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Embrace today!

Sunday, July 05, 2009

The Sanskrit tells us yesterday is a memory and tomorrow is but a dream but today, well lived will make every yesterday a happy memory and every tomorrow a dream of hope.

Today is all we have so make the most of it. The current weather is overcast and it is supposed to rain. So? We need the rain, it's cheaper than running the sprinklers and it is a forced break from the outdoor activities that have occupied the past several days. Sometimes we just need to kick back and reflect on what has been happening and recharge as we prepare for tomorrow.

Whatever today brings, embrace it. Live each day to its fullest without burning yourself out trying to pack just too much into the twenty-four hours available.

Embrace today!

  
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SLUGGOISMYDOG 7/5/2009 4:25PM

    I agree 100% with you. To have a grateful heart and an optimistic attitude makes life so much sweeter. Thank you for sharing that. Have a wonderful day! emoticon

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Happy Birthday USA!

Saturday, July 04, 2009


Despite our best efforts to keep her from doing so, our republic has survived 233 years, longer than any democracy type government in history. Lat us take a moment and take a break from the hot dogs and the fireworks and the beer and remember that this day is the anniversary of our freedom. I received an e-mail this week outlining the sacrifices that the signers of the Declaration of Independence actually made to assure our freedom. Almost to a man they died penniless, but free. Yet I think that if you asked them if they would do it again, to a man they would respond with a resounding yes!

I have pasted below an e-mail I received today bemoaning the fact that so much is being made of Michael Jackson's death when so man of our finest young men and women have paid the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is sad that we have such clamor over a pop stars death and not over our service people especially since the service people died to that the American public would have the freedom to mourn the death of Michael Jackson, or Farrah Fawcett.

God bless America, land that I love
Stand Beside her and guide her
Through the night with the light from above.
From the mountains to the prairies
To the ocean white with foam
God Bless America
My home sweet home.

While the focus today, tomorrow and for the next God-knows-how-many-days will be the death of a pop culture icon; while many will mourn, wail and quite literally make fools of themselves over it and while as many will speak endlessly about it, allow me, if only for a moment, to remind us all that others have died this month; others whose lives were cut short; others who leave behind loved ones and whose families will dearly miss them; families who'll suffer with much more dignity and honor than we'll be exposed to on the tube in the coming days.





Yes... it's true... we've suffered a great loss... but forgive me while I tell you that I'm not talking about the king of pop music.





These American military members died in Iraq this month:



Sergeant Justin J. Duffy


Specialist Christopher M. Kurth


Specialist Charles D. Parrish


Lance C or p or al Robert D. Ulmer


Staff Sergeant Edmond L. Lo


Sergeant Joshua W. Soto


Captain Kafele H. Sims


Specialist Chancell or A. Keesling





And these members of our U.S. Armed Forces died in Afghanistan this month:





Sergeant Jones, Ricky D.


Specialist Munguia Rivas, Rodrigo A.


Command Master Chief Petty Officer Garber, Jeffrey J.


1st Sergeant Blair, John D.


Sergeant Smith, Paul G.


Staff Sergeant Melton, Joshua


Sergeant 1st Class Dupont, Kevin A.


Specialist O'Neill, Jonathan C.


Chief Warrant Officer Richardson Jr., Ricky L.


Specialist Silva, Eduardo S.


Lance C or p or al Whittle, Joshua R.


Maj or Barnes, Rocco M.


Maj or Jenrette, Kevin M.


Staff Sergeant Beale, John C.


Specialist J or dan, Jeffrey W.


Specialist Griemel, Jarrett P.


Specialist Hernandez I, Roberto A.


Sergeant Obakrairur, Jasper K.


Staff Sergeant Hall, Jeffrey A.


Private 1st Class Ogden, Matthew D.


Private 1st Class Wilson, Matthew W.





Let's remember and honor this day those whose deaths are truly impacting.


John Martin Miles

Law Offices of John M. Miles
Counselor at Law, P.C.

  
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KGPOSSIBLE 7/4/2009 9:46PM

    Thank you!! I appreciate you taking the time to remind us what is truly important in this great country we live it!!

Enjoy your 4th of July...and thank you to all the men and women who have made it possible......

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    Thank you!
Happy 4th!

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God Bless America!

Friday, July 03, 2009

O! thus be it ever
When free man shall stand
Between their loved home
And grim wars desolation
Blessed with victory and peace
May this Heaven vested land
Praise the power that has made
And preserved us our nation
And conquer we must
When our cause it is just
And this be our motto
In God is our trust
And the Star Spangled Banner
In triumph shall wave
O'er the lad of the free
And the home of the brave!

Francis Scott Key

The third verse refers to what our nation is and not merely to the flag.

Enjoy our nation's birthday
God Bless America!

  


Ask what, when, and how.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

After you have written down your goals the next step is to formulate a plan for the implementation of your goals.

In putting together a plan, rely on Rudyard Kipling's honest serving men. All of them are who, what, where, when, why, and how. In goal pursuit, we can narrow the list to just three, what, when and how.

In writing down the goal, we have already answered "what?". It is important to establish a time frame in which the goal will be accomplished. For a goal to be realistic, you have to be able to track your progress toward that goal. If there is no time established for the completion of the goal, an attitude of "we didn't move anywhere but we are still on track" can develop. Even if you are in the right track, if you aren't moving, you will be run over by a train. When is important as it establishes the pace for the completion of the goal.

Once you know what and when, the final piece of the puzzle becomes "How". This is where you flesh out the time line and establish what will be happening at each checkpoint between setting and achieving the goal. Once the mileposts are established, "by this point in time we will be here", it is easy to track your progress. It is important that you track your progress and that you keep moving forward. Progress, no matter how small, represents a step toward success and establishes a positive mental attitude. Success is defined as any step, no matter how small, toward a goal.

Ask what, when, and how.

  


Write out your goals!

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Someone said "The pen is mightier than the sword". Maybe this is so, maybe it isn't but the pen is an important instrument in attaining goals. One of the first rules of goal setting and goal achievement is to Write out your goals! Having a written goal gives it instant credibility. Hearing someone say something can be perceived as a mere platitude but seeing the same statement written down gives it power.

Additionally, if the goal is written down, you can see it. You can refer to it. You can imprint in on your brain. In addition to writing down you goals, illustrate the goals. If you want to embark on an exercise program, get pictures of people exercising or participating in the activity you will be undertaking. If you want to play golf better, collect pictures of golfers and golf courses. The human mind remembers pictures better that words.

Two things to remember, Write out your goals! and draw your goals

  


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