JOHNMARTINMILES's SparkPeople Blog JOHNMARTINMILES's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Live the Dream! Congratulations to Joshua and the Fifth Grade Georgia Hawks. Second Place in the AAU National Championship Tournament and Joshua was named to the All Tournament Team. I am proud of the team and proud for Joshua. <BR> <BR> Live the dream and make it a great day. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 10:00:20 EST Youth Sports This is our first weekend at home without a granddaughter's softball game since I think March. Joshua is playing the the AAU National Championship Basketball Game in Orlando this morning and then we have about four weeks off until football starts and along with it cheerleading and we are off and running again. <BR> <BR> I love youth sports. They have a purity about them that you just do not find in professional or even college sports. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 10:48:52 EST Point of View Each of our views were shaped by our unique life experiences. Don't expect to feel the same way that others do. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 08:51:16 EST Apres' Vacation A really good 11 day vacation and the pile of work waiting to be done is not too huge. There is an advantage to being able to stay in touch and hit 30-60 minutes a day on work stuff so it is not piled up when you return. I can remember coming back from vacation to 400 e-mails. This time is was just 50, which is a normal day. Not bad on the weight front either. I've not faced the red eyed monster yet but my clothes feel the same as they did when I left so it cannot be too bad Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:20:04 EST Home Again! Just returned from eleven days on vacation. There is truly no place like home! Wed, 9 Jul 2014 20:10:35 EST Nothin Doin Nothing on the agenda. I hop I finish today because I do have stuff on tomorrow's to do list. Tue, 8 Jul 2014 16:26:54 EST Focus! Don't waste your time with "could've," "would've" or "should've." Focus on "can," "will," and "do." Mon, 7 Jul 2014 11:00:34 EST A Blog About Nothing Sometimes nothing is a good thing. Just sit back and let the world happen. In truth, nothing will pass you by and you will be refreshed. <BR> <BR> Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life <BR> <em>211</em> Until Tomorrow! Sun, 6 Jul 2014 08:20:32 EST Proud to be an American! Yesterday was a day of flags and picnics and fireworks and patriotic music, just as the founding fathers envisioned it. But what about the other 364 days every year. Are we ant less American today than we were yesterday. <BR> <BR> God Bless America, land that I love <BR> Stand beside her, and guide her <BR> Through the night with the light from above. <BR> <BR> From the mountains to the prairies <BR> To the Ocean white with foam, <BR> God Bless America <BR> My Home Sweet Home Sat, 5 Jul 2014 18:25:56 EST God Bless Americ God Bless America, land that I love <BR> Stand beside her, and guide her <BR> Through the night with the light from above. <BR> <BR> From the mountains to the prairies <BR> To the Ocean white with foam, <BR> God Bless America <BR> My Home Sweet Home Fri, 4 Jul 2014 12:08:33 EST Things To Do! YOU belong on your own to-do list. Thu, 3 Jul 2014 11:14:55 EST Turn Around! Every day is another chance to turn things around. Wed, 2 Jul 2014 10:24:39 EST Believe! Believe in your ability to reach your goals and follow through without hesitation. Tue, 1 Jul 2014 09:13:13 EST Vacation Yesterday I did nothing. I didn't finish so I will continue to do nothing today Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:19:36 EST Enjoy Being! The title says it all. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 08:54:38 EST Survival Survival is not saved for the strong or the fittest but fior the one most adaptable to change <BR> ~Charles Darwin Sat, 28 Jun 2014 06:11:11 EST Keep On Trying! Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock. <BR> ~Author Unknown <BR> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 08:43:31 EST Do Something! What you do today can improve all of your tomorrows, Thu, 26 Jun 2014 08:12:09 EST Acres of Diamonds! There are acres of diamonds in your back yard if only you will harvest them! Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:00:47 EST Seeing You can't always see where you are going, but a friend walking the journey with you may see what you can't. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 08:25:52 EST Strength! There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up. <BR> ~Booker T. Washington <BR> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:26:17 EST More Softball I am very proud of his granddaughters. Addison's team finished second and Georgia's first. Great day for the family! Both girls played extremely well and gave a full effort. One can ask no more. As the Boy Scouts say "Do your best. No one can do better" Sun, 22 Jun 2014 10:10:19 EST Softball <em>300</em> Off to the ballyard. Georgia and Addison are both in the finals of their tournaments! Sat, 21 Jun 2014 08:15:05 EST BFF Every day, treat yourself as if you were your own best friend. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 08:14:32 EST Make It Meaningful! "Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend - or a meaningful day." <BR> -Dalai Lama <BR> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:00:53 EST Tempus Fugit! Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 08:54:41 EST Positivity! It's easier than you might think to be a positive force in your world. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 08:18:52 EST Father's Day All of my children and grandchildren came by yesterday for pot luck. We are lucky that each has a special pot and the food was fabulous. As I look at my children and grandchildren I am struck with Rogers & Hammerstein's words, "somewhere in my youth or childhood, I must have done something good" because I am proud of each of my eleven children and grandchildren. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 09:28:00 EST Father's Day Though our fathers might have passed on, they left a legacy whichj we are honor bound to continue. <BR> <BR> Lessons learned at a father's knee live on long after dad is gone. <BR> <BR> It says in the Good Book "Honor Thy Father". Sun, 15 Jun 2014 10:14:22 EST Great Weekend! <em>232</em> Today is Flag Day. Most people don't even realize we have a flag day or what our flag stands for. Many good people died for our right to fly Old Glory and we should do so gratefully and proudly. <BR> <BR> <em>300</em> We will spend Flag Day at the ballyard watching the granddaughters play softball, an All-American pastine if ever ther was one. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is Father's Day. Remember what your dad left you. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 08:31:01 EST Start! Just do something! Most of the battle is to just getting moving. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 08:34:27 EST 12 Points Trustworthy, <BR> Loyal, <BR> Helpful, <BR> Friendly, <BR> Courteous, <BR> Kind, <BR> Obedient, <BR> Cheerful, <BR> Thrifty, <BR> Brave, <BR> Clean & <BR> Reverent, <BR> Not a bad life plan! Thu, 12 Jun 2014 08:18:45 EST Shout "YES!" Shout "YES" if you are ready to take a small positive action today to get one step closer towards reaching your goals! Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:24:09 EST Why is there rain? I created the rain so you would appreciate the sunshine! God, as played by George Burns in Oh God! Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:12:25 EST Be You! "Whatever you are, be the best one!" ~Abraham Lincoln <BR> <BR> Be yourself, no one can do it for you" The Talmud Mon, 9 Jun 2014 09:27:24 EST Nothingness! Looking forward to a day with absolutely nothing on the agenda! Sun, 8 Jun 2014 11:34:34 EST A Lazy Day That is what it promises to be. After a crazy week, just chillin' and watching the granddaughters play softball. Sat, 7 Jun 2014 07:06:55 EST Tempus Fugit! Life is too short to care about looking cool. Fri, 6 Jun 2014 08:49:21 EST Feelin' Good! Never feel bad about what you have done. Feel good about what you can do. Thu, 5 Jun 2014 08:29:23 EST Choices Every choice you make has an end result. Wed, 4 Jun 2014 11:52:00 EST See Farther! I can see farther for I stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before me! Tue, 3 Jun 2014 09:13:34 EST Obstacles Every sale has five basic obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust. <BR> <BR> A statement in a sales environment but true throughout life! Mon, 2 Jun 2014 08:47:07 EST Youth Sports Off today to watch Joshua's team play basketball. Spent the day yhesterday witgh Georgia's softball team. Oh! The joys of grandfatherhood! Sun, 1 Jun 2014 09:51:23 EST Inspire! Be an inspiration to those around you by making the most of each day. Sat, 31 May 2014 08:51:05 EST No Limits The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible. <BR> ~Arthur C. Clarke <BR> Fri, 30 May 2014 08:57:37 EST Maya Angelou Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good. <BR> ~Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> Also: <BR> <BR> People will not remember what you said or what you did, they will remember how you made them feel. <BR> ~Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> RIP Maya Angelou <BR> Thu, 29 May 2014 09:31:39 EST Gratitude Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good. <BR> ~Maya Angelou <BR> Wed, 28 May 2014 09:50:21 EST What a Difference a Day Makes! Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days. Tue, 27 May 2014 10:29:29 EST Memorial Day! I'm proud to be an American where as least I know I'm free <BR> And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me <BR> And I'd gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today <BR> 'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land God bless the USA Mon, 26 May 2014 10:01:44 EST Memorial Day Thank you to all the men and women who have made it possible for me to be proud to be an American! Sun, 25 May 2014 08:25:59 EST