Thursday, February 28, 2013

take a step back in time and when asked to help and The Two sets of tablets

When Asked To Help

Some people prefer to do favors for others only when they voluntarily choose to do so. But when they are asked, they may consider it a burden.

The benefit of being asked by another person is knowing for certain what this person's needs actually are.
And there is even a way to fulfill this person's request voluntarily. How? By doing more than you were originally asked to do!
Love Yehuda Lave

Two Types of Religious Encounter
Adar 16, 5773 · February 26, 2013
By Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Framing the epic events of this week’s sedra (bible section read in the synagogue this week) are two objects—the two sets of tablets, the first given before, the second after, the sin of the golden calf. Of the first, we read:
The tablets were the work of G‑d; the writing was the writing of G‑d, engraved on the tablets.
These were perhaps the holiest objects in history: from beginning to end, the work of G‑d. Yet within hours they lay shattered, broken by Moses when he saw the calf and the Israelites dancing around it.
The second tablets, brought down by Moses on the tenth of Tishri, were the result of his prolonged plea to G‑d to forgive the people. This is the historic event that lies behind Yom Kippur (the tenth of Tishri), the day marked in perpetuity as a time of favor, forgiveness and reconciliation between G‑d and the Jewish people. The second tablets were different in one respect. They were not wholly the work of G‑d:
Carve out two stone tablets like the first ones, and I will write on them the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke.
Hence the paradox: the first tablets, made by G‑d, did not remain intact. The second tablets, the joint work of G‑d and Moses, did. Surely the opposite should have been true: the greater the holiness, the more eternal. Why was the more holy object broken, while the less holy stayed whole? This is not, as it might seem, a question specific to the tablets. It is, in fact, a powerful example of a fundamental principle in Jewish spirituality.
The Jewish mystics distinguished between two types of divine-human encounter. They called them it’aruta de-l’eyla and it’aruta de-l’tata, respectively “an awakening from above” and “an awakening from below.” The first is initiated by G‑d, the second by mankind. An “awakening from above” is spectacular, supernatural, an event that bursts through the chains of causality that at other times bind the natural world. An “awakening from below” has no such grandeur. It is a gesture that is human, all too human.
Yet there is another difference between them, in the opposite direction. An “awakening from above” may change nature, but it does not in and of itself change human nature. In it, no human effort has been expended. Those to whom it happens are passive. While it lasts, it is overwhelming; but only while it lasts. Thereafter, people revert to what they were. An “awakening from below,” by contrast, leaves a permanent mark.
Because human beings have taken the initiative, something in them changes. Their horizons of possibility have been expanded. They now know they are capable of great things, and because they did so once, they are aware that they can do so again. An awakening from above temporarily transforms the external world; an awakening from below permanently transforms our internal world. The first changes the universe; the second changes us.
Two examples. The first: Before and after the division of the Red Sea, the Israelites were confronted by enemies: before, by the Egyptians; after, by the Amalekites. The difference is total.
Before the Red Sea, the Israelites were commanded to do nothing:
Stand still and you will see the deliverance G‑d will bring you today . . . G‑d will fight for you; you need only be still.1
Facing the Amalekites, however, the Israelites themselves had to fight:
Moses said to Joshua, “Choose men, and go out and fight the Amalekites.”2
The first was an “awakening from above”; the second, an “awakening from below.”
The difference was palpable. Within three days after the division of the sea, the greatest of all miracles, the Israelites began complaining again (no water, no food). But after the war against the Amalekites, the Israelites never again complained when facing conflict. (The sole exception—when the spies returned and the people lost heart—was when they relied on hearsay testimony, not on the immediate prospect of battle itself.) The battles fought for us do not change us; the battles we fight, do.
The second example: Mount Sinai and the Tabernacle. The Torah speaks about these two revelations of “G‑d’s glory” in almost identical terms:
The glory of G‑d settled on Mount Sinai. For six days the cloud covered the mountain, and on the seventh day G‑d called to Moses from within the cloud.
Then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of G‑d filled the tabernacle.
The difference between them was that the sanctity of Mount Sinai was momentary, while that of the Tabernacle was permanent (at least, until the Temple was built, centuries later). The revelation at Sinai was an “awakening from above.” It was initiated by G‑d. So overwhelming was it that the people said to Moses, “Let G‑d not speak to us any more, for if He does, we will die.”3 By contrast, the Tabernacle involved human labor. The Israelites made it; they prepared the structured space the Divine Presence would eventually fill. Forty days after the revelation at Sinai, the Israelites made a golden calf. But after constructing the Sanctuary, they made no more idols—at least until they entered the Land. That is the difference between the things that are done for us and the things we have a share in doing ourselves. The former change us for a moment, the latter for a lifetime.
There was one other difference between the first tablets and the second. According to tradition, when Moses was given the first tablets, he was given only Torah she-bichtav, the “written Torah.” At the time of the second tablets, he was given Torah she-b’al peh, the Oral Torah, as well: “R. Jochanan said: G‑d made a covenant with Israel only for the sake of the Oral Law, as it says: ‘For by the mouth of these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.
The difference between the Written and Oral Torah is profound. The first is the word of G‑d, with no human contribution. The second is a partnership—the word of G‑d as interpreted by the mind of man. The following are two of several remarkable passages to this effect:
R. Judah said in the name of Shmuel: Three thousand traditional laws were forgotten during the period of mourning for Moses. They said to Joshua: “Ask” (through ruach hakodesh, the holy spirit). Joshua replied, “It is not in heaven.” They said to Samuel, “Ask.” He replied, “‘These are the commandments’—implying that no prophet has the right to introduce anything new.”5
If a thousand prophets of the stature of Elijah and Elisha were to give one interpretation of a verse, and one thousand and one sages were to offer a different interpretation, we follow the majority: the law is in accordance with the thousand and one sages, and not in accordance with the thousand prophets.6
Any attempt to reduce the Oral Torah to the Written—by relying on prophecy or divine communication—mistakes its essential nature as the collaborative partnership between G‑d and man, where revelation meets interpretation. Thus, the difference between the two precisely mirrors that between the first and second tablets. The first were divine, the second the result of divine-human collaboration.
This helps us understand a glorious ambiguity. The Torah says that at Sinai the Israelites heard a “great voice velo yasaf.”7 Two contradictory interpretations are given of this phrase. One reads it as “a great voice that was never heard again,” the other as “a great voice that did not cease”—i.e., a voice that was always heard again. Both are true. The first refers to the Written Torah, given once and never to be repeated. The second applies to the Oral Torah, whose study has never ceased.
It also helps us understand why it was only after the second tablets, not the first, that “when Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of testimony in his hands, he was unaware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with G‑d.”8 Receiving the first tablets, Moses was passive. Therefore, nothing in him changed. For the second, he was active. He had a share in the making. He carved the stone on which the words were to be engraved. That is why he became a different person. His face shone.
In Judaism, the natural is greater than the supernatural, in the sense that an “awakening from below” is more powerful in transforming us, and longer-lasting in its effects, than is an “awakening from above.” That was why the second tablets survived intact, while the first did not. Divine intervention changes nature, but it is human initiative—our approach to G‑d—that changes us.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Hate Evil, not People, and Fun Game-Driving Reaction Test for Older People

Hate Evil, Not People

Hate the evil acts of the wicked, but do not hate the people themselves. Every person is worthy of being cherished by virtue of being created in the image of the Almighty. Therefore we cannot hate another person. Rather, our love for the Almighty should be so deeply internalized, that from this love we hate evil deeds. By hating only evil actions, you elevate yourself because you are increasing your love for the Almighty.

The next time you see someone do something evil, try to distinguish between hatred of the act and hatred of the person.

This is especially true when a love one starts acting differently either because of old age or mental illness. See the love inside the person and not his acts.

Love Yehuda Lave

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Mother Nature's colors and cheer for others

Cheers For All

Root for the success of people you know as well as for people you don't know. (That about covers it for the people on our planet.)

Whenever someone is successful in some endeavor, root for him and cheer. If this doesn't come naturally to you, you aren't alone. The first reaction of many people is that this sounds impossible. But I can testify that it is a learnable skill if you practice.

How do you practice? Bill Gates' fortune has increased? Cheer for him. You see the announcement of an engagement, cheer for the happy couple. Someone wins an award for anything: Cheer! Someone wins a lottery: Cheer for the winner. Someone has achieved scholastically, created a new invention, has written another book, composed a new song: Cheer!

"Why should I do this?" you might ask.

"Because it feels great to be joyous and this is one of the best ways to consistently experience joy," is the answer.

From now on be more aware of the choices you will be making throughout your life whenever you hear about someone's success. You can choose to be envious. This choice gives you nothing but pain. Or you can choose to be neutral. With this choice you don't suffer, but you miss out on a lot of life's potential for joy.

 Or you can choose to experience joy because of the joy of others. With this choice, you will have unlimited opportunities to experience joy. A wise choice, isn't it?
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Monday, February 25, 2013

funny skit from the 70s and magic for day after Purim 2013

Promising To Do Things

Be careful not to promise people you will do something, if you will not be able to do it right away.
While we have an obligation to do kindness for others, learn to say "no" to requests you do not really intend to carry out. While you might save yourself a small amount of uneasiness by not refusing right away, it is unfair both to the other person and eventually to yourself to mislead someone.

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amazing magic
How can the impossible suddenly look so easy? 

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

STUNNING PHOTOS OF 2012 and Happy Purim with its History

Gratitude For Your Memory and Brain

"I am grateful for my memory." How often do you hear people saying this? Do you hear this more frequently or do you hear something like this, "I can't remember. I'm always forgetting things. My memory isn't what I would like it to be."

Hopefully after people read this section, they will develop the habit of consistently being grateful for what they do remember. And they will express this gratitude so frequently, that others will also develop the habit of expressing gratitude for their memory. And many more people will hear those people expressing this gratitude, and they too will express their gratitude.

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Rabbi Machalis in Jerusalem explains our connection to the fun and spiritual holiday of Purim on this  Video from Israel

Today in Jewish history--The holiday of Purim

14 Adar
In 355 BCE, the Jews celebrated their successful defeat of Haman's anti-Semitic mobs, an event we commemorate today with the Purim holiday.We read the Megillah (Scroll of Esther), dress up in costumes, and celebrate how the Jews of Persia narrowly escaped annihilation, thanks to the bravery of Esther and Mordechai. In Shushan, the Persian capital, however, the battle lasted one additional day and Purim was not celebrated until the 15th of Adar. Thus today in Jerusalem, Purim is celebrated one day later than the rest of the world. (During Jewish leap years we celebrate Purim in the second month of Adar.)

Adar 14 is also the day in 1912 that Henrietta Szold founded Hadassah, the women's Zionist organization. In 1892, even before Herzl's activities, Szold and her father formed the first Zionist society in Baltimore, and Hadassah was her idea to mobilize American Jewish women in support of Israel. In 1920, Szold made aliyah, wher she supervised the opening of Hadassah medical units, playgrounds and public health programs. At age 73, Szold, as head of the Youth Aliyah Department, traveled to Germany where she worked to save Jewish youth destined for Hitler's ovens. Szold is buried in Jerusalem on the Mount of Olives. Today Hadassah operates the largest hospital in Jerusalem, and its 300,000 members make it one of the largest women's organizations in the world.
Also on this day, in 1942, in the town of Zdunska Wola in Nazi-occupied Poland, 10 Jews were hanged by Hitler's SS, in a sadistic parody of events in the Book of Esther. To add to this debacle, the Gestapo ordered all Jews out of their homes in order to witness the hangings. On Purim day the following year, 1943, there was another 'Purim massacre' in the Polish town of Piotrkow, where 10 Jews were executed. Hitler harbored a venomous hatred for the holiday of Purim: When the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, he banned the reading of the Book of Esther, an ordered that all synagogues be closed and barred on Purim day. "Unless Germany is victorious," he proclaimed, "Jewry could then celebrate the destruction of Europe by a second triumphant Purim Festival." Incredibly, when Nazi officer Julius Streicher ascended the gallows to be hanged at Nuremberg, he shouted, "Purimfest 1946."

14 Adar

Mordechai said to respond to Esther, "Do not think that you can save yourself [from Haman's decree of annihilation] because you are in the royal palace" (Esther 4:13).

Esther, the heroine of the Purim episode, received this sharp rebuke from Mordechai. No Jew should ever assume that Antisemitism will affect only others but not oneself. No one has immunity. Every Jew must know that he or she is part of a unit, and a threat against any Jew anywhere in the world is a threat to all Jews.
History has unfortunately repeated itself many times. Spanish Jews who held powerful governmental positions were sent into exile along with their brethren. Jewish millionaires and members of European parliaments were cremated in Auschwitz ovens. Throughout the ages, those who had thought to escape anti-Semitic persecution by concealing their Jewish identities sadly learned that this effort was futile.
Esther accepted Mordechai's reprimand and risked her life to save her people. In fact, the Megillah (Book of Esther) tells us that Esther had not revealed her Jewish identity because Mordechai had instructed her to keep it a secret. She never would have stayed hidden in the palace and watched her people perish. Mordechai spoke his sharp words not to her, but to posterity.
Some people simply refuse to accept history's painful lessons. In defiance, they continue to say that they will be different. Neither any individual who feels secure for any reason nor any community that lives in what it considers to be a safe environment should have this delusion of immunity.
Mordechai's message reverberates throughout the centuries: "Do not think that you can save yourself by hiding when other Jews are being persecuted."

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Friday, February 22, 2013

How Coke was determined to be Kosher and your Purim Guide

Goal Setting

Character development and spiritual goals are ultimately the most fulfilling. Trivial goals are better than not having a goal. But don't limit yourself. The greater your goals, the greater your potential for accomplishment and the more fulfilling your life.

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How coke was determined to be kosher

Your Purim Guide - 2013

Editor's Note
Purim begins this year on Saturday evening, February 23, and continues through Sunday night, February 24. What follows is a brief step-by-step guide to Purim observance. We have also included links to additional Purim resources.

About Purim

The festival of Purim is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar (late winter/early spring). It commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from Haman's plot "to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day."

The Story in a Nutshell

The Persian empire of the 4th century BCE extended over 127 lands, and all the Jews were its subjects. When King Ahasuerus had his wife, Queen Vashti, executed for failing to follow his orders, he orchestrated a beauty pageant to find a new queen. A Jewish girl, Esther, found favor in his eyes and became the new queen-though she refused to divulge the identity of her nationality.
Meanwhile, the anti-Semitic Haman was appointed prime minister of the empire. Mordechai, the leader of the Jews (and Esther's cousin), defied the king's orders and refused to bow to Haman. Haman was incensed and convinced the king to issue a decree ordering the extermination of all the Jews on the 13th of Adar-a date chosen by a lottery Haman made.
Mordechai galvanized all the Jews, convincing them to repent, fast and pray to G‑d. Meanwhile, Esther asked the king and Haman to join her for a feast. At the feast, Esther revealed to the king her Jewish identity. Haman was hanged, Mordechai was appointed prime minister in his stead, and a new decree was issued-granting the Jews the right to defend themselves against their enemies.
On the 13th of Adar the Jews mobilized and killed many of their enemies. On the 14th of Adar they rested and celebrated.

Your Purim To-Do List

1) Listen to the Megillah

To relive the miraculous events of Purim, listen to the reading of the megillah (the Scroll of Esther) twice: once on Purim eve, Saturday night, February 23, and again on Purim day, February 24.
To properly fulfill the mitzvah, it is crucial to hear every single word of the megillah.
At certain points in the reading where Haman's name is mentioned, it is customary to twirl graggers (Purim noisemakers) and stamp one's feet to "eradicate" his evil name. Tell the children that Purim is the only time when it's a mitzvah to make noise!

2) Give to the Needy (Matanot La'Evyonim)

Concern for the needy is a year-round responsibility; but on Purim it is a special mitzvah to remember the poor.
Give charity to at least two (but preferably more) needy individuals on Purim day, February 24.
The mitzvah is best fulfilled by giving directly to the needy. If, however, you cannot find poor people, place at least two coins into a charity box. As with the other mitzvahs of Purim, even small children should be taught to fulfill this mitzvah.

3) Send Food Portions to Friends (Mishloach Manot)

On Purim we emphasize the importance of Jewish unity and friendship by sending gifts of food to friends.
On Purim day, February 24, send a gift of at least two kinds of ready-to-eat foods (e.g., pastry, fruit, beverage) to at least one friend. Men should send to men, and women to women. It is preferable that the gifts be delivered via a third party. Children, in addition to sending their own gifts of food to their friends, make enthusiastic messengers.

4) Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Purim should be celebrated with a special festive meal on Purim day, at which family and friends gather together to rejoice in the Purim spirit. It is a mitzvah to drink wine or other inebriating drinks at this meal.

Special Prayers (Al HaNissim, Torah reading)

On Purim we include the Al HaNissim prayer, which describes the Purim miracle, in the evening, morning and afternoon prayers, as well as in the Grace After Meals. In the morning service there is a special reading from the Torah scroll in the synagogue (Exodus 17:8-16).

Purim Customs: Masquerades and Hamantashen

A time-honored Purim custom is for children to dress up and disguise themselves-an allusion to the fact that the miracle of Purim was disguised in natural garments. This is also the significance behind a traditional Purim food, the hamantash-a pastry whose filling is hidden within a three-cornered crust.

Pre- and Post-Purim Observances

Torah Reading of Zachor

On the Shabbat before Purim (this year, February 23), a special reading is held in the synagogue. We read the Torah section called Zachor ("Remember"), in which we are enjoined to remember the deeds of (the nation of) Amalek (Haman's ancestor) who sought to destroy the Jewish people.

The Fast of Esther

To commemorate the prayer and fasting that the Jewish people held during the Purim story, we fast on the day before Purim. This year we fast on Thursday, February 21. The fast begins approximately an hour before sunrise, and lasts until nightfall. Click here for exact times for your location.

The "Half Coins" (Machatzit HaShekel)

It is a tradition to give three coins in "half" denominations-e.g., three half-dollar coins-to charity, to commemorate the half-shekel that each Jew contributed as his share in the communal offerings in the time of the Holy Temple. This custom, usually performed in the synagogue, is done on the afternoon of the "Fast of Esther," or before the reading of the Megillah.

Shushan Purim

In certain ancient walled cities-Jerusalem is the primary example-Purim is observed not on the 14th of Adar (the date of its observance everywhere else), but on the 15th of Adar. This is to commemorate that fact that in the ancient walled city of Shushan, where the battles between the Jews and their enemies extended for an additional day, the original Purim celebration was held on the 15th of Adar.
The 15th of Adar is thus called "Shushan Purim," and is a day of joy and celebration also in those places where it is not observed as the actual Purim.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

making Your life worthwhile and the fast of Esther today

In Europe, there lived a pharmacist.
 The man was not only a caring apothecary; he was involved wholeheartedly in any spiritual
cause, from supporting the schools, to feeding the poor, to maintaining the houses of worship. His support was sincere and enthusiastic.

He was once asked, "Where did this enthusiasm come from?"

The man answered.  "I was once dispensing a prescription to none other than the holy Chofetz Chaim.  (a great sage from the early 1900's.

He thanked me and then shocked me with a statement. "You know," he said, "I am jealous of you."

"I looked at him strangely, but he continued."

"Imagine the great merit you have!  Saving lives! Healing people! Aiding the sick! What an honor! What merits!"

"Rebbe," I pleaded, "Please, let's not carried away.  You know I do this because I have to make a living!"

The Chofetz Chaim stopped me in my tracks. "All you have to do is say that you are also intending to heal Hashem's children so that
they can continue in their service and you have brought greatness to what you think is mundane!"  You have elevated the simple job
of a pharmacist into someone who is saving lives for the sake of the Almighty!  How great is the reword for such a man!"

"I was so inspired," said the man, "that from that day onward, I never missed an opportunity to do more and more for the sake of His glory."
[The foregoing true story is documented in Parsha Parables by Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky]''
The Fast of Esther begins at daybreak today
Thursday - February 21, 2013 until nightfall.
Purim begins Saturday night, February 23, 2013.
You can find Purim insights, activities for kids, jokes, recipes, true
stories, How -To Guides,

Every year, the Fast of Esther is held on one of the days prior to Purim. Usually it is the day immediately before Purim, though there are exceptions. (see Law #4 below)
What is the source of this fast?
In the Megillah (4:16), Esther agrees to see the king uninvited, and asks the Jewish People to fast for three days beforehand.
Why did she call for a fast? Because a fast helps to lower the volume on our physical pursuits in order to focus more acutely on our spiritual selves. This facilitates the process of "teshuva" -- literally "return." We return to our essential state of purity. Esther called for a fast, knowing that through soul-searching the Jews would forge a spiritual connection necessary to make her mission successful. (And it paid off!)
This is not a fast of sadness. Rather, the purpose of the fast is elevation and inspiration.
Similarly, there was another fast during the Purim story: The Jews fasted and prayed on the 13th of Adar in preparation for their defense against Haman's decree. The Torah prescribes that whenever a Jewish army goes to war, the soldiers should spend the previous day fasting. This is in stark contrast to a secular army which spends the day preparing weapons and armaments. A spiritual person's  best weapon is the recognition that strength and victory come only through God (see Exodus 17:10). Additionally, the fact that we are physically weakened when the battle begins, assures us that any victory cannot be attributed to our physical prowess.
Mortals have limits, but God can achieve the impossible. (Case in point: the Six Day War.) As Mark Twain wrote, "All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?"
It is actually this one-day pre-battle fast that we commemorate every year before Purim. However, in honor of the Purim heroine, it is called Taanit Esther -- the Fast of Esther.
1) The fast begins at dawn ("Alot Hashachar") and ends after nightfall ("Tzait Hakochavim").
2) No eating or drinking is permitted. Though other aspects -- like wearing shoes and washing -- are permitted.
3) Since this is not a major fast, pregnant or nursing women are exempt from the fast, as are moderately ill people. If one is otherwise healthy but has a headache and finds it difficult to fast, he may eat, but is obligated to "make up" the fast another time. In all cases, a competent rabbi should be consulted.
4) If the 13th falls on Shabbat, we don't fast that day, due to the honor of Shabbat. The fast is not even held on Friday, since this would adversely affect Shabbat preparations. Rather, we observe the fast on Thursday, the 11th of Adar.
5) It is customary to extend the fast until after the Megillah is read. (Except in walled cities, where the Megillah is read on the night of the 15th.)
6) During the afternoon Mincha prayers, the paragraph of Aneinu is added to the silent Amidah, during the blessing of Shema Koleinu. In both Shacharit and Mincha, the chazan inserts Aneinu as a separate blessing between Geulah and Refuah.
7) As on other public fasts, the Torah reading of Vayechal Moshe (Exodus 32:11-14, 34:1-10) is read both at Shacharit and Mincha.
8) If a Brit Milah falls on the Fast of Esther, the Seudat Mitzvah should be be postponed until the evening. The father, mother, and Sandek may even eat during the afternoon of the fast day, since it is considered like their "holiday." (Sha'ar HaTziun 686:16)
9) Avinu Malkeinu is said only in Shacharit, but not in Mincha. (An exception is if Purim falls on Sunday and the fast is observed on Thursday, then Avinu Malkeinu is in fact said in Mincha.)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Photoshop/these are spectacular!!!! and What are you grateful for?

Ask Other People, "What Are You Grateful For?"

A great question to ask other people: "What are you grateful for?"

Most people are grateful for many things, but this isn't necessarily on the forefront of their minds. It's like the thoughts of being grateful are on the hard disk of their mental computer, but not on the screen of their minds. By asking someone, "What are you grateful for?" they bring the thought of gratitude up to their mental screen.

After some people, when they have answered this question, you might add a comment like, "You are fortunate for that." "That's a wonderful thing to be grateful for." "So you always have what to be grateful for."

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Interesting Photos from recent history and Self-confidence and cars form 1955-70

The Lens of Self-Confidence

When a person looks through a colored lens, everything seems to be that color. If the lens is tinted yellow or blue, everything seems yellow or blue.

A person who looks at life through the lens of gratitude will always find things to be grateful for.  A person looking from a place of kindness and compassion will always find opportunities to be kind and compassionate.

If a person decides to view life from a place of self-confidence, this confident lens will color all that he sees. More positive opportunities will appear.

Seeing through the lens of self-confidence allows much more light in your world. A self-confident person sees further and clearer. The world appears totally different. Your outlook is so much brighter.

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Cars from 55-70

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Photos from history

Tremendous pics.  What a history lesson here.  
Last four couples standing in a Chicago dance marathon. ca. 1930.

Three Princeton students pose after the Freshman, Sophomore snowball fight. 1893. Princeton, NJ.

"Get the hell ot of my race and give me those numbers." After realizing a woman was running Boston marathon organizer Jock Semple went after Kathrine Switzer. Other runners blocked him and she went on to finish the race. 1967.

The only known photograph of an African American Union soldier with his family. c1863-65

Russian peasants getting electricity for the first time in 1920

Johnny Cash performing for prisoners at Folsom Prison – Jan. 13th 1968

Cow shoes used by Moonshiners in the Prohibition days to disguise their footprints, 1922

"The Long Walk" British Army EOD Tech approaches a suspect device – Date Unknown

Tereska, a child in a residence for disturbed children, grew up in a concentration camp. She drew a picture of "home" on the blackboard, Poland, 1948

A Native American looks down at a newly-completed section of the transcontinental railroad. Nevada, about 1868

Microsoft staff photo from December 7, 1978

Jewish refugees, approaching allied soldiers, become aware that they have just been liberated, April, 1945

New York man reads a newspaper, headline reads "Nazi Army Now 75 Miles From Paris." May 18, 1940

Gay pride, 1970. USA

Three archers, Japan, ca.1860-1900

The earliest known photograph of men drinking beer. Edinburgh Ale, 1844

Alerted by the smell of a broken bottle of liquor, Federal Agents inspect a "lumber truck". Los Angeles, 1926

Martin Luther King Jr removing a burned cross from his front yard with his son at his side. Atlanta Ga 1960

A Japanese family returning home (Seattle, Washington) from a relocation center camp in Hunt, Idaho on May 10, 1945

9 kings featured in one photo (Windsor Castle, 20 May 1910)

Louis Armstrong plays for his wife in front of the Sphinx by the pyramids in Giza, 1961

The headquarters of Benito Mussolini and the Italian Fascist party in Italy, 1934

The Kennedy trio in the mid 30s as teenagers; John, Bobby and Teddy

The first official riders in New York City's first subway, 1904

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