Michael Jackson was one of the most empowered people whom I looked up to because he seemed to have tapped into his MaxPower in the music industry. He was at the top of his game and I often wondered how he could stay so focused. I soon realized that he was 100 plus committed to his industry and to his fans.
When a person is committed, they are all in and nothing is going to stop them from attaining their goals. They take everything they have and put all of it to work on that one thing that they love. I know a few more people like Michael who were 100 percent committed, but isn't it true that we know far too many more people that are not committed to living to their full potential? I still wrestle with that notion, but I know that if I want to realize my goals and be one of the better, if not the best writer of positive information, I have got to be 100 percent committed. If I want to be the very best husband, father, brother, etc. I have to make that same commitment.
Imagine if most of us took an attitude of changing our 50 percent commitment to something positive and gave it 100 percent- wow, the results would be amazing. In some companies, they are 100 percent committed to their employees and go the extra mile in order to have them commit 100 percent to them. What a concept.
What we know is that commitment works and it works when you have a definite plan to make it work. It takes setting attainable goals, accountability, vision, re-vision, and a whole bunch of guts! That is why only about 2 percent of people stick with their New Years resolutions and some people don't make them because they can't commit to anything.
With all my commitment to you and with Love,
This poem is a tribute to all of the parents out there who are truly and authentically trying their best to guide their children the best possible way that you can. All children are unique, but we love them all the same!
I was inspired to share this poem with you by my friend Tina's story today when she paid tribute and wished her son, Greg, a very happy birthday because of the shear love that poured out of her while she told us how he changed her life for the better at her tender age of only 15 years of age. Greg is a very thoughtful young man today and it amazes me how time really does fly and how it grants us these unique experiences with our babies.
Being a parent for me, was such a pretty scary yet exciting chapter in my life. I knew that I wasn't a perfect father, but I had no doubt that I wasn't going to make serious mistakes just because. I have given of myself unconditionally to my children as many of you have and the rewards are amazing! Especially when they are confident enough to pursue their dreams and to discover their authentic self without the weight of fear in them. But let me assure you that I did not do this alone. My amazing wife, Joanne, was there for me every step of the way. It was great team work and it made it just that much rewarding.
Will there be challenges along the way? Of course there will be! You know darn sure that you're not going to get off that easy from the parenting duties. You're gonna have some payback for what you did or did not do for your parents. Its the order of life. But rest easy, you can learn to respond many different positive ways to situations if you just take the time to google it, go on youtube, or ask a counselor like me for some advice. You have the power to seek resources for anything you feel you are struggling with. Remember, if you don't make the investment in your kids, no one else will and if they do, it probably won't be something that yo will be too happy with.
Love your kiddos, treasure them - but don't do everything for them. Allow them to spread their own wings, expand their own minds, and find their passion and love as to why they came into this beautiful and abundant Universe.
Do you have those friends who feel more like family? These are the type of friends that regardless of how much time has passed between the two or 10 of you, there is a seamless transition to where you are today. In other words, there is no need for an explanation and you know and can feel confident that they are not going to hold your feet to the fire for one.
These are the type of friends that would go to the end of the world with you and for you. I am very blessed to have those type of friends. I am sure that many of you do have a special bond with that special someone from your childhood, or even college, and maybe its your spouse.
These type of friendships are priceless and worth their weight in infinity. It's almost as if God predicted that as humans, we would make special connections with some people as a form to never ever feel alone.
If you have these type of friendships please do share your story and tell us how much that person(s) mean to you and why.
Have you ever had to put on a fake face in front o people? I know that there is a major percent of people that would readily admit that they have had to pretend to be someone they are not.
This poem is a tribute to that time in my life in where I felt like I had to wear a clown face in order to divert attention away from the real life events that were happening in my life and at home. It served its purpose in my eyes, but it was exhausting to keep up the facade. I think that is why I enjoyed playing football so much because I could be a bruiser, a bad-ass behind the mask and the uniform.
There is no reason as to why anyone should be forced to wear a mask, but life throws these interesting circumstances at us that has us scramble for safety. I scrambled and came up with trying to be silly and funny all the time so that no one got to know the real me. I pretended that everything was okay, but the reality was that I was dying inside. It was a saving grace to have someone every now and then tell me that I was worth it and that everything was going to be okay because it is what helped me eventually put down the mask. Wow, what a relief it was! I felt that I could breathe.
Have you ever felt this way? It's an amazing feeling! If you still feel that you have to wear that mask, I am reassuring you that you are already enough and that you are part of what makes the sun bright and the oceans blue! Keep reading and or watching positive materials that can help you shed the shame! It's very worth it!
Children don't just want to quit, they quit only when they feel that their reason for going on, their fire, has been taken from them. Everyone has a breaking point, give a child incredible obstacles without any support and they will show you why they've given up. Give them love and support, and they won't ever give up regardless of their circumstances. It is a mind-shift, a soul-shift!
As a young and very vulnerable child, I too heard that money was the root of all evil and it was directly quoted from the bible. The one very important thing that I missed from the scripture, was that it didn't mean that all money was the root of all evil, but instead, Man's love of money was the root of all evil.
So no wonder it was okay for the church to ask for money at every service. I too was super confused for a bit after the offering baskets went around twice and sometimes three times. I often wondered what the money was used for since the church always looked the same and no new programs were ever started. I didn't know that the money provided for food, maintenance, and other necessities a priest needed in order to keep the church going.
So if the Love of money is the root of all evil, what exactly does that mean? It's strange to see Love associated with anything that can be the root of something evil let alone, all evil. Breaking it down a little further, I believe that it meant that a person who obsessed over money at the cost of neglecting family, friends, and community often caused the evil associated with the money. The word Love was used to explain that one that serves something other than God or self, can get lost and appear to be evil, to be selfish, to be greedy based on that person's actions.
On the flip-side, a person that balances his or her abundance and understands the law of tithing and blessings will always be seen as someone who is a philanthropist a giver of blessings. He is not serving money, but instead, having money serve him.
A person that was brought up to believe that money is the root of all evil or anything negative associated with it, will always have a difficult time with money. But there is good news! Because you are ultimately in command of all your thinking about anything, you can work to re-train your subconscious mind to allow money in abundance into your life. It will take as long as you want it to take, but you will have to do the spiritual work, the mind work in order to tell your sub-conscious mind that its okay to be rich and no need to apologize for it.
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