The most tragic aspect of Steve Jobs life was the inadequate time he spent with his family. He regretted it before he died. I watched a video where Jack Ma confessed that not spending enough time with his family when he was busy building Alibaba ranks amongst his greatest regrets.
I may not come close to achieving what these exceptional world’s renowned corporate titans have accomplished but one thing is sure, I’ll never share their regrets. I spend enough time with my family. I’m an intentional dad. Being called a father is my highest earthly honour, not my academic or career exploits.
The joy and smiles you see in this picture will remain long after I’m retired. Today happens to be my 17th wedding anniversary.
Albert Einstein said “Life is like riding a bike, once you stop, you fall off”.
It appears that in our lives, there is no status quo. We have to make the choice, the conscious choice, to continue to grow, to continue to expand, to become healthy and to take on a healthy lifestyle. We have to actively pursue this, to remind ourselves, to remind our subconscious how we want to maintain and sustain our body and mind.
Conversely, the opposite of maintaining our wellbeing is deteriorating, and without active maintenance and positive methods of doing so, our body and mind deteriorate and gradually break down. As young kids, we continually challenge ourselves but we soon learn through peer pressure that it’s ‘safer’ to conform and to be “cool”. Increasingly, research shows that illnesses that affect us later in life begin in early childhood, including the poor choices and patterns we learn as children.
Negative choices are those actions which put destructive pressure or stress on your and mind. These include poor diet and lifestyle as well as a negative or apathetic attitude. A poor choice may not be a major problem – for example a Christmas indulgence or celebrating a birthday – but that indulgence repeated over and over again becomes a problem and represents an accumulation of poor choices. It may not affect you in the short term but an accumulation over the weeks, months and years of your life will affect you adversely.
No one puts weight overnight, but many people gain weight on over two or three years or even ten or twenty years. The weight gain is an accumulation of poor choices. It may be that one extra piece of bread a day or the fact that you stopped walking around the block or a combination of both of these.
Culled from: “The DEAL for Happier, Healthier, Smarter Kids; A Twenty-first Century Survival Guide for Parents.” ~ Dr. Peter Dingle
Life, I believe, has different paths for every one of us. Knowing this important truth tackles the problem of depression and unnecessary competition.
The beginning of a thing doesn’t always predict its end. Life is a journey and it doesn’t matter how it is started, the destination can always be a sure thing.
Although all men are created equal, we don’t all have equal start. Some people have more talents than others. Some have more strengths and abilities than others. Some were born into an “already-made life”; Others were born into a “raw material life”.
The race of life is not the usual one we know of – – it’s not about who becomes first at the end of the race. It’s a very personal one!! Whether a person is successful or not, depends on the fact that he or she is able to finish his or her race successfully. That, for me, is all that matters. You may stumble and fall along the way, but always keep your focus on the finishing line of the race.
In the race of life, competition is needless. Run the race of your life at your own pace. The only person you’re in competition with is yourself. Become better than you were yesterday. Like the old African proverb says, “there’s enough space in the sky for two birds to collide.” There’s plenty of room for every one of us at the top!!
Don’t waste your time and energy on comparing yourself with others. The Good Book says that “comparing oneself to others makes a person unwise.” (2 Corinthians 10:12)
We may not all have an equal start but the good news is that we can all reach our destinations. That’s the beauty of it!
Nurture yourself, be courageous, don’t accept negativisms and mediocrities in your life. Be confident that your creator is capable of seeing you through the race. Live life to the fullest.
Newsprint is on life support, emojis are multiplying faster than hungry Gremlins, and 300 million people worldwide strive to make their point in 140 or fewer characters.
People don’t have the time or the attention span to read any more words than necessary.
You want your readers to hear you out, understand your message, and perhaps be entertained, right? Here’s a list of words to eliminate in order to help you write more succinctly.
It’s superfluous most of the time. Open any document you’ve got drafted on your desktop and find a sentence with that in it. Read it out loud. Now read it again without that. If the sentence works without it, delete it. Also? Don’t use that when you refer to people. “I have several friends that live in the neighborhood.” No. No, you don’t. You have “friends who”, Not “friends that”. 2. Went
I went to school. Or the store, or to church, or to a conference, to Vegas, wherever it is you’re inclined to go. Instead of went, consider drove, skated, walked, ran, flew. There are any number of ways to move from here to there. Pick one. Don’t be lazy and miss the chance to add to your story. 3. Honestly
People use honestly to add emphasis. The problem is, the minute you tell your reader this particular statement is honest, you’ve implied the rest of your words were not. #Awkward 4. Absolutely
Adding this word to most sentences is redundant. Something is either necessary, or it isn’t. Absolutely necessary doesn’t make it more necessary. If you recommend an essential course to your new employees, it’s essential. Coincidentally, the definition of essential is absolutely necessary. Chicken or egg, eh?
Accurate adjectives don’t need qualifiers. If you need to qualify it? Replace it. Very is intended to magnify a verb, an adjective, or another adverb. What it does is makes your statement less specific. If you’re very happy? Be ecstatic. If you’re very sad, perhaps you’re melancholy or depressed. Woebegone, even. Very sad is a lazy way of making your point. Another pitfall of using very as a modifier? It’s subjective. Very cold and very tall mean different things to different people. Be specific. She’s 6’3″ and it’s 13 degrees below freezing? These make your story better while also ensuring the reader understands the point you’re making. 6. Really
Unless you’re a Valley Girl, visiting from 1985, there’s no need to use really to modify an adjective. Or a verb. Or an adverb. Pick a different word to make your point. And never repeat really, or very for that matter. That’s really, really bad writing.
If you are visiting from 1985? Please bring the birth certificate for my Cabbage Patch Doll on your next visit. Thanks. 7. Amazing
The word means “causing great surprise or sudden wonder.” It’s synonymous with wonderful, incredible, startling, marvelous, astonishing, astounding, remarkable, miraculous, surprising, mind-blowing, and staggering. You get the point, right? It’s everywhere. It’s in corporate slogans. It dominated the Academy Awards acceptance speeches. It’s all over social media. It’s discussed in pregame shows and postgame shows.
Newsflash: If everything is amazing, nothing is. 8. Always
Absolutes lock the writer into a position, sound conceited and close-minded, and often open the door to criticism regarding inaccuracies. Always is rarely true. Unless you’re giving written commands or instruction, find another word.
See Also: Technical education would be given more attention – Minister
See: Always. 10. Literally
Literally means literal. Actually happening as stated. Without exaggeration. More often than not, when the term is used, the writer means figuratively. Whatever is happening is being described metaphorically. No one actually “waits on pins and needles.” How uncomfortable would that be? 11. Just
It’s a filler word and it makes your sentence weaker, not stronger. Unless you’re using it as a synonym for equitable, fair, even-handed, or impartial, don’t use it at all. 12. Maybe
This makes you sound uninformed, unsure of the facts you’re presenting. Regardless of the topic, do the legwork, be sure, and write an informed piece. The only thing you communicate when you include these words is uncertainty. 13. Stuff
This word is casual, generic even. It serves as a placeholder for something better. If the details of the stuff aren’t important enough to be included in the piece? Don’t reference it at all. If you tell your reader to take your course because they’ll learn a lot of stuff? They’re likely to tell you to stuff it. 14. Things
See: Stuff. 15. Irregardless
This doesn’t mean what you think it means, Jefe. It means regardless. It is literally (see what I did there?) defined as: regardless. Don’t use it. Save yourself the embarrassment.
Whether you’re ghostwriting for your CEO, updating a blog, selling a product, or finishing your master’s thesis, you need to keep your reader engaged. These 15 words are a great place to start trimming the fat from your prose. Bonus? You’ll sound smarter.
Do you think people have soul? Do you believe in life after death?
People, who have returned to life, retell their unbelievable stories for the experience they had in the afterlife. One of the most unbelievable experiences about afterlife is the one of the 25-year-old brain neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander, trained in Harvard. His story is very unusual, and we are are going to tell you.
Dr. Alexander was not one of those who believe in non-physical spirit sorin afterlife, because he was surrounded by people that invested the material aspect of life. He didn’t even believe in soul. As a skeptic he was, Dr. Alexander believed that those stories about afterlife were just hallucinations and products of someone’s fantasy. Then, something has happened to him. He was in coma for seven days because of bacterial meningitis. While he was in this condition, he experienced a journey that completely altered his perception about afterlife.
When he returned to his body, the scientist wrote a book that very quickly became number one New York Times bestseller, “Proof of Heaven”. In his book, Dr. Alexander wrote about his experience. He stated that his life on earth is in fact just a test that can help our souls to develop and evolve and that this growth can be achieved through compassion and love. He has made many points, and we will show you some of them.
– Love was the essence of the afterlife that dominated to the extent that it diminished the presence of the evil. Everyone who wants to understand the Universe should first know love.
– Dr. Alexander reckons that his existence as a human on Earth is only an artificial dream compared to that experience he had, because of the fact that that experience was very real.
– The communication he had in the afterlife was telepathic, and words were unnecessary because all questions and all answer were given telepathically.
Doctor Alexander said that the best thing about the spiritual realm is that people are precious and more loved that a man can possibly imagine. One more amazing thing about this is that people there are always safe and they’re never alone, as the unconditional, ideal love of God impacts everybody.
The scientist explains that love is the most important thing. He talks about the usual kind of love that we all know – the love toward our children or spouse, the love for our animals, not about the abstract love. This love is selfless and is it not jealous at all. It’s love in its purest and strongest form, the unconditional kind of love.
The ultimate truth and the ultimate reality is this one, and it lives and it breathes at the core of everything that exists or will ever exist. Those who don’t know love and who don’t represent it in all their actions are not able to understand accurately who and what they are, says Dr. Alexander.
So, let’s say a word or two on the credibility. When the doctor was in coma, his neocortex wasn’t functioning and that’s why there was no scientific evidence about the reason he experienced that. He refuted even 9 scientific explanations about what happened to him in his own book.
The 5 possible explanations in Appendix B of the doctor’s book are the following:
We also have to mention that some of the explanations might not make sense to us, laymen,for that reason we only give the most common explanations he has refuted.
The explanation about this being only a primitive brain-stream program in order to alleviate the life-threatening pain and the suffering was not accepted by Alexander as it didn’t explain the rich nature of his memories.
As some people think, what the doctor experienced was just an unclear recall of memories from the deepest parts of the system such as the amygdale which has sufficient overlying brain to be protected from the bacterial inflammation going on the surface of the brain. Still, this also does not cover the nature of his memories.
Another possible explanation could be that this may have been DMT dump. The DMT is a natural serotonin which produces visions. Anyway, the doctor is very familiar to the (LSD),serotonin associated drug experiences from times he was teenager and he knows that this was not a DMT experience that was based on his patient’s DMT experiences. His recollections are very vivid and they are ultra-real and according lythey need a functioning audio and visual neocortex as target regions wherein to produce a rich experience as his. The prolonged coma in which he was has ruined his neocortex that was to affect the audiovisual experiences which have to be result of serotonin from the raphe nuclei in his brain-stream. However, knowing that his cortex wasn’t functioning, the possibility that the DMT acted in the brain is definitely excluded.
Another possible explanation might be the reboot phenomenon. That is a random dump of disjointed memories as a result of some old memories in the influenced neocortex that might happen on restarting the cortex into consciousness after a long-lasting failure such as meningitis. Anyway, this option cannot be taken in consideration, because his memories were detailed and vivid.
One another option is that what Dr. Alexander experienced is some unusual memory generation through an archaic visual pathway. On the other hand, this can only be achieved in birds, not in humans, since humans can experience it just in situations when they are cortically blind. This doesn’t offer the explanation to the ultra-real recollections that he has and it doesn’t explain the auditory-visual incorporation.
Christian-themed film “Miracles From Heaven” had a strong opening this past weekend, bringing in $18.6 million over five days (the film opened on Wednesday, March 16). The film made $15 million over the March 18 weekend.
“Miracles From Heaven” is based on the memoir by Christy Beam (played in the film by Jennifer Garner), whose young daughter (played in the movie by Kylie Rogers) made a miraculous recovery from an incurable disease. Joe Roth and minister T.D. Jakes produced the film, which came in No. 3 after “Zootopia” and “The Divergent Series: Allegiant.” which opened March 18 and made $29 million. Animated film “Zootopia,” which was released March 4, made $34 million over the weekend. “Zootopia” has grossed over $200 million.
In fourth place was “10 Cloverfield Lane,” a horror movie which was released March 11 which made $12 million over the weekend and has grossed over $45 million. In fifth place was “Deadpool,” the R-rated superhero film that was released February 12 and has earned over $340 million. Rounding out the top ten are “London Has Fallen,” “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” “The Perfect Match, “The Brothers Grimsby,” and “Risen.”
“Risen,” a film about a Roman soldier tasked with finding the body of Jesus after the Resurrection, was released February 19 and made just over $1 million over the March 18 weekend. The film has grossed $34 million.
“This is a big win for us, and the movie will continue to expand through and beyond Easter weekend,” Sony distribution chief Rory Bruer said about “Miracles From Heaven.” “You could see how the film kept growing, and we’re playing beyond just Christian audiences.”
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