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Christmas Classic

Let us learn all about who wrote this classic.  It
was written by the Rev. Clement Clarke Moore ( 1779-1863 ).
He was a professor of Oriental and Greek literature at the
Episcopal General Theological Seminary in New York City.
He wrote this classic for his children, and at first refused to let
it be published because he felt it wasn’t fitting for a Priest to
write, after all it didn’t mention God or Jesus Christ.  After a
while his friends won and he let it be published, thus now we
have this Christmas Classic:

Twas the night before Christmas
    When all through the house
    Not a creature was stirring,
    Not even a mouse
    The stockings were hung by
    The chimney with care
    in hopes that St. Nicholas
    soon would be there.

    The children were nestled
    All snug in their beds,
    While visions of sugar plumbs
    Danced in their heads.
    And Mama in her kerchief,
    And I in my cap
    Had just settled our brains
    For a long winter’s nap

    When out on the roof
    There arose such a clatter,
    I sprang from my bed
    To see what was the matter.
    I flew like a flash,
    Tore open the shutter,
    And through back the sash.

    The moon on the breast
    Of the new fallen snow
    Gave the luster of midday
    To the objects below,
    When, what to my wandering
    eyes should appear,
    but a miniature sleigh
    and eight tiny reindeer.

    With a little old driver,
    So lively and quick,
    I knew in a moment
    It must be St. Nick.
    More rapid than eagles,
    His courses they came,
    And he whistles and shouted
    And called then be name:

    NOW DASHER! NOW DANCER!
    NOW PRANCER AND VIXON!
    ON COMET! ON CUPID!
    ON DONNER AND BLITZEN!

    To The Top Of The Stairs!
    To The Top Of The Wall!
    Now Dash Away! Dash Away All!

    As dry leaves that before
    The wild hurricane fly
    When they meet with an obstacle
    Mount to the sky
    So up to the house-top
    The courses they flew
    With a sleigh full of toys’
    And St. Nicholas too.

    And then, in a twinkling,
    I heard on the roof
    The prancing and pawing
    Of each little hoof.
    As I drew in my head
    And was turning around
    Down the chimney St. Nicholas
    Came with a bound.

    He was dressed all in fur,
    From his head to his foot,
    And his clothes were all tarnished
    With ashes ands soot.
    A bundle of toys he had
    Flung on his back,
    And he looked like a peddler
    Just opening his pack.

    His eyes-how they twinkled!
    His dimples, how merry!
    His cheeks were like roses,
    His nose like a cherry!
    His droll little mouth
    Was drawn up like a bow,
    And the beard of his chin
    Was as white as the snow.

    The stump of a pipe
    He held tight in his teeth
    And the smoke it encircled
    His head like a wreath.
    He had a broad face
    And a little round belly,
    That shook when he laughed
    Like a bowl of jelly.

    He was chubby and plump,
    A right jolly old elf,
    And I laughed when I saw him,
    in spite of myself.
    A wink of his eye
    And a twist of his head
    soon gave me to know
    I had nothing to dread

    He sprang to his sleigh,
    To his team gave a whistle,
    And away they all fly
    Like the down of a thistle.
    But I heard him exclaim,
    Ere he drove out of sight:
    HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL
    AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!

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InpUt your very BeSt

In 1924 General Electric preformed a study at a commissioned plant in Illinois.  Researchers told workers they were going to increase lighting in the production areas of the plant to determine if it would increase production.  It did.

 

Once again they increased the lighting and once more production increased. The researchers were ecstatic.  A third time, they increased the lighting and yet again production increased again.   GE was so happy.  They have cracked a code to increasing American production and found a way to infinitely increase light bulb sales.

 

That was until one researcher suggested that productivity only increased because the workers knew they were being monitored.

 

They then came up with the idea to tell workers that they would increase light one last time but in reality didn’t touch the lighting.  Guess what.  Production increased anyway.  The Hawthorn Effect proves that production increases when it is monitored.

 

When I was younger I remember how the Hawthorne Effect affected me.  It was Saturday morning and we had just played a football game the night before.  It was after the first game of the season.  We arrived at the field house to review the game film of the previous night.   A cold chill went up my spine.

 

The coach was playing, rewinding, and replaying our play assignments.  He got to one where the camera man had focused in on me.  I had been lazy that play and only half-heartedly put in effort into my assignment.  The coach played that part and then rewound the tape.  He played it again and rewound it. He played it once more then pressed the pause button after it played through.  He turned and looked at me.  He didn’t say a word…just looked at me.  I thought to myself, “Never again………..Never again will this happen.  I’ll never be caught doing less than I can.”

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BB MessAngEr FoR aLL From Sept. 21

Directly from Blackberry’s Official Blog:

That’s right BBM fans — the iconic mobile social
network will begin rolling out for Android and iPhone
customers around the world from September 21.
Soon, you’ll be able to easily connect with friends on
different platforms. As you may know BBM was
previously exclusive to BlackBerry smartphones, and
it will be available as a free download in Google Play and the App Store.
While some of you are no strangers to BBM, many
will be new and might be asking: What is BBM?
Below, you’ll find all the highlights for BBM for
Android and iPhone.
BBM for Android and iPhone features:
BBM Chat – Enjoy real, immediate
conversations with friends on Android,
iPhone and BlackBerry smartphones. Not only
does BBM let you know that your message
has been delivered and read, it also shows
you that your friend is responding to the
message.
More than chat – With BBM you can
share files on your phone such as photos
and voice notes, all in an instant.
Keep your group in the loop – Multi-
person chats are a great way to invite
contacts to chat together. BBM Groups lets
you invite up to 30 friends to chat
together, and go a step further than multi-
chat by sharing photos and schedules. And,
with Broadcast Message, you can send a
message out to all your BBM contacts at
once.
Post Updates and stay in the know
– BBM lets you post a personal message,
profile picture and your current status, and
lets your contacts know instantly in
Updates.
Your unique PIN – Every BBM user has a
unique PIN that maintains your privacy, so
you don’t have to give out your phone
number or email address to a new or casual
contact.
BBM gives you a private social network for active,
real conversations and it has more than 60 million
customers on BlackBerry alone. The overwhelming
majority use BBM an average of 90 minutes per day.
BBM customers collectively send and receive more
than 10 billion messages each day, nearly twice as
many messages per user per day as compared to
other mobile messaging apps. Messages on BBM are
typically read within seconds, reflecting how truly
engaged BBM customers are.
It’s immediate. BBM is always on so you are
always connected. And because messages
on BBM are typically delivered and read
within seconds, it’s the closest thing to a live
conversation.
You trust it. BBM always tells you that
messages are delivered and read. BBM
conversations come alive on a private
network you can count on.
You control it. BBM allows you to choose
your contacts and how you share your
information. BBM uses a PIN so you don’t
have to give anyone your phone number or
email address.
In a recent press release, Andrew Bocking,
Executive Vice President for BBM at BlackBerry said:
“BBM is a very engaging messaging service that is
simple to use, easy to personalize and has an
immediacy that is necessary for mobile
communications. With more than a billion Android, iOS,
and BlackBerry smartphones in the market, and no
dominant mobile instant messaging platform, this is
absolutely the right time to bring BBM to Android and
iPhone customers.”
Availability
BBM will be available as a free download for Android
smartphones running Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly
Bean (Android 4.x) beginning at 7AM EDT on
September 21. BBM for iPhones running iOS 6 and
iOS 7 will become available for each market on the
App Store schedule of 12:01 AM local time on
September 22. For more information, or to
download BBM for Android or iPhone, visit
http://www.BBM.com.
BBM will continue to evolve quickly. Later this year,
BBM Channels will provide a forum for active, real
conversations between you and the people, brands,
celebrities, artists, service providers, communities
and more, that matter to you. By creating a Channel,
individuals and brands can engage their friends and
communities in conversations sparked by their
thoughts, ideas and passions. Subscribing to a Channel
will let you join conversations with people who
share your interests. In addition, BBM Video calling and
BBM Voice calling are planned for availability for
Android and iPhone in a future version.
Excited about getting BBM on your Android or
iPhone? Let us know in the comments and spread
the word to your friends.

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LESSON 21-30 – 30ty vALuable LeSSOns I wisH i LearNT in sCHOol

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…this is the conclusive part of 30ty vALuable LeSSOns I wisH i LearNT in sCHOol…the 3rd of the 3ree series expository…someone called it the deficiency of our regular educational system… find below LESSON 21-130…

21) How to deal with a CRISIS? You never know when a crisis hits you – can be personal or professional. And crisis could mean anything related to your own health or the health of a loved one or a financial crisis or a loss of employment or …. And when a crisis hits you, your life turns upside down – Your mind and emotions probably spiral in dimensions which completely catches you off-guard! And the thing about dealing with a crisis is that the more you delay any positive and constructive action, the LARGER the CRISIS gets! And does any school teach you how to deal with a crisis? Probably NOT Would it have helped if someone did? Absolutely YES! 22) How to show that we CARE? Many of us care deeply about a long of things. But find it extremely hard to express this.. And the beauty about CARING is that it is personal, emotional, very specific to a cause and subjective to an individual. And while there are many ways to show that you care.. What is most important is that you demonstrate how you really feel in front of those who matter, and in a way that they understand! And does any school teach you how to care and show that you care? Probably NOT Would it have helped if someone did? Absolutely YES! 23) The REAL meaning of RESPECT Many of us don’t really undertand what respect truly is. Both Self-Respect and Respect for others. And those who understand find it hard to translate this to action. And the thing about respect is that it has to come from within (So you can’t force yourself to respect someone), You’ve got to earn it and You’ve got to give respect to get it back! And the best explanation I’ve come across on RESPECT is No blame, No judgment, No criticism and No control – Very short but immensely profound! And does any school teach you the TRUE meaning of respect and how to demonstrate the same? Probably NOT Would it have helped if they did? Absolutely YES! 24) What and How to SHARE? Sharing is a basic human need. On a daily basis, we all share several things with others – From smiles, to words, to deeds, to gestures, to moments, to experiences, to finances, to knowledge, to wisdom, to a laugh or a meal……. But as we grow, we forget what to share with others and how to share… And many times end up paying a price for this… And does any school teach you what you should share and how to share? Probably NOT Would it have helped if they did? Absolutely YES! 25) How to set and manage expectations? From all my life experiences I can say that the primary cause for most problems in life is due to expectations – Rather our inability to set / re-set expectations of us and others; and then our inability to manage changes to these expectations over a period of time You expect someone to SAY something; they don’t – You are UPSET and that triggers a chain of negative thoughts and actions from your end You expect someone to DO something; they don’t – You are UPSET and that triggers a chain of negative thoughts and actions from your end And the thing about negativity is that Negativity breeds Negativity – certainly, rapidly and quickly! And before you realize, negativity has engulfed your life..  Not a pleasant situation to be in! And if you can figure out a way to set realistic expectations for yourself and others; and a way to effectively communicate these expectations, your life will be a lot simple, stress-free and positive! Does any school really teach you to set and manage expectations? Probably NOT Would it help if they did? Absolutely YES! 26) How to apologize? A lot of problems in life can be solved if you learn to apologize – At the right time and to the right people (people who matter). All this requires is for you to say SORRY – Sometimes you don’t feel like saying it and sometimes you need not say it.. And no matter how you say it – Most times it’s probably worth it!   And the thing about apologizing is that there is a time value to it –And so if you don’t apologize within a specific time, then chances are that the apology does not matter anymore – So people have moved on (or appear to have moved on) – and they either become indifferent to you or there’s too much emotional baggage they are holding on within which is not healthy for any individual or any relationship! The other thing about apologizing is that if you do too much of it – Again it loses its value both for yourself and those around you! Does any school really teach you when, how and to whom you should apologize? Probably NOT! Would it help if they did? Absolutely YES! 26) How to ask from Help? If you think deeply about life, you will realize that it is probably way too complex, that there several things which are beyond your comprehension and it is mind-boggling in more ways than one.  And yet whether you think or not, you will find a way to live … And as you live and sail through life, you begin to realize that while being independent is great, there are times in life when things are beyond your control because of the inherent interdependency or dependency on others. Hence, there are times when it is imperative to ask others to help you in more than one way and for more than one thing! And the reality is that for many of us, it is very difficult to ask others for help. We just can’t get ourselves to say “Please can you do this for me?”. And for many of us, asking for help is our first nature– without even trying or thinking. Both these extremes are not really beneficial for personal growth! And so knowing when to ask for help and to whom you should ask for help is both a skill and an art! Does any school really teach you when, how and to whom you can ask for HELP? Probably NOT! Would it help if they did? Absolutely YES! 28) How to find your TRUE CALLING in LIFE? Many of us sail through life without really finding our TRUE CALLING! And when you do, it’s sometimes just a little TOO LATE! Wouldn’t it be great if you figured this early in your life? Absolutely! Does any school help you figure this out? Probably NO! Would it help if they did? Absolutely YES! [Though of late, I’ve heard of several institutes across the globe enabling and facilitating this process of self-discovery! ] 29) How to live the PRESENT MOMENT to the FULLEST? The reality is that the PRESENT MOMENT is all that you’ve got.. And yet many of us spend too much time holding on to the past, or looking into the future! The best lesson of life is to Seize the MOMENT and Live life NOW! Again, does any school really teach you this? Probably NOT! Would it help if they did… Of course.. YES!!! 30) How to BREATHE? The most important requirements of every cell in the human body are Oxygen, Food, Water and how to excrete waste. Along the journey of life, we’re taught what and how to eat right, the importance of replenishing yourself with water and fluids and of course, we naturally eliminate waste from the body in one of many ways! But what provides your OXYGEN? Evidently, it is your BREATH. And whether or not you realize this – The reality is that if you figure out how to breathe RIGHT – You’re life will be transformed. Simply because, breathing RIGHT ensure that there is optimal flow of “Prana” / Life energy within your body and that leaves you feeling more energized, active and of course, in control of your thoughts and emotions! Does any school really teach you how to BREATHE RIGHT? Probably NOT! Would it help if they did… Absolutely YES!!! What about you?

What are the Lessons of Life NO SCHOOL really TAUGHT YOU? Leave a comment to let me know

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