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Volume 4, Issue 6 – Mar 4, 1996


1) LOL in the morning
2) Tips from the Top – SIMPLE DISCIPLINES – with Wayne Morrison
3) This Week’s Review – FIT FOR LIFE – by The Diamonds
4) This Week’s Topic – “CONTROL YOUR WANTS” – with Eric Edmeades
5) The Cybergym Exercise of the Week
6) CONTEST “Quote of the Week” (NOW WEEKLY! – NEW PRIZES)
7) REMOVE/SUBSCRIBE information
8 ) SEJ On-Line Information
9) Copyright © and Trademark ™ Information

LOL, in the morning

This week’s Humour Topic: COURT ROOM QUIPS (Week 4/8)

Thanks to Conor from the UK for this submission:

Most language is spoken language, and most words, once they are uttered, vanish forever into the air. But such is not the case with language spoken during courtroom trials, for there exists an army of courtroom reporters whose job it is to take down and preserve every statement made during the proceedings.

Mary Louise Gilman, the venerable editor of the National Shorthand Reporter has collected many of the more hilarious courtroom bloopers in two books – Humor in the Court (1977) and More Humor in the Court, published a few months ago. From Mrs. Gilman’s two volumes, here are some of my favorite transquips, all recorded by America’s keepers of the word:

Q. What is your relationship with the plaintiff?
A. She is my daughter.
Q. Was she your daughter on February 13, 1979?

Q. Did you tell your lawyer that your husband had offered you indignities?
A. He didn’t offer me nothing; he just said I could have the furniture.

Q. When he went, had you gone and had she, if she wanted to and were able, for the time being excluding all the restraints on her not to go, gone also, would he have brought you, meaning you and she, with him to the station?
MR. BROOKS: Objection. That question should be taken out and shot.

Q. …and lastly, Gary, all your responses must be oral. OK?
What school do you go to?
A. Oral.
Q. How old are you?
A. Oral.

TIPS FROM THE TOP! With Wayne R. Morrison of Pinnacle Achievements

Recently I have had many people writing to me asking me where I receive my information. That is a difficult one to answer, in fact, I often do not remember the source of my inspirations. I am currently working on my Doctorate in Clinical Hypnosis, and as a result, I am reading an exceedingly high number of books each week. In addition, I toured North America for approximately 2 ½ years where I spoke to various companies from small businesses to the multi-million dollar conglomerates. During that time, I met experts in all areas of life from Spiritual Gurus to Health & Fitness Experts to Influential Economists.

One person, with whom I connect very much in terms of ideals, is Carl Jung. While my exposure to him is not entirely researched, the information I have learned so far reflects very closely to my personal beliefs in life. One major lesson I have learned from him is the Principle of Balance.

Balance seemed to be an amiable goal sought by many in today’s hectic world. We all talk about gaining balance in life, but it seems that nobody really knows how to achieve it. Would you believe me if I said that the key to finding balance is in getting as far away from the median as possible? Well if you said yes, then you have more faith in me than I do. It is an interesting concept worth looking into, and from what I’ve experienced so far, it’s working! In addition, Carl Jung also expressed similar views.

Jung believed that life was about at the extremes in order to find true balance in between. I too have witnessed that if you judge events from both end of the spectrum, you have a more accurate perspective of what true balance is.

I was speaking with a close friend back home one day, when he shared with me the financial hardships he was going through. I shared with him that life provided us events in order for us to learn lessons, and if we don’t learn the lessons, then we get to take the class over again. I asked him what lessons he needed to learn about being broke. Unfortunately, he was so focused on earning money, that in order for him to learn the principle of balance: maybe, just maybe, in order for him to experience wealth, he first needed to experience poverty. Unless he would be willing to be okay with being broke, and learn the lessons with said financial status, he may not get the opportunity to be wealthy. So I gave him a task: Be okay with being broke, and let go of your attachment to money.

About three weeks later we spoke on the phone again. When asked how he was doing financially, he responded “no better”. So I asked him if he had given up his attachment to money and he said “Yes, I really did, I gave it up, but nothing has happened yet!” It was clear to me that I left one major part of the equation out of my advice, so I told him if you give up your attachment to money for the sole purpose of having money, you really haven’t given up your attachment at all. When you truly give up your attachment to things, then life becomes increasingly perfect instantly. Therefore, even though his income had not changed yet, he should have felt better about his current status.

Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever been so focused on an outcome that you forgot to appreciate the beauty in your current life? I am of the opinion that a major trait of someone successful (by the SEJ definition) is the ability to find happiness in every situation, whether that be being broke, getting divorced, feeling fat, or just plain being bored – everything has elements of good, it is our challenge in life to seek that force, and focus on its positive intention.

Try this for yourself, select a category of life that is not satisfying you, and then ask yourself what the benefits could possibly be by not having it. Become complete with not having that goal, and notice how your outlook shifts in life. Remember, if we “have to” or “must” have something in life, then we instantly create pressure to achieve it, but if we are okay with life at either extreme of the goal, then we have the opportunity to simply choose how we wish that outcome to be. Then life ceases to be about necessity, and enters the world of choice.

Until next week, take care, dare, dream, and make each day an epic adventure!

To Your Success,
Wayne R.Morrison
Pinnacle Achievements

BOOK REVIEW – FIT FOR LIFE – by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond

Reviewed by Eric Edmeades

I read this book at a time in my life when more energy was what I really needed. I got it.

This book is well researched and contains healthy insights into the way our bodies were designed to function. It contains easy steps, and well defined reasons for changing to a healthier diet.

There are also compelling explanations for why some of our current habits may need to change. I have found that in my life, and the lives of those around me, that this book is capable of turning a person’s state of health into exactly that, ‘a state of health’.

The book is easy to follow, and the emotion that the authors attach to the message is clear in their writing.
Whether you are trying to lose or gain weight, find more energy, or cure yourself of disease this book is very useful. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Rating (health): 5/5

SEJ’s WORLD, with Eric Edmeades

The story below is contained in “CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL, A Second Helping”. The author is unknown:

Three cowboys had been on the range since early in the morning. One of them was a member of the Navajo Nation. Being busy with herding stray cattle all day, there had been no time for the three of them to eat. Toward the end of the day, two of the cowboys started talking about how hungry there were and about the huge meals they were going to eat when they reached town. When one of the cowboys asked the Navajo if he was also hungry, he just shrugged his shoulders and said, “No”

Later that evening, after they had arrived in town, all three ordered large steak dinners. As the Navajo proceeded to eat everything in sight with great gusto, one of his friends reminded him that less than an hour earlier he had told them that he was not hungry. “Not wise to be hungry then,” he replied, “No Food.”

While this story may over simplify the issue of desire and need, it teaches us an important message. Years ago someone told me that to feel truly successful we need to do one of two things:

a) Work harder to attain all our wants, or
b) Reduce our wants

It could also be said that a balanced mix of both methods would work the best. Most people do not have a problem with the first step, the challenge comes with the second. A popular dance song says what many people often feel, “I know what I want, and I want it now…”

If we can learn to remove the link between the ‘feeling of success’ and the ‘attainment of our wants’, then we will immediately become more successful. We will feel more successful because we are happier with our current situation.

As I have said before, your level of success. In life is measured (most easily) by the number of days (minutes) that you are happy. If this is true, then in our story was the Navajo more successful then the other two? I think so. He was happier with his current situation than they were, and was therefore feeling more successful than the other two, who were experiencing hunger (a desire for the temporarily unattainable).

Some people may suggest that the Navajo was actually hungry, and that he only answered that he wasn’t. They may suggest this because after all, how can you control your feelings of hunger?

First of all, there is no question in my mind that feelings like hunger, pain, pleasure and others can be controlled far more than most people give themselves credit for. Secondly, even if we can’t (we can) control a feeling like hunger, there is no question that any feelings that we link up to money, cars or other material goals can be altered and controlled. In short, if there are things which are temporarily out of reach, that is all they are, out of reach. They are not ‘failure’, ‘disappointment’ or ‘longing’ – unless you allow them to be.

Think about it. Are there goals that you have right now that will help you feel more successful once you attain them? What would happen if – right now – you were to realize that you are successful regardless of those goals? I believe that, if you really believe in yourself (and in your success), that your desires and wants will come to fruition.

So…seize the moment, and seize the day, to infinity and beyond!!
Eric Edmeades

The CYBERGYM’s Exercise of the Week:


This exercise is based on one of the easiest, and most unused of the success principals: your current emotional state is directly related to your current physiology. (Emotion is determined by Motion.)

This is best depicted by a PEANUTS (Charlie Brown) comic I saw recently: Charlie Brown is standing in a slouched position explaining to Lucy that having his head down and shoulders low was an imperative part of feeling depressed. He went on to explain that the, “worst thing” he could do at this point would be to raise his head up high, as he would not be able to properly feel depressed in that position.

Today we will test that theory. It will require some basic acting skills. Please read through these steps, and then do each one.

i) This step involves experiencing an emotional state. One of the best ways to do this is make your body behaves as if it feels that way. So having said that: become sad, depressed, bored or some other low energy or ‘negative’ emotion. Experience it fully, making sure that you are sitting in the right position, and actually feeling the emotion you have chosen. (one way to make this easier is to ‘think of a time’ in the past when you have felt that way)
ii) While attempting to maintain this emotional state do the following:
a) raise your head; b) put your shoulders back; c) take a deep breath.

Are you still able to experience the negative emotion? If so, is it as strong? In most cases, if you have done step two fully, you will not be able to feel the negative emotion, or it will be greatly reduced. So do test this theory this week, no matter where you are, or what you are doing please do the following:

Whenever a phone rings in your vicinity, force your head up high, push your shoulder back and take a deep breath. Do this all week, whenever any phone rings, where-ever you are. To make sure you remember this, picture yourself (now) hearing a phone ringing, and then perform the steps. Replay this scene in your head 4 times, in the places where you are most likely to hear a phone ring.

Please take the time to write a note in your journal about your experience with this exercise.

Remember: Do this exercise because: “Ideas without action are useless.”

P.S. If this leads you to have a positive experience that you would like to share with SEJ, please leave a comment below.

THIS WEEK’S Quote of the Month Contest

Who said this? – We post a quote which you attempt to credit… one person will be awarded with these prizes:

1) Free Basic Web Page design and 6 months web space lease; or
2) Free “Basic Achiever” Membership to SSUCCESS.IE; or
3) One week of free advertising in S.E.J
“Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.”
Winner Announced for LAST MONTH’S QUOTE:

“It is not what happens in life that makes a difference, it is what you do about it.” – Jim Rohn (Also, Anthony Robbins quoting Mr. Rohn)

Andy Harton correctly named both people who we have on record as being credited with last month’s quote. (We had a total of 32 people correctly name at least one of them.) Congratulations Andy, your name was drawn and you have won one of three things:

1) Free Basic Web Page design and 6 months web space lease; or
2) Free “Basic Achiever” Membership to SSUCCESS.IE; or
3) One week of free advertising in S.E.J

Please pick one of these and take the action step that is listed under the prize you want. CONGRATULATIONS!
This publication is sent out, for free, on a weekly basis. Please honour our copyright. While this publication is sent out for free, it is not intended for ‘public domain’. You may post it to any BBS’s, newsgroups or forums provided you post it unchanged including any and all advertisements. You may also, (and are encouraged) to manually forward it (unchanged) to people who you feel may have an interest in, or benefit from, receiving this journal.

(C) Copyright 1995-2009, Eric Edmeades


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June 24, 2009 at 7:21 pm

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