I Had a Dream

Written by Rick Beneteau

"Are you blind?" she screamed, "World War III has started and you're acting as if everything's just peachy"!, referring of course torepparttar current state ofrepparttar 102118 world.

The subject in my dream several nights ago I am very close to in real life. I recall replying something torepparttar 102119 effect that "I can understand why you think this, butrepparttar 102120 world was not that great a place *before* 9/11 andrepparttar 102121 terrorist attacks have only served asrepparttar 102122 catalyst forrepparttar 102123 positive, spiritual changesrepparttar 102124 world needed to make anyway". Something in reality I have said to many people.

However, she rebutted, and this is verbatim: "You had better wake up and smellrepparttar 102125 anthrax!"

I intensely dislike nightmares, and especially those that wake you up with a jolt like this did, butrepparttar 102126 surreal conversation served as my own catalyst to change how I have been "existing" since September 11. I'll explain in a moment.

You may be having trouble sleeping or having dreams, or worse, nightmares related torepparttar 102127 terrorist attacks andrepparttar 102128 current state ofrepparttar 102129 world. We are being told by experts that this is perfectly normal consideringrepparttar 102130 scale ofrepparttar 102131 senseless slaughter,repparttar 102132 onslaught of biological attacks and continual talk of more threats, even nuclear, andrepparttar 102133 overall 'crisis coverage' bombardment in our lives day in and day out. I certainly believe them. If you weren't concerned about everything that is going on right now, including your own safety, you'd have to be pretty insensitive!

However, I believerepparttar 102134 biggest enemy we face right now is our personal preoccupation with these world events, and,repparttar 102135 level of "shutdown" we've allowed into our lives as a result. Just look around at what's happening, or better yet, not happening. Travellers and vacationers aren't flying andrepparttar 102136 airlines and tourist industries are in deep financial trouble. People are avoiding public places and countless major events have been postponed or cancelled. You could probably hurl a good sized snowball through your local restaurants and not hit a patron. The stock market has plummeted and businesses large and small are beginning to fall byrepparttar 102137 wayside in droves. People just aren't doing what they normally do and that includes spending money enjoying themselves.

Me? I readily admit that too many people have been in my miserable midst to hear me grumble in disgust about how slow my Internet sales have been. Not like me at all.

But come to think of it, I haven't bought a single thing onrepparttar 102138 Internet since September 11! Nor in any department store. I haven't hopped on an airplane let alone ventured out to a restaurant. I haven't attendedrepparttar 102139 theatre or been to a sporting event either. I've been sitting in my office and running torepparttar 102140 nearest television for 5 weeks now, stuck in this fog, frozen, like too many people! So how could I then be expecting people to spend money on MY products when I wasn't buying theirs? Worse, how come I was not enjoying my life like I normally would? Am I not part ofrepparttar 102141 problem?

"How Internet Marketing Made Me 'Drop-Dead' Gorgeous!"

Written by Jo McNamara

"Those who know their minds do not necessarily know their hearts." La Rochefoucauld

Internet marketing fascinates me. It fascinates me so much that I am atrepparttar computer 12 hours a day. However, after a few months I noticed that my posterior was beginning to spread out and fitrepparttar 102117 contours of my desk chair a bit too comfortably. I was getting very pale and forrepparttar 102118 first time became aware that gray was now my natural hair color.

Action was needed and this is what I did:

Because I was getting up at 4 a.m. to be able to spend 12 hours a day onrepparttar 102119 computer, I found that I was getting hungrier duringrepparttar 102120 day. But instead of eating Fritos, I started having boiled eggs and apples as snacks. I quit putting chips on my grocery list. My husband complained about not having munchies inrepparttar 102121 house. I told him if he wanted them that much, he could buy them himself.

Because I was getting up earlier inrepparttar 102122 morning to spend 12 hours a day atrepparttar 102123 computer, I started eating my dinner earlier inrepparttar 102124 evening. That meant my husband and I no longer had dinner together. He started bellyaching that there wasn't anything prepared for him when he got home from work. I told him it was about time he learned how to cook.

Because I was spending 12 hours a day sitting in front ofrepparttar 102125 computer, I decided I needed to spend at least half an hour onrepparttar 102126 exercise bike. So I got it out ofrepparttar 102127 garage and set it up inrepparttar 102128 living room so that I could listen torepparttar 102129 stereo while I exercised. My husband objected about having to look at it while he watched TV. I told him that was too bad and HE could use some exercise himself.

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