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Introduce Yourself

How little do we know that which we are! How less what we may be!

Lord Byron




Yesterday I asked if you really knew yourself. The reason I did was few of us stop once in awhile and interview ourselves trying to learn what we like and dislike. The world changes everyday and so do we, often it is so gradual that we don’t notice what is going on. In fact many of us just take ourselves for granted and move through day after day after day in the same old way. We exist only, accepting what ever is thrust upon us with out stopping to ask why our life has seemed to be purposeless.

In my view we can’t learn what we might be if we don’t know what we are. If you spend sometime interviewing yourself asking in depth questions you might be surprised at who you now are.

Here is something I got from eHow that can help you to learn more about yourself:


How to Know Yourself Better

Most of us believe that we know ourselves better than anyone in this world. But a lot of people are still strangers to themselves. Why? Not everyone is courageous enough to travel the path within to achieve a better self-understanding. For a person to have a well-lived life, it is important that he know himself good. If you are one of those who are striving to know yourself better, these steps will guide you:

1 Take a moment to write down things that you know "very good" about yourself – your interests, likes, dislikes, preferences, hobbies, strengths, weaknesses, hopes, fears, dreams, etc. Reflect on these qualities and find out how they impact your overall life. By creating a list of your personal attributes that you are familiar with, you are keeping yourself in touch with your self.

2 Take personality and psychological tests. This is another way to know yourself better. The internet has a rich source of free online personality and psychological assessments and tests. By answering them, you will understand more how you think, make decisions, interact with people, do things, choose mate, live your life, etc.

3 Know yourself better by understanding people’s perceptions about you. Pay attention to what your family, friends, coworkers, etc. observe and say about you. Sometimes, you think you know yourself enough, but other people who see you from their point of view can offer you some insights how you act and get understood by others. Be careful, however, to balance both perceptions to come up with an objective view of yourself.

4 Keep on learning who you are. It’s a lifetime process. Everyday you will be given new insights about yourself. Writing a journal will help you keep track of these new discoveries. Maintaining that hunger to know yourself better will make you more self-aware, opening up new opportunities to enrich your life.


Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.




    1. If no-one sees you eat something, it has no calories

    2. When drinking a diet coke with a chocolate bar, the fat in the chocolate bar is canceled out by the diet coke

    3. When you eat with someone else, calories don’t count if you do not eat more than they do

    4. Food used for medical purposes does NOT count (for example: hot chocolate, toast, cheesecake and vodka)

    5. If you fatten up the people around you, you will look thinner

    6. Cinema related foods have a zero calorie count as they are part of the entertainment package and not counted as food intake (this includes: popcorn, choc tops, maltezers, jaffas and frozen cokes)

    7. Biscuit pieces have no calories because breaking the biscuits up causes calorie leakage

    8. Food licked from knives and spoons have no fat if you are in the process of cooking something

    9. Foods that are the same color have the same amount of fat. Examples are: spinach and mint ice-cream, apples and red jelly snakes

    10. Chocolate is like a food-color wild card and may be substituted for any other color

    11. Anything eaten while standing has no calories due to gravity and the density of the calorie mass

    12. Food consumed from someone else’s plate has no fat as it rightfully belongs to the other person and will cling to his/her plate (oh, how fat likes to cling)! And remember: STRESSED SPELT BACKWARDS IS DESSERTS!!!


Family planning: The art of spacing your children the proper distance apart to keep you on the edge of financial disaster


Mrs. Berkowitz, shopping in the supermarket, went from counter to counter humming and singing to herself.

"You seem to be very happy," remarked the clerk.

"I have every reason to be," replied the woman. "I’ve got a beautiful home, two lovely children, a nice bank account, my husband’s life is insured for $1,000,000 and his health is far from robust."


I know so little that it astonishes me how many people know even less.


The woman was always frequenting small antique shops, but regardless of what she saw there, she always complained about something.  The quality was poor, the prices too high, or the selection was limited.

The shop owners took it in stride, but one day, while ranting and raving, she yelled at the clerk, "Why is it I never manage to get what I ask for in your shop?"

The clerk simply smiled and replied, "Possibly, ma’am, because we’re too polite."


"Whoever said you can’t buy happiness forgot about puppies."

Gene Hill


While teaching children about world religions, a teacher asked her students to bring a symbol of their family’s faith to class. The next day, she asked each student to come forward and share the symbol with the class.

The 1st child said, "I’m Muslim, and this is my prayer rug."

The 2nd child said, "I’m Jewish, and this is my family’s menorah."

The 3rd child said, "I’m Roman Catholic, and this is my Mom’s rosary."

The 4th child said, "I’m Greek Orthodox, and this is an icon of my patron saint."

The 5th child said, "I’m Southern Baptist, and this is my casserole dish."


TEACHER: Willy, name one important thing we have today that we didn’t have 10 years ago.



My daughter-in-law, pregnant with her second child, was certain she wanted an epidural for pain management during childbirth.  Her doctor asked her at which stage of labor she wanted the epidural administered. 

Her response:  "Just meet me in the parking lot!"


All men should strive

to learn before they die

what they are running from, and to, and why.

James Thurber


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.


Ray Mitchell

 Indianapolis, Indiana

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