Today's guest column is from Isa Cox.�Isa is an Internet security expert and blogger. She writes about online safety and freedom, tech tips for small business and travel. You may also enjoy her article on�e-crime facts and figures.
Are you aware of the battles being waged over the fate of your personal data and what companies and or other organizations are trying to do with it? You should be, considering it is your information and sharing it could have consequences that will affect you in both the virtual and physical world. Data mining for various purposes is a major industry, resulting in (alleged) national security, targeted marketing, and market research. While you may or may not agree that these are good things, these operations are effectively going on without your control, and you should have some say about what goes on with what is effectively your identity and your valuable property.�Here are some types of people and organizations that are interested in your data, why they are interested, and what you can do to defend yourself.
Have you ever noticed how the more you use Facebook or another social media platform, the more the ads that appear onscreen (unless you use an adblocker program) seem to be targeted directly to you? Have you ever then wondered how the social media platforms (and other�seemingly unrelated websites, much to everyone’s concern) are able to do this?You see targeted ads because these sites are mining your posts and other information for data that they then use to target advertising to you, perform market research, or even sell to other companies for their analysis and research in order to better sell things to you, the consumer.
This week on�MusicThinkTank, we explore how to become a successful artist in the new millennium, look at thirteen excellent apps for touring musicians, and hear some tips on how to properly manage your band's finances.
As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn’t supposed to ever let us down, probably will. You’ll have your heart broken and you’ll break others’ hearts. You’ll fight with your best friend or maybe even fall in love with them, and you’ll cry because time is flying by.
So take too many pictures, laugh too much, forgive freely, and love like you’ve never been hurt. Life comes with no guarantees, no time outs, no second chances. you just have to live life to the fullest, tell someone what they mean to you and tell someone off, speak out, dance in the pouring rain, hold someone’s hand, comfort a friend, fall asleep watching the sun come up, stay up late, be a flirt, and smile until your face hurts.
Don’t be afraid to take chances or fall in love and most of all, live in the moment because every second you spend angry or upset is a second of happiness you can never get back. ~Unknown
Whatever you give away today,or think or say or dowill multiply about tenfoldand then return to you.It may not come immediately,nor from the obvious sourcebut the law applies unfailingly,through some invisible force.Whatever you feel about another,be it love or hate or passionwill surely bounce right back to youin some clear (or secret) fashionIf you speak about some person,a word of praise or two,soon, tens of other peoplewill speak kind words of you.Our thoughts are broadcasts of the soul,not secrets of the brain.Kind ones bring us happiness;petty ones, untold pain.Giving works as surelyas reflections in a mirror.If hate you send, hate you'll get back,but loving brings love nearer.Remember, as you start this dayand duty crowds your mind,that kindness comes so quickly backto those who first are kind.
~ Author Unknown
Today I want you to become aware that you already possess all the inner wisdom, strength, and creativity needed to make your dreams come true.
This is hard for most of us to realize because the source of this unlimited personal power is buried so deeply beneath the bills, the car pool, the deadlines, the business trip, and the dirty laundry that we have difficulty accessing it in our daily lives.
When we can't access our inner resources, we come to the flawed conclusion that happiness and fulfillment come only from external events. That's because external events usually bring with them some sort of change.
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Wake up, before it is too late to stop the Demons!!!
A time comes in your life when you finally get it...when, in the midst of all your fears and insanity, you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere the voice inside your head cries out - ENOUGH! Enough fighting and crying or struggling to hold on.
� Your tears begin to subside, you shudder once or twice; you blink back your tears and begin to look at the world through new eyes. This is your awakening. You realize it's time to stop hoping and waiting for something to change...or for happiness, safety and security to come galloping over the next horizon.
� You come to terms with the fact that neither of you is Prince Charming or Cinderella and that in the real world there aren't always fairy tale endings (or beginnings for that matter) and that any guarantee of "happily ever after" must begin with you...and in the process a sense of serenity is born of acceptance.
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.
The number one thing you need to convince yourself of is that you CAN do whatever you seek to accomplish.� If there are skills you must have, you can learn them.� If there are resources you need, you can locate them.� Your beliefs and commitments drive possibility into otherwise difficult situations.� Convince yourself to achieve, and you will find a way to get there.�
If you’re still searching for the perfect partner, stop.� There’s no such thing.� There are only different flavors of imperfect ones.� In fact, you are just as imperfect as the partner you seek.� You simply need to find someone whose imperfections complement your own.
The biggest problem standing between you and your goal is the sorry excuse you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.� Sure, a believable excuse may enable you to save face in the short-term, to appear more diligent than you know you are, but eventually this lie will catch up to you.� The question you should be asking yourself is:� “Do I want to seem successful to someone else, or do I want to know in my heart that I am?”
New life emerges not from strategy but from character.� Before realizing this, you might think that making plans, devising blueprints for your future or whatever, are the keys to the path ahead.� But our real keys to victory are internal.� Your state of doing must be matched by the state of your being, or the incongruity will sabotage even your most brilliant plans. It's been fascinating over the last few years, watching the high and mighty in business and politics fall precipitously--not because their plans didn't work, but because their character flaws undercut those plans.� Whether the microphone caught them making racist comments or their greed overcame their common sense, who they were as people made all the difference--more than their r�sum�s, their degrees, or even their past successes.� If you fail at the art of being human and staying human, you recklessly court disaster.� Yet how do we cultivate the betterment of our humanity?� What is the how-to of personal transformation? What I've learned, to the extent to which I've been successful at any of this, is that the path of right living is walked one moment at a time.� Whether you show up for life as a jerk or a saint has little to do with belief or theology; it has to do with personal integrity.� We aren't transformed in our hearts by mere belief, because belief isn't of the heart.
LEARN TO USE WORDS�of empowerment. If you say something enough, you believe it. If you believe something enough, it often comes true. No, I’m not talking about lottery jackpots here, but rather about how your beliefs have a huge impact on your destiny. If you believe you can’t do it, then you’re right, you can’t. It doesn’t matter what you eat or how much you exercise because “I can’t do it” is the most consistent self-fulfilling prophecy in the world.
I talk to people all the time who tell me, “I just can’t do it. If I could lose ten pounds, then maybe I’d believe that I could do it. Please tell me what to do to lose those ten pounds!” This really puts the cart before the horse; with such an attitude, I guarantee that those individuals won’t lose the ten pounds they’ve come to believe are the key to their future happiness and health. I won’t make even one food recommendation to a client until I can get him or her to say “I can do it.” Surprisingly, just getting someone to say those words (even without believing them) can be like pulling teeth!
I want you to use words of empowerment to begin shaping your belief system to be more nurturing of your goals. You can do so by simply being your own “cheerleader,” even if a lot of what you say feels like you’re just pretending at first. Your power words and phrases can be anything you like, spoken in front of a mirror or not, but always said out loud.
So true!Nine years ago when I lost my job. I was scared and did not know what to do. I did not like it, but I accepted it and did the best that I could with what I had. In the process, I earned my BS degree, married the love of my life, and got to spend the last six years of my mother's life living, loving, and laughing. We traveled together. She became my best friend. God is in charge.
Refuse to be unhappy; be cheerful instead.
Refuse to let your troubles multiply; just take the one by one.
Imagine yourself to be the type of person you want to be , and then�� be it. You may have to let go of some bad habits and develop some more�� positive ones, but don't give up - for it is only in trying and�� persisting that dreams come true.
Expect changes to occur, and realize that the power to make those changes comes from within you.
Your thoughts and actions , your choices and decisions , and the way�� you spend your time determine who you are and who you will become.
When you express gratitude, you raise the vibrations around you to a higher frequency. You create positive energy that emanates out from you and returns to you as wonderful experiences. You become magnetic. Good things and good people gravitate toward you because you’re such a joy and delight to be around.
An attitude of gratitude is naturally attractive. It has the power to turn challenges into possibilities, problems into solutions, and losses into gains. It shifts the energy. It expands our vision and allows us to see what might normally be invisible to someone with a limiting attitude.
Gratitude is a prayer for goodness to abound. I think the words “ thank you” are two of the most beautiful words in the language. They can light up someone’s face and help the other person know that he or she is appreciated. It opens the doors to our hearts and allows us to feel connected.