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Last Updated on December 17, 2020

Stop Self-Pitying Now Because Falling Down Is An Accident, Staying Down Is A Choice

Stop Self-Pitying Now Because Falling Down Is An Accident, Staying Down Is A Choice

Life is not always easy. The one guarantee that we all have is that it can change at a moment’s notice. Sometimes this is a good thing, and other times, we face struggles. When we go through hard times, it is easy to slip into self-pity. If we place mind over matter, we’re capable of incredible feats.

Determination can help you beat the odds

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007), starring Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Seigner, tells the true story of Jean-Dominique Bauby (Jean-Do), former editor for Elle magazine.

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When Jean-Do suffers a stroke, he becomes trapped inside his body. Although he is paralyzed, his mind is sharp. He learns to communicate despite his physical limitations.

Move beyond what you think is possible

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    Your mindset can be your greatest asset. Jean-Do proves that we are capable of overcoming obstacles if we don’t allow them to define us. While most of us will not face physical trauma nearly as daunting, we can learn a great deal from his perseverance.[1]

    We can either be overcome by challenges, or we can look at struggle as an opportunity to learn and grow. This film is a reminder that we can be extremely resilient–even in the face of difficult circumstances.

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    Close down the pity-party. Your only limitation is your imagination.

    We all go through failures and challenges, but having the right mindset can help us overcome the lowest lows. Jean-Do’s story made me realize that I have no excuse for self-pity. His determination inspired me to have a better attitude when faced with adversity. Moments of struggle have told me the most about who I am. They made me stronger, faster, and more dedicated than I was before.

    The Diving Bell and the Butterfly gets 4 out of 5 stars for its inspirational storytelling.

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    Don’t let self-limiting thoughts get in the way of your dreams. Keep moving forward no matter where life takes you.

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    Last Updated on March 24, 2021

    8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

    8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

    We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

    On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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    Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

    1. Smart Door Locks

    A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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    2. Smart Kitchen Tools

    Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

    3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

    If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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    4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

    These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

    5. Nest Thermostat

    This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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    6. Smart Lighting

    Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

    7. Google Chromecast Ultra

    Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

    8. Canary

    This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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