Ten Reasons You Should Own a Custom Chopper

Custom choppers are the Mercedes of motorcycles, and they are as much fun to own as any super-luxury vehicle. I'm certain that when you see a custom chopper, you wish you had one for yourself. Here's ten reasons to buy a custom chopper …

1. FUN! Yes, this is the first and foremost reason. You will have more fun with a custom chopper than just about any other investment you make. Cars are fun, sure, but they simply do not provide the "in the wind" feeling that can only be obtained with a motorcycle and a custom chopper will make people stop and notice – and that's always fun.

2. Resale value. Just like a car, motorcycles depreciate with time. At least stock motorcycles do. But custom rides and antiques do not – in fact they can appreciate if you continue adding value to your ride. 3. Breaking out of the status quo. Just anyone can own a stock motorcycle. Harley dealers have great stock bikes that anyone who has the money can buy. Newspapers abound with ads for stock motorcycles that are being sold by an owner – often because they want to upgrade and get their first custom chopper. That's the status quo in motorcycles. If you want to break away and stand out in the crowd, a custom chopper will do that for you!

4. Custom choppers are accepted by all motorcycle riders. Have you ever noticed that the Harley riders will accept custom choppers that are not Harley builds much more easily than they will any other type of motorcycle? It's true, if your bike is a custom chop, even if the drive train is not Harley, the Harley rides will not shun you or make nasty.

5. Your custom chopper can reflect your personality. If you purchase a stock bike, there will be hundreds of thousands of people who have exactly the same scoot as yours. With a custom chopper, you can provide input and customization that reflects who you are.

6. Riding comfort is another reason to customize. By choosing the frame, engine, risers, handle bars, saddle and parts that create your custom chopper, you can create the chop that is most comfortable for YOU, the rider.

7. Pizzazz. You can add as much shiny, eye-blinding chrome as you choose; or you can have as little as you choose. If you want lots of fringe, accessories the custom chop to include fringe all over. If you want a very stark, minimalistic ride, you can have that too! How much pizzazz you add is your choice and only your choice!

8. Head turn factor. You can guarantee, no matter what custom chopper design you settle on, you will turn heads. You can add all the "head turn" factor to you chopper you desire. If you want, you can create something that is drop-dead unique and turn every head you encounter. But if you are not a glutton for attention, you may choose a more simplistic design.

9. Make it solo. If you get sick and tired of the "can I ride with you?" questions and simply do not want anyone to ride behind you, choose a solo saddle design that provides you an excuse, "my bike only rides one – ME!"

10. Ego. Yes, we all have ego, do not we? That's what makes us what to be different to begin with. And a great ego stroke is riding out of your truly unique, one-of-a-kind custom chopper. Just do not let it go to your head! After all, you still want your friends to love you and ride with you!

Copyright 2006 Tyler Powers



Tyler Powers

Kabbalah Meditation

Kabbalah is an important and vital aspect of Jewish mysticism, which consists of extensive theories on creation, divinity, the origin and fate of the soul, and the role of human beings. The root meaning of the word "Kabbalah" is "to receive" or "to accept" and is often used as a synonym of "tradition." Kabbalah is viewed as an esoteric derivative of Judaism as it includes various meditative, devotional, mystical, and magical practices. These practices and the related rituals were not accessible for everyone to study and practice, but only to the chosen ones. However, there are certain facets of Kabbalah that have been practiced by people of non-Jewish origin as well since the last several hundred years. Kabbalistic meditation is based on these aspects and teachings of Kabbalah and is believed to be a direct way of interacting with the "Upper Worlds." It is also designed to relax and quiet the mind, which can bring positive changes in various areas of life.

The Kabbalistic meditations are based on the principles of Kabbalah that follow the three blessings. The three blessings are "May Hashem bless you and protect you," "May Hashem shine His face upon you," and "May Hashem lift His countenance towards you, and grant you peace." Hashem is the Jewish term used for God, which literally means "the Name," and is used to avoid casual use of God's name.
In Kabbalah tradition it is believed that every night the soul ascends to the upper worlds and returns to the body in the morning. The Kabbalists have special prayers and meditations to thank the Creator for allowing the opportunity of one more day to reveal the internal "Light."

Kabbalistic meditation facilitates the cleansing of the negative influences out of the body and the mind. The essence of Kabbalistic meditation lies in achieving the power of mind over matter. It is a belief among Kabbalistic practitioners that this power and absolute control will bring heightened joy, love, and understanding into their lives.



Eddie Tobey

Freelance Writing – Time Management Tips That Will Help You Make More Money

If there's anyone who needs to master time management it's the full-time freelance writer. Here are some time management tips from seasoned pros. Follow these tips and start earning more money now!

1) Do not take on too many small writing projects that pay peanuts. Many beginning writers take on a slew of jobs, like writing daily blog entries for companies that pay $ 7.00 per post, or short articles that pay only about $ 20.00 for a 400-500 word piece. These kinds of projects SOUND like a good idea. They can be finished quickly, and, if a writer can manage to acquire enough of these types of jobs, he / she can generate a steady income of cash. But the problem is, these small projects tend to eat up more time than you think, leaving you with less time to do the projects that will bring in substantial income.

Instead of taking on a bunch of these tiny jobs, try this. Plan out how much money you'd like to make from writing each month. Then, get to work finding a few jobs that will produce that amount of income. An article for a glossy magazine might pay $ 1.00 a word. If you manage to get an assigned article of 1,000 words, then you've got $ 1,000 of income from that one project alone.

Once you get good at cranking out quality articles and have established relationships with several magazine editors who will give you regular assignments, you could even write two to three magazine pieces a month, earning between $ 2,000 and $ 3,000 just for those articles.

True, it will take time to build relationships with magazine editors, but would not you rather be working on developing those relationships through thoughtful queries and articles rather than writing for peanuts all day, knowing you'll NEVER earn more from that type of work ?

2) Find multiple uses for many (if not most) of the things you write. For example, turn one of your blog posts into an article for an article directory. Later, combine several of these articles to make a free e-book to give away at your site when subscribers join your mailing list (and all writers need a mailing list). Also, reslant and rewrite each of your articles for submission to more than one market.

3) Phone calls can really cut into your writing time. If you're researching an article and need to make phone calls to contact expert sources for this piece, plan to make all the calls in a single day. Then, once you've made the calls, you'll have all the resource material you need to start writing the article.

If you do not make all the calls in a single day you could be on and off the phone for days, working on ONLY this one article. Also, to make the most of your phone time, email editors ahead of time to arrange a time for your call. That way, you'll know for certain that your source can talk to you at the time you call (so you will not have call-backs to make because the source was not in the office when you phoned).

4) Develop a weekly marketing plan to keep the work flowing in week after week. Freelance writers need to be writing (on assignment) or looking for writing work (assignments) all the time, so it's important to create a weekly marketing plan in addition to working on assigned pieces.

5) You do not have to reinvent the wheel with every nonfiction article you write. Look at the types of articles in major magazines these days. The titles for many of these pieces include a number like, "The Top Ten Ways to Save Money on Your Phone Bill," or "A Dozen Ways to Cut Costs and Still Have the Wedding of Your Dreams," and the article is simply a list of information. Create articles using a "list" type format like these. Not only are they quick and easy to write, but editors love this sort of thing.

6) Make use of your prime time. If you write best in the morning, before the phone starts to ring and you have other distractions and begin to get tired, do your most important writing at that time of day. Leave the afternoons for invoicing clients, returning phone calls, etc.

7) If you're working on a fiction or nonfiction book, just write 2 pages a day. After you've written the 2 pages for the day, you can continue writing more pages, or move on to something else that day. If you manage to write more than 2 pages in a day, you'll know you had a super productive day. Yet, if all you manage to write is 2 pages a day, you'll still feel successful.

8) For nonfiction – get good at chunking out the work before you actually start writing. Come up with a catchy title, a great lead, then an outline. Do all that ahead of time and the article will be much faster to write by the time you do start writing it.

9) Plan a writing session with another writer. You do not have to actually meet and write together. Just set a time frame – say from 9:00 to 11:00 tomorrow morning – when you will both plan to write. At 11:00, email or call each other to report your writing progress.

10) Allow yourself a specific amount of time for online activities like checking email, posting to your blog, playing computer games, and stick to ONLY those times. You'll get more work done during the day, plus you will not feel guilty once you do get online to check your email, play solitaire, etc.

Follow these ten tips and it will not be long before you have plenty of time during the day to get your writing done, plus you should be making more money than ever!



Suzanne Lieurance

Looking to Improve Your Landscaping? Do It With A Patio!

People who have a patio do not always make the most out of them and they do not bring out the full potential of the patio landscaping.

There are a lot of different ideas out there to help you to transform the patio and make it look really impressive. It can be a great area for everyone to enjoy, so it is really just a matter of doing your research and finding an idea that you like. Make sure however, that you know exactly what you want to achieve before attempting to fit a patio into the landscape. This is because it could turn out wrong and that could cause it to have a complete reverse effect on what you wanted the patio to look like.

Which Materials Should You Use When Landscaping Your Patio?

The way that a patio looks is all down to a person's individual needs and tastes and when it comes to choosing the materials, this is the considering factor.

There are quite a few different materials which you can use for the patio such as rock, stone, concrete or absolutely anything that you think looks good. It is a good idea to consider using a material that will complement the space that is readily available as well as one which will suit yours and your family's needs the most. Most of the materials that you can use will make the patio look great and it will give it a great base ready for you to add furniture and other features to it.

How to Place the Materials on the Floor When You Are Landscaping a Patio

Once the area has been prepared and properly marked out, it is time to place the materials of your choice onto the floor. Make sure that you understand the directions for the materials and once you do it is then time to place them down into the appropriate place. This is something that needs a bit of time and effort put into it in order to ensure that it looks as good as it can. You can be extremely creative with the patio but it is important to make sure that it is very secure too. The overall look is important but not as important as safety!

Adding the Final Touches When Landscaping the Patio

Once the patio has been fitted, you may want to add some color and vibrance to the area. This is now the time to show your creative side by adding anything that you like such as features and furniture. You may want to add some nice potted plants, tables and chairs or even ornaments. This is all down to personal preference but you can really add something special to the patio area if you do use your imagination. Potted plants are a great alternative to using flowers and they are extremely easy to manage as well so they really do offer a great look with low maintenance.

As you can see, using a patio for your landscaping project can really add something special to any landscape. It allows a person to be as creative as they like, but it is always important to do the adequate amount of research beforehand.



Source by Andrew Caxton

Introduction To CFD (Contracts For Difference) Trading – Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of this 2 part series on Contracts For Difference (CFD) trading.

If you're new to CFD trading, you would've found out in part one all about why people trade CFDs over (or as well as) other investment instruments.

The reasons included firstly, the leverage, secondly, the high number of shortable stocks, and thirdly, the ability to use automatic stop losses, and more.

We also went through the transaction costs of a CFD trade. These are commissions (which may be zero for some providers), and the interest charges for overnight held long positions.

So in part 2 right now, we'll go through an example CFD trade, and see the use of leverage and actually calculate the costs in a CFD trade.

So we're putting it together to see how it all works.

Here we go.

Let's say that we have a cash float of $ 10 000, leveraged up to $ 100 000, as our CFD provider provides 10 to 1 leverage. And let's say that we'll put in $ 10 000 into each trade.

For this example, let's say that we bought some CFDs at a price of $ 5.70. With a trade size of $ 10 000, the number of CFDs we would've bought would be 10 000 / 5.70 = 1754.

And let's say that we have a stop loss at $ 5.50, which means that if the price falls to or below $ 5.50, then we'd exit this trade at a loss.

Let's assume the trade goes well, and that the CFD price is now $ 5.90. And let's say that we now trail our stop up to $ 5.65.

Several days later, the CFD price goes up to $ 6.32, and our trailing stop is moved up to $ 6.20. Then finally, the CFD price falls through the stop loss of $ 6.20, exiting us at $ 6.20.

The whole trade took 14 days.

The difference in the price from entry to exit = $ 6.20 – $ 5.70, which comes to $ 0.50.

Our gross profit therefore = (difference between entry and exit price) x (number of CFDs), which is 0.50 x 1754, which comes to $ 877.

Let's now calculate our costs, to work out our net profit.

Our costs = commission + interest. Let's calculate each in turn.

Let's assume that our CFD provider's commission is $ 15 in and $ 15 out, or 0.15% of the trade size, whichever is greater. In this case, where put trade size was $ 10 000, our commission would be $ 15 + $ 15, which comes to $ 30.

And let's assume that our provider's interest rate charge for long positions held overnight is 7.5% or 0.075 per annum. To calculate how much this is for our trade, we need to make it "pro rata", and then multiply it by the trade size.

Interest = (interest rate for long position per annum) x (days in trade / 365) x (trade size), which is 0.075 x 14/365 x 10000, which comes to $ 28.76.

Thus our net profit = gross profit – (commission + interest)
= $ 877 – (30, 28.76)
= $ 818.24

That's a pretty good result in such a short time!

Note that for short positions, interest costs are paid to you, not charged, so will offset rather than contribute to the costs. Also realise that the interest charge is slightly simplified because the interest for many CFD providers is calculated on the market value of the position on a daily basis. If we calculated the interest cost using the final position size of 10818.24, the interest would be $ 31.28, which is very similar. So the real interest cost would be between $ 28 and $ 31.

So that's how a CFD trade is done! Note that the margin required for the trade was $ 1000, and the trade size leveraged up was $ 10 000. The return on investment, as a percentage of margin used is therefore 82%.

Now you know how CFDs work, and an example trade to illustrate many important aspects of CFDs.

To summarise, you've seen leverage at work, as well as exactly how transaction costs are calculated for a long CFD trade. CFD trading is attractive because of the use of levergae, relatively low costs, and the ability to go long or short, to take advantage of, and profit in rising as well as falling markets.

To learn more about CFD trading, including how to assess CFD trading systems, and what the current interest is about CFDs are about, visit the website described in the resource box below.



Kurt Magnussen

An Sneak Peek into the Modzilla Genealogy

Modzilla is a misnomer of the official name of the Mozilla Application Suite developed by the Mozilla Foundation. It is also the public and original name but got changed recently to SeaMonkey suite. In informal terms, the name found usage in combination with other phrases related to the now-defunct Netscape Communications Corporation and the various application software that were related to it.

The code base for Netscape Communicator Internet suite was given the Netscape Public License, which is a free software or open source license in 1998. The application developed from this was named Mozilla, as per the codename of the original Netscape Navigator, and was released finally on June 5, 2002.

The suite was well known as the free / open source base of the Netscape versions 6 and 7; its underlying code base became the base of many standalone applications. The Gecko layout engine requires a special mention here, since it contributed the most, even in the Mozilla Foundation's flagship products Firefox and Thunderbird. To distinguish the suite from the standalone products, the suite is marketed as "Mozilla Suite or Mozilla Application Suite.

Though the Mozilla Foundation maintains the suite no longer, it has been unofficially replaced by SeaMonkey, developed by the Mozilla community and based on the Mozilla source code.

– Formal usage of the term

The term Modzilla found a formal usage only thrice:

– As the codename for the Netscape Navigator software project:

Modzilla was the internal codename for the Netscape Navigator web browser; the name was derived from Mosaic killer (killer becomes killa in slang), thus (Moz + Illa). The idea behind was the hope that the project would replace Mosaic, the most popular web-browser. A hint was also intended towards the classic fictional monster Godzilla.

– As the former official name of Mozilla Application Suite:

Modzilla enjoyed prominent exposures on Netscape's website at the company's nascent state but was replaced later, to impart to the company a more corporate and professional image. Modzilla; however, continued inside Netscape; this time, through promotional activities.

– As the Netscape Mascot

Modzilla was the mascot of the now-disbanded Netscape Communications Corporation. The mascot started off as a helmeted astronaut but soon transformed to a Godzilla-like lizard to match with its name.

– Modzilla-based browsers

The word is often used to refer to all Mozilla-based browsers for keeping confusion to the minimum. That brings the Camino and Netscape 6 within the category.

– Modzilla application framework

The term Modzilla is also used to refer to the Mozilla Application Framework. This cross-platform application framework, based on the Gecko layout engine is used for writing platform-independent applications. The XUL user-interface toolkit, the Necko networking library, and other components also find appropriate usage in the framework and define the core that all Modzilla-based browsers and applications are built from.

– Modzilla code-base

The source codes for all Mozilla software projects are managed collectively in a single CVS repository. It was originally released under the Netscape Public License, which was later updated to version 1.1 and was renamed as the Mozilla Public License. The Free Software Foundation and others noted that a GPL-licensed module and an MPL-license module can not be legally linked and thus barred developers from using the MPL. The problem was solved when Mozilla Foundation re-licensed great parts of the code-base in 2003 under the GNU General Public License, GNU Lesser General Public License and the Modzilla Public License.



Source by Jay Moncliff

Bumping and Jumping Theories in Seismic Prediction

Recently we have seen some unusual seismic activity, some flooding and some Earthquake swarms, which more resemble magma flow under the crust, in California. As this topic was being discussed recently in an online think tank one member mentioned a bumping theory. Where there were bumps, which rubbed up against each other where tectonic plates hit each other and therefore they would slow the sliding or folding under and put pressure on certain points until they finally gave way.

One think tanker hearing this stated; Well regarding your bumping theory, I would say that there are bumps at all layers inside the Earth, as well as along the plates sides, on the tops (obviously mountains), between them too. Jagged edges, pieces getting caught in-between, wedged until they finally fail under pressure like trying to chock the wheels on a large semi truck on a slope with a piece of wood, eventually it is crushed and the truck rolls over it.

Joe states; "If you wanted to model future events, you probably need a supercomputer, but to get a ballpark of how much floodwater or rising tide would create a dangerous timeframe you might not need more than a calculator and some history."

Yes and such things are somewhat predictable. You could build a system and a 3D CadCam holographic display and number and label all the parts underneath, see them using frequency wave bouncing techniques like they do for oil exploration, or like the Military has to find weakest points on a fault line to make an Earthquake.

You could determine pressure by infrared or heat signature. And you could perhaps prevent an event by alleviating pressure elsewhere or triggering an event prematurely now, before build up was too great. Or trigger a large Earthquake for another purpose, such as stopping molten flows underneath and stop a volcano or use the volcanic build up to put pressure somewhere else? Depends entirely on the mission and purpose.

With the use of sound and or high-energy lasers at a weakened point you could do this. If the weak area was exposed, well even easier to trigger a minor event to stop a major one or trigger a major one for another purpose; creating a canal through a region or large land mass I suppose? Be good in wartime, stop the enemy cold, and make a giant ravine. Consider this in 2006.



Lance Winslow

Carnival Glass – Like the Colours of the Rainbow

The Description

Carnival glass is pressed glass that has undergone an iridized treatment to its surface. Newly formed hot pressed glass is exposed to sprays, fumes and vapors from heated metallic oxide. This process results in a beautiful lustrous coating forming on the glass. It is often described as looking similar to the rainbow colours that appear on a soap bubble. Photographs of carnival glass do not reveal this magical effect.

What's With the Name

The term was coined because this type of glass was often awarded to winners of games-of-chance at carnivals.

Poor-man's Tiffany Glass

It was sometimes referred to as poor-man's Tiffany glass because Tiffany & Co. produced an expensive hand blown iridized glass that looked similar to the modestly price machine-made carnival glass. This similarity to Tiffany's glass made carnival glass widely popular from the onset of its introduction.

Unfortunately, carnival glass' popularity led to Tiffany glass going out of favor with its well-heeled buyers. Once an inexpensive substitute was available to all, Tiffany glass became less desirable to those who could afford it.

The History

Manufacture of carnival glass began in the United States around 1908 to 1918. In the 1920s and 1930s it was produced in Australia, Europe and South America. Production stopped in the 1930s; very little, if any, was known to be produced in the 1940s or 1950s.

The Makers

Fenton, Northwood, Imperial Glass, Westmoreland and Dugan are just a few companies that manufactured carnival glass. Northwood Glass Company marked their work with a circle surrounding a capital N. Most other manufacturers did not mark their goods.

Dazzling Colours

This glass was made in a variety of luminous colours. Marigold (orange) is the most common colour and pastel colours including aqua are the most rare.

Popular Patterns

Some popular patterns are Poppy Show / Rose Show, Peacock on the Fence, Peacock at the Fountain, Grape and Cable, Good Luck, Acorn and Burrs and Dragon and Lotus.

A Resurgence

Demand for carnival glass resurged in the 1950s and companies began to make it again for the collector market. Other designs were resurrected and new designs were introduced.

Identifying Reproductions

Anything produced after the 1950s is considered a reproduction. Some manufacturers have distinctive marks to identify the age. Some reproductions are made from original molds from the pre-1930s so it can be tricky identifying old from reproductions.

What's it Worth

Condition and colour play a large role in determining value. Chips, cracks, mold marks, repairs reduce the value. If an item is a rare colour like aqua it is of more value than an item in marigold that is plentiful. Look for it in antique shops, fairs, flea markets. eBay is a good resource to determine price. Pricescan range for a few dollars to much more.



Martin Swinton

Romania, Bulgaria, EU Accession and Real Estate Property Investment

The two newest members of the EU are the eastern European, former communist nations of Romania and Bulgaria; they joined the European Union on the 1st of January this year and prior to their entry there was huge speculation, especially among the British and Irish, about whether an investment made into the real estate property markets of either country was a good investment.

Now that both countries have joined the EU, and many have already made a commitment to invest in property in Bulgaria and Romania, it's time to review their decisions and look at the future projections for new investors examining the prospects of the property markets in both countries .

Leading up to EU entry many investors sought to target property in Romania and Bulgaria because they had already witnessed the positive returns that other investors had derived in the property markets of previous entrants such as Hungary and Poland for example. As a result, Bulgaria in particular developed an active property market almost overnight. In fact it was completely due to EU accession that Romania and Bulgaria developed a property market at all, because if it was left to local demand to fuel the real estate sector neither country would have taken off.

This strong international demand for property stock in Bulgaria and Romania spiked the media's interest and once the media became interested and began promoting the perceived financial benefits of investing in either nation, property investor interest surged even more. Meeting this demand for investment property stock was keen property developer activity, and because few restrictions were in place at that time (we're talking 3 – 4 years ago), few regulations and restrictions were in place to prevent over development.

As a result certain areas such as Sunny Beach in Bulgaria are now over developed and many say spoiled, and property prices in these locations are now stagnant. Luckily the rest of Bulgaria and Romania has been protected from this over development with the benefit of hindsight, and so looking to the medium to longer term there is certainly room for property price expansion still.

Now that both Bulgaria and Romania are in the EU each will benefit from a period of investment which will help to improve some of the creaking infrastructure in both countries. The money will go towards such projects as road development and airport expansion meaning it will be easier to access and explore both countries which will boost tourism appeal. Additionally money is likely to be spent on renovating historic sites of interest as well as promoting the delights of both countries.

All this investment will hopefully boost the travel and tourism economy in Bulgaria and Romania and mean that investors have a growing market to let their real estate investments out to suggesting that not only is long term capital appreciation likely in both countries, but short to medium term rental yield is also possible making a return on investment quickly achievable.



Rhiannon Williamson

Let The Critics Speak

Now that the news has died down about a certain 40 something pop star and his court case, we have a chance for some spiritual reflection on the events. Of course we do not know what he did or did not do with young boys. You might argue with how the lawyers on either side or the judge handled the case. But one thing is for sure. A grown man should not be sharing his bed with other people's children for any reason.

If he were merely the man next door, and not a multi-millionaire and a star, every friend of his would be saying to him, "Are you crazy? Do not you dare sleep with kids!" But wealth and fame have helped surround this man with "Yes sir", "No problem" people.

Commercial success can ruin your life.

We do not like other people putting their nose in our business, but nosy people can sometimes prevent someone from bad behavior. Have you ever thought to yourself, "What would people say?", And stopped yourself from doing something immoral? The embarrassment of being "found out" keeps many people from adultery, theft, and all types of public indecency. Maybe we should invite scrutiny from others. Maybe that observing eye will make us better people.

The comedy group Monty Python had a skit where a person sat in a room waiting for a "customer" to come in for an argument. It was a scheduled appointment and the arguer was sitting there poised for the disagreement.
It might be beneficial if we had a similar situation with a criticizer instead of an arguer. Someone who was an expert at pointing out the moral failings of the "customer". You walk in the room delayed and the criticizer says, "You're late because you do not care about other people. Why is my time unimportant to you?"

I wonder how many of us would have the guts to make an appointment.

If you could correct one moral mistake, that might change your placement in the next world for eternity. That information is priceless. You could not possibly pay the criticizer enough money for what that piece of criticism is really worth.

You might ask at this point, "But how do I know the criticizer's point is true? Maybe it's a mistake and will lead me in the wrong direction." Well that's certainly a possibility. Sometimes, however, all we need is an objective person to point out a flaw of ours and we immediately see that it's true. There are some prerequisites. You have to be open to it. You have to start with a positive and accurate self-appraisal in order for criticism to hit the right spot.

There was a time when we had prophecy, that a prophet could give an accurate spiritual critique to anyone. (As you might imagine, this made them unpopular on occasion with not so righteous kings.) But that was a prophet's job.
Now that we do not have prophets walking down the road, we are at a loss. Do we have any Divine guidance to help us correct ourselves?

Yes.
If you are aware that the Almighty runs the universe, then you can se that anything anyone ever tells you is in some way Divinely inspired. It may or may not be accurate, that's part of your challenge in life to sift out the gems, but everyone around you in subtle ways is expressing moral criticism that comes straight from God. If you are willing to listen, the lessons are there.

One of the ways to be holy is to be more aware of the sparks of Divinity in the world around you. Listen to the Almighty speaking to you in the words of others.

Take heed.

Look for criticism. Seek it. Savor it, as it may do extremely wonderful things for you in this world, and the next.

"Opportunities multiply as they are seized."
– Sun Tzu



Max Weiman