Managing the Unexpected: How I Stayed Present in Seven (Not So) Simple Steps

So, there I was alone in a hotel room in Poughkeepsie, NY, instead of attending my college reunion festivities. I’d been looking forward to meeting up with past classmates, going to lectures and, most of all, walking the campus. The Vassar campus is unbelievably beautiful in June. Trees are centuries old, architecture is varied and grand, gardens abundant; and walking the well-known paths is a silent meditation.

But the first thing I did after breakfast was to fall and sprain my ankle. It took approximately ten minutes to blow up like a balloon, and it hurt – a lot.

This Ki Moment was not easy to write about. I was looking for the gift.

It took a while.

And, as I lay in bed with my PRICE (Protected, Resting, Iced, Compressed and Elevated) ankle, this is what I found:

1. It is inconvenient, frustrating, and depressing to be physically disabled. How do people manage with physical limitations that dwarf mine? Let’s face it – a sprained ankle!?

2. I’ve been givena chance to stay quiet, reflect, and relax. Read. Write. Nap. How often have I wished for a day like this?

3. I am challenged to stay centered. With pain, disappointment, and fear (what if it’s worse than I think?) at fairly high levels, I have to coach myself to return to the Good Reality.

4. Pay attention. Just a moment’s inattention is all it takes to lose balance, stumble, and fall.

5. I got to notice the amazing people in my life:

My chiropractor, Jerry, who took all my calls on a Saturday, told me how to care for the ankle, including how best to manage the four-hour car trip home, and made a date to see me on Sunday when I got back.
Catherine – sweetest of front desk attendants- who when I asked her if the hotel had a nurse or doctor on call, said “No, but my dad’s a doctor. I’ll call him and call you back.”
Carolina, the housekeeper, who not only cleaned around me but helped me reposition myself, carried my computer, books, and papers to get me situated, generally acted as nurse while she was with me, and blessed me as she left.
Good friend, Roberta, who brought me food, cheer, and stories from the parties I was scheduled to attend but couldn’t. And told me to call her anytime anywhere – and meant it.
6. This was a lesson in acceptance.

7. And an invitation to stay present. It’s hard not to keep thinking how much time it will take for my ankle to fully recover. (It’s really swollen!) Orof the fall (Why didn’t I see the stairs?) Pema Chodron says, “Let the breath bring you back to the present moment. You will get caught up in your mind and do what you usually do. But the breath will bring you back. Go to the breath.”

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The Boiler Market – Past And Present

The market for central heating and hot water boilers is watched carefully Industry officials and by the Government, with both past records and future predictions being presented in order for the industry to be able to gear up their output according to the predictions for the next few years. The value of the central heating market is estimated to have grown at a very modest year on year rate of 1% in nominal terms over the period from 2008 to 2010. The total market value is expected to have reached a predicted £1,629.6 million by the end of 2010.

The very moderate market change in the second part of the period reviewed is thought to be due to the severe economic downturn and the reduction in new house building programs which came with the banking collapse and the consequential shortage of mortgages. Overall the result was considered to be quite positive as a downturn in the market seems to have been avoided. This was largely due to the increased demand for more energy efficient products and this was also helped by the Government introducing schemes and grants to help reduce energy consumption and reduce Carbon Dioxide output. The overall expansion of central heating and hot water boilers is expected to have risen by 5% in total from 2006 to 2010.

The prediction for the next five years from 2011 to 2015 is for the industry to continue expansion each year during the five year forecast period up to 2015 with the annual growth levels going up between 3 to 6% in real terms. The total market value in 2015 is expected to be £2053.1 million; a growth of 26% compared to the current year. The short term market is expected to be very restricted by the present economic problems, but the introduction of a new set of Government grants and initiatives is expected to re-energise the market in the next few years.

There is no doubt that the Government has every incentive to push money at the trade to help bring them closer to the targets on carbon reduction that they have already agreed to. However, the initial amounts which have been allotted to industry this year, and the domestic market from next year, are limited and are unlikely to meet the expectations of the above estimates.

The present rises in energy costs will push a demand for more energy efficient boilers and control systems.

An Overview Of The Objects Present In Access To Help Access Experts

Microsoft access is modern software that helps access programmers in creating tables, queries, forms and reports easily. The advanced technology enables you to connect all prepared data together with macros. Access also has an advanced data manipulation solution with a facility to secure the data for certain users. The different objects in access can be used as and when required, but to have a proper knowledge, you need to go through a full- fledged training. A proper training will help experts to use the software quickly and effectively. Here is a quick overview of the different objects present in access.

1. Tables: Tables help access experts in storing data in different column with a unique name. While creating a table use the text type option for entering most data, which includes all words and numbers that you need to store. Once you define the table structure using the wizard, you can enter data which is recorded automatically.

2. Queries: Query object present in Microsoft access helps you to find a specific category of data from your table. Access experts can also sort and combine data present in various tables as and when required. You can edit a particular data easily, using query option in access. As an expert in the field you can also delete or edit more than one entry by defining your requirement in the special query option.

3. Forms: Forms are basically screens, where you can display data. You can also add data to your table using forms, but the forms option in access can only show one data at a time. As an access expert if you know how the records are sorted, then you can define a query and then create a form based on the query. When you define relationship between tables, then you need to use sub- form wizard to create as form.

4. Reports: Reports are basically the output of your efforts; it helps you to get the print out of the spreadsheet made by you. You can have a hard copy of all the reports that you deserve, for doing this you can take the help of access wizard, which takes you through the process of defining reports.

5. Macros: Macros are basically script for performing job through Microsoft access. You can take the help of macros to open a report as well as to validate the data before storing it.

6. Modules: Modules in access are similar to macros; this is the place where you need to write the function that has to be performed. Modules are more effective than macros because they work on codes and can be used effectively in handle error. Mostly the access experts try to do the job using macros, but they end up using modules because that are simple can be easily used in multi-user environment.

Pages in Microsoft access helps experts to enter data through internet, which are stored as HTML files. These files can be easily accessed by all the user across the network.

On the Stand: How to Present Yourself in Court

It’s important to present yourself in court in the best possible manner. Your day in court should be an important moment for you, and your case is most likely meaningful to you, so consider it more than just appearing. Think of it as a job interview or a stage performance. You need to portray yourself to the judge in a controlled and reliable way. Take a moment to evaluate the most prominent aspects of the way you hold yourself: your clothing, your voice and your behavior.

Your Clothing

Other than some factors that you can’t control, such as your height and hair color, your clothing is something a judge may notice about you first, so make sure it’s as professional and appropriate as possible. Generally, you should consider wearing purely professional clothing, such as a button-down shirt, tie, blouse, dress pants, skirt of an appropriate length, close-toed shoes, and so on. Although, if it’s 90-degree weather on the day you appear in court, it may be unnecessary to wear something as formal as a suit coat.

Some clothing to stay clear of would be hats, T-shirts, shirts that reveal cleavage or midriff, pants that reveal underwear, shorts, flip flops, and anything with objectionable images or words. In any case, make sure your clothes are clean of dirt, stains or tears. Also, some visible accessories to your clothing that you may want to consider removing or hiding are cigarettes, facial piercings and visible tattoos.

Even if something is hidden in your pockets, people might see it in other areas of the courthouse, such as an outside area. You don’t want to give anyone a reason to look for bad qualities in you when you’re presenting yourself in court.

Your Voice

The way you use your voice in court is also important. You should try to sound confident and controlled at the same time. Speak up when talking to the judge but don’t yell. You should avoid mumbling at all costs and be firm in what you have to say. That’s why being fully prepared beforehand is so important. You don’t want to sound like you don’t understand your own case.

Remember to use appropriate word choice. Don’t use slang and words such as “yeah,” “nope,” and “huh?” but address people properly with phrases like “Yes, Ma’am,” “No, Sir,” and “pardon me?” And, of course, don’t use foul language.

Also, be to-the-point in the way you speak. Don’t waste the judge’s time by rambling on and getting off topic, but say what you need to say as clearly as you can and in as few words as possible.

Your Behavior

Your behavior and the way you hold yourself when speaking to the judge is also very crucial to your case. For example, you should stand when the judge enters and exits the courtroom as well as when speaking to him or her. Also, you should keep eye contact when speaking to them. If you happen to be sitting, don’t slouch in your seat, but sit up straight.

Strongly consider what your case is about before you enter a courthouse. Is it over a workers’ compensation or personal injury claim? Because if you’re claiming that you hurt your right arm and can barely use it, you should probably try to avoid picking up documents, drinking water or generally relying too much on your right arm when appearing in court. Stop, review the details of your case, and consider whether or not a particular action or behavior might limit the credibility of your claim.

You should be aware that your behavior may be noted or observed not just in the courtroom but in the entire courthouse. Assume that you are being watched at all times, so that you don’t compromise your case. Treat everyone that you meet in the courthouse with respect, and be mindful of what you say outside of the courtroom. You never know who’s listening.

Final Thoughts

When it comes down to it, you should operate under the assumption that everyone is watching you. Don’t let that make you nervous, but let it be a reminder that you need to stay focused. You’re there for a reason, and you should see that reason through to the best of your ability.

On top of wearing the right clothing, speaking properly, and holding a professional demeanor, you should never forgot one timeless rule: be punctual. Don’t be late, and always arrive on time.

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