Pass on the “Seeds of Greatness”

Pass on the “Seeds of Greatness”

I wanted to pass on this absolute gem of what I call universal wisdom. It was written by Mr. Denis Waitley the best-selling author, speaker, poet and lyricist. I read it on his ezine, and it is a keeper!

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Seeds of Greatness by Denis Waitley

The Safari Called Life Check-off List:

• Learn from those who have gone before

• Travel lightly; no extra baggage

• Be prepared and expect the unexpected

• The more you learn the less you fear

• Slow down, watch and listen

• Respect your environment

• Leave your ego behind

• Anticipate, innovate and make do

• Be optimistic; tomorrow did not exist before

• Collect memories instead of souvenirs

• Enjoy the journey

• Celebrate all life, not just your own

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Reproduced with permission from the Denis Waitley Ezine.

To subscribe to Denis Waitley’s Ezine, go to www.deniswaitley.com

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A Month of Blogging

A Month of Blogging

Well it’s been a month of blogging for me. I started this blog on May 27th, 2008. I was totally new to the world of blogging. Just like with my weight loss, I wish I had before and after pictures of my blog. I am generally pleased with my blog progress. It was helpful to keep reminding myself from time to time with what I wrote in my blog post titled “How do you create a BLOG?“, and that is to keep working on it a little at a time every day.

I have been impatient at times with different aspects of my blogging ever since I started JB’s Weblog. At times I have been impatient with developing blog traffic. Though I have made good progress in bringing more visitors to my blog. At times I have been impatient with learning the “how to” in designing a blog. Though in hindsight I guess I did pretty well in designing my blog. At times I have also been impatient with deciding what direction to take my blog, including the last couple of days. Thankfully I read an article yesterday that has helped me put “things” in perspective. This article “Patience is a Virtue” was written by fellow blogger Jenny Mannion. So in regards to my blog’s direction, I guess I did fairly well, and I will be patient in “finding” which path to take it on.

I believe I need to do the following in order to continue good blog growth. I need to continue to have fun with learning blog design and writing good blog posts. I need to continue and expand trusting my judgment with blog design and writing. I need to understand that it is o.k. if I don’t have all the blogging answers.

All in all I have enjoyed my blogging experience, and I have enjoyed using this free hosted blog software from WordPress.com. Obviously I am not a blog expert, but if I can, I would be glad to try to help new WordPress.com bloggers. Drop me a line, and I will see what I can do.

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2 Pounds Per Week

2 Pounds Per Week

I am still on track with my goal of eliminating one to two pounds of body fat per week. My goal is to weigh between 150lb to 160lb by Dec. 31st, 2008. I have been recording my weight weekly ever since March 10th, 2008. If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.

First, some background, as I mentioned in my “A Win-Win-Win Situation” article, one of the “wins” was weight reduction. So here is the time line.

I quit smoking and started light aerobic exercise (walking) in November 2007. I increased my walking gradually and added other exercises in early January 08. Between November 07 to February 08, my weight was 230lb plus or minus a couple. So I didn’t gain weight after I quit smoking, but there was an anomaly that I noticed in March. I was gaining weight – What???

It went like this. I was substantial increasing my exercising, and to compensate for that, I was also increasing my food consumption. At my annual physical I learned that I weighed 244lb. The first thing I did was to buy a bathroom scale. The second thing I did was to figure out what I had to do in order to stop gaining weight and to start losing weight.

My assumption was that if I am exercising strenuously every week then I should be losing weight. This assumption was obviously incorrect. After a lot of research the “magic” answer came to me. It is just a matter of simple math – the net result of calories consumed minus calories expended. You do not need to be a member of Weight Watchers in order to understand this. So I started counting calories (1800 calories a day works for me) and every since, along with exercising, I have been slimming down slowly but surely. Below is my weight chart.

* Consult your health care provider before engaging in

exercise and or a change of diet.

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Timing and Change

Timing and Change

Unfortunately sometimes a change that we are working on will not produce the desired result that we want simply because of the timing. It does not mean that we should not work on the desired change because the timing might be wrong. In fact we might need to fail at the wrong time, so we can learn how to succeed at the right time.

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Kool-Software/PicLens

Kool-Software/PicLens

There is a lot of great free software out there. These software programs enrich our computer work and play from the barely noticeable widget, to the ahhhhh-amazing gizmo, to the workhorse software program,

I learned about PicLens from watching a video on the Thirty Day Challenge. PicLens is a full screen 3D viewing experience for photos and videos. You really have to see it to believe it. It works with Google images, Yahoo images, Photobucket, Flickr, Facebook, MySpace, and more. PicLens is not a must have software tool. It is an ahhhhh-amazing gizmo. Give PicLens a try – it’s free, and we all need to experience the”ahhhhh-amazing” from time to time.

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Beginner Blogger Tip

Beginner Blogger Tip

I am new to blogging, so I learn as I go, learn and do, learn and do. Listed below is a process that I started doing lately. It was a natural evolution with finding an easier, less time-consuming way of doing something. To save time in putting tags in my blog posts, I have started to save tags for different topics. I write, organize, and save my tags in a text editor(you can also use a word processor). Then I copy a line of tags, paste them in the tag box, hit the add button, and repeat the process. It is simple, it works, and it saves time. Below is a snapshot of my tagging for this article – keep on blogging.

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Rattzilla, Mark, and the Good Deed

Rattzilla, Mark, and the Good Deed

What started out as a small favor to a biker friend of mine turned into quite a story. Rattzilla is Mark’s beloved bike – yes I said beloved. He loves his “rat” bike. Rattzilla is unique, and so is Mark – a good soul but unique.

I have some metal working skills, and Mark asked me to give a “little help” modifying his saddlebag brackets so he could quickly detach his saddlebags. He is not rolling in money, so I volunteer my services for a couple of hours. What started out as a couple hours turned into a day and a half of a lot of freaking frustration, but in the end I was grateful for this journey – go figure.

Mark did not have any details worked out in advance for modifying his saddle bag brackets, so after a couple of hours of “fun” we had one bracket done. I modified the second bracket another time on my own – no frustration. He also asked me to weld on a “suicide shifter” to his foot shifter, and this brings us to the “good deed” part of the story.

Rattzilla’s pilot has two unique riding characteristics. One is his erratic bursts of speed – he likes to twist-a-grip. Second he bends down while he is riding and shifts his foot shifter with his hand. Mark has been riding this way for ten years. He has a prosthetic leg. Mark down shifts with his prosthetic, but it is easier for him to up shift with his hand (he doesn’t clutch while up shifting, yea I know). So Mark is bobbing up and down when he is rolling down the road.

Basically there were three parts to the making of the suicide shifter which I will keep brief. First was performing Mark’s original request of welding a given hand shifter to the original foot shifter – bad idea, lots of frustration, Second was the enjoyment that I had in designing and fabricating a custom one off hand/foot shifter. But the best part was the end result of a good deed.

Mark And Rattzilla With New Shifter.

JB Built Hand/Foot Shifter.

I Don’t Know About A Happy Camper

But That’s One Happy Biker!

Mark Is Ready To Roll With Less Bobbing.

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