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A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock, with his hair fashionably combed and shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today.
His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready.
As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window.
I love it,' he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.
Mr. Jones, you haven't seen the room; just wait..'
'That doesn't have anything to do with it,' he replied.
Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time.
Whether I like my room or not doesn't depend on how the furniture is arranged .. it's how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it.
'It's a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice;
I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.
Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I'll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I've stored away.. Just for this time in my life..
Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you've put in.
So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories!
I am still depositing.
'Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.
A psychiatrist was consulted by a man whose marriage and career were both in serious trouble. His problem was his constant irritability and bad temper. He was concerned about this himself, but if any one tried to discuss it with him, he exploded in anger. He constantly told himself that everyone was picking on him and that he had to defend himself against them.
To counter the negative auto suggestion, he advised him to use positive auto suggestion. Several times a day in the morning, noon, and at night prior to sleep he was to repeat to himself.
From now on,
Every day I am becoming more and more lovable and understanding.
I will be center of cheer and goodwill to all those around me, infecting them with my good spirits.
This happy, joyous, and cheerful mood is now becoming my normal, natural state of mind. I am grateful.
After a month, his wife and his coworkers remarked on how much easier he was to get along with.
The things that drive you crazy are actually giant opportunities. The people who press your buttons are actually your greatest teachers. The issues that make you angry are actually your biggest gifts. Be grateful to them. Love them.
The people or circumstances that take you out of your power have extraordinary value: they reveal your limiting beliefs, fears and false assumptions. The celebrated psychologist Carl Jung once said: "Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves." Powerful point. The things that irritate, annoy and anger you are entry points into your evolution and elevation as a human being. They are signposts for what you need to work on and the fears you need to face. They are gifts of growth. You can blame the people who trigger you and make it all about them. Or you can do the wise thing and look deeply into yourself to discover the reason for your negative reaction. Use the challenges to grow self-awareness. Because how can you overcome a fear you are not even aware of? And how can you transcend an insecurity you don't even know you have?
As you begin to shed light on your personal weaknesses and take responsibility for them, you actually begin the very process of shedding them. You become stronger. More powerful. You begin to see the world through a different set of eyes.
Khalil Gibran, one of the greatest thinkers, once wrote: "I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am grateful to those teachers who taught me all the wrong things.
When I was in grade school I really enjoyed lying. Not the white lies you tell your mom when you ate cookies that you weren't supposed to. I'm talking about the elaborate lies you tell friends to make yourself appear to be better than you are. I remember convincing my friends in 3rd grade that my father was the President of Coca Cola. I remember convincing my friends in 5th grade that I had gone deaf in one ear. That was a lot of fun. As I got older, my lying continued. I enjoyed people's reactions to my seemingly amazing life. When I was 15 that all changed. I met someone I really looked up to (he was 17). He became a mentor for me as I began my foray into the astral world. He's the one who helped me raise my vibration so the "ookie spookies" wouldn't bother me. He's the one who put me on the path of honesty and integrity. And he did it by hurting me so badly that I changed instantly. Here's what happened.
In my usual fashion, I told him lies just like I had been telling other people. I made up elaborate stories to get him to be more interested in me because I wasn't sure the truth would be enough to make him want to continue working with me. But he knew me so well, probably better than I knew myself. One day he told me, "I can't talk to you on the phone anymore because I can't see your eyes and so I'm not sure when you're lying to me." That really shocked me. One, because I didn't know he knew I had been lying to him sometimes, and two, because he was willing to end our friendship over those lies. I vowed in that moment that I would never lie to him again. It was a hard transition for me to make because I was used to exaggerating stories and experiences to get attention. But for him, and for his wise counsel, I made a pact with myself never to tell even one single white lie to him again. In time, his trust in me was rebuilt and we enjoyed a great friendship and relationship.
That's how I learned the value of honesty. I decided that I would honor the truth. I decided that the truth was powerful and strong, and that lies merely created a false foundation that could crumble at the slightest poking. I realized that I felt more powerful when I told the truth. I felt like I was helping to build reality instead of creating a false Matrix-like reality. As Merlin said in the movie, Excalibur, to Arthur, "When a man lies, he murders some part of the world." It's true. Every lie you tell alters the universe and makes it unreal.
In my 20′s, I had a friend who was a pathological liar. Her life was based on lies and the elaborateness of her lies would put my early days to shame. We discussed honesty a lot, and I told her that I couldn't trust that she was telling me the truth since she told me so often of the lies she was telling other people. In a way, I did to her what my mentor did to me. I told her that I couldn't be her friend unless I knew I could trust her. She asked me how to be honest all the time. My answer was simple:
Never do something you will have to lie about later. If you have to lie about it, you shouldn't be doing it.
After all, if you feel good about what you're doing, why would you lie about it? Don't we lie when we are ashamed of who we are or what we've done?
Why go to clinic for ECG, BP or stress checkup when you've Apple and Google gadgets
Tech majors' gadgets will measure ECG, blood pressure, glucose, blood biomarkers, heart rate, fatigue and even your mood
- Joseph George
Can a smartphone save your life? The answer is "Yes" – and it will be more relevant in the coming years as technology companies are in a race to develop solutions that can predict and detect the possibility and level of an illness.
Current available solutions vary from measuring your heart-beat to analyzing stress levels to wirelessly monitor blood pressure to the amount of oxygen intake.
Diabetic patients appear to be the immediate beneficiaries as work is on towards development of various solutions that can help monitor their blood sugar levels.
The latest announcement came from Google when it announced that it was working on a project, testing a smart contact lens that's built to measure glucose levels in tears.
According to the company the prototypes that they are testing uses a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor that are embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material and can generate a reading once per second.
"We're also investigating the potential for this to serve as an early warning for the wearer, so we're exploring integrating tiny LED lights that could light up to indicate that glucose levels have crossed above or below certain thresholds. It's still early days for this technology, but we've completed multiple clinical research studies which are helping to refine our prototype. We hope this could someday lead to a new way for people with diabetes to manage their disease," the note said.
Apple meanwhile is said to be working on multiple solutions that can make the iPhone or the wearable device it is working on equipped to measure ECG, blood pressure, glucose, blood biomarkers, heart rate, fatigue and even your mood.
The iPhone 5s already has seven inbuilt sensors while the Android powered Samsung S4 has nine. Smartphones equipped with greater processing powers have the ability to read data from multiple sensors.
According to reports there are already about 43,000 health related apps listed on the Apple App Store. And with more to come it is just a matter of time before your local clinic will be filled with staff who will be analyzing your mobile data.
Heart of Europe in Dubai: Streets with snow on The World
Kleindienst Group to pioneer one of the only outdoor climate-controlled areas in the world
- Parag Deulgaonkar
An artist's impression of the Heart of Europe. (Supplied)
A mega project on The World, Dubai, will have "snow- lined streets," Emirates 24|7 can reveal.
"This will be an exciting part [the world's first 'rain and snow' lined streets] of the development and we'll be using state-of-the-art German technology to make it happen," a spokesperson for Kleindienst Group, the developer of The Heart of Europe, confirms to this website.
"Construction is only just starting and will continue until end of 2016. Vibro-compaction of all six islands is the first step in the construction process, preparing them for buildings to be erected," he said.
The project will offer visitors many five star luxury plaza boutique hotels with a vast array of dining and nightlife options with the "only outdoor climate controlled areas in the world".Visitors will also have the choice of unique floating homes. No further details were shared by the company.
Besides, as part of the Mont Royal Family Hotel, there will be several slides and lazy rivers on display amongst other attractions. A large floating bridge links the islands of Monaco, Switzerland and St Petersburg to the main island of Europe.
The lagoon bridges will also enclose the world's largest open aquarium, a natural pool of saltwater that is home to coral reefs and hundreds of species of underwater creatures.
Asked about the villa prices, the spokesperson said: "We have a had a lot of interest in the project and the concept villas.
"We are currently negotiating with some investors looking at hotel villas in our family hotel at a price of Dh3,700 per square foot."
In May 2013, Nakheel, the master developer of The World, said work on The Heart of Europe development is all set to start soon as Kleindienst Properties had amicably resolved their dispute.
The Heart of Europe comprises six islands: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden and St. Petersburg with six additional destinations being Sochi, Belgium, Luxembourg, Geneva, Monte Carlo and Poland.
The islands are linked by unifying architectural principles and characterised by sleek designs inspired by their namesake countries.
According to Nakheel, all the islands are completed and ready for development by individual investors.
The World project is nine-kilometres wide and seven kilometres-long. It covers an area of 931 hectares and will add 232km to Dubai's natural 67km of beachfront.
The islands range from 150,000 to 450,000 square feet in size.
The project is divided into private estate island zones, commercial zones, which have low/mid/high density resorts, hubs for ferry transfer points and public visitor areas
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- Don't chew gum or eat hard candy.
- Slow down when you are eating.
- If you wear dentures, check to be sure they fit properly.
If you keep your options open for too long, those options will no longer be available to you. Choose one option based on your best information, and go with it.
Give sufficient thought and consideration to your decisions, but don't drag them on endlessly. The sooner you get start implementing a decision, the more effective you'll be.
Accept the fact that you won't make a perfect decision every time. And remember that you'll have opportunities to adjust your approach if things don't work out the way you planned.
You cannot predict the future yet there is much you can do to intelligently and effectively prepare for it. Instead of agonizing over what might or might not happen, get busy creating value that will be there no matter what happens.
Go ahead and decide. The sooner you decide, the more time and energy you'll have to make the decision work out the way you intended.
A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When class began, wordlessly he picked up a large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks right to the top, rocks about 2″ diameter.He then asked the students if the jar was full ? They agreed that it was.
So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them in to the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks.The students laughed. He asked his students again if the jar was full ? They agreed that yes, it was.
The professor then picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.Of course, the sand filled up everything else.
"Now," said the professor, "I want you to recognize that this is your life.
The rocks are the important things – your faith, your beliefs, your family, your partner, your health, your children – anything that is so important to you that if it were lost,you would be nearly destroyed.
The pebbles are the other things in life that matter,but on a smaller scale.The pebbles represent things like your job,your house,your car etc.
The sand is everything else. The small stuff. If you put the sand or the pebbles into the jar first,there is no room for the rocks.
The same goes for your life.
If you spend all your energy and time on the small stuff,material things,you will never have room for the things that are truly most important.Pay attention to the things that are critical in your life.
Play with your children. Spend quality time with your spouse. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, fix the car etc.
Take care of the rocks first, the rest is just pebbles and sand!!!
"Oh mommy please, Mommy. Can I have them? Please, Mommy, please?"
Quickly the mother checked the back of the little foil box and then looked back into the pleading blue eyes of her little girl's upturned face.
"A dollar ninety-five. That's almost $2.00. If you really want them, I'll think of some extra chores for you and in no time you can save enough money to buy them for yourself. Your birthday's only a week away and you might get another crisp dollar bill from Grandma."
As soon as Jenny got home, she emptied her penny bank and counted out 17 pennies. After dinner, she did more than her share of chores and she went to the neighbor and asked Mrs. McJames if she could pick dandelions for ten cents. On her birthday, Grandma did give her another new dollar bill and at last she had enough money to buy the necklace.
Jenny loved her pearls. They made her feel dressed up and grown up. She wore them everywhere, Sunday school, kindergarten, even to bed. The only time she took them off was when she went swimming or had a bubble bath. Mother said if they got wet, they might turn her neck green.
Jenny had a very loving daddy and every night when she was ready for bed, he would stop whatever he was doing and come upstairs to read her a story. One night as he finished the story, he asked Jenny, "Do you love me?"
"Oh yes, daddy. You know that I love you."
"Then give me your pearls."
"Oh, daddy, not my pearls. But you can have Princess, the white horse from my collection, the one with the pink tail. Remember, daddy? The one you gave me. She's my very favorite."
"That's okay, Honey, daddy loves you. Good night." And he brushed her cheek with a kiss.
About a week later, after the story time, Jenny's daddy asked again, "Do you love me?"
"Daddy, you know I love you."
"Then give me your pearls."
"Oh Daddy, not my pearls. But you can have my baby doll. The brand new one I got for my birthday. She is beautiful and you can have the yellow blanket that matches her sleeper."
"That's okay. Sleep well. God bless you, little one. Daddy loves you."
And as always, he brushed her cheek with a gentle kiss.
A few nights later when her daddy came in, Jenny was sitting on her bed with her legs crossed Indian style.
As he came close, he noticed her chin was trembling and one silent tear rolled down her cheek. "What is it, Jenny? What's the matter?"
Jenny didn't say anything but lifted her little hand up to her daddy. And when she opened it, there was her little pearl necklace. With a little quiver, she finally said, "Here, daddy; this is for you."
With tears gathering in his own eyes, Jenny's daddy reached out with one hand to take the dime store necklace, and with the other hand he reached into his pocket and pulled out a blue velvet case with a strand of genuine pearls and gave them to Jenny.
He had them all the time… He was just waiting for her to give up the dime-store stuff so he could give her the genuine treasure.
So it is, with God. He is waiting for us to give up the cheap things in our lives so that he can give us beautiful treasures.
Are you holding onto things that God wants you to let go of?
Are you holding on to harmful or unnecessary partners, relationships, habits and activities that you have come so attached to that it seems impossible to let go? Sometimes it is so hard to see what is in the other hand but do believe this one thing.
God will never take away something without giving you something better in its place.
LAS VEGAS: In terms of appearance, there is nothing special about ChefJet. Made of white plastic and metal, it looks like any other kitchen appliance. In fact, it looks boring than most kitchen appliances. It has few buttons. If you peer into it, you may see some components but there is seemingly nothing cutting edge about them. But don't let the looks fool you. ChefJet is first of many "food printers" expected to make way to our kitchens in future. This printer eats sugar, drinks water and churns out black and white sugar candies with single flavour.
ChefJet Pro, the big brother of ChefJet, can do the same. But it can also add some bright colours to your candies.
At Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the two printers and the candies created by them were on display at the booth of 3D Systems (3DS), a company based in the US.
"Food is an incredible platform for creativity, experimentation, and celebration and we are thrilled to place these powerful 3D printers in bakers and chefs' kitchens," Liz von Hasseln, creative director food products, 3DS, said in a note to media. "We invite leading pastry chefs, restaurateurs and event planners to join us in bringing 3D printing into the kitchen."
Both ChefJet and ChefJet Pro are aimed at professionals, at least for now. These are costly machines and while 3DS has not yet revealed the exact price of the machines, it has said that ChefJet would cost less than $5,000 while ChefJet Pro would cost less than $10,000.
Both machines primarily support candy designs created using computers. In terms of design limitations, there seems to be virtually none in terms of core technology. The shape and design candies take will be limited only by the imagination of the chef.
Apart from candies, both 3D printers can also print out cake toppings and garnishes. As raw material these machines will use the "ink" sold by 3DS. "ChefJet printable materials come in a variety of recipes, including chocolate, vanilla, mint, sour apple, cherry and watermelon. ChefJet is expected to be available in the second half of 2014," said a 3DS spokesperson.
Just a few booths away from the one set by 3DS, there was Quinn Karaitiana, CEO of Solid Idea from Australia, showing his company's latest 3D printer. Expected to be priced at just $99, ChocoByte printer can gobble up the liquid chocolate and then churn out cute brown chocolate bars in different shapes.
ChocoByte doesn't look as polished as ChefJet, which is clearly ready for the prime time. But Karaitiana explained that it was because the product he was showing at CES was a prototype. "We were racing against the time to be here at CES. We put together this particular prototype just days before our flight to Las Vegas," said Karaitiana as he held the printer in his hand.
ChocoByte is much smaller than ChefJet. Consequentially, it will also create smaller chocolates. It is also like a semi-automatic solution unlike ChefJet that uses a much sophisticated system. To print chocolates bars through ChocoByte, users will have to first heat the chocolate cartridges - Solid Idea will sell 4 for $10.
"Then a user will have put the heated cartridge into the printer. A machine will create a hard chocolate print in the design of your choice in less than 10 min. It will be eatable," said Karaitiana.
Just like ChefJet, ChcoByte will also use computer assisted designs to create its chocobars.
As 3D printers gain popularity and get cheaper, they are no longer cool tools used by hobbyists. Various companies, including the well-known MakerBot, are coming out with new machines that are faster and more precise at printing 3D objects.
Food items like candies and chocolates look like obvious objects to print. At least that was the sentiment at the part of the CES where 3D printers were on display. The idea of printing food looks so obvious that even NASA is dabbling into it. Last year in September the space agency announced that it was exploring options to use 3D printers so that its astronauts can get personalized food during space missions in future.