You might like to push yourself in different aspects of your life, but sometimes less really is more. Whether it’s exercise, work, or just a nice place to eat, you might be a much happier person if you always leave yourself wanting to come back to things later.
Life has a way of draining your fuel tank, and it’s much harder to handle the curveballs that come your way when you don’t have a reserve tank ready to push you through. You become unhappy because you’ve stretched yourself too thin and everything starts to bear down on you like a ton of bricks. Leo Babauta at Zen Habits suggests you keep yourself energized and excited about life by knowing when to hold back on things:
When we go to a great restaurant, we want to try all the dishes, eat as much of the delicious food as we can. And we leave overstuffed, sometimes painfully so, and our waistlines expand. When I go for a run, often I’ll want to run as far or as hard as I can … and then I’m exhausted, and less likely to want to run tomorrow. When we work or read online, we go from one task to the next, continuously, quitting only when we’re spent, well past what might be healthy for us. How can we counter the tendency to want to do as much as possible? Leave yourself wanting more.
It’s no wonder you don’t want to exercise. You’ve worn yourself out and all you can think about is how hard it was last time. You don’t want to go to work tomorrow because you’ve burned yourself out today.
You might be a lot happier if you just stop while things are good. It’ll still be there waiting for you next time.
Unicorns, as we all know, frolic all over the world, pooping rainbows and marshmallows wherever they go. What you don’t know is that when unicorns reach the end of their lifespan, they are drawn to County Meath, Ireland. The Sisters at Radiant Farms have dedicated their lives to nursing these elegant creatures through their final days.
Taking a cue from the Kobe beef industry, they massage each unicorn’s coat with Guinness daily and fatten them on a diet comprised entirely of candy corn. As the unicorn ages, its meat becomes fatty and marbled and the living bone in the horn loses density in a process much like osteoporosis. The horn’s outer layer of keratin begins to develop a flavor very similar to candied almonds. Blending the crushed unicorn horn into the meat adds delightful, crispy flavor notes in each bite. We are confident you will find a world of bewilderment in every mouthful of scrumptious unicorn meat.
Source: Dvorak Uncensored
When you enter an address you will see a picture of that place. There’s a map with a little man on it – you can move the little man up and down the block if you need to.
Try checking out some of your old neighborhoods or whatever. For me, it brought back many wonderful memories…I was able to see a photo of the hill where, in my boyhood, I would ride my toy zeppelin on wheels, and I even located a great photo of my Junior High School.
A really useful website!
Caroline Kennedy walks ahead, while her dad, president Kennedy, the most powerful man in the world, carries her doll.
————————-“Iz” – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole———————-
Translation: “The Fearless Eyed”; May 20, 1959 – June 26, 1997), also called Bruddah Iz (Brother Iz), was a Hawaiian musician.
His voice became famous outside Hawaii when his album Facing Future was released in 1993. His medley of “Somewhere over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” was subsequently featured in several films, television programs, and television commercials.
Throughout his life, Kamakawiwo?ole was morbidly obese and at one point weighed 767 pounds (348 kg; 54.8 st) standing 6-foot-2-inch (1.88 m) tall (Body Mass Index = 99). He endured several hospitalizations because of health problems caused by his weight. Beset with respiratory, heart and other medical problems, he died at the age of 38 in Queen’s Medical Center at 12:18 a.m. on June 26, 1997.Kamakawiwo?ole was survived by his wife, Marlene Kamakawiwo?ole, and their daughter, Ceslie-Ann “Wehi”.
The Hawaii state flag flew at half-staff on July 10, 1997, the day of Kamakawiwo’ole’s funeral. His koa wood coffin lay in state at the state capitol building in Honolulu. He was the third person in Hawaiian history to be awarded this honor, and the only one who was not a government official. Approximately ten thousand people attended the funeral. Thousands of fans gathered as his ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean at M’kua Beach on July 12, 1997. The funeral and the scattering of Kamakawiwo’ole’s ashes were featured in the official music video of “Over the Rainbow” released posthumously by the Mountain Apple Company; as of July 2014, the video as featured on YouTube has gained over 110 million views.
On September 20, 2003, hundreds paid tribute to Kamakawiwo’ole as a bronze bust of the revered singer was unveiled at the Waianae Neighborhood Community Center on O’ahu.
Warning: If you are adventurous and decide to take this tour,
be sure to bring a change of underwear along with you on the bus.
Women are like apples on trees.
The best ones are at the top of the tree. Most men don’t want to reach for the good ones because they are afraid of falling and getting hurt. Instead, they sometimes take the apples from the ground that aren’t as good, but easy.
The apples at the top think something is wrong with them, when in reality, they’re amazing. They just have to wait for the right person to come along, the one who is brave enough to climb all the way to the top of the tree.
Of all the things I wear, my expression is the most important.
Having a sharp tongue can cut your own throat.
The best vitamin for making friends…. B1.
The happiness of my life depends on the quality of my thoughts.
The heaviest thing I can carry is a grudge.
If I want my dreams to come true, I mustn’t oversleep.
One thing I can give and still keep…is my word.
I lie the loudest when I lie to myself.
If I lack the courage to start, I have already finished.
My mind is like a parachute…it functions only when open.
The 10 commandments are not a multiple choice.
The pursuit of happiness is the chase of a lifetime! It is never too late to become what I might have been.
Friends are like balloons; once you let them go, you might not get them back.
Sometimes we are so caught up in who’s right and who’s wrong that we forget what’s right and wrong.
Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask ‘How are you?’ Do you hear the reply?
When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, ‘We’ll do it tomorrow.’ And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say ‘Hi’?
When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift…Thrown away… Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over.
By Harvey Tobkes
Today I had a brainstorm about dieting that I would like to share with you; it is based on the Chinese culture.
The diet is simple enough, just buy a few dozen pairs of disposable Chinese chop sticks and eat all your meals that way for two weeks. No other utensils are allowed. That's it! Guaranteed you will lose 10 pounds. How the Chinese eaters maneuver food from their plate to their mouths is a mystery, but I have observed that they lift very small portions, and then only about 50% of that makes it to its destination. What an ingenious way of cutting back on food intake. Just compare their use of chopstick utensils to our use of shovel sized table-spoons and the “pitch-forks” we use for spearing our chicken and steaks.
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The diet is simple enough, just buy a few dozen pairs of disposable Chinese chop sticks and eat all your meals that way for two weeks. No other utensils are allowed. That's it!
Guaranteed you will lose 10 pounds. How the Chinese eaters maneuver food from their plate to their mouths is a mystery, but I have observed that they lift very small portions, and then only about 50% of that makes it to its destination. What an ingenious way of cutting back on food intake. Just compare their use of chopstick utensils to our use of shovel sized table-spoons and the “pitch-forks” we use for spearing our chicken and steaks.
One glass of water shuts down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University study.
Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen.
Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.
Are you drinking the amount of water you should every day?
Of course, too much water may have strange side effects.
Whenever I deny something my wife Anita accuses me of, or even if she thinks what I am saying is bullshit, she borrows a famous quote from TV’s Judge Judy and says…
Harv! Do you see the word stupid written across my forehead?
By Harvey Tobkes
I asked Anita if she thought it was worse having adversity in your life when you are young or when you are old.
Contrary to what most might think, Anita said, “It’s worse when you’re young because you feel the troubles that you have will persist for years and steal the pleasures of life that are allotted to those in their prime. Young people don’t realize that insurmountable troubles sometimes disappear in a week or a month or a relatively short time. They look at their friends, who are supposedly enjoying a fun life, free of misery and cares, and say ‘why me God?’
I think she nailed it! I realized she’s so right because if big burdens come your way when you’re in your 80’s or beyond, you can laugh at them by saying two magic words, “So What!”
Statistics say you are over the hill, and comedians say don’t buy green bananas, so if trouble is troubling you…So What! You have a built in biological escape hatch, and whether you are young or old, remember the old cliché, “Nobody gets out of this world alive.”
By the Israeli humorist, Efraim Kishon
Israel is the only country in the world where bank robbers kiss the mezuzah as they leave with their loot.
Israel is the only country in the world where patients visiting physicians end up giving the doctor advice.
Israel is a country surrounded on all sides by enemies, but the people’s headaches are caused by the neighbors upstairs.
Israel is the only country in the world where one is unlikely to dig a cellar without hitting ancient archaeological artifacts.
Israel is the only country in the world with bus drivers and taxi drivers who read Spinoza and Maimonides.
Israel is the only country in the world where no one cares what rules say when an important goal can be achieved by bending them.
Israel is the only country in the world where the coffee is already so good that Starbucks went bankrupt trying to break into the local market.
Remember yesterday and dream about tomorrow; but you better live for today.
Why? Have a look at how quickly the years pass …
Last night I came home very late and I didn’t call home to let Anita know where I was.
She left me a note in the kitchen…
Me: I loved the vignette because I was 30-years-old in 1958; I can tell you from my own experience that was a fabulous, dynamic era. No doubt, 1950 to 1959 were ten of the happiest years of my life; too bad and sad I didn’t realize it back then. I hope viewers enjoy watching it.
THE JAPANESE PEOPLE HAVE LIVED THROUGH MANY GREAT DISASTERS. THEY ARE TRULY SURVIVORS!
The origin of the saying “And this too shall pass” appears to date back to a story told about King Solomon. It is said that the King, feeling blue, asked his advisors to find him a ring he had seen in a dream. “When I feel satisfied I’m afraid that it won’t last. And when I don’t, I am afraid my sorrow will go on forever. Find me the ring that will ease my suffering.” Eventually an advisor met an old jeweler who carved into a simple gold band the Hebrew inscription “gam zeh ya’avor” – “And this too shall pass.”
August 6, 1945