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It’s Called ‘Anyway’ February 27, 2007

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I found this in a book I’m reading.  Hopefully you’ll find it as inspirational as I did.


People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered.

Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.

Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies.

Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you.

Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building someone could destroy overnight.

Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous.

Be happy anyway.

The good you do today people will often forget tomorrow.

Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough.

Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God.

It was never between you and them anyway.




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My wife sent this to me in an e-mail.  It’s from Jim Gentil’s Positive Spiritual Living newsletter.  I thought you might enjoy it:

An Angel says, “Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn’t happen, you have worried in vain.  Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice.”

1. Pray

2. Go to bed on time.

3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.

4. Say No to projects that won’t fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.

5. Delegate tasks to capable others.

6. Simplify and unclutter your life.

7. Less is more.  (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)

8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.

9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don’t lump the hard things all together.

10. Take one day at a time.

11. Separate worries from concerns.  If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety.  If you can’t do anything about a situation, forget it.

12. Live within your budget; don’t use credit cards for ordinary purchases.

13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.

14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut).  This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.   

15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.

16. Carry a The Good Book with you to read while waiting in line.

17. Get enough rest.

18. Eat right.

19. Get organized so everything has its place.

20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.

21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.

22. Every day, find time to be alone.

23. Having problems?  Talk to God on the spot.  Try to nip small problems in the bud.  Don’t wait until it’s time to go to bed to try and pray.

24. Make friends with Godly people.

25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.

26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good “Thank you God.”

27. Laugh.

28. Laugh some more!

29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.

30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).

31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).

32. Sit on your ego.

33. Talk less; listen more.

34. Slow down.

35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.

36 Every night before bed, think of one thing you’re grateful for that you’ve never been grateful for before.  GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU.

“If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)


Thank you for reading, and for doing something positive today.

Some Great Advice For The New Year January 6, 2007

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Every year we make resolutions, and many of us never stick to them.  However, I believe that the root of all New Years’ resolutions is the desire to make each new year better than the last.  I don’t mean celebrations and parties, I mean the whole year.

Was your 2006 the most prosperous?  If it was, do you want less in 2007?  If it wasn’t, do you want less in 2007?  See what I mean?  I think it’s human nature to want each new year to be a new beginning and a chance to learn and grow and prosper.

Life is tough.  It has its’ challenges.  And yet, life can be an exhilerating experience; if we let it be.  My advice for the New Year would be to understand that you have the power to be great.  For everything you may have done wrong, forgive yourself.  Let yourself off the hook.  For everything you’ve done right, do it again and again.  And most of all, strive to be of service to others.  That means giving feely.  There is power and freedom in that.  Focus more on what you are giving than what you are receiving.

Post a comment on here on some of your New Years’ resolutions.  I’d like to hear them.

In the meantime, please watch and enjoy this video.  It’s an older song, but I think it is very relevant today.  Thank you for reading and for doing something positive today.

PBS Special Highlights Parents at War December 27, 2006

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Children left behind when their mother or father or sometimes both are sent away to fight are the hidden casualties of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A PBS special airing two days after Christmas with advice on how families can hold together during wartime separations is both a practical guide and window into a world that many Americans are unfamiliar with.

“I don’t think most of the American public realize how big a sacrifice this is,” said Gary Knell, president and CEO of Sesame Workshop, which produced the show. “Whether you are pro-war or anti-war, the fact is we have to help these children in need.”

The 30-minute show, “When Parents Are Deployed,” premieres at 9 p.m. Wednesday on PBS stations (check local listings). Cuba Gooding is host.

This holiday season, an estimated 700,000 children under age 5 are separated from a parent who is overseas in the military, the most since World War II, according to the show’s creators.

“When Parents Are Deployed” is an outgrowth of an educational program geared to these children done by Sesame Workshop and funded by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Video kits are being distributed to hundreds of thousands of children with advice on how to help them cope with the anxiety felt over missing parents.

Sesame Workshop considered it such a success that it made the television show addressed primarily to parents.

“These people are so hungry for figuring out connections with their kids,” Knell said, “and what better vehicle than ‘Sesame Street’ and the Muppets?”

Several different military families are interviewed about their own experiences, although, at the request of the Department of Defense, their names aren’t used. A variety of different perspectives are sought – families that are black, white and Hispanic, some single moms, and another where a grandmother is caring for the youngsters.

The families also talk about what happens before Mom or Dad leaves and what happens when they return. One woman, for instance, talks about how her husband spent his last few weeks fixing things around the house and preparing for his absence, when what the family most wanted was to spend time with him. Some families also have problems integrating a parent back into the household after they had developed a routine for several months without him or her.

There are several creative ideas for maintaining connections. One father set up a ritual with his son where they both said good night to the moon as they went to bed, thinking of the other doing the same thing halfway around the world. Children prepared elaborate books with pictures of themselves for their parent to look through while away.

Computers also offer far more opportunities for connections than ever before.

“The one thing I learned is that the military kids tend to be pretty resilient,” Knell said. “They seem to born into a culture that’s made for resiliency.”

One veteran talks proudly about how he had left behind a large glass jar filled with little messages from him for them to read, one a day, while he was gone.

His daughter sits bravely beside him as he talks until she can’t take it any more. She dissolves into tears at the memory.

The emotionally wrenching moment says more than words could about the difficulties these families face.

None of the parents involved in the special have been subsequently killed or injured, said Jeannette Betancourt, vice president for outreach and educational practices at Sesame Workshop.

“I think it’s incredibly important that the Public Broadcasting System chose to air it,” said Charles Bolden, who four years ago retired as a major general after nearly 35 years in the Marine Corps. Bolden was among a group of military and medical advisers Sesame Workshop consulted on the project. “The story that is told is one that the vast majority of Americans don’t have a clue about,” he said.

There’s a deep disconnect in the United States between the families fighting this war and those that aren’t, almost like separate societies, Bolden said.

Makers of “When Parents Are Deployed” are worried that people with no personal connection to anyone in the war will shrug and change the channel if they come across the special, when in many ways it’s just as important that they see it.

“Hopefully there will be some people who will be touched by it and try to make a difference,” said Bolden, mentioning scholarship funds for children in military families.

Completely unspoken in the special is what is undoubtedly the biggest fear of the military children: that mom or dad will return from Iraq seriously injured or not return at all. Knell said this was done because grief brought with it entirely different issues than absence, and would completely change the show’s focus.

He’s open to doing another special where this issue is addressed, provided funding could be secured.

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EDITOR’S NOTE – David Bauder can be reached at dbauder”at”ap.org

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I Think This Is Very Inspiring December 4, 2006

Posted by Jay Medina in Inspirations, Personal Stuff, Reflections.
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My future best man and groomsman and SGT Perez working on the tree 

Having served in Iraq fairly recently, I think this story deserves attention.  Ed Asner is kicking off a “Cards For Troops” campaign to help Americans remember our troops stationed overseas during the holidays.  You can read the story here.

I think it is very inspiring when someone does something so special for others, in most cases, for people they’ve never met. 

When I was in Iraq during Christmas of 2004, we received cards and care packages, and it was great to know we weren’t forgotten.  It was important at that time, as it was not the best of times. 

In fact, on Christmas day, our generator broke down, so we had no heat or lights the entire day; therefore we couldn’t write letters in the dark, or read or listen to music or even watch a movie.  Christmas day was one of two holidays where most of us were guaranteed a day off, and even then guard duty still had to happen as well as other essential duties.  And, if we were attacked, all bets were off.

It was about 35 degrees outside, and our sleeping quarters couldn’t have been more than 40 degrees, as insulation was not part of the package.  It was rainy, so mud was everywhere. At the chow hall, they really went all out to make it festive.  The dinner was delicious and officers served chow to the soldiers, and it was a nice time.  After dinner, my Platoon Leader and now best friend and I stood in line with water up to our ankles, sloshing in mud for two hours to be able to call home.

I’m not sharing this with you to make anyone feel bad, or even guilty.  I chose that life, and I chose to serve.  It just meant a lot when people showed they cared.  One country club south of Austin sent each soldier in our battalion (about 600 soldiers) a care package filled with goodies and books and shaving items.  Earlier this year, Brenda and I were married at the country club that sent us those items.  I saw a decoration on the wall of the offices there and noticed several names on cards on the decoration. They were soldiers from my unit!  I didn’t realize it until I saw that decoration that this was the country club that sent us our packages! 

That next week, I came back to the club events coordinator’s office to meet the girl that actually organized the package-sending effort with the country club members.  I shook her hand and thanked her for all she did. The cool thing was that the country club also featured me and Brenda in their marketing for events services on their website.  You can see that here.

Well, I surely didn’t mean to go on this long about how the holidays can be a rough time for Soldiers stationed overseas.  However, I hope that my personal story may inspire you to do something for the troops this year.  Even if it’s baking cookies for a National Guard unit or Reserve unit in your town or county.  Perhaps bringing hot soup to firefighters or police officers.  Have you noticed how cold crossing guards who protect our children can get?  How about some coffee or cocoa for them?  Just do something for someone who serves, please.

And, if I have any influence at all, please visit my National Charity Registry and register your favorite cause or charity. Thank you so much for reading and for doing something positive today.

Poverty and Injustice November 27, 2006

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A couple of weeks ago, I heard this talk at my church.  The pastor was amazing in person, and I wanted to share this with you.  This is about helping others in need, and making a difference; however small.

Click here to listen to this powerful message.

You can make a difference by visiting my National Charity Registry and educating us on your heartfelt charity or cause.  It takes less than 5 minutes, and you can spread the word about your cause.

Thank you for reading, and for listening, and for doing something positive today.

Be Of Service To Others November 25, 2006

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I found this talk given by Rick Warren, the author of “The Purpose-Driven Life”, and I thought it was quite inspiring.  He talks at the TED Conference about faith and being of service to others.  It is a profound message, and one that I think is very relevent during at this time.

Since it is the holidays, and with what is going on all around the world, I hope you find a nugget of inspiration from this talk he gives.  If you haven’t already done so, please visit my National Charity Registry and register your heartfelt charity. By you taking 5 minutes to do that, you will educate others in your charity, and perhaps inspire someone to help.

Thank you for reading and for doing something positive today.

Here is the link to his talk.

Bono Speaks About Injustice November 20, 2006

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I remember when I was 13 years old, and I was in junior high; it was 1982.  As I was getting ready for school one morning, I heard a song on the radio, and it blew me away.  As usual, the DJ didn’t back-announce the song, so I had to wait patiently until they played it again, so I could learn the name of the song. 

The name of the song was “New Years’ Day” by U2.  I hadn’t heard the song before, and I hadn’t heard of the band up to that time.  Then, that same week, on one of my favorite video shows, they played the video to “Gloria” by U2.  Was this the same band?  Well, they looked like high school aged rockers… where were they from?

As I began to reseach U2, their story became more interesting.  By the time I reached my senior year in high school, U2 was my favorite all time band for numerous reasons.  First, they were using music to make a statement, a statement of change, not one of violence.  Second, they were buddies, and they never argued, they always showed a united front.  Third, they knew they wanted to be an inspiration to others, so they set out to make a positive example for youth everywhere.

During my senior year in 1987, they were on the Joshua Tree tour in Los Angeles, where I lived, and I got to see them live.  For me, that was an oustanding achievement… first to be able to afford the tickets, second to see my favorite band LIVE!

Fast forward to today.  I am now 37 years old, and U2 has had many musical eras, ups and downs in the media, but something miraculous has happened.  Bono made a decision about 20 years ago to use his fame for helping others instead of only helping himself.  He has set about, and in my opinion, succeeded in changing the world’s perception of “rock-star fame” and aligned it with using his celebre’ to effect change in the world.

Bono has spoken at the UN, he has given talks around the world, he has met with world leaders both political and religious, and he has been tireless in his efforts to educate the world on the tragedies in Africa and what we can each do to help make positive change in the world.  Here is a video of a talk he gave in 2005.  He makes a profound statement.  He says, that he alone cannot change the world, and you or I alone can’t change anything. But by working together, we can change the world.

Last week, I set up an area where you can register your favorite charity.  This is a means to get the word out about the different causes and organizations that are there to help others in time of need.  Please visit my Charity Registry, and educate us on your most passionate cause. By taking a few minutes to let us know your cause exists, you can change the world.

Thank you for reading, and for doing something positive today.

Every Day Give It Your All November 9, 2006

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This is an incredible talk from Tony Robbins at the TED Conference.  He covers a wide spectrum of beliefs, emotions, action, and needs inside each of us.  Let me know if you found this helpful.  *Warning* There is some profanity in this clip…

Tony Robbins Speaks at TED

Inspiration From Seth Godin November 9, 2006

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I found this awesome post from Seth Godin, who is a reknowned entrepreneur.  I guess some would call him a “risk-taker”, but after reading this, I wonder if risk taking is really nothing more than just “taking action”.  I hope this makes you wonder what you could do right now that would change your life for the better right now.