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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!

You’re Great-by-Design

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the donkey story

One day a farmer’s donkey fell into a well. The farmer frantically thought what to do as the stricken animal cried out to be rescued. With no obvious solution, the farmer regretfully concluded that as the donkey was old, and as the well needed to be filled in anyway, he should give up the idea of rescuing the beast, and simply fill in the well. Hopefully the poor animal would not suffer too much, he tried to persuade himself.

The farmer asked his neighbours help, and before long they all began to shovel earth quickly into the well. When the donkey realised what was happening he wailed and struggled, but then, to everyone’s relief, the noise stopped.

After a while the farmer looked down into the well and was astonished by what he saw. The donkey was still alive, and progressing towards the top of the well. The donkey had discovered that by shaking off the dirt instead of letting it cover him, he could keep stepping on top of the earth as the level rose. Soon the   was able to step up over the edge of the well, and he happily trotted off.

Life tends to shovel dirt on top of each of us from time to time. The trick is to shake it off and take a step up.

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stiLL i riSE

rise

 

 

 

 

 

 

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

– Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou, is my best poet of all times, this poem was recommended by Jesse Jackson in one of his speech (speech’s transcripts) to black American youth forum, Maya was born April 4, 1928 as Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, was raised in segregated rural Arkansas. Maya Angelou is an American author and poet. She has published seven autobiographies, five books of essays, and several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than fifty years.

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LESSON 11-20 – 30ty vALuable LeSSOns I wisH i LearNT in sCHOol

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I started a series Yesterday, on the LESSONS I WISH I WAS TAUGHT in school…I could probably have made a A+ in them. Unfortunately this LESSONS the prerequisites for a healthy and hearty life…I here continue Lesson 11-20.

…the Second of the Three Series!

11) When, How and How Much to JUDGE?
If there’s one activity which many of us indulge in on a regular basis – It is that of passing JUDGMENT! We judge everything – People, animals, nature, trees, flowers, food, weather, technology, automobiles, organizations, institutions, governments, policies, movies, books, products, services, blogs,…. and of course OURSELVES!
Its almost as if passing judgment is a need in life, a part of life and way of life.. And what I’ve realized is that passing JUDGMENT is probably one of the most time consuming and energy draining activities you can indulge in – especially mentally and emotionally! And if you step back and ask yourself “What do you really get after passing JUDGMENT?” … NOTHING really!..
So the point is this – Does any school teach you if you are qualified to JUDGE? When, How and How Much you should JUDGE? Probably NOT! 
Would it have helped if someone taught you this? Of course YES!

12) How to LET GO?
The one inhibiting factor in your growth and progress in life is your inability to Let-Go: Especially of your past and of your fears. And many of us are never able to let go of these…
Does any school really teach you How to let go? Probably NOT! 
Would it have helped if they did? Of course YES!

13) How to EFFECTIVELY manage my TIME?
Over the years, I’ve come to believe that you’re most precious and valuable ASSET is only your TIME! And yet, we don’t respect and value it enough – Both our own time and time of others! When you begin to value your time, you begin to effectively manage it – And then the sky is the limit to what you can do in 24 hours of the day!
Does any school really teach you this? Probably NOT! 
Would it have helped if they did? Of course YES!

14) How to master the art of PRIORITIZATION?
Clarity on your Top 3 personal and professional priorities at any specific point in time will eventually determine how much you can get done and how well you can get them done.

Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.” ― Stephen R. Covey

One of the most effective ways to figure out your priorities is to write down the list of tasks and ask yourself if any of these will take you closer to your goals – personal or professional. If yes, then they should be HIGH on your PRIORITY list. And the reality is that it takes time to figure this out..
And the reality is that no school really taught me how to do this! 
Would it help if they did? Absolutely, YES!

15) How to give and accept COMPLIMENTS?
I’ve observed that many of us feel inhibited and shy to give compliments to other’s – We’ll probably think about all nice things to say to others; and then let it pass. Just because it’s out of our comfort zone!  The thing about compliments and human beings is that I’ve never heard of anyone ever tell me that they’ve had enough of compliments! – It is never enough! After all, who does not like to listen to good things about themselves? We all love it..
And then, many of us don’t know how to accept compliments – Some shy away, some run and some hide  . For starters, a simple Thank You is good!
Does any school really teach you this? Probably, NOT! 
Would it help if they did? Of course, YES!

16) How to give and receive FEEDBACK?
Giving and receiving feedback is both a skill and an art. One which many of us fall short of – In terms of the timing, setting, the words and the expressions!  And the point about feedback is that the way a feedback is articulated can make or break a relationship of a lifetime!
Does any school teach you how to do this? Probably, NOT! 
Would it help if they did? Absolutely YES!

17) How to feel INSPIRED everyday of life?
A daily dose of inspiration at the start of the day does wonders to your thoughts, your feelings, your actions and your deeds! But rarely do we all feel inspired everyday of our lives! The point is once you recognize that a daily dose of inspiration can make a DIFFERENCE in your life, you’ll begin to ensure that you draw in from sources of inspiration as a part of your everyday life.
Did any school emphasize the importance of daily inspiration and how to get it in your personal context? Probably NOT! 
Would it have helped if they did! Absolutely YES!

18) How to be HAPPY?
What I’ve figured out is that Happiness is really a CHOICE; and I figured this out on my own – And this is probably true for many people in this world. Hence as of date, I’d like to believe that everyone is really the Chief Happiness Officer of their LIFE! Once, you start playing that role, HAPPINESS becomes a way of LIFE
And did any school teach me how to make this CHOICE? Probably NOT!
Would it have helped if someone did? Absolutely YES!

19) The art of asking QUESTIONS
Asking Questions is both a skill and an art. I’ve seen too many people ask too many questions and they also get the answers. But what do they do with the answers! NOTHING! – Sad, but TRUE! I think its really important to ask yourself WHY you are asking a QUESTION – There has to be a reason, else why even bother ask! And then ask the RIGHT QUESTION to the RIGHT PEOPLE; and then do something about the RESPONSE!
And does any school teach you the art of asking QUESTIONS? Probably NOT!
Would it have helped if someone did? Absolutely YES!

20) How to solve a PROBLEM?
Problem Solving skills are probably the most important skills that anyone should build, develop and enhance in the journey of life. Simply because you never know when and what kind of problem can engulf you at which stage of life.
And a lot of schools definitely aim to lay the foundation for problem solving, but is it strong and good enough to take you through life? Probably NOT
Would more focus and rigor on PROBLEM SOLVING skills help? Absolutely YES!

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