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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Thought of the Day: Banish Sorrow



Banish Sorrow


Don’t be sorry, be content – it’s a choice not a chore. Never identify with others’ sorrow or you will go down with them. Be with them, but stay up, so you can uplift them. Help them put things in perspective.
But first do that for yourself. You’re feeling sorry? Why? Have you lost something? It’s an illusion – you have nothing to lose. Everything that comes to you comes to pass, literally. So let all things pass and you will turn the illusion of loss into the reality of liberation…and sorrow will be a distant memory.

Tuesday, 17 Oct 2017


Give us patience, O God, in the hour of trouble; humility in the hour of success and constancy in the hour of temptation. Grant us thankfulness for your benefits, fear of your judgement and hope in your enduring mercy; now and for ever. Amen. John Cosin (1594-1672) Prayer for Artists God, you are the ultimate creator and yet you share this gift with human hands and minds. We thank you for artists, for their work that enriches our lives and your world, partners in creating, makers of beauty and speakers of truth. Let inspiration flow like a roaring river. Let artists flourish. Let art light up the world. Amen. Annette Kupke via The Methodist Church in Britain | Prayer of the day http://ift.tt/1fOEKKh

Wikipedia article of the day for October 17, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for October 17, 2017 is Roland TR-808.
The Roland TR-808 is a drum machine introduced by the Roland Corporation in 1980. Discontinued in 1983, it remains in use around the world. Launched at a time when electronic music had yet to become mainstream, the 808 was a commercial failure, but attracted a cult following for its affordability, ease of use, and idiosyncratic sounds, particularly its deep, booming bass drum. It became a cornerstone of the emerging electronic, dance, and hip hop genres, popularized by early hits such as Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing" (1982) and Afrika Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Force's "Planet Rock" (1982). The 808 is completely analog, meaning its sounds are generated by hardware rather than prerecorded. Only around 12,000 units were built, but the 808 was eventually used on more hit records than any other drum machine. Its popularity with hip hop artists in particular has made it one of the most influential inventions in popular music, comparable to the Fender Stratocaster and its influence on rock.

Tuesday, 17 Oct 2017


Give us patience, O God, in the hour of trouble; humility in the hour of success and constancy in the hour of temptation. Grant us thankfulness for your benefits, fear of your judgement and hope in your enduring mercy; now and for ever. Amen. John Cosin (1594-1672) Prayer for Artists God, you are the ultimate creator and yet you share this gift with human hands and minds. We thank you for artists, for their work that enriches our lives and your world, partners in creating, makers of beauty and speakers of truth. Let inspiration flow like a roaring river. Let artists flourish. Let art light up the world. Amen. Annette Kupke via The Methodist Church in Britain | Prayer of the day http://ift.tt/17RqoSA

Tuesday


Hebrews 6:10-20

"We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus, a forerunner on our behalf, has entered, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek." (vv. 19-20) via The Methodist Church in Britain | Daily Bible Study http://ift.tt/2igKtyO

Monday, 16 October 2017

Rhys Webb to miss out on Wales selection under new rule



Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb will be ineligible to play for Wales next season under a new rule brought in by the Welsh Rugby Union.
The WRU has changed its senior international selection policy (SPSP) for players based outside Wales.
In future any player taking up a new contract not with a Welsh region must have won 60 caps to be eligible to play for Wales.
Webb has signed to play for Toulon next season and has won just 28 Wales caps.
Players who are already playing outside Wales will be exempt.
However, this exemption will not extend to new contracts that have already been agreed by players for the 2017-18 season.
Webb's Ospreys half-back partner Dan Biggar will join Northampton next season. He currently has 56 caps and unless injury intervenes is likely to pass the 60-cap mark this season before heading for England.
WRU group chief executive Martyn Phillips said: "Whatever the contract the player is in, that's the contract that in effect is protected.
"When that contract expires, if the player has less than 60 caps and they're playing outside of Wales then they wouldn't be eligible for selection.
"If they've got 60 or more caps and they're outside of Wales then they would be.
"The revamped policy will be reviewed periodically but, fundamentally, if you have less than 60 caps and you leave Wales then you won't be selected by your country again until you return.
"In the spirit of absolute fairness we will start anew from Monday 16th October 2017 and give those players who have existing contracts outside of Wales the chance to come back on completion of those contracts, before this new policy effects them."
The new policy is similar to the model in Australia, where players who have won at least 60 Test caps and played domestic rugby for seven years can be selected regardless of any move abroad.
Wales' previous SPSP, also known as 'Gatland's Law', allowed head coach Warren Gatland to pick only four players at clubs outside Wales to play for the national side.
That quota was due to drop to just two wildcard picks for the 2019-20 season.
"The existing policy worked to an extent but it hasn't worked well enough. It was quite complicated so we want to make it a little bit simpler," Phillips added.
"It had so many clauses in it to try and cater for every eventuality."
Gatland welcomed the change, although the New Zealander - whose contract ends in 2019 after the next World Cup - admits he would rather have a free hand on selection.
"For me as a national coach, if I was being totally selfish then no I wouldn't have a policy," Gatland said.
"But it's not about what's best for me and the national team, it's about what's best for Welsh rugby.
"The best thing for Welsh rugby and for the Union to support the regions is how do we try and keep a number of the best players in Wales for as long as we possibly can.
"But we know we're under pressure from market forces."
Players who will benefit from the Test selection change include Northampton wing George North, who has won 69 caps, Bath back-row Taulupe Faletau (66) and Harlequins centre Jamie Roberts (93).
The likes of Bath fly-half Rhys Priestland, who has 48 caps, will also benefit for the moment.
But to continue to be eligible the 30-year-old would need to return to a Welsh region after his current deal with the English Premiership side ends, if he has not amassed 60 caps.
An uncapped player may also be selected for Wales at any time from any club, but likewise must sign to play in Wales upon the completion of their current contract in order to continue to be selected.

What are beliefs?


What are beliefs

Now there is a great question. Many of us do not actually ask the question "what are beliefs?" let alone what are our beliefs!
Brought out into the open (or to consciousness) we might find out core beliefs to be rather shocking.
All of the various beliefs you hold about the little things and the big things serve as the very building blocks of your life. When you believe in something you have a level of commitment to it. Agreeing or disagreeing with an idea can indicate you have a belief about it. Whereas, simply having an idea about something does not automatically indicate commitment, nor a belief.
  • Beliefs are the ideas you have a commitment to, and support.
  • They are the views and opinions that you have accumulated, that represent you.
  • Your beliefs are positions that you endorse.
  • Beliefs express your attitude about things, and your way of thinking and looking at things.
  • Beliefs dictate your approach and outlook to life.

  • What you believe is what you stand for.

Becoming familiar with what you believe gives insight for your personal development. Look at how you interact with others, and how you react to daily events. This helps to identify parts of your belief system that is operating at the foundation level of your life.
Let me share a little story with you. I was a loving housewife in the midst of busy city life. One day I was a bit exasperated and said to a friend, "Sometimes it seems like my whole life is taken up just running around with endless little errands. You know those small tasks that never seem to go away... doing the grocery shopping, picking up the dry cleaning, dropping video rentals back, and getting the car washed!" He kind of chuckled, and then, looking at me with deep wisdom and understanding flowing from his eyes, he said "Those errands are part of life. They don't go away."
You might say that's obvious. But what hadn't been obvious to me before our discussion were the different meanings we had each given to those tasks. To me, they were an intrusion. I saw my life, and then I saw these little errands taking me away from the time of my life. To him, they were integrated as part of life. He saw them as much a valid slice of life experience as anything else.
He was the sage saying:
"Before enlightenment, chop wood and carry water.
After enlightenment, chop wood and carry water."
You can be sure that each of us would have approached those errands differently, based on what we believed they meant in our lives. We would have had very different thoughts and emotions as we carried them out. It is likely that we also would have treated the people we encountered en route, quite differently.