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Sabrina here and I'm going to share a few insights that will
actually change your life.
Few things are inevitable in life: death, taxes.... and dealing
with difficult people. From work to friendships to romantic
relationships, difficult interactions can hit us from all angles
and can take a heavy toll on us.
A few days ago, I was doing some much needed
reorganizing and I found this packet from a class I went to
many moons ago.
I can't remember who taught it, but
the packet was filled with amazing and humorous "rules" for
dealing with difficult people.
Within these humorous insights are pearls of wisdom that can
help you keep your cool during an argument or any other
I really wish I could give you the source, but no names were
written on the sheet so all I have is the information. I couldn't
keep it all to myself though, so here are some amazing (and
I'd even say life-changing) rules.
The 24 Hour Rule
It is imperative to wait 24 hours before reacting when we feel
angry. This is because:
- natural consequences will take care of the problem
- you can calm down and come up with a different
- the issue is no longer important
The Elephant Rule
Picture that a huge, fat elephant is coming your way. What
do you do? You move away and let the elephant go by. The
same is true when someone negative, angry or bitter is
coming your way. Instead of getting in his way, just move
and let him go by. Don't provoke or try to argue with him
because he might stamp you.
The Madhouse Rule
While walking, you see a sign on a building that says
"Madhouse" and for some reason you hear a man shouting
from one of the windows saying: "HEY!! You man, are so
Do you really believe him? Do you take it personally? Do you
let it bother your? Or do you ignore him and think: "Poor guy,
he is locked in the madhouse and yet he thinks that I'm the
You might find it humorous or might even feel compassion,
Well, you could have the same attitude towards other
people, especially with strangers, people that hardly know
you, or people in the street. For examples: why bother to
react when another driver insults you? Or when a coworker
is trying to push your buttons and you know it? This would be
a good rule to apply.
The Hospital Rule
Imagine a very sick person that is lying on a hospital bed,
hooked up with so many tubes that it's almost impossible for
him to move. You are sitting on the other side of the room
feeling very thirsty. You notice that there is a glass of water
right next to the sick person.
What do you do? Do you ask him to pass you the glass?
After all it is just a small glass, no big deal, right? It is
obvious that you would not bother him; you know better than
that because he's so sick! You don't expect him to pass the
glass to you and you don't get angry or take it personally.
And that is exactly what you should do when you are with
people that cannot understand what you need, or are
incapable of doing, saying, or giving what you would want. It
is much better if you do not ask them, and do not expect
them to do something for you.
Trust me, you will definitely live better and you will have less stress in
A New Mode
The unlikely pair makes more sense than you think.
When buying an Apple Watch, customers have just a couple of choices for bands. There are, of course, in-house options from Apple, high-end bands from Hérmes, and sporty picks from Nike. The latest added to that triumvirate is a bit surprising: shoe brand Toms.
Yes, the OG one-for-one company is getting into the watch band business, and worked with Apple to create a pair of bands that each come in multiple colors, for people looking to bring a bit of granola flair to their techy wrists.
Toms is still finding a way to give back through the bands, but not via a straight one-for-one model. Instead, for every Toms for Apple Watch band purchased, households in need will be given one year of solar light. In total, Toms hopes to provide 10,000 years of solar light.
The cause is unquestionably great, but Toms getting into this space does inspire a couple queries. When the watch first launched, Apple pushed the product hard to fashion consumers. It had a 12-page spread in Vogue, was on the cover of Vogue China, and special editions were gifted to people like Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld.
That direction has cooled a bit. In September, our sister site The Verge wrote that “Apple’s luxury watch dream is over.” Sales are also down; according to CNN, they’ve dropped 55% since the early 2015 launch, despite the fact that Apple released a new, cheaper version. Given all that, it makes sense that now they’re working with a brand like Toms. Prices are relatively low — just $49 and $75 — for each band.
The new relationship is mutually beneficial: Apple has something new to offer its customers that’ll appeal to a more casual crowd, and Toms gets to benefit from the tech giant’s authority and fanbase. “We’re excited to reach Apple’s wide audience and their loyal fans,” Toms founder Blake Mycoskie said over email.
Here's how to strike that "Goldilocks" balance between too much stress and too little.
This may come as unpleasant news, but all stress isn’t bad. That doesn't mean that feeling overwhelmed and exhausted at work isn't a problem—it is. But some stress, in short bursts, can actually drive your performance on the job if you know how to use it.
And that's a bit of a balancing act. You don't need to be told that too much stress can hurt your health and productivity. But many people don't quite grasp how to use a certain degree of work-related stress to help them. Here's a look at the different kinds of stress you're likely to experience and how to strike that delicate balance.
PUTTING ACUTE STRESS TO WORK
Research from the University of California–Berkeley hints at how some stress can actually be helpful. In the 2013 study, researchers subjected stem cells in the brains of rats to significant but brief periods of stress (in other words, "acute" stress), which caused them to generate new cells. Two weeks later, after these new cells had matured, the rats’ alertness, learning, and memory had improved.
The researchers inferred that acute stress may help keep the brain alert, and that better alertness equals better performance. From an evolutionary standpoint, this makes sense: Stress is what helps animals adapt and survive, and that's no less true for modern humans. Inanother study, scientists at UC San Francisco analyzed this effect on a cellular level in humans. The results indicated that while chronic stress is damaging, small bouts of acute stress keep our brains resilient and can condition us to persevere under pressure.
So what does this research mean for the workplace? Simply that stress isn’t inherently bad and that some of it can actually be good. It can push employees forward and help them perform at their best. Think about delivering a presentation, landing a big account, or meeting a tight deadline. During each of these stressful events—which are limited in length and can feel intense but not life-threatening—employees kick into high gear and push themselves to get results.
WHERE CHRONIC STRESS TAKES OVER
Just because some stress is good doesn’t mean it all is, though. We’ve heard over and over again that stress can have a negative impact on our health and well-being. And that’s exactly what chronic stress does.
As the Mayo Clinic explains, when we feel stress, hormones including adrenaline and cortisol are released. Once the stressful event is over, our hormone levels go back to normal. But when we constantly feel stressed, our response system stays active, which means our hormones remain at unhealthy levels for extended periods of time. This type of chronic stress impacts every system of the body, including the respiratory, cardiovascular, and endocrine systems. That can lead to changes in appetite, loss of sleep, panic and asthma attacks, heart disease, weight gain, and more, according to the American Psychological Association.
Unfortunately, many professionals experience chronic stress on an daily basis. And when it takes a toll on the employees' health, it can hurt the health of a business as a whole. A 2015 study published inManagement Science found that workplace stress causes additional expenditures of anywhere from $125 to $190 billion dollars a year.
So if occasional stress helps employees grow, but too much stunts them, the challenge is finding the right balance. Here are a few ways to do that.
SET TOUGH BUT ACHIEVABLE CHALLENGE
When employees get comfortable with their regular tasks, it’s time to push them outside their comfort zones with new responsibilities. Those unfamiliar tasks can introduce the right amount of stress that pushes them to take on new challenges and learn new things.
If you’re going to give employees new tasks, though, you first need to remove some of the older responsibilities they’ve already mastered. Otherwise they’ll feel overloaded, which can lead to chronic stress. Many professionals feel they have an unrealistic amount of work to do already, so if you aren't careful to keep your team members' workloads in check, assigning that "stretch" assignment can lead to burnout, not growth.
ASSIGN ONE BIG TASK AT A TIME
Give employees a large task, like delivering a presentation, leading a meeting, spearheading an initiative, or taking the lead on a major project. Whatever the project is, only assign one at a time. That way, employees are clear on what their priorities are and what they need to focus on.
Unclear expectations can be a huge stressor. Focusing on one project at a time will help clear up what needs to get done and allow employees to set realistic goals to complete them. At the same time, each new project will introduce small amounts of stress to steadily improve employees' performance and skill sets.
GIVE YOUR TEAM MEMBERS CONTROL
Many professionals feel they don't have enough control over the timelines for completing their work, a feeling that chronic stress tends to exacerbate. And when their managers constantly change their priorities, team members are left scrambling to stay on track—and chronically stressed out.
Instead, work with employees to set realistic goals and deadlines. That doesn't mean getting rid of deadlines altogether—timetables can still help apply small amounts of acute stress, which can be useful. But it's important to give your team members some say over what deadlines make sense. That will help control stress levels to ensure that the pressure remains productive, not overwhelming.
Chronic stress is rampant among employees, and employers need to do their part to help create healthier work environments. At the same time, they should challenge employees to reach their potential. So banishing stress from the workplace probably isn't a feasible solution any more than a desirable one. The right balance is tough to strike, but it's achievable. In fact, that's a pretty good target for work itself—tough but achievable.
At today’s live Apple event, the fruit unveiled the iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2, and the Apple Watch Nike+.
The watch — which comes in two sizes, 38 mm ($369) and 42mm ($399) —features built-in GPS tracking, a perforated sport band for ventilation, Nike+ Run Club app integration, and exclusive Siri commands for starting a run. Plus, push(y) notifications:
The Nike+ Run Club app offers daily motivation through smart run reminders, challenges from friends and even alerts informing when the weather is right to get outside. Training data, including pace, distance and heart rate are available at a glance, and through shared run summaries, the app promotes friendly competition, even allowing users to send fist bumps to each other right from the wrist.
One prompt in particular asks, “Are we running today?” No, Apple Watch,WE are not running. I am running; you are merely along for the ride, capturing all of my personal data, which you will use to expertly nag me at a later date.
Queen Esther, I thought of another scripture that goes well with the one in Psalms, that was: (Proverbs 4:7) Wisdom is the most important thing, so acquire wisdom, And with all you acquire, acquire understanding. That was the theme scripture that was used when the "Aid to Bible Understanding" was released.........oh dear! That WAS a long time ago..........its almost as if it was yesterday!
"...........at times, some of these finds do clearly back up Bible accounts." Further on that point it is of interest what the publication, "The Bible - God's Word or Mans" had to say on archaeology:........ "The New Encyclopædia Britannica answers: “Archaeological criticism has tended to substantiate the reliability of the typical historical details of even the oldest periods [of Bible history] and to discount the theory that the Pentateuchal accounts [the historical records in the earliest books of the Bible] are merely the reflection of a much later period.”........ A couple of paragraphs later, the following appears:........... "Archaeology is a much more solidly based field of study than higher criticism. Archaeologists, by digging among the remains of past civilizations, have in many ways increased our understanding of the way things were in ancient times. Hence, it is not surprising that the archaeological record repeatedly harmonizes with what we read in the Bible. Sometimes, archaeology has even vindicated the Bible against its critics.".......... The same publication, later had this to say:......... "This illustrates the fact that archaeologists often differ among themselves. It is not, then, surprising that some disagree with the Bible while others agree with it. Nevertheless, some scholars are coming to respect the historicity of the Bible in general, if not in every detail."........... ...........of course that is why we must rely on God's Word for our faith and hope for the future.
Μεταξύ πιστών της Ορθόδοξης Εκκλησίας και Μαρτύρων του Ιεχωβά Παρόντες και οι ιερείς μας π. Ιωάννης και π. Δημήτριος Αμπελάς Όπως μας ενημέρωσε ο πρόεδρος της Κοινότητας Ερμιόνης Χρήστος Δαγκλής που ήταν εκεί, από την περασμένη Πέμπτη είχε ειδοποιήσει τους Μάρτυρες του Ιεχωβά (χρόνια τώρα βρίσκονται στο χώρο της Λαϊκής αγοράς κάθε Πέμπτη και μοιράζουν τα φυλλάδια τους σε όσους συμπολίτες μας το ζητήσουν) να μην έρθουν πάλι στο χώρο, διότι δέχεται πολλά παράπονα από συμπολίτες μας, για το λόγο ότι θίγεται η Ορθόδοξη Χριστιανική τους πίστη. Παρά ταύτα, οι εν λόγω συμπολίτες μας δεν συμμορφώθηκαν με τις συστάσεις του προέδρου και σήμερα ήταν εδώ. Ως συνέπεια αυτής της άρνησης, συγκεντρώθηκαν εδώ, κάποιοι συμπολίτες μας που θιγόταν το χριστιανικό τους αίσθημα, με άσχημες διαθέσεις όπως έδειχναν, να τους εκτοπίσουν βίαια. Ακούστηκαν φράσεις που δεν συνάδουν με πολιτισμένους ανθρώπους πόσο μάλλον καλούς χριστιανούς, όπως «φευγάτε γιατί θα σας πετάξουμε στη θάλασσα» - «έχετε βγάλει άδεια που στεκόσαστε εδώ στο χώρο της Λαϊκής αγοράς» και άλλα πολλά ανήκουστα…
Όμως, αυτό που εξαγρίωσε πολύ τον γηραιό Μάρτυρα του Ιεχωβά ήταν, όταν τους αποκάλεσαν "Αμερικάνους"... Και πολύ θυμωμένος τους απαντά: "Εμένα αποκαλείτε - Αμερικάνο - που έχω πολεμήσει στον Γράμμο και στο Βίτσι" ...
Οι Μάρτυρες του Ιεχωβά προκειμένου να αποφευχθούν τα χειρότερα αποχώρισαν, ωστόσο o ΠαπαΓιάννης Αμπελάς που σήμερα είχε έρθει πιο οργανωμένος με ειδικό stand παρέμεινε στο χώρο, να μοιράζει τα φυλλάδια της δικής μας Εκκλησίας, όπως κάνει πολύ καιρό τώρα, κάθε Πέμπτη. Ένας εκ των Μαρτύρων (νέος καλοντυμένος και ευπαρουσίαστος) θα μας πει φεύγοντας με νόημα: «γελάει καλύτερα, όποιος γελάει τελευταίος»…. Εμείς για όλα αυτά έχουμε να παραθέσουμε τη ρήση του Αρχαίου Έλληνα φιλοσόφου Σωκράτη που είναι η εξής: «Δεν μπορούμε να είμαστε βέβαιοι για τη δική μας αλήθεια, πριν τη φέρουμε αντιμέτωπη με την αλήθεια των άλλων»… Αυτή η ρήση θεωρούμε, πως ισχύει και για τις δύο πλευρές… Φωτο – ρεπορτάζ ΣΤΑΜ. ΔΑΜ. Θλιβερό επεισόδιο στην Λαϊκή αγορά Ερμιόνης…
http://stamdamd.blogspot.gr/2016/10/blog-post_38.html ========================================================= Διαβάστε ακόμα: Κλικ εδώ >>> Κάθε Πέμπτη στη Λαϊκή αγορά Ερμιόνης συνεπείς στο ίδιο πόστο, για τον ίδιο σκοπό... αλλά, με διαφορετικές αφετηρίες και προορισμούς...
Κάθε Πέμπτη στη Λαϊκή αγορά Ερμιόνης συνεπείς στο ίδιο πόστο, για τον ίδιο σκοπό... αλλά, με διαφορετικές αφετηρίες και προορισμούς... Κλικ και εδώ >>>ΑΠΙΣΤΕΥΤΟ: Οι μάρτυρες του Ιεχωβά στήνουν… “πάγκο» στη λαϊκή ... prevezaposto.gr/archives/14625
Yet those trusting in Jehovah receive power to go on, as if mounting up with the seemingly tireless wing of the soaring eagle.—Isa. 40:31. http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/1200001235#h=11:404-11:541