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The Beatles Had Certain Stipulations for Their Concerts. Number Five is Extremely Heartwarming.

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When musicians go on tour there are certain requests they have that each concert venue must supply if they are to play there. Ever since Van Halen made the request that all the brown M&Ms be removed from the candy bowl in their dressing room musicians of all genres have been making increasingly ridiculous demands in their concert contracts (known as “riders”).

Mary J. Blige insisted a new toilet seat be installed in all her dressing room bathrooms. Jennifer Lopez once required an enormous trailer that was completely furnished in all white. Kenya West kept it classy with demands for imported and recut Versace towels to wipe his face.

The various requests range from insane to downright trite and frivolous. But thankful there are examples of artists whose requests were less disheartening. Check out this snapshot of a contract from their 1965 American tour, especially request #5.

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It’s heartwarming to see that there are some musical artists who place a higher importance things that really matter than making money! Take action for what you believe in and let it show in your work and your personal life.

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Doing Unto Others

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This short humorous film is a good reminder to do unto others as you would have them do to you. Our own personal failings (greed, envy, desire, etc) often hurt us just as much as the pain they inflict on others. If no one wins what’s the point? We should be happy to make others happy. Don’t give in to your selfish thoughts!

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Beep Baseball for the Blind

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Your disability doesn’t have to define you. But then again, it may define you in a way that makes you a shining example and inspiration to others. Common sense would say that losing your sight means you cannot play baseball. However, through the invention of a modified version called “Beep Ball” these blind men are able to play. Their disability, their blindness, is actually what makes playing the sport (and winning it) possible. So don’t let your supposed faults bring you down. Instead learn to embrace your disability!

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Finding Opportunity In Difficulty

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Finding Opportunity In Difficulty

Some people may look at this picture and see it as a miserable climb through snow and unforgiving cold. Others will look at it and see something to overcome. The difficulty of the snowy mountain becomes an opportunity for personal achievement and boasting rights.

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas A. Edison

There are many opportunities in your life that you may miss out on because they seemed like too much work. But even the most troublesome tasks or issues are an opportunity for something better. All you have to do try. Don’t shy away. Rather seize the opportunities as they come, no matter how challenging or demanding they seem!

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The Irrationality of Superstition

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The Irrationality of Superstition

Many people have superstitions about a wide variety of things. It could be something related to Game Day or it could be something more sinister in nature. But what all superstitions have in common is that they are the response to an irrational fear of something (losing, bad luck, death, sickness, etc). Regardless of what you believe I think we can all agree that fear, especially irrational fear, is unhealthy and unwanted. Instead work on overcoming your fears and losing your superstitions!

“A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere.” – Groucho Marx

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This Aunt Makes Miniature Dollhouses for Fun. The Results are Incredible.

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This woman is truly gifted in her hobby. These miniature dollhouses look like they belong on a movie set instead of a little girl’s playroom. The attention to detail is amazing. It’s a great example of someone who has honed in and perfected their talents! What incredible things can you create with just your hands?

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Avoiding the Beaten Path

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Avoiding the Beaten Path

The easiest way to walk through the forest may be to follow the already-laid trail, but is that the most satisfying? For me it is often more fun and exciting to step off the trail and explore the woods in my own way. Besides a sense of adventure this provides access to areas that the majority of people don’t know and may never see.

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

In your own life are you just doing what everyone else does or are you striving to do more than the norm. I urge you to be different, to be extraordinary. Listen to the advice and counsel of others but don’t be afraid to leave the main road. Life should be about forging your own path!

“Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.” – Abraham Lincoln

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How Music Affects Your Brain

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Have you ever noticed how music makes you feel? Sad music makes you sad and happy music makes you happy, but what makes a song sad or happy? It all has to do with our brain chemistry and how our brain reacts to the song. Music can invoke a wide range of powerful emotions in someone. Even better, music has many positive benefits such as helping with long term memory, aiding therapy, kicking addiction, easing pain, and helping with lateral thinking and problem solving. So don’t hesitate on listening to music next time you need some extra inspiration!

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Putting an End to Acid Violence

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This clip is the trailer for the documentary “Saving Face,” which was developed in part by Acid Survivors Trust International. Real hero ASTI is an organization whose goal is to end acid violence completely and to help the survivors of this violence. I had never heard of this organization before nor had I realized the prevalence of acid violence around the world, and this trailer gives great insight into the issue. One way to help these courageous survivors is by spreading awareness of the problem. Pass it on!

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A Faith That is Out of Sight

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Jake Olson ended up losing both eyes to cancer when he was very young. However, he did not let this immensely difficult time or this disability keep him down. Instead he placed his faith in God and became inspiration to thousands (including his favorite football team)!

Jake is an inspiring example for anyone, with or without disabilities. The cancer may have taken his eyes, but it did not take his will. Don’t let the things you can’t control shake your faith. Believe, like Jake does, that you can overcome anything no matter what!