Journey to Being Present for Widows and Divorcees

In the January 2008 article, I wrote about becoming whole and what that can mean for you. In this article you will receive some of the tools needed to achieve your goal of wholeness. Being whole is really about living your life in balance. It is also about living your life in a state of “being” versus “doing.”

When working on becoming whole, taking baby steps allows you to avoid feeling overwhelmed. It is also good to appreciate your success and failures along the way. You don’t want to beat yourself up and run the risk of quitting. Babies fall down over and over again before they master walking.

The first step is to pay attention to what is in front of you – what is happening at this very moment in time. This lets you not only become familiar with your true emotions, but it also helps you to experience the present moment as it is. So many people live their lives thinking about what they must get done or what they didn’t do. They also think about what happened to them or what might happen. Such thoughts are endless. The fact is, doing all this thinking takes you away from “now.” I have a theory that accidents often happen because the person causing the accident isn’t really present. They are miles away in thought.

How many times have you gone on vacation and not been able to remember the small details of the trip? You looked at the photos of the trip when you got home and were surprised at what you saw. Maybe you didn’t remember the sun was setting or a flock of geese were flying over, and yet the photo shows this to be the case. You might have remembered these small details if you had been present.

Another reason for staying present is the issue of emotion. Emotions are the gauge we have to tell us how we are doing. It is also how your soul lets you know whether you are on track with your life, whether you are following your souls or God’s highest wish for you. If you are not living in the moment, you can miss these clues. This leads to the second step to becoming whole.

You must start paying attention to your emotions. As I stated above, they are your barometer of how you are doing at any given point in time. It is hard sometimes to feel certain emotions, but you must feel them to know what needs to be worked on. An example is the emotion of anger. If you are not willing to feel it, it will only come out in other ways. You might become passive aggressive with your boss or a friend. Maybe you will withdraw and get depressed. You may not be aware of your behavior, but the bottom line is that the emotion that started it all is anger.

So being in the moment allows you to feel the emotion and decide what, if anything, you want to do about it. If you are off balance, your emotions will let you know. If you feel off in some way and just can’t put your finger on what it is, let your emotions be your guide. If the emotion is joy, you’ll naturally want to keep doing whatever caused that emotion. If it is fear or anger, you may want to explore it with a friend or counselor.

The third step in becoming whole is to take action. This is vital. You must not only listen to your emotions, but you must take action in dealing with them. The action could be as simple as taking a walk in nature while reflecting on your feelings. It could be talking to a therapist or coach. It could be that writing your feelings in a journal is what you need to do. When you are journaling, it is a good idea to be very honest. After all, your journaling is supposed to help you. Also, make sure you not only write down the emotion and why it showed up, but also write down your action plan for dealing with it.

The goal is to effect change in your life. You want to live the life you dream of and one that is true to who you really are. To get this change you must start living your life in the present moment and take a hard look at where you are in this moment, including how you got here. Next, use your emotions as your measure of how well you are doing. Finally, take action. Bit by bit, you will start to notice changes in who you are and how you relate to the world and yourself. You are at a crossroad in your life: which way are you going to go? Will you take the road named “status quo,” or will it be” journey to being?”

Creating Engaging and Powerful PowerPoint Presentations – New Year’s Resolution for PPT Presenters

Whether you are a professional or an amateur presenter, one thing that could possibly ruin your performance – the poor quality of your PowerPoint (PPT) presentations, which many presenters have neglected its potential to engage with their audience. Due to lack of enhancing PPT presentations, your audience might feel distress about your insensitivity of displaying “lousy” or “irritating” PPT slides to them, and that would cause a minor snag in your performance.

Thus, you need to have a strong resolution on this coming New Year – Making as many engaging PPT slides as possible in order to gain good rapport from your audience. It is also a great long-term plan for many areas – for instance, you could boost your sales when you are describing products to your clients, or maybe you could receive certain recognition from your audience by outsmarting other presenters who did not take advantage of the presentation tools.

Here are a few steps that you should follow to work on this resolution:

1. Find a suitable mentor – You need to get some inspiration from famous presenters such as Steve Jobs, Randy Paush, Ken Robinson and etc. If you could find the right one – then, you should start looking for one immediately via Ted.com, by watching fascinating talks by remarkable speakers.

2. Always think or see things from your audience’s perspective – Avoid being a “selfish” presenter by neglecting your audience’s perspective. For example, you need to take note of your audience’s visibility, in that case, you need to increase the font size, select the right colors of the font, and slide layout.

3. Being simple is simply enough – Try to restrict yourself from putting too much texts and animations into your slides as it could create unnecessary distractions. Your main aim is to engage with your audience with your presentation with less distraction, not making things harder for your audience to perceive.

4. Break the “tradition” – Do not be tempted to use the default PPT templates repeatedly in your presentation. Hence, you can either purchase new PPT templates or download them for free on the Internet. Other than that, you can hire a designer to design a new template based on your preferences.

5. Add-in some laughter and interaction with your audience – Your build rapport with your audience by making your audience laugh during intervals. Certainly, if you have any jokes to share among your audience, it has to be relevant and straight to the point as it can a good way to lighten the atmosphere.

It is time to bade farewell to “worse” PPT slides and embrace this New Year with enhancing PPT presentations!

Laser Pointer Pens – Presentation Pointers and Green Laser Pens Gadget Junk

We have all seen our share of laser pointer pens, either being used as presentation pointers or as simple astronomy laser pointers, but unfortunately they are giving lasers a bad name. This is simply because of how poorly crafted most of these laserpens actually are. People looking for precision light instruments are persistently being stuck with shoddy laser diodes that burn out or malfunction long before the beam should die. It seems finding high quality laser pens will require a bit more research to do nowadays.

If you know where to look, the internet can open the door to a plethora of reputable laserpen retailers. Many of these companies carry different laser beam color frequencies (the most popular of which are green laser pens) as well as output powers, so finding a high quality laser pointer pen to meet your particular needs can be easy. However, there are some things you must always look for to determine the quality and value of a laser before you decide to order the device.

First of all, what exactly are you looking to accomplish with your new laser pen? Are you looking for a presentation pointer? Do you need a laser keychain? What color laser beam do you need? How much output power will your application require? These are all simple questions that you need to have an answer to before you go out looking to purchase a laser pointer pen, they will directly effect the cost and availability of any hand held portable laser we are looking for. .

Secondly, what sort of price range or budget are you working with? This will really be very important because you won’t always be able to buy laser pointers cheap, especially if there is any kind of decent quality to the device. Low price does not necessarily mean that the laserpen will be a good buy, a lot of cheap lasers have very poor quality diodes which can tend to burn out even after only minimal use. Many presentation lasers have a high price tag because these are advanced pieces of technology and are relatively expensive to produce, lasers are tangible goods where price almost always is directly connected to quality.

If you are looking for something practical and low in power, you can expect the cost of your laser pen to be relatively low. If you are in need of a high power laser pointer or a submergible laser device, you can expect the cost to be a bit higher. Buying quality lasers is really kind of like car shopping, cost will directly effect the amount of accessories or add on’s attached to your pointer pen, the only difference is that laser pen providers don’t allow for any “test drives”. For this reason, you really need to know for sure that the laser pointer pen you are purchasing is the ideal presentation pointer for your application. Green laser pens will typically have the highest available output power, even up to 500mW on certain extreme laser pointers, so be careful and concise when ordering your laser pen.

Because lasers produce condensed light radiation, even the weakest of laser pointer pens has to be used with great care. Even a weak laser beam can cause permanent laser eye damage, so be cautious is a must whenever handling laser devices, especially hand held presentation pointers. They are small lasers and can be used in far more ways than a traditional laser unit, be sure you keep your safety as well as the safety of others in mind. A simple slip of a laserpens beam can be dangerous, so do not take any chances.