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Newsletter Dated: 12/19/2005 1:52:30 PM

Subject: Take Charge Success Strategies

Hello, <$firstname$>, Here is your December issue of Take
Charge Success Strategies

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Volume 5, Number 8 December 2005 Publisher: GoalMinds, Inc.
E-mail: condrill@goalminds.com http://www.goalminds.com
Copyright 2005 Jo Condrill All rights reserved

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Happy Hanukah! Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!
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Welcome to our many new subscribers. We are delighted that
you have joined us. Thank you to our continuing subscribers.
You are receiving this newsletter either because you signed
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'In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.
It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another
human being. We should all be thankful for those people who
rekindle the inner spirit.'

- - Albert Schweitzer
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A Reader's Request: I'm sure many of you are currently
writing cards to friends and family. If you can, please send
an extra one to our American military heroes who are
recuperating from wounds this Christmas Season. Please
enclose a short note thanking them for their service and
personal sacrifice. They are the protectors of our freedom,
we must let them know.

Your small act of kindness will be greatly appreciated.
Here's the address...

A Recovering American Soldier c/o Walter Reed Army Medical
Center 6900 Georgia Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20307-5001

If you would, please forward this message to your email
friends. --George Paterno, Vietnam Vet, Point Man
International Ministries

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LAST MONTH'S OPPORTUNITY: Thanks to all who signed up to
test the new Take Charge of Your Life Audio Mini-Course! We
are eager to get your feedback after you have completed the
sixth session.

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IN THIS ISSUE
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1. Word Power

2. A Christmas Past -- provided by Michael Wardinski, Ph.D.

3. How to Overcome Loneliness during the Holidays

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1. Word Power
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Did you ever doubt the power of a single word? Take Christmas, for
instance. What is it about 'Christmas' that causes a
national debate? Has it become offensive in this enlightened
age or has it always been offensive to many who have just
now found their voices? 'Christmas,' Christ Mass, is
definitely a Christian holiday (holy day). Yet
non-Christians celebrate, too. At its best Christmas is a
time of love, of giving of one's self, of remembering the
birth of Christ and praying. At its worst, it is trampling
on our neighbors to get the best deal, of over-eating and
drinking, of quareling with our siblings. Christmas calls us
to be Christ-like and peaceful. We appreciate the
understanding of those who do not believe in the birth of
Christ and celebrate with those who do believe.

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2. A Christmas Past ====================================
CHRISTMAS 1914 The first bloody battles of the Marne and
Ypres were over. Both Allied and German troops were just
learning the realities of existence in the muddy, miserably,
cold trenches that were to symbolize the four more horrible
years of the Western Front in the First World War. The
coming of darkness on Christmas Eve, 1914, marked no change
in the routine of trench life for those British soldiers on
that sector from Ypres to La Bassée. Line officers and
sergeants checked their men; some 'Tommies' stood guard in
the bitter cold; and the majority of men huddled in the
darkness, undoubtedly thinking of better memories of
Christmases past. Then, something happened: A startled
British sentry alerted his comrades to a thin string of
lights he had spotted in the German trenches. The lines of
light lengthened, and then, through the cold, crisp, and
quiet night, came the unmistakable sounds of that beautiful
Austrian-German Christmas carol 'Stille Nacht, Heilige
Nacht' (Silent Night, Holy Night). To the astonishment of
the British troops, the lights suddenly bobbed wildly and
rose higher on the horizon. British soldiers peering
intently into the darkness discovered that the lights were
candles and trench lanterns attached to the bayonet points
of rifles belonging to German troops climbing out of their
trenches. There, fully exposed to British guns, stood
hundreds of German soldiers--some holding Christmas trees,
all singing their beautiful carol. British soldiers in small
groups then started climbing out of their trenches and
joined in singing, using English words to the hymn. To the
dismay of both German and British officers, some soldiers
commenced treading their way through the barbed wire and
shell holes of 'no man's land' and began awkwardly greeting
one another. In spite of commands to return to the trenches,
the soldiers exchanged drinks; hot rum and tea were poured
into German mess tins, and coffee and schnapps into British
tea cups. As the minutes ticked slowly by, the figures in
'feld grau' and in khaki olive-drab shared in the
comradeship of war--and the common humanity of Christmas. On
some other sectors, such unauthorized truces took place on
Christmas day itself. Throughout the daylight, fighting was
informally suspended, as the soldiers came together between
the lines to visit, sing, exchange gifts, and celebrate the
holy day. Late in the day, though, the men began returning
to their lines. The singing stopped, and the lights were
extinguished. The ugly reality of war had returned to the
trenches. Never again would soldiers on the Western Front be
allowed such a Christmas truce. Even so, as one British
writer has observed, the incident of Christmas, 1914,
'remains one human episode amid all the atrocities which
have stained the memory of the war.' SOURCES: Federal
Republic of Germany, Press and Information Office, Focus on
German Arthur Conan Doyle, The British Campaign in France
and Flanders, 1914; John French, 1914 the Great War;
Washington Star, December 26, 1965.

As we celebrate this Christmas with our families, perhaps we
can note that somewhere on the Western Front on the eve and
day of Christmas, 1914, not even one of the most horrible
wars in recorded history could extinguish that marvelous,
powerful, most enduring phenomenon: the Christmas spirit. We
should also recall in the years before and since that
December 1914, we have had members of our Armed Forces
placed in harms way in many other wars and conflicts. We
must remember them and their families in our prayers as
well.

================================== Never doubt your ability
to have an impact. When we wrote 101 Ways to Improve Your
Copmmunication Skills Instantly, neither Bennie Bough,
Ph.D., nor I imagined having our words translated and spread
around the world. The book is in its 4th Edition. If you
purchased one of the first edition, you will enjoy this 4th
edition even more. The book is now available as an audio
book on compact disk. Ask your bookstore or library, or
order from our website http://www.goalminds.com/101.html

The Polish publisher, Dom Wydawniczy Bellona will soon have
an edition in Polish on the market. The Saudi Arabian
publisher, Jarir Books, sold over 3,000 copies in Arabic
within the first six months. Selector, S.A. in Mexico, has
sold over 6,000 copies in Spanish as has Siat in Korea...and
the reports keep coming in.

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'A shortcut to becoming a true person: put the right people beside you. The company you keep can work wonders.'

--Baltasar Gracian

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3. How to Overcome Loneliness During the Holidays
==================================== I've spent several
Christmas holidays far from loved ones. Friends were either
out of town or celebrating with their relatives. Few of us
think of Christmas as a lonely time. Three things you can do
during the holidays if you live alone: Indulge in self-pity,
throw a party, volunteer. I've tried all three.

Self-pity is okay if done in moderation. It causes you to
reflect on what is missing or what went wrong. That's fine
if you can get to the cause of it, correct it or adjust to
it, and move on.

I've tried volunteering with mixed results. One Thanksgiving
holiday I volunteered to help feed the homeless. I was
rejected...too many volunteers; then I checked with a
veterans hospital; I was going to organize a Visit a Vet
program. 'Please don't,' they said. 'We're short on staff;
more people are taking leave, and we already have families
visiting.' So now I volunteer 'off season.'

That leaves 'throw a party.' I can do that! Look around at
work, in clubs to which you belong, and at church. See all
those singles? There are probably several just like you--no
vacation plans, no family around, nothing to do. Invite some
of them over for a 'Pot Luck' dinner. Everyone contributes
and everyone benefits. Think up some 'ice-breaker' type
games to get to know each other better. Step out of your
comfort zone and let the fun begin!

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