EVERYONE NEEDS A LESSON IN HUMILITY

One day when I was youngand being a bit prideful,my father, a wise man,said to me,”Get a bucket of waterand fill it with water.”I did as he said.”Now, I want you to try something,”he said.”Put your arm in the bucket of water,then pull your arm out.If there’s a hole in the water,where your arm was,that means you’re indispensable.If there is no hole,that means you’re dispensable.I did as he said, and when I pulled my arm out of the water there was no hole.My wise father said,“No matter how importantyou think you are,the world can function without you.Always be humble, but … Continue reading EVERYONE NEEDS A LESSON IN HUMILITY

COLOR CAN AFFECT YOUR MOOD, FEELINGS, AND BEHAVIOR

According to color theorists, artists,designers, and marketers, among others,how you feel may be a reactionto the colors around youincluding the colors of your clothing.Professionals who work with colorsbelieve that colors affectmoods, feelings, and behaviors.Whereas colors affect people differently,there are some color effectsthat seem to have universal meanings.Here’s how people tend to respondto the basic primary colors,Red, Yellow, and Blue,which ae the source of all other colors.REDRed is often described aswarm, vibrant, and intense.It can be exciting, even aggressive.It evokes feelings of love and comfort.It’s often used and worn to grab attention.(Alert! Red can make a person look heavier.)Too much of … Continue reading COLOR CAN AFFECT YOUR MOOD, FEELINGS, AND BEHAVIOR

ACCOMPLISH BIG THINGS A FEW MINUTES AT A TIME

Author, musician, and educator, John Erskine, was fourteen when he learned a valuable lesson about life. His piano teacher asked him, “John, how many times a week do you practice and for how long?” John replied that he tried to practice an hour each day . His teacher said, “Well, don’t do that. When you grow up, time won’t come in large chunks of time. Practice in minutes, whenever you can find time, before school, after lunch, after school, between chores. Spread your practices throughout the day and music will become part of your life.” John followed his teacher’s advice … Continue reading ACCOMPLISH BIG THINGS A FEW MINUTES AT A TIME

SEVEN QUALITIES OF PEOPLE WHO SUCCEED IN LIFE

Everyone seems to have their own definition of success. Yet, based on studies of people who are considered to have succeeded in life, successful people appear to have certain qualities in common. Here are seven qualities successful people have. They have a winning attitude. They are able to give their best at what they do because they expect the best of themselves. Their outlook is optimistic. The feel positive and confident about what they can accomplish. Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, ”If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk If you can’t walk, then crawl. … Continue reading SEVEN QUALITIES OF PEOPLE WHO SUCCEED IN LIFE

THREE KEY WORDS THAT DEFINE A FIRST-CLASS RELATIONSHIP

Blue-ribbon, first-class relationships don’t just happen. They require attention. Here are three words that are always a part of every effective relationship. People often give lip-service to these three words, but living them is a different story. If nothing else, they’re good reminders. LOVE Anyone can say, “I love you.” But saying it isn’t enough. ACTIVE LOVE is the foundation of a rock-solid relationship, showing the other person on a REGULAR BASIS that you love her/him. Love is never, ever taken for granted. You make a CONSISTENT EFFORT to SHOW your love by doing all the little things that DEMONSTRATE … Continue reading THREE KEY WORDS THAT DEFINE A FIRST-CLASS RELATIONSHIP

YOUR FLAWS CAN MAKE YOU MORE VALUABLE

Kintsugi is the wonderful centuries-oldJapanese art of fixing broken objectswith a special lacquer dusted withpowdered gold,thus adding value to the broken object.It’s based on the idea that inembracing flaws and imperfectionsinstead of hiding or disguising them,you can create an even stronger,more beautiful piece of art.Kintsugi is related to thewonderful Japanese philosophyof wabi-sabi,which calls for seeing beautyin flaws and imperfections.Every break in an object is uniqueand instead of repairing an itemto make it look new, the techniqueactually highlights the “scars.”In the process of repairing objectsthat have cracked or broken,something more unique, beautiful,and resilient is created,even more beautiful than the original.Metaphorically speaking,we … Continue reading YOUR FLAWS CAN MAKE YOU MORE VALUABLE

IS SUCCESS A MATTER OF EFFORT OR ACHIEVEMENT?

There’s a tendency to alwaysdefine success based on achievement.People focus on the end result.They like to see the “finished product.”But is that all there is to success?Putting a man on the moonis a tremendous achievement,but what about all the years of effortit took to get him there?The birth of a baby is a great eventand everyone lauds the baby’s charm,but what about the nine monthsthat the mother carried the babyand the labor pain she endured?Sitting down in someone ‘s homeand enjoying a wonderful mealresults in compliments about the food,but what about all the planning, shopping,cooking and presentation it tookto get … Continue reading IS SUCCESS A MATTER OF EFFORT OR ACHIEVEMENT?