Friday, 30 November 2007

Seeing

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.

- John Lubbock

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Wednesday, 28 November 2007

The idea of perfection
closes your mind to new standards.
When you drive hard toward one ideal,
you miss opportunities and paths,
not to mention hurting your confidence.
Believe in your potential
and then go out and explore it; don't limit it.
- John Eliot, Ph.D.

Monday, 26 November 2007

Time

It's how we spend our time here and now,
that really matters.
If you are fed up with the way
you have come to interact with time,
change it.
-Marcia Wieder

Friday, 23 November 2007

Strengths

Enter every activity
without giving mental recognition
to the possibility of defeat.
Concentrate on your strengths
instead of your weaknesses,
on your powers instead of your problems.
-Paul J. Meyer

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Tools

When you acknowledge and follow your soul,
you'll embark on a journey to a special place deep inside,
and you'll discover all the tools you need
to start thinking and feeling from within.
- John Holland

Tools

When you acknowledge and follow your soul,
you'll embark on a journey to a special place deep inside,
and you'll discover all the tools you need
to start thinking and feeling from within.
- John Holland

Monday, 19 November 2007

Friday, 16 November 2007

November 16, 2007 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer

Have you ever tried really hard to get a project finished and no matter how hard you try and how much you struggle you don’t seem to make any headway? Or, how many of you have wracked your brain for many minutes trying to remember a name, phone number or other piece of trivia and no matter how hard you try to remember it just isn’t there?

I’m sure we’ve all been in a situation such as the above more times than we’d really care to admit. No matter how much effort we put in it seems like we’re taking 10 steps back for every step we move forward.

Have you ever noticed that when you give up and relax that the task suddenly becomes so much easier and flows better. Or, that elusive piece of information pops into your brain without warning.

Human beings have an amazing ability to take any task and make it 10 to 100 times more complicated than it needs to be. We do this by trying and struggling as if we would “tame” the task, which we all know is not an effective means of getting anything done.

We also have an amazing ability to store and retrieve literally millions of pieces of data from our brains. The proviso is that we are more effective at this skill when we are relaxed. Which, incidentally, is why test scores are not always an accurate reflection of what a student knows!

Stop struggling, stop trying so hard, and just let the task happen or the information bubble to the surface of your mind. It really does work better that way.

Beth


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Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Live

If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon
in a perfectly useless manner,
you have learned how to live.
– Lin Yutang

Monday, 12 November 2007

Opinions

Do not search for truth.
Just stop having opinions.
– Seng T’San, Zen master

Friday, 9 November 2007

Glad

Will you look back on life and say,
"I wish I had," or "I'm glad I did"?
- Zig Ziglar

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Paths

Look at every path closely and deliberately.
Try it as many times as you think necessary.
Then ask yourself, and yourself alone, one question.
“Does this path have a heart?”
If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t, it is of no use.
– Don Juan, Mexican shaman

Monday, 5 November 2007

Differences

We must not, in trying to think
about how we can make a big difference,
ignore the small daily differences we can make which,
over time, add up to big differences
that we often cannot foresee.
- Marian Wright Edelman

Friday, 2 November 2007

November 2, 2007 Chautauqua


From the Editor's Computer

I have been observing quite a few people of late as they attempt to convince myself and others that their way is best.

Some attempt to turn everything into a fight. They seem to want to win you over to their side by lashing out that their way is better. They use intimidation to convince you that they are right.

Others use confusion. I guess they figure if you are confused enough then when they arrive like a voice of clarity you will be so impressed that you will agree with their viewpoint.

My favourite though are the ones who don’t attempt to change your mind at all. They merely present an other viewpoint, or way of looking at things, in a calm manner. They offer another option but don’t insist that you have to accept it. And guess what...more often than not, you do accept it because of the way it is presented.

How do you attempt to share your thoughts with others, especially those who disagree with you?

Beth

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