Success is a result, not a goal.
Post Holiday Wisdom
How much we enjoy
what we have is more important than how much we have. Life
is full of people who have more than they know what to do with, but
cannot be content. It is the capacity to enjoy life that brings
Bits and Pieces
laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out for another is to risk invovement.
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your ideas, your dreams, before a crowd is to risk their
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying, To hope is to risk
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to
risk nothing. The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has
nothing and is nothing.
They may avoid suffering and sorrow, but they
cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live.
Only a person who risks is free.
is the price of greatness.
A Community of People
We have a very involved
and active community. But over the years we can identify the
differences among us as well as the similarities. Which one are
who resist change and yearn for the good old days.
who seek maximum security for minimum risk and effort.
dislike group activity and prefer to work on their
are high achievers committed to building the neighborhood and
from Communication Briefings
Stress is a human reaction
to life's worries. There is no universal strategy for dealing
with stress, but there are ways to strengthen families and strong
families do deal with stress more positively.
Don't pretend problems will vanish on their own, but look at
situations as an opportunity for your family to grow closer and
control. If you believe you are helpless to solve your
problems, you might not feel it's worth the effort to face
them. Explore your options.
esteem. Spend more time dwelling on the positive and less on
Develop a for-better-or-worse attitude toward family
life. The key to this is more effective communication.
Rather than lashing out at a family member, express your confusion
and hurt over a situation and when they respond, listen for the
feelings behind the words.
Spend time together. Spend yor
time together in a way that works best
for your family. Families with young children may find
bedtime a suitable time, families with young school-age children
may find the weekends a good time, and families with busy
teenagers may only manage a meal a day together. Whatever
the family situation, make spending time together a priority.
Seek a balance.
No one can be all things to all people. Balancing
obligations to family, employer, and community and taking some
time for yourself is necessary. It may sound selfish to
assert your own needs, but it's actually a vital investment in
your family's well-being. If you are finding personal
satisfaction you will be a more effective parent or
All families experience
stress, but when families work together to find positive ways to adapt
and respond to change, then members will see their family as a source
of support and love.
Wisconsin Department of
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
While you may handle the short stuff
well, that comes your way, the heavy stuff.....say, a
book or a long report....may be harder to cope with. It may
require more concentration, so it sits around like a roadblock because
of your reluctance to begin what you believe you can't do justice to.
Here are some steps that
can help you cut through the problem:
Do a 10-minute
flip-through to see:
How is the material
Long chapters and
A lot of diagrams,
Are sections or
chapters subdivided by headings or is each a long copy block?
Scanning a table of contents won't do as much for you as a
flip-through. This, in turn, makes it possible for you to:
2. Do a five-minute evaluation. Ask yourself:
How much of this
material is actually new to me?
Does this material
How much needs full
concentration and how much can be skimmed?
How much time will I
need for this job?
3. Mark it up. If the material is yours to keep,
circle, underline, write notes in the margin....do anything to help
find your way through. If the material is not yours to keep, use
paper strips or post-it notes as markers.
4. Bypass. Skip over ruthlessly any material that
is repetitious, irrelevant or wordy.
Affirmations are positive
declarations used to control reactions to life's situations.
Basic affirmations are similar except that they have a deeper, more
permanent meaning in your life. They can direct the course of
your life and shape your basic attitudes. Basic affirmations are
used to release the power of both the conscious and subconscious
In order to store your
basic affirmations in your subconscious mind, building up their power
to impress themselves in your life, the following steps should be
Sit in a comfotable
position, hands on lap, both feet on the floor.
Close your eyes.
Become as completely
relaxed as possible letting go of every muscle from the top of
your head to yor toes.
Remove every negative
thought from your mind....all hate, fear, doubt, criticism,
self-ptiy or inferiority. There is nothing you cannot do or
Now place the
affirmation in your mind that you would like to impress on your
life. It might be a positive statement affirming your
strength, personal power and effectiveness or something you would
like to achieve.
Hold the thought there
for 30 seconds, repeating it mentally.
Do this at least three
times a day. (The more times the better.)
After you have gone
through the above then continue your activity of the day but believing
and acting as if the thoughts you had just stored in your mind had
No one is going to tell
you what to say in your basic affirmations. Suggestions will be
made of typical basic affirmations, but these are only examples.
The most powerful basic affirmations for you are the ones you create
especially for you. You are the author and the architect of your
life. You must learn to put together the thoughts and words that
will make your entire life exhilarating.
The most effective basic
affirmations are the ones that begin with the words, "I
am....," "I can...," or "I will...."
Just looking at these words and repeating them should spark your
imagination to expand your thinking and make positive statements about
In the next few days
repeat the words, "I am, I can, I will" dozens of times so
they become an automatic response to any situation, objective or
experience in your life.
The Public School
Because of the nature of
our work, we tend to work long hours. If you are a workaholic
and want to change, consider these suggestions:
Relize that too much
time at work could affect your judgment and lead to poor
Put strict limits on
your day. Tell yourself that you will finish a task at a
certain time and then walk away from it. Accept the fact that
you don't have to complete everything that needs to be done in
one day. Some things can wait until the next day, when you
are rested and more efficient.
Before you go to bed
at night, plan your priorities for the next day. This will
give you a sense of stability.
Commit to spending
time with family or friends.
Buy theater tickets
or make reservations for a sports event.
Put a deposit on a
weekend trip. Jot down these planned diversions on
your calendar so you don't schedule work for these times.
out every late Tuesday afternoon or Tuesday night for
relaxation. Schedule it the way you would a child's
practice or sports event.
Adapted from Your
Company, American Express Small Business Services
Believe that you possess significant reserves of health, energy and
endurance and your belief will create the fact.
Jaunty January Links:
Welcome to the Mary Rose: Come
and explore Henry VIII's great warship and meet some of the crew in
this website! Hear the crew talk, find out about the objects
found on the wreck, try your hand at the quizzes, then print out an
activity sheet to do afterwards. A second site, The Learning
City, is based on life aboard the Mary Rose. Even if you are not
studying history, there are some great pictures and information on
National Geographic Creature Feature
Archive: The archive links to short, flashcard-like information
about numerous animals including: bats, bears, cheetahs, chimpanzees,
coyotes, crocodiles, and so on through the alphabet to warthogs.
Click on an animal, experience a Flash intro and then access photos,
video, audio, postcards, fun facts and links to further info.
What Is....Every File Format in the
World: Did you ever see or receive a file with an extension that
was completely unfamiliar? Here's a quick and easy reference
that's been around for years. Whatever you do from there, well,
you are on your own!
The Race to Build the Atomic
Bomb: Just theory in the late 1930's and not funded until the
end of 1941, a collection of American and expatriot scientists race to
build the first atomic bomb. In four short years it is developed
and causes an end to World War II. This web site looks at the
people and science that made it possible while providing resources,
lesson plans and research tips. Keep scrolling right or use the
arrows to see the content. Click on links to expand
Firefighter Protective Clothing
Tour: Every piece of standard firefighter gear is shown along
with videos, sound bytes and information about how and why the gear is
used. You can rotate items, such as the helmet. Small
informational windows pop-up and provide further explanations.
Short videos are of firefighters responding to calls. Click on
"Extras" to see firefighting gear for special
Ology: You'll zoom through time,
meet enormous extinct dinosaurs from millions of years ago and smaller
dinosaurs that exist today. You'll zip through space, tour our
solar system and the Milky Way galaxy. You'll explore
microscopic DNA. You'll meet Museum scientists. Bright,
colorful and lots of content.
West Point Bridge Design Contest:
The contest is open to kids 13 through high school. Students
download a free copy of the Bridge Designer software and construct
structurally accurate bridge designs. Students upload their
designs for judging. The contest is sponsored by the United
States Military Academy and the American Society of Civil
Wishes for a Successful New Year!
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