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Dare to Live Outside of the Box

“That’s not what society says,” “No one has ever done it before,” “That’s not what the educated and the well-connected say.”

SO WHAT?  All the more reason to do the unthinkable!

“Leigh Anne Tuohy manages to do what she wants to do in the way she wants to do it.  She doesn’t care what it takes or how she has to do it but she does it her way … I’ve never met anyone like that before.” (Sandra Bullock)

“Anytime anyone does something unconventional, you have to think about the reality of that (action). Usually, (change) starts with someone who can look at things differently … what if …” (Ray McKinnon)

Stand on the sidelines or get inside the ring — the choice is ours.  🙂

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March 7, 2010 Posted by | America, Art, Attitude, Beauty, Change, Christianity, Collaboration, Compassion, Dream, Education, God, Gratitude, Health and Wellness, Heart, Leadership, Love, Marriage, Mind, Movie, Passion, Purpose, Soul, Spirit, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to Reach Your Full Potential for God

Before introducing Dr. Charles Stanley’s latest publication, I wish to clarify, I am no right-wing conservative; to the contrary, a left-leaning Independent; a social progressive and fiscally, moderately conservative. 

More importantly, having been screwed too many times by unreliable knowledge and the perception of truth, this hopeless sinner came to the Lord 16 years ago, gradually beginning to trust what I’ve yet to understand (yes, the disobedient child FINALLY listens to her Father because her ways have resulted in intolerable pain and sheer misery).

Have you ever wondered, “What is my calling?  What is my purpose here on this earth?”

You’re not alone.  I know at least half a dozen friends who’ve shared similar thoughts, myself included.

Dr. Charles Stanley’s How to Reach Your Full Potential for God describes God’s wisdom and His ways:

  1. God always gives us opportunities that challenge who we are already and that are designed to move us to a new level of what we are already doing. (The bold, courageous, fisherman, Peter, puts down his net to serve Jesus, becoming a fisher of men.)
  2. God always calls us to something.  Jesus does not call us to quit something and remain idle for the rest of our days. (God didn’t simply tell Abram to leave his homeland.  God provided clear directions on how to reach the new land and the future that awaited him).
  3. God sets before us a challenge that holds the opportunity for blessings beyond ourselves. (If an opportunity is only for you or your immediate family, it very likely is not from God.) 
  4. God will confirm His presence as you pursue the challenge He has set before you.  (Peter walked on water until his faith in Jesus waned.  Peter also walked back–on water–to the boat with Jesus.) 
  5. God’s challenges will always accompany the enabling power of the Holy spirit.  He will remind you of God’s commandments, Bible stories, and lasting promises of God’s Word.  In most exciting ways, The Holy Spirit will give you His creative and productive ideas.

At 44-years-old, I continue to search for my ultimate calling.  I have yet to find out, but regardless of the unknown, I choose to live daily with purpose and joy (doesn’t happen all the time but I try).

What’s your calling?  What do you want to be when you grow up?  🙂

January 30, 2010 Posted by | Attitude, Beauty, Book Review, Change, Christianity, Compassion, Dream, Education, God, Gratitude, Heart, Introspection, Leadership, Love, Mind, Passion, Peace, Purpose, Self Help, Soul, Spirit, Spirituality, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Put Bullies in Their Place (At School and Work)

Is bullying a kid-thing?  Does bullying stop once we’re adults — upon entering the workforce?

I don’t think so (Full Story).

Bullies — both kids and adults — are insecure individuals who validate their self-worth by bringing others down.  Always in groups — cruel, backstabbing, cowards — paralyzed without “friends”.

Chrissa learns, remaining silent won’t stop bullies.

Chrissa’s grandmother imparts her timely wisdom, “Tattling is what you do to get even.  Speaking up is the act of righting wrongs.” (Go Nana!)

Evil will prevail in darkness.  Evil CANNOT survive in light.

Expose wrongs.  First, go and tell the person privately.  No change, bring two witnesses.  Try again.  If problem persists, bring the person to authority.  Attempt to resolve conflict.  No change — disown them.  Give the problem to God.  (Matthew 18:15-19 [paraphrased])

Expose evil.  Speak truth to power (Dr. King, I know, would agree).

It’s THE ONLY WAY to right wrongs.  (For stubborn souls who just won’t let up, expose their wrongs for all to see.  If nothing else, bullies will leave you alone.)

Enjoy the show (rented mine from Blockbuster)!

Enjoy your weekend! 🙂

PS — An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong will hit home for boys and girls.  My fourth grade son was glued to the film the entire 90 minutes!

May 16, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How Starbucks Saved My Life!

Just read How Starbucks Saved My Life — a story about how top ad exec after being laid off from his creative director’s job at J. Walter Thompson Advertising, finds work, new meaning (humility and respect), and life’s joys at Starbucks!  Absolutely awe inspiring!

Here are my three favorite quotes from the book.  What’s yours?

  • I had found with Starbucks a better reality … not based on external status symbols but on a real feeling of confidence and support and genuine affection and even admiration for and from the Partners (coworkers) and guests.
  • Leap with faith rather than huddle in fear. I could never have gotten out of the box I had created for myself if I hadn’t leapt without thinking — with the kind of crazy courage born of desperation.
  • Listen to your heart to find true happiness — I had grown up among family and friends full of high-sounding expectations … a belief in external measures of success — that I never listened to my own heart.  I discovered so late in life that trusting your own heart is your greatest — and only — path to real happiness.  It was only through trusting my heart as my guide that I discovered this.

“Here’s to creating the life you love!” (Michael Gates Gill)

Cheers! 🙂

March 28, 2009 Posted by | Attitude, Book Review, Business, Change, Collaboration, Compassion, Dream, Education, Finance, Food, Freedom, Gratitude, Health and Wellness, Heart, Introspection, Leadership, Love, Marketing, Mind, Passion, Purpose, Soul, Spirit, Stress, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Courage Amidst Adversity

Adversity introduces a man to himself. (anonymous)

Isn’t that the truth.

Adversities have forced me to face my denials, my weaknesses, and take action (actually, I’m not that noble.  Same issues continued to resurface and haunt me until I dealt with them.  I couldn’t stand the pain.  Necessity propelled action.)

The two individuals in this video are ordinary people demonstrating extraordinary courage amidst horrific circumstances (my adversities are eternal bliss compare to theirs).

What would you do if a militia set your loved one on fire before your eyes?  What would you do if circumstance dictated one of you — you or your sister — be gang raped?

I don’t know.  I pray I possess at least one hundredth of their strengths.  I hope I am equipped with the faith and courage to do the right thing.

I can walk away from others but I cannot walk away from my conscience.

Adversity introduces a man to himself.

January 29, 2009 Posted by | Attitude, Body, Change, Compassion, Gratitude, Introspection, Journalism, Love, Mind, Politics, Soul, Spirit, Spirituality | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Heroes Among Us

Heroes inspire us to become our best. Who is your hero? Twenty share their words of wisdom:

Attitude

  • Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential (Winston Churchill)
  • Adversity introduces a man to himself. (Anonymous)
  • There is always enough time for courtesy. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  • Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way. (Booker T. Washington)
  • The time is always right to do what is right. (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Bravery

  • The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who do nothing. (Albert Einstein)
  • True heroism is not the urge to surpass others, but the urge to serve others at all cost. (Arthur Ashe)
  • Bravery is the ability to perform when scared to death. (General Omar Bradley)
  • A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. (Christopher Reeve)

Business

  • Management is doing things right; Leadership is doing the right things. (Peter Drucker)

Leadership

  • Parents are not a people to lean on but those who empower; to make leaning unnecessary. (Dorothy Canfield Fisher)
  • To the world you may be one person, but to one person, you may be the world. (Anonymous)
  • If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. (John Quincy Adams)

Religion

  • There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed. (Woodrow Wilson)
  • Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. (Dalai Lama)
  • Like the body that is made up of different limbs and organs, all moral creatures must depend on each other to exist. (Hindu Proverb)

Service

  • The welfare of each is bound up in the welfare of all. (Helen Keller)
  • Nothing liberates our greatness like the desire to help. (Marianne Williamson)
  • You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you. (Anonymous)
  • The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. (Mahatma Gandhi)

Full Story Here


January 17, 2009 Posted by | Attitude, Christianity, Collaboration, Compassion, Education, Heart, Leadership, Love, Passion, Peace, People, Soul, Spirit, Spirituality | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Leaders and Bullies — What’s the Difference?

Control is fear. Control isolates.  Love respects.  Relationships thrive.

Bullies are lonely. They are scared.  Force; their only friend.

Bullies are cowards.  Lacking the intelligence and the courage, to face insecurities head on.

True leaders, never coerce.  They’re firm. They care; acting with people’s best interests in mind.

True leaders inspire. They empower. True leaders give individuals the tools and skills to face life’s challenges!

Fear is evil. Fear is ignorance. Fear keeps people small.

Love is good. Love is wise. Love mobilizes people to strive and work — toward causes much larger and greater than themselves.

Leaders act on love. Bullies, on fear.  Leaders are wise. Bullies, not wise.  Leaders are you-centered. Bullies, me-centered.

Which do you prefer?  Which would you choose?  Which do you aspire to?

 

January 10, 2009 Posted by | Attitude, Change, Collaboration, Compassion, Dream, Education, Heart, Introspection, Leadership, Mind, Passion, Peace, Purpose, Spirit | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Face Fear Head On!

Rhonda Britten, founder of the FEARLESS living INSTITUTE have inspired millions to move forward; encouraging and giving people the tools necessary to face their fears head on!

According to Rhonda , “Creativity is messy.  Life is messy.  Trust and believe in yourself!”

Having witnessed her parents’ murder-suicide at age 14, Rhonda has just about seen it all.  With Rhonda, no topic is off limits.

Though her life took a course that seemed to leave this violent tragedy behind, her traumatic past eventually began to haunt her.  When she found the courage to fight back the demons, her self-healing journey began and her career helping others took off (NBC).  Full Story

So my New Year’s Resolution is to rid myself of fear and insecurities — accept myself for who I am, where I’m at, and run my own race; to love and embrace my being and become my best friend.

Following Rhonda’s advice, I will:

  1. List 100 gratitudes for 2008 — heartwarming moments, fun times, embracing the wonders of nature, a roof over my head — anything!  There’s so much to be grateful for!
  2. List 100 acknowledgements for me and my deeds for 2008; acquiring new skills, problem-solving differently, emotional and spiritual growth (no matter how small they may be — like not becoming offended when a driver cuts me off; actually, for me, this is HUGE).
  3. List three intentions for 2009 —  be more loving, eat healthy, exercise consistently.

How about you?

These goals will “Get you ready to enter this new year with less fear, more hope, and more you. Your willingness to do the work proves your devotion to yourself. Your completion of the work gives you a path and a firmer foundation to walk into the unknown called 2009. Together, we will become fearless!” (Rhonda)


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