Don’t Let them Touch your Baby

Don’t Let them Touch your Baby

How do you successful pursue your dreams and aspirations? Consider: When Baby is less than nine months old or so, nature hides it away in Momma’s womb—away from observation and contact. In the early stages,  show Baby to others and many will complain that it is ugly and abnormal. In later stages, some would caress its face and Baby would die. Why? With its immune system not yet completely developed, Baby could not ward off the effects of their germ-infested hands. Observe the order of nature.

When you have a grand dream, scheme or plan, hide it away quietly, deep inside you and work on it until it develops fully. Let others observe it prematurely and some will discourage you with how impractical and implausible it is. Let them get close enough to touch your idea before the right time and they will abort it, as it is still too vulnerable to the negativity-infested words of the skeptics.

Consult only those you trust–those who, like a prenatal doctor, have the insight and skill to work constructively on that which others cannot yet see.

Questions: But isn’t this approach limiting and lonely?

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Has Education Let you Down?

Has Education Let you Down?

“Somehow, in all your getting, get understanding”

With all your heart, pursue education, but beyond high school, do not seek knowledge as an end or a source of sustained satisfaction. A good high school education should be a non-negotiable requirement for all. Beyond that, acquiring knowledge is best when targeted and purpose driven.

Simply acquiring knowledge may build ego for a while, but unless outcome based, it can lead to great frustration. John has two Masters and one PhD degree and after a life of great sacrifice acquiring knowledge, he feels that the system has let him down. Why? He struggles to pay his bills and having recently lost his job, he finds that employers are not impressed with his degrees as he is.

My own college degrees have served me well as door openers, perhaps because they focused on my areas of life interest. However, I often think that I learned more wisdom in high school than in both degrees combined.

Why then seek knowledge? Focus your increased knowledge on making an increased contribution to others and then, purpose manifests. In the absence of such purpose, even the educated can manifest actions and conditions easily attributed to the fool.

Questions: High school education is a basic right for all children; shouldn’t a college education be the same? And don’t college graduates make more money than those with lower education levels? Doesn’t education make you wise?

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Finding Mr. Right or Miss Right

Finding Mr. Right or Miss Right

PART 2 – Mr. Right / Miss Right – What About Romance?

Last week’s PowerPak, regarding finding Mr. Right or Miss Right, elicited a record number of responses and opinions from you all. Interestingly, despite the variety of comments, mix of single and married respondents, males and females, there was a remarkable consistency in all of them. They all seemed to agree that—forget about perfect—there is no such thing as an ideal marriage. That to love any partner, mate or spouse, requires you to deal with the tough parts of human personality, weaknesses and habits. That love demands compromises in order to feel affection for the undesirable and even the irritating.

What about the Cinderella dream? What about the Prince Charming who is going to rescue her and make her life wonderful?  I do wonder how much marital trauma society imposes on our young, when they learn from early that marriage is supposed to be some kind of euphoria, and then they are forced to contend with the blunt edge of human personality in their mates. And I do wonder how many women shall forever remain unmarried or miserably married because Mr. Right did not appear. What have we done in fooling our children with this mistaken notion?

Questions:  So, if all that be true, what about the starry-eyed state of romance—should we just adopt a pragmatic view of love relationships and stop setting up ourselves for disappointment? If we all know that the magic of the honeymoon will eventually lead us to see the ugly underbelly of our spouse, shouldn’t we skip it and agree to enjoy the sex, small talk and companionship? Why fool ourselves and make the fall harder?   Input below….

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Finding Mr. Right or Miss Right

Finding Mr. Right or Miss Right

“Stop waiting for the perfect guy; you will not be good enough for him”

Regarding relationships, too many single persons miss opportunities, perpetually waiting for Mr. Right or Miss Right. Meanwhile, such persons themselves are not “right” in many ways. Because you are not perfect, you will find that happiness resides in places of “negotiated settlement” where you become content with humanness in its imperfection and beauty.

Too many persons in relationships are miserable because their spouse or partner is not measuring up–not measuring up to standards that the persons themselves cannot reach. It is even more common that Mike, for example, is discontented with Sherry because she is deficient at setting and reaching goals–a skill in which Mike excels; at the same time, ignoring the fact that Sherry is great at people skills, an area in which Mike is deficient.

Questions: So, perfect is not possible, but ideal would be great. How would you define your ideal man, or your ideal woman? Should that person be quite like you, or would that be boring? Your answers may be helpful for those struggling with these questions.   Input below….

 

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Shortest Distance Between Two People

Shortest Distance Between Two People

Seven days without laughter makes one weak
–Mort Walker

Are the moments few or many when you feel uptight, burdened and drained by the demands of others? On the other hand, how often do you tilt your head back and gush out whooping bouts of laughter from your belly toward the skies?  What a release is laughter—the spasmodic eruption of soul energy that lifts your spirit, heals your body and removes the dark veil of worries from your mind—if only for a moment; yes, and life is made of moments.

The ancient Proverbs 17:22 of King Solomon indicate that laughter is like a good medicine. Now, a Loma Linda University study of adults in their 60s and 70s, measured their memory and stress levels in groups made to laugh versus groups that were not. The laughing group recalled 115% more than the non-laughing group and showed considerably lower levels of stress causing cortisol in their system!

Laughter lifts you and attracts others to you. “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” (Victor Borge). Someone else quipped: Laugh and the world laughs with you. Snore and you sleep alone!

Question: For me, the most dependable and satisfying is spending a few hours with good friends who are naturally funny and telling jokes. What are your best and most dependable sources for good belly laughter?
[  ] Jokes online?
[  ] Live comedy shows?
[  ] Comedy movies?
[  ] Funny friends?
[  ] Looking at yourself in the mirror? Ha ha haaa!
[  ] Others…What?___

I’d love to know what makes you happy enough to laugh out loud. Input below….

Recover and Achieve Success Anyway

Recover and Achieve Success Anyway

The Tough Truth for Success Seekers–Failure Is Under-Rated

If you have had no major failures in your life, it is tantamount to admitting that you have never pushed yourself to go anywhere close to your potential.  Life is funny…success is born of (more…)