Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Learn to satisfy your own needs first
It’s not selfish; only when we’re doing our best to make the most of ourselves, can we effectively help or interact with others. To wait passively for something to happen that will raise our self-esteem, or someone to rescue us from our lonliness, is to sentence ourselves to frustration.
Develop an Internal Point of Control
A person with an internal point of control puts the responsibility for how s/he feels on their own shoulders. A person with an external point of control blames others, life, God, etc., and doesn’t accept responsibility. Most of us are a mix of both, but it’s been shown that people with more of an internal point of control are generally happier people.
The habit of blaming contributes to a feeling of helplessness because we give away our personal power. We’re essentially saying “I can’t move forward with my life because you did____to me.” It’s a hard habit to break out of because it’s so automatic, but accepting ownership of our problems is the beginning of the healing process. Sometimes blame is appropriate, but it can turn into a bad habit. Every problem is our problem, regardless of who is responsible.
Everyone is Your Equal
Make your opinions matter more to you than other peoples. As psychiatrist Karen Horney stated “The backbone of all neurosis is making other peoples opinions more important than your own.” Stop giving your power away. You know what’s right for you better than anyone.
Overcome the Need to Manipulate
Emotional dependency is disrespectful to yourself. If you’re capable of doing something yourself, do it.
~ Larry Cerrato
Posted by W at 8/16/2012 12:50:00 PM
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
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Monday, August 6, 2012
I am posting this in an effort to encourage you to exercise your freedom of speech. As my friend Michael used to say, "Democracy is not a spectator sport." If we want to be heard, it is our responsibility to speak up to those who represent us.
To Senator Udall:
I support your efforts to extend the PTC because I am moving to Colorado to become a wind turbine technician at Redstone College, and I want to put my training to work in an industry that makes our world a better place. I believe in renewable energy and I care about my environment.
America doesn't need to keep walking a path of pollution and war when clearly there's a better way. Every 4th of July we celebrate our "independence," but we don't really have that independence if we rely on an untreated addiction to foreign oil. The less we rely on other countries to meet our energy demands, the more money we can save by not having to bomb them.
This society requires that we have money in order to live, and that means we must have jobs. But I don't want to be paid for something that has no future usefulness. I want to contribute my skills and training to making this country and planet better than I found it. Even if global warming were a complete hoax, there are giant brown clouds of smog hovering over every major city in America. Does that really look healthy to anyone? Why do we tolerate it? We should be ashamed of ourselves...and take action! How is it that we recognize the dangers of smoking cigarettes and have banned smoking in most places, yet don't recognize the dangers of our smoking cars and smoking industries? No wonder there's so much cancer -- we're pumping millions of tons of it into the atmosphere every day.
I don't want to breathe this junk, and I'm tired of us thinking that it's okay to leave future generations with a world that looks and smells like hell. We have to answer to the people of tomorrow who live in the world we leave them, and I want to say that we did the right thing, as evidence by a healthier quality of life than we are living now. It's in our power to exercise wisdom and common sense for the future path of humanity, of which we are all a part, and all responsible for. As a future wind turbine technician, I intend to do my individual best to create a better, brighter tomorrow for myself and all those whose lives are touched by my work. It is my sincere hope that all of us join together in the common cause of making our human world a brave, noble and beautiful place that we can all be proud of. This is why I support long term extension of the Production Tax Credit, and I appreciate your efforts in urging Congress to do the same. Thank you for reading this and giving my voice a chance to be heard.
Posted by W at 8/06/2012 03:22:00 PM