31. October 2010 · Comments Off on 6 Fast and Easy Ways to Last Longer in Bed Immediately · Categories: Health And Fitness · Tags: , ,

In this article you will find 6 fast and easy ways to last longer in bed immediately. Read them now so you can try them out later tonight.

Premature ejaculating is not something you can cure forever in a matter of days. Depending on the cause, curing premature ejaculating can take several weeks or even months. There is no reason for you to keep suffering while trying to solve your problem once and for all. The following tips will alleviate some of your problems in the short term.

1) Ever heard of the Kama Sutra? There are hundreds of different love making positions, try them out. More specifically look for a position that is less stimulating for you.

Definitely stay clear of the missionary position.

2) Slow down your thrusting and make a circular motion. This will stimulate your penis in more areas and the slower pace will prevent premature ejaculating.

3) Put your partner in the first place. Engage in lots of foreplay and add oral stimulation on your to do list. Keeping your mind on pleasing your partner will automatically distract you from your own pleasure.

4) Wearing a condom will decrease your sensitivity. For an even better effect, look for a condom with a desensitizing cream.

5) Masturbate before having sex. This is probably one of the best ways to last longer in bed as your penis will be less sensitive the second time.

6) When you feel you are on the edge, withdraw and squeeze just below the head of the penis. Letting your partner squeeze it will have even better results.
You can repeat this a couple of times if you have to.

Try any, or all, of these 6 ways to last longer in bed and turn your sex life around completely.

30. October 2010 · Comments Off on Imagine with John Lennon · Categories: News And Society · Tags: , ,

On this 25th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon, which also happens to be my 54th birthday, I invite you to “imagine” along with John and me: “Imagine there’s no heaven, it’s easy if you try… No hell below us, above us only sky… Imagine all the people living for today…. You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one… I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will live as one.”

What would it be like if heaven and hell didn’t exist? And if they didn’t exist, then Jesus Christ would never have been born; what would the world be like if that were true? Would we be better off? Would the world truly “live as one” if Christ and His religion had never come along?

D. James Kennedy has written an excellent book that explores just these hypotheticals: What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? He explores all of the benefits that Jesus and His followers have brought to the world. These include:
Literacy and education for the masses
Abolition of slavery, both in antiquity and in more modern times
Modern science
The elevation of women
Benevolence and charity; the good Samaritan ethic
The elevation of the common person
The condemnation of adultery, homosexual practices, and sexual perversions of many kinds, which has helped to preserve the human race
The codifying and setting to writing of many of the world’s languages
Greater development of art and music, including the inspiration for many of the greatest works of art
The countless changed lives transformed from liabilities into assets to society because of the gospel

Yet Kennedy also doesn’t shy away from the tough issues, like the bloodshed of the crusades, the tortures of the Spanish Inquisition, and Christian anti-semitism. It’s a good read; I highly recommend it.

For myself, I don’t even attempt to defend everything that has operated on this planet under the aegis of Jesus Christ; I freely admit that much of it has been abominable. “Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light,” the Apostle has said in 2 Corinthians 11:14. Like Kennedy, I believe we must distinguish between Christianity and “Christendom.” The former is defensible; the latter often isn’t.

I just wonder, however, can anyone really imagine that the world would be better off without Jesus? Nearly all of the criticism I hear (hypocrisy, greed, sectarian “holy wars,” etc.) is against those who aren’t really following Him. If you removed Christ and Christian influence from the world, the result would be a nightmare a million times worse than what happens in Frank Capra’s film, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” when the angel shows George Bailey what his town would have been like if he had never been born.

Jesus wants the world to be one, just like John Lennon did. But He recognized that it needed redemption for the unifying process to take hold. John seemed to think that if we de-Godify the world and leave people to their own devices, they would do the right thing and unify in peace, brotherhood, and sisterhood. I don’t think so.

Even those who can’t bring themselves to believe in God or in His Son have plenty of evidence to believe in the existence of evil. Christianity did not cause it, that’s for sure. When people practice the Christianity Jesus announced and the primitive church implemented, the world gets better, more loving, less violent and abusive, brighter with hope.

Maybe if John hadn’t been gunned down on December 8, 1980, he would have changed his mind about what causes the world’s turmoil, and what dispels it. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27). A better promise, given by the Prince of Peace Himself, is hard to imagine.

26. October 2010 · Comments Off on Quick Guide To Oddball Scholarships · Categories: Reference And Education · Tags: , ,

Do you need help with the myriad of college expenses and tuition you will encounter in higher education? You can apply for scholarships to help you cover some or all of the costs. When you think of scholarships you most likely think of academic scholarships for class Valedictorians. Or athletic scholarships for athletes recruited for collegiate sports. While these types of scholarships are more prevalent, they are not the only avenue for earning scholarship money. Just take a look at some of these oddball scholarships available.

Oddball scholarships for golf caddies:

Do you have an interest in golf? Did you play on the high school team, but was not at a high enough level to be recruited to the college team? Are you considering becoming a golf professional after college? Then become a golf caddie and put yourself in the running for the golf caddie scholarship. This type of scholarship is offered at many colleges and universities. Upon acceptance of the scholarship, some students are required to work for the local college or university golf course.

Oddball scholarships for descendants of the signers of the Declaration of Independence:

If you can trace your family tree back to a signer of the Declaration of Independence then you are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Family history must be verified. Currently the scholarship is around $1,500 and the student must attend a four year Public university. It looks like it is time to trace your family genealogy and see if you might be in the running for this scholarship.

Oddball scholarships for shooting sports:

Have you participated in the American Legion Shooting Sports program at the state or regional levels? If so, then you can apply for this $250 scholarship.

Oddball scholarships for accordion players:

Are you a skilled accordion player? Then why not participate in the American Accordion Musicological Society Contest? The application deadline for this contest is in September with an award of $1,000.

Oddball scholarships from the Danish Sisterhood of America:

Are you a member of the Danish Sisterhood of America or a child of a member? This will make you eligible. The scholarship is awarded based on academic achievement. The scholarship can be up to $1,000.

The list of oddball scholarships is endless. You can access free and fee required scholarship databases on the Internet. Fill out a profile including your academic background, college goals, and any unique activities you do. You are bound to find an oddball scholarship that is geared toward these activities or interests.

23. October 2010 · Comments Off on Business Networking In The 21St Century For Men And Women · Categories: Networking · Tags: , ,

The U.S. may be in an economic recession; however, it does not mean that you cannot use your personal experience and business background to find a better paying job or additional job. Through online and offline networking, you can find your dream job or meet potential clients and customers to increase your business revenues.

Since the inception of the Internet, email and online groups, men and women have been able to communicate with more people from more places across the globe than once imaginable. Online social networking is exploding across the Internet as more employers and agencies are turning to social network sites to find potential employees and to check work references. Knowing the most popular social networks on the Web in addition to offline network groups can dramatically increase your chances of being connected to the right people or your next employer.

Networking does differ somewhat for men and women, but only in how each gender relates to the other. “Men define themselves through business or the type of work experience they have,” says Patty Sadallah of the Redwood Sisterhood. “Whereas women define themselves through their personal relationships.” How does this difference affect men and women’s networking roles?

Women will have to overcome some challenges in order to network offline with male colleagues and other potential business contacts that are dominated by men, according to an article published in The Cleveland Women’s Journal (Feb-Mar 2009).

Tips for Women to Successfully Network with Men

• Add a feminine touch when talking with men by asking about their personal interests, family and hobbies.

• Send thank you notes to those you met and networked with at social events and include a business card if you did not get a chance to give them one already. This adds a personal feminine touch and may garner you a future interview or phone call to discuss an opportunity.

• Ask questions or advice relevant to your business or position. Men like to be the expert on something and this tactic will validate that you find them trustworthy.

• Find allies with a male colleague or two who values your insight and expertise. Attend networking functions with this person, as he is more likely to include you in conversations and introduce you to other people.

Women and men should join both online and offline groups in order to grow their professional network. Through joining free online business networks, you not only grow your own network, but will also have an opportunity to promote your business, expertise and take part in discussions. Three of the most popular online business networks are Linked In, Fast Pitch Networking and Facebook. LinkedIn and Fast Pitch both have free and paid membership choices. By joining these three networks, you will be able to connect with more people and businesses than email alone.

Features of Top 3 Online Business Social Networks

1. LinkedIn has over 10,000 groups to join and to be an active participant through discussions, Q & A, upload press releases, articles, connect to corporate blogs and more.

2. Fast Pitch Networking also has many of the same features as Linked In, but it also has a weekly live chat for those who opt for the paid membership.

3. Facebook was once touted only for those who had an email ending in ‘.edu’; it added a business application in 2008 for all types of businesses to connect in addition to creating groups by its members. You can create more than one account by using a different email address at signup.

Looking for other online business networks? Anyone can find just what he or she is looking for through simple searches using your favorite search engine. Search for top business social networks, niche social networks, or insert your industry along with social networks or social media (manufacturing social networks). There is much to be read, discussed, and critiqued when researching online social networks and social media.

Scour your local and regional newspaper for events in your area either free or low cost to meet people and to look for job opportunities. Several business social networks offer in-person networking events in many cities across the country. Attend one and talk to other attendees about yourself, your current business/company, and offer a business card for future contact. Everyone who attends is looking to meet other people, so do not be afraid to introduce yourself.


Sadallah, Patty. Redwood Sisterhood. 20 Feb. 2009. http://www.redwoodsisterhood.com

Lifshen, Marny. “How to Network Successfully in a Male Dominated Environment.” The Cleveland Women’s Journal. West Edition. Feb-Mar 2009.

21. October 2010 · Comments Off on Book Review – "Sand Dollar" By Jane Louise Newhagen · Categories: Book Reviews

Mary Thorne Randall’s Search for Self Fulfillment: Key West in the Mid-19th Century

Jane Louise Newhagen has created a poignant, story. “Sand Dollar” is a remarkable fictional account of the life of Mary Thorne Randall. The novel portrays the struggles facing a woman in the middle years of the 19th Century. Randall is torn between a mother’s devotion and the ebb and flow of marital love. Hers is a story of a stubborn struggle for independence and self fulfillment. Mary experiences happiness, tragedy, and final resolution.

The book is well researched and historically accurate. The story takes the reader from Green Turtle Cay in the Bahamas to Key West, Florida. Newhagen presents social issues of the day. She deals with the plight of women, political pressures, and the conflict between the practice of medicine and alternative medicine. These are all skillfully woven into the narrative. Danger, adventure, and demanding conditions create an ongoing sense of suspense. Mary meets the challenges and unreasonable demands of life with her seafaring husband, Richard.

Newhagen beautifully blends her creative imagination with her research in this absorbing literary novel. Her writing enables the reader to experience the senses of sight and smell, as you feel the oppressive and unbearable heat of Key West in the summer time. As I felt the humidity mixed with the pungent odors of fish and sweat prevalent in the summer air I sensed the oppressiveness Newhagen’s characters must have experienced.

Jane Louise Newhagen writes with feeling, her plot is believable, her characters are genuine and multidimensional. The story is engrossing, entertaining, and informative “Sand Dollar” is certain to become a favorite historical fiction epic of life as it was lived throughout the early history of the Southern Keys.
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21. October 2010 · Comments Off on Embrace the Butterfly and the Turtle and Live a Balanced Life · Categories: Self Improvement · Tags: , ,


God often speaks to me and gets my attention through the use of symbols. My two symbols are the butterfly and the turtle. I didn’t realize until recently how I must embrace both energies to live a balanced and fulfilling life. The turtle and the butterfly teach me many lessons and I am grateful for both. I believe we are all connected and can learn from one another.

For two days in a row, I put my turtle necklace on that my son gave me for Christmas. I didn’t consciously plan it, but I wore two different butterfly shirts on both days. As I looked in the mirror admiring my necklace, my eyes immediately fell to the butterfly on my shirt and I had an “Ah” moment. I knew in my spirit that it wasn’t a coincidence that the turtle was so close to the butterfly.

The turtle is grounded, connected to the earth and Spirit. It moves slowly, but steadily. It doesn’t appear to be in a rush and is content with its progress. It doesn’t have to be anywhere so it enjoys the journey and it trusts that it is exactly where it needs to be. It knows when to rest, be still and just be. The turtle is not afraid to just be and moves with confidence. It knows when to go in and protect and nourish itself. It also knows when to stick its head out into the world, take action and move. The turtle accepts “what is” and understands that having his head in or out are both essential parts of its journey.

How I want to be like the turtle and embrace its energy and wisdom. For me, sticking out my head may be moving in faith when I’m afraid and don’t feel good enough or deserving. Or it may be speaking up and confronting someone when I don’t want to. It may be just having fun and letting my passions run wild. Like the turtle, I go within and connect with God for wisdom, peace, and guidance. I know everything I need is inside of me.

The butterfly has freed itself from its cocoon after much struggle and strain. No longer is it a caterpillar crawling on the ground for others to step on. It’s able to fly and soar in freedom. It goes where it wants to go bringing beauty and Love for all to see. It’s free to do and be what it wants to be. Its wings flutter and it goes from tree to bush and back up into the sky.

I like to think of myself as a butterfly as I allow the wind and spirit to carry me wherever it wants to take me. It’s called “going with the flow or in the flow.” I am a butterfly when I use my gifts and talents for the good of all those around me. For many years, I struggled to set myself free from my own self-imposed cocoon of not believing and loving myself. My inner voice tried to stop me by telling me “You’re not good enough or deserving enough.” But my soul wanted to soar, and with the grace of God, I set myself free to become the woman God created me to be.

Like the turtle, I keep myself grounded through a daily spiritual practice of prayer and meditation so I can fly like the butterfly and spread Love and Joy to all around me. My spirit and wings are strong. I’m in the flow as I listen to what Spirit wants me to do and where it wants me to go. I no longer have to push myself or make things happen. I trust, rest, surrender, let go and let miracles find me.

To go higher and fly like the butterfly, I go deeper into my spirituality and just BE. I listen to that small still voice of God within and say YES to life and all it has to offer me.

18. October 2010 · Comments Off on Fall in Kentucky – Finding Home · Categories: Self Help · Tags: , ,

Fall In Kentucky finding home.

I have fallen into a morning ritual filled with repetitive actions that make up my routine. I start by making sure both the boys are properly dressed (The things they allow kids to wear now!), hugged, kissed, and assured of my love as they head off to school. I either make the coffee or make the bed. If I am out of bed first, I make the coffee and Steve makes the bed. I meditate, say my prayers, and check my e-mail. Most morning Athena, will have popped up the messenger screen with her usual “GM”. (This is her shorthand for “good morning”). With all this completed, I begin my morning.

This particular morning would be a little different, as I looked down to see my sister had left me an instant message. The background was a stunning fall picture of Kentucky dressed out in multi-colored leaves. Was it Fall already? As I stared at the picture of the area in which I grew up in, I could almost smell the crisp cool air that is native to that area. The picture showed a path much like the ones I used to walk on when on my personal sabbaticals with nature. I could almost hear the crunch of the leaves under my feet and feel the shiver I use to experience before pulling my heavy sweater tighter around me.

The outside noise awakened me from my trip down memory lane. My memory trips are never lacking, since I always use all my senses in recall. I utilize sound, smell, feel, sight, and even taste when needed. I call my memories my treasure chest of life, and I pull them out and experience them repeatedly when needed. My ability to achieve this brought about a sharp pang of homesickness this morning and with this a gasp of surprise!

I left Kentucky with only regrets of not seeing my mother, siblings, one uncle and a few emotionally adopted children. I left behind the aches and pains of my joints in the winter, the black slushy ice from the aftermath of a huge snow and the negative side of small town bureaucracy. I took off across the United States with my children, a U-Haul, and the unmovable belief that I could make it on my own. I had not regretted leaving that area even once, so the pang of melancholy over my nostalgia was shocking.

I wake up in a vacation everyday in Pensacola, Florida. Living here affords me the luxury of wearing shorts ten months out of the year. The Gulf Water nearby is so clear that you normally can wade out to your waist, still gaze down, and see your feet. The huge mounds of stark white sands remind you of snowdrifts that are indigenous of winter in the northern states. The palm trees and Seagulls standing out amongst it all make up a number of the most popular postcards made. Why would I possibly miss Kentucky?

It was after a small amount of soul searching that the revelation dawned upon my conscious mind. I believe it was in my subconscious and yet because of my embittered feelings towards a particular group of unsavory individuals, I refused to allow it to my conscious mind. I missed certain parts of Kentucky with the larger parts of my loyalties belonged to Florida. I had branded the entire state with the sins of a few and thus pushed my happy memories away along with the bad. After having the light, some call realization become illuminated, I had face a few facts about my memories.

I would adore making a trip to Kentucky to stroll down the familiar trails and roads for a week in the fall. I would love seeing the countryside decorated by natures own paintbrush as each leaf takes on a color and hue of its own. I would rise early and sit on the porch drinking my coffee as the steam arose from a cup. I would rejoice as I tugged on my thick sweater jacket to walk each trail or path. The smell of the cool fall air, the site of Pumpkins and winter squash being harvested, and the distinct site and smells of Tobacco being fired would make me ecstatic to be there. The week would quickly to come to an end …

I would do “The HAPPY Dance” all the way back to Florida, put on my shorts and my tank top and run kiss the sandy beaches of Perdido Key. Let us face it, making a snowman or snow woman is awesome, but after a few hours, it is just darn cold and miserable. Snow can look pretty and white first thing in the morning but as the day wears on, it becomes black and slushy on the roads. Walks in the fall can be so wonderful and inviting but after a week, my fun meter would definitely be pegged out. Vacations do have a way of ending that way.

What is one person’s vacation is another person’s life. The utmost one can accomplish is finding the place that makes them happy and live there. Every place has its good and bad, yet you should live where you find the most happiness! Subsequently, whenever you get ready to take your vacation, you can go to the place that brings a week or two of happiness. Returning home then will be as exciting as your vacation was. Who knows, maybe there was a nostalgic moment in the life of the person who said, “It’s a nice place to visit, but I sure wouldn’t want to live there!”

In addition, I realized one more thing. I had allowed myself to push away my warm and happy memories with the traumatic experiences others had inflicted on me. This was not only a disservice to me but to entire state that I had blamed for the ugliness of a few. There is a lot of beauty in Kentucky (Even after I left *smiles*).

After all the thoughts, realizations and memories had found their proper place within my spirit; I reached for the keyboard and wrote … “Hi Sis! Gee Kentucky is looking lovely this fall!”

This lesson is on finding beauty amidst the ugly and about remembering the good while leaving the bad alone. It is about finding the place you want to live and the place you want to visit yet more over, it is about finding peace within yourself. Sometimes, when you would never expect it, those lessons come in the form of homesickness.

If winter is slumber and spring is birth, and summer is life, then autumn rounds out to be reflection. It’s a time of year when the leaves are down and the harvest is in and the perennials are gone. Mother Earth just closed up the drapes on another year and it’s time to reflect on what’s come before.

Mitchell Burgess, Northern Exposure, Thanksgiving, 1992

It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.

P. D. James


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06. October 2010 · Comments Off on Baby Halloween Costumes Too Cute To Resist Buying This Year · Categories: News & Society · Tags: , ,

Halloween is a great opportunity for children to dress up as their favorite cartoon or movie character, but also look cute and adorable for their parents at the same time. Even children who are too young to enjoy trick-or-treating can still get dressed up and enjoy Halloween, especially since there is a huge selection of baby Halloween costumes that can be found at almost any department or Halloween store.

There are so many different cute infant and baby Halloween costumes, so dressing a baby up is no problem on this holiday. Some of the most popular costumes are Halloween related, such as pumpkins, devils, spiders, and even baby witch costumes. Some other popular costumes include peapods, carrots, and many other vegetables that just look so adorable on any baby.

Costumes with masks should be kept for children who are a little bit older, because keeping a mask on a baby is a whole different story. Most infant costumes that have hats or some type of headpiece will normally include a strap to keep it on, since most babies will try to play with and pull off items that they are not used to wearing.

Kids who are a little bit older than infants have much more of a selection when it comes to Halloween costumes, since they can dress up as almost anything they can dream up. Most stores fill their racks with costumes relating to new movies that have been released that year, along with the classics such as witches and other Halloween related characters.

Some great ideas for girl’s costumes include witches, fairies, and even angels. Dora the Explorer, Bratz, and even Shrek are great movies and TV shows that many costumes are created after, along with the many Disney movies that are both new and classic. Girls can even dress up as pirates, goblins, and other scary characters if they like.

Boys have many different costumes to choose from for Halloween, no matter how old they are. There are many great accessories that can be put on to make a little boy look like a zombie or creature visiting from the dead, but some help from mom is normally necessary to apply the makeup. Boys can also choose to dress up as Shrek, Superman, Spiderman, and even one of the characters from Fantastic 4 if they like, since finding these costumes will be fairly simple this Halloween season. Masks and hats are also popular with toddler boys, since they can play dress up on this holiday packed full of fun and candy.

Halloween costumes can be purchased at department stores, Halloween specialty stores, or even online. The most popular costumes are normally targeted to movies and television shows, but the classics and Halloween related costumes are also a favorite year after year. Halloween is a great time for toddlers, babies, and infants to dress up as their favorite characters, and it can be fun for the parents as well. You can let your children choose whatever they want for a costume this holiday season, or even pick a theme or movie that your entire family can be included in.

04. October 2010 · Comments Off on The Art Of CinemaTherapy – What I Learned From The Movies · Categories: Self Improvement · Tags: , ,

Growing up in the fifties and sixties, my two favorite things to do were to read comic books and go to the movies at a downtown theatre, which was long before we had video games, personal computers, or DVDs.

I learned from comics that I wanted to be like the superheroes, especially ‘Superman’, because they always helped people who were in trouble. At the theatre, it was like magic, the smell of popcorn and the thrill of escape from the doldrums of reality and into the world of adventure.

Reaching adulthood, I became a Christian and reading my Bible became a high priority. I gained a great deal of comfort reading Proverbs and Psalms. It soothed my fears and helped me feel closer to God, which is something I always wanted. I had my favorite Bible verses, like Philippians 4:6 “Be anxious for nothing……” and Psalms 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God….”.

However, I still have a fervent passion for movies and I find that when I can’t get someone to read a book for their own personal growth and development, I can always get them to watch a good movie.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from great movies I have seen and what I learned from them:

“It is only at the end of a man’s life when he realizes how important his decisions were at the beginning”.
-The King of Denmark from “The Prince & Me”

The wisdom of this statement hit me squarely between the eyes.

In our youth, we make decisions all the time not giving much thought as to how it will affect us later in life. When we, as elders, try to share some of our hard earned wisdom with our children, they look at us as if we were from another planet.

“Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he’s alive, not after he’s dead”.
-Meyer Wolfsheim from “The Great Gatsby”

This conveys to me that we should not take our friendships for granted. We should honor a friend while they are alive and do things for them now. It is too late, once they have passed away, to show them how much we cared about them in this lifetime.

“Life changes because it has to.”
-from “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”

This is a great reminder for those of us who stay stuck in our ways, or worse, stuck in the past. I have always promoted that we should “learn from the past, live in the present, and hope for the future”. This can be much harder to do than it sounds but, nevertheless, its good advice.

“And don’t forget….. don’t ever forget. You’ve promised to become a new man, Jean Valjean, my brother. You no longer belong to evil. With this silver, I’ve bought your soul. I’ve ransomed you from fear and hatred. Now I give you back to God.”
-Monsignor from “Les Miserables”

When I heard this passage it gave me ‘goose bumps’ because it was so powerful.

I learned that incredible kindness can win over evil and a hardened heart. Jean Valjean spent the rest of his life making sacrifices for others, showing great kindness for his fellow man (and woman). This movie was very inspiring about demonstrating the extreme contrast between human cruelty and human kindness. Ultimately, kindness trumps cruelty in the end.

“You can’t have living without dying. Don’t be afraid of death…… be afraid of the ‘unlived life’”
-Angus Tuck from “Tuck Everlasting”

I found these to be powerful words since so many of us fear death. We can be so overwhelmed with this fear that we forget to enjoy the life that we have. Life is so very short and too precious to waste.

“You got to get busy living or get busy dying”
-Andy Dufresne from “The Shawshank Redemption”

It is easy to allow life’s hardships to paralyze us into immobility where we do nothing and accomplish nothing. In a sense, if we are not busy with life, then spiritually and emotionally, we are dying. Andy chose to get busy living.

“Never wrestle with a pig…… you both get dirty, only the pig likes it”
-from “Good Advice”

From this statement, we learn that we have to be careful with whom we do battle. Some folks thrive on conflict and very little peace can be found in their relationships. We must “avoid loud and aggressive persons, for they are vexations to the spirit” [from the poem, Desiderata].

“I would rather have thirty minutes of ‘wonderful’ than a lifetime of ‘nothing special’.”
-Shelby from “Steel Magnolias”

Even though Shelby was putting her health at risk to have a baby, she still wanted the experience and joy of having a child even if it meant she would not live as long. The desire to procreate and to parent is a very powerful one. I think she made a very profound and cogent argument for having children, or doing something great for a moment rather than to “live the unlived life”.

“My momma always said, ‘you got to put the past behind you before you can move on’.”
-Forrest from “Forrest Gump”

Sometimes we are bogged down by events from our past and it can be difficult to move on with our lives because we can not escape it. Often we do have to deal with our apperceptions, that is, the way we perceive ourselves, the world, and others, based on our earlier emotional experiences.

“Its not who you are underneath, its what you do that defines you.”
-Rachel Dawes from “Batman Begins”

This statement reminds me of the old adage, “you have to be careful about your thoughts because your thoughts become your words. You have to be careful about what you say, because your words become your actions. You have to be careful about what you do, because your actions become your habits, and you have to be careful about your habits because, collectively, your habits become your character.” Your thoughts, words, actions, and habits are behaviors that define who you are and what your ‘character’ will be.

“Now I have no choice….. God put you in my way.”
-Harry from “The Four Feathers”

Often times, God will place people in our path, either to help them, or to have them help us. It is a responsibility that the Lord gives us when someone comes into our lives. We cannot shun that duty.

“You haven’t really lived unless you have something to regret.”
-Dr. Blalock from “Something The Lord Has Made”

We all make mistakes and a part of living is doing things that we regret. I heard this as a strong statement about the human condition of sin. Not that we should set out to do wrong, but that because we are imperfect, we are bound to make mistakes and, hopefully, we will regret those mistakes and ask for forgiveness.

“Every man is going to die……. Its what you do before dying that’s important.”
-from “Vertical Limit”

Another interesting statement about how we live our life that defines us. The message is, don’t waste what time you have. Make the most of living and do things to help other people. This, and God, is what gives our lives meaning.

“Nothing wrong with old age…….. as long as you get there.”
-Julia Sullivan from “Frequency”

Entering into the final stages of our lives is not easy. Aging can be difficult as our bodies begin to breakdown and we cannot do the things that we once did. People who age gracefully with a positive attitude tend to live longer than folks who wallow in self-pity, and negative thinking.

A friend of mine once said that she did not mind growing older, because the “alternative was much worse.” She was right.

So, I have gained much from watching movies. As many people are, I know I am a visual learner.

After twenty-four years of reading books for public school and four colleges, sometimes it’s just nice to lean back and watch a good movie, especially those that will illustrate one of life’s many lessons.

Finally, another of my favorite Bible verses is one that I instructed my wife to someday place on my headstone, at the time of my death. The verse reads:

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
– 1 Timothy 4:7

From movies, or from scripture, there is a great deal about life to learn from watching and reading.
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02. October 2010 · Comments Off on 5 Ways Outsourcing Benefits Your Business · Categories: Management · Tags: , ,

No matter what type of business you’re in today, you’ll definitely outsource some elements of it. Large companies outsource entire departments like technical support, payroll processing, accounting, logistics and other functions normally performed by themselves. Smaller businesses outsource too, although to a lesser scale.

So what are the main benefits of outsourcing your business? In my experience, here are the top 5 ways out sourcing will eventually pay off in the long run:

1) Keep Capital Costs Low

It the early stages of your business, you would not want to incur a lot of capital expenditure by buying equipment and software. Outsourcing allows you to avoid unnecessary expenses because all the equipment you’ll need is already supplied by the company you’re outsourcing to.

2) Extra Focus on Marketing

There’s a saying that the only thing you cannot outsource in your business is your marketing, and this rings true across many diverse business models.

By outsourcing your non-revenue-generating activities, you can build the strength of your sales team, and push forward in marketing. Ultimately, whatever cost your incur by outsourcing those back-end activities will be covered up by the extra revenue you generate.

3) Increase Your Expertise

When you limit the scope of expertise involved in your company, you stand a better chance of being a specialized expert in the area you focus on.

For example, lets say you outsource everything else and except your marketing team. By focusing only on marketing, your organization eventually develops unmatched expertise in that area, which will serve well to give your company a competitive edge.

4) Reduce Risk

Needless to say, by keeping capital costs low and focusing on your core business activities only, you can reduce your risk significantly.

It may not seem important at first, but companies operating in cut-throat industries will definitely feel a heavy burden lifted off their shoulders.

5) Quicker Response Time

The trend nowadays is not in having a skyscraper with your company’s logo on it. Today’s organizations are all about speed and adaptability instead of size. By being small and focused, you can respond quicker to the market’s needs.

Large organizations that do not outsource are always tagging behind simply because they cannot make decisions quickly enough, compared to a smart company that utilizes outsourcing strategies.

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