Monday, July 30, 2012

Mirthful Monday - Lexiphiles - Part 1

To write with a broken pencil is pointless.

When fish are in schools they sometimes take debate.

A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.

When the smog lifts in Los Angeles , U.C.L.A.

The professor discovered that her theory of earthquakes was on shaky ground.

The batteries were given out free of charge.

A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail.

A will is a dead giveaway.

If you don't pay your exorcist you can get repossessed.

With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.

~ Source Unknown

Friday, July 27, 2012

Hearing and Stress, Stress and Hearing

Image courtesy of Jean Scheijen.

Hearing loss and stress have a number of similarities.

To discover what they are, I invite you to read my guest post, Hear! Hear!, which was published on the blog of Gloveman Supplies, Ltd.

Friday, July 20, 2012

More Like a Cabbage Than an Onion

When you are learning, changing and growing, the process is often compared to peeling away the layers of an onion. You may think you're done when you get through one layer, but there it is, another layer, lying in wait, ready to be peeled back.

I remember once asking a workshop leader whether I'd be "done", once I healed from an event. The answer was swift. "Not if you're lucky." Life is a process, living it means that we continue to learn, change and grow.

However, I think that a cabbage better describes this process. The layers in an onion are concentric and evenly spaced; they're easily peeled off, too.

Personal growth, can be easy, at times.Yet, other layers can be messy and difficult to peel back. You don't know what you'll find until you get there. The layers are uneven, just like the cabbage.

Perhaps, the personal growth comparison to the onion has more to do with the tears than the layers?

What do you think? Onion or cabbage?

Monday, July 16, 2012

Mirthful Monday - Pinterest

Sometimes, when you're alone and life is making you lonely, you have to stop what you're doing and just belt it out.

Here are three of my favourite singing scenes, which I've added to a Pinterest board called "Sing It!".

So, go ahead, take a break, turn up the speakers, pick up the microphone and sing it! You know you wanna! ;)

Monday, July 9, 2012

Mirthful Monday - Why, Why, Why?

Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are getting weak?

Why do banks charge a fee due to insufficient funds when they already know you're broke?

Why is it that when someone tells you that there are one billion stars in the universe, you believe them but, if they tell you there is wet paint, you have to touch it to check?

Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?

Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?

Why did Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

Whose cruel idea was it to put an "s" in the word "lisp"?

If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?

Why is it that, no matter what colour bubble bath you use, the bubbles are always white?

Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?

Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?

Why do people run over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?

Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the first end you try?

How do those dead bugs get into enclosed light fixtures?

Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?

~ Source Unknown

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

A Change of Heart

Life. A matter of perception. Stress transformation allows you to view the world a little differently, often with big results.

Here are some examples:
  1. Initial Impression - A colleague who is making more errors than usual.
    Change of Heart - You learn that they are dealing with a terminally ill family member.
  2. Initial Impression - You are stuck in traffic going over the bridge. You're worried that you will be late.
    Change of Heart - As you inch your way over the bridge, you later discover that the reason for the slow progress is a serious medical emergency.
  3. Initial Impression - (Here is one of a personal nature.) It is my policy to follow-up with the parents after I've finished working with their child. This particular time, I didn't get a return call. I started to worry (worry = stress), thinking that they weren't happy with what I did. Self-doubt began to incubate. Change of Heart - Two weeks later, I received a call, saying a) that they had been out of town and b) that my young client was doing exceptionally well. (I have since learned to step off the treadmill of worry, in circumstances such as this one.)
A change in perception can make a difference to you (and to those around you). It gives you an opportunity to offer up the gift of compassion, which is a powerful stress undresser.

When has a change of heart benefitted you?