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What Life is About!

Saturday, June 04, 2011

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
it's about learning how to dance in the rain!"

~ Vivian Greene

  
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MIMIDOT 6/4/2011 9:54AM

    I needed to hear that today. Thank you!

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Thoughts on Making Friends

Friday, June 03, 2011

I am going to go off the board today and address the subject of friends. Friends, be they the people we interact with personally, FaceBook Friends or fellow Sparkers are necessary to our success so lets look over the art of makinmg friends. I got the following article from Ed Foreman's newsletter, Laughing, living and Loving you way to the good life.

Making Friends is Easier Than You Might Think
Most people need friends. This is just a fact of life. Some people make friends more easily than others, but anyone can make friends. Whether you are shy or outgoing you can have all the friends you want. The following is a short guide to the attributes you want (without changing who you are) to make friends. Keep in mind that this guide is short and simple, but it should help guide you to better friend making abilities.
Here's a few tips for making friends and having better relationships with them:
Improve your self-esteem: People like people who like themselves. Go on a path to self-discovery and get the confidence you deserve in life.
Improve your outlook: Even when you are down, there are things you can find to smile about. Being optimistic attracts good friends.
Improve your listening skills: If you like to talk, maybe it's time you started to learn how to be an active listener. Really listen to people before you respond and let them tell you what's on their minds.
Improve your demeanor: If you are shy, you can still have interesting conversations. Take a chance and have a chat with someone at work or school.
Improve your social skills: If you are a home body, get out there and talk to people. The next time there is an office party or any party, go to it and start making conversation with people.
All of the above tips can be accomplished by simply making an effort to get to know people at work, school, church or even your local grocery store. Making contact with a few acquaintances will help to improve your chances of making friends. This works because once you make this contact, you are likely to be drawn into their circle of friends where you will find others with which you have common interests. This can snowball for you and you will probably find yourself creating a large circle of friends in the long run. It just takes that first initial contact. It doesn't even have to be a perfect conversation to spark this chain of events. It really is that easy to make friends.

  
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EILEENXO 6/3/2011 10:10AM

    it is definitely true that you need to like yourself before you can expect others to like you, kind of along the lines of a smile is contagious

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PAMMYLBEAR 6/3/2011 10:02AM

    My kids think I'm nuts when I strike up conversation with the grocery store cashier. It was easier on the west coast. When we moved to New England, people acted like I was touched in the head and little bit simple when I was friendly! Most folks are more than willing to talk about themselves if you're willing to listen. I try to have a few questions to ask new folks at meetings I go to - something like "Have you been to FL?" "Have you ever traveled outside the U.S.?" "What's your favorite day trip around here?" They change based on what group of people I'm with. It's fun! Everyone has a story to tell.

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Go Where You Wanna Go!

Thursday, June 02, 2011

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You're on your own.
And you know what you know.
You are the guy who'll decide where to go.
~Dr. Seuss

  
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DEWACHA 6/3/2011 12:22PM

    wisdom of the ages John. emoticon thanks

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Invest in Knowledge!

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

~Author unknown, commonly attributed to Benjamin Franklin

People don't care about how much you know until they know about how much you care.

~ Author unknown

  


Climb That Ladder!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

All that stands between the graduate and the top of the ladder is the ladder.

~Author Unknown

  


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