Archives for the month of: April, 2010

Sod the stress and keep positive!!

This was written By Regina Brett The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio — To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I’ve ever written. My odometer rolls Over to 70 in August, so here goes.

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The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary, so that the necessary may speak.
Hans Hofmann

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Cameron's 1867, photograph of Hypatia

Hypatia of Alexandria. (Greek: Ὑπατία)
Born between AD 350 and 370; died March 415
A Greek scholar from Alexandria, Egypt . Hypatia was the first woman to make a substantial contribution to the development of mathematics, also taught philosophy and astronomy.  She was murdered by a Christian mob who felt threatened by her scholarship, learning, and depth of scientific knowledge, blamed her for religious turmoil, she was a pagan.

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Hypatia – philosopher, astronomer, and mathematician

When something strikes a spark of interest, follow it.
– Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

My pet peeve these days is about people who can’t stop talking about themselves, their life and just being too self-centered for their own good.

My recent experiences in dating and attempts at making new friends, has been somewhat disappointing. Not because I haven’t had that spark, that ‘chemistry’ or made any new friends, but every person I’ve shown an interest has been too self-absorbed.

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Great advice, but I think that is the case with everything and not just power tools :-)…

“…find a friendly instructor to show you how to use power tools. Someone you are never going to go to bed with or complains about your driving skills.”

– Alys Fowler

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

– Max Ehrmann, Desiderata

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