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So it is the year 2012 and technology has soared leaps and bounds. We can virtually do anything at home that once required the act of doing in “Real Life”. I am not bashing technology, as I am the first to want to try out any of Apple’s latest products or search for new and exciting virtual experiences, from the convenience of my home.

Socially I have met so many people online, from all over the United States, all the way up the North East Coast to Massachusetts and all the way west to California.
Since I normally don’t travel past the border of South Carolina, that is huge for me.

I am not downing the powers of the Internet or technology, but I am concerned about there being a balance in my life with the “Real World”. I read that there are resort vacation spots that people are paying extra for since they have no satellite or Wi-Fi and are completely remote from connections. It is sad when it consumes us so much that we have to run from it.

I think the key for me, is to let technology supplement my life and not overtake it. I am sure that striking a balance is different for all of us, but if texting is causing you to run over someone with your car, that is not acceptable behavior. It just doesn’t seem relevant to skip your daily workout time because you need to level up your online character. If there are things, projects, goals, experiences that should be in your life that are now replaced by virtual means, then I think it’s time to find your balance.

I challenge you to strike your own balance between virtual life and real life. What are the ways that you can control it? What balance will allow you to soar through this year, and make your own personal leaps and bounds?
“Find it, do it, good!” ~Catlas

I like to connect to people in the virtual world, exchanging thoughts and ideas, when in the physical world we might never have the opportunity to cross paths.
Demi Moore

I think you could make a completely Virtual Centre, though I have a general feeling, and maybe because I am getting very old, that you still need face to face.
Richard Rogers

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WARNING

Do you read warning labels?  I would have to answer with, sometimes I
do and sometimes, I toss them in the trash can, without regard.  I
mean seriously, some things are common sense.
I am well aware that I should not blow dry my hair while I am
sleeping.  I also realize that I should not drink or taste dish
washing detergent.

What I would really find useful would be, warning labels on people.
If I could use my eyes to scan a bar code on someones forehead, that
said for example, ‘This man is very stingy. If you marry him he will
charge you for the toilet paper you use weekly.’  Or, ‘Warning:
becoming friends with this person will give you a lifetime of
happiness.’, life would be a lot less complicated.

Yes, I know, this is impossible, and maybe I would disregard the
warning like I do on my mattress cover label, ‘Do not remove or you
will serve time in prison.’

I believe in fate, and that there are no surprises with God.  He
brings some people into our lives to make us grow, and some to help us
make it through another day.

Life can be harsh and cruel sometimes, or it can be the adventure of a
lifetime.  Trust God, that he has a perfect reason for everything.

“A man’s conscience, like a warning line on the highway, tells him
what he shouldn’t do – but it does not keep him from doing it.”
Frank Howard Clark

“History is a vast early warning system.”
Norman Cousins

“Maybe God wants us to meet a few wrong people before meeting the
right one so that when we finally meet the right person, we will know
how to be grateful for the gift.”
Unknown

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KISS

The KISS principle is: Keep it simple, Stupid! Several of my teaching courses in college stressed the KISS principle in regards to teaching methods for children, but it really is a wonderful basis for all of life.

I think simple is always a good thing. Whether you are trying to communicate a huge mathematical problem or directions to the nearest gas station… Keep it simple! Thoughts are retained longer when they are simple to remember.

I have been trying to apply “Simple” to this holiday season. If you are entertaining guest, why is there a need to go overboard and have a 6 course meal, every candle in the house burning, and stress yourself to the smallest of details?
Life should be fun and we should enjoy the process. When things or people become complicated, then worry and trouble are sure to ensue.

So no matter if you are planning a party, forming a new friendship, or explaining to your child about the dangers of playing in traffic, Keep it Simple!

“A vocabulary of truth and simplicity will be of service throughout your life”
Winston Churchill

“The simplest things are often the truest.”
Richard Bach

“Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity.”
Plato

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”
Hans Hofmann

“Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.”
Charles Mingus

Out with it.

Today has been cleaning day!  I have taken several large plastic trash
bags and shoved them full of old, worn out items.  You know those
things that somehow you have trouble parting with, but they really have
no purpose in your life?

It feels great to see the results of a cleaned up environment. There
is a certain crisp freshness in replacing broken electronics or faded
shirts.  Sometimes life gets clogged up with broken feelings or
faded relations, that need to be cleaned up as well.

It is good to mentally clean out our minds of un-needed regrets and
emotional drains.  Take the time soon to clean out some area of your
life.

“You leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought, ‘I
release the need for this in my life’.”
Wayne Dyer

“The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.”
Agatha Christie

Laughing Out Loud

Laughter is the best medicine! I love to laugh and giggle, and be in
the presence of humorous people. People that know how to laugh at
themselves and laugh along with others are such a joy.
They take everyday occurrences and find the humor in them, instead
of the sad.

Laughing actually releases endorphins into your system to make you
feel better. It is amazing how laughter can change your whole
countenance.

My brother, Tommy, makes me laugh so hard when I am around him, that
my face and stomach will actually hurt after I have been to a family
gathering.
But the joy that fills my heart and soul in the process is well worth it.

I have personally surrounded myself with humorous people.
I can’t go visit with my Mother without cracking up at something she
says.
My guildies in World of Warcraft constantly keep me snorting and in
stitches. You gotta love people like that.

I salute all of you out there that make me and others laugh on a
regular basis. You are very special people.
My challenge to you today is to find some humor in your everyday circumstances.
Look for the humor and not the sad.

Comedy is defiance. It’s a snort of contempt in the face of fear and
anxiety. And it’s the laughter that allows hope to creep back on the
inhale.
Will Durst

A sense of humor… is needed armor. Joy in one’s heart and some
laughter on one’s lips is a sign that the person down deep has a
pretty good grasp of life.
Hugh Sidey

Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
Mark Twain

On being Second

After the American TV personality Ed McMahon died in 2009, one
newspaper headline read, “When it came to being the No. 2 man, he was
No. 1.” Best known for his 30-year tenure as Johnny Carson’s
late-night sidekick, McMahon excelled at helping Carson succeed in the
spotlight. While most entertainers strive for top billing, McMahon was
content with a supporting role. — Our Daily Bread

How do you fair when placed in a supporting role position? Do you
feel not as important? Or, do you take your position with enthusiasm
and contentment, to do all in your power, to be supportive? Putting
others ahead of ourselves can be a very hard thing to do but it is the
right and honorable thing to do. If you have to fight and struggle to
be on top, is it really worth it? I am not talking about not doing
your best, we should always strive to be the best we can be, but if we
place in the bronze or below we should be happy for the silver and
gold, rejoice for them and with them.

If the King of the earth, God’s son, can humbly die on the cross for
all the sins of the world, then the least I can do is put my fellow
man ahead of me.

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.
Rick Warren

A hero is somebody who is selfless, who is generous in spirit, who
just tries to give back as much as possible and help people. A hero to
me is someone who saves people and who really deeply cares.
Debi Mazar

It’s hard to get people to overcome the thought that they have to take
care of themselves first. It’s hard to get players to give in to the
group and become selfless as opposed to selfish.
Isaiah Thomas

Dependability

You can always depend on Lucy to pull the ball out from Charlie!

Who are the first people that pop into your mind when you think of dependable people in your life? Who is that person or persons that you know will always be there for you?
Who is it, that when you ask for a favor, you know they will come through for you?

Don’t you just love those people? You can rest in the fact that they will always do their best to not let you down.
Yes, we never know what the next hour in a day will bring to us, and we can’t always do everything we set out to do. Sometimes life prevents us from being there exactly on time, or to make every service or meeting.
But you know, if that person is not there, then they have a very good reason. That’s the kind of people I am talking about!

Are you one of those people? Is there anyone that would claim you as a dependable person for them?

I am so blessed with dependable people in my life, I can think of several, and I count myself so fortunate to have them.

Two thoughts for you today… makes sure those people that you can count on, know how much you appreciate them, and evaluate how dependable you are to others.

“The greatest ability is dependability.”
Bob Jones

“Sometimes being dependable is all one can depend upon.”
Wes Fessler

Unconditional Love

My Jack

You let me in your heart and you loved me
without any walls,
restraints, or hesitation.

Always ready to defend me
against any perceived danger.
Ever wanting to protect.

Bringing me so much happiness
and never hiding how happy
I make you.

Your loyalty does not waver.
Content at my side.
Unconditional love.

A dog will teach you unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, things won’t be too bad.
Robert Wagner

Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get–only with what you are expecting to give–which is everything.
Katherine Hepburn

The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.
Brian Tracy

The Wings of Camaraderie

What gives you wings?

A good heartfelt compliment? An inspiring song? A motivating movie? An uplifting sermon? A special someone? A can of Red Bull?

I would answer yes to all of the above, but I would have to say that by far, positive interactions with other people gives me the most gusto!

I am so energized in the good company of happy, positive people.
I love camaraderie, and banning together with other good folks, to complete a mission.

One of the recreational events that I enjoy, is raiding with my guild, in the online community of “World of Warcraft“.
An example of a raid would be ten players teaming together to defeat high powered “bosses” that single handily, could not be accomplished.
We each have a certain task and a specific role to play.
It is however, that “team” requirement, that makes it so special. We have to work together. We have to look out for each other, help where we can, and put forth our best efforts for each other.

This blog community is another wonderful example of camaraderie. Yes, we have our own blogs, and we could exist without the comments and likes of other bloggers and subscribers. But oh what a joy it is to have someone like your post, or better yet, to go a step further, and comment on it. So many of you have given me so much encouragement, and have given me wind, so I can spread my wings, and fly. I am so grateful to all of you. I love this community.
Thank you for being so kind. May God richly bless you!

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen Keller

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments towardorganizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” Andrew Carnegie

“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” Henry Ford

“The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.”
Vince Lombardi

“The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side.” Margaret Carty

Egg Head!

Life has found all manner of complications to conveniently cook up for me lately.
This has in turn scrambled my brains, to say the least.

I have been trying to focus on that which is positive and good, but many hard boiled situations seem to keep rising to the surface.

I love those sunny side up days, and I find myself longing for them, when I’m being basted.
But so much value can actually be gained from the poaching of life.

Here are some lessons that I have sautéed in over the past few days…

Don’t take anything or anyone for granted.

If love hurts you, then love harder.

People are more important than any thing.

May you have many more over-easy days than you have over-hard!

“When something is missing in your life, it usually turns out to be someone.”
Robert Brault

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