Sometimes it’s just those words of “Thank You” that you say to some one who has been so dear and kind, in such a gentle way, that makes a difference in their life.
Well, this Christmas, I want to say ” Thank You” to someone very dear to me – someone who has helped me in more ways than one. We all have that person in our life, don’t we? When times seem to be so hard and scary, they find a way to lift our spirits.
The integrity as a man that he is; with his wonderful spiritual faith that he carry’s in his heart. It is a blessing to have him as a dear friend and partner. I can honestly say that he means well when he tries to help me see things in a positive way.
And it all starts with me if I want to make a difference and am willing to make a change. It starts with you also – we have to be willing to change. We cannot want to want to change – we have to be willing to make a change.
I sometimes find it hard to understand, or maybe I am just so stubborn. I guess I can say that I am just afraid that maybe I will not succeed. Do you have the same problem? It is easy to be afraid, and easier not to trust.
Yet, I have to trust the only person who has stood right by my side and believe it when he says: “Get out there and Fight!”
Through my trials and tribulations and unexpected heartfelt surprises, I have to trust in God – that his plan is for a reason and is one that will get us through our journey. It is the same with all of us, we have to Trust God.
This is something that Michael has shared with me, and I believe that to be true. If you ever find a penny – especially when times are tough – Please read what is written on it: “IN GOD WE TRUST”. It is a reminder to Trust Him no matter what your situation is. Please Stop, take the time to hold the penny and say: “Okay God, I trust you!” IT is a small reminder of great big deal. Trust me on this, when things are tough – God will put a penny in your path to remind you to Trust Him! We find pennies all the time and everywhere.
So when times are tough – I must continue to be that women that I have always been: “A women of Faith.” I must make that difference for myself, and those that I love, and to Build the Bridge that will lead us to the Top. But i, nor we, can do it by ourselves.
Michael I want to say “Thank You” for all that you have done and that I am grateful from the bottom of my heart. I was blessed when God brought a wonderful person like you into my life. I knew that He would make us partners to share the dreams that once were cloudy to me. I was lost. And, I can still remember when I said to myself: That is a man of integrity. You have lifted me up and offered so much, but most of all you have changed my life to be better at what I must do to be a better person. I want to say “Thank You” for being tough with me and in helping me to be strong and not give up on a dream that means the world to me. God has molded you to be the man he wants you to be, and is why he brought you into my life.
You came and transformed something that I believed in and held on to for so long and gave it life and laughter and gave me the strength to build it better. It’s because of you that I believe that God makes the Impossible – Possible. I can only guess it’s the “Faith” that He saw in both of us. Thank You for wiping my tears of sadness and for giving me tears of joy. I could never repay you for all the help you have given me, but I can stand up tomorrow and say I am ready to fight the battle that I have struggled with today. If God were to take me tonight to live in his kingdom, I would thank him for allowing me to have been a part of yours.
“Thank You Michael – from the bottom of my heart!” May God Bless you and your family this Christmas and give you the gifts that you deserve. He has already given me the greatest gift of all, and that gift was when you became my Best friend and partner.
Now – back to you out there in cyberspace, our guests and friends – you either have this person in your life or you are this person in someones life. If you have someone who has been there for you and stood by you in rough times as well as the good – then stop and say “Thank You!” If you are a person that keeps people on track, inspires, encourages or is even tough on them when they need it – then I will say: “Thank you!” It means more than you know. We all need help, encouragement, empowerment and friends…Let us give thanks or the gift of ourselves to others this Holiday Season.
It only takes one!* One small act of kindness, one kind word, one right move - But that is another Christmas article.
I share this with the world, because to me it is very important to share with that special someone, how much you appreciate them. It is important to know that words cannot always express our gratitude – but as he will say: “Actions go a lot further.” Gratitude is an action! Words fall short at times – but Thank you can be said and done in so many ways and to so many people….
So I say to you: Now it is your turn to go into the world and say thank you to someone who has touched you or go out and touch someone that needs to have their spirit uplifted! May God Bless you all!
Merry Christmas Everyone – Brandy Lopez “We walk by Faith and not by Sight”
Hey everyone – we hope you are doing well. I have been asked to expand on “Thanks is a four letter word!” So here goes!
We were in the United States Military Veterans Day Parade today in San Antonio and I want to share the magnitude of this event for me and how it affects my life. I was brought to tears with what I saw and able to participate in.
First of all, I want to say thank you to all the men and women out there who have ever served in the military for their country. I don’t care if you were a good soldier or a bad soldier – it takes sacrifice. One gives up much to be in the service. Imagine if we were mandated by government to serve, like some countries.
There were thousands who participated in the parade and thousands more who came to watch the parade.
I am grateful for and proud of the men and women who serve in our military. The duty and sacrifice is enormous – but those that served during wartime and actually fought in one of our many skirmishes – I have a different type of respect for them.
People involved in conflict are scarred in one way or another – if not scarred, certainly affected. They have endured man at his worst and maybe even had to be that person that they never dreamed of. I mean, how would I react to the atrocity of war? Anyway, I just saw so much today – a people proud to wear their uniform and show their colors – and a people willing to come and say thanks…
That is what I mean by Gratitude is an Action – Actions speak louder than words. So here are my suggestions:
- Volunteer – You can always give back by helping someone else who needs it;
- Say “Thank you!” – I have posted about this before – it is the nice thing to do;
- Pay it forward – Blessings always come back to those that give;
- It is better to give than to receive – Trust me, it is true – try it ad see;
- “I am sorry” doesn’t always cut it – change the behavior;
- If you have the means – help – People need all kinds of help and if you can help, please do it;
- There are more ways to help than just giving money – time is help as well as sharing with others what you know how to do;
- Do it with a smile – God loves a cheerful giver;
- Do not expect anything in return – Nothing is worse than giving with conditions, makes you look like a user; and
- Check your motives – See #9, it is important to show your gratitude without ulterior motives – otherwise, it isn’t gratitude.
I’ll tell you what I saw that brought me to tears – I saw men proud to be part of this great country, proud to wear their uniforms and proud to show others that they stood for something (even if they were not appreciated).
But more importantly, I saw a veteran standing on the side of the road as the parade passed and he was thanking everyone as they passed. He was very sincere. But then a women that was walking with her group in the parade, left the procession and ran to that man. She gave him a big hug and said “Thank You!” He and I were shocked. She caught him off guard. It was beautiful!
I didn’t capture it on camera – but I will never forget it. He meant it and she meant it and that was enough. The fact that she went out of her way to hug this man was the most memorable part of the day for me.
I know I was touched by the spirit this day, because I was “sentido” the rest of the afternoon. That is when I know I have been touched by the spirit, when silly movies move me…(That’s another blog topic)!
Anyway, just remember that it doesn’t take that much more to do the right thing and give a little of yourself. And if you take the road less traveled – traffic is usually light.
Take care, God Bless and Cool Runnings, mon! – Michael Arellano
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Just a quick note to apologize for not getting this out on the day celebrated as Father’s Day! But if you are a dad, every day is Father’s Day, we just get special recognition on this day.
A few notes on what it means to be a parent and a father.
- It is important to set a good example as a father and to be a parent rather than a friend. That day will come. Even so, I am not sure being a friend is as important as being a father.
- Teaching responsibility is very important, including the little things that can mean so much;
- Teaching children about choices is more important, along with the consequences of bad choices;
- Learning about the consequences of actions is important also, but it is wise to teach about our part of any situation – it is easy to play the victim, but it is difficult to stop, look and see what part i had to do with anything – it teaches the following -
- Accountability – i didn’t do it, it wasn’t my fault – perhaps, but in most cases, we had some part to play – like choosing to hang with that group, etc…
- God sometimes does things that make no sense – and it is difficult to try to figure God out, so don’t – just look to God for help;
- Teach them about spirituality, worship and Faith – these things will get one through the good and bad times;
- Love your children – I love both my kids and I let them know it by saying “I Love You!”;
- Being a man does not mean not showing emotion – it means knowing when to show emotion;
- Be gentle when they do wrong – yelling is not telling, telling is not teaching and teaching takes patience; and
- learn to Encourage them and impart the need to dream and be daring, enjoy life and live free…the world has enough rules in place – and there will be plenty of people to knock us down – teach them that it is not the end but a beginning;
- Teach them to stand up for themselves and not be bullies but to help and protect the weaker ones – this will go a long way….
I am learning as I go, I am not a perfect person nor the perfect dad – but my kids love me (for now, anyway) and I love them. I do the best I can and I often fail – but I do not give up and I always go to God for help…
These little things have changed my life and I often look back on my life and thank God for my dad and granddad. Some where not as fortunate as I and have still become good parents.
I just wish you all well and patience with our children – they are our future. Teach them to love and to give and the world will be a better place – I am sure of it.
Take care, God Bless and Cool Runnings, mon! Michael Arellano
I want to start by saying Hi and Thank You! to all who continue to support us through our Journey and our Dreams.
Which brings me to a subject that I feel is very Important to me. recentley, we went and gave our Support to someone dear to me and many of us in our Community – Jesse Borrego. Jesse happens to be a great actor, but also a very Humble person. He is always ready to give back whether it’s a little or alot. Jesse as well as myself believe that when you come out and show your support, Especially when it comes to reaching out to students who work so hard in pursuing their education and in hopes to earn a degree and follow their dreams and journey, we believe that by way of helping in raising funds to help with a Scholarships, can make a difference!
It creates Encouragement rather then Discouragement, With alot of our Schools going through Hardship, the Amount that was raised recently will help a student to at least get him to NYU in hopes that he will continue his education there.
I live my life to make a difference, and supporting others is a huge factor in my heart, God Blessed me with my gift and it remains open to help others whether it’s a little or alot it can some how make a Difference!
I encourage everyone reading my Blog that if there is a Fundraiser taking place for a wonderful cause, just showing up can be of great support!
A friend just told me that when I support, He loves that I do it with such a Beautiful Attitude, Thank You Brandon Olmos my Brother in Christ!
To all the Students I say this don’t ever think that there is not a way to afford your education, We are here to Support you and make a Difference in your Life remember you are the Future!
God Bless you and Thank You Jesse Borrego (We Love You)
“We Walk By Faith and Not By Sight”