Diversion Number 27: The Bright Side of Things

Diversions for You and Your Friends is a feature of the blog, which appears every Monday. To find out more about Diversionsread the Introduction and Number 1, or you can visit the Diversions Archive.

The comments with these pictures express some of my philosophy about life and the value of gratitude and happiness.

As you scroll through these pictures and read the affirmations, consider what thoughts most appeal to you.

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Growth and Transformation

This article originally appeared on the Support4Change website, and is reposted here.

What can you do to gain the most from your experience of loss? Here are several ideas.

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Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
By GozitanoOwn work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

Change from the attitude that you are a victim.

Years ago I attended an “est” seminar. While I wouldn’t recommend the program to anyone if it were still around today, there were a few lessons I found valuable. One of them came from a talk about being either the cause of your life or operating as though you have no choice other than being the effect of what others do to you. Without expanding that idea into a New Age “you-create-everything-in-life and you’re-responsible-for-all-your-pain” philosophy, you do hold the power to make a choice of how you respond to the situation in which you find yourself. Read More

Diversion Number 26: The Brains Behind the Longest TV Broadcast Ever

Diversions for You and Your Friends is a feature of the blog, which appears every Monday. To find out more about Diversionsread the Introduction and Number 1, or you can visit the Diversions Archive.

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If you were told that there was an eight-hour TV show of salmon fishing, or a seven-hour train ride, or 60 hours of a choir singing hymns, you would have bet it would be a major disaster. You would be wrong. At least in Norway.

Tired of the lighting fast, hyper-cut action of modern day television? Slow TV might be more your speed. The brainchild of Thomas Hellum and several colleagues at the Norwegian Broadcasting Company, Slow TV features hours (sometimes days) of uninterrupted programming. And as it turns out, these broadcasts are really popular. So kick back, unwind, and grab a BIG bowl of popcorn if you want to watch Slow TV.
The Big Story

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Diversion Number 25: Nature Finds a Way

Diversions for You and Your Friends is a feature of the blog, which appears every Monday. To find out more about Diversionsread the Introduction and Number 1, or you can visit the Diversions Archive.

Several weeks ago I received an email with the following comment:

Trees have been around for about 370 million years, and as you can see from these incredible pictures, there’s a good reason why they’ve survived for so long. Whether they’re growing in the middle of gale-force winds, on the tops of rocky platforms, inside concrete tunnels, or even growing out of each other, trees know how to survive in places that few living organisms can, which explains why the planet is host to around 3 trillion adult trees that cover an estimated 30% of the earth’s land. Considering that plants produce the vast majority of the oxygen that we breathe, we should all think ourselves very fortunate that trees are as resilient as they are. We wouldn’t even be here if they weren’t. Thanks guys!

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Diversion Number 24: Old Gas Stations! Old Cars! Wow!

Diversions for You and Your Friends is a feature of the blog, which appears every Monday. To find out more about Diversionsread the Introduction and Number 1, or you can visit the Diversions Archive.

Today’s diversion was sent to me by my sister. It included more than twice as many pictures as I have in this post. The ten I’ve chosen should be enough to help you return to the days when cars and gas stations were a bit different than they are today. In fact, some of these pictures may seem to come from another planet, especially if you are much younger than I.

The pictures I’ve chosen may tickle your fancy with registered restrooms, free hot dogs and drinks, and prices that hadn’t yet reached a dollar a gallon. Of course, to be fair, the average salary was a great deal lower then than it is today.

When I think about the changes in gas stations since these pictures were taken, how much of a change will there be in the next fifty years? Certainly there will be more electric plugs than gasoline pumps. And maybe by that time designers will have created better batteries, so a car can go much farther without recharging.

Incidentally, the pictures that came with the original email didn’t have comments, but I couldn’t resist adding my two-cents worth. So if you see an incorrect statement, blame me.

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