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Hey Everyone [

Dec 31, 2005 - 12:38 pm]

Wishing everyone a fun and safe New Year's Eve!

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Hoilday Fun [

Dec 18, 2005 - 10:32 am]

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Thought Of The Day [

Dec 9, 2005 - 4:36 pm]

Every joy you've experienced, even years and years ago, is still with you. Time and events can take away the conditions and surroundings of that joy, yet they can never take away the joy itself.

Joy has no need of being remembered, for it is always with you. All you have to do is allow it to fill your heart, and it will.

The terrain will change, the colors will fade, the sounds will grow silent and other experiences will take their place. Yet the joy is always as fresh and new, as sweet and revitalizing as ever.

Even when memories grow dim, the joy will shine ever more brightly. For joy is truly timeless.

Put joy into your life and it will always be there. The more often you let it touch you and fill you, the more of it there will be.

Put joy into your moments and create value that you can always draw upon. Spread joy to others and you give a gift that will keep on giving, over and over again.

-- Ralph Marston
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Christmas Gone Rock [

Nov 21, 2005 - 8:22 am]

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Interview with an Honest Boss [

Nov 17, 2005 - 7:16 am]

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Thought Of The Day [

Nov 11, 2005 - 9:36 am]

Your life's dreams are more than just places to go, people to know, things to acquire, and experiences to have. Your dreams express who you are.

Behind every dream is a purpose. That purpose is, and always has been, yours.

And so, in a very real sense, every sincere dream you have is already yours. And you are already in the process of living it through.

The tokens and outer appearances of that dream may not yet be completely manifested. Yet within you, that dream is fully alive and real.

The more time, commitment and energy you give to that dream living on the inside, the more solid and apparent it will become on the outside. There is no need to wait for your dreams to be fulfilled, for you can begin this moment to fully live and express the essence of those dreams.

Your life's dreams are valuable not so much for what they get you, but rather for how they express your own unique purpose. Live that purpose in every moment, and you'll know that dreams really do come true.

-- Ralph Marston
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Celebs As Kids [

Oct 25, 2005 - 7:57 am]

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Thought Of The Day [

Oct 23, 2005 - 8:19 pm]

Do your outer choices reflect your inner values? If not, then your life will move from one conflict to another.

Yet when the choices you make do indeed come from the person you are, then you will travel steadily in the direction of your highest visions. When your actions are in agreement with your purpose, those actions will surely take you where you most want to go.

Why would you ever act in opposition to who you truly are? Unfortunately, there are plenty of temptations to do so.

It could be that you're worried about what others will think, so you go along with what they expect you to do, even though it hurts somewhere inside. Or it could be that you crave the false sense of security that material possessions and shallow pleasures seem to offer.

Yet the real you, the beautiful, unique person inside, knows better. The more you allow your own deeply held values to guide your moment-to-moment thoughts and actions, the more fulfilling and joyful life will become.

There is real and inexhaustible value in the authentic person you are. Let your life express it in everything you do.

-- Ralph Marston
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Introduction [

Oct 17, 2005 - 6:00 pm]

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Hi! I'm Jenny and I'm a secretary in a federal government agency. I am currently looking for some relaxation from work and school. And this looked like the right spot to find the relaxation. I have a BSBA in Human Resources, but never was able to find the position and was good with people and found this job and have had a blast. I'm currently pursuing my Master's in Human Resources and Management. I hope to learn and enjoy the atmosphere here.

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Thought Of The Day [

Oct 16, 2005 - 9:48 am]

The Missing Piece (by Shel Silverstein) tells the story of a circle that was missing a piece. A large triangular wedge had been cut out of it. The circle wanted to be whole with nothing missing, so it went around looking for its missing piece. But because it was incomplete and therefore could roll only very slowly, it admired the flowers along the way. It chatted with worms. It enjoyed the sunshine. It found lots of different pieces, but none of them fit. So it left them all by the side of the road and kept on searching. Then one day the circle found a piece that fit perfectly. It was so happy. Now it could be whole, with nothing missing. It incorporated the missing piece into itself and began to roll. Now that it was a perfect circle, it could roll very fast, too fast to notice the flowers or talk to the worms.

When it realized how different the world seemed when it rolled so quickly, it stopped, left its found piece by the side of the road and rolled slowly away. The lesson of the story was that in some strange sense we are more whole when we are missing something. The man who has everything is in some ways a poor man. He will never know what it feels like to yearn, to hope, to nourish his soul with the dream of something better. He will never know the experience of having someone who loves him give him something he has always wanted and never had. There is a wholeness about the person who has come to terms with his limitations, who has been brave enough to let go of his unrealistic dreams and not feel like a failure for doing so. There is a wholeness about the man or woman who has learned that he or she is strong enough to go through a tragedy and survive, who can lose someone and still feel like a complete person.

When we accept that imperfection is part of being human, and when we can continue rolling through life and appreciating it, we will have achieved a wholeness that others can only aspire to. That, I believe, is what God asks of us - not "Be perfect," not "Don't ever make a mistake," but "Be whole." And at the end, if we are brave enough to love, strong enough to forgive, generous enough to rejoice in another's happiness, and wise enough to know there is enough love to go around for us all, then we can achieve a fulfillment that no other living creature will ever know.

-- Harold Kushner
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Thought Of The Day [

Oct 13, 2005 - 5:39 am]

I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot. Why? Because when you think about the consequences you always think as a negative result.

Some people get frozen by that fear of failure. They get it from peers or from just thinking about the possibility of a negative result. They might be afraid of looking bad or being embarrassed. I realized that if I was going to achieve anything in life I had to be aggressive. I had to get out there and go for it. I don't believe you can achieve anything by being passive. I'm not thinking about anything except what I'm trying to accomplish. Any fear is an illusion. You think something is standing in your way, but nothing is really there. What is there is an opportunity to do your best and gain some success. If it turns out my best isn't good enough, then at least I'll never be able to look back and say I was too afraid to try. Failure always made me try harder the next time.

That's why my advice has always been to 'think positive' and find fuel in any failure. Sometimes failure actually just gets you closer to where you want to be. If I'm trying to fix a car, every time I try something that doesn't work, I'm getting closer to finding the answer. The greatest inventions in the world had hundreds of failures before the answer were found.

I think fear sometimes comes from a lack of focus or concentration. If I had stood at the free-throw line and thought about 10 million people watching me on the other side of the camera lens, I couldn't have made anything. So I mentally put myself in a familiar place. I thought about all those time I shot free throws in practice and went through the same motion, the same technique I had used thousands of times. You forget about the outcome. You know that you are doing the right things. So relax and perform. After that you can't control anything anyway. It's out of your hands so don't worry about it.

I approached practices the same way I approached games. But that's not how a lot of people approach things. And that's why they fail. If you are trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them, everybody has had them.

But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.

-- Michael Jordan
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Silly Cat Site [

Oct 9, 2005 - 2:37 pm]

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About A Boy [

Oct 8, 2005 - 7:50 am]

He showed up one day before practice,
a kid wearing t-shirt and jeans.
One look would have told you he wasn't
at all like the kids on the team.

He wasn't as tall as the others;
the toes of his feet pointed in;
and his knees and his elbows were awkward;
his arms and legs were too thin.

But he said to me, "coach it's no secret
that I'm small and a kinda thin guy,
but just give me a chance, and I promise
that I will do nothing but try."

It was maybe the way that he said it
or the look that was fixed in his eye,
but somehow I knew I believed him,
and I said, "O.K. kid, you can try,"

"But I'll tell you it won't be so easy,
and I'm not gonna give you a break;
you'll work just as hard as the others,
and you'll earn the position you make."

Well, the kid started in with a smile,
though he knew he was in for some pain,
for he traveled a road that was rocky;
he fought for each inch that he gained.

The other kids often would tease him-
call him names and play tricks on him, too.
They'd trip him and tackle him harder
than anyone needed to do.

But the kid would just smile as he lay there,
then pick himself up with a grin
and brush off the pain and get ready
to go back and try it again.

He tried twice as hard as the others,
and when practice was over I found.
He would work and he'd labor for hours
all alone with no others around.

Then the jokes and the name calling ended
as I guessed that someday it must,
and they treated the kid as an equal,
for they knew he was someone to trust.

That kid made the team cause he earned it-
the smallest of all of the bunch,
but he played with a courage that made him
far greater than the rest of the hunch.

Now, often when my life is troubled,
and problems mount up to the sky,
I think of the kid who came to me
with only the promise to try.

And I think how in trying, he made it,
in spite of the strife and the pain;
in spite of the odds stacked against him;
when everyone thought it in vain.

And it gives me the spirit I've needed
to allow me to cope and get by,
when I think of the kid who succeeded,
'cause he had the courage to try.

-- Author Unknown
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Cat Trying Its Hardest To Answer The Phone [

Oct 4, 2005 - 4:28 pm]

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Thought Of The Day [

Sep 24, 2005 - 6:03 am]

What if, instead of demanding that life were different, you simply set out to make it better by virtue of your own attitude and actions? What if, instead of placing limitations on your happiness, and holding it hostage until certain conditions were met, you simply let that happiness happen?

Imagine how life would be if you didn't have to worry about getting things or losing them. Imagine what you could accomplish if you could spend your time free of anger, frustration, and regret.

Think of all the places you could go if you didn't have to first ask permission from your own ego. Consider how much energy you would have if you were free from every anxiety.

Such a life is possible, and it is closer than you may think. In fact, the very act of visualizing it begins to make it happen.

Because your ego, your attitude, your anxieties, your frustrations, angers and regrets are all creatures of your own making. And you can choose just exactly how they will be.

Visualize a life of freedom, fulfillment, meaning and richness. Hold on to that vision and you will begin to make it be.

-- Ralph Marston
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