Sunday, May 20, 2012

Giving Advice vs Offering An Alternative Solution

Does it seem as if everyone wants to give you advice about your problems and situations. Your kids and they don't have any, your finances and they don't have much more than you. Your relationship as if theirs is perfect....

Before you get excited and agree with me you and I might do it too, or maybe use to. We tell our kids to go to school and get an education, because it's important. We tell our kids to go get a job and don't sell drugs, go to church, read the Bible. In other words we advise them to go out and do what we did that caused us to struggle so they can have what we have, and it gets passed down through generations. 

WOW sounds more like a curse than a blessing doesn't it. Actually there's nothing wrong with any of it, the problem is we haven't learned how to take and use what we learn in school, in church, on our jobs and in the streets and use it to our advantage.

When I tell my Son education is important I would also suggest educating himself on what they don't teach in school like Napoleon Hill's Think and grow Rich. Once you have a hunger for knowledge you will never want to stop learning.

When I advise him on his relationship I will suggest two wrongs don't make one right and treat others how you want to be treated and expect it in return. 

As I tell him to get a job I would also suggest working part-time for himself, while wages help pay the bills but profits can create a better lifestyle...they're unlimited and so on.

When I tell him he needs to go to church and read the bible. I point out scriptures that are easy to remember yet will lift him up when he's down.

I know there are no perfect people in the world and everyday comes with its own set of challenges and wisdom. So if you really want to help someone while you're giving advice give a helpful alternative, and if you don't have a solution find and give resources, then maybe they will listen more.

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

You Become What You Think About

We have heard this time and time again, "As A Man Thinketh So Is He". Many don't believe, and some think and speak negativity and don't realize it. Maybe it's because when people listen to what you have to say, you figure if there was anything wrong with it they would let you know...right? Actually WRONG!

Sometimes and I am guilty as well that u let people vent and make them feel like you are listening when you're really not. You may drift off into your own world and come back before they realize your mind was some where else.

As we think we're helping by letting a person get things off their chest, we're really not because we are letting one continue to expand on the negative issues and thoughts rather than cutting them off and offering them a positive way to think of whats on their mind. One you begin to change your thoughts you can better deal with any challenge that comes your way.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

The History of Espresso

If you are an avid coffee drinker then chances are that you probably know all about the varieties, types, flavors, and prices of various coffees that you drink on a regular basis. However, if you're not that familiar with espresso then you may be in for a surprise. Espresso is quite different from coffee products because there is a very different method of making the liquid. Here are some interesting facts about the history of espresso, though, that you may not have known previously.

Developed in Italy

Did you know that espresso was actually developed more than ten centuries after the coffee beverage became popular? In fact, regular coffee and coffee beans weren't found until about the 9th Century. On the flip side, espresso was actually developed from the beginnings of coffee, but it wasn't until the early 20th century that people began producing a beverage that is known today as espresso! Indeed, espresso was developed in Milan, Italy around the early 20th Century and the drink was actually made by hand even though it was very time consuming to do so. This resulted in a machine being made specifically for the creation of espresso beverages. In fact, workers in cafes and coffee shops throughout Italy who dealt with using espresso machines to make espresso were regularly known as "baristas," and becoming a barista was actually a job often given to young people, just as a job at McDonald's or another fast food restaurant might be considered a starting point for young people in America to work.

The Switch to Machines

As mentioned, espresso was originally made by hand. However, there are a couple things that lead up to the beverage being made in a machine. First, the spring piston lever was designed to emit pressure on a certain something, and this machine was used to make espresso since espresso was made through the use of pressure and hot water. Although before the machines typically made espressos beginning in the 1940s, steam pressure was mainly the culprit and the method that people in Italy used to make espresso by hand!

Needless to say, however, coffee beverages that didn't include espresso were popular long before espresso was being made. Just as there are all sorts of different flavors that coffee can be made with, though, there are also many different flavors that can be added to the espresso beverage. For example, some cultures usually add a bit of cinnamon to the espresso mixture and cinnamon is actually the most widely used spice for espresso as a whole. On the other hand, some of the other spices and herbs that are used with espresso include peppermint, mint extract, vanilla, and a brown sugar mixture just to name a few.

It's undisputable, though, that the finding of espresso totally transformed the popularity and consumption of coffee beverages worldwide! Granted, many people are thankful for this change, but the fact of the matter is that espresso and coffee are considered two different drinks altogether although one was derived from the other!

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