Updating Workplace Ergonomics for Today’s Economy


By: NewsUSA

We’ve heard a lot about “workplace ergonomics” in recent years, but with the economy changing — more people are working from home, whether by choice or their employers’ decisions to “go virtual,” — maybe it’s time to acknowledge the obvious: It’s just as easy to injure yourself no matter where you physically work.

Think about it: When it comes to a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries caused by stress to the joints from repetitive tasks, overuse of muscles and poor posture, what’s the difference if you’re slumping in front of an office computer or a home laptop? Or lifting heavy cartons onto the back of a delivery truck or your closet shelf?

As the Society for Human Resource Management advises: “Employees who work from home or travel for work should be taught to assess their ad-hoc workplaces for ergonomic risks.”

If you are hurting, doctors of chiropractic — who have a minimum of seven years of higher education — focus on structure and function. They care for pain syndromes with a drug-free approach that includes spinal manipulation and exercises to help stretch out and strengthen core muscles. Meanwhile, here’s a few tips to follow:

  • Invest in a good chair, mind your posture, and learn proper lifting and stretching techniques.
  • Keep your eyes at the same height as the computer monitor — without leaning forward — to help avoid headaches and neck pain.
  • Take frequent stretching micro-breaks and stay hydrated with water.

“Back injuries are the most prevalent occupational injury, and studies have shown chiropractic patients have consistently better outcomes,” says the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress’ Dr. Gerard Clum, DC.

To learn more or to find a local chiropractor, visit www.F4CP.org/findadoctor.

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Please DO Get Your Hopes Up


By: Kate Corbin

“Get your hopes up! Expect something good to happen to you every day.”
– Joyce Meyer
“Don’t Get Your Hopes Up!”  We’ve heard that advice all our lives.  Family, friends, books and movies have all warned us not to get our hopes up.  It’s part of our popular culture.  You may even say it yourself, but did you ever think about what you’re saying?
Don’t Get Your Hopes Up is possibly the worst guidance ever.  It’s advising us not to hope and not to have desires – which can only result in a low vibration.
Like most people, I absorbed this teaching by osmosis.  I also remember when I said it for the last time. 
I was in my 20’s and I was telling my brother about a job I really wanted, adding that I’m not getting my hopes up about it.  Whereupon my older, wiser brother – who had by that time studied Eastern philosophy in India – pointed out how stupid I was being – as only a sibling can!   He went on to explain why not getting my hopes up is ridiculous.  Thank you, dear bro, for waking me up.
So why IS it ridiculous to avoid getting our hopes up?  Besides the fact that it’s unnatural to quash our hopes and dreams and besides the fact that it keeps our vibration low, it’s all fear-based.
It’s based on some crazy fear that if we don’t get what we’re hoping for, we’ll end up feeling disappointed.  But I ask you, is disappointment really too much to bear?  Isn’t disappointment a part of life that most of us learned by age 5 is survivable? 
Here’s the most significant thing.  To refuse to get our hopes up is to ignore the Law of Attraction.  Because hope is a high vibration.  Because the power of hope and positive expectation actually help us attract what we want. Because hope works for us, not against us!
“If you don’t have a dream,
how you gonna have a dream come true?”
– from the movie, South Pacific
Plus, I hasten to add, hope feels good!  Refusing to be hopeful is a missed opportunity to feel good.  And, since we know that feeling good is the best way to attract what we want, refusing to hope is like shooting yourself in the foot. 
If you don’t get what you want, you’ll live; you’ll grow; you’ll get greater clarity; something better will come along.  But if you continue suppressing your hope, you won’t live well.
And one more thing.  Refusing to get our hopes up does not guarantee we’ll avoid disappointment.  In fact, refusing to hope sets us up for disappointment.
Two questions: 
1) Do you want it? 
2) Will you allow yourself to have it?
If yes and yes, then absolutely do get your hopes up.  Get them up as high as possible.  Ride the high vibrational energy of positive expectation and enjoy the journey.  If it doesn’t happenScience Articles, so what?  Focus on the next desire with all the hope you can muster. And keep hope alive!

Kate Corbin is a Law of Attraction Coach and the creator of Gold Star Coaching. Both her coaching practice and her three eBooks – “Dining at the Cosmic Cafe, How to Be and Do and Have Whatever You Desire;” “Manifesting from the Inside Out with the Law of Attraction;” and “Think and Grow Thin with the Law of Attraction” – are designed to empower you to truly live the life of your dreams. To contact Coach Kate and download a free copy of her eBook “Magical Musings on the LOA,” visit Gold Star Coaching.

Note: Image by Pixabay. The copyrights on the article belong to the author. The responsibility for the opinions expressed in the article belongs exclusively to the author.

Natural Stone: Discovering New Forms of Art


By: NewsUSA

Art can take on many different shapes and sizes in a variety of media. From watercolor paintings and bronze sculptures to still-life photographs and wood carvings, art can become the focal point of any interior living space. But, what if art could become part of a home’s architecture in unexpected ways? The answer is yes, it can, and it comes in the form of natural stone.

Perhaps it’s the allure of the exotic location from which it originated, or an unusual texture or uncommon color — representing that single event in time illustrating when and how the stone was created. Whether it’s a rare stone that is one in a million or one that was uncovered from the depths of the earth, natural stone can truly make a beautiful and exotic piece of art.

“Mother nature definitely has defined and shared her art with us through her supply of natural stone,” says Tom Harty, director of procurement at Stone Source, a company that specializes in curating natural stone and a member of MIA + BSI: The Natural Stone Institute. “The beautiful and creative veining found in natural stone is like a painting on a canvas.”

Whether natural stone is used to draw attention to a fireplace design, or is carefully selected as a standout countertop in a bathroom, the ways in which it can be used are endless. Some homeowners even enjoy mounting stone slabs on interior walls as pieces of art.

Chris Schulte, president of Las Vegas Rock, Inc., a quarry that concentrates on extracting meta-quartzite stone and also a member of MIA + BSI, explains that the company’s “rainbow gardens” offer a multitude of natural stone colors ranging from purples and reds to yellows and browns. Some of these stones are so beautiful, they can stand alone as art. “We have many customers who have purchased slabs as wall art,” he says. “In fact, in the cities of Henderson, Nevada and Las Vegas, government buildings have slabs of metaquartzite displayed on the walls.”

Onyx is another type of exotic natural stone that can be used in artful ways. “The translucent character of many onyxes lends them to be backlit and incorporated as decorative pieces,” says Harty. In fact, popular uses of onyx include bar backsplashes, built-in wall cabinets, bathroom countertops, staircases, and fireplaces.

Those who find beauty in nature might see natural stone as more than just another building material; they see it as a unique piece of fine art. For more information about natural stone, visit www.usenaturalstone.com.

Note: Image by Pixabay. The copyrights on the article belong to the author. The responsibility for the opinions expressed in the article belongs exclusively to the author.

How To Kick The Post-Holiday Blues


By: Roberta Mancuso

We’ve all been there. You return from a vacation sad, dejected and even less refreshed than you were before you left. Sure, you may have drunk your body weight in cocktails by the pool (or gluhwein by the fireplace, depending on where you were), danced the night away or caught up on some much-needed R n R, but now you’re feeling like none of that ever happened at all.

The post-holiday blues are a very real thing. While vacations do lift peoples’ spirits, the effects unfortunately don’t last long.

It’s not uncommon to crash at the end of your vacation – a heady mix of sadness that the good times are over, the adjustment of returning to work/everyday life and overindulging in food and alcohol.

Here are a few tips on how to kick the post-holiday blues after that amazing vacation:

Start planning your next trip

I remember flying back from three weeks in Vietnam and Cambodia and planning my next break while on the plane home. It might be in six months’ time, a year’s time or even five years’ time, but planning where you want to go next will help dull the pain of saying goodbye to the great holiday you’re just been on. Even thinking about and planning things can give you as much pleasure as actually doing them.

Find things to look forward to

Not everyone has the luxury of being able to travel, whether that’s for health, financial or other reasons. So if you’re coming down hard from a holiday, it’s important to plan things to look forward to, both short and long term. In other words, shift the focus to everyday things that give you pleasure. Think about weekends away at the beach or in the wilds, planning a dinner with your friends, treating yourself to a massage or date night with your partner.

Look after yourself

Holidays often involve a lot of socialising and partying, which means a lot of eating and probably way too much drinking. Having a hangover from eating the wrong types of foods and alcohol doesn’t help with those post-holiday blues. It’s time to start looking after yourself by eating right, drinking less and moving more. Add a walk at least once a day and a more regular bedtime. Regular self-care routines may have disappeared during your break but you can reclaim them.

Phone a friend

If you’re feeling a bit down in the dumps, a great way to lift your spirits is to share a laugh or two with friends. Steer away from conversations about how you’d rather be back on that beach in Barbados and instead share a lively conversation about what’s going on in your life right now. Just chatting to a mate is a great way to lift your spirits.

Make some real changes

Did you absolutely love those arepas you ate in Colombia? Or maybe you’re a little obsessed with flamenco music after that trip to Spain? Your holiday doesn’t have to completely end. Take what you enjoyed from your break and incorporate it into your life. If you ate foods you adored on your holidays, make them at home or find a restaurant that serves them. If you loved hearing and speaking a foreign language, start to learn it. Listen to the same music you danced to in the club in Madrid and meditate like you did on that retreat in Bali. Take a little bit of your trip home with you.

Take a meditative few minutes

Speaking of meditation, why not take a few minutes during your day to reflect on the great times you had? It’s a bit of a clichéd, old-fashioned idea but “counting your blessings” can be an antidote to the blues.

If you’re jetlagged…

Being jetlagged on top of a little depressed at the end of your holidays doesn’t help. Jetlag affects your ability to sleep on a normal schedule, and that lack of sleep can contribute to feeling depressed that your vacation is over. Get yourself back in sync with your home time zone by trying to stick to your usual sleep schedule. Also avoid alcohol and caffeine for a few hours before you go to bed.

Give yourself an attitude transplant

If you’re still trudging around depressed that your break is over, it’s time to change your thoughts. Looking at the world through mud-covered glasses won’t help you. In many cases, changing the way you think about something can alter the way you feel about it. As that great Cat in the Hat, Dr Seuss, once said, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened!”


You’ll probably come home to mountains of work emails, meetings to go to, doctor’s appointments which need to be kept, a messy garden, the cat needing its vaccination, piles of dirty clothes… the list goes on. It’s enough to send you into a panic. Stop, breathe, prioritise – the key word being prioritise. It might be tempting to try to do everything at once, but you will get completely overwhelmed and stressed out. Figure out what is most important and work down the list from there.


If you are anything like me, you’ll come home with thousands of photos, or most certainly more than you know what to do with. Go through your photos, delete what you don’t need, upload them into online albums and label them – don’t just leave them sitting on an SD card. Reminisce about your vacation by displaying those photos. Set them as backgrounds on your work or home computer, phone or tablet. You can also print out a few pictures to pin up around your home or office to remind you of those relaxed days.

Remember, the blues won’t last

It might feel raw, but take comfort in the knowledge that nothing lasts forever, including the post-holiday blues. Time will pass, soon that trip will be a distant memory (which isn’t such a bad thing, holding on to the past is never healthy) and you’ll eventually get back into the swing of things!

Note: An experienced writer of 15 years, Roberta has perpetually itchy feet and has been exploring the world for a decade. She has travelled to over 50 countries and has lived la dolce vita in Italy, tried the London life and is now living among llamas in Peru. The copyrights on the article belong to the author. The responsibility for the opinions expressed in the article belongs exclusively to the author.

Just What Is Counseling: The Basics

umbrellaBy: Jonathan Noble

Counselling is simply defined as “the provision of assistance and guidance in resolving personal, social, or psychological problems and difficulties, especially by a professional.” However, there is probably far, far more “lay counselling” than professional counselling that occurs on a daily basis.

The American Counseling Association remarks:

Counseling is a collaborative effort between the counselor and client. Professional counselors help clients identify goals and potential solutions to problems which cause emotional turmoil; seek to improve communication and coping skills; strengthen self-esteem; and promote behavior change and optimal mental health.

Breaking this down then (and adding to), any true counseling, even at the lay-level (which, again, occurs far more often than at the professional level) includes:

  • Identifying the problem(s)
  • Understanding the problem(s)
    • You can listen and hear the problem, yet not truly understand the problem. Which is why it is important to repeat back what you’ve just heard in your own words so the “client,” family member or friend, has the opportunity to correct you, if necessary, and elaborate, all for the purpose of genuine understanding
  • Identifying goals and possible solutions to the problem(s)
  • Trying to create and implement coping skills — that is, abilities and the aptitude to manage day-to-day living while the problem(s) is being solved or, if the problem(s) are ultimately unsolvable , then the abilities and aptitude to minimalize the problem(s) as much as is reasonably possibly while continuing to live as healthily and vibrantly as possible on a day-to-day basis
  • Strengthening self-esteem, which necessarily goes hand-in-glove with the above
  • Promoting behavioral change — if, when and to the extent necessary — while also helping strive for optimal psychological, physical and spiritual health

This is not to say everyone can do this, but this at least provides a baseline for basic counseling even, or especially, at the lay level. And, yes, professional help may certainly be necessary, so the “lay counselor” should ideally know when to say, “You really need more help than I can provide. Let’s see about getting you in to talk with a professional about all of this.” Responses will vary, but if this step is necessary then it’s necessary and non-negotiable.

An awful lot of counseling — dare we say most — not only occurs at the “lay level” but is individual, that is, one-to-one. And this often involves an individual prospect of receiving support and experiencing growth during very difficult, taxing times in life. Consequently, the “lay counselor” can help that family member or friend (or whomever) deal with an array personal issues in life such as: anger, depression, stress, alcoholism, relationship difficulties, changes in employment … and the list goes on.

However, there are some “ground rules” even for “lay counselling,” and even more so for professionals. Suppose a friend comes to you with a crisis in her life, there are a few do’s and don’ts to keep in mind:

  • If the problem/crisis is beyond your skills and capabilities, by all means listen and be compassionate, but recommend professional counseling. Don’t jump into the deep end of the pool if you’re not a good swimmer or not a swimmer at all. You could end up hurting more than helping … and that happens far too often as it is!
  • Listen carefully. Concentrate. Think. Repeat back what you’ve just heard in your own words so your friend has the opportunity to correct you, if necessary, and elaborate on the crisis-issue, all for the purpose of genuine understanding.
  • By all means, maintain confidentiality unless they are planning on hurting themselves or someone else.
  • Try to remain as calm as possible. Your friend is probably already as emotionally charged as she needs to be already, whether she shows this outwardly or not. Don’t add fuel to the fire. Remain calm … but not dispassionate, which leads to…
  • Be as empathetic and as affirmative as is reasonably possible. Even when trying to discourage certain behavior and/or actions, try to do this as compassionately and considerately as possible.
  • If you have jumped in the pool with your friend, so to speak, set a time limit for swimming. You don’t want to drown yourself while trying to save her; in the end, both of you will drown.
    • This means setting some kind of time limit for individual, one-on-one conversation — much like professionals — as well as broader time limit on trying to help your friend deal with her crisis-issue. So for the one-on-one, you may not want to go past an hour or so, except for the initial conversation that might naturally last longer precisely because it is the initial conversation. Even then, you need to know when to start winding things down and bringing the one-on-one to a close. More broadly speaking, if you have been “counseling” your friend two or three times a week for a number of weeks and there has obviously been no progress, then perhaps it’s time to call it quits — not on the friendship! but the counseling — and encourage her to seek out and obtain professional help.
  • Know yourself. No matter what time limits you’ve tentatively established, there are other boundaries, too. If you find yourself struggling to stay afloat in your own daily life because of your friend’s problem(s), then it is perhaps best to encourage her toward better, healthier, stronger help, which may (but not necessarily) mean someone who is a professional.

So, can just anyone be a counselor? No, not even a “lay counselor,” because they just don’t have the wherewithal to do it and do it right. If that’s you, then it’s okay. It’s better to openly admit that to yourself, and other if and when necessary, than to risk hurting someone. However, if this is not you and you find yourself in a counseling-type position, then hopefully this brief article has been of some benefit to you. Even still, two or three courses (online or on-campus) in basic counseling might not be a bad idea!

Note: Jonathan David Noble is an essayist, poet, cultural critic and social service volunteer, who currently resides in Dothan, Alabama. Jonathan Noble holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, with a double-minor in English and Latin from Troy State University (Troy, Alabama), and a Master of Arts degree in Christian studies from Wesley Seminary (Jackson, Mississippi.) Furthermore, he has earned post-graduate certification in Information and Referral Services through AIRS (Alliance of Information and Referral Specialists); certification in Integrative and Complementary Healthcare, certification in Integrative Mental Health; and certification in Spirituality, Health & Healing through ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC. The copyrights on the article belong to the author. The responsibility for the opinions expressed in the article belongs exclusively to the author.

As the Winter Wind Winds



As the snow flies winter has finally arrived. The cold winter winds howl through the long blistery nights. It is now the season of joy and jubilee. But, it is also a time for reverence, peace and harmony. In a world that is around so many things are wrong but as they say time marches on we must move past what is really going on.

Bears are beginning to hibernate but along with the winter chill there is always the warmth of the hearth where flames burn bright. They cast their spell bringing memories to light. As I gaze into the flames more images appear. Long lost loves whose memories I still hold dear.

Through-out my life those puppy love romances we always have gave way to more passionate affairs. The innocence of youth disappeared when her hair came undone when I was 21. Some one would say that the years that followed I was either cursed or blessed. The women in my life many brought me to tears. I still think I was fortunate indeed for not once in my life but three times flames of desire burned bright through the years.

The bittersweet moments when the embers grow cold always left me out in the cold. The loneliness and solitude that often followed only strengthened my resolve. Holding my head up high always against the wind, not looking back but aiming straight ahead enabled me to move forward with each passing year. Now, that the days are getting shorter with the winter wind sending a chill through the air I rest easy in my old familiar chair. The fire in the hearth burns as bright as ever only heightens those precious memories of all those moments where flames of desire were so sweet and dear.

To think back if I did things differently the possibilities are endless of what could have been. But, as they say hindsight is just a young mans game. I have come to terms and made peace with myself. For all those could have been’s they never really did matter. For what it is worth Frank Sinatra couldn’t have said it better I have always done things “My Way.”

As the fire burns bright on this winters night I still look back with great fondness and joy. The flames of desire have never really ebbed. Those honey toned lips with perfume to match have always lingered through the years. That one great love so long ago when I was 21 with hair jet black and eyes so blue was the first of three great loves so true. Now that time has past and the winter wind blows memories of those great loves like the fire in the hearth still burn bright as ever giving warmth to the soul.

Note: The copyrights on the article belong to the author. The responsibility for the opinions expressed in the article belongs exclusively to the author.

A New Read on Literacy: The 3 Keys to Building Lifelong Readers


By: NewsUSA

In today’s digital world, there is no denying the benefits of technology in education. However, despite technology’s ability to provide students with countless books and online literacy development tools, too many students still struggle to read and too few discover the joys of becoming lifelong readers.

According to a recent study in Reading Research Quarterly, despite substantial investments by educators in reading technology, the results have been disappointing. When reading independently, today’s students are struggling more and comprehending less than their peers in 1960.

But one company has an approach that can help reverse the trend. Based on more than 80 years of research, Reading Plus believes the opportunity lies in integrating the three domains of reading: physical, cognitive, and emotional. When all three domains are developed simultaneously in one program, students become more efficient, proficient, and engaged readers, according to a white paper released by the company.

Dr. P. David Pearson, the first chairman of the International Literacy Association’s Literacy Research Panel, says, “It’s not only about becoming faster and more efficient in independent silent reading. It’s doing it with comprehension, and with the ultimate goal of acquiring knowledge and enhancing personal interests.”

Here is an overview of the three domains, according to the white paper:

  • Physical. Reading begins with a physical skill – the visual processing of text. Students who labor to read have not yet developed this skill. They spend their energy trying to process words and have little left to understand what they’ve read. Unless physical skills are developed, students continue to labor, fall behind, and ultimately lose interest in reading.
  • Cognitive. Vocabulary and comprehension have long been the focus for reading development. Most approaches assume that improvement results from student practice with increasingly complex texts. However, research shows that vocabulary is the best indicator of text complexity, yet readability measures emphasize sentence length. Matching students with the text levels that allow them to develop skills at the pace they need is critical.
  • Emotional. Tapping into students’ interests builds confidence and motivation. Students who read what they like are more interested and engaged in reading; more interested and engaged students become better readers; and better readers become lifelong readers. It’s essential to let students choose to read what they like.

The bottom line: when students read independently, they don’t engage with each domain of reading in isolation from the others; instead, they engage with all three domains simultaneously and to build lifelong readers, so should their reading development.

Note: The copyrights on the article belong to the author. The responsibility for the opinions expressed in the article belongs exclusively to the author. For more information on the study and Reading Plus, visit www.readingplus.com.

Flowers are Fabulous for Your Favorites!


By: Dev Nair
Slightly Edited By: Jonathan Noble

This article provides you details about selecting the best flowers for an anniversary. For different occasions, flowers are the most appropriate gift that one can give. They can be seen in graduations, weddings, funerals and also anniversaries amongst other occasions, such as the New Year.

Life has given all of us lot of reason to celebrate — an anniversary, graduation, Christmas, New Years, a wedding, Mother’s’ day and the list is endless. In all of these occasions, flowers have always been a part of these celebrations. The reason being, flowers are appreciated by all because of its freshness, purity and its beauty. The age-old tradition of giving flowers as a way of displaying affection and expressing feelings has always been magical and appealing.

For different occasions, flowers are the most appropriate gift that one can give. They can be seen in graduations, weddings, funerals and also anniversaries amongst other occasions. However, there is a trick here. You just can’t pick up any flower to give to your dear one. It represents and expresses different things and you must be aware of these things so as to find the right flower for every occasion.

Every year occasions such as your birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, New Years, etc. will fall on the same day. Gradually as years pass due to the busy schedule, one may tend to forget the dates of the special occasions and because of these feelings are often hurt. However, with improvement in technology there is a way to avoid this problem. It can be in the form of an online flower shop.

Many such shops offer a tool that will remind you when any special occasion is coming up and will leave you plenty of spare time to decide on how you plan to spend the day and what special gift you plan to give. This would mean that you never miss those special days and thereby bring a smile on the face of those who mean a lot to you.

It has been observed that gifting flowers can never go wrong. When confused about the choice of the other person it is best to give a bouquet of flower. Once you receive a reminder about the approaching occasion, you can take the help of an online florist and find out about the different options that will be available for you. There will be bouquets in different range that will be available to suit your budget as well occasion.

An anniversary, for example, is a time to renew your vows again and it is best to gift red roses as red roses signify love for each other. There are other options available as well. You can choose from the vast options that are available on-line. The options available with an online florist are much more than that available in case of local florists.

The best part about selecting flowers online is apart from the varieties with regard to the flowers and the arrangements you also get to order the same from the comfort of your home. Also, such online stores have additional features as well. You can add a great message and include other items such as chocolates, cakes, soft toys or any other gift items.

Most of the online florist provides you with the option of selecting any specific time when you wish to get the flowers delivered. It includes midnight delivery option also. The payment option is very simple and you can use your debit card, credit card or net banking services to pay.

It is important to remember that your anniversary, or Christmas, or Valentine’s Day, etc. is going to be one big special day. By utilizing the service of an online flower shop you will have the chance to ensure that this occasion becomes all the more special.

Note: The copyrights on the article belong to the author. The responsibility for the opinions expressed in the article belongs exclusively to the author. Some very light editing done to tie article in with the New Year theme.

Be-Aware! of the clouds, In 2017


You said

We had our own sky

Only the clouds

Mis-lead us

By floating, And creating



Into our minds

Does that mean

We need to clear our visions?

Or, we need to clear the clouds?

I know,

The sky is there

And will be gone no-where,

Until we are gone !


What is the ultimate reason

For the reason?

To clear the sky?

Or, To clear the vision?


What is the sky?

What are the clouds?

Which ones are mine?

And, which ones are thy-ne?

We have our own sky,no matter where we lie, in the sky or in the clouds so high. The clouds float, cover our sky , hide our visions, for no good reasons and change like seasons. Why clouds are there?, everywhere, so that we care, and its no rare, to include the clouds, in our prayer?

These clouds distract us, our thoughts, our ultimate goals, and the good reasons, for which we are here on this Earth. So, What are our goals? To abolish the clouds, the wandering clouds and to clear our sky, clear our visions, for the good reasons and be a constant season? So that, our sky shines clearer, brighter and everyone admires its beauty.

The New Year 2017 starts. We have our own goals, dreams, thoughts and better visions  and resolutions for the year.Lets not let clouds mislead us,dis-tract us and create illusions into our minds. Lets make our sky beautiful,which shines like the diamond, inside this space.

We are here “Pax Et Dolor” team wishing you grand Happy New Year 2017 and wishing for abolish-ment of clouds from our sky-s.

Thank-You so much for being with us ! Your love and support is priceless.


@PaxEtDolor Magazine


#Be aware of the clouds !!!

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Toward A Complaint-Free Life

By: Kate Corbin

Facebook Memories reminded me I had engaged in a complaint-free week in 2011.  It was an interesting and revealing week.  Here’s a recap:

Day #1.  For the next seven days, I’m committed to living a Complaint-Free life.  Zero tolerance for complaining or blaming.

[I got the idea from Will Bowen, the founder of an organization called A Complaint Free World.  I posted my commitment and invited Facebook friends to join in.]

“When you complain, you make yourself a victim. Leave the situation, change the situation, or accept it. All else is madness.” – Eckhart Tolle

Complaining, griping, kvetching – we all do it, right?  Complaining can be a habit and, for most of us, it’s pretty easy to get others to commiserate with us.  It can even feel anti-social not to join in someone else’s bitch session.  But is complaining really a habit worth continuing?

Facebook Memories reminded me I had engaged in a complaint-free week in 2011.  It was an interesting and revealing week.  Here’s a recap:

Day #1.  For the next seven days, I’m committed to living a Complaint-Free life.  Zero tolerance for complaining or blaming.

[I got the idea from Will Bowen, the founder of an organization called A Complaint Free World.  I posted my commitment and invited Facebook friends to join in.]

Day #2.  It’s natural to notice things we don’t like. That’s the contrast that inspires desire. The contrast also sets up a crossroads. We can complain and attract more of what we don’t like OR we can make peace with what-is, focus on what we prefer and attract more of the good stuff.

[I get to choose how I respond and it matters very much what I choose.  As A Course in Miracles proclaims, “I could choose love instead!”  Or fun . . . or joy . . . or . . . ]

Day #3.  I notice my tendency to complain when I have to wait – at the chiropractor’s office, checking out at the grocery store, etc. I’m wondering – Is complaining a response to feeling powerless?

[It may feel like I’m taking my power back when I complain, but complaining actually lowers my vibration and exacerbates my feeling of powerlessness.]

Day #4.  The weather forecast calls for a high of 108 here in Austin. Rather than complaining about the heat, I intend to appreciate the air conditioning and imagine cool crisp fall weather coming.

[My neighbor was bemoaning the heat wave that day and I responded that I’d love to join in but I had committed to a complaint-free week.  We both laughed.]

Day #5.  I bet if we REALLY got it that we create our own reality, instead of complaining about a reality we don’t like, we’d get busy creating a reality we prefer.

[Complaining only brings us more to complain about.]

“Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle.” – Benjamin Franklin

Day #6. If I say it’s too damn hot or this traffic sucks or why did she cut my hair so short, I’m complaining. If I say it’s really hot, there’s a lot of traffic today, she sure cut my hair short this time, I’m noticing. One is a complaint and one is an observation.  And the vibrational difference is huge.

[This was a fun realization.  I can notice what-is without complaining about it.]

Day #7.  Calls to customer service departments have often been less than a cakewalk for me so I set a strong intention before calling AT&T today.  It worked!  I sailed through the entire call without complaint and proved that – with the right attitude – I can enjoy every moment of this physical life experience.

[How empowering to know that it’s possible to enjoy any situation.  Well, if not enjoy, at least accept.]

Revisiting my Complaint-Free Week reminded me:

  • How much easier it is to maintain a high vibration when I refuse to give in to blaming and complaining.
  • I can always choose a better feeling response.
  • Instead of complaining about a reality I don’t like, I can focus on the reality I prefer and, thus, create a better feeling experience.

Today I’m recommitting to a complaint-free life and I’m super determined to find something positive about every situation.

Will you join me?

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