Friday, 29 August 2008

Life

I gave my life
to become the person I am right now.
Was it worth it?
- Richard Bach

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Try

It is common sense to take a method and try it.
If it fails, admit it frankly and try another.
But above all, try something.
- Franklin D Roosevelt

Monday, 25 August 2008

Answers

There are no right answers
to wrong questions.
-Ursula K LeGuin

Friday, 22 August 2008

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Silly

Mix a little foolishness with your prudence;
It's good to be silly at the right moment.
- Horace

Monday, 18 August 2008

Fringes

Look at the fringes.
You never know what you might find.
If you only look at the obvious,
you’ll never see everything else.
– Kyle MacDonald

Friday, 15 August 2008

August 15, 2008 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer

Rules...they are made and they are broken. They are revered and they are ignored. They are necessary, and yet they are a necessary evil.
All rules are not bad, yet at the same time, all rules are not good.

I, personally, dislike rules that seem to serve no purpose other than to create endless bureaucratic red-tape. Someone else may dislike other rules for other reasons.

We have rules to keep us safe and relationships harmonious. We also have rules that were merely put in place to make individuals feel important and superior.

I was thinking about rules lately and when they should be bent or broken.

Good reasons to bend or break the rules:
· it will save a life
· it will enhance life
· it will improve a current situation
· the rule is not performing the function in which it was intended

Bad reasons to bend or break the rules:
· it will endanger a life
· it will make life more difficult and create many more hassles
· merely to prove a point to someone

Just because something has been made a “rule” does not mean that it is carved in stone. Every so often, we should examine the rules that we in our country, communities, organizations, and homes to see if the rules are enhancing life and performing the functions that they should be.
If they aren’t, perhaps a change is in order.

Beth

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Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Past

As soon as you believe
there was someplace in the past
where things were better than they are today,
you won’t operate at your full potential now.
– Kyle MacDonald

Monday, 11 August 2008

Life

The deepest secret is that life
is not a process of discovery,
but a process of creation.
You are not discovering yourself,
but creating yourself anew.
Seek, therefore, not to find out Who You Are,
seek to determine Who You Want to Be.
- Neale Donald Walsch

Friday, 8 August 2008

Easy

How would I be doing this differently
if I were willing to let it be easy?
- Alan Cohen

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Action

A real decision is measured
by the fact that you've taken a new action.
If there's no action,
you haven't truly decided.
- Anthony Robbins

Monday, 4 August 2008

Wise

It's so simple to be wise.
Just think of something stupid to say
and say the opposite.
- Sam Levenson

Friday, 1 August 2008

August 1, 2008 Chautauqua



From the Editor's Computer
It’s summertime and many people are taking time off to go on a vacation.

I recently saw a Hagar the Horrible comic strip where Hagar is trying to get Helga to enjoy their vacation with him. Helga, on the other hand, is far too busy to enjoy their beach location. What is she so busy doing? The final frame shows Helga, on a beach towel, planning next year’s vacation!
A vacation should be a break from your normal lifestyle to give you a chance to renew yourself. If you take your same habits and frantic pace on vacation with you, as Helga did in the comic strip, you are not really vacationing.
A vacation is not so much a destination or even an activity you do, as it is a state of mind. Thus, a vacation can, and should, happen at anytime and anywhere, and can be any length in duration.
Any time you are pausing and taking a moment to step back from your usual routine and pace you are vacationing. It can be no more than the time it takes to take a deep breath, or it can be all day, or even many days.
I can, and quite truthfully do, easily spend a good half my time vacationing.
There is a saying: “A change is as good as a rest.” This is only true if the change is completely different from your usual routine. Helga changed her location but not her mindset. Changing your mindset, even for a brief moment, is a real vacation that can be enjoyed even if you go to another location or do something special.
Beth


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