Tuesday, July 22, 2008

When we are starting in a new direction in life, we often need an adjustment to our attitude. As Zig Ziggler says in his book See You at the Top, "our attitude determines our altitude!" Karl Menninger devoted his life to helping people adjust their attitude to become more productive.

Karl Menninger (July 22, 1893 - July 18, 1990), was born on this date in Topeka, Kansas, was an American psychiatrist and a member of the famous Menninger family of psychiatrists who founded the Menninger Foundation and the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas:

Dr. Menninger's advice when asked what to do when the fear of a mental breakdown comes: "Lock up your house, go across the railroad tracks, find someone in need, and do something for them."

Other Menninger wisdom:

"Love is a medicine for the sickness of the world; a prescription often given, too rarely taken." "Love is the touchstone of psychiatric treatment ... to our patient who cannot love, we must say by our actions that we do love him." "It is doubtless true that religion has been the world's psychiatrist throughout the centuries."

"Not infrequently we observe that a patient who is in a phase of recovery from what may have been a rather long illness shows continued improvement, past the point of his former 'normal' state of existence. He not only gets well, to use the vernacular; he gets as well as he was, and then continues to improve still further. He increases his productivity, he expands his life and its horizons. He develops new talents, new powers, new effectiveness. He becomes, one might say, 'weller than well.' ...Every experienced psychiatrist has seen it.... What could it mean? It violates our conventional medical expectations, so perhaps it is often overlooked and occurs more often than we know. It may contain a clue for better prevention and better treatment. ...Transcendence does occur. And perhaps it is not an exception but a natural consequence of new insights and new concepts of treatment."

"Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand."

"...Peace or something near it is often achieved by those who do not seek it, who, seeking truth, forget themselves."

Grassroots politics is one of the best natural networking tools available. Here's a great way to get more involved and take advantage of what will be happening here in Denver in August.

Free community forums about the upcoming Democratic National Convention will be held at several locations throughout the metro area, hosted by the Denver Mayor's Office and the Denver 2008 Convention Host Committee. The forums will serve to facilitate a community conversation about the Convention and will provide an opportunity for locals, guests and convention goers to find out about what is happening during the week of the Convention.

The official dates of the DNC are Aug. 25-28, but activities will begin as early as Friday, Aug. 22 with the opening of the American Presidential Experience at Invesco Field. RSVP for a forum to Krista Leben at Krista.Leben@denvergov.org. Forum schedule:

July 26, 2008
Curious Theatre
1080 Acoma St.
12:00-2:00 p.m.

July 28, 2008
Temple Sinai
3509 S. Glencoe St.
12:00-2:00 p.m.

July 29, 2008
Southwest Improvement Council
1000 S. Lowell Blvd.
5:30-7:30 p.m.

July 30, 2008
North High School
2960 N. Speer Blvd.
5:30-7:30 p.m.

August 6, 2008
Montview Presbyterian Church
1980 Dahlia St.
5:30-7:30 p.m.

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