[LAS] This short paragraph of Chuck Swindoll's has stuck with me for years: ATTITUDE: "The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play the one string we have, and that is our attitude... I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes”
Hopeinwyo: From Helen Keller: "Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved."
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fisherman1 There were a lot of things going on yesterday that went our way and I do believe a lot happened overnight, we should without a doubt accomplish our goals today. If you really have paid close attention nothing in the markets and news has been regular since monday morning. I am glad we are in the position we are in , right at this moment
fisherman1 :I personally dont think that anyone in the entire scheme of things world wide has known what the other parts of the worlds true input was during this entire process, We were not intentionally strung out, There are alot of pieces in this puzzle and finally someone lined up all the curves and corners. this is a great Nation that we are lucky enough to live in and we all are truly blessed to be a part of this historical movement. The end is finally in sight.
fisherman1 : Alot has happened , everyday has been great progress. This is worth the wait, and the wait will provide you with things beyond your wildest imagination. Just think what is next for you , your family, and strangers you will forever change.
In Response To: ...about the Poofness newsletter... (hobie)
Hi, Folks - I did hear from Susan several hours ago, and she said she was waiting on ZAP, which meant the possibility of seeing the newsletter on Tuesday was still open.
It's about 3 a.m. Eastern time now, so I'm assuming sometime Wednesday is when we'll see it. :)
Blessings, all. --hobie
walkingstick » January 8th, 2014,
In Kurdistan’s Growing Economy, a Growing Taste for Luxury Furnishings
Photo by Sazan Mandalawi By Akram Kakakhan
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Demand for carpets has also risen over the past decade, said the owner of a store selling pieces for as much as $70,000 each and spending $1.5 million annually on imports.
Demand for luxury furniture and home appliances is on the rise in the Kurdistan Region, thanks to growing economic prosperity, with some of the newly-rich ready to spend up to $85,000 to furnish a sitting room, shopkeepers say. The winter season is when furniture shops do their best business, seen in showrooms around Erbil which are crowded with shoppers, many of them women. Some showrooms report that demand for home furnishings has increased regardless of price.
A good quality sofa costs $3,000-$4,000, rising to $15,000, store owners say. They say that shoppers these days look for more classic designs, as well as brands. “There is a greater demand for sofas with a lot of craftsmanship, which are imported mainly from Iran and Egypt,” said store owner Hemn Najmaddin. “Our customers are a specific group, not everyone can buy our stuff,” he told Rudaw. “I don’t know the exact figures for the total number of sofas imported into Kurdistan, but I personally allocate one million dollars every year on imports,” he added. Demand for carpets has also risen over the past decade, said the owner of a store selling pieces for as much as $70,000 each and spending $1.5 million annually on imports. “
The cheapest rug costs $1,500 and the most expensive as much as $70,000,” said the owner, Haji Najmaddin. “Our customers are in general rich people and they want branded rugs. Now, it is hard to sell goods that are not branded.” “We mostly sell handmade rugs, and we have some that come with a 50-year guarantee,” he said. To illustrate how prices have risen, Najmaddin said he had recently bought back a rug he had sold in 2002 for 2,500 Iraqi Dinars. “Now, I can easily sell it for more than $3,000 dollars.”
The wealthy like to buy the most expensive pieces in the showrooms, paying $15,000 for a set of sofas and $70,000 for a carpet, owners said. Economist Wushiar Marouf warns that such extravagance is a huge drain on the economy, because money that could be invested for creating jobs and national prosperity is being spent on imports. “We have a huge amount of capital on our hands and it should be used in investment. But so far, we have not benefited from it and we keep sending it out on imports,” he complained. -
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jdtolle » January 8th, 2014, Difficult circumstances
Don’t let your situation determine how you are. Let yourself decide and determine how the situation is.
Your attitude is never forced upon you by outside circumstances. On the contrary, your attitude is based on the way you choose to respond to whatever may come your way.
You can have a great day by choosing to be the person who will have a great day. You can live this day based on a strong, solid inner intention that never wavers.
What you encounter is important. Yet what’s much more important and influential is the way you encounter it.
It’s easy to blame difficult circumstances for a difficult day. It’s far better to live each day based not on what it brings, but rather on the positive value you choose to give it.
Instead of complaining or bragging about the difficulties, transcend them and live beyond them. Use the power you surely have, to make the best of even the most difficult circumstances.
— Ralph Marston Wishing All a Safe, Warm and Blessed Day