An observation by George Carlin

My sister shared this on Facebook and I want to share it with you

SOMETHING TO PONDER:

george-carlinGeorge Carlin George Carlin’s wife died early in 2008 and George followed her, dying in July 2008. It is ironic George Carlin – comedian of the 70’s and 80’s – could write something so very eloquent and so very appropriate.

An observation by George Carlin:

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness. We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things. We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less. These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.

Remember to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever. Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side. Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent. Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you. Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again. Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind. And always remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by those moments that take our breath away. George Carlin

Worry solves nothing

Worry solves nothing“Worry empties today of it’s joy.” unknown

Worry solves nothing

During any change in life, including the loss of a job, worry rears it’s ugly head and begins to chew away at your life.

It’s important to remember:

Worry solves nothing.

It steals your time, your energy, your desire, your ability to think logically and deliberately. Worry prohibits you from coming up with ideas, plans, solutions and activities that can actually solve a problem, regardless of what the problem is.

Worry solves nothing.

This quick little article is not intended to help you handle worry, but instead to get you to think about some ways you can handle worry. How can you put worry in it’s place, as far away from you as you can push it?

You can learn to handle worry, not make it go away, but handle it, by reading good books, listening to good seminars, praying, helping others, spending time with positive people and making decisions in advance, just to name a few ideas that you may be able to do.

You can learn to handle worry by focusing your energy, time, passion, thoughts, activities and words on positivity in everything you do, say, think, ponder and write.

Since worry solves nothing, I encourage you to find a way to handle worry. If you can come up with four or five deliberate and recurring methods of doing this on your own, here a few resources that I think may help:

Norman Vincent Peale – Power of Positive Thinking

Dale Carnegies book – How to deal with worry and start living

Read quotes about why worry is not good for you

Your Bible, Torah, Koran or other similar religious books

Visit good people in your Church, Synagogue, Temple, etc.

Listen to children playing on a playground, good music, a comedian, etc.

Again, I don’t want to pretend that the ideas I have for handling worry will work for you, we are all different people with different ideals, thought, resources and people in our lives.

However – I can only pray that you’ll find a way to help yourself deal with worry, because:

Worry Kills and Worry solves nothing.

 

 

Stress Management

Stress ManagementOften we let stress take over our lives. Please do not allow stress to take over your life.

Find some Stress Management techniques.

Here are some stress management ideas that I have found that work for me:

The following are some quick and effective stress relief strategies that can help you do just that: these stress relief activities, once mastered, should enable you to de-stress in under 5 minutes so that you can move on to the next steps in your stress relief strategy or immediately face the stressors at hand.

Here are several strategies to try:

 

Breathing Exercises

Breathing exercises help to relieve stress. They help to calm us down quickly and easily. Breathing exercises can be done by anyone, at any time, with little training, and at no expense!

Learn more about breathing exercises and learn a quick stress relief breathing technique.

PMR

Progressive Muscle Relaxation, or PMR, is a technique you can learn that, with practice, enables you to completely relax all of the muscles in your body quickly, thereby releasing tension from stress. Like each of the techniques that are mentioned in this article, PMR helps you to reverse your body’s stress response quickly. It can also be done at virtually any time or place, once you’ve learned the technique and practiced it. (It’s especially useful for when you’re trying to get to sleep.)

Mini-Meditation

Meditation is a growing method of managing stress. It brings so many wonderful benefits, including (after consistent practice) resilience against future stressors! Meditation can be very simple to learn, and even 5 minutes of meditation can make a difference in your life and with stress management.

Aromatherapy

As far as ease of use goes, aromatherapy is about as easy as they come! Studies show that certain types of aromatherapy can be effective for stress relief, and once you have the aromatherapy going, it’s passive stress relief–you don’t have to do anything except go about your regular activities as you normally would! Combining aromatherapy with exercise and/or other stress management techniques is very sucessful.

Quick Burst of Exercise

Exercise is an excellent stress relief technique because it’s great for your whole body and brings physical benefits other than those experienced because of a reversed stress response. Exercise can provide distraction, endorphins and an outlet for frustration. Unfortunately, it’s not always practical as a ‘quick’ stress reliever, as the full benefits of exercise are often not achieved until sustained exercise has occurred, and that can leave you sweaty; therefore, you may not use it in a class or at the office, or when you’re meeting with clients and under stress. However, in situations where it can work, even a quick burst of exercise (like a quick run up several flights of stairs, or several sets of push-ups) can be useful for stress relief. (Always check with your doctor before starting any exercise program, of course.)

Have a Good Laugh

Maintaining a sense of humor can relieve stress in several ways. First, there are specific benefits that you get from laughter that can help you relieve stress and even stay healthier in your life. Also, laughter connects people, and social support is good for stress relief. More, it’s hard to stay stressed when you’re laughing. And maintaining a sense of humor reminds us that our stressors may not be as menacing as they seem, and probably have solutions, too. For these reasons, laughing in the face of stress can help you feel better in a matter of minutes.

These are only a few ways of managing stress in our lives. What other ways have you found successful in stress management?

A friend of mine sent me this article that he found on  http://thestressmanagement.net

Exhortation is Good

Exhortation is GoodExhortation is Good

Our lives are enriched by when we are exhorted and when we exhort others.

Exhortation is a mutually beneficial activity – Do it every chance you can.

A good friend of mine shared the following article with me today:

http://www.raptureready.com/featured/funk/exhortation.html

Sharing this article is not an endorsement of this site, just of the message in this article.

The gist of this article is that “exhortation, encouragement, support or positive reinforcement, whatever you want to call it, can have a profound effect on a person’s life.” I am a big believer in this philosophy and hope you are as well.

Imagine when we all believe in the power of exhortation, the benefits to ourselves and those we exhort.

Thanks Steve Sohn for sharing this with me. I appreciate you and all that you do to help our group.

Teddy

Your Life Coach Team

Life Coach TeamI have a Life Coach Team.

You have a Life Coach Team.

We need to use our Life Coach Team.

Yes, we could hire a Life Coach. I know many professionals who are trained, experienced and trusted life coaches.

Just like individual life coaches, we can use our Life Coach Team for the same benefits.

Our Life Coach Team can help us thru life, career, business and community issues. Our Life Coach Team can help us make decisions, discover new ideas or perspectives that often we can’t find by ourselves. Our Life Coach Team can help us fine tune our life, career, business or community plans. Just about every important facet of our lives can be coached by our Life Coach Team.

Beyond these fabulous individuals, we all have a Life Coach Team available to us. Ready to help us when we need them.

Our Life Coach Team is made up of trained and experienced individuals. They are also certified and trusted in what they do and who they are.

Our Life Coach Team is not limited by any ages, professions, sexes, races, religions, marital statuses, education levels, economic or political categories.

Our Life Coach Team can be made up of our children, parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grand parents, God children or God parents.

Our Life Coach Team consists of friends, business partners, fellow employees, our employers, community partners, pastor, priest, yoga coach, minister, bartender, nurse, hairstylist, grocery clerk, bus driver, taxi driver, next door neighbor and paper boy.

We get coaching from our Life Coach Team in many different ways.

We can get coaching from our Life Coach team while sitting at the breakfast table, waiting for the school bus, driving to work or hanging out on the deck or patio. Our Life Coach Team can coach us via phone, email, text, Facebook post, Google+ status, YouTube Video or Tweet. Often we get coaching from our Life Coach Team thru a card, letter, poem, haiku, hug or song.

Our Life Coach Team consists of everyone we talk to during our life. This coaching is delivered to us when we are having a conversation.

When we define conversation as it is on Wikipedia – “a form of interactive, spontaneous communication between two or more people who are following rules of etiquette. It is polite give and take of subjects thought of by people talking with each other for company.”

Start a conversation with a member of your Life Coach Team. Ask questions, listen, share and be willing to consider something new that your Life Coach Team shares with you.

When I learned to Network for Mutual Benefit, I discovered my Life Coach Team. This is because you create a great Life Coach Team when you learn to give first.

I’ll go ahead and publicly say it right now – Thank you to my Life Coach Team for all you have done for me.

I hope your Life Coach Team provides as much value to you as mine has provided to me.

Guest Post – Life Lessons Learned

Life LessonsI met Sherry earlier this year. As she told me her story it quickly turned into a guest blog post. Thanks for sharing Sherry.

Life Lessons Learned 2013

by Sherry Rose

Here are a few life lessons I have learned venturing on my own this year.

Ironically, these are some of the biggest life lessons I’ve learned to this day.

Like many others, I too received my very own walking papers earlier this year. (I’m still trying to figure out which frame to put them in.) From a single mother’s point of view, I could have choked, kicked, screamed, begged, cried for days – but instead I decided to do what I had never done before: accepted it. Why? There was something greater going on here, something I call a beautiful disaster. No matter how traumatic it seemed from the outside looking in, I knew this change had needed to happen for a long time. Change equals growth and even though I was comfortably supporting my family, I had become disconnected – my passion was gone. At the end of the day, that is not living. It was time to stand at the crossroad of fear and excitement, wrapped in one awkward ball and get real. Now at 35 years old, it is time to redefine: what do I REALLY want.

Call that day of ‘dream job’ dismissal what you will, I call it divine intervention.

Life Lesson 1: If you want to be successful in pursuing your dreams and figuring out what you really want, you must understand the power of trial and error. Create a wall full, a mind full of ideas and put them into action. See what works, see what doesn’t and measure that wall closely. Literally, you are creating stepping stones that are building a foundation – building a better you. This does not happen overnight. Embrace it and continually educate yourself in every way you can. Ask questions. Seek a solid successful mentor and surround yourself with positive people. Most importantly, start somewhere.

Life Lesson 2: If there are issues that need to be handled, handle them. Face them head on. Find strength and power within to cross that line of fear so you can move on, move forward. You cannot mentally hold yourself hostage to the past. There is nothing easy about it. You just have to accept it as part of life. If you accept this, living in the moment and enjoying what you have in this life becomes a lot easier. Every morning you wake up, it is a new day and a new chance. Make the choice.

Life Lesson 3: Guard your time wisely – if not, other people will be more than willing to run your life for you. Be OK with saying no and eliminating distractions.

Life Lesson 4: Go ahead and throw away the idea that there is some kind of secret equation to the ‘perfect’ work-family balance. Stop reading all those recycled articles and listening to ‘so-called experts’ in a 2 minute TV interviews. This is your family and your life; one size does not fit all. Every family is designed differently and comparisons are damn near impossible.  Life is constantly changing, there is no secret formula. Prioritizing is the best way I have managed the work-family balancing act and it is far from perfect. Again, back to Life Lesson 1 – it is all about trial & error.

Sherry Rose – Life Lesson

14 Telling signs that you love your job (or not)

14 Telling Signs that you Love Your Job (or Not)

Love your jobThis is important to all of us, even my job searching buddies

Do you Love your Job, or not

Thanks to Ann Tran for sharing 14 Telling sings that you Love your Job (or Not) with us on Facebook

Original image & post from https://www.facebook.com/socialogilvy

Original text article – Click here to read and share the full article: http://bit.ly/14Signs

 

How to create enthusiasm

Three girlfriends in white T-shorts jump togetherEnthusiasm can change your life

Enthusiasm makes stuff happen

Enthusiasm works

Often the stuff we have to deal with in life can squelch our enthusiasm.

Job seekers and anyone trying to make new connections thru their networking activity must have some enthusiasm about them.

So what do we do if we just are not enthusiastic?

How do we counter the lack of enthusiasm we may have? We all know that lots of things can drain us of energy and enthusiasm – our children are ill, our parents are dealing with a serious disease, the bills are piling up, the car needs to be repaired, our partner is not supporting us, the roof is leaking or any of the unimaginable number of negative and painful things that we have to deal with.

It’s not easy, but I think I have a few ideas that may help. Any chance we have to increase our enthusiasm, to make us just a little bit more upbeat, to but a little spring in our step and a bigger smile on our face, will help us when we are networking, interviewing and even when we are just trying to have an OK day.

Here are some basic ideas to consider:

  1. Call a friend who loves you and have a quick chat
  2. Pick up a baby and hug them. Tickle them and listen to the baby laugh
  3. Listen to your favorite music artist
  4. Read scripture or a psalm in the bible
  5. Read or listen to a poem
  6. Tell a joke to someone who laughs really loud
  7. Hug someone who you know needs a hug
  8. Call a friend you have not said hello to in a while and talk about what they are doing
  9. Ask a friend to hug you
  10. Look at a picture of someone you love and remember a time when the two of you played and laughed together.

How do you pump a little enthusiasm into yourself. Take your mind off the stuff that is dragging you down and focus on something that makes you happy, smile or laugh. Think about making yourself  just a little bit happier.  Your problems won’t go away, however you will feel better about yourself at that moment.

Once you take yourself thru one or more of these activities, head off to your interview, phone conversation or networking activity. Keep thinking about the happy stuff that helps you, even if just a little bit.

Strive to be a little more enthusiastic. The benefit will be that you will be a little more successful with the task in front of you.

If you want to take your enthusiasm to another level – read Dale Carnegie’s book – How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

When I learned about day-tight compartments and how to accept the worst thing that can happen to me, this book changed my life and elevated my enthusiasm and attitude to a completely new & better level.

If you have any other suggestions of how to be more enthusiastic, please comment belown