Does size really matter?

Written by David Leonhardt

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My wife and I witnessed an awesome display of aviationrepparttar other day. Two hawks were flying around acrossrepparttar 132586 street, swooping right over us at times. They were trying to establish a new nest.

Usually, hawks fly somewhere "up there", distant silhouettes againstrepparttar 132587 blinding brightness ofrepparttar 132588 sky. But on this occasion, they were flying low enough for us to make outrepparttar 132589 colors beneath their wings:repparttar 132590 deep, dark brown andrepparttar 132591 sandy tan feathers.

And low enough to seerepparttar 132592 colors ofrepparttar 132593 little birds (sparrows, perhaps?) giving chase. It was an even match, or so it seemed. Two sparrows versus two hawks. OK, perhaps not completely even. Each hawk looked big enough to gulp down a sparrow in a single chomp, like a person might swallow a grape. Come to think of it, this match did not look any more even than if I had been placed in a ring with a well-fed sumo wrestler.

Yet there they were, two big hawks, graceful and majestic,repparttar 132594 scourge of field mice everywhere, managing impossible maneuvers to evaderepparttar 132595 slightest touch ofrepparttar 132596 tiny sparrows.

Why? Because sparrows are more agile than hawks, and can more easily position themselves for attack. Because sparrows are less fragile than hawks, and do not fear feather damage torepparttar 132597 same degree. Because sparrows are quicker than hawks, so they can more easily retreat if they have to.

Sadly forrepparttar 132598 hawks, their size was of little comfort againstrepparttar 132599 superior skills ofrepparttar 132600 sparrows. And sadly for us, it appears we will NOT be watchingrepparttar 132601 comings and goings of hawks nesting acrossrepparttar 132602 street.

Does size matter? No. But if you want to make that slice of cheesecake just a bit bigger, I would be much obliged.

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Multiculturalism: Understanding Other Cultures

Written by Susan Dunn, MA Clinical Psychology, The EQ Coach

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Half of us inrepparttar room had no idea what he was talking about, andrepparttar 132584 sad thing is I don’t know whether he knew that (which would be bad) or didn’t (which was worse).

2 minutes later,repparttar 132585 most ‘fierce conversations’ member inrepparttar 132586 out-group said, “Oh, you mean we shot down one of our own guys? That’s really stupid.”

Someone else added, “And tragic.”


I hoperepparttar 132587 more discriminating out there will understand that some of us despair at our own military with their reprehensible euphemisms such as calling killing children "collateral damage."

The US military is a sub-culture within a larger culture.


The letter continues: “The dayrepparttar 132588 statue of Saddam was torn down,repparttar 132589 great divide between America andrepparttar 132590 rest ofrepparttar 132591 world was briefly suspended.”

There isrepparttar 132592 common ground.


Multiculturism demands that we use our empathy and intuition (emotional intelligence competencies) to understandrepparttar 132593 other point of view, that we seekrepparttar 132594 common ground, and also that we understand there are many cultures within any given culture.

I had a conversation with a client in Australiarepparttar 132595 other day who eventually blurted out in frustration, “We hate American buzz over here. The hype. It’s too pushy.”

Did she assume I didn’t?

And should I assume she speaks for all Australians?

And should I assume she hates Americans (including me) because she hates "American buzz?"

Yes, she assumed I didn’t, while in actuality I dislike it myself. No, I do not assume she speaks for all Australians. I don’t look at things that way. Nor do I makerepparttar 132596 grand and erroneous sweep to assume she hates Americans (and therefore me) because she hates something that some Americans do.

Check out your assumptions and challenge those ofrepparttar 132597 other. Look forrepparttar 132598 common ground. Treat people as unique individuals. Brush up on your global EQ. The world is shrinking and we need to learn how to get along.

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