Saturday, March 28, 2015
Saturday, March 21, 2015
"42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be servant of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:42-45
“The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions…The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types. Between them there are shadings and blends that are part of the infinite variety of human nature.”
“The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant-first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served. The best test, and difficult to administer, is: Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And, what is the effect on the least privileged in society? Will they benefit or at least not be further deprived?“
“Serving others prepares you to lead others.”
― Ashley Smith
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth.”
― William W. Purkey
― Helen Keller
― Maya Angelou, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now
― Mother Teresa
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Do you believe we live in a perfect world? Are there things you'd like to see change? Would you like to increase your impact in the world? The Renaissance (from the French word meaning "re-birth from the French word meaning "re-birth") was a cultural movement spanning (depending on which cultural historians you believe) from the 14th to the 17th centuries. Artists, writers, sculptors, musicians and architects began to look back to Greek and Roman times, and seek out ideas and inspiration from ancient texts. The changes in the Renaissance were social and political as well as intellectual. The Renaissance "re-birth" pertained to a return to the classical culture, which was the inspiration for numerous inventions and improvements that have benefited our modern day society. One of the most famous influential people during this time period was Leonardo da Vinci.
Why is it so important to focus on da Vinci if we want to become people who can drive changes in our own lives and the world? Leonardo da Vinci was an extremely accomplished person who possessed the unique ability to master broad topics of knowledge and their technical skills. This uncommon talent has been recognized in our history books by coining the phrase "Renaissance". Which means a man or woman who command a breadth of understanding and abilities in both the arts and sciences. It is for this reason that decoding da Vinci is important to develop a template we can each use to become extraordinary in our lives.
When we look at the life and work of Leonardo da Vinci we can start putting down the stones that will help to build a pathway achieve similar success in impacting the world. Da Vinci impacted the world by showing us 4 fundamental ways that we can use to also impact our surroundings:
Be an Observer - We know that Leonardo da Vinci was one of the greatest observers in history which was proven by the masterpieces that he created. Why is being an observer so important to creating a significant impact in the world? If we look at the definition to observe it states, "to see, watch, perceive, or notice; to regard with attention, especially so as to see or learn something".http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/observe?s=t? What made him so unique was his ability to see what was invisible to others. The slope of angle, the reaction of a person, the impact of an action. Being observant offers many benefits:
- Provides insights into how people think, react, and behave
- Helps you gain an understanding into how mechanical things function
- It will help you appreciate the people around, and improve your social skills which will help you impact others positively.
- How can you improve your abilities to observe:
- Take an art class, be more aware of your own actions, listen more intently, watch people, and take time to focus by meditating.
Be a Learner - Life is a continual process of being exposed to new information and experiences. Much like da Vinci we need to have a burning desire to increase our knowledge and understanding about the world. By choosing to be a learner you'll be exposed to new ideas that will give you the ability to connect with more people, and increase your imagination to come up with new concepts to improve the world. Learning new things also expands your mind and can prove beneficial as we move through life.
- Being a learner helps you develop your abilities
- Opens your mind
- Increases your wisdom
- Improves your adaptability
- Provides access to more fulfillment in life
- Offers opportunities to develop relationships with others.
- How can you improve your abilities to learn:
- Take an online class, try reading a book, learn another language, do brain games, and participate in thought-provoking conversations with others.
- Being a catalyst will help you show others how choosing to make positive changes can result in personal growth, improve the ability to handle challenging situations, and opens the doors for new opportunities to enter your life.
- How can you improve your abilities to be a catalyst:
- Put an idea out there and see what happens, share your talent with others publicly, join a volunteer organization that matches your gifts and interests, make yourself available to others that could use a helping hand.
"The road to success is not a path you find,
but a trail you blaze."
Friday, March 6, 2015
- Seeing the picture – Developing Awareness and Advocacy
- Understanding their Story – Listening to their heart
- Denial — One of the first reactions is Denial, wherein the survivor imagines a false, preferable reality.
- Anger — When the individual recognizes that denial cannot continue, it becomes frustrated, especially at proximate individuals. Certain psychological responses of a person undergoing this phase would be: "Why me? It's not fair!"; "How can this happen to me?"; '"Who is to blame?"; "Why would God let this happen?".
- Bargaining — The third stage involves the hope that the individual can avoid a cause of grief. Usually, the negotiation for an extended life is made with a higher power in exchange for a reformed lifestyle. Other times, they will use anything valuable against another human agency to extend or prolong the life. People facing less serious trauma can bargain or seek compromise.
- Depression — "I'm so sad, why bother with anything?"; "I'm going to die soon so what's the point?"; "I miss my loved one, why go on?"
During the fourth stage, the individual becomes saddened by the certainty of death. In this state, the individual may become silent, refuse visitors and spend much of the time mournful and sullen.
- Acceptance — "It's going to be okay."; "I can't fight it, I may as well prepare for it."
In this last stage, individuals embrace mortality or inevitable future, or that of a loved one, or other tragic event. People dying may precede the survivors in this state, which typically comes with a calm, retrospective view for the individual, and a stable condition of emotions. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Working effectively with people at the end of life requires an understanding of this process, and being able to listen for the cues to where the person is in their journey. By knowing the stages you can recognize the emotions the person is displaying, and use that information to initiate a conversation that matches their readiness. After establishing a trusting dialogue you can be the supportive caregiver that encourages them to make their wishes known to those involved in their care. Having access to this information is necessary for introducing resources to the patient and family that will support achieving their goals of care by utilizing a patient-centered approach.
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Thursday, March 5, 2015
― Eleanor Roosevelt
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
― Ronald Reagan
― Peter F. Drucker, Essential Drucker: Management, the Individual and Society
― Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
-Subodh Gupta author "Stress Management a holistic approach -5 steps plan".”
― Mahatma Gandhi
― Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People
― Leonardo da Vinci
Don’t Underestimate the Value of Sleep. Sleep is one of the cornerstones of optimal health, but its importance is often underestimated. For many, late nights bleed into early mornings over and over again to the point that a good night’s sleep is nothing but an unachievable dream. A new study published in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society has brought the importance of sleep back to the top of medical conversation. The study linked a lack of sleep and an overabundance of sleep to memory problem in older women. In a press release connected to the study, study leader Elizabeth Devore said, “Our findings suggest that getting an ‘average’ amount of sleep, seven hours per day, may help maintain memory in later life and that clinical interventions based on sleep therapy should be examined for the prevention of [mental] impairment.” In fact, the study goes as far as to suggest that undersleepers and oversleepers, when compared to women of the same age that got seven to eight hours of sleep each night, were mentally two years older. These findings are not yet definitive, but they add to an already large body of knowledge that supports the idea that getting the recommended amount of sleep is critical to your health.
The Chief Medical Editor of the Harvard Health Blog, in his analysis of Devore’s sleep study, summarizes some of the key consequences of lost sleep: “Previous research has linked poor sleep with higher risks of heart disease and stroke, type 2 diabetes, and depression. How might sleep affect memory? People who are persistently sleep deprived are more likely to have high blood pressure, diabetes, and narrowed blood vessels. Each of these can decrease blood flow inside the brain. Brain cells need a lot of oxygen and sugar, so blood flow problems could affect their ability to work properly.”
Though we are still learning about the far-reaching importance of sleep, we already know that a lack of restorative sleep leads us into a non-sick state prematurely and, like unhealthy eating and a lack of movement, degrades our health. Sleep is your body’s way of restoring organ function, stabilizing chemical imbalance, refreshing areas of the brain that control mood and behavior, and improving performance. During sleep, your brain replenishes spent nutrients and repairs circuitry, rearranging your experiences much like a computer rearranges data.
To assess the quality of your sleep at a glance, consider the following questions:
Wake up tired in the morning?
Need a nap in the afternoon?
Fall asleep watching television?
Find yourself sleepy after lunch?
Have difficulty falling asleep?
Have difficulty staying asleep?
Drink several cups of coffee or energy drinks to stay awake?
If you answered “yes” to many of these questions, don’t worry. You are not alone. In 2006, an
Institute of Medicine report found that between 50 and 70 million people in the U.S. are not getting enough sleep. To help you escape this statistic, here are some quick tips to incorporate into your daily life (reference page 217 of Dr. A’s Habits of Health for a complete guide to revamping your sleep):
Get out of bed when your alarm goes off and limit your in-bed activities to train your mind to always associate sleep with your bed.
Limit your caffeine intake, especially late in the day and within hours of your bedtime.
Decrease stimulation from electronics and other sources of bright light at least 30 minutes prior to trying to fall asleep.
Avoid exercising within two hours of your bed time to help your body’s natural process for releasing the chemicals that induce sleep.
Set a sleep schedule and stick to it all week, including on weekends.
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