01/18/16 – Sometimes Not Winning is Better Than Winning

 CURRENT EVENTS 

Not Winning The P0werball Jackpot

All of us but three, didn’t win the big Powerball jackpot; but, maybe we are the real winners after viewing the picture below.

Winning Powerball

SELF-HELP BOOKS

The Ultimate Gift

by Jim Stovall

This is another easy to read, self-help book that I am recommending.  On the cover it says, “What would you be willing to do in order to inherit one billion dollars?

Ultimate Gift

PHYSICAL TRAITS – YOUR HEALTH

I have consistently expressed my concern for your health and the importance of exercise.  You have to make some time for exercise–no excuses.  It doesn’t have to be strenuous exercise, since you can receive the majority of benefits from exercise by simply walking.

To get you started walking for exercise, you may want to consider using an exercise block like the one below.

Walking

SOCIAL TRAITS

In my book under Social Traits, in Chapter 28, I stress the importance of bringing more diversity into your life.  The next time you do something with a group of friends, look around at the people surrounding you.  Are they diverse in various ways.  If not, you are missing out.  

Click on the link below and ask yourself, would you want to miss out on this because you don’t have enough diversity in your life?

https://www.facebook.com/SilentDesi/videos/10203696555587230/?fref=nf

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

What do you value in your life and does the allocation of your time reflect those values?

Budda

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Exporting Raymond

I recently watched Exporting Raymond and found it a fun picture to watch.  When I decided to watch the film, I had no idea I was going to learn so much about Russia. What could be better, some fun entertainment, plus learning something.

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LAST WEEK’S POLL – Powerball

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The vast majority of us will either buy one ticket (29%) or between two and five tickets (29%).

And 23% of us don’t plan to even buy at ticket; whereas, 18% of us will buy more than five tickets.

THIS WEEK POLL – Questions About This Blog

Every so often I like to get a reading on the impact if any, that this blog has on you.  I hope you will participate in this week’s poll and I encourage you to comment on what this blog is doing right or what it could do better.

      Question Mark

 

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

I want to introduce some variety into the weekly musical selections, so I thought maybe some classical music this week.  When I mentioned classical music, perhaps, some of you had the following in mind?

Throw the Stick

I really hope you give this piece of classical music a brief try.  I think it is nothing short of absolutely amazing.

Canon by Pachelbel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlprozGcs80

ART OF THE WEEK

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The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is located in West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C., southwest of the National Mall. The official address of the monument, 1964 Independence Avenue, S.W., commemorates the year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 became law.

Covering four acres and including a statue of King by sculptor Lei Yixin, the memorial opened to the public on August 22, 2011, after more than two decades of planning, fund-raising and construction.

Although this is not the first memorial to an African American in Washington, D.C., King is the first African American honored with a memorial on or near the National Mall and only the fourth non-President to be memorialized in such a way. The King Memorial is administered by the National Park Service (Source: Wikipedia).

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Who else would I select on today!  Plus, we also have some words of wisdom.  If we cannot do something great, at least we can do something in a great way.

Those words of wisdom, remind me of this Roman general; whom the Roman Senate feared was becoming too popular with the common people.  So, the Senate  took him from the battle field and placed him in charge of collecting Rome’s garbage.  The general said, “If the work will not bring honor to me, I will bring honor to the work.”  Needless to say, the general did such a good job cleaning up Rome’s garbage that he became even more popular with the common folk.

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

Born Yesterday

BLOG

I always appreciate those that leave comments on my weekly posts, since it encourages me to continue these posts.  This week I am thanking Carol, Rick, Elena, Spiritual Journey, Little Wolf, and Sue for leaving a comment.

Leaving a comment is easy, just click on “Leave A Comment”, which is immediately below the title of this week’s post.  And if instead of seeing “Leave A Comment”, you see “# Comments”, just click on that and scroll down to leave your comment.  I’m delighted that six of you cared enough to leave a comment last week.

If you think this blog has any merit, please pass it on to your friends, as well as liking my Facebook page.

MY BOOK

If you have any interest in changing your life for helping someone else change their life, please consider my book.

Again, for those of you into reading books on a Kindle, I reduced the price of the Kindle version of my book down to $4.95.

My book can be purchased on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  It is also available in a ebook format.  And if you have read my book, please leave an evaluation of it on Amazon.  Thank you.

My Final Cover

http://www.amazon.com/Tired-Being-Ordinary-Are-You/dp/0990388697

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/im-tired-of-being-ordinary-are-you-wm-allen/1120528064?ean=9780990388692

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Im-Tired-Being-Ordinary/Wm-Allen/9780990388692?id=6429711012885

01/11/16 – $1.3 Billion Powerball

 CURRENT EVENTS 

P0werball

This Wednesday’s Powerball drawing is now up to $1.3 billion, so I thought I would present something that shows you how to read your Powerball ticket. 

Powerball ticket

SELF-HELP BOOKS

Compelling People

by John Neffinger & Matthew Kohut

In your quest to become extraordinary, it will be beneficial if you understand personal magnetism.  Compelling People provides a lot of information about what makes a person engaging and what makes a person forgettable.  This is information you can use to assess yourself and eliminate any of your traits that may be turning people off as well as develop traits that my attract people to you.

Compelling People

PHYSICAL TRAITS – YOUR HEALTH

I, like many of you, made a New Years resolution to lose weight this year.  You just have to look around many places in the USA to see people are killing themselves with their food choices.  Two of the worse food choices are white flour and sugar.

Many of us when setting a weight goal, turn to height weight charts, so I thought I would provide you some information on how to interpert these charts.

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SOCIAL TRAITS

In my book under Social Traits, in Chapter 30, I stress that there is never anything to be gained from arguing with someone.  Many arguments are simply over opinions and people have all sorts of opinions and they are entitled to those opinions, even if mistaken.  Perhaps, the following will help you remember that.

perspective vs Truth

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

Chapter 18 of my book talks about detachment to both objects and relationships.  The C. S. Lewis quote below illustrates the point I was making.

Good advice monkey bars

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

Some of my friends who knew me in my younger days used to say I sold out when I went to work for a large corporation.  I replied, “Yes, but I got a good price.”  I think you will get a kick out of this film about selling out or is it buying in?

Greatest Movie Ever Sold

POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (commonly shortened to The Greatest Movie Ever Sold) is a 2011 documentary film about product placement, marketing and advertising directed by Morgan Spurlock. The premise behind the production is that the documentary itself would be entirely paid for by sponsors, thus being a form of metafilm. The film’s slogan is “He’s not selling out, he’s buying in”. (Source: Wikipedia)

LAST WEEK’S POLL – 2016

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The vast majority of you (84%) believe 2016 will be a better year than 2015.

A much smaller number of you (11%) believe 2016 will be about the same as last year.

And an even smaller number of you (5%) believe 2016 will be worse than 2015.

THIS WEEK POLL – Powerball

I came up with 1.3 billion reasons to make Powerball the subject of this week’s poll.

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SONG OF THE WEEK

Let’s Dancing by David Bowie

In recognition of the recent passing of David Bowie.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4d7Wp9kKjA

PAINTING OF THE WEEK

I conducted a poll of last week’s painting and 72% of you initially saw a young woman, whereas, 28% of you initially saw an old woman.  Hopefully, eventually you saw both women in that picture.  I hope this little exercise helps you appreciate that two people can view the identical thing or situation and yet come away with completely opposite understandings of what they just viewed.

I’ve often heard it said, that we see things not as they are, but as we are. 

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The Red Model by Rene Magritte

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The uncanny affinity between the feet and the shoes drives our curiosity and undermines our habitual conceptual polarity: feet/shoe, human/non-human, civilization/wilderness, inside/outside. If you want to know more, check out:

http://www.nem.tku.edu.tw/courses/modernity/2B/Magritte_01.htm

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Marcus Aurelius

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Bust of Marcus Aurelius in the Musée Saint-Raymond, Toulouse

Marcus Aurelius (26 April 121 – 17 March 180 AD) was Roman Emperor from 161 to 180. He was the last of the Five Good Emperors, and is also considered one of the most important Stoic philosophers.

Marcus Aurelius’ Stoic tome Meditations, written in Greek while on campaign between 170 and 180, is still revered as a literary monument to a philosophy of service and duty, describing how to find and preserve equanimity in the midst of conflict by following nature as a source of guidance and inspiration. (Source: Wikipedia)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

I am using the following joke as an introduction to a more serious discussion of stereotypes:

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In heaven, the lovers are French, the cops are British, the food is Italian, the cars are German, and the whole thing is run by the swiss

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In hell, the lovers are Swiss, the cops are German, the food is British, the cars are French, and the whole thing is run by the Italians.

The definition of a stereotype that I like best is that of a vastly oversimplified image or idea about something.  One needs to exhibit a great amount of caution when it comes to any stereotyping as the following so elegantly demonstrates:

Stereotypes

BLOG

I always appreciate those that leave comments on my weekly posts, since it encourages me to continue these posts.  This week I am thanking Tania, Terri, Carole & John for leaving a comment. Leaving a comment is easy, just click on “Leave A Comment”, which is immediately below the title of this week’s post.  And if instead of seeing “Leave A Comment”, you see “# Comments”, just click on that and scroll down to leave your comment.  I really hope more of you start leaving comments as it could lead to some insightful discussions.

If you think this blog has any merit, please pass it on to your friends, as well as liking my Facebook page.

MY BOOK

If you have any interest in changing your life for helping someone else change their life, please consider my book.

Again, for those of you into reading books on a Kindle, I reduced the price of the Kindle version of my book down to $4.95.

My book can be purchased on-line from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.  It is also available in a ebook format.  And if you have read my book, please leave an evaluation of it on Amazon.  Thank you.

My Final Cover

http://www.amazon.com/Tired-Being-Ordinary-Are-You/dp/0990388697

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/im-tired-of-being-ordinary-are-you-wm-allen/1120528064?ean=9780990388692

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Im-Tired-Being-Ordinary/Wm-Allen/9780990388692?id=6429711012885