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Korean proverb says: “Power lasts ten years, influence not more than a hundred.” You may have power and use it to boost your ego and pocketbook. You may not want to know the conversation that takes place behind your back. Others use influence to touch lives and they will not be easily forgotten. If you’re in a position of leadership, you need to know that you’re given a stewardship of influence.
The Ilocana and I entertained the thought of sending our kids to study in another country. At least for a little while. To have our children travel and experience a change in environment would have been an effective means of education.
But we immediately changed our minds the moment we heard of yet another shooting. A smiling kid enters his school, pulled out a gun and methodically shot his friends and classmates. Why? Whatâs happening to the young people in the world today?
An American friend of mine sent me an e-mail and this is his analysis.
In light of the recent shooting in Massachusetts, let’s see, I think it started when Madeline Murray O’Hare complained she didn’t want any prayer in our schools, and we said OK.
Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school…. The Bible that says, thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said, OK.
Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem. And we said, an expert should know what heâs talking about so we said OK, we won’t spank them anymore.
Then someone said teachers and principals better not discipline our children when they misbehave. And the school administrators said no faculty member in this school better touch a student when they misbehave because we don’t want any bad publicity, and we surely don’t want to be sued. (There’s a big difference between disciplining and touching, beating, smacking, humiliating, kicking, etc.) And we accepted their reasoning. Then someone said, let’s let our daughters have abortions if they want, and they won’t even have to tell their parents. And we said, that’s a grand idea.
Then some wise school board member said, since boys will be boys and they’re going to do it anyway, let’s give our sons all the condoms they want, so they can have all the fun they desire, and we won’t have to tell their parents they got them at school. And we said, that’s another great idea. Then some of our top elected officials said it doesn’t matter what we do in private as long as we do our jobs. And agreeing with them, we said it doesn’t matter to me what anyone, including the President, does in private as long as I have a job and the economy is good.
And then someone said let’s print magazines with pictures of nude women and call it wholesome, down-to-earth appreciation for the beauty of the female body. And we said we have no problem with that. And someone else took that appreciation a step further and published pictures of nude children and then stepped further still by making them available on the Internet. And we said they’re entitled to their free speech.
And the entertainment industry said, let’s make TV shows and movies that promote profanity, violence, and illicit sex. And let’s record music that encourages rape, drugs, murder, suicide, an satanic themes. And we said its just entertainment, it has no adverse effect, and nobody takes it seriously anyway, so go right ahead.
Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they donât know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.
Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out.
I think it has a great deal to do with “WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.” Listen.
Kids are not a short-term loan, they are a long-term investment!
We want whatâs best for them, we better teach them the Word of God by introducing them to the God of the Word because nothing better ever comes close.
“If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.” says coach Vince Lombardi. The gap between enthusiasm and indifference is filled with failures. Don’t just do what you love. Love what you do.
Being charming and charismatic is not the same as being trustworthy. In fact the word charisma in the dictionary is located near the word “charlatan.” I would rather deal with one who speaks frankly and truthfully than one who pretends to be gentle and kind but hits people behind their backs. Be truthful all the time.
The long break is over. I feel recharged. I can’t wait to start training the leaders who will be attending my 2 day seminar workshop.
I will look forward to making this day and this week productive. It is my choice to feel good and I will not allow negative influence to cloud my day and judgement for after all, today is a gift from God. I have work to do and I will choose to love it and I will ask God to occupy my heart with gladness. I hope you do too.
Are you fond of trivia?
Hereâs a list of information that may or may not help you but will always be interesting for you to know. Information that covers many subject matters found in America but would be amusing for us to know.
Spades - King David
Hearts - Charlemagne,
Clubs - Alexander, the Great
Diamonds â Julius Caesar
111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
Answer. Their birthplace
A. All invented by women.
A. Father’s Day
A. He was allergic to carrots.
A. Snoop in your medicine cabinet.
AND FINALLY, Here is a great piece of information you might want to know.
Roses are red, violets are blue.
That’s what they say, but it just isn’t true!
Roses are red and apples are too,
But violets are violet…violets aren’t blue!
An orange is orange, but Greenland’s not green.
A pinky’s not pink, so what does it mean?
To call something blue when it’s not, we defile it.
But ah, what’s the difference…it’s hard to rhyme violet!
Life is beautiful. It is a gift from God.
Live it well and enjoy each moment.
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Have you ever been criticized? Tell me about it. Do not despair. Albert Einstein theories came under attack; an anti-Einstein organization was even set up.” But Einstein remained unconcerned about these critics.
All great people have been criticized and attacked.
When a book was published entitled 100 Authors Against Einstein, he retorted, ‘If I were wrong, then one would have been enough!”
“Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character” says Albert Einstein.
A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. All things being equal, the person with a positive attitude WILL get the promotions and the person with a negative one will not.
Work on your likeability factor daily.