How to Wind a Cuckoo Clock

Written by Dave Balch

We have a lot of clocks in our home. Most of them make some sort of noise onrepparttar hour (steam trains, cartoon characters, birds, dogs, horses, wild animals; I'm not kidding!), some of them onrepparttar 101957 half-hour as well, and one that even chimes onrepparttar 101958 quarter hour. We just like clocks. Needless to say, we are usually aware ofrepparttar 101959 time! Some of my favorites arerepparttar 101960 cuckoo clocks that we purchased on a trip torepparttar 101961 Black Forest, and they needed some TLC: cleaning, oiling, and adjusting.

Enter Skip,repparttar 101962 clock repairman who believes inrepparttar 101963 long-lost art of house calls. He tookrepparttar 101964 clocks back to his shop and fixed them up beautifully. When he returned them, he placed them back onrepparttar 101965 wall with loving care and proceeded to explainrepparttar 101966 "proper" way to wind them.

1. Be sure to pull straight down orrepparttar 101967 chain can come off ofrepparttar 101968 gear orrepparttar 101969 weight may bang againstrepparttar 101970 wall, leaving a mark.

2. Pull only one chain at a time because pulling more than one at a time

a) causesrepparttar 101971 chains to be pulled at an angle and

b) puts too much stress onrepparttar 101972 hanger onrepparttar 101973 wall and/or repparttar 101974 back ofrepparttar 101975 clock.

3. Don't pull them too quickly because they may come off of their gears.

4. When settingrepparttar 101976 clock it is better to turnrepparttar 101977 hands counter clock-wise because ofrepparttar 101978 nature ofrepparttar 101979 internal mechanism.

...and so on, and so forth. For about 15 minutes, Skip explainedrepparttar 101980 finer points of something that seemed so simple and so obvious, that I couldn't believe what I was hearing.

Compassion, Part 2

Written by Rinatta Paries

Having compassion toward others is a gift of connectedness you give yourself and a gift of presence you give others. While difficult to define, compassion is a way of being, and you will seerepparttar definition emerge amongrepparttar 101956 three concepts presented here.

1. Compassion involves seeing others as "self."

No matter how different others are, or how different their circumstances are from yours, we all want essentiallyrepparttar 101957 same things from life. We want happiness, satisfaction and love. We want connectedness, safety and understanding.

When you are struggling to feel compassion for others, struggling to put yourself in their shoes, struggling to understand what they are going through, remember this similarity. Remember that everyone ultimately wants what you want.

2. Compassion does not involve self-sacrifice or martyrdom at your expense.

When in a disagreement with someone -- whether your partner, a friend or your boss -- remember to seerepparttar 101958 other as "self." Atrepparttar 101959 same time, be careful not to mistake compassion for being a pushover. Don't justify another's behavior atrepparttar 101960 cost of your feelings or discount your feelings.

Being compassionate inrepparttar 101961 context of disagreement means being understanding, supportive and kind, while respecting and setting your boundaries. You must be present to both simultaneously in order to both take care of yourself and others.

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