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So God Made a Wrestler

So God Made a Wrestler

God looked down on his paradise and was pleased. He looked upon all of the peoples of the earth. He noticed the many sports that athletes participated in. God said, “I need to create the ultimate sport and the ultimate athlete.” So God made a wrestler.

God said, “I need an athlete who is willing to participate in a sport that requires discipline, sacrifice, dedication, hard work, and commitment.” So God made a wrestler.

“I need an athlete who is willing to face another athlete one-on-one in the most physically demanding sport in existence with no one else to help him and yet not be afraid.” So He made a wrestler.

“I need an athlete who can defeat his opponent with strength, power, speed, agility, and technical skills. He needs to be able to endure the toughest six or seven minutes that a person could ever endure in the sporting world.” So God made a wrestler.

God said, “I need person who is willing to get up at 6:00 a.m. so he can run five miles before going to school. I need that same person to attend classes, make it through a demanding two hour wrestling practice, and then still come home and do his homework.” So God made a wrestler.

God had to have someone willing to practice the same move for hours, day after day until he had it perfected. So He made a wrestler.

God said, “I need an athlete who declares as a boy that one day he will be an Olympic champion and never doubts himself.” So God made a wrestler.

“I need an athlete who can lose his final college match making it his only loss during his high school and college career. I need that same athlete to bounce back more determined than ever. I need that athlete to win the Olympic gold medal in a dominating fashion and then go on to become one of the greatest wrestling coaches in collegiate history.” So God made a wrestler.

God said, “I need an athlete who is willing to shoot a million low single legs in his lifetime and perform a leg lace fifty times a day because he knows the value of drilling.” So He made a wrestler.

God had to have someone who could get pinned one week and then defeat that same opponent the following week to win the conference championship because he believed in himself and in his abilities. So God made a wrestler.

God said, “I need an athlete who is willing to work hard for four years and never regret it even though he never makes the varsity team. I need an athlete who will stick with it because he knows it is making him a better person.” So He made a wrestler.

“I need an athlete who is willing to practice three times a day preparing for the NCAA Tournament because his coach thinks that is what is needed to be prepared. I need another of his …

The Netflix Curse

The Netflix Curse

I have over six hundred books on my reading list, most of which I own. Some of them I’ve never read before, others I want to reread. They weigh on my mind and clutter up my room. Some I want to read so I can review them for my blog, Lover’s Quarrel, and others just look like fun. Everywhere I turn in my house, there are stacks of books to be read. I have four reading apps on my phone as well.

But too often I turn to Netflix when I have some free time. I love Netflix. With all of its shows and movies perfect for binge-watching, I find myself looking forward to marathoning That 70’s Show (again) instead of wanting to read Voyager by Diana Gabaldon for a couple of hours. Don’t get me wrong, I love reading. And there have been plenty of times in my life when I preferred reading to watching TV. But after starting college and then taking on landscaping as a summer job, I must confess that my reading habits have seriously diminished. I even had to take a brief hiatus from Lover’s Quarrel because I didn’t have any more books to review and couldn’t find the will to read any more.

Ironically, Netflix became my free time activity of choice for the same reason I prefer books to TV: it takes less imagination and energy. All of the sights and sounds are provided for me so I don’t have to spend precious mental energy and imagination, which gets seriously depleted during the school year.

But Netflix quickly becomes a vicious cycle. It’s too tempting to watch it when I have the energy to read, or even when I should be working. Luckily, there are ways to get me away from Netflix and back to reading, apart from unsubscribing to Netflix (let’s not get too crazy).

Listening to music or white noise has helped a lot. It gives me the same stimulation as the audio on a TV show, so it keeps my reading distraction-free. I have a white noise app that I like, and I’ve found some really good “Music for Reading” videos on YouTube. Audiobooks also bring me away from Netflix because I can knit or clean while listening to them.

However, the most effective thing I’ve found to get me away from Netflix is to keep binge-watching. No, seriously. Once I’ve found an amazing show and I get a huge obsession over it, I can’t stop watching it until I run out of episodes. And after I’ve run out of episodes, other TV shows are ruined for me for awhile. That happened with Stranger Things and I’m sure it’ll happen once I hit season 8 of That 70’s Show. Since all TV is ruined for me anyway, the best thing I can do is find a book that I know will be as addictive as a good television series. And that will take me away from Netflix. In the meantime, …

Catastrophe Alert – Is Working For A Living A Problem In Today’s Economy?

Catastrophe Alert – Is Working For A Living A Problem In Today’s Economy?

In today’s economy, most people might conclude that is it harder to get a job under this current president. While I am not here to share any personal beliefs in politics, I will say that in today’s time, it is much harder to find a job than it once was. 20 to 30 years ago, most people stopped going to college once they got their bachelors. Now people are getting their masters in their respected fields and are still not able to make ends meet in their household.

In the workforce today, there are many things that are worth pointing out that makes working for a living a problem. Working for a living in my opinion is not the way to live. In the great country called United States, We as citizens are allowed to challenge the status quo and pursue our dreams.

When you work for a living, if you are not educated, you are most likely living on or under the poverty level. You are basically forced to work extremely long hours for very little pay. In addition, since you are not on salary, in the unfortunate event you become dangerously ill and forced to take a lot of days off to heal, you will fall into enormous debt.

If you have a degree in a respected major, you maybe just above the poverty line but you are no where near comfortable. When you have a masters or bachelors and are well educated, taxes that come out of your paycheck and the increased cost of living can make it hard to enjoy a comfortable level of living.

When you work in corporate America, in most cases you are forced to work with people you do not like and your job is never guaranteed. Nothing is ever guaranteed in society and you can be out of a job at any minute. Your employer may choose to go in a different direction and let you go or your employer may go out of business leaving you out of a job as well.

If you want to escape working for a living in today’s economy, you must find a different method of earning income. Working from home can be a great way to make income. Working from home will allow you to make more money than you ever imagined and you will be able to put yourself in position to live a higher quality lifestyle.…

Availing Premedical Courses

Availing Premedical Courses

Students in the pre-medical courses have the opportunity to meet their educational goals at a world-class university. The program admits post-baccalaureate students seeking the laboratory science courses in biology, general and organic chemistry and physics required for the application to most medical, dental, veterinary, and related professional schools. The careers of Pre-medical courses provide a better scope to the interested students to get the numerous leadership positions within the organization allow students the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills for their future profession.

Education requirements

It is designed for students who have sufficient level of English but lack the knowledge of medicine related subjects. After completing the program they have the opportunity to apply for University admission. The Pre-Medical Program provides a smooth adaptation year for all the newcomers. You will meet international students from different cultures in small-size groups. You will get adapted to an independent way of life and you will learn how to prepare yourself for oral and written exams. There is no limit on the time frame during which the courses must be completed, but if you have been out of school for a few years, it is strongly recommended that you have some recent science coursework to demonstrate that you can still do well in a classroom setting.

Duration of the Course

The Pre-medical courses are the one mostly pursued by the interested aspirants to kick start off the career in the field of medical sciences. The duration of the course is mostly from 2 to 3 years which mostly provide you with a degree of Diploma in the field of medical sciences.

Subjects in the Pre-medical Courses

• Physics

• Anatomy

• Biochemistry

• General Biology

• General chemistry

• Genetics

• Biochemistry

Characteristics of a pre-medical aspirant

• Volunteer and job shadow in a variety of medical settings and specialties throughout the college and reputed university career (i.e. primary care physicians, specialties of interest, rural and urban settings, community clinics, dental centers, mission trips abroad, etc.).

• Be actively involved with activities demonstrating social conscience, compassion, and personal character to reflect to prove him.

• Show leadership ability to prove him in the course learning.

• Be active members of the college.

• Develop an ability to communicate with a variety of people in a variety of ways (i.e. written, verbal, non-verbal, technological, etc.) to develop his/her skills.

• Demonstrate the ability to effectively managing time.

Colleges and Universities

There are many medical and pre-medical colleges and universities helping the medical aspirants to get the career of the pre-medical course and to develop a sense of leadership skills and the best of medical specialties so that the medical candidate can sunshine in the colleges and universities. A pre-medical candidate is required to bestow best of quality education from the reputed teachers and professor to help the aspirant get the good grades so that he can outrage his/her career ahead in the form of the medical officer and other higher position.

In my view, …

Create Your Ideal Lifestyle

Create Your Ideal Lifestyle

Lifestyle reflects our beliefs, attitudes, customs, behaviors, and values. A lifestyle can fill us with joy, keep us healthy, and allow us to become more successful. It can also contribute to illness or hold us back from the things we are capable of accomplishing.

Fortunately, we can choose actions and habits that keep us happy, healthy, and successful. We have that choice daily.

Maltbie Babcock summarized this very elegantly when she wrote, "A day dawns, quite like other days; in it, a single hour comes, quite like other hours; but in that day and in that hour the chance of a lifetime faces us."

That chance, however, presents a challenge. A familiar lifestyle is not easy to leave behind, even when negative habits or tolerations make it uncomfortable. Doug Firebaugh wisely said, "Something must die in order to grow – your old habits, your old self image, your old thinking, your old life … must be weeded out for the seeds of success to grow."

People want to be free from the consequences of their vices, but not necessarily from their vices. Many attempt changes that are too large to be realistic. Others try to change too many things at once. Old behaviors creep back very quickly.

For example, if it would burden you to carry out a new action on a regular basis, it is probably not a realistic change. Smaller changes carried out routinely more often lead to repeating change. Begin with one new action that can become a regular lifestyle behavior. Then look for tangible results from that change.

If you are not already living your ideal lifestyle, take time to think deeply about the following questions. Then write your answers in a journal. This exercise will help you create a clear picture of your ideal lifestyle. It will also help you to design a plan to begin creating the lifestyle that you want.

What is my current lifestyle?

How have my beliefs created that lifestyle?

What is my current lifestyle costing me?

If my lifestyle were to become ideal, what differences would I notice immediately in the major areas of my life?

For example, what would you be doing differently on a daily basis? What habits would you adopt, and what habits would you discard? Consider the changes you would notice in these areas:

  • Relationships (Family and Career)
  • Home environment
  • Wellness and self-care
  • Energy level
  • Serenity and inner stillness
  • Finances
  • Rest and relaxation
  • Temperament
  • Happiness and contentment

How would I look and feel most of the time if I lived my ideal lifestyle?

What tolerations, habits of thought, and actions are limiting me from living my ideal lifestyle?

What would it require of me to remove those limits?

What is the first thing in my current lifestyle that I would really like to change or improve?

Am I willing to commit to the necessary changes in thought and action to live my ideal lifestyle, and if so, when will I begin to make the first change?

10 Reasons Education Law is So Important

10 Reasons Education Law is So Important

If you work in a school or other education establishment then you might already be aware of why education law is playing such an important role in modern education.

Here’s what you need to know

1.    Schools are just as accountable and responsible as other businesses, and have to meet the same sort of regulations.

2.    Compliance with relevant education laws and government policies is essential, and an experienced education solicitor can make sure that your school or university isn’t breaking any laws.

3.    Your school will be dealing with many suppliers, and will be buying lots of goods and services.  Education law can also help you make sure that the contracts you negotiate and sign are legal, and in your best interests.

4.    Unfortunately pupil discipline is becoming more of an issue in modern education.  It is important that you know what you can and can’t do to discipline your pupils.

5.    Charity law can also apply to schools if they received donations or funding.  By knowing how to deal with the paperwork and legal implications involved, you can make sure that you stay on the right side of the law.

6.    Estate management is another important area of education.  Perhaps you are considering buying or selling land for the school, or want help when hiring contractors.

7.    Like in other sectors, it is important to remember that construction, planning and environmental laws also apply to schools too.  If you’re in the process of having a new wing built, or wanting to make more of your playing fields, you’ll need to make sure that the plans are legal.

8.    Employment law still applies in schools, so that you’ll need to make sure that all of your employees are treated fairly so as not to breach employment laws.

9.    When recruiting new staff, you might additional skills to be verified, or checks to be carried out.  An education solicitor will be able to help ensure that your recruitment process is up to date and legal.

10.    Health and Safety issues and schools always seem to be in the news, and often for the wrong reasons, so it’s important that your staff know exactly how lessons should be carried out, cleaning should be done, and how any other potential hazards can be identified and minimised to reduce the risk of injury or disease to pupils and staff.

Now you know more how important knowing about and adhering to relevant education laws is, perhaps it’s time for you to make sure your policies and procedures comply with Education Law.…

Student Health Insurance – International Options For Students

Student Health Insurance – International Options For Students

Congratulations! You finally got the scholarship you applied for at the University of London. In two months' time, you will be jetting off to another continent, to study fashion under the wing of one of the largest names in the industry.

Naturally, in the excuse that followed, you never thought of student health insurance. International students rarely do – before they get sick, anyway. Once they're face to face with the terrible reality of illness, they regret that they've been so careless about health coverage.

Why wait for this to happen to you? If you do not have a student health insurance with international coverage yet, here are two very good reasons to start shopping around for one.

1. You want to protect yourself from uncertainty. You may be stronger than an ox now or even just borderline healthy. Still, no one knows what would happen in the future. You could fall ill weeks after your arrival. There are no guarantees that you will not meet an accident or catch the flue while abroad.

You may protest, "But my parents have insurance and it covers me!" How are you? Moreover, even if you already have some form of coverage, this is most likely minimal at best. Furthermore, policies are generally not specifically intended for traveling students. Unlike student health insurance, international holidays and extended positions are likely to be items of exclusion in whatever policy your parents have.

2. You want to plan your life ahead. Planning your finances should begin even before you get your first real job. You do not want to start your adult life swamped with a huge medical bill to pay off, on top of your student loans.

Do not get caught unawares. As you go about planning your trip, request for quotes from various providers of student health insurance. International students should consider getting them combined medical and travel insurance coverage. Then, and only then, can you consider yourself a responsible adult with an eye out for his or her own well-being. …

Book Review: Now What: A Young Persons Guide to Choosing the Perfect Career by Nicholas Lore

Book Review: Now What: A Young Persons Guide to Choosing the Perfect Career by Nicholas Lore

As a career consultant I try to read as many books on this topic as I can. I just finished reading Now What: A Young Persons Guide to Choosing the Perfect Career by Nicholas Lore. I had very high expectations going into this book based on the last book that I read from this author. I must say that I was not disappointed.

The first couple of chapters are pretty basic and kind of boring as the author describes various tests that college students can take to learn about their personality types and which careers they would be best suited for. The best part of the book is the tool kit that Lore provides. This allows the reader to become engaged and learn as they read. The book forces you to take action towards your career and actually provides encouragement and motivation along the way.

There were a couple of negatives though. The one thing that I did not like was the author plugs his testing and coaching services and at times I felt like I was reading a promotional piece for his business instead of a book that was supposed to inform and educate. The other negative was there was never any mention of the negative economy we are in and how that impacts people that are starting off in their career.

Overall, I do recommend this book for any high school or college student that is ready to start searching for a career. It is tough out there so the more you can read and prepare for the better off you will be.…

Academic Vs Athletic Scholarships – The Difference is Control

Academic Vs Athletic Scholarships – The Difference is Control

Do you know the key difference between academic vs. athletic scholarships? Obviously, one is for achievement in the classroom and one is for achievement in sports, but there are other major differences as well.

One of the major differences in academic vs. athletic scholarships is that the academic scholarship is a little more under your direct control. It is not easy to get one of these scholarships, but there is no real mystery as to how you go about getting one. If you excel in the classroom during your high school days, you apply for academic scholarships and your application is reviewed. A third party (in consultation with you school) decides if you meet the criteria for the scholarship and how you stack up against the competition. The rules and guidelines are posted up front and usually understood by all.

On the other hand, athletic scholarships are a whole different animal. One of the key differences in academic vs. athletic scholarships is this:

You can excel at your sport for four years in high school and do everything right, and still never get any attention from college coaches or any offers for a scholarship.

There are no set guidelines or rules for earning an athletic scholarship. Some great players simply fly under the radar of college coaches. At the same time, some average players get a big reputation early in high school and end up being recruited by many different colleges. I guess the best way to summarize the differences is that strange things can and do happen in the world of athletic scholarships.

As you can see, the key difference between academic vs. athletic scholarships is the element of control. That’s why it is extremely important for all student athletes who want to play in college take responsibility for their own recruitment. Athletes need to contact coaches with a letter and an athletic resume to make sure college coaches know who they are and what they can do for their athletic program.…

Origin And Development Of Guidance And Counseling Practice In Tanzanian Schools

Origin And Development Of Guidance And Counseling Practice In Tanzanian Schools

1.0. Overview

1.1. Background and History of Guidance and Counseling in General in School Practice and other setting

The history of school counseling formally started at the turn of the twentieth century, although a case can be made for tracing the foundations of counseling and guidance principles to ancient Greece and Rome with the philosophical teachings of Plato and Aristotle. There is also evidence to argue that some of the techniques and skills of modern-day guidance counselors were practiced by Catholic priests in the middle ages, as can be seen by the dedication to the concept of confidentiality within the confessional. Near the end of the sixteenth century, one of the first texts about career options appeared: The Universal Plaza of All the Professions of the World, (1626) written by Tomaso Garzoni quoted in Guez, W. & Allen, J. (2000). Nevertheless, formal guidance programs using specialized textbooks did not start until the turn of the twentieth century.

Counseling is a concept that has existed for a long time in Tanzania. We have sought through the ages to understand ourselves, offer counsel and develop our potential, become aware of opportunities and, in general, help ourselves in ways associated with formal guidance practice. In most communities, there has been, and there still is, a deeply embedded conviction that, under proper conditions, people can help others with their problems. Some people help others find ways of dealing with, solving, or transcending problems as Nwoye, (2009) prescribed in his writings. In schools, presently if the collaboration between teachers and students is good, students learn in a practical way. Young people develop degrees of freedom in their lives as they become aware of options and take advantage of them. At its best, helping should enable people to throw off chains and manage life situations effectively. Unprecedented economic and social changes have, over the years, changed the ways in which we manage our lives. Consequently, not all the lessons of the past can effectively deal with the challenges of modern times. Effective counseling, especially in institutions of learning has now become important. Boys and girls, and young men and women, need to be guided in the relationships between health and the environment, earning skills, knowledge, and attitudes that lead to success and failure in life. The need for counseling has become paramount in order to promote the well-being of the child. Effective guidance and counseling should help to improve the self-image of young people and facilitate achievement in life tasks. Counseling should empower girls and boys to participate fully in, and benefit from, the economic and social development of the nation.

2.0. Definitions of Concepts

2.1. Guidance

Guidance is an act of showing the way for some people, like adolescents, who cannot find the right path. It is directing, pointing, leading and accompanying. Guidance is saying “Yes” to someone who is asking for help. It is saying “Yes” to an invitation of someone who wants a temporary companion along life’s way.

Guidance is giving directions to …