The Race for Wings

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The

Race

for

Wings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life is a race

It’s plain to see

Robotic armies failing to flee

From their everyday lives

With brains like a bee

Buzzing and floating

Hoping for something sweet

 

Nectar from a raindrop

Dust from the sun

Trying to be the best

Until the day they’ve won

 

Trickling through the haze

Of buildings they have made

Filled with rats, in a maze

Their vision is blurry

Burned by the sting

Of every-day automatons

Trying to gain their wings

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Stretching & Stress

Stretching & Stress

When you see a cat doing an outrageous stretch that makes you chuckle, you may not realize these stretches are important for its health. Likewise, regularly stretching your own muscles improves flexibility; prevents muscle stiffness, strain and soreness; and leaves you feeling refreshed.

Because stretching improves blood flow throughout your body, it’s important for muscular health, and it’s the cheapest way to relieve stress. Taking just 15 minutes out of your day to stretch can be incredibly therapeutic — both for your muscles and your mental well-being.

If you sit in front of a computer most of the day, you not only face the mental stresses of your day, you can build up extreme tension in your back, neck and shoulder muscles. It’s important to take a few minutes every couple of hours to stretch — you’ll feel more productive and alert, and you’ll feel less stress.

Here’s a simple stretch you can do in your office to relieve tension and stress. Stand with your feet together and your arms at your side. Slowly exhale, and bend your body at the waist allowing your head and arms to hang loosely toward the ground (your upper body should be completely relaxed, as though your arms, neck, shoulders and torso have “gone limp”). Stay in that position until you have completely exhaled the air from your lungs. As you inhale, slowly stack one vertebra on top of another to stand up straight. When you get to your shoulder area, gently roll your shoulders back and very slowly straighten your neck until your head is upright. Then slowly exhale through your mouth. Not only does this simple stretch refresh all parts of your body, it encourages proper posture and opens your chest cavity for optimal breathing.

It’s important to listen to your body as you stretch. If a particular motion is painful, make the necessary modifications so you don’t over-exert yourself. Keep at it, because the more you stretch, the easier it gets, and the more flexible you’ll become. (Always consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program.)

New Year’s Resolutions

happy_new_year_fireworksNew Year’s Resolutions

I hope you all are enjoying the holidays and no matter where you live, I hope you have a happy and festive new year.  New Year’s Eve has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. It’s a time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make and resolve to follow through on those changes. Did your New Year resolutions make this top-ten list?

1. Spend More Time with Family & Friends

Recent polls conducted by General Nutrition Centers, Quicken, and others shows that more than 50% of Americans vow to appreciate loved ones and spend more time with family and friends this year.  Work shouldn’t always come first!

2. Fit in Fitness

The evidence is in for fitness. Regular exercise has been associated with more health benefits than anything else known to man. Studies show that it reduces the risk of some cancers, increases longevity, helps achieve and maintain weight loss, enhances mood, lowers blood pressure, and even improves arthritis. In short, exercise keeps you healthy and makes you look and feel better.

3. Tame the Bulge

Over 66 percent of adult Americans are considered overweight or obese by recent studies, so it is not surprising to find that weight loss is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. Setting reasonable goals and staying focused are the two most important factors in sticking with a weight loss program, and the key to success for those millions of Americans who made a New Year’s commitment to shed extra pounds.

4. Quit Smoking

If you have resolved to make this the year that you stamp out your smoking habit, over-the-counter availability of nicotine replacement therapy now provides easier access to proven quit-smoking aids. Even if you’ve tried to quit before and failed, don’t let it get you down. On average, smokers try about four times before they quit for good. Start enjoying the rest of your smoke-free life!

5. Enjoy Life More

Given the hectic, stressful lifestyles of millions of Americans, it is no wonder that “enjoying life more” has become a popular resolution in recent years. It’s an important step to a happier and healthier you! Just get out and try something new! Take up a new hobby or try your hand at skiing. Go to a theater performance, or head to the local spa.

6. Quit Drinking

While many people use the New Year as an incentive to finally stop drinking, most are not equipped to make such a drastic lifestyle change all at once. Many heavy drinkers fail to quit cold turkey but do much better when they taper gradually, or even learn to moderate their drinking. If you have decided that you want to stop drinking, there is a world of help and support available. E-mail me if you want more details.

7. Get Out of Debt

Was money a big source of stress in your life last year? Join the millions of Americans who have resolved to spend this year getting a handle on their finances. It’s a promise that will repay itself many times over in the year ahead.

8. Learn Something New

Have you vowed to make this year the year to learn something new? Perhaps you are considering a career change, want to learn a new language, or just how to fix your computer? Whether you take a course or read a book, you’ll find education to be one of the easiest, most motivating New Year’s resolutions to keep.  Most local colleges and universities offer distance and adult education programs.

9. Help Others

A popular, non-selfish New Year’s resolution, volunteerism can take many forms. Whether you choose to spend time helping out at your local library, mentoring a child, or building a house, there are many nonprofit volunteer organizations that could really use your help. If your time is really in short supply, maybe you can at least find it in you to donate the furniture, clothing and other household items that you no longer need, rather than leaving them out by the curb to fill up our landfills.

10. Get Organized

On just about every New Year resolution top ten list, organization can be a very reasonable goal. Whether you want your home organized enough that you can invite someone over on a whim, or your office organized enough that you can find the stapler when you need it, these tips and resources should get you started on the way to a more organized life.

If this isn’t one of your New Year’s Resolutions, please leave a comment to let others know what you’re doing to improve your life throughout 2009.

My Memorable Blog Posts from 2008:

The Last Autumn Leaf

Beyond the Storm

The Calling

Harmony of the Worlds

Staying Positive in Tough Times

Turn Around the Negative Self-Talk

Anima Mundi

The Optimism Test

Flow

The Key

The Breakthrough


The Joys of Reading

Pax Vobiscum, friends!

What? You say I am speaking in an unfamiliar tongue? Well, you would be correct. Pax Vobiscum means “peace be with you” in Latin. I learned this, as well as other Latin tidbits in my latest piece of reading.

Reading is a fun, engaging, and productive activity. It can take you away from the normal daily stresses that life throws at you while immersing your mind into a plethora of new words, new situations, and new characters. A book can give you exciting new topics to speak about with friends, but most importantly, reading gives you an opportunity to expand your mind in broad new horizons, perhaps allowing you to find unforeseen segments in your imagination that spark your inner beauty.

I am still a teenager, so I tend to like a different type of book than most adults. I still enjoy reading and connecting with fantasy related books. The glint of a sword rose high in the air, or the tension of a well-strung bow still captures the curiosity of my imagination. Stories of Celtic folklore, medieval battles, and forbidden love immerse me into the crisp pages time and time again.

My current read is the King Raven Trilogy by Stephen Lawhead.

Before you read- no worries, I am not telling you any more than the prelude suggests:

In the first installment, named Hood, Lawhead reimagines the tale of Robin Hood. Based on detailed research, Lawhead places the folk hero (whom he names Bran) in Wales in 1093, at a time when the land was under constant assault from the new Norman rulers of England. When Bran’s father, the king, is killed in an ambush along with nearly all his warriors, the land of Elfael is overtaken and its citizens subjected to great oppression. Though Bran should be king, he has lost faith (in both himself and whatever God he once knew) and decides to flee instead. Through agony and adventure, aided by a ragtag group of colorful characters, his sense of justice grows, along with his commitment to leading the people of Elfael and his creative strategies for dealing with the enemy. Lawhead examines questions of faith from both sides of the conflict, so readers see Welsh monks praying for deliverance and Norman rulers asserting their divine right to the land.

I am also finished with the second book, named Scarlet. These books are a true joy to read, and I am looking forward to the final book, which will be released in 2009. If you like good fantasy novels, you need to check out Stephen Lawhead.

If you are reading this, consider yourself lucky. Back in the 12th century, reading was only known by the high lords and priests of the land, as well as the few lucky who were taught in high society. Reading is now almost something we take advantage of. It would do an inquisitive mind such as yours good to start observing the magical world of literature- if not already doing so (and I mean more than occasional blog posts and internet rabble.)

🙂

 

What Happened to Morality?

Morality?

Morality


What has happened to morality? I got an e-mail from a girl that claimed that her father was a high ranking official, who was assassinated in Africa, and he had a large sum of money and she, the daughter, was the next of kin to receive the money. She said that since she was sixteen, the bank wouldn’t let her claim the money, so she said she needed a reliable foreign source to send the money to.

I replied to her first e-mail, because I wanted to believe her. I thought surely no one would go through this much just to try to pull off a scam. She even sent me her father’s death certificate

This was her reply:


“Dear sir,
I just saw your mail now,
thank you so much for your reply may GOD bless you,
please I am giving you this bank information with trust so please keep your promise of being honest with me ,please don’t betrayed me,
so write to the bank now to confirm and to let them know that you are my trustee which they requested from me because of my under age,
dear I promise you, that you will not have any problem in claiming this fund for me because i have all the document of this money here with me I will give it to you when you write to the bank and when the bank approved you of claiming the fund for me, when you write to them , they will now tell us the possibility of transferring the money in your account on my behalf, and you know that I am in the refugee camp and access to Internet is through our church cyber which I can use when we come for morning or evening service, so please I don’t have phone or even money to call you but I will give you now our reverend father’s phone number (Rev name Dickson David) tell (###-###-#####) so please call me any time even if I am not in the church the Rev will send for me and the camp manager will allow me because of the Rev.


My problem now is please keep your promise ,
and let me know when they replied you.

I will be waiting for your reply and call concerning how you went with the bank.

Thanks,

Mariama Jones”


She gave me a fraudulent e-mail of the bank, because I contacted the bank and verified that none of the information that she gave me was true. The phone number, death certificate, and e-mail addresses were all fabricated. This shows that evil exists in many platforms in this world, and some people just don’t care about morality. Death is no joke, and definitely not how you try to scam someone. She said she was an orphan in a refugee camp, just to try to scam me out of money. Where is morality? Who raised these people?

Please teach others to have a pure morality, because the world is corrupting more and more every day. It cannot be stopped completely, but we can’t let ourselves degrade into a cruel and unjust society. We as a society must stay pure and see beyond this haze of evil. Just stay pure, please- for the sake of humanity.

A Message to the Lost

To the lost: do not worry.

The silence will soon be repressed by something truly amazing.

You will hear a voice.

A sound will echo through your mind and alter what you think is reality. Panicked souls will be crammed in a crowded, unknown and dark place. The foolish will scream and bicker of how they should be treated differently than everyone else, as the wise stand in a placid gaze towards the sky- or what was the sky.

Observance is key. See how your world is changing around you, and change among and amidst- Like a chameleon changing to mock its background. After all, that’s all we instinctively do: Avoid danger.

Play the songs that compel you to run.

Remember the thoughts that drive you beyond the natural.

Look at the photos of loved ones and hope to see them again.

Keep your gaze short, however, as time is not on your side.

…And remember: be rational. Running is good as long as it’s in the right direction. When the time is right, listen to your heart.

That essential moment where everything clicks like a firing gun- It ultimately decides your fate. You only have one chance to dodge the bullet. The time has come to make things right. You hold the key to escape from torment. You can find what you are looking for.

Do not fear, for fear is your greatest enemy. Open your hand and look at your palm. There, envision everything you’ve ever wanted; now close your hand into a fist- gripping your dreams close to your heart; and with that hand, you can make dreams your reality.