Helping Others

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Impact Earth - meteor in route collisionIn the movie Armageddon, the President of the United States is talking to NASA scientist Dan Truman, played by Billy Bob Thornton, about the approaching asteroid. Let’s listen in…

President: What is this thing?

Truman: It’s an asteroid, sir.

President: How big are we talking?

Scientist: Sir, our best estimate is 97.6 billion.

Truman: It’s the size of Texas, Mr. President.

President: Dan, we didn’t see this thing coming?

Truman: Well, our object collision budget’s about a million dollars a year. That allows us to track about three percent of the sky, and begging your pardon, sir, but it’s a big-ass sky.

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An Awfully Big Adventure

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“Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.” Kevin Aucoin

How would you like to live… really live?

Can I make a suggestion?

  1. STOP WHAT YOUR DOING, NOW.Big Adventure

I can’t really see your list but if you did it, I can guarantee you it’s an awesome list of stuff!  Now here are the final two things to add to your list to finish it out…


Stop making excuses… “to live would be an awfully big adventure!” (Robin Williams as Peter Pan)  

Go have an adventure! 



Guess Who’s After Grandma’s Money?

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It’s sad that we live in a society where we have to deal with issues like criminals scamming the elderly, but we do.

protecting-your-next-egg-cover-copy-2There’s a hotter corner of Hell for people like that.  

Do your part to protect your loved ones, and yourself too!

Check out my new resource, “Protecting Your Nest Egg: Fraud Protection for Senior Citizens from Con Artists, Thieves and Scams”!

Here’s the link to get you there!


Mentoring… Leading… Making a Difference in Another Life!

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How hard is it to make yourself available to help someone younger and less experienced?  The answer? Not hard at all.

Look around your workplace, your church, your community and you’ll see plenty of examples of people desperately or quietly wanting help.

How do you do it?

  1. Build a relationship first.
  2. Be interested in their life, their passions, their cause and their gifts.
  3. Encourage, encourage, encourage.
  4. Ask questions about how they are doing.
  5. Offer advice when asked.
  6. Point them to resources where they can take charge of their personal growth.
  7. Let the ball keep rolling from that point on.

There you go… Seven easy steps.

Now go make a difference!

Are You Asking The Right Questions?

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Continuing with the thought in a previous post, I believe most of us don’t get the answers we want or need because we’re not asking the right questions.

They call him “Kid President”… and although I don’t want him sitting at the table looking across at Vladimir Putin (although it might be funny, and he couldn’t do any worse than what’s been happening), I would love for this kid’s message to sound across the country!

What can you do to help the homeless?  What can you do to reach out to the poor?  YOU CAN DO SOMETHING!!!

Now go make a difference!!!

Robin… You Taught Us That

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6a00e5502775dc88340120a67e4886970c-800wiThe universe is an amazing place… Mork taught us that… it’s wacky and wild, sensitive and sweet.  He taught us that the cosmos isn’t something we need to be afraid of, and that no one is a stranger if you’ll only stick out your hand with a warm greeting of “Nanoo, Nanoo”.

Bullies are something we don’t need to fear… Popeye taught us that… when the big and loud seem to push their way through life, the world is watching and waiting for an everyday hero to be “strong to the finish”… and even a Popeyed sailor with bloated forearms can get beat the bully and get the girl.

War is ugly, but the soul can be a greater victim than the body… Adrian Cronauer taught us that… he showed us that even when others face racism & their own mortality, the gift of encouragement, wrapped in an explosive “Good Morning WHEREVER” helps us realize that there truly is good in each morning.

Life is a vapor, we’re here and oh too quickly we’re gone… John Keating taught us that…  and if staring at the young faces in black and white pictures doesn’t cause your ears to hear the faint whispers of “Seize the Day, boys!” like it did for the Dead Poet’s Society, then it may be the verse you write in the powerful plarobin-williamsy is pale, empty or left out altogether.

Dreams only die if we let them, and wishes come true when we hold on tightly to them… Peter Pan & Aladdin’s Genie both taught us that… they showed us when we worry that the dream is either to far away, or to big to imagine, it’s then we should remember we were born to fly.

And what can we say of the others???

Jack taught us that people come in all ages and sizes, but friendship only has one color- true blue…

Alan Parrish & Sean Maguire taught us that the fears of our past have no place in our present, and we choose our new and best adventures when we leave hurts and insecurities where they belong… in the past…

Patch Adams & Andrew the “Bicentennial Man” challenged us that greatest pursuit of this life is not achievement of status, but the passionate pursuit of our humanity…

Even Seymour “Sy” Parrish in “One Hour Photo” had something to teach us…  His story paints a picture of life spent jealously desiring what others might have.  The true message is that such a life is no life at all, and whether it’s a hamster in a cage, or a man self-imprisoned in a miserable life, both are prisoners to an empty existence.

Robin, you taught us so much… we’re wounded that one who brought laughter to our souls could not find that same joy for his own.  It’s ironic that in one of his lesser known movies, “What Dreams May Come”, that Heaven is the after life is constructed by the mind and heart of the individual experiencing it.  It seems that Hell may have fit the same description here on Earth for this amazingly funny yet tragic man.

I leave you with a quote from Patch Adams… “All of life is a coming home. Salesmen, secretaries, coal miners, beekeepers, sword swallowers, all of us. All the restless hearts of the world, all trying to find a way home. It’s hard to describe what I felt like then. Picture yourself walking for days in the driving snow; you don’t even know you’re walking in circles. The heaviness of your legs in the drifts, your shouts disappearing into the wind. How small you can feel, and how far away home can be. Home. The dictionary defines it as both a place of origin and a goal or destination. And the storm? The storm was all in my mind. Or as the poet Dante put it: In the middle of the journey of my life, I found myself in a dark wood, for I had lost the right path. Eventually I would find the right path, but in the most unlikely place.”

What life lesson did Robin Williams or one of his characters teach you?



The Secret to Success- Surprising Advice from Maya Angelou

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I Do BetterMayo Angelou was more than a poet, more than a teacher or an author.  Her insights on life, love and facing the challenges in life qualify her as oracle in her time.  When we consider the great thinkers of the past, we often hear lofty challenges to self-sacrifice and reckless abandon.  Their calls to action beckon us to risk all, give all in pursuit of our dreams.  There are desperate, challenging times that ask this of each of us if we want to survive, or demand it of us if we expect to thrive.  But it’s not always Olympic grade challenges that we’re called to face in the critical moments of life.  Some days the problems are simply one day bigger, one month larger, or one year grander in their intensity.  So how do you handle those challenges?

Each of us is on our own journey.  Much of Maya Angelou’s writings reflect this perspective.  Based upon our position along the path of that journey, our skills, gifts, and wisdom reflect our strengths and our experience to that point.  Ms Angelou once said,  “I did then what I knew to do.  Now that I know better, I do better”.   Life truly is our greatest teacher, and it’s lessons are eternal.  The real question we face is this… Will we learn the lessons as they come so that we can “do better” the next time, or will we refuse to listen, learn and make the changes we need to become the change agents the world needs?

“A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.”  Muhammad Ali
Do you know better now than you did thirty years ago?  I hope so.  Are you viewing the world, are you acting on the world differently than you did thirty years ago?  The world hopes so.

So make the choice.  You know better… so do better.  Be a Champion!

What advice would you give someone about learning from our past, and making the best choices in life in the present?