The Key Is Calm

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So what happens to most of us when we experience the stresses, disappointments, and conflicts in life?


We feel…


– Angst


– Anger


– Upset


– Frustrated


– Murderous at times


We even question, “Why me?”


But none of this helps.


In fact, it just makes things worse.


Because we compound our life challenges with more problems in how we react!


What should we do instead?


The key is to remain calm, cool, collected, and composed. 


Don’t get rattled, disjointed, and out of whack over anything or anybody. 


These are all tests in life.


They are all fleeting. 


G-d is watching us and seeing if we have faith in him.


When you remember the creator and sustainer of all life then you can rise above the adversity before you.


Go beyond the superficial.


Experience the world beyond the earthly bounds of time and space. 


See the larger picture.


Breath deeply…a sigh of relief. 


There is nothing to be upset about that G-d can’t make right for you. 


Face the challenges with a clear head, a brave heart, and follow your conscience.


Act with determination to speak out and right the wrongs you encounter. 


Remember, you are one with G-d and the universe, and all will be for the good. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

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It’s Getting Mighty Hot

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This is a advertisement around Washington DC alerting people to the dangers of global warming.

“I’m Too Hot”

And 

“9 of the 10 hottest years have occurred since 2000.”

Wait a second, for some (or many) a little extra heat may be considered a good thing especially if you live up north with generally freezing cold and miserably snowy winters.

So don’t just tell us about it getting hotter, but tell us how hot is it actually going to get and what will happen when it does–melting glaciers, rising oceans and catastrophic flooding of cities, weather abnormalities and violent natural disasters, and so on.

We need to move on to the substance of this. 

Just like with the national debt, we keep talking about it going up (and up). 

Well what’s so bad about that if we can just print some more greenbacks and pay for more stuff, maybe it’s a good–or great–investment in our country and future?

Here again, the message that isn’t getting out clearly is what is going to happen when the debt becomes unsustainable and printing or devaluing dollars will not solve the problem and may actually exasperate it by creating run-away inflation, a downgraded or junk credit rating, and higher debt payments possibly tanking our economy and people’s savings.

Yeah, we don’t want to cause a panic. 

But shielding people from vital information on the dangerous paths we are on will only lead to going further down into the abyss of non-action and potential for cascading calamity. 

Let’s face it–it’s unpopular to talk anything doom or gloom–financial crises or natural disasters or especially anything with WMD–but if we aren’t the adults in the political room, who will be? 

For once, I’d love a leader who tells it straight, who helps us face our own worst nightmares, and actually gets us back on track again, rather than keeps the wool pulled over our eyes for another term or two.

Leadership is lost in rosy glasses, vote counting, pundits called upon to obscure the truth from the people, keeping a false calm, and creating wildly inflated legacies.

These motives for now are stronger than the determination to deal with the threats we face, but not forever, and then the pendulum will most abruptly swing in the other direction, precariously late for the ensuing global effects. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

The King And Queen

King And Queen

Took this photo of these two Chinese porcelain statues.


They remind me of royalty–a king and queen. 


They stand so tall, proud, and elegant. 


Together on the mantel, they make a wonderful centerpiece to the room. 


I like the contrast colors–him in tan and she is white with the accent colors on their robes. 


His grasp on the long beaded necklace and her open fan give them a air of motion and life.


Yet, the faces are calm and balanced. 


These are awesome pieces of art work. 


Don’t know what they are worth, but to me they have value of beauty. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Ocean Waves (Take 60 Seconds To Enjoy)

I took this video of the ocean waves coming unto the sandy beach (some seaweed included).


60 seconds of pure calm and peaceful tide. 


Today, they finally took down the purple flags that indicate dangerous marine life, so we were able to go in the ocean and really enjoy. 


The rhythm of the ocean waves, the sun tanning our skin, the warm relaxing water, and the people playing and laughing (and some kissing).  


Thank you Hashem for this wonderful day and the beautiful world you created for us to partake of–blessed are thou! 


(Source Video: Andy Blumenthal)

Live Stress Free, Almost

Live Stress Free, Almost

As we all know, stress is a killer–so you want to minimize it (if you can)!

There is a great little piece from CareerCast on the most and least stressful jobs out there in 2014.

From least stressful–audiologist.

To most stressful–enlisted military.

Anyway, to avoid stress–keep calm like the picture says, but also consider jobs with the following attributes:

– Desk job

– High growth potential

– Fewer strict deadlines

– Less travel

– Greater congeniality

– Non-hazardous

One question from the list of jobs…why be a taxi driver earning an average of almost $23,000 a year in one of the top 10 most stressful jobs, when you can be a hair stylist earning about the same and have the 2nd least stressful job out there?

So trade in your driver’s license and learn to give a great hairdo! 😉

(Source Photo: Dannielle Blumenthal)

Flying Under The Ocean

This is a cool video of a new experimental swimsuit called “oceanwings.”

Similar to wingsuits for BASE jumping (skydiving), oceanwings have underarm and between the leg wings or spans of material that essentially gives a person float.

With oceanwings, instead of flying through the sky, you can fly through the water.

They are made by Aqua Lung which makes and sells professional and recreational scuba diving equipment.

For someone that loves the water, oceanwing diving looks beautiful, calming, and a heck of a lot of fun.

Not sure in the video, how the guy is breathing under water (since they don’t seem to show any sort of air tank), but maybe he is just going on bated breath. 😉

Try Something New, Relax

So you work hard and play hard.You’re always in “on mode”.

Of course, it’s a 24 x 7 world.

Welcome to the 21st century.

Well it’s time to stop!

Take a time out.

Some time to think.

Enjoy life again.

Become a human being.

Here is your test: Go to Do Nothing for 2 Minutes.

– Your only goal for the next 2 minutes is to look at the ocean, listen to the waves and the birds, and relax–really.

– If you touch the mouse or keyboard, you fail and have to start over again.

See if you can do it.

See if you can calm your mind.

See if you can get off the treadmill.

See if you can free yourself from anxiety and pain.

When you can just do this–for 2 minutes, you’ll realize what you’ve been missing.

Now try Calm–no time limit this go around–you’ve earned it.

You’ll are better for it and your family, friends, and colleagues notice the difference.

It’s not a new you, just a rediscovered you.

Find and enjoy peace!