Food Choices

eat:

  • Asparagus
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Avocado
  • Coconut
  • Mango
  • Grapefruits
  • Melons (inc. watermelon)

*ok to eat all local organic produce

avoid:

likely genetically modified

sugar, soy, corn, alfalfa, papaya, summer squash, canola oil

most chemically infested

antibiotics- meat, fish, dairy, egg

pesticides– apple, celery, peppers, stone fruits, berries, summer squash, leafy greens, coffee, chocolate, wine

smelly-

hing, cumin, onion, garlic

addictive-

honey, yeast, coffee, chocolate


chose fair-trade when available

the mundane pleasures of life

Outdoor swimming, floating in water, walking on grass, sitting in the sun… with no one around. It pays to be out early morning.

The time to contemplate all the good things in life… gratitude.

I had recently read that discipline nurtures freedom, and its been on my mind. And today I felt it.

It requires discipline to stay fit, to work out regularly, and this provides me with the comfort of knowing that I can go out there and hike miles even if I got lost- the freedom to roam about in the back country.

It requires discipline to remedy a bad habit like smoking, overeating, etc – providing you with the freedom from addiction.

I used to hate the word discipline as I had not known the difference in being disciplined and the simple noun discipline. It MATTERS.

Being told to conform to tasks are significantly distinct from having discipline. As in, being in the forces living a disciplined lifestyle is different from doing it on and of your own will.

That difference is FREEDOM, that you are choosing how to live your life on your term, a commitment to yourself.

Sticking to that commitment is discipline.

Do not let others discipline you against your will nor be disillusioned of the myriad of choices made on consensus with your common sense.

The pleasures of developing thicker skin

The more I think about my difficult jobs, the more I appreciate the experience.

How time makes everything seem so nostalgic!

The memories…

At my first attorney job, when I gave a week’s notice, the principal partner became very hostile and didn’t pay me my last week’s wage. I told my supervising attorney that I would file a complaint and I did. I won and they paid me. Thank you for wasting my time.

At another firm which worked their employees like slaves, I ignored the quota, took my time, and got fired. And then a managing attorney assumed I quit and wrote me an angry email for bailing out. I wonder how she is doing, in response to my email that I in fact was fired she said “that’s for you to keep to yourself, you were great to work with”. We all have different priorities.

Another sweatshop firm- At one meeting with the founder/partner of the office, I stood up for my team and said I will not be a sweatshop manager. Another co-worker with conviction of saving my job volunteered to be the slave driver, “your welcome” he told me later.

All wonderful experiences that shaped me into who I am today.

A life lesson

Never respond when you are not calm. If you are not sure that you are calm, don’t respond. Take a deep breath as a first step to calm yourself down. Speak in gentle tone to reduce the tension of the situation.

Realize that you can find opportunities in negative situations.

Albert Einstein: “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.”

Look at the content of what people say to you for something positive that you can act upon to improve yourself. Don’t just reject the whole messages. For the rest of the messages which is negative, simply ignore it.

Maintain positive view of the people. Maybe you don’t like their messages or behavior, but that doesn’t mean that you can hate them personally.

Look at the negative situations as your training sessions, the higher you climb in life, the worse the negative situations would be.

Realize that having negative feelings will hinder you.

If you make mistakes, be open to admit it.

George Bernard Shaw: “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”

Realize that you can’t please everyone. Just let go.

Focus on the people that you can positively interact with.

You think you need paper?

They say 70% of the world population does not use toilet paper.  Growing up with paper, I can so relate to the below piece! It took some time to take it in, knowledge is power!

They Use Their Hand To Wipe? By DJL

I have recently been educated on how people in Iraq wipe their butts!  I know what your thinking.  What are you talking about DJL and how did you even get into this conversation!  Recently a Soldier came back home from a long stay in Iraq and we got to talking.  Yes the conversation took a downward spin.  I believe someone was drinking out a water bottle and he said the people from Iraq would love that bottle.  So of course I say “why”?  Well I was told that they hate toilet paper.  They say it is smearing!  That is unclean!  So instead they “USE THEIR LEFT HAND TO WIPE THE WASTE AWAY and use the water bottle to sprinkle the water on the just wiped area.

So let’s talk about this for a second.  I had to look this crap (no pun intended) up on the Internet.  There is actually people who live in a Western society that say they do what the locals do when visiting their country!  We need to analyze this.   “What the hell is wrong with you people”!  I can see you need to squat down over a hole they call a toilet since your in a foreign country but you don’t need use your left hand to scrap the crap off your butt! You can’t use your right hand because you can’t!  That is right you shake hands and eat with your right hand.  I have so much to say about this I am rambling!!!!   Think of the process in which your done doing your duty and you stick your left hand down there and scoop up any remaining KLINGONS. What do you do next you say?  You grab a water bottle or a hose or even a jug and spray water on your butt.  OK, I am cool with that.  But then what do you do with that left hand?  THEY HAVE NO SOAP!  What do you do with your wet butt?  THEY HAVE NO PAPER!

From: http://learnsomethingnewtoday.us/2008/06/30/they-use-their-hand-to-wipe/

Philosophy of dominance

Language is often an attempt to control behaviour through the transfer of information.

Conformity in a population makes control of society much easier for its leaders.

Our leaders pay lip service to the freedoms that democracy provides, while actually

supporting an economic structure that imprisons it citizens under more and more debt.

Time, efforts, and minds are wasted on the pursuit of money in occupations that contribute nothing to the human intellect or condition.

We live in a world of unfulfilled dreams in which we never really come to know or understand what constitutes a meaningful life.

To appease those who work hard but do not achieve the good life, religion is there to assure them that if not in this life, they will obtain it in the next.

Finding no safe haven in a world where many are resigned to the consequences

of original sin, theologians created the concept of a distant Heaven. This is a place of eternal bliss and limitless abundance, full of warmth and love, where people are free of destitution, greed, lust, the need for money and all other afflictions that have plagued humankind for centuries. Others seek to attain this end while still on an earthly plane through meditation and/or renunciation of the material world.

There are many who are in search of the truth, but this is an endless search that takes a person nowhere. Whether consciously or not, most people continue to undergo changes in their values, outlook and understanding,  a process that has no finality. Human beings are constantly evolving organisms.

-Excerpt, Jacque Fresco The Best that Money can’t Buy

conflict

I just wanted to let you know between me and you.

Some people have complained about your tone in your last email as being a little bossy.

In a group setting there are always conflicts- personality clashes.

We want to encourage people to be motivated.

You don’t want to act superior, condescending, like you know it all.

I will address the group from now on, but good job!