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Weekly Wisdom 8-24-2015

 

Does the Early Bird Get the Worm?

Most definitely, because he’s the first to claim his hunting territory, says ornithologist Jim Wilson, who teaches biology at William Woods University, in Fulton, Missouri. In fact, not only does he get the worm, he gets the girl too, says Wilson. “You know the birds you hear outside your window singing as the sun’s coming up? Usually it’s the males, and they’re doing it to mark off their territory. That serves two purposes: To say to other males, ‘Hey, check out my territory. Stay out of it, and don’t hunt bugs and worms on it,’ and to say to the female birds, ‘Hey, check out my territory — come into it, please.’”


The early-bird theory is true for people, too, says time-management expert Julie Morgenstern, author of Making Work Work. “Getting an early start affects the whole psychology of your day. If you start the day feeling behind and rushed, you’re at a disadvantage and won’t be as effective.”

But relax — if you’re not a morning person, you don’t have to force yourself to wake up with the rooster. “The point is, you simply need to wake up on what you consider the early side, so that you have enough time to begin your day without feeling frazzled,” Morgenstern says. Of course, for night owls who like to sleep till 11am, that might mean doing things the night before.

Written by Sunny Sea Gold

Risking

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool

To weep is to risk appearing sentimental

To reach out for another is to risk involvement.

To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.

To place your ideas, your dreams before the crowd is to risk their loss.

To love is to risk not being loved in return.

To live is to risk dying.

To hope is to risk despair.

To try is to risk failure.

But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.  The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, is nothing.  One many avoid suffering and sorrow, but one simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, live, or love.  Chained by certitude and safety, one becomes enslaved.  Only the person who risks is free.                                                         Anonymous

Do Something!

There’s a short ad, probably, that appears on TV once in a while where Oprah speaks with Sister Joan Chittister, a Roman Catholic nun and author of nearly 50 books.  Sister Joan is an outspoken advocate of justice, peace and equality all over the world. The interview include this exchange:

                Sister Joan:  “Each of us must do something, where we are, that changes the attitude of the neighborhood, and the attitude of the office, and the attitude of the boardroom, and the attitude of the bank. Do something."

        Oprah:  “Wherever you see injustice. Wherever you see despair (I used to say this for so many years when I was doing The Oprah Show), once you've seen it and it's come into your consciousness, you can't pretend you didn't see it.

        Sister Joan:  “And you can never not see it again.  Do something.”

 

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