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Happy Mother’s Day to all our Beautiful Moms! You are our Blessed mother, our Angel, Our Hero.
It’s a Blessing to know how a mothers love goes a long way and has no end no matter what!
Let me share a little bit with you about my mother for those of you who may not know her, but are blessed to have a mother just like her with a heart of gold!
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Have you been told that “You don’t know Jack!”
Well, I have, and I do and I can prove it. One of my best friends is named “Jack.” So, you see, I do know Jack! But, why is this important?
I was thinking about some sayings I heard this week. There are many sayings that make sense and many that don’t. There are “put-downs” that offend, and truths that simply mean what they say. There are exceptions and variations – but we are not here to “split hairs!” But I will go through a few that I heard.
“You don’t know Jack” – usually they are saying something with malicious intent, i.e. that you don’t know what you are talking about, and perhaps they are saying that you are an idiot without actually saying it.
“You are ignorant” – well, it could be true… I am ignorant about a great many things. I am also well versed on some things. I take the time to continue to learn new things, so it doesn’t offend me when called ignorant – I just try to learn something about it. “Ignorant” is not a bad word and being ignorant is not all that bad, either.
“You are not the sharpest tool in the shed” – Do you need to be? Unless you plan on cutting something down – The important thing is to find someone that is sharp and can do what needs to be done. I am no genius, but I am smart enough to surround myself with smart and capable people that can get the job done. That is the trick – to surround yourself with great people.
I write about this because the aforementioned have been said to me and about me…. And it made me think about what the sayings actually meant no matter the context they were used.
I then realized that “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me!” Unless, I allow them to.
Look, what anyone thinks about you is “none of your business.” I mean that – you cannot change the way people think about you. So why worry, and anyway, how is that your business? See my point? Here are suggestions, based on what I have learned:
- Do not fall prey to those talk about you – small minds talk about people;
- Do not get into the name calling business – it only makes you look small;
- Do not dignify what they say by retorting a response – the truth always surfaces;
- Don’t make someone else make you defend yourself – why should you have to defend yourself to others;
- Do not personalize things – If it is true and you don’t like it – change it;
- Do not talk maliciously about others – it will come back and haunt you;
- Don’t gossip or partake in others gossiping to you – because the Spanish Proverb says: “If they will gossip to you, they will gossip about you”;
- Don’t judge others….their book is still being written and there is always room for change – take me for example;
- Act “As if…” - As if you have some class and know how to act; and
- Do the best you can – they cannot take that from you!
So, if someone says something bad about you, let it go!!! Or if they tell you that you don’t know jack, go get a friend named Jack – Then, like me, you can answer: Yeah, I do!
Life is too short to worry about others! Get on with life and live in peace to the best of your abilities. The world will be a better place – I guarantee it!
Take care, God Bless and Cool Runnings! – Michael
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Take care, God Bless and Cool Runnings, Mon – Michael
Today we celebrate our Independence Day as a Nation! It is a time to be thankful for what we have by way of Freedom. Freedom isn’t free! Do not take it for granted, just ask people from others countries who have had to struggle with oppression.
But there is more to freedom than that as a nation. One needs to “Be Free” as a person. One needs to be free to Enjoy life, family and the enjoy the pursuit of happiness. And not be held hostage by lifestyle and fear
Yesterday, I spent a few hours speaking with a family about alcohol abuse and its effects. They asked me to intervene and moderate a discussion with dad. Dad did not like this one bit – I understand why he wouldn’t.
The family is in bondage and the father is holding them hostage. But he loves them and they love him. However, that is not freedom! I understand this too. Because I have held hostages also – with my addictions and behavior.
So I say this – if you are struggling with oppression – be it self imposed or otherwise – Work to BE FREE! Seek help, dig deep, trust God and work your way out! But do not try to go at it alone. There are people who will support your efforts.
Freedom is to be enjoyed and I love the fact that I am no longer a slave to alcohol and drugs. I love my family and they love me. And today I even have friends that care about me deeply, because I truly care about them…
So… Please enjoy your freedoms and say hi to someone you don’t know. Strike up a conversation. Do something that makes you feel free – go for a walk, I don’t know, but do something – understand that what little freedoms we do have – someone paid the ultimate price for us – be grateful!
So today, I got to enjoy my freedom and Celebrate the Fourth of July at Woodlawn Lake watching fireworks. And I want to say the following: God Bless America, I Support our troops and I am Proud to be an American.
Finally, We appreciate you all who read our blog – Please know that we love and appreciate you all and enjoy your comments. Thanks for reading and sharing. We love it!
Oh yeah, you can check out our July 4th video and pics on our website and gallery.
God Bless, Take care and Cool Runnings — Michael Arellano
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
First of all – I hope everyone is enjoying the summer break. When I was young – it meant no school; as I was in the workforce it means less traffic, but more distractions. Now that I am looking for work and clients – it means its easy to get distracted, less traffic and a chance to do something I have never done before – Dog sit. And let me tell you – it has been fun.
I like dogs. Most dogs like me ( I hav been bitten in the face by a dog) and I still like them. I like cats too, but dogs have different personalities than cats and that is what makes them interesting. If you are not a dog lover, cool with me, but they are a treat and a trip.
I am house sitting for a neighbor and they have two cool dogs, Chandler and Lilly. And those dogs have cousins – Louie and Riley. All small to medium small dogs. Ok – enough!
I get to walk the dogs and the experience has taught me a few things.
- I want to be the person these dogs think I am.
- They great me with joy when I walk in the door – I should do the same with people I like/love.
- They have taught me the great responsibility of being a pet owner – I have to follow a schedule and be disciplined.
- They get me out of me and to think about something or someone other than myself.
- They have done for me something I could not do for myself – go for a walk.
- They have taught me the importance of picking up after myself – neighbors let their dogs poop in other peoples yards and then do not pick it up – so very very uncool! I carry a bag and it don’t take much!
- They are joyful when they go outside.
- They are inquisitive and somewhat careful – two things I am working on.
- They eat when hungry and drink when thirsty – I will work through both, without tending to my own needs.
- A pissing contest is just that – a pissing contest! It is unnecessary and can get messy pretty quick.
- When I get out of hand – someone should put a diaper on me to bring me back to reality….I have to use a diaper to keep the boys from peeing everywhere and it works.
- They have taught me that it is okay to rely on others, for things I cannot do myself. And like Lilly, it is okay to speak up when I need help. She barks to let me know she gotta poop!
- Most of all – they are teaching me to be grateful – for what i have, the opportunities given to me and for my life.
The dogs are cool, they are fun – Riley will run up to you jump on your leg and push off as if she is pushing you and then she spins around. Louie, a yorkie, prances when he walks and is careful where he steps (there is a lesson there). Oh, I mean King Louie! Chandler has diabetes and a bad eye – but he loves to explore, walk and run. Sounds like me as a kid!
And what does any of this have to do with the price of tee in China, you ask?
It is a blessing from God! Seven years ago – I would have never been given this opportunity by my neighbors. Today, I am trusted enough to house sit and dog watch. The dogs love me and I made two new friends, Louie and Riley (I already new Chandler and Lilly).
But as I said, it is a blessing from God – because He says: If I can trust you with little I can trust you with much. Caring for life on any level – even a dogs life – is a responsibility given by God. It should be treated as such and appreciated for what it is – Fun!
Thank you God for my life, my family and my blessings as well as for the dogs, it has shown me that when I put you first – you help me out in even the smallest of ways….
Most of all – Thank you for my sobriety – it has given me a new lease on life and for that I am truly grateful!
Love, Peace and many blessing to you all and thanks for your comments – we read them all and appreciate them very much!
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”
Fiesta is the largest event in our Beautiful City of San Antonio.
Organizations work all year to prepare for their cause and alot of funding is raised, and just to be able to be a part in volunteering our time for such great cause is a Blessing.
But today I want to share with you about someone who is dear to me and LFTV, one who has always volunteered his time with his music and his humility with the world.
Sam Watkins, country music artist/ songwriter from Austin, Texas is one artist that I feel everyone should get to know. Far more than his musical talents but because he is involved in helping families find missing children. This is a mission very close to his own heart, as a parent of a missing child.
Sam wrote and recorded a song titled “Baby Girl” which has since become a song of Hope for the Families of missing children.
When he gives to his community he gives it with alot of Love from the heart, Sam and his band came to San Antonio to our Christmas Gala and brought a huge bag of toys to share with children, who other wise would have nothing to unwrap on Christmas morning.
He reaches out to other communities, and is always ready to help out in anyway he can. He is Blessed with a strong team and his wife Tina, who supports and manages his career.
Sam will be traveling, with his band, throughout the states and Europe will be sharing the importance of protecting your children, and will share with the world his Great love for Music, and I can say this he has a voice that cannot be missed and should always be heard.
Thank You Sam for your beautiful music, the support you give, But most of all to the faith and hope you share with families who deal with lost or missing children.
Now, what does this have to do with Fiesta, you ask? Lots!
Please be mindful of your children at all times and keep them close by. Fiesta, or any other large event, is not the time to give young children the autonomy to roam free! This is family time and nothing ruins that more than the hurried, harried feeling of being separated from your loved ones in a large crowd! AND the feeling of a missing child is enough to make any parents heart drop!
IF you get lost or separated – have a plan – before the event. Something like this:
- Have a plan before you get there;
- Find a specific spot to meet if separated;
- Notify authorities immediately if person is not at meeting point;
- Utilize cell phones and other means of communications; and
- Do not deviate from this plan…
As I said, nothing is worse than tragedy at an event, but you can always be prepared. We are not pessimists, but instead realists! And we want you – and yours – to enjoy the beautiful Fiesta San Antonio and any other event for that matter.
Blessings – Brandy Lopez / Michael Arellano