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If I Had My Life to Live Over – by Erma Bombeck

March 31, 2011 Leave a comment

 

This is a heartwarming  poem by Erma Bombeck written after she found out she was dying from cancer:

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for the day.
I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.
I would have talked less and listened more.
I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained or the sofa faded.
I would have eaten the popcorn in the ‘good’ living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.
I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains.
I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.
I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn’t show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, “Later. Now go get washed up for dinner.”
There would have been more “I love you’s.” More “I’m sorry’s.”
But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute, look at it and really see it , live it and never give it back.

 

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How to Cure Stuffy Nose Naturally

March 31, 2011 Leave a comment

 

Almost all people will have a stuffy nose at some point in their lives. A stuffy nose can be caused by a respiratory infection such as the flu, a sinus infection or allergies. Although medication can be taken to help alleviate a stuffed-up nose, medications may have side effects. Some cold and allergy medications are not recommended for people with certain medical conditions or during pregnancy. For individuals hoping to relieve a stuffy nose without taking medication, these are natural remedies that may help:

  • Breathe in steam. Breathing in the steam from a hot shower may help the nose run and reduce stuffiness. If you don’t want to take a shower, heat a pot of water and place your face over it with a towel draped over your head to help keep the steam in. Placing a few drops of eucalyptus oil in the pot may help relieve a stuffy nose. Be careful to avoid burning yourself. Inhale the steam two or three times a day for about 10 minutes each time.

  • Drink something hot. Hot herb tea or hot chicken broth may help unblock the nose. The hot beverages help the mucus drain from the nose. Drinking a lot of liquids also helps thin the mucus, which may make it flow out easier.

  • Place a breathing strip on your nose. One side of the strip has an adhesive, which is placed over the bridge of the nose. Breathing strips work by holding the nasal passages open. Various brands of breathing strips are available over the counter, including strips sized for children. Although they may not completely unblock your nose, they don’t have side effects and may help reduce the stuffiness.

  • Use a neti pot. Fill the pot with warm salt water. Tilt your head over a sink and pour some of the water into one nostril. The saltwater solution should flow out the other nostril. This helps rinse your sinuses, which may help trapped mucus be released.

  • Sleep with your head raised. Lying flat while sleeping may add to nasal congestion and stuffiness. Raise the angle you sleep at by placing several pillows under your head to raise it to at least a 30-degree angle. This may help the mucus drain from the nose.

  • Eat spicy foods. Spicy foods, such as chili peppers, can make the nose run and ease a stuffy nose.

  • Take vitamins. Certain vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C and zinc, are believed to help reduce nasal congestion and may help prevent it. The recommended dose is 50 mg of zinc and 500 mg of vitamin C daily.

  • (source: eHow)

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    Tips for Peace of Mind

    March 23, 2011 Leave a comment

     

    And here is another tips for gaining peace of mind. In this stressful world and for all of you worrying about your condition, these principles are indeed applicable and precious to us.

    10 Principles for Peace of Mind


    1. Do Not Interfere In Others’ Business Unless Asked:
    Most of us create our own problems by interfering too often in others’ affairs. We do so because somehow we have convinced ourselves that our way is the best way, our logic is the perfect logic and those who do not conform to our thinking must be criticized and steered to the right direction, our direction. This thinking denies the existence of individuality and consequently the existence of God.. God has created each one of us in a unique way. No two human beings can think or act in exactly the same way. All men or women act the way they do because God within them prompts them that way. Mind your own business and you will keep your peace.

    2. Forgive And Forget:
    This is the most powerful aid to peace of mind. We often develop ill feelings inside our heart for the person who insults us or harms us. We nurture grievances. This in turn results in loss of sleep, development of stomach ulcers, and high blood pressure. This insult or injury was done once, but nourishing of grievance goes on forever by constantly remembering it. Get over this bad habit. Life is too short to waste in such trifles. Forgive, forget, and march on. Love flourishes in giving and forgiving.

    3. Do Not Crave For Recognition:
    This world is full of selfish people. They seldom praise anybody without selfish motives. They may praise you today because you are in power, but no sooner than you are powerless, they will forget your achievement and will start finding faults in you. Why do you wish to kill yours if in striving for their recognition? Their recognition is not worth the aggravation. Do your duties ethically and sincerely.

    4. Do Not Be Jealous:
    We all have experienced how jealousy can disturb our peace of mind. You know that you work harder than your colleagues in the office, but sometimes they get promotions; you do not. You started a business several years ago, but you are not as successful as your neighbor whose business is only one year old. There are several examples like these in everyday life. Should you be jealous? No. Remember everybody’s life is shaped by his/her destiny, which has now become his/her reality. If you are destined to be rich, nothing in the world can stop you. If you are not so destined, no one can help you either. Nothing will be gained by blaming others for your misfortune. Jealousy will not get you anywhere; it will only take away your peace of mind.

    5. Change Yourself According To The Environment:
    If you try to change the environment single-handedly, the chances are you will fail. Instead, change yourself to suit your environment. As you do this, even the environment, which has been unfriendly to you, will mysteriously change and seem congenial and harmonious.

    6. Endure What Cannot Be Cured:
    This is the best way to turn a disadvantage into an advantage. Every day we face numerous inconveniences, ailments, irritations, and accidents that are beyond our control. If we cannot control them or change them, we must learn to put up with these things. We must learn to endure them cheerfully. Believe in yourself and you will gain in terms of patience, inner strength and will power.

    7. Do Not Bite Off More Than You Can Chew:
    This maxim needs to be remembered constantly. We often tend to take more responsibilities than we are capable of carrying out. This is done to satisfy our ego. Know your limitations. . Why take on additional loads that may create more worries? You cannot gain peace of mind by expanding your external activities. Reduce your material engagements and spend time in prayer, introspection and meditation. This will reduce those thoughts in your mind that make you restless. Uncluttered mind will produce greater peace of mind.

    8. Meditate Regularly:
    Meditation calms the mind and gets rid of disturbing thoughts. This is the highest state of peace of mind. Try and experience it yourself. If you meditate earnestly for half an hour everyday, your mind will tend to become peaceful during the remaining twenty-three and half-hours. Your mind will not be easily disturbed as it was before. You would benefit by gradually increasing the period of daily meditation. You may think that this will interfere with your daily work. On the contrary, this will increase your efficiency and you will be able to produce better results in less time.

    9. Never Leave The Mind Vacant:
    An empty mind is the devil’s workshop. All evil actions start in the vacant mind. Keep your mind occupied in something positive, something worthwhile. Actively follow a hobby. Do something that holds your interest. You must decide what you value more: money or peace of mind. Your hobby, like social work or religious work, may not always earn you more money, but you will have a sense of fulfillment and achievement. Even when you are resting physically, occupy yourself in healthy reading or mental chanting of God’s name.

    10. Do Not Procrastinate And Never Regret:
    Do not waste time in protracted wondering ” Should I or shouldn’t I?” Days, weeks, months, and years may be wasted in that futile mental debating. You can never plan enough because you can never anticipate all future happenings. Value your time and do the things that need to be done. It does not matter if you fail the first time. You can learn from your mistakes and succeed the next time. Sitting back and worrying will lead to nothing. Learn from your mistakes, but do not brood over the past. DO NOT REGRET. Whatever happened was destined to happen only that way. Why cry over split milk?

    (source: Pravsworld)

    Ten Tips to Success

    March 23, 2011 1 comment

     

    Here are tips to  success. See which areas you are weak and start applying it:

    10 Steps To Success


    1. Self-Belief: Success begins in the mind. One has to be a believer first. If one wishes to be an achiever, never underestimate yourself. You have no idea how often can you surprise yourself. So to begin with, let’s get in the belief, “I can”.

    2. Clarity of Vision: There is no point running without knowing where one wants to reach. You must get your job cut out. Greatest achievers in the world have been visionaries. Know exactly what you are best at and give it your best shot.

    3. Setting the Right Goals: The goals should be realistic. The goals should be achievable, and yet challenging enough – neither too easy nor too difficult – something in the middle.

    4. Be Focused: If the sun’s ray are focused on a piece of paper with a lens, the intensity of the concentrated energy burns the paper. Focus on your objective will enhance the intensity of the effects of your efforts.

    5. No Shortcuts to Success: There are no shortcuts to success. Divide your overall goals into smaller targets. Divide your monthly plans into weekly and weekly plans into daily plans and see how simple can things be.

    6. Take Risks: Without any risk no progress is possible. Life comes to a stable standstill. People who take chances are the people who get ahead in life. The only way to reduce risk is to take risks.

    7. Take the Initiative: People who take the initiative make the most of their lives. Proactive people do not wait for success to happen; rather they make it happen. As they say, “JUST DO IT”.

    8. Never Hesitate to Struggle: No one has ever climbed a mountain just by looking at it. Struggle, hard struggle, is the key to success.

    9. Own Responsibility: Failure to hit the bull’s eye is never the fault of the target. People, who own complete responsibility of their lives, are the people who make the most of it.

    10. Never Give Up: Many people who failed in life, where those who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. Success demands extraordinary amount of  perseverance. Never, never, give up.

    (source: Pravsworld)

     

    Bromhidrosis: Health Treatment and Medication

    March 15, 2011 3 comments

    Several therapeutic modalities are available to treat body odor. When a treatment method is chosen, it is important to consider the cultural implications and the degree of impairment in quality of life, as well as the patient’s expectations and goals of treatment.

    http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1072342-treatment

     

    Food for Thoughts: Inspirations from Buddha

    March 15, 2011 Leave a comment

    Who Am I And What Is This Weblog All About?

    March 12, 2011 4 comments

    Yes, there is no photo and real name of mine, only a pen-name Knowell (just like “know-well”) for the meantime. I am an average Filipino and at the time of writing this page, it is December 2010 and I am 43 years old.

    I have a strong appreciation for art and science, and a serious truth seeker. My passion for art and science was not fully materialized due to financial constraints brought about by hasty demise of my father. On the other hand, my interest in seeking enlightenment and truth continues up to my present-day profession.

    On a more personal level, I am working for more than ten years now as an administrative staff in various contracting firms in the Middle East. During this period, I remain unmarried and absorbed to my career, and beleaguered by the excessive perspiration of my extremities. Interestingly, I am not really bothered being a homosexual, but by this pesky sweating. Such health condition contributed to my aloofness and timely quest for inner alignment, and not mere healing or inspiration.

    It is still fresh in my mind when I boarded an aircraft and almost everybody around never failed to notice the stinking perspiration right from the boarding up to the arrival gate. I still remember fixing into my mind quitting and never to attend any worship services at all. And those memorable fast food dilemmas, when embarrassment prompted me to quickly gobble up my noodles; how can I really forget how “fast” those foods were.

    I have to admit that indeed it made me unhappy and lonely most of the times, and left me with unfulfilled feelings; took over and ruined my social life. And if you have the same sweating problems, I am pretty sure you understand what I mean.

    Let us face it; they really do not understand our situation. You can read from most of them that we are careless and untidy with our body. And worst, they do not understand how hard we try not to be branded as untidy.

    A philosopher named Epicurus quoted that the key to happiness are freedom, examined life and friendship. And I believe because of our condition, reaching this “friendship” goal is indeed a tough end. We are indefinitely trapped to this awkward position, if we will allow it and not do something about it.

    And this blog is what it is all about.  That is, forming our circle of friends RIGHT HERE in this site. I purposely created this as a virtual support group in a worldwide range so that even the clammiest person in the remotest part of the world can partake in this relieving endeavor.

    For those individuals who share my condition, I invite you to reach out and live our tagline BREAKING THE BARRIER TOWARD FREEDOM, ENLIGHTENMENT, AND EXPANSION.

    And if I missed or wrongly placed any location into one main group category, I humbly admit I am not truly expert on this line of categorizing. Please do inform me and I truly appreciate to apply such correction (even with my grammars). Finally, we mostly welcome individuals from advertising/media or related medical fields who can contribute to our cause; those who are not really suffering from hyperhidrosis yet enthusiastic to share their precious time and effort.

    We have so much to discover and share..