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19Nov/101

Ten Things I Love About You

I love the way you dress when you want to get my attention.

I love the way you let other women know that I'm taken.

I love the way you love me when I'm weird.

I love when you act weird.

I love it when you melt to the music.

I love that you're never too tired for ... me.

I love that you let me feel like I'm in charge, when you're the real power behind me.

I love your mighty tornadoes that blow through and lose steam and turn into a beautiful sunset if I'm patient enough to wait it out.

I love you for letting me be a boy but treating me like a man.

I love you for believing in my dreams and standing beside me through the good, the bad, and the ugly!

I Love You

You know who you are.

18Nov/101

Whiners are Losers!

What separates the winners from the losers in life? The list can be pretty long, but if you've ever read the book "Think and Grow Rich", which by the way is not only about making money, you'll understand that one of the most basic, yet most important things to remember if you want to be a winner in life is to keep a positive outlook.

This is not to say that you should go into a state of denial and tell yourself that you live in a wonderful place when your house really actually looks like a dump! See things as they are, but give them alternate, empowering meanings which will be beneficial to your personal growth.

In the book the author talks about his son who was born without ears, but he refused to treat him any differently than other children who had normal hearing. He explained to him about the advantages he had over others with things like getting special treatment from his teacher because of his lack of hearing and being able to sell more newspapers than others because people pity him, etc. Because his son was able to see every situation as an advantage instead of a handicap, he overcame his handicap and became an overachiever and a very successful salesman and businessman.

The people I encounter who are not making progress in their lives have three main things they whine about:

1. I don't have enough education

2. I don't have enough money

3. I don't have enough time

Education. If history ever repeats itself, which I believe it does--a lack of education never stopped the likes of Edison, Ford, and even Steve Jobs. Don't get me wrong here--I'm not knocking education, just don't let the lack of it become an excuse! If you feel you need it, GET IT!

Money, or capital may have been a necessity 30 years ago to start your own business, but today there are countless successful companies which were born of the internet revolution which required little or no initial capital investment. If you want a good example explained, buy the book: "You Call the Shots"

Time. We all have the same amount of time and you may have heard this before, but it's so true! The things in your life that take your time (youtube, gaming, cleaning the house?) now are the things that you feel are most important to you whether or not you admit it to yourself. Why not do yourself a favor and put personal-development at the top of your list? My wife is a very busy person and has 7 kids to take care of--myself included--and she said she really did not have time to fit in a daily exercise routine (and I'll admit I was almost convinced). I had to coach her and help her put it above all else, recognizing that if her health failed, then all else in her life that depended on her health, which is just about everything, would also fail. The result? She's already started each day with her exercise routine, prioritizing it above the rest of her duties, and she's on a roll!

What's on the top of your list?

23Aug/103

A Cancelled Breakthrough

Some of you may have guessed by now that I'm a bit of a Tony Robbins fan, and as such am disappointed at NBC's decision to pull the plug on his reality show "Breakthrough with Tony Robbins" after only two episodes.

It brings me back to the reality that no matter how hard you try, and no matter how much good you do to bring happiness to others, if it ain't popular with the big money-making (network) boys, then you're out of business, at least their businesses.

Another reality that stabbed through my fluffy feel good thoughts is that he's just not mean enough. Increasingly each year more mean, cutting, and just plain rude shows are climbing TV's popularity charts. What is the object of most reality shows these days? To win at all costs, and the more you cut down and sabotage your competition, the more popular the show is.

Tony's show is about a win-win situation where everyone is happy in the end, but most people want to see someone lose, someone humiliated, someone hurt, or even physically injured.

My only wish now is that another network will pick up the remaining 4 episodes and market them to a more receptive audience that will appreciate the quality content that Tony provides.

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

--Thomas H. Palmer

29Jul/104

A Pot O’ Gold

My daughter asked me the other day: "How do you find the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow?" My first impulse was to tell her that it didn't exist, but she insisted that because she saw it in a story book that it must be real.

Then I got to thinking that as adults many of us have abandoned our dreams for our own version of "reality", and given up on constantly seeking out the pot of gold in our own lives.

When we were little, we didn't dream of growing up to become corporate CEOs or bank clerks. No, we dreamed of becoming jet fighter pilots, ballerinas, and sports celebrities but we eventually "learned" that it's just not possible for us normal people to achieve that kind of success.

An acquaintance of mine told me that he had always wanted to get into CG animation, but he's too busy and doesn't have enough money to learn. I had a look at some of his work, and it was rough, but he had potential, so I told him he should put more time into learning it and doing it full-time, but he just couldn't bring himself to make the commitment--there were too many reasons why he just couldn't. Most importantly he couldn't make a break with his old, comfortable, yet unsatisfying life. Trying to convince him that he could was starting to agitate him so I left it at that.

Like Tony Robbins put it - "The only thing that's keeping you from getting what you want is the story you keep telling yourself about why you can't have it"

As long as you're breathing and your heart is beating you have the power to follow your dreams and to make them a reality.

I told my daughter while holding her hand and looking at the rainbow arching across the sky that when she finds her pot of gold to let me know and meanwhile I'll be finding my own pot of gold.

20Jul/102

Death Comes Unexpectedly

(cut to shot of chandelier rattling)

Now watch this TV commercial below if you haven't seen it already.

I don't think I would add to or take anything away from this sad yet beautiful piece.

Now wipe your tears away and go love those who are closest to you. Love those who you are not so close to, and to your children: Tell them you love them. They need to hear it, they need to see it, and most of all they need to feel it. Love is something that we just can't fake to our own children. They're smart, and they can sense a fake smile and half-assed hug before it even hits them.
When our loved ones mess up, even if it's really big time messing up, love them even more, hold them closer and forgive unconditionally--always!

What I described above is not me, this is simply what I want to be, and what I need to be, what by God's grace I will be.

And if you aren't crying yet, here's another tear-jerker:

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