Saturday, June 30, 2007

What Goes Around Comes Around

This short story says it all, what goes around DOES come around.


His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog.

There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death.
The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman's sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved.

"I want to repay you," said the nobleman. "You saved my son's life."
"No, I can't accept payment for what I did," the Scottish farmer replied waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmer's own son came to the door of the family hovel.
"Is that your son?" the nobleman asked.
"Yes," the farmer replied proudly.
"I'll make you a deal. Let me provide him with the level of education my own son will enjoy If the lad is anything like his father, he'll no doubt grow to be a man we both will be proud of." And that he did.

Farmer Fleming's son attended the very best schools and in time, graduated from St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.

Years afterward, the same nobleman's son who was saved from the bog was stricken with pneumonia. What saved his life this time? Penicillin.

The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill ....... His son's name? Sir Winston Churchill.
Someone once said: What goes around comes around.

Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching. Sing like nobody's listening. Live like it's Heaven on Earth.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Ten Ways to Improve Your Quality of Life

Greetings all,

I came across this very interesting article, it's short and to the point, definitely worth a read!

10 ways to improve your quality of life.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Stop Smoking

We ALL know smoking is bad for you. It's the leading cause of many different types of cancers and let's face it, it's disgusting, it smells bad, it stinks up your hair, hands, clothes, the air you breathe.

Smoking is an addiction, the smoker derives pleasure from smoking, it's plain and simple. Upon taking that initial puff, Dopamine receptors are activated, the person feels good, relaxed; this is why some smokers can become very aggressive an intolerant towards non-smokers who protest when they light one up; they feel that the non smoker is selfishly preventing them from acquiring pleasure, when the truth is that the person is simply protecting his/her health.

Based on some knowledge on the subject of addiction and common sense I devised an almost fail-proof formula to help you to quit smoking; its all-natural, drug-free and requires minimal effort. The only thing it DOES require is your will, you need to want to quit, you've got to truthfully and honestly want to quit, anything less than 100% commitment won't do.

I've had a few people try this, all but one has quit for good, the one that quit and got hooked again is bipolar, needles to say, she required extra attention.

Anyways, first thing is first: “do you want to quit?” do you want to live and extra 20 to 30 years (if you are a regular smoker, you can cut your lifespan by as many as 40 years!!) Wanna see the daughter get married? your son graduate? Would you like to improve your quality of life? be able to walk a flight of stairs with out gasping for air, maintain a healthy lifestyle, not have to hide the smell in your car and apartment, etc.? Want to feel that your life is NOT controlled by a little “cancer stick”? If you answered YES and feel the need to stop smoking, for yourself as well as for your family then read on, if not, click on one of the Google ads to your right a good luck!
So you decided to quit?, good for you, I'm glad to help. My method is remarkably simple and easy to follow, it will never be patented, it won't make a pharmaceutical company any richer, there are no drugs, patches, special gadget or things to buy. This is about helping you quit, not making a buck, Karma is better than money.

Let's say you smoke a pack of 20 a day, I recommend you keep doing that for 2 more days, on the 3rd day after reading this, buy your pack of 20 open it and quickly throw one in the trash, go on with your day and smoke your 19 cigs. After 4 days of doing this (throwing 1 a day) go up a level and throw 2.

Remember, buy your pack, quickly open it and throw the 2 cigs away and then smoke normally. Keep doing this, remember to stay anywhere from 2 to 4 days smoking the same amount before going up a level. This will prevent your body from manifesting any withdrawal symptoms, since it will more easily adapt to a slighter lower dose, than to quitting “cold turkey”.

Keep this up and play it cool, don't comment it to your friends, don't brag about your superhuman ability to curb the cravings, lead your life as happy and normal as you can. The time will come, after a few months, where you will be smoking one cigarette every few days and one day your body, after slowly detoxifying itself all this time, will reward you, you will dread having to smoke that one cigarette. The taste will be repulsive, the smell will make you nauseous, your body WILL rebel against the poison! And congratulations!! you will have triumphed against the most worthy of adversaries, YOURSELF!

This method works, it's almost too easy to think it works, but it is worth trying, you have nothing to loose and a few decades to win.

One thing,please keep in mind that your emotional state will influence your results, so if you are down to 5 cigs a day and your spouse dies (god forbid) chances are you WILL go back to 20 cigs a day if not higher. This does not mean you're weak and should resolve to lead a half life as a smoker, give yourself time to resolve your emotional issues and then get back on the horse.
In the case of smokers Quitters never quit. On average, a smokers tries to quit up to 6 times before quitting for good (using nicotine patches, special filters etc.) This method works medium to long term and since it works naturally with your body it's close to 100% effective.

I hope this post has been of some help, feel free to let me know what you think.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Proper Workout

We all know the importance of working out to ensure adequate health and well being, not to mention the psychological benefits of exercise, there’s plenty of documentation on this.

I recently began training with a friend of a friend who happens to be a Jiu-Jitsu, instructor.
Now, I was not really expecting much from a guy who states that you can’t work out more than 3 times a week and that these workouts should last no more than 45 minutes in the gym. In my head, this was impossible, you NEED to stress your muscles in order for them to grow, what he was proposing was just too little. However, he has a very athletic physique with minimal body fat, so I figured I’d train with him just to see if the whole thing worked.

The first day, I was impressed, he quickly pointed out how my form was all wrong, I had NO idea, doing the exercise in the “Proper form” kept me from using the weight I regularly use, we did Dumbbell Presses (both flat and inclined) combined with Parallel Chin Ups and Seated Rows. At the end of the work out I was DEAD! I could barely breathe; I was sweating like a piece of meat on a barbecue grill. I also had an incredible pump; this was one of the first times in a long while where I felt like a really worked out in every possible sense!

Since then, I’ve been following the man’s advice; I look and feel much stronger as I’ve strengthened my body’s core. I FEEL GREAT!

We should pay more attention to how we exercise; I totally recommend training with a Certified Instructor, heck, if you can afford it, try a Sports Medicine doctor, you can get the most of your time at the gym and get the results you want in a more effective manner.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Fear of Death

I was talking to a friend today and she spoke of her worst fear: “death”. She mentioned how the thought of dying would cripple her with freight; this is, in my view, kind of bizarre, since we are ALL going to die, yes, even you!!! And we don’t have an expiration date either, we can die in the next few hours, it’s a real possibility, maybe not highly likely but still possible.

I told her: “Let’s suppose you were born with an expiration date and you knew you were going to live for 73 years, 6 months, 2 weeks, 6 days, 14 hours, 35 minutes and 16 seconds. Would it make sense to spend ALL of this time dreading the inevitable, knowing that the moment of your death is unavoidable? The answer is a resounding HECK NO!! you’re going to want to live those years to the limit, have as many strong emotions as you can, get pleasure from life, not worry about anything, enjoy the little things, the big ones, all of them!! You want to be able to say your life was worth living, that you were happy, made a difference in people’s lives, you were loved, admired and respected and those you left behind are sad, but content knowing you lived life the way it was meant to be lived. This would give you such a great sense of peace and well being, that you will see death for what it is, the natural culmination of one’s existence.”

She was brought about, I guess she was just expecting me to ridicule her for having such a childish fear, but no, it’s natural to be afraid of death, we are programmed to live, we are instinctively prepared to survive, death is the last option in our mind’s and body’s design.

So I asked her: “when you play a game, let’s say basketball, you play to win and sometimes you do others you don’t, either way the game ends. That’s life, a game, win or loose, it ends, so let’s go out there and win it!! Let’s make the best out of this game and WIN, let’s be prosperous and happy, so that once the games DOES end you can quickly look back and say like Sinatra: I did it my way…..