Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Extrapolation

It’s great to learn from what you experience. Yet it’s important to remember that your experience, as varied and extensive as it may be, does not represent everything there is.

As valuable as your experience is, be careful not to extrapolate it too far. A little knowledge about something is great, as long as you remind yourself you don’t know everything about the subject.

Just because someone hurt you once, does not mean that everyone will hurt you. Just because you’re experienced at walking through your neighborhood, doesn’t mean you’re prepared to walk across the continent.

See your experience as a starting point, not as a complete and finished product. Be eager to admit what you don’t know and cannot yet do, and then build on your experience to steadily add more skills and wisdom.

A little bit of experience puts you in position to gain even more experience, so take advantage of that opportunity. Do the work to extend your experience rather than assuming you can instantly extrapolate it.

Your experience is valuable. Add greatly to that value with a little humility.

— Ralph Marston

Daily Inspirational Quote – March 31, 2015

“Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best of things that will ever happen to us.”

This is so true don’t you think?  Just for an example, I was married in my early 20’s to a man who turned out to be a thief and an adulterer, who put me through hell and really left me feeling very battered and bruised mentally.  However, I met my present husband a few years later and have thanked my lucky stars many times since that my first marriage went the way it did, even though I suffered such misery, as it paved the way for me to meet my lovely husband, who couldn’t be more different from the first.  Also, that he is a wonderful father to our two beautiful children.  I guess a lot of you can look back to similar situations in your own lives and know exactly what I mean.

by CathiBew.co.uk

Replace The Gospel of Money

Change or die. That's the provocative belief of former Harvard Business School professor David Korten as he seeks to radically change the way the world thinks, especially when it comes to the subject of money. Wanting to steer away from the old paradigm that holds money and markets sacred, he believes the world needs to quickly shift into the emerging "Sacred Life and Living Earth" story. This article delves deeper into his perspective.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/993/replace-the-gospel-of-money-an-interview-with-david-korten-dean-paton/

Monday, March 30, 2015

How to Be More Optimistic

The perks of positive thinking go beyond an upbeat attitude. A shift in perception can lower your risk of stroke, heart disease, and more.

http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/more-optimistic?ecd=wnl_dep_031315&ctr=wnl-dep-031315_nsl-ld-stry&mb=rsGitnm%2fDGow%40VaiCf7IL%40HnVev1imbCbc3Mzilm918%3d

Into the Black: A Miracle of Feng Shui by Mina Bergsen

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

My business was failing.

For my sixteenth birthday, my grandparents gave me a trip to wherever I wanted to go. For some reason, I decided on Nepal. Perhaps it was because of some pictures I had seen or maybe I had read about it in school. I don’t remember why I choose Nepal, but that summer, for two weeks, I visited one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Each year for the past twelve years, now, I have traveled to Nepal. There is something wonderful about that mountainous place which just draws me there. After my father died I was left with a small inheritance which allowed me to live modestly and do this traveling. I didn’t want to live there permanently (I like the creature comforts they don’t have), but each visit would be refreshing and make me feel wonderful. My trips usually lasted for two or three months. I would spend up to six weeks just in the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu.

A year ago my banker informed me ...

http://kajama.com/black-miracle-feng-shui/

Internal and External Feng Shui: The Energy of Wind and Water by Jill Henry

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

Feng Shui (pronounced, “fung shway”) literally means “wind and water.” Water represents the physical, manifest world while wind represents the inner world of energy that interacts with the outer. External Feng Shui is about arranging our environment, our homes, and our businesses to open to the energy (Chi) of Prosperity and Success. Internal Feng Shui is about exploring our inner worlds of mind/body/spirit and opening these worlds to the Chi of Health and Happiness. In many Feng Shui resources, the emphasis is on external Feng Shui only. External Feng Shui techniques are effective; however, they are not the whole picture. For example, many businesses use flowing water by the front door in the form of a fountain to influence the energy to enhance career and business success. But if, upon entering the business, the person who greets you is out of balance and projecting negative energy, then the effect is cancelled out. This article explores techniques to develop both internal and external Chi and attract good energy into your ...

http://kajama.com/internal-external-feng-shui-energy-wind-water/

Daily Inspirational Quote – March 30, 2015

“Stop focusing on how stressed you are and remember how BLESSED you are!”

In our busy everyday lives it is very easy to get so caught up in it all that we forget or overlook the many blessings we have. We’re usually more taken up by how stressful our lives are and perhaps also the irritations and problems we encounter daily. Often these constantly occupy our every waking thought, and perhaps, if we’re really unlucky, our dreams offer no escape. It’s just how things are in our busy lives and ever-changing world. However, there may be times when we are reminded of the bigger picture; perhaps an embrace or kiss from a loved one, the unexpected kindness of a stranger, the laughter of a child, the illness suffered by another and not us. That’s when we realize how blessed we really are and therefore should acknowledge and give thanks to whatever Higher Being we personally believe in.

No Free Ride

Don’t expect a free ride. Do the work to create a great ride.

Don’t wish for a life free of effort. Embrace your ability to put forth effort, and arrange your life so that all your efforts are highly fulfilling.

As enticing as it might seem, you will not find any real joy in running away from your responsibilities. Choose instead to celebrate those responsibilities, and to experience the value that comes from honoring and supporting them.

Your life is a grand opportunity, and this day is a crucial part of that opportunity. Just like any valuable opportunity, it is highly demanding.

So stand tall, and feel the joy of knowing that you are meeting those demands. Work with vigor, with enthusiasm, and with the confidence of seeing firsthand that you’re making a difference.

Your life is a difficult and rewarding job. Commit all you have to doing the job, and taste the sweet rewards that flow forth into each day.

— Ralph Marston

Before I Go: A Neurosurgeon's Final Reflections On Mortality

Einstein was one of the first to confirm that time and space are truly relative phenomena, and no where is relativity more palpable than in the operating room of a hospital. For neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi, time as he knew it underwent a radical shift when he was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer. From the rush of the operating room to the tortoise trudge of rest and uncertain recovery, Paul, just weeks before his passing, shared these profound thoughts on time, life, and what we leave behind.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/992/before-i-go-by-paul-kalanithi-photography-by-gregg-segal/