2008-01-22

The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee .

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous "yes."

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

"Now," said the professor as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things---your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions---and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.

The sand is everything else---the small stuff. "If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.
"Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents.. Visit with grandparents. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled and said, "I'm glad you asked."

The coffee just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend."

2008-01-16

助眠食物

牛奶
牛奶含有色氨酸和鈣,能起到安眠作用。飲用牛奶的溫飽感也增加了助眠效果。

核桃
核桃是一種滋養強壯品,可治神經衰弱、健忘、失眠、多夢和食慾不振。

紅棗
性味甘平,養胃健脾,補中益氣。

桂圓
性味甘溫,無毒,可補益心脾、養血安神,醫治失眠健忘、神經衰弱等。

蓮子
清香可口,具有補心益脾、養血安神等功效。近年來,生物學家經過試驗證實,蓮子中含有的蓮子鹼、芳香等成份有鎮靜作用,食用後可促進胰腺分泌胰島素,並增加5-羥色胺的供給量,能使人入睡。每晚睡前服用糖水煮蓮子有良好的助眠作用。

葵花瓜子
葵花瓜子含有亞油酸、多種氨基酸和維生素等營養物質,能調節人腦細胞的正常代謝,提高神經中樞的功能。

小米
除含有豐富的營養成份外,小米中的色氨酸含量為穀類之首。中醫認為,它有健脾、和胃、安眠等功效。食法:取小米適量,加水煮粥,晚餐食用或睡前食用,可收安眠之效。

鮮藕
藕中含有大量的碳水化合物及豐富的鈣、磷、鐵等和多種維生素,具有清熱、養血、除煩等功效。可治血虛失眠。食法:取鮮藕以小火煨爛,切片後加適量蜂蜜,可隨意食用,有安神入睡之功效。

燕麥片
能誘使產生褪黑素,促進睡眠效果。

杏仁
既含有色胺酸,又含有適量的肌肉鬆弛劑鎂。

食醋
勞累難眠時,可用一湯匙食醋加入溫開水中慢服,飲後靜心閉目,不久便會入睡。

糖水
若因煩躁發怒而難以入睡,可飲一杯糖水。因為糖水在體內可轉化為大量血清素,此物質進入大腦,可使大腦皮層受抑制而易入睡。

香蕉
除了能平穩血清素和褪黑素外,還含有可具有讓肌肉鬆弛效果的鎂元素。

大棗
大棗味甘,含糖類、蛋白質、維生素C、有機酸、粘液質、鈣、磷、鐵等,有補脾、安神的功效。每晚用大棗30-60g,加水適量煮食,有助入眠。

菊花茶
具有適度的鎮靜效果,有助於身體放鬆。

光明日報/良醫‧2008.01.12

Drive carefully

This morning when I was on my way to work. As usual, I took the route that has less traffic and straight. I drove with normal speed in the beginning and slowly increased the speed. As the road was quiet, my car moved faster and faster.
When I noticed a car coming out from a junction, I tried to slow down my car. I stepped on the break. Immediately the car swung and turned 180 degree, then stopped with the head turned to the opposite direction. I was terrified. A few seconds later only I could continue my journey to work. I nearly involved in a car accident, I might be injured or killed in my car.

I might miss my love one, my family, friends and colleagues.

Please drive carefully. Na mo Amitabha.

2008-01-15

Change is always constant

Beginning of Jan 2008, I switched April to May's baby sitter's place. Initially I was worried that April might not accept it. After some persuasion and encouragement, she has get used to the change. She is now playing well, eating well and pooing well at the May's baby sitter's place.
Only that the babysitter has to bare with two very small children's noise, fight and routine.

I am pretty happy with this arrangement, as both my children are staying closely to one another. I have accomplished one major task in the beginning of the year.

Besides this change, I have also enrolled April in 2 English classes, 2 Mandarin classes and 1 Art class. Although she is four, I haven't really started her with nursery. She is already occupied with these classes. I shall wait until she is really ready in terms of physically and mentally.

2008-01-03

Bubble Play



How we spent our holidays? We had our family day at park. I watched my children having fun with bubbles. Bubble play is a very good out door activity.

As it could,

- Exercise the lung when blowing the bubbles

- Running around to catch bubble is another type of exercise

- Getting more fresh air from the park

- Laugh and play together to strenghten the bonding with siblings and as well as
parents.

2008-01-02

New Year 2008 Resolution

More patience towards my daughters.
(Means less scolding, less yelling, less punishing, less lecturing, and more understanding and more nurturing.)

More tender towards my hubb.
(Means less nagging, less arguing, and more loving, kisses and hugs.)

More peace of mind for myself.
(Means less worrying, and more sleep, exercise, rest and relax.)