Life is like a road. There are long and short roads; smooth and rocky roads; crooked and straight paths. In our life many roads would come our way as we journey through life. There are roads that lead to a life of single blessedness, marriage, and religious vocation. There are also roads that lead to fame and fortune on one hand, or isolation and poverty on the other. There are roads to happiness as there are roads to sadness, roads towards victory and jubilation, and roads leading to defeat and disappointment.

Just like any road, there are corners, detours, and crossroads in life. Perhaps the most perplexing road that you would encounter is a crossroad. With four roads to choose from and with limited knowledge on where they would go, which road will you take? What is the guarantee that we would choose the right one along the way? Would you take any road, or just stay where you are: in front of a crossroad?

There are no guarantees.

You do not really know where a road will lead you until you take it. There are no guarantees. This is one of the most important things you need to realize about life. Nobody said that choosing to do the right thing all the time would always lead you to happiness. Loving someone with all your heart does not guarantee that it would be returned. Gaining fame and fortune does not guarantee happiness. Accepting a good word from an influential superior to cut your trip short up the career ladder is not always bad, especially if you are highly qualified and competent. There are too many possible outcomes, which your really cannot control. The only thing you have power over is the decisions that you will make, and how you would act and react to different situations.

Wrong decisions are always at hindsight.

Had you known that you were making a wrong decision, would you have gone along with it? Perhaps not, why would you choose a certain path when you know it would get you lost? Why make a certain decision if you knew from the very beginning that it is not the right one. It is only after you have made a decision and reflected on it that you realize its soundness. If the consequences or outcomes are good for you, then you have decided correctly. Otherwise, your decision was wrong.

Take the risk: decide.

Since life offers no guarantee and you would never know that your decision would be wrong until you have made it, then you might as well take the risk and decide. It is definitely better than keeping yourself in limbo. Although it is true that one wrong turn could get you lost, it could also be that such a turn could be an opportunity for an adventure, moreover open more roads. It is all a matter of perspective. You have the choice between being a lost traveller or an accidental tourist of life. But take caution that you do not make decisions haphazardly. Taking risks is not about being careless and stupid. Here are some pointers that could help you choose the best option in the face of lifes crossroads:
Get as many information as you can about your situation.

You cannot find the confidence to decide when you know so little about what you are faced with. Just like any news reporter, ask the 5 Ws: what, who, when, where, and why. What is the situation? Who are the people involved? When did this happen? Where is this leading? Why are you in this situation? These are just some of the possible questions to ask to know more about your situation. This is important. Oftentimes, the reason for indecision is the lack of information about a situation.

Identify and create options.

What options do the situation give you? Sometimes the options are few, but sometimes they are numerous. But what do you do when you think that the situation offers no options? This is the time that you create your own. Make your creative mind work. From the most simplistic to the most complicated, entertain all ideas. Do not shoot anything down when an idea comes to your head. Sometimes the most outrageous idea could prove to be the right one in the end. You can ask a friend to help you identify options and even make more options if you encounter some difficulty, but make sure that you make the decision yourself in the end.

Weigh the pros and cons of every option.

Assess each option by looking at the advantages and disadvantages it offers you. In this way, you get more insights about the consequences of such an option.

Trust yourself and make that decision.

Now that you have assessed your options, it is now time to trust yourself. Remember that there are no guarantees and wrong decisions are always at hindsight. So choose decide believe that you are choosing the best option at this point in time.

Now that you have made a decision, be ready to face its consequences: good and bad. It may take you to a place of promise or to a land of problems. But the important thing is that you have chosen to live your life instead of remaining a bystander or a passive audience to your own life. Whether it is the right decision or not, only time can tell. But do not regret it whatever the outcome. Instead, learn from it and remember that you always have the chance to make better decisions in the future.

The majority of toddlers engage in some biting between their first and third birthdays. Probably the most common reason is that it is one of the few ways of communicating that’s effective for them, before verbal skills are developed. However, not all children bite. Some choose other forms of communication, such as grabbing, shoving, or punching.
Another reason toddlers bite is to express frustration, a feeling which is very common with toddlers, because both their communication skills and their motor skills are so limited.
To a young toddler it can be funny to see mommy suddenly bolt upright or for a playmate to start crying. Toddlers may also bite because they’re teething or because they put everything in their mouths anyway, so why not someone’s arm? It could even be something as simple as hunger.
But how do you teach your child not to bite? Make it perfectly clear that the biting is hurtful and wrong and point out to your child how much pain their biting has caused. Express that biting is wrong and unacceptable and that neither mommy or daddy like it.
If you discover that your child is biting out of frustration, try giving them an alternative to express to people they are having a difficult time. Though language is a difficult task at this age, most toddlers can be taught words that are appropriate for such a situation. For instance, “You need to tell mommy or daddy that you need help and not bite us,” or “Show mommy what you need, but don’t bite. You’ll hurt her if you bite and I know you don’t want to hurt mommy, do you?”
Experts agree that parents should try not to give biting so much attention that it becomes an attention-getter. This is true of all behavior that you don’t want to see repeated. Firmly tell the child again that there is no biting allowed, that it is wrong, and that it hurts people.

As important as playing on your side of the court is having the ability to play on the opponent’s side of the court. Making sure that the defense is strong on your basketball team can help to stop the other team from making baskets and from having an easy game. When you are building up your basketball skills, you don’t want to leave the defensive skills out of the court.

There are two major ways to organize defensive positions in basketball. The first is a man-to-man defense. This means that every player will be in charge of blocking another player in order to keep them from shooting the ball. The second type of defense is zone defense. This means that every player will stay in a specific area when they are in one side of the court. No matter what opponent has the ball in that area, they will block them. Of course, these can be changed and redefined as the game goes on, depending on how the other team is playing.

Not only does the defense include blocking opponents or zones on the other side of the court, but it also means trying to get the ball back onto the other half of the court. This can be done in several ways, all which will keep the game moving back to the other side. One of the popular ways to do this is to simply steal the ball from the opponent that you are blocking. This is completely legal to do and can help the opponents to get the ball away from the wrong basket.

Another way to get the ball back is to rebound. This is done when the ball is lost by the other team and the other team picks it up and takes it to the other side of court. If one of the players rebounds, they want to make sure that there will be no technical fouls associated with it and that the ball is good for grabs. If they take it when they are not supposed to, there will be problems with the opponents getting a foul and giving the ball back to the other side. Another defensive way to take the ball is by creating a full-court press. This means that the defense will be on both sides of the court, blocking the other team from having the ability to get to the ball.

No matter what defensive position you decide to take, it is most important to train the players into thinking defensively. The more chances that a team has at a ball the more they will have the ability to score and make the baskets that they want for their own team without giving the other team the ability to get in the way.

Even the best behaved toddler has an occasional temper tantrum. A tantrum can range from whining and crying to screaming, kicking, hitting, and breath holding. They’re equally common in boys and girls and usually occur from age 1 to age 3. Some children may experience regular tantrums, whereas for other children, tantrums may be rare. Some kids are more prone to throwing a temper tantrum than others.
Toddlers are trying to master the world and when they aren’t able to accomplish a task, they often use one of the only tools at their disposal for venting frustration – a tantrum. There are several basic causes of tantrums that are familiar to parents everywhere: The child is seeking attention or is tired, hungry, or uncomfortable. In addition, tantrums are often the result of children’s frustration with the world. Frustration is an unavoidable part of kids’ lives as they learn how people, objects, and their own bodies work.
Tantrums are common during the second year of life, a time when children are acquiring language. Toddlers generally understand more than they can express. As language skills improve, tantrums tend to decrease.
Keep off-limits objects out of sight and out of reach, which will make struggles less likely to develop over them. Distract your child. Take advantage of your little one’s short attention span by offering a replacement for the coveted object or beginning a new activity to replace the frustrating or forbidden one. And choose your battles: consider the request carefully when your child wants something. Is it outrageous? Maybe it isn’t. Accommodate when possible to avoid an outburst.
Make sure your child isn’t acting up simply because he or she isn’t getting enough attention. To a child, negative attention (a parent’s response to a tantrum) is better than no attention at all. Try to establish a habit of catching your child being good (“time in”), which means rewarding your little one with attention and praise for positive behavior. This will teach them that acting appropriately makes mommy and daddy happy and proud, and they’ll be anxious to do it again and again.
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Nylon
The fiber nylon was introduced first by the DuPont
Chemical Company in 1938. Several years later, after
a great deal of development, nylon became the first
synthetic fiber to be used in the entire carpeting
industry.

The first 3 generations of fiber experienced many
problems with the worst being staining. The 4th
generation fiber of nylon had a mill applied coating
that solved a majority of the staining problems. The
ability of the fiber to repel water and oil based
spills as well as soil helped to propel nylon into
the top selling carpet fibers out there.

After several other changes, the DuPont company
introduced the fifth generation nylon fiber. This
stain resistant fiber would repel most dye stains
if treated in a reasonable time. This fiber is
more accurately called an acid dye blocker in that
it doesn’t allow acid dyes to penetrate and stain
the fiber.

The protective coating mill is applied and fills the
dye sites with anionic molecules.

Tip
An easy way to test fiber for the presence of a
fluorochemical is to cut a couple of fibers from a
non traffic area and apply a few drops of oil and
water mixture. If it beads up, then there is an
active fluorochemical present.

Whenever testing for the presence of the acid dye
blocker, you should again cut a couple of fibers
from a non traffic area, then immerse the fibers
in a red kool-aid mixture and wait for 5 minutes
or so. Remove the fiber from the liquid and
flush with neutral detergent solution. If the
acid blockers are present and active, there will
be no discoloration.

Polyester
The fiber of polyester was first introduced into
the garment industry around in the 1950s. By the
late 1960s, polyester was introduced into the
carpet industry as a face yarn. In hand, feel,
and appearance it is similar to nylon, although
it doesn’t possess that same resiliency.

Polyester doesn’t absorb water based spills, isn’t
affected by urine or kool-aid, but it will
absorb oil based spills. Polyester is non allergenic
and mildew resistant.

Acrylic/modacrylic
Both of these fibers were first used as carpet
yarns around the late 1940s. They disappeared
around 1988 due to the competition from other fibers.
In was reintroduced to the market around 1990
in Berber styling.

This was done so that people could take advantage
of the wool like appearance, hand feel, and the
fact that its more spot resistant, much easier to
clean, and not damaged in the ways that wool is.

Olefin
Olefin is the latest of the synthetic fibers to
be adopted to carpets. Once only available in
continous filament, it is now produced in staple
form as well. Olefin has a wide variety of uses
that include primary and secondary backing of
tufted carpets, warp yarns, and other uses as well.

Sympathy, Knowledge and Poise seem to be the three ingredients that are most needed in forming the Gentle Man. I place these elements according to their value. No man is great who does not have Sympathy plus, and the greatness of men can be safely gauged by their sympathies. Sympathy and imagination are twin sisters. Your heart must go out to all men, the high, the low, the rich, the poor, the learned, the unlearned, the good, the bad, the wise and the foolish it is necessary to be one with them all, else you can never comprehend them. Sympathy! it is the touchstone to every secret, the key to all knowledge, the open sesame of all hearts. Put yourself in the other man’s place and then you will know why he thinks certain things and does certain deeds. Put yourself in his place and your blame will dissolve itself into pity, and your tears will wipe out the record of his misdeeds. The saviors of the world have simply been men with wondrous sympathy.

But Knowledge must go with Sympathy, else the emotions will become maudlin and pity may be wasted on a poodle instead of a child; on a field-mouse instead of a human soul. Knowledge in use is wisdom, and wisdom implies a sense of values you know a big thing from a little one, a valuable fact from a trivial one. Tragedy and comedy are simply questions of value: a little misfit in life makes us laugh, a great one is tragedy and cause for expression of grief.

Poise is the strength of body and strength of mind to control your Sympathy and your Knowledge. Unless you control your emotions they run over and you stand in the mire. Sympathy must not run riot, or it is valueless and tokens weakness instead of strength. In every hospital for nervous disorders are to be found many instances of this loss of control. The individual has Sympathy but not Poise, and therefore his life is worthless to himself and to the world.

He symbols inefficiency and not helpfulness. Poise reveals itself more in voice than it does in words; more in thought than in action; more in atmosphere than in conscious life. It is a spiritual quality, and is felt more than it is seen. It is not a matter of bodily size, nor of bodily attitude, nor attire, nor of personal comeliness: it is a state of inward being, and of knowing your cause is just. And so you see it is a great and profound subject after all, great in its ramifications, limitless in extent, implying the entire science of right living. I once met a man who was deformed in body and little more than a dwarf, but who had such Spiritual Gravity such Poise that to enter a room where he was, was to feel his presence and acknowledge his superiority. To allow Sympathy to waste itself on unworthy objects is to deplete one’s life forces. To conserve is the part of wisdom, and reserve is a necessary element in all good literature, as well as in everything else.

Poise being the control of our Sympathy and Knowledge, it implies a possession of these attributes, for without having Sympathy and Knowledge you have nothing to control but your physical body. To practise Poise as a mere gymnastic exercise, or study in etiquette, is to be self-conscious, stiff, preposterous and ridiculous. Those who cut such fantastic tricks before high heaven as make angels weep, are men void of Sympathy and Knowledge trying to cultivate Poise. Their science is a mere matter of what to do with arms and legs. Poise is a question of spirit controlling flesh, heart controlling attitude.

Get Knowledge by coming close to Nature. That man is the greatest who best serves his kind. Sympathy and Knowledge are for use you acquire that you may give out; you accumulate that you may bestow. And as God has given unto you the sublime blessings of Sympathy and Knowledge, there will come to you the wish to reveal your gratitude by giving them out again; for the wise man is aware that we retain spiritual qualities only as we give them away. Let your light shine. To him that hath shall be given. The exercise of wisdom brings wisdom; and at the last the infinitesimal quantity of man’s knowledge, compared with the Infinite, and the smallness of man’s Sympathy when compared with the source from which ours is absorbed, will evolve an abnegation and a humility that will lend a perfect Poise. The Gentleman is a man with perfect Sympathy, Knowledge, and Poise.

Even more important than the game it self is preparing for the game of baseball. It is especially important to make sure that you have the right equipment to send your players out to the field with. If you are looking for the right set of things in order to play the game, then you can begin investing in the following equipment.

The two most important pieces of equipment that you will want are the bat and the ball. When you are deciding on bats, it will be more than just picking up the cheapest bat or one that looks the best. Bats will come in a variety of weights as well as sizes, meaning that you should pick out what will be most convenient for your team. Determining how they will be able to use the bats that you have available can help them in hitting the ball, or missing.

The next sets of equipment that you will need are the gloves. This is what will help all of the players to more effectively play the game. Most gloves are made out of leather and will have fingers that are webbed together with the thumb slightly separated. For most, this allows the catching to be easier. There are also catcher’s mitts that are used specifically for the positioning of the catcher. It is different in that it offers more padding and wider expansion of the fingers. First basemen will also use this type of glove as their main piece of equipment.

After you have these basic pieces of equipment, you will want to think safety first. Batting helmets are important for anyone that is going up to bat. Catcher’s helmets will also be important to supply, as these will protect the face of this specific player from getting hit by the ball. The catcher will also want to have a chest protector in order to stay away from the missed balls. Other players don’t necessarily have to wear the helmets because they will not be in direct danger of the ball. However, you will want to protect other players with things like shin guards in order to protect these parts of their body.

Of course, if you really want to make sure that everyone is going to put forward a good game, then you can also ask for investments into apparel that will work best. For example, sliding shorts are often times used in order to help players slide to a base without hurting their thighs from the slide. You can also find shoes that will offer more traction to players during the game. Shoes with spikes in them are a good option to help those who need good grounding before the run.

If you want to make sure that every game is played safely and efficiently, then it begins with the preparation from having the right equipment. Making sure that you are stocked before the game, and are able to offer all of the players the right sets of materials can help you to be certain that they will be able to play the best game.

If you want to play an effective game, then you will want to make sure that you have an effective practice. If you aren’t sure where to start with your team, then you can begin with some simply drills that will help the team to build a memory of different plays and how to react, as well as give them the ability to understand the different possibilities to responding to the baseball.

When you are developing the skills of the team, you will want to offer specific exercises that will help build them in several ways. The first of these is to help build strength in both the arms and the legs. You can do this simply by throwing the ball back and forth, or by doing exercises that will help to develop the muscles in these areas. You will also want to focus on building balance and other kinesthetic needs that they will have.

From building the individual needs for the game, you can begin to practice for a variety of things. The most suggested part of practice is for batting practice. You can do this by diving members into groups of two and have one person pitch and the other bat. As they practice their batting, you will be able to show different techniques for hitting the ball every time.

You can also be sure to help players gain confidence and more abilities by having play situation drills. This will allow everyone to understand their different positions and what they need to do in specific situations. You can do this by minimizing the efforts of players. Simply divide the team into groups of four. You will then have the different teams, all in different positions, throw the balls into different areas for a specified amount of time. The fastest group that throws the ball most efficiently will win. This is one of several types of play situations that you can use in order to help the players understand what they can do for different plays.

If you want to make sure that your team continues to develop with their skills, then you will want to offer practices that are effective and offer the members abilities to learn new techniques. By setting specific drills, showing new maneuvers, and working on different aspects of the game that are needed, you will be certain to give your players foundational skills for the game.

When I get a golf club in my hand, I get that feeling of wanting to knock the cover off the ball. It feels good to put all of my strength into hitting the ball. Just hitting the ball as hard as I can does not mean that I play good golf though.

If you just need to relieve a little stress, then swinging with all your strength may accomplish your goals. However, if you want to play golf well, then you are going to have to hold back on the power a little.

One of the most frequent mistakes is to swing the golf club too hard. A hard swing shows that you have power, but accuracy is the name of the game in golf.

You need to relax when you are swinging. This will help you swing easily and will help to reduce your power. If you put your feet closer together, then you can further reduce the strength of your swing. Tensing up will also cause you to use too much effort.

Your center of gravity is also very important. Keep your center of gravity the same and your head will stay still. If you keep both of your feet in the same position throughout your swing, then your center of gravity will be stable.

If you jerk your body then your head will move and you will not be able to focus on the ball. This can also change your center of gravity. It is imperative that you keep your feet planted so that all your weight will be concentrated in your feet when you make contact with the ball.

Expending very little effort should be your goal. If you hit the ball correctly, then it will feel smooth and easy.

Dont tense up when you are about to make contact with the ball. If you tense up, your balance will be thrown off. You want the club head to travel in a straight line to make contact with the ball.

To help correct slicing, see how centered you can hit the ball with your club and how low you can send the ball. If you send the ball too high, it gets into the wind and can go left or right on rough ground.

You want to only use the amount of power that you are able to control. The goal of the game is not power, but accuracy. You want to be able to control every facet of your swing so that you hit the ball cleanly and it goes where you want it to go.

The distance will come from your clean and correct swing, not how much power that you put into it.

You want to try to gradually increase your speed during your swing until you connect with the ball solidly. If you do not have a smooth swing, then you are pulling your hands somewhere during the swing. Keep your head as still as you would if you had a glass of water balanced on top of it. This will help to improve your swing and help you to swing more smoothly and fluidly.

Swing at a decent enough speed to keep yourself from becoming tense and stiff. Dont swing too slowly or so hard that you feel the effort of the swing. Stay relaxed.

Try to keep the idea of power out of your head. Keeping your power under control so that you can be more accurate is what counts!

How To Jump Higher To Dunk Its Gotta Be The Shoes!
Dunking is not only the coolest thing in the sports world; it is also one of the most effective ways to score in basketball. But unfortunately, many people aren’t able to achieve that vertical which will allow them to dunk. Many people believe that they are not tall enough to jump high and dunk. While some believe that they don’t have the genetic capability to jump higher to dunk.

Let me clear all the doubts about this prior to I get into hot to jump higher to dunk. It doesn’t matter what your genetic structure is and what your height is. Certain it does play some part in your ability to reach the hoop, but these two things are something you can’t change. There are a lot of other elements which are responsible for your vertical leap and these factors may be tweaked to attain enough vertical to achieve that ring and slam dunk that ball. I have seen folks with a height of 5’5″ who dunk like it’s a piece of cake. And they weren’t genetic freaks either, they were just normal people who trained correctly and they saw the results.

Let’s get back on how to jump higher to jump. If you are training specifically for dunking then I would suggest that you spend some time every alternate day practicing your jump on the court. You should grab the basics of jumping higher by watching the videos of professional basketball players. Look at the way they jump and find out what you are doing wrong in your jumping technique. Once you are 100% sure that there is nothing wrong with your jumping technique then spend some time practicing your jumping.

While practicing jumping, make sure that just about every jump is to your full potential. That is each and every time you jump you needs to be trying to reach a greater height than you did in your previous jump. Once you realize that you are jumping lower than your previous jump, stop immediately. This really is simply because you want your muscles and your Central nervous system to train for jumping higher and not for jumping for a longer period of time. It doesn’t matter if you attain your potential in 5 minutes or 30 minutes; stop as soon as you see a decrease in your jumping height.

This is only alternate days, the rest of the days of the week needs to be spent in the gym making your muscles stronger and quicker. Weight training and plyomterics is the key to developing sufficient muscle strength and quickness to jump higher. Again, each training routine should is meant to make you stronger and quicker. So if your capability to lift weights or doing plyometrics drills is decreasing, then stop immediately and enable your muscles to recover.

Training is only half of what is required to jump higher to dunk. The other half is nutrition and recovery. Without enough rest you will never recover from the damage that your muscles go through when training. So it is recommended that you rest at least 2 days a week. It can be adjusted according to your muscles ability to recover. If they recover faster, you can go back to training earlier.

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