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Old 03-18-2009, 11:13 AM   #1
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Default OT: Expanded Horizons thread

I would like to start a thread that contains snippets, stories, books, movies or any kind of media that is deisgned to increase our enjoyment of life, make it more efficient, improve relationships etc etc. With the immense amount of negativity in the world today I think it is important to share positivity. Positivity and negativity can be contagious so let's get the positivity flowing.

I just got sent this from a friend and thought it was kind of neat:

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember t he mayonnaise jar and the 2 Beers.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.

When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full.


They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar He shook the jar lightly.


The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.


He then asked the students again if the jar was full.


They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.


Of course, the sand filled up everything else.


He asked once more if the jar was full.


The students responded with a unanimous 'yes.'

The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the emp ty space between the sand.


The students laughed..

'Now,' said the professor as the laughter subsided, 'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.
&nb sp;

The golf balls are the important things---your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions---and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.

The sand is everyt hing else---the small stuff.


'If you put the sand into the jar first,' he continued, 'there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.


The same goes for life.


If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happin ess.


Spend time with your children.


Spend time with your parents.


Visit with grandparents.


Take time to get medical checkups.


Take you r spouse out to dinner.


Play another 18.


There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.
& nbsp;

Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter.


Set your priorities.


The rest is just sand.


One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented.


The professor smiled and said, 'I'm glad you asked.'

The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of Beers with a friend
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Old 03-18-2009, 11:21 AM   #2
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I'd just like to stress the importance of exercising and eating healthy. Even when you're dead tired it's good to go for a walk, jog, fitness class, swim, etc. You'll feel much better and have more energy throughout the rest of the day/night.

And of course, spoiling yourself once in a while is great too. No point in working so hard in this horrible economy to make money but never be able to enjoy the rewards of your hard work right?
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Old 03-18-2009, 11:24 AM   #3
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Very much agree with the eating well and exercising. The one time in my life where I could really say I was depressed, everything hitting at once, hated work, two deaths in family, relationship break-up, away from friends and family etc etc etc. I was down for a couple months to the point where I felt physically sick to my stomach. Finally I decided to buy a bike and rode every morning before work. Within two days work was going better and I was feeling more positive, I started eating better, sleeping better, had more energy. And within a week I had done a complete flip. I think exercise makes a HUGE difference. Good advice Geiho!
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Old 03-18-2009, 12:18 PM   #4
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Not only eating healthy, but eating GOOD tasty food.

Eating out does not have to mean settling for subpar food simply because it's cheap. There are plenty of other good options that are delicious (and even healthy) yet still considered cheap.

I'd love to get back into reading actual books though. It's just hard between work, working out, spending time with the SO and dog, there really exists enough time to find in a few good magazine articles.

Here's a suggestion that might be helpful too, get a PVR. That way you can still watch tv, but cut down on actual time spent in front of the telly. Sure made a huge difference for me!
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Old 03-18-2009, 12:33 PM   #5
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Some people don't really believe it but positive energy will really change things up for you. I was a very negative person at one point in my life and things just kept feeling like they were getting worse and worse but when I got out of that and just went with the flow things all just kind of happened their own way.

I care but not that much. That's the attitude that seems to work for me. I'm passionate about stuff but I'm not going to let the disappointments in not achieving my goals bring me down. Plus, life's only so long, there's no point in letting the bad bring me down.

Oh hey, we should go riding some time Tora (motorcycle) you still have the Duc right? I just picked up an 06 GSXR 750, can't wait for the awesome weather!
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Old 03-18-2009, 01:40 PM   #6
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A little off the topic:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4Pga...e=channel_page
NSFW for language.
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Old 03-18-2009, 01:55 PM   #7
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A little off the topic:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4Pga...e=channel_page
NSFW for language.
Ah haa....laughter, humor is very good medicine!

Yannerd, would love to ride when the weather improves. Maybe we can get a Nasioc Ride together, no cars allowed. Still got the Duc.
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Ah haa....laughter, humor is very good medicine!

Yannerd, would love to ride when the weather improves. Maybe we can get a Nasioc Ride together, no cars allowed. Still got the Duc.
Yeah a few guys on here ride too like phot3k, mirage, sixthgear, and chp_stx is getting a new bike. We should get a pretty good crowd going. I find riding helps to relax the mind, could be because you're so concentrated on riding though that you forget everything.
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Old 03-18-2009, 02:02 PM   #9
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Yeah a few guys on here ride too like phot3k, mirage, sixthgear, and chp_stx is getting a new bike. We should get a pretty good crowd going. I find riding helps to relax the mind, could be because you're so concentrated on riding though that you forget everything.
It does, I think you gain a focus that is rare in most aspects of our daily life. I find the racetrack with the car does the same thing. Like meditation....at speed!
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Old 03-18-2009, 02:43 PM   #10
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Like meditation....at speed!
When I'm jumping the mtn bike, nothing else matters except getting those tires back on the dirt. It's almost therapeutic, until you bail.
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Old 03-18-2009, 03:05 PM   #11
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It does, I think you gain a focus that is rare in most aspects of our daily life. I find the racetrack with the car does the same thing. Like meditation....at speed!
Well that's basically what it is. Concentration is a state of mental clarity and when you're going fast on a motorcycle nothing else seems to matter.

Damn I wish it was nice

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When I'm jumping the mtn bike, nothing else matters except getting those tires back on the dirt. It's almost therapeutic, until you bail.
Bailing happens because you came out of the zone too soon! Look where you want to go!
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Old 03-24-2009, 01:19 PM   #12
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Speaking of expanded horizons, I'm thinking of volunteering somewhere next year after I finish my CMA. Has anyone done any volunteering abroad? There's so many choices and I have no idea where to begin.
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I was just thinking of where to put this story I just received:

THE BRICK
A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something. As his car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag's side door!

He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been thrown.. The angry driver then jumped out of the car, grabbed the nearest kid and pushed him up against a parked car shouting, 'What was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing? That's a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?'

The young boy was apologetic. 'Please, mister. Please, I'm sorry but I didn't know what else to do,' He pleaded. 'I threw the brick because no one else would stop...' With tears dripping down his face and off his chin, the youth pointed to a spot just around a parked car. 'It's my brother,' he said, 'he rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can't lift him up.'

Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned executive, 'Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He's hurt and he's too heavy for me.'
Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair, then took out a linen handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh scrapes and cuts. A quick look told him everything was going to be okay.

'Thank you and May God bless you,' the grateful child told the stranger. Too shook up for words, the man simply watched the boy push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk toward their home.

It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar. The damage was very noticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair the dented side door. He kept the dent there to remind him of this message:

'Don't go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!'
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Yeah a few guys on here ride too like phot3k, mirage, sixthgear, and chp_stx is getting a new bike. We should get a pretty good crowd going. I find riding helps to relax the mind, could be because you're so concentrated on riding though that you forget everything.
Riding FTW! Can't wait until the weather turns nicer so I can get the bike on the road again
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Nice Mynxi, I'd like to see more of those.
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Old 03-24-2009, 02:50 PM   #17
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You're not earning pooger points by sucking up and agreeing with me. If you want Pooger points we demand presents and Poogersages and good cookin's and you and Moomin loosing money at my poker game.
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You're not earning pooger points by sucking up and agreeing with me. If you want Pooger points we demand presents and Poogersages and good cookin's and you and Moomin loosing money at my poker game.
Pooger already loves me, i don't need to suck up to you Jammies

i don't know if Moomin is coming, i havn't really asked him.
but i'll do the cooking

Poogersages, yes. but not for his human
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You're not earning pooger points by sucking up and agreeing with me. If you want Pooger points we demand presents and Poogersages and good cookin's and you and Moomin loosing money at my poker game.
We demand... a shrubbery!
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I don't think you could reach up to my shoulders anyways.
Ok, well if Moomin doesn't come I will just take your money.
Yes, Pooger likes you but he has a short memory.

Wok with Yannerd, I've got four Shrubberies you can choose from.
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I don't think you could reach up to my shoulders anyways.
Ok, well if Moomin doesn't come I will just take your money.
Yes, Pooger likes you but he has a short memory.

Wok with Yannerd, I've got four Shrubberies you can choose from.
We are no longer the knights who say nee, we are the knights who say icky icky icky potang woompong
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I've cut your arm off,
it's just a flesh wound, get back here! (not accurate)
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I don't think you could reach up to my shoulders anyways.
Ok, well if Moomin doesn't come I will just take your money.
Yes, Pooger likes you but he has a short memory.

Wok with Yannerd, I've got four Shrubberies you can choose from.
i'm not short!
I had this conversation with armpull yesterday. apparently, to you tall people, everyone shorter than you looks 5'2........
i'm actually about 5'6
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I've cut your arm off,
it's just a flesh wound, get back here! (not accurate)
Misquoted search for the holy grail...the people in my circuit design class would be ashamed.

This is a good thread!
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i'm not short!
I had this conversation with armpull yesterday. apparently, to you tall people, everyone shorter than you looks 5'2........
i'm actually about 5'6
Maybe if you are standing on a 4" block.
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