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Assisted By : Gunjan Saraf   mailto:gunjan@workinghumor.com

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7th May  2003    #     Issue 110
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I have put my genius into my life;
all I've put into my works is my talent.
~ Oscar Wilde
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IN THIS DIGEST   :

Moderator's Comment -
                                               ~ Gunjan

The Other Moderator's Comment
                                               ~ Eva
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CONTINUING DISCUSSIONS

Mental Hygiene
                                     ~ Gunjan

Boredom
                                     ~ Dan Siedman

Speaking Tip
                                       ~ from Tom Antion

NEW DISCUSSIONS

Can Genius be a handicap?
                                  ~ Gunjan

THIS WEEK'S HUMOR

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Moderator's Comments
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Dear Laughmates,

Thanks for the great response to my call for support
for my relaunched lists. Laughmate Stephanie as usual
was the quickest to react. Hardly had I hit the send
button for IL - 109 when I received a message titled
Gunjan's lists on her NT Marketing list. Her list may still
be small but it's a community which rallies around each
other solidly. (To subscribe
NTMarket-subscribe@yahoogroups.com)

On another front I'm thrilled to see a post from one of our
earliest Laughmates - Dan Siedman who say he's older
and funnier than ever before ! Welcome back, Dan. How
about sharing with us a few of the funniest extracts from -
"The Death of 20th Century Selling".

Without further ado, here's I-Laugh #110.

With best wishes,
Gunjan
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The Other Moderator's Comment
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Dear LaughMates,

Open mouth, insert....

Yesterday, a colleague called, the wife/assistant of an attorney for whom
I'd done some estate work. Knowing her husband had been ill, the first
thing I asked was, "and how's Roger?" She replied, "Well, that's what I
was calling you about."

Somehow, you just don't expect friends to die. Even when they've been ill.

Ironically, this man, who'd led an amazing and full life, and was deeply
into
his 70's (or more?), was survived by his.....

MOTHER?!!!!

How old can that woman be? Good heavens, are people living forever?

And that leads me to more ironies...yesterday morning, Al Tompkins was
talking about the life spans of the 'developmentally disabled'.
http://www.poynter.org/templates/column_a/default.asp?id=2&aid=32672

"A child born with Downs Syndrome in 1949 had a 9-year life
expectancy,  today the life expectancy reaches to senior citizen status."

"Most developmentally disabled people born in the 60's are alive today.
The 40 plus group is the fastest growing group of people with
developmental  disabilities."

And just before this friend called, my assistant told me about a friend
of hers who'd just died over the weekend. This lady, had still been living
on her own, in her own home, with a tenant/friend in a downstairs unit,
to be there in case she needed help. She was nearly 100 years old.

I don't know where I'm going with this...Just looking at the juxtaposition
of life and death in the same day.

And coming to realization that we're probably all going to be living
long lives. Our parents (for some of us) will still be around when we
are elderly. So, for many, we'll never really get to be adults in our
own rights - we'll always be someone's child - until the day we die.

My conclusion?

Well, if we're always going to be a child - then let's behave like one!

Go out and play. Have a great time.

You can always run to Mommy if you skin your elbow.

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=====  CONTINUING DISCUSSIONS ========

=== > Mental Hygiene

Dear Laughmates,

A simple thought has been doing cartwheels in my head all of
last week. After all my blah blah about the importance of
mental hygiene, if a Laughmate would have written in and said -
"Gunjan, I'm convinced I need to start working mental hygiene...
how do I start ?" what would I have replied to him/her. (Of course
Laughmates are too considerate and never really do put me in such
a predicament ;-)

Unfortunately, Russell's 'Conquest of Happiness' is not one of
modern DIY and doesn't give specific instructions or exercises.
Searching for Mental Hygiene Practice or Mental Hygiene Exercises
on the Search Engines takes you to mental health sites, related to
neurology or psychiatry, places where people never learnt to speak
in simple English.

Probably, my own first exercise in mental hygiene or discipline was
when our Physical Education Guru (He is now 70 plus but you should
see the shape he is in) squeezed my hand when I was a little kid. He
had hardly started squeezing it and I was already yelping in pain.
He smiled and asked, "That's it ? That's your toleration
limit ?" He then guided me and said, "I'll squeeze your
hand again, increasing the pressure gradually... As you
start feeling the pain, start repeating 'No pain', 'No pain'. "
I was amazed at how much more I was able to take at
my very second attempt and with practice I had reached
a level, where I wouldn't like someone who didn't know
the human body well to do this exercise with me caused he'd
have to break my bones before I screamed. For the
same reason I wouldn't recommend this exercise to anyone
though it really helps increase pain tolerance.

So I still don't have a simple exercise but I'm working on a
couple that could be useful for people who have never explored
this avenue. In the meanwhile if you have any suggestions,
or resources you'd like to recommend, we're all ears
(and do we look like the just bygone Easter bunnies !;)

Gunjan

Comments or if have you a tip to share -
mailto:posts@workinghumor.com?Subject=MentalHygiene

=== > Boredom

I use boredom time to delete spam.

We are so super-sensitive about time today. Computers are
mili-seconds faster and we can't wait for anything. Reviewing
and removing my spam is almost a therapeutic investment in
my slow-down efforts.

I look at spam as a form of entertainment. In fact, it amazes and
amuses me that, for example, there are so many different terms
that can be used to describe a specific male anatomy part - which
I have no desire to grow, enlarge or turn into a hammer (sheesh!).

Sure, there's a level of irritation related to receiving it, but we could
also use reasons to slow down the pace of life, so I use spam deletion
time to do just that.

Best,

Dan Seidman, SalesAutopsy.com
"One of the top 12 sales coaches in America" (Ultimate Selling Power)
Author, The Death of 20th Century Selling.
Buy it now, laugh a lot, make a lot more money
http://www.salesautopsy.com
1-847-359-7860 (central time)

Comments or if have you a tip to share -
mailto:posts@workinghumor.com?Subject=boredom

=== > Speaking Tip

ACTION PLAN TO IMPROVE YOUR USE OF HUMOR

 Decide that no matter how good (or bad) you are now,
you can do better.
 Add humor to your presentations gradually.
 Practice bits.
 Pick one joke or story from any source and practice
that joke or story 10 times per day for one week.
Tape record the first and last time you tell the story and
then compare.
 Practice jokes, one-liners, and stories 30-50 times
before you use them in a presentation.
 Develop pre-planned ad-libs for problems that may
occur in your presentations.
 Read, listen, or watch humorous material daily.
 Start a humor library.
 Start a humor file and cross-reference system.
 IMMEDIATELY write down anything you hear or
see that strikes you as funny. If you don't, it will be lost.
 Audio or video tape all your presentations.
 Get feedback from pros and/or get coaching.
 Develop a pre-program questionnaire.
 Write several new introductions for yourself.
 Write a suggestion letter to be given to your introducer.
 Vow to get to your presentations one-half hour earlier
than you normally do to control as many variables of the
room setup as you can.
 Visit with as many members of your audience as you
can before your presentations.

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=========== NEW DISCUSSIONS ===========

===> Can genius be a handicap ?

This week as I compiled the Humorous Quotations
newsletter, I went through brief biographies of Oscar
Wilde several times. (I go through at least 4-5 bio sites
before I choose one for you) I read about his two years
jail term and even found transcripts of his infamous trial.

They make fascinating reading and the way he rips
Mr. Carson (the lawyer trying him) apart is hilarious.

Here are a few excerpts...

C--May I take it that you think "The Priest and the Acolyte"
was not immoral?
W--It was worse; it was badly written.

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C--"Religions die when they are proved to be true."  Is that true?
W-Yes; I hold that. It is a suggestion towards a philosophy of
the absorption of religions by science, but it is too big a question
to go into now.
C--Do you think that was a safe axiom to put forward for the
philosophy of the young?
W--Most stimulating.
C--"If one tells the truth, one is sure, sooner or later, to be found out"?
W-That is a pleasing paradox, but I do not set very high store on it
as an axiom.
C-- Is it good for the young?
W-Anything is good that stimulates thought in whatever age.
C--Whether moral or immoral?
W-There is no such thing as morality or immorality in thought.  There is
immoral emotion.
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C--"Your slim gilt soul walks between passion and poetry."
Is that a beautiful phrase?
W-Not as you read it, Mr. Carson.  You read it very badly.
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If you want to read this entire section of the trial
http://snurl.com/wildetrial (The transcripts of the rest of the
trial are also available at the same site)

However, as I read this little barbs, I wondered whether these
insults and put downs really benefited Wilde ? Sure, today they
may be a part of his personae and make great reading but at that
time would he have been scoring positives points with the judge
and others with these wisecracks ?

I think not ... ( Thank God, we're discussing Wilde, not Descartes
or I'd have disappeared in a puff of smoke). What do you think
about the matter ? Any other examples where genius has been a
handicap rather than an asset ?

~ Gunjan

Comments  -
mailto:posts@workinghumor.com?Subject=genius

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===========  This week's Humor ==============

Performance Appraisals Revisited

GREAT PRESENTATION SKILLS ...=
Able to bullshit

GOOD COMMUNICATION SKILLS ...=
Spends lots of time on phone

AVERAGE EMPLOYEE ...=
Not too bright

EXCEPTIONALLY WELL QUALIFIED ...=
Made no major blunders yet

WORK IS FIRST PRIORITY ...=
Too ugly to get a date

ACTIVE SOCIALLY ...=
Drinks a lot

FAMILY IS ACTIVE SOCIALLY ...=
Spouse drinks, too

INDEPENDENT WORKER ...=
Nobody knows what he/she does

QUICK THINKING ...=
Offers plausible excuses

CAREFUL THINKER ...=
Won't make a decision

AGGRESSIVE ...=
Obnoxious

USES LOGIC ON DIFFICULT JOBS ...=
Gets someone else to do it

EXPRESSES THEMSELVES WELL ...=
Speaks English

METICULOUS ATTENTION TO DETAIL .=
A nit picker

HAS LEADERSHIP QUALITIES ...=
Is tall or has a loud voice

EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD JUDGMENT ...=
Lucky

KEEN SENSE OF HUMOUR ...=
Knows a lot of dirty jokes

CAREER MINDED ...=
Back Stabber

LOYAL ...=
Can't get a job anywhere else

(Thanks Dianne)

Comments :
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===========  This week's Stress Reliever  ==============

Ouch !
http://www.workinghumor.com/cartoons.shtml

(Remember, that's our daily cartoon feed and might change and
be a different cartoon if you don't take a peek quick! Then you'll
wonder what I was going ouch about ! ;-)

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