end. They spoke of their families, their homes, their jobs, their travels.
Every afternoon when the woman in the bed by the window could sit up, she would pass the time by describing to her roommate all the things she could see outside the window.
The woman in the other bed began to live for those one-hour periods where her world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside.
As the woman by the window described the scenery in exquisite detail, the woman on the other side of the room would close her eyes and imagine the picturesque scene; a park with a lovely lake, ducks and swans playing on the water while children sailed their model boats, young lovers walking arm in arm amidst flowers of every color, the city skyline.
One warm afternoon the woman by the window described a parade passing by. Although the other woman couldn't hear the band - she could see it in her mind's eye.
Days and weeks passed.
One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the woman by the window, who had died peacefully in her sleep. She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.
As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other woman asked if she could be moved next to the window.
Slowly, painfully, she propped herself up on one elbow to take her first look at the real world outside. She strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed.
It faced a blank wall. She asked the nurse what could have compelled her deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window.

--- Author Unknown

Secret #91 Dare to Be and Do What God Created You to Be and Do

Are you spending your life just making a living... or are you doing what God created you to be and do?

Watch the following video and see a mobile phone salesman turn into an opera singer right before your very eyes.


Okay, you've watched an inspiring video clip.,.. but now you must dare to think, reflect, and step into what God created YOU to be and do...
1. What physical changes can you see in Paul Potts the moment he begins to sing?
2. Think back over your life. What were you doing when you felt most alive? Why?
3. How do the judges respond to Paul before he sings? After he sings?
4. In what ways have you settled for "selling mobile phones" in your life?
5. If you died today, what "music" left unexpressed would die with you?
6. Are you daring to be and do what God created you to be and do? Explain.
7. If not, what's stopping you?
8. What next step do you need to take to be and do what God created you to be and do? Be specific.
9. What might your life be like if you dare to do what you do best?
10. Who else needs to experience this blog? Why not click on the envelope at the bottom and send this to him or her.
Do you need some FREE practical encouragement and ideas on HOW you can be and do what God created you to be and do? All you have to do is CLICK HERE. It's a FREE audio download about what it really means to be a success in life. It's my gift to you for reading this blog. Hope the blog--and the FREE audio--helps you on your journey in some small way.

Sunday, 2 September 2007

I need to breathe!

After reading the newspaper, news on the web, magazines, and so forth, I need to take
a breath and relax myself!

So much waste, so much dwelling on horrible incidents and potential disasters.
So right now, and I hope you join me, I am going to take in a few deep, mindful breaths.

As I do so, I am going to visualize all the trauma, all that which I CANNOT do anything about, leaving with my exhalation. This is not to "deny" problems, but to attend to
my own well-being. For if I am to do ANYTHING about ANYTHING, I must empower myself
with positive thoughts and strong intellect.

In breathing my inhalation I think about drawing in fresh oxygen, getting it to my brain (which needs 50% more to think optimally), and regenerating my spirit and my body.

In breathing out I am letting negativity push out down my arms and through my fingertips, and I am releasing in order to think in more positive terms. That will enable me to "handle" what is happening in MY WORLD....and to touch, what I am able, in the world of others.

Another few minutes of mindful breathing and I am up from the computer and out to accomplish a few things, and enjoy the moments of my life. I hope you do the same.

Friday, 31 August 2007

Thursday, 30 August 2007

Wednesday, 29 August 2007

The Attraction of Opposites – How to add balance to your daily life

Hi Everyone,

Balance is very important. It’s the yin and yang of life that keeps us healthy and energetic. I have been learning this lesson the hard way but I hope this tip will save you the trouble and make it a little easier to learn balance. Let me explain.

My education is in information technology. Yes I admit it I am a geek at heart! To this day, I still remember my first computer a Commodore 64 that my father saved for and bought for me as Christmas present in 1984. I used to love playing all those computer games – Thrust, Sentinel, Jet Set Willy and Monty on the Run. You name it! Those early days of computing inspired me to become a computer programmer and I am still paying for that choice to this day. Only kidding! 

As information technology became my profession I still played computer games in my spare time and my overall sense of well being began to suffer. I mean it is no surprise I was feeling bad if I was sitting down all day in front of a computer only to come home and sit down in front of another computer. I was out of balance. I needed to change.

What I did was this. I made a promise to myself to reduce the amount of time I played computer games and do something that was directly the opposite of what I was doing during the day. So I took up cross country running. It was physically active where computing was inactive. It was outdoors where computing was indoors. It was natural where computing was unnatural. It was the opposite and it was adding balance to my life.

Don’t think I still don’t get “out of balance” today. The tension in my shoulders and my RSI is testament to too many hours at the keyboard. I try to address this by practicing yoga or working in the garden or simply going for walks in the countryside. I am lucky that I am surrounded by a beautiful Irish landscape.

My point is that one should do the opposite of what you do during the day. If your job is very physical do something with your brain when you get home and visa-versa. If you work alone do something with people and visa-versa again!

If you want to increase your sense of well being, this simple tip will go a long way to making you feel so much better.

As always, let me know what you think.

Allen

The Attraction of Opposites – How to add balance to your daily life

Hi Everyone,

Balance is very important. It’s the yin and yang of life that keeps us healthy and energetic. I have been learning this lesson the hard way but I hope this tip will save you the trouble and make it a little easier to learn balance. Let me explain.

My education is in information technology. Yes I admit it I am a geek at heart! To this day, I still remember my first computer a Commodore 64 that my father saved for and bought for me as Christmas present in 1984. I used to love playing all those computer games – Thrust, Sentinel, Jet Set Willy and Monty on the Run. You name it! Those early days of computing inspired me to become a computer programmer and I am still paying for that choice to this day. Only kidding! 

As information technology became my profession I still played computer games in my spare time and my overall sense of well being began to suffer. I mean it is no surprise I was feeling bad if I was sitting down all day in front of a computer only to come home and sit down in front of another computer. I was out of balance. I needed to change.

What I did was this. I made a promise to myself to reduce the amount of time I played computer games and do something that was directly the opposite of what I was doing during the day. So I took up cross country running. It was physically active where computing was inactive. It was outdoors where computing was indoors. It was natural where computing was unnatural. It was the opposite and it was adding balance to my life.

Don’t think I still don’t get “out of balance” today. The tension in my shoulders and my RSI is testament to too many hours at the keyboard. I try to address this by practicing yoga or working in the garden or simply going for walks in the countryside. I am lucky that I am surrounded by a beautiful Irish landscape.

My point is that one should do the opposite of what you do during the day. If your job is very physical do something with your brain when you get home and visa-versa. If you work alone do something with people and visa-versa again!

If you want to increase your sense of well being, this simple tip will go a long way to making you feel so much better.

As always, let me know what you think.

Allen