Don’t take this for granted…

What A Wonderful World

With David Attenborough — BBC One

There are so many things we take for granted that we should be grateful for, not the least of which is the beauty and wonder of nature. I found this video on Youtube and thought the images were really beautiful and worth sharing. Hope you enjoy.

Discovering your purpose, your dharma… what I learned from Paul Potts

Every one of us has a unique reason to be here and a unique contribution to make.

In the interview clips Paul Potts says he was bullied when he was younger and that he didn’t have much self confidence, that his voice was his best friend.

He had been in some previous amateur opera productions but after being injured in an accident and not having much luck getting more singing opportunities, he resigned himself to being a cell phone saleman.

But he didn’t lose his dream.

He didn’t give up.

When opportunity knocked in the form of an audition for Britain’s Got Talent, he opened the door to let it in. He didn’t let fear or a lack of self-confidence stop him.

What strength or skill or talent is your best friend? What are you proud of?

Then, why are you hiding it?

You have an OBLIGATION to share it!

In Eckhart Tolle’s book, “The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment“, he starts by saying,

“You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are.”

Know your purpose. Claim your purpose.

When you are aligned with your purpose, the Law of Attraction will bring you something better than you can imagine.

Your opportunity may be knocking right now.

Watch this video and know that it can happen in an instant. It can happen for you!

Simply amazing, inspirational, like watching a rocket take off!

Good news for taxpayers (and procrastinators) – filing date pushed back to April 17

In case you weren’t aware of it  the IRS has changed the filing date to April 17,2007. It also means you have until April 17 to

  • File for an automatic six-month extension, using Form 4868.
  • Fund your IRA for tax year 2006
  • Make individual estimated tax payment for the first quarter of 2007

According to the IRS:

Taxpayers will have extra time to file and pay because April 15 falls on a Sunday in 2007, and the following day, Monday, April 16, is Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in the District of Columbia.

By law, filing and payment deadlines that fall on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday are timely satisfied if met on the next business day. Under a federal statute enacted decades ago, holidays observed in the District of Columbia have an impact nationwide, not just in D.C. Under recently enacted city legislation, April 16 is a holiday in the District of Columbia. The IRS recently became aware of the intersection of the national filing day and the local observance of the new Emancipation Day holiday after most forms and publications for the current tax filing season went to print.

More on IRS website

Good News! – What you focus on expands.

What you focus on expands.

How many times have you heard that expression?

If you’re someone who thinks the media never report good news, you’re wrong.

They do. You just have to look for it. And the more you look for it, the more you find it.

So, how do you find it?

Well. you can look for it yourself OR you can come back here on a regular basis.

Why?

Because good news is on my radar and I will find it for you. Easy, eh?

Good news! You found the Good News Corner!

First up:

Forests are making a comeback (they may be out of the woods :o) !

This is good news for all you air-breathers out there.

In a paper presented last November in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences they found that forests are expanding in many areas.

From the paper:

Are prospects for global forests deteriorating or improving? Amid widespread reports of deforestation, some reports provide clues that suggest a reversal of the overall forest decline in many regions. The turning point from net deforestation to net reforestation is defined as the forest transition (1). During the past two centuries, Europe has experienced forest transitions. Since 19th century transitions in the U.S. (2), the forests of industrial and urbanized Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Illinois have expanded by more than half (3).

Area, density, biomass, and carbon confer valued attributes on forests (Table 1). Forest area harbors biodiversity, beautifies landscape, and bestows solitude. Forest area also anchors soil, slows erosion, and tempers stream flow. The density of growing stock, which is the volume per area of timber large enough to harvest profitably, furnishes lumber and paper. The tons of forest biomass per volume of growing stock energize ecosystems and can fuel economies. According to its carbon concentration, the forest biomass withholds carbon dioxide that would add to greenhouse gas in the atmosphere.

To read the entire paper click here.