Jan 302011
 
Eating by The Hidaway

How do you feel after watching a sad movie or reading a depressing book? Most likely, you would feel awful. But when you watch a comedy or read a light-hearted novel, you are likely to feel good. As you can see, the way we choose to nourish ourselves can produce different results. In fact, it can make or break us. Yet when it comes to our nourishment, most of us follow our moods and passions without considering the long-term effects. While it may not be immediately apparent, every action and choice we make in life has a price. We can choose to pay it now or later. If you wish to take control of your life, then it is important that you pay close attention to the way you nourish yourself.
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Jan 262011
 

Heroes can be a great source of inspiration when the going gets tough. Carefully chosen heroes can remind us of the qualities we should have and why we must fight on. Therefore, it is important to have a few inspirational sources to draw from when needed. One of my favourite sources is history. I love to read about great leaders, men who defied the odds and refused to give up. Their willpower, personal characteristics and motivation are just the thing I need when I am down. I admire many people and characters, but there are few whom I would consider heroes. After careful thought, here are the four that made the cut and the reasons why.
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Jan 232011
 

The tongue is a marvellous organ. Used wisely, you can instruct, communicate ideas, make great conversation and enjoy good company. But like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, the tongue can also cause your downfall when you say the wrong thing. How many people have ruined their careers, brought down empires or destroyed relationships simply because they could not control that 4-inch beast in their mouths? Yet not all is lost. In this article, I shall share some insights on how to control our tongue and words by drawing on a little history and personal experience.
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Jan 192011
 
Statue of Liberty by Kevin Gilmour

Most people are aware of the tragedy of the Tucson shootings that has marred the start of 2011. But such shootings are not a one-off thing. This is unlikely to be the last shooting that we will see. As I read Sandra Lee’s article, it reminded me of the heavy price that comes with freedom.

In this day and age, we have endless choices and possibilities that those before us did not. It is true that freedom is not uniform across the world. Some countries have more freedom than others do. Yet freedom taken to the extreme can only result in tragedies. In fact, anything taken to the extreme can lead to problems. As such, I wish to share two sources which I feel sheds light on the price of freedom.
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Jan 152011
 
Composure by Chris O’Neill

In life, there is only one right way that things should go and that is our way. We want to get what we want when we want it. But life has a mind of its own and seldom conforms to our will. No matter how well we lay our plans, things rarely go as planned. I would know. I have laid careful plans only to watch my world crumble around me when they turned out otherwise. What then can we do to ensure that things turn out well? Here are some suggestions from my personal experience that will help you to manage better.
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Jan 112011
 
Luke’s Strongwoman by Official US Air Force

I love Galaxy Quest, a spoof of Star Trek. As a favourite comedy of mine, it never fails to make me laugh. But despite the humour of the show, one of its catchphrases, “Never give up, never surrender” is something we would all do well to bear in mind. Struggling against the odds can be difficult. It is always easier to give up and surrender than to endure the hardships that come with holding on. But success can only come to the one who has the fortitude to hold out and keep on trying. If you give up, there is no chance of success at all. To this end, here are 4 reasons we should never give up and never surrender.
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Jan 072011
 

“We human beings are only a part of something very much larger…We must use whatever methods we can to understand the movement of the universe around us and time our actions so that we are not fighting the currents, but moving with them.
-Memoirs of the Geisha”

Dark Path by Scott Clout

Infinite possibilities lie before us. But not all of these options are beneficial to our lives. Life, as you and I know, is about making choices. It is about creating your future, through your actions and choices, with the help of the 6 steps.

Yet to create this future, you have to leave your comfort zone and venture forth into the great unknown. To reach your goals, you have to go through the darkness of uncertainty. Even with the best-laid plans, you are bound to stumble over unseen obstacles. You are bound to let unforeseen developments catch you off guard. Today I tell you that this need not be the case. With the 7th step, you will gain greater clarity about the opportunities and pitfalls that lie along your chosen path. If you so choose, you can reduce uncertainty in your life and light your way to your future.
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Jan 042011
 
Family Fun Day by Knoxville Museum of Art

This article is inspired by Sandra Lee’s 30 Days of Love and Appreciation. Since it is the start of 2011, it is best to start well. One way of doing so, is to make sure we express our appreciation and love for our loved ones. There is no need to wait for a special day or occasion to show your love. Instead, we should seize every chance we have to do so while we still can and here are some reasons why.
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Jan 022011
 
Warning Sign by Oskay

This morning, I watched my brother play Uncharted 2 on PlayStation 3. In the game, his character was trying to steal a treasure from a museum in Istanbul. Naturally, there were many guards around to make sure that thieves did not waltz in and walk off with priceless treasures. As my brother dispatched the guards, he left the bodies lying on the floor in plain sight. At this point, it occurred to me that he was leaving signs of his activities lying around. Until then, the other guards were not aware of the heist going on. But if any one of them were to stumble on the bodies, they would realize something was wrong at once. It is the same in reality. There are signs everywhere and it pays to take notice of them early.
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