Thursday, November 10, 2022

The Mule In The Well




The story is told of a farmer who owned an old mule. One day the mule fell into the farmer's well. The farmer heard the mule 'braying' (that's mule talk for crying for help) and after carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving. So the farmer called his neighbors together and told them what had happened and asked them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery.

To begin with, the old mule was hysterical. But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling and the dirt hit his back, a thought struck him. It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on his back, he should shake it off and step up. This he did, blow after blow. He repeated to himself, "shake it off and step up, shake it off and step up, shake it off and step up." No matter how painful the blows, or how distressing the situation seemed the old mule fought the panic and just kept right on shaking it off and stepping up.  

It wasn't long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, stepped victoriously over the wall of the well.  

What seemed like it would bury him had actually blessed him, all because of the manner in which he handled his adversity. If we face our problems, respond to them positively, and refuse to give in to panic or self-pity, the adversities that come along to bury us usually have within them the potential to benefit us.  

So when you going through rough times, remember the ole mule. Step up, shake it off and keep moving. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Everyone Needs To Be Motivated


Everyone needs to be motivated at one point or another.

No one is immune to the feelings of sadness, loneliness, or even laziness. When faced with these feelings or when you feel like your energy is lagging, try reflecting on these motivational quotes to give you the push you need to refresh your spirit.

Let’s begin...

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit."-Aristotle



If we’re honest with ourselves, this quote will resonate within us. We are often known by what we do, not what we say. If we are consistent in our actions, especially in our work ethic, people take notice.


Don’t do a good job, do a great job! Your consistent behavior in your life translates into excellence, and that is what your employer rewards.

         Be consistent
         Do a great job
         Do more than expected


    
Self-Reflection Questions:

I.        Am I consistent in my actions?
II.       Do I do my best work each and every day?
III.      Am I providing my employer with excellence rather than mediocrity?

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Never Give Up Said The Frog



A careless frog was hopping around a farmyard when all of a sudden he fell into a pail half-filled with fresh milk 

As he swam about attempting to reach the top of the pail, he found that the sides of the pail were too high and too steep. He stretched his back legs to push off the bottom of the pail but found it too deep. 

But this wasn't your average frog, this frog was determined not to give up, and he continued the struggle. 

He kicked and squirmed and kicked and squirmed until at last, all his churning about in the milk had turned the milk into a big hunk of butter. The butter was solid enough for him to climb up and hop out of the pail.  

The lesson is, Never Give Up.  Keep trying, keep moving and you will get there. 

Thursday, November 3, 2022

A Few Helpful Keyboard Shortcuts



A Few Helpful Keyboard Shortcuts

F1--Display Internet Explorer Help, or when in a dialog box, display context Help on an item

F11--Toggle between full-screen and regular views of the browser window

ALT +HOME--Go to Home page

ALT +RIGHT ARROW--Go to the next page

ALT +LEFT ARROW or BACKSPACE --Go to the previous page

SHIFT+F10--Display shortcut menu for a link

CTRL + TAB or F6--Move forward between frames

UP ARROW--Scroll toward the beginning of a document

DOWN ARROW--Scroll toward the end of a document

PAGE UP--Scroll toward the beginning of a document in larger increments

PAGE DOWN --Scroll toward the end of a document in larger increments

HOME --Move to the beginning of a document

END--Move to the end of a document

CTRL + F Find on this page

CTRL + R--Refresh the current Web page

ESC--Stop downloading a page

CTRL + N--Open a new window

CTRL + W--lose the current window

CTRL + S--Save the current page

CTRL + P--Print the current page or active frame

ENTER--Activate a selected link

CTRL + E--Open the Search bar

CTRL + I--Open the Favorites bar 

CTRL + H--Open the History bar

ALT -(Minus)-- Zoom out

ALT +(Plus)-- Zoom in

ALT +Z--Display a list of zoom percentages

ALT +D--Select the text in the Address bar

CTRL + D--Add the current page to your favorites

ALT +END--Display the last page to be printed

ALT +C--Close Print Preview

CTRL + C--Copy the selected items to the Clipboard





Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Find Something Positive



“Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day.”  --Thornton Wilder


In order to be a better person and seek the greater things in life, you must first be appreciative of the things that are already good in your life. After all, you can’t know  ‘good’ without first experiencing the ‘bad.’


As hard as it may be, strive to find something positive  about every single day.

         When met with negative things, take a minute to search for the upside of the situation.
         Positivism breeds the same.
         Take time to find joy in the little things in life.


Self-Reflection Questions:

I.      Am I a positive person?
II.     What happens if I see the glass half full instead of half empty?
III.     Will my positive attitude help someone else through a difficult situation?


Tuesday, November 1, 2022

The Productive Ant Fable

 

                         


                     

  The Productive Ant Fable

 

A story about using time productively in pursuit of your goals.

 

Alexander Astor was a wise ant and continued working when his brothers decided to be lazy. But could he single-handedly save his family in their time of need?

 

Amazing Ant Colony was always buzzing with activity. All the ants took the wise advice of Queen Ann and churned away at food collection drives. The Astor boys were no different. Alexander and his brothers learned from the best.

 

One day, the Astor boys all earned Senior Ant status. They learned the ropes, and it was now time for them to move out of Amazing Ant Colony and work for another queen.

 

"I'm so happy we're no longer under Queen Ann's rule," said Alexander's brother, Arthur.

 

"Yes, me too," replied the youngest brother, Aaron. "We don’t have to collect any food for now. We can leave that to the Junior Ants who are here learning."

 

Alexander was shocked to hear his brothers speak like that. He knew that in order to stay fed during the rainy season, they had to continue on the food collection drive.

 

So Alexander continued to be productive while his brothers lazed around all day. He doubled up his efforts and collected much more food than normal.

 

Soon, the rainy season was upon them. The rains started to pour and the Astor brothers had to run for cover. They suddenly panicked when they realized that it was now too late to go get food.

 

Good thing Alexander was being productive all along. "Well, boys," he said. "Although you were being rebellious and lazy, I still went ahead and collected enough food for all of us. None of us have to worry about starving during the rainy season."

 

His brothers leaped for joy and said, "Thanks for taking care of us, Alexander. We have definitely learned our lesson!"

 

Moral of the story: Take the time today to work towards your goals, as you never know what tomorrow might bring.



Photo by Peter F. Wolf on Unsplash


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