The 10 Things Successful People Live By Before They Make It

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The 10 Things Successful People Live By Before They Make It

 

1. They didn’t use excuses.

We all have two voices. There’s the voice that tells us to work hard, to focus on the task at hand and to finish it before we move on to the next. And to finish it well.

We also have the voice that tells us to take a break, to think about what’s on TV, or to visit a site that we like to visit that entertains us – whether it’s ESPN.com or facebook.

In life we’re the victim of injustice from time to time. It could be a promotion that we deserve but don’t get. No matter who we are, we’re going to be treated unfairly at some point. We can either feel sorry for ourselves, or push forward and put it behind us – even use it as motivation.

Nelson Mandela could have used his unjust imprisonment as an excuse to give into his anger. Instead, he used it as an opportunity to learn, grow, and eventually free others.

Listen to your excuses. Understand why you have them. Then figure out how you can use them for good.

2. It wasn’t just about them.

‘Things’ can be a motivator, they can even be a reward, but they can’t be the motivator. The truly successful in life always get there because they created change in the lives of others, not just their own.

If something drives you that is greater than just the ‘ends’, we’re going to work harder, longer, and we’re going to give more of ourselves to our project.

Yes we can make money when we have the primary goal of making money. Some might even use that money for good – which is awesome. But there’s no fulfillment in simply making money. And isn’t that the point?

3. Early mornings and late nights.

People who have achieved true success in their lives have worked for it.

This might come at the detriment of other areas of their lives, such as family or social life. But their mission is first and foremost. Until it’s complete, everything else comes second.

There’s literally no substitute for hard work. Abraham Lincoln said, “Things may come to those who wait… but only the things left by those who hustle.” If you want to be successful, you’re going to have to out hustle everyone else.

4. The greatest commodity.

Energy is a huge commodity that is often not talked about. Yes, energy in the sense of fuel and electricity is talked about everywhere, but I’m talking about our own energy levels.

The fact is that the more energy we have, the easier it is to focus, and the higher the quality of our work is.

One of Richard Branson‘s ‘key’s to success’ is staying in great physical shape. So would raised energy levels be the greatest benefit to working out? It may be.

Keeping physically fit gives us greater blood-flow to our brain, enhanced alertness and improved focus. Make training a routine part of your life and increase your chances at success – in every meaning of the word.

5. Principles.

History will be kind to me. For I intend to write it.

Winston Churchill had principles. The difference between him and the rest of us, is that he stuck to his principles at all costs. He didn’t waver when they weren’t popular – an extreme rarity in politics.

What are your principles? All of us should have them, know what they are, and live our lives bythem.

One of Apple’s principles is to bring change to the world through technology, and they do it with every product they release.

Identify what principles you have that guide your life through tough times, and when things couldn’t be any better. They shouldn’t change, and at your core, neither should you.

6. Wavering, yet unbreakable faith.

We all have moments of doubt. Even the best of us question if our dream is going to come true. The one thing that separates the truly successful from those who never reach their true potential is an unbreakable faith in the fact that what they’re doing is right.

Even if they have moments of doubt, they’re soon quelled, where other’s listen to that doubt and let it eat them up and finally they quit.

Have your moments of doubt. You’re human. Just don’t let that doubt eat you up. Instead let it motivate you to prove your optimism right.

7. A reason.

Many of the greatest accomplishments in the world were accomplished by insecure men and women, people who had something to prove to others. A desire to elevate their status and create change that was so strong, that failure is simply never and option.

Abraham Lincoln‘s reason(s) had to do a lot with his view of himself in relation to how other’s viewed him. Where others saw a poor, illiterate boy, Lincoln saw someone capable of achieving more, even if he had to do it completely on his own. He also saw the need for change. A nation that preached freedom wasn’t free. He saw something fundamentally wrong with this and set out to change it. His why wasn’t about him. Which in turn made him one of history’s great men.

Understand why. You have that reason to work when others sleep, to sacrifice a safe life for a risky one with no ceiling. Find it by asking why, and not stopping until you hit your core, emotional reason for wanting to change your status, or the status of others.

8. They persevered when others didn’t.

How does the guy who quit on his dream know how long it would’ve taken him to become a success? He doesn’t. None of us do. It could be tomorrow, or ten years from now.

What separates a lot of the great people we read about in our history books from those we’ve never heard of is the fact that they never quit. Quitting was never an option. They only stopped when they reached their dream. And even then, they created a new mission.

Take James J. Braddock, or even Nelson Mandela, for example. They didn’t achieve their greatness or success early on in their careers or in life like some. They achieved it after surviving. They survived while others literally died, or quit. In their cases it wasn’t just that they were the best, but they were the best because of what they endured. They were the last one’s standing.

We don’t know when our breakthrough will come. So don’t guarantee your failure by quitting. You can adapt, change, and evolve, but never, never, never quit.

9. Great people relentlessly studied their craft.

Tony Gwynn and Mike Tyson studied their craft as much as anyone. Gwynn spent hours upon hours studying opposing pitchers. He studied their patterns. He wasn’t the most athletic guy around, but he put his work in to be the best at what he did: hit baseballs.

When people think of Tyson, they think of an animal, but what we fail to see is the student. No one studied boxing like Tyson did. Watched more film than anyone in the history of the sport. He was a student first, a fighter second.

These great athletes studied film, but how can we perfect our craft?

Using myself as an example; much of my job has to do with writing, and obviously fitness. So, I study those two things. I read books about how to become a better writer, ways to connect with the reader, and I simply read great books written by authors who are much better at writing than I am. If you’re in sales, read and study sales. If you’re a marketer, then do the same with marketing.

Being a drone that simply goes through the motions is no way to achieve greatness. Assuming success is something you want, you have to study your craft, whatever it may be. Learn it inside and out. Build a wealth of knowledge. It’ll help you create great, inspiring, and unique work.

10. Risk.

No risk, no reward. Yes it’s an over-used, cliché of a phrase. But it’s true. Those who have achieved real success have often risked the most to get there.

There have been billions of people throughout history who have had the ability to achieve greatness, whether it was the talent or smarts, they had it. What they didn’t have was the guts to risk the life that they were living. They also didn’t have the work ethic to see their talent realized.

The greatest tragedy in life is wasted talent ~ A Bronx Tale

Your big, audacious dream might be to marry the girl of your dreams and have a family with her. You risk might be to leave the career that you love in order to support her and your family. Your dream might be to help millions live longer, healthier lives. Whatever your dream is, give it enough of a chance to be realized.

Risk if you truly want to see the reward.

Find your dream. Then risk everything to get it.

 

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The Future according to Me

Rodney Dangerfield's comedy album No Respect.

Rodney Dangerfield’s comedy album No Respect. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have always felt I was never the “white picket fence” type.  I just didn’t know how to express or explain my point of view to those I felt was important in my life.  they never felt how important it was to me that I was telling them the truth.  I am being pushed by some other force than ego.  I am being forced by life.  By what is right.  I am being forced by what I have always felt since I was 8 years old.

I used to watch the Rodney Dangerfield Young Comedians’ Special on New Year’s Eve with my cousin Shawn and Raquel.  I used to watch Rosanne Barr and Sam Kinison belt out their views on life and religion and I always felt, “That will be ME some day!”  But I didn’t know how.  So all I DID know was the I needed to be in any production of anything as I grew up.  I would be in my 6th grade play my teacher created and then I went for my 8th grade play and I auditioned for “Chief Running Water” for a silly “tied to the tracks” production.  I won the part I was asking for and my bug bit.  But not until about 20 years later did I take it seriously.

I have performed about 2 dozen times in front of audiences from 6 to 160 in Michigan.  The Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, the Comedy Castle in Royal Oak and Joey’s in Livonia were my venues.  I bombed a few times but I killed most of the time.  This kept me going.  I met some great comedians and still have kept friends with them to this day.  Now that I am in another state, Kentucky, I still have it in my heart.  I still write every chance I get.  And I have some great stuff.  My story is unique and I know I can help and make folks laugh and feel incredible.  I am beginning to get the bug again but this time I want it to count.  This is in my blood and I can not stop it whether people close to me think otherwise.  They need to know this isn’t about them.  My destiny is mine.

And soon you will know as well.

More to  come…see you soon!

S.E. Cupp and Michael Moore get Sweaty on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher

Recently on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher,  Bill had the very liberal Michael Moore and the very conservative S.E. Cupp.  I knew as soon as the conversation switched to Gun Control sparks would fly but I was more surprised to hear how obtuse the Right Wing Poster Girl’s argument was on Gun Registration.  I really don’t understand the logic in her thoughts.  S.E. Cupp, the very attractive conservative that tries to fool you into thinking she is smart by wearing glasses on her quite perfect face when, in fact, it only makes her look like every boy’s fantasy of their perfect librarian in a Playboy Magazine fantasy, actually said she feels that registering her gun(s) makes her feel like and I quote, ” a criminal”.  Hmmm, now how many criminals do you hear about that REGISTER THEIR WEAPONS???  This shows exactly what we all have long felt from the right wing politicos that they feel they should do what they want when they want and how ever they want without any accountability or responsibility to the rest of the citizens of this country.  I see articles and posts of how Ms. Cupp schooled Michael Moore on the stats of mass shootings but I don’t see anyone stepping up and challenging her on this ridiculous notion that gun owners shouldn’t register their weapons in case they are stolen or lost and then used in a crime so we can track it down from step one and follow the trail to the ACTUAL CRIMINAL!

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English: , circa 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Why do most if not all of the Right Wing gun owners think this way?  It’s quite disturbing to think that most if not all mass shootings are done by RIGHT WING EXTREMISTS and the same club that those nut jobs are linked to do not want to be linked to their own guns.  Then why register your vehicle and when it gets stolen just throw up your arms(with hands) and say, “Oh well guess I’ll just buy another car…Touche’. ”  In fact lets just stop registering everything…including with whom we MARRY.  That’s right, lets stop registering who we decide to love and spend the rest of our lives with (or a few weeks if you are a celebrity) that way no one will know on any database just who it is we have living with us and sharing are our lives.  The Conservative Right wants to make sure just those that they approve of get married but we as a whole or 90% of the country to be exact want a Gun Registration and Background Checks but we don’t matter, just the ones that lost the last two elections do.  The Right Wing Conservatives are attacking and want to impeach President Obama over Benghazi yet they kept quiet and still do over the 13 Embassy attacks during George W. Bush’s 8 years in office.  Oh yeah, there’s nothing fishy about those 13 Embassy attacks but that one under Obama, now that one was just unacceptable!

Lastly I would like to speak on the point that Fox News and the Conservatives are having a boner over.  Yes that fact is that mass shootings are on the decline even though there just was one in New Orleans last weekend during a Mother’s Day Parade.  How about we change the opponent you tell that fact to.  How about you stand in front of the families of the dead and the survivors of the Aurora Colorado shootings?  How about you give those statistics to families of those children killed in the Sandy Hook shootings?  And after you tell them not to worry, the shootings are going down….they are less and less every year.  I bet you all of the Gold in Fort Knox that they could give two shits about your stupid statistics because there are no statistics that you can show them that will bring their amazing and beautiful children back.  It wouldn’t matter if Columbine never happened, nor Aurora or any of the other school shootings that have happen in the years passed.  Even if nothing terrible had happened in the 20 years before December 14, 2013, nothing else matters but to protect our citizens and their children so it doesn’t happen again.  And if registering your gun is that small step that you can take to make sure you did what was right in case your gun gets stolen or lost or if allowing yourself to get a background check to make sure that others that try to buy a gun are not in fact mentally ill or have an ACTUAL criminal past…..then why not?  I feel those that do not want a registry or background checks are hiding something and those that speak out about not wanting that to happen should be moved to the top of the scrutiny list.

Now as I know that Ms. Cupp is actually very smart, I don’t completely mean to use her political sides antics against them but I am just appalled that someone her age wouldn’t be able to see through her elders’ antics of the past.  Its time there is a Right Wing Talking Head that uses their common sense.  Let there be a day that I can write or say that last sentence without hearing a sarcastic chuckle in my head that exclaims, “OXYMORON!”

Here’s the bottom line…if I can not get a $7.25 an hour job without getting a background check and then being “approved” to ask you for your Speedy card, then you shouldn’t own a weapon unless you get a background check as well.

 

21 Habits of Happy People – There is so much we can Learn

As I post this I am learning along with you.  I hope you enjoy these ideas.  I sure am!

 

Happiness is a habit – cultivate it.” ~ Elbert Hubbar

“Happiness is one aspiration all people share. No one wants to be sad and depressed.
We’ve all seen people who are always happy – even amidst agonizing life trials. I’m not saying happy people don’t feel grief, sorrow or sadness; they just don’t let it overtake their life. The following are 21 things happy people make a habit of doing:
1. Appreciate Life

Be thankful that you woke up alive each morning. Develop a childlike sense of wonder towards life. Focus on the beauty of every living thing. Make the most of each day. Don’t take anything for granted. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

2. Choose Friends Wisely

Surround yourself with happy, positive people who share your values and goals. Friends that have the same ethics as you will encourage you to achieve your dreams. They help you to feel good about yourself. They are there to lend a helping hand when needed.

3. Be Considerate

Accept others for who they are as well as where they are in life. Respect them for who they are. Touch them with a kind and generous spirit. Help when you are able, without trying to change the other person. Try to brighten the day of everyone you come into contact with.

4. Learn Continuously

Keep up to date with the latest news regarding your career and hobbies. Try new and daring things that has sparked your interest – such as dancing, skiing, surfing or sky-diving.

5. Creative Problem Solving

Don’t wallow in self-pity. As soon as you face a challenge get busy finding a solution. Don’t let the set backs affect your mood, instead see each new obstacle you face as an opportunity to make a positive change. Learn to trust your gut instincts – it’s almost always right.

6. Do What They Love

Some statistics show that 80% of people dislike their jobs! No wonder there’s so many unhappy people running around. We spend a great deal of our life working. Choose a career that you enjoy – the extra money of a job you detest isn’t worth it. Make time to enjoy your hobbies and pursue special interests.

7. Enjoy Life

Take the time to see the beauty around you. There’s more to life than work. Take time to smell the roses, watch a sunset or sunrise with a loved one, take a walk along the seashore, hike in the woods etc. Learn to live in the present moment and cherish it. Don’t live in the past or the future.

8. Laugh

Don’t take yourself – or life to seriously. You can find humor in just about any situation. Laugh at yourself – no one’s perfect. When appropriate laugh and make light of the circumstances. (Naturally there are times that you should be serious as it would be improper to laugh.)

9. Forgive

Holding a grudge will hurt no one but you. Forgive others for your own peace of mind. When you make a mistake – own up to it – learn from it – and FORGIVE yourself.

10. Gratitude

Develop an attitude of gratitude. Count your blessings; All of them – even the things that seem trivial. Be grateful for your home, your work and most importantly your family and friends. Take the time to tell them that you are happy they are in your life.

11. Invest in Relationships

Always make sure your loved ones know you love them even in times of conflict. Nurture and grow your relationships with your family and friends by making the time to spend with them. Don’t break your promises to them. Be supportive.

12. Keep Their Word

Honesty is the best policy. Every action and decision you make should be based on honesty. Be honest with yourself and with your loved ones.

13. Meditate

Meditation gives your very active brain a rest. When it’s rested you will have more energy and function at a higher level. Types of meditation include yoga, hypnosis, relaxation tapes, affirmations, visualization or just sitting in complete silence. Find something you enjoy and make the time to practice daily.

14. Mind Their Own Business

Concentrate on creating your life the way you want it. Take care of you and your family. Don’t get overly concerned with what other people are doing or saying. Don’t get caught up with gossip or name calling. Don’t judge. Everyone has a right to live their own life the way they want to – including you.

15. Optimism

See the glass as half full. Find the positive side of any given situation. It’s there – even though it may be hard to find. Know that everything happens for a reason, even though you may never know what the reason is. Steer clear of negative thoughts. If a negative thought creeps in – replace it with a positive thought.

16. Love Unconditionally

Accept others for who they are. You don’t put limitations on your love. Even though you may not always like the actions of your loved ones – you continue to love them.

17. Persistence

Never give up. Face each new challenge with the attitude that it will bring you one step closer to your goal. You will never fail, as long as you never give up. Focus on what you want, learn the required skills, make a plan to succeed and take action. We are always happiest while pursuing something of value to us.

18. Be Proactive

Accept what can not be changed. Happy people don’t waste energy on circumstances beyond their control. Accept your limitations as a human being. Determine how you can take control by creating the outcome you desire – rather than waiting to respond.

19. Self Care

Take care of your mind, body and health. Get regular medical check ups. Eat healthy and work out. Get plenty of rest. Drink lots of water. Exercise your mind by continually energizing it with interesting and exciting challenges.

20. Self Confidence

Don’t try to be someone that you’re not. After all no one likes a phony. Determine who you are in the inside – your own personal likes and dislikes. Be confident in who you are. Do the best you can and don’t second guess yourself.

21. Take Responsibility

Happy people know and understand that they are 100% responsible for their life. They take responsibility for their moods, attitude, thoughts, feelings, actions and words. They are the first to admit when they’ve made a mistake.

Begin today by taking responsibility for your happiness. Work on developing these habits as you own. The more you incorporate the above habits into your daily lifestyle – the happier you will be.

Most of all: BE TRUE TO YOURSELF.”

 

~ What FABULOUS last words of advice, Yes, Let us ALL ‘BE TRUE TO OURSELVES’ !!

I hope you enjoyed this lesson as much as I did.  I will be coming back to this often to remind myself where I need to be.

This is from : Mind Openerz – 21 Habits of Happy People

 

~~~Thee Gratitude Dude

 

Thank you Chopra Center and Thank You Sandy Hook Elementary

I wanted to say thank you to the Chopra Center.  I took the 21 Day Meditation Challenge and upon completing it I was inspired to create my own path of giving.  I began to give many of my Inspiration Angels away to people in need around the country and the world.  I then ventured out on November 26, 2012 to the local Shriner‘s Children’s hospital in Lexington KY and gave away more Angels and met some amazingly strong children.  And then after hearing of the tragedy in Newtown Connecticut, I created Inspiration Angels using the colors of Sandy Hook Elementary and I sent the teachers and staff all of them.

I then visited the UK Children’s Hospital on January 9, 2013.  I met some more awesome parents and children fighting various ailments and diseases. I handed out more Angels and I hope I was able to give some comfort to them knowing that there are still humans on this planet that do care about eachother.  This was a tough visit.  I saw a lot of pain both physical and mental.  I can not imagine being those parents having to watch their little ones going through so much.  It took a lot out of me but I had gotten several messages the day before on my page that helped give me strength. They were from some truly amazing people, the teachers and staff and some parents of Sandy Hook Elementary.  They told me that they had received my Inspiration Angels and that they LOVED them.  They actually told me that when they walk down the halls and see them hanging around the necks of other teachers and staff that it gives them comfort and makes them smile.

I am so grateful that I have been able to give them this.  If they are able to feel that way after going through such a terrible experience…I finally know now what the feeling of love and appreciation feels like.  At the end of this week I will be sending 100 more Inspiration Angels to Sandy Hook for the rest of the staff.  I am also dedicating $3 per Angel sold to the Newtown Memorial Fund.  Please give, anything you can.  You too, can make a difference.  You just have to take that first step and it starts with Love.  Thank you Chopra Center for opening my eyes to true Love.  If you can, come visit my page and leave some messages of love to the teachers and staff that have left comments on my page.  I know they would be touched.  Give Love.

TBT Creations (Thoughts Become Things) – Facebook Page

Inspiration Angels, $3 per Angel goes to Newtown Memorial Fund – Etsy Page

 

 

 

Happy New Year my Friends, Make it an Epic one!

I want to thank everyone that has helped me get through this very difficult year.  I want to thank everyone that will help me along the way this upcoming New Year 2013!  I plan on making this one an EPIC year, the beginning of MANY EPIC years to come!  Filled with hope and love.

I want to thank those that have opened my eyes to the fact that I can not change those that don’t want to be, I can only show love and move on and wish them the happiest of lives.

I have made many mistakes and I am owning up to them and correcting the ones I can and learning from them all.  I love my wife and my family, my children, my parents(past & present), my siblings(past & present) and my friends(past & present)….I love you all.  I am here changing my life for the better and I intend to do so by helping others.  With good intentions motivating me I will succeed in everything I put love and effort into.

I am evolving and willing continue to do so until the day I leave to the great hereafter, which is THE ULTIMATE evolution.  Don’t stop learning, listening and loving.  Thank you to everyone!  Have an AMAZING 2013!  I know I will AND SO WILL YOU!

Love & Be Thankful

The Key to Success, Imagination!

I hope everyone had a great holiday!  Things are going to pick up in 2013 for us and everyone else!  This is going to be a time of togetherness and love!  Old thought processes are going to fall by the waist side to make room for a new way of thinking!  The catch is that its really NOT a new way of thinking, it has always been THE WAY! Just, now, we are all going to begin to FEEL the right way towards our fellow humans.  We are going to realize that we shouldn’t stay quiet any longer!  We need to GIVE in order to RECEIVE!

The 80s and 90s were all about greed and brought on corruption beyond belief and we are seeing the institutions that brought on that greed begin to crumble before our eyes.  They are crumbling because they forgot about the one thing that can sustain success = GOOD INTENTIONS!  It is okay to want money and a big house and nice things as long as you remember to be grateful for them before AND after you receive them.  The one way to show that gratefulness is to GIVE BACK every chance you get!  Whether giving time to someone in need, giving help, lending an ear or anything…pay it forward.  Help someone with change at the register..whatever you can think of.  Show LOVE and compassion towards one another and when you do remember the FEELING you get when giving, that FEELING should motivate you to continue giving everyday of your life.  You are starting a chain reaction that will bring more LOVE into the world.  Those you help will feel the motivation to help others and so on and so on…..

One last thing, the way to begin your own success along side of helping is to practice the Creation Process : Imagine it, Feel it, Receive it! Never stop thinking, never stop using your Imagination!  That is THE KEY!

Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ has interesting speech that would go well for today’s Gun Control debate

The following are words that screenwriter Tony Kushner gave to President Lincoln near the end of Steven Spielberg‘s film biography. Those words were addressed at healing our nation after the 13th Amendment brought an end to both slavery and the civil war, but they apply equally well to gun violence, financial greed, and virtually every other self-serving evil that afflicts our nation today.

The words seem especially apropos today:

English: Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth Presid...

English: Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States. Latviešu: Abrahams Linkolns, sešpadsmitais ASV prezidents. Српски / Srpski: Абрахам Линколн, шеснаести председник Сједињених Америчких Држава. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“If we submit ourselves to law, even submit to losing freedoms; the freedom to oppress, for instance, we may discover other freedoms previously unknown to us.

Suppose that all we’ve done is show the world that democracy isn’t chaos; that there is a great invisible strength in a people’s union. Say we show that a people can endure awful sacrifice and yet cohere, mighten that save at least the idea of democracy to aspire to? Eventually to become worthy of? At all rates, whatever may be proven by blood and sacrifice must have been proved by now.

Shall we stop this bleeding?”

Shall we?

 

 

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Panic at the NRA and Gun owners Disco, We don’t want your handguns!!!

I am getting a little sick of the mass hysteria of the NRA and the other gun owners thinking Obama and the liberals want ALL of their guns!  Like Balky from Perfect Strangers would say, “Well of course not, Don’t be RidiculOOS!”

Let’s make this abundantly clear : You can have your handguns and your hunting rifles BUT give up and stop selling MILITARY STYLE WEAPONS such as ASSAULT RIFLES AND STOP PROVIDING 100 ROUND CLIPS!!!  This diversion of the facts and the truth is giving me a GOP headache that’s reminiscent of the Romney/Ryan campaign.  Seriously, this has got to stop!

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M231 1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The weapons that killed the men, women and children in the movie theater in Colorado and that killed the women and children in Newtown Connecticut were military style assault rifles!  Not handguns!  The shooters had way too much ammo, 100 round clips, that should not be legal for anyone that is NOT in the military.  The hand gun that was used in Newtown was used to kill Adam Lanza.  I have nothing against that handgun.

Please, lets not get fooled into thinking that ALL of our guns are going to be collected….Just the ones that are made for mass destruction, that’s all.  You don’t need armor piercing bullets because deers don’t wear bullet proof vests…..you don’t need assault rifles with 100 round clips because those deers and wildlife you want to shoot are not assaulting you.

It’s time to get real!  Stop the panic, it’s not real!  I have a feeling that 2013 is going to bring a lot of change but, unfortunately, I think along with that change will bring a lot of resistance to that change by old institutions and old thinking.  I hope common sense will come out on top, actually I know it will but unfortunately, I think it will come with more heartache due to those that can not evolve.

 

Note I enclosed with the Inspiration Angels being sent to Sandy Hook Elementary School

Dearest Sandy Hook Elementary Staff,

I can not come close to imagine as to what you are going through.  As a parent to a 4 year old daughter and a 10 year old son, it breaks my heart to think about you being witness to last Friday‘s incident.  I have created jewelry whose meaning is perfect for you to heal.  They are called Inspiration Angels.  The wings are connected so the wearer can spin them.  The meaning behind them is :”Spin the wings and Remember your Blessings”.  They are meant to remind the recipient of what to be grateful for in their life.  It may be tough to think of something after going through such a catastrophe but there is always something.  Whether it being the time you spent with such an inspiration and brave soul like Ms. Soto.  Or being one of the last people to see one of the children lost, one of their last smiles or being able to hear their last laughs as it cackled through the hallways or classroom that morning.

I personally want to thank every single one of you.  I am thankful for you!  You have a tough road ahead.  You have to be strong for the students.  You are so courageous for continuing your position but you will not be looked down upon if you need time away.  It is natural to find your release.  Without releasing, without reconnecting to your source and going through the proper grieving process you will not be any good to your students.  Please take your time.  Grab on to your Inspiration Angel, close your eyes and be thankful that you can move on and teach the most important lesson in Life : Teach the lesson of Love.

Love is contagious, Spread it wherever you go.

Thank you so much for teaching me.