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Friday, March 22, 2013

2013-03-22 – Friday Whisper – Five Minutes…

We always convince ourselves that we never have enough time to finish what we want to accomplish.

However, given as little as 5 minutes, we can accomplish small things that we keep postponing. What can you do in five minutes?

-Read 5 pages of a book, for leisure or for your career
-Clean out the garbage in your car
-Call to set your next dentist appointment
-Relax by inhaling and exhaling slowly 5 times, with equal 5-second intervals
-Stand up and stretch
-Delete 10 old unnecessary emails, just 10.
-Memorize 2 verses of your Quran/Bible or any other Holy book you read
-Learn 5 words of a new language
-Play one piece of your favorite music instrument. Repeat it 5 times.
-Drink one glass of water
-Eat one fruit
-Make a list of 5 things you want to finish today/this week
-Write one positive sentence about yourself
-Read the sentence you wrote (during a previous 5-minutes break) loudly, while looking at yourself in the mirror. Repeat it 5 times.
-Arrange one drawer/one shelf at home or office
-Arrange one folder in your computer
-Send an SMS to your significant other
-Check your medical cabinet for expired items
-Do a prayer
-Shine your shoes
-Take one piece of your clothes that you don’t want and put it away for charity. Just one.
-Share this page
-Post a message telling me how do you find these whispers ;)

Morgan Scott Peck, an American psychiatrist and author, said: “Until you value yourself, you won't value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.”

And Carl Sandburg, an American author, said: “Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.”

Some things are never finished, you know why? Because they are never started!

What would you do in the next 5 minutes?

Distribute your tasks in the 4 quadrants and act accordingly - From "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey

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Friday, March 8, 2013

2013-03-08 – Friday Whisper – A Teacher…

If it weren’t for a teacher, you wouldn’t be able to read this now…

If it weren’t for a teacher, you wouldn’t be able to get where you are in your career today…

And I am sure each one of you knew one teacher who changed his/her life forever… your life wouldn’t turned out the same without that him/her…

A teacher helps you learn…
A teacher pushes you to go the extra mile in your studies…
A teacher works at home, on weekends, to prepare an easier material for you…

A teacher puts up with your mood swings, your learning difficulties, your hyperactivity in class, your childhood, your puberty, your “I am a grown-up now” phase, your “I am cool” jokes, your “I am a stud” phase and “I am Miss Pageant” phase.

A teacher listens to you when you are having personal problems…

A teacher puts you back on the right path when he/she sees you going astray…

A teacher jumps up higher than your parents, when you pass an official exam…

Even when having tough days, a teacher still make it to work because he/she knows that a work day missed for one is a learning day missed for many…

Henry Brooks Adams, an American journalist, said: “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”

And Helen Caldicott, an Australian author, said: “Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth.”

A country where its teachers are well taken care of, guarantees a future generation well taken care of…

This whisper is dedicated to all the teachers of Lebanon on the occasion of Teacher’s day, and who are still fighting hard for their rights to have a decent life… It is time for you to get what you deserve!

To all of you, our teachers!

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Friday, March 1, 2013

2013-03-01 – Friday Whisper – Too Soon…

When was the last time you gave up on something you wanted?

Or when was the last time you failed, then you tried again?

Most of the successes start with a failure; most final failures are the first ones. And most of our successes are unachieved because of our non-acceptance of failure; most of our non-acceptances are because of our egos; and our ego is our biggest enemy…

Sometimes we are so afraid to fail that we don’t try… Or we don’t like the taste of failure to the extent we avoid tasting it more than once. Such fear we created in our own head. Many times we find out that the failure we went thru wasn’t as big or bad as we have imagined it…Even more, with many failures came many discoveries of ourselves, of what we wanted and what we didn’t want…

We need to change our fear of failure to fear of losing the chance to succeed… We always have choices: surrendering to our fear or turning our back to it…

The next time you fail in what you are doing, follow these 5 tips:
1-Understand what went wrong
2-Find what you can do differently
3-Try again
4-If you realize that you have exhausted all ways, be ready to let go and move to another goal
5-Dissociate yourself from the failure: you experienced a failure, you are NOT a failure

Thomas Edison, an American inventor, said: “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”

And Robert F. Kennedy, an American President, said: “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”

Don’t give up too soon: Failing is not the end of the world; it is just the discovery of it!

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