Grandfather Clocks – The Perfect Wedding Present

You are invited to your best friend’s wedding and you are wondering what to give the happy couple as a wedding present. In a few days, you’ll be dashing around store after store to look for the best gift money can buy.

But this is not just any ordinary gift! You are giving it to your best friends. You want it to be special. You want it to be unique. How do you manage to get the perfect, unduplicated gift possible? Well, you can opt to be creative and personalize it and make it yourself, or you can buy it. There are three ways that can guarantee you to the perfect wedding present.

Use Your Imagination

Some people are blessed with a special innate creative talent for creating things out of nothing and making them special. Some people can make soap or scented candles, or make knitted things. But these are too common. You might end up having your gift returned.

However, some people also have the uncanny ability of things that are technical in nature. If you have this, then you’re in luck. You can most probably make something that they will most probably use at their new home, that no one else has ever thought about. Try a grandfather clock as an example. Maybe if you have a knack for woodwork, you can make this magnificent piece of art by itself just from a few how-to’s on the Internet. However, only a small percentage of people actually have this ability and has the time to do it. If you really insist, you might actually end up giving the grandfather clock on their silver wedding anniversary.

Alternatively, you can also opt to buy them a grandfather clock and you will surely know that you will be able to give it to them on time and know that it will be always used for many years to come.

Personalize Your Gift

Although it would be just fine to wrap your present and send it on its merry way to the couple, it would be extra special if you could personalize it. If you know the couple well, you should be able to find something uniquely special for them. You can have a personal message added to any gift, like a grandfather clock with their last names etched on it and or the date of their wedding. Make the gifts unique to them and they will appreciate the thought and effort you put into it.

Still Clueless? Get Creative!

Choosing a wedding present has become quite difficult in the past couple of years, making it difficult for avoiding giving duplicate gifts. However, that is the common case because if you have no talent at all for handmade gifts, let alone have the words to have it personalized, you are in big trouble. You are thinking way too mainstream.

However, you can make sure that your gift won’t be returned if you decide to turn it into a worthwhile project that you put some effort into. A grandfather clock, for example, is not your run-in-the-mill kind of wedding offering. You end up having an inimitable wedding gift for the deserving couple. They will truly take pleasure in it and benefit from it for many years to come.

Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Christmas Present Tips For the Last-Minute Guys

When was the last time you sat next to someone who gloated that they had bought and wrapped their Christmas presents by the end of the summer sales? Trust us, these people either have no life, are cheapskates because they have paid less than half price for last year’s stock, or they are just plain cunning and are not to be messed with. How on earth did they know what Christmas presents to purchase that early on and where on earth have they put them? Storing Christmas presents is an annual challenge for most of us. There’s a fine line between getting them out of sight from prying eyes and remembering their clever hiding places again on Christmas Eve.

Those of you who have children will know it’s impossible to plan and buy their Christmas presents in advance. Oh yes, in September your five year old son will be banging on about a Dino Dig kit and you get it delivered straight away knowing that you’ve made a dream come true – until they come back from their best pal’s house in late November announcing they want a PicoZ Red Helicopter just like so-and-so’s. Now you’re in trouble. There will either be tears at Christmas time or your Christmas present budget just grew a little.

As soon as we get to November 1st, you can guarantee the huge pumpkin lanterns and witch hats will be sent back to the store room to make way for the life-sized reindeer and over-loaded Christmas trees in shops across the land. Anyone with an ounce of sense will mark this black day in the calendar and avoid the centre of town for the next seven and a half weeks. It’s not going to be pleasant so don’t bother. Some people make this choice simply to retain their sanity and good humour. Others avoid Christmas present shopping in the stores in the run-up to Christmas because if they don’t they will come out in a nervous rash. Shoppers can be ugly and vicious as they jostle for the last Grow Your Own Arsenal Pitch (did you see the stampede at Highbury in May 2006 for a slice of the real thing?) If you don’t believe us, rent the Arnie film “Jingle All the Way” and see just how bad it can be. (OK, it’s just a movie, but we have to make the point!)

So what’s the choice? If you can’t beat them, join them? Not quite. Buying your Christmas presents over the internet is the easiest solution. Making your selections at home before lunchtime and then putting your feet up in front of the match at 2.45 sounds like a morning well-spent. For the last-minute Christmas present shoppers, there are two options. One, you head down to town in the downpour while your mates are enjoying a few rounds in the pub, and spend hours hunting around stores that are already preparing for the post-Christmas sales. There’ll be no colours or sizes that anyone in their right minds would choose, nor will anything that meets your budget be available anymore. Or two, you jump online and choose the exact Christmas presents you had in mind, and wait for them to arrive. Who says you have no Christmas spirit? You just have better things to do with your time. You have still thought about what you are buying. And let’s face it, the number of times shoppers deliberate for ages over a Christmas present like an Iconic Telephone for their parents should I? Shan’t I? It’s not a problem you are likely to encounter. You make a decision on the spot and stick to it. In fact, once the item’s paid for the thought has flown. There are more people than care to admit that there have been a number of Christmas presents brought home and then the guilt pangs set in. What if they don’t like it? Is the colour right? Will they be offended by my humour? None of these questions are likely to bother you.

So you have sat yourself down at the PC and you are still wondering if there’s enough time to put it off till tomorrow because you hoped to squeeze in a round of golf today. Check the delivery times and then y ou’ll be able to make your decision. You don’t want to go to all this trouble and then discover that your Christmas presents won’t arrive till January 3rd. Your street cred would really take a nosedive if that were to happen, and you might just wish you’d been a little bit more ahead of the game.

Time Stop Enjoying the Moment – (6) Life Changing Steps For Learning to Live in the Present

To truly be free from the stresses of the world you must learn to live in the present moment. What I mean is to live consciously aware of this present moment. Do you remember grade school roll call where the teacher would alphabetically go down the list of classmates; state their name and expect everyone to respond with “Present”. If no present was heard everyone knew the person was just not there. Now imagine that roll call and your name is called but you do not hear it because you are looking out the window daydreaming about the recess fight you had yesterday. When the teacher called your name no “Present” was heard. You really were not there; consciously or aware.

If you want to feel peace, calm, astounding clarity, grounded, grateful, and happy; then you must let go of the past, stop worrying about the future and be consciously aware of what is happening around you right now, in this present moment.

This may sound easy at first, but it will require some real effort for you to change this habit for good. Every day the world swirls a ton of crap at us while our fears, frustrations, worries and stress stand by ready to distract, confuse and pull us away from enjoying the present. The good news is once you learn to master the present you will not believe you could have ever lived any other way.

Do you want try a new way of life by learning how to live in the moment? Well it is said that “if you have a desire for something new, then you must do something you have never done”

I am going to share my personal method of how I learned to truly master living in the present moment.
First, let us prepare ourselves by recognizing we must let go of all expectations and any preconceived results. To do this I want you to get a hold of this principle. Think happy and thankful; no matter what occurs with any outcome, know that all things work out for your good, you are loved, you are not alone and all is well. Yeah, I know it sort of sounds like a Saturday Night Live, Stuart Smiley thing, “I am good enough, I am smart enough, and dog-gone it, people like me”

Seriously, most of our disappointments, constant thoughts, fears and worries are rooted in our egos trying to micromanage the world and control everything in it. So let go a little and try letting life just happen for once. Do not worry for the future, get a hold of the fact that you will never have to worry about a place to live, clothes on your back and food to eat. You can stand on a higher power faith that your basic needs will be provided no matter what you do. From this security, let go of your controlling ego that continues to fight and struggle against what is actually best for you.

I am going to share an antidote. I do not recall where I heard it, but I do think it is an appropriate example to illustrate my point.

There is a story of two friends, living in the country a few miles outside the city. Life on the farm does not seem to match up with all the dreams swirling around in their heads. They each learn of a job opportunity in the nearby city and decide to travel the several miles together for their scheduled interviews. As they must travel on foot it is agreed that a short cut along the river will save the journey much time.

While walking beside the river a deluge of water flash floods them both into the raging river. One of the friends struggles and fights against the powerful force of fast moving water. He desperately thinks in his mind, if I can just get back to the shore, where I was, everything will be fine. In his struggle to fight back against the river while attempting to thrash towards shore, he is overcome and dies.

The other friend, upon being sweep into the river, immediately gains his composure, relaxes, turns to his back and allows the water to naturally push him to the center of the raging current. He takes a fast wild, face up, float down the turbulent river. A sharp bend in the river forces the water and him rolling unto the river bank. He collects himself, looks around and realizes he is only a few hundred feet from the very business where he has the job interview.

Okay, here we go. It is time to learn to enjoy living in the present moment with these six important steps.

1. Yoga and Meditation
You must exercise both the Body and the Mind. Nothing does this more effectively than the healing properties of Yoga and Meditation. The entire focus of meditation is a tool to help you live in the present moment. It will help you find the answers within yourself by beginning to accept things as they are. Meditating takes some time to master, you can learn to be still and the more it is practice the easier and stronger influence it will have on your personal serenity.

Yoga will help your body prepare for meditation by relaxing muscles and increasing circulation. This will help to quiet your mind and enjoy the stillness. The easiest way to shut off your mind is to focus on your breath. With each exhalation strive to release any thoughts and emotions that continue to pop up.

2. Nature- Those tree huggers are really on to something.
You really must take time to reacquaint yourself with nature. The beauty and serenity offered by stopping to smell the roses will have an amazing therapeutic effect. It is often said you can visit the gentle “Spirit of God” anytime you wish in the stillness of a forest. You may wish to simply go for a walk or sit under a shade tree in the park. Whatever way you choose, if you want to experience the feeling of a present moment nothing will allow it easier than a quiet encounter with the energy of nature.

3. The Past- It is so yesterday, you need to deal with it, because “It is over.”
If you really want to feel better about yourself all you have to do is learn to accept past situations and relationships. Believe me you will feel a lot better once you learn this. I know it is difficult but come on there is nothing you can do to change the past. So stop thinking about it and accept it. The only thing bringing the past into your present will do is to cloud and confuse your current thoughts. This has no value, joy or peace for you and will only make it harder for you to concentrate on this present moment.

When thoughts of the past arise, learn to accept them for what they were, allow those old emotions to pass through you, then return to the present moment and leave the regret and grief behind.

4. The Future- Back to the future, again and again, Please!
What day has any man added to his life by worrying? None! I think Jesus said that. So now to continue our journey to live in the present moment we will need to accept the future. Since you thought about it over and over in your head, you must realize you have no idea about what is going to happen, and of course worrying about it will not make one bit of difference.

Right now I want you to agree with yourself that you will not waste another day going over and over every possible outcome and option of what or why, you should, or should not. Enough of the “What am I going to do?” How do you know if you are going in the right direction when you are not even moving? If you can stop the worrying, analyzing and endless pondering, you will find you have more time to actually do something about it!

5. Enjoy the journey, for living in the now is really about “Awareness.”
Awareness really only needs two friends; their names are “Thankful” and “Happy”. It is very important for you to become mindful. You need to start by having gratitude for all the wonderful relationships and things in your life. A sense of being thankful will immediately provide you with a more positive and happy outlook. To be mindful is to be closely aware by paying attention to what you are doing at the present moment.

I want you to consider some task like laundry or dishes as not just another mundane chore. For you to fully experience this activity it is important to perform it with an open mind. Allow all your senses to open up to what you are doing. You may just experience an incredible positive feeling that you were not even aware existed.

6. Finally, to relax you must remember to breathe.
The only way to achieve conscious living in the moment is to maintain a relaxed attitude.
I want you to consider that there is your ego mind and your true higher self both battling for control of your thoughts. Now just allow your higher self to observe how your ego mind races weird thoughts and fears all over the place. Your higher self can ground you back to the present moment, if you will maintain the insight to realize when your thoughts are getting out of control.

This can be achieved most easily with a consistent meditative practice. You can use a simple breathing exercise that helps calm and relax you, if it is not appropriate to meditate. First pay attention to your breathing. Take deep slow breaths pulling air in from your stomach. Allow the thoughts to flow through you as you remind yourself that in this present moment, the past and the future simply do not exist.

If you can successfully be in the present moment during your scheduled relaxation periods of the day, then you can extend this new awareness to the other parts of your day. As you feel more and more comfortable spending time in the present you will begin to notice a better more fulfilling life awaits your enjoyment.

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