Joi SigersWritten by Thank You Notes and Baseball
On my computer desk, between my Best of KISS cd and my pink flamingo coffee cup is a folded little Thank You card. It's not from a family member, friend or neighbor. I haven't even met person it is from. However, sender had something special that earned them this top placement. (After all, not everyone can hang out with my cup from Keys or my rockers from...well, wherever.)
My husband and I have bought things from eBay for years: books, Tommy Bahama tops, baseball memorabilia, dolls, etc. Recently, we came across a first that made us both take notice. With book seller had enclosed a THANK YOU card. He wrote a little note inside simply thanking us for our purchase. It wasn't note, I guess, that was so surprising. It was fact that SO MANY before him hadn't done so; a fact that hadn't hit us until we saw this sender's note.
Graciousness is a beautiful thing. Humanized, it'd be a cross between Johnny Depp and Beyonce. It would have sweetness and goodness of Mother Theresa, and wit and wisdom of Oprah.
Unfortunately, it's becoming an endangered trait in danger of becoming extinct. How many times do we go through an ever-increasingly painful department store check-out routine choreographed by a sour cashier? How often, when going through a drive-thru, do we have to guess when our worker in window is done with us. I remember when "Thank You, have a nice day" was my cue to drive on. Half time now I get a blank look and a bag who's contents supposedly match up with what I said.
The great Roman Orator and Politician, Marcus T. Cicero, said, "Gratitude is not only greatest of virtues, but parent of all others". True, that. If one has gratitude, it's a pretty fair estimation that many other virtues will follow: kindness, fairness, temperment, tolerance, etc. It's one of things that should separate us from those who walk about upon four as opposed to two.
Who is last person you looked in eye and thanked for something they did or said? When, in store or drive-thru, did you last you smile at worker and say, "Thank you. You have a great day!"? Perhaps if more of US did so, more of THEM would be in better humor!
10 Steps To Clear ThinkingWritten by Steve Gillman
Does your mind sometimes feel like a television station you can't quite tune in? You know there's an interesting program on - or several, but everything is mixed with static. What if you could "tune in" at will, have clear thinking whenever you want it? Try some of following.
Ten Clear Thinking Techniques And Tips
1. Take a walk. Science will eventually prove this to be a great way to improve quality of your thinking, but don't wait for proof. Aren't there enough other reasons to take a walk anyhow?
2. Stay away from sugar. If you want to understand what brain fog is, eat a sugary donut on an empty stomach, then do math problems twenty minutes later. What you will experience, along with "sugar blues," is brain fog. At least lay off sugar and simple carbohydrates when you need to think clearly.
3. Organized space means clear thinking. It's rare that a person can actually work better in clutter. Organised working space means you won't have thought "where is that..." distracting your mind.
4. Get better sleep. Sleep requirements vary, but minimum for most is somewhere around five hours. Some suffer if they sleep less than eight hours. The research, however, indicates that after a certain minimum quantity, quality of sleep is more important to normal brain function.
5. Try meditating. No time? Just close your eyes, relax, and watch your breath for a while. Accept that your mind will wander, but continually return your attention to your breath. Five minutes of this, and afterwards you'll feel a boost in your brainpower.