In the United States we celebrate Memorial Day, honoring all of those that have died in any war while serving our country. It is the ultimate sacrifice for country and it is deserving of our respect and thanks.
To all those that have died during a war – I pray and salute you for your service and sacrifice and offer prayers and thankfulness to your families.
Moreover, all that have died while serving our country whether it is called a war or not – you deserve the honor and respect given this day!
But their is more to honor on this day than those who died during war. There are those that lived through the horrors of war and have died in other ways. We are talking about the death of innocence, death of spirit and death of faith in God and fellow man.
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What IF???? What IF we could make a difference… What If we worked harder at getting along and taking responsibility and less about placing blame and finding fault?! What would the end result be? Could we make a difference? Could we effect our own life?
If you can keep your mind about you when all around are losing theirs…(See “IF” by Rudyard Kipling)
I want to discuss the Power of IF and how it relates. IF I had my way, IF they would just listen, if, if, if… Sounds negative doesn’t it. But what IF it isn’t. What IF we all began to work together, what IF we decided greed was not the answer, and what if we all dreamed and worked to fulfill our dreams. Putting personal gain at an others expense aside? Then what…
Life would get better quicker for all of us. IF is a powerful term – it represents hope and faith – but it also represents the desire to achieve. But it takes work – IF requires, no demands, that I take action. If i did nothing then nothing would happen – but IF I decided to work just a little harder, then a little something might come my way.
If you sit around and wait for something to happen then something may or may not happen. We are required to go out and get what we want – no one will do it for you and I. We are to put our life together and achieve IF we want to be successful. But how we do measure success. IF I measure by someone elses standards then I will always be chasing someones else’s dreams. I am to set my own standards and be sure that they adhere to proper codes of conduct.
You and I are fortunate – IF you have a computer or can read this post – then we are further ahead than a great many of the population in the world. There is still a lot of poverty and illiteracy in the world. But we can make a difference.
That is what IF is all about…Making a D IF FERENCE…. and we can by doing these simple things:
- Think more of others;
- Think of self less;
- Have Faith in something greater than yourself;
- Believe in God;
- Believe in self;
- Act with dignity;
- Respect others;
- Do not judge
IF you follow these simple guidelines, then you will have a more fulfilling life!
Not because you have done for yourself, but because you have become other centered and think not less of self but of self less! This is a manner of living in which I choose to live but struggle daily. But it will still make a difference in the world – in fact, you and I will begin to make a difference and the word will begin to change.
And IF I do not give up and continue to pursue my dreams and goals – just maybe – I will become the man that I am supposed to be and the person that God made me to be. IF I just do my best and do not take things personal and use my words wisely and to heal and not to kill, then maybe, just maybe – I will understand the POWER of IF!
Take care, God Bless and Cool Runnings, Mon! – Michael
I write to you today, a letter, to tell you how much you mean to me and to say: I Love You!
I often sit in thankfulness and blessing realizing how special you really are. You are kind and compassionate, caring and patient, prayerful and spiritual. You are thoughtful, mindful, playful, and even listen to me and my stories without commenting – until I am finished. Then you encourage me, support my crazy ideas and always wish the best for m.
You pray for me, you have loved me even when I couldn’t and didn’t love myself. For that I am grateful!
You have taught compassion and caring with your actions, not just your words. More importantly, you have taught these attributes to many people, not just your family.
They say Latinos share a different type of love than many other cultures – I do not know if this is true, but the carinoso, cultura and familia that you have shared with us is a blessing. And again, as a teacher, you taught many about our culture.
You have taught me how to live my life in a loving manner, how to be patient, and even saintly – whether I have done so has always been my choice. But this letter is about you, not me.
As a mother, you have had to carry, feed, nurture, educate and protect us. You have done this in a loving manner and without complaint.
You made us feel loved and special, each of us in our own special way. You support us and our endeavors without question, but instead with love.
Mom, words cannot express what you mean to me and I cannot give you anything that equals the love you have given me.
So I say the following: You are beautiful, cool, hip loving, a great mom, a good sister and a loving daughter. Our family holds you in high regard making you an excellent role model.
Your actions are worth emulating, your love is worth sharing and your accomplishments are worth noting. I wish I spent more time with you, learning more about you sharing how much you mean to me.
So, I offer you my sobriety, my love and this letter for the world to see.
I love you Mom – Thanks for being you – I could not have been blessed with a better Mother.
Your Loving Son
For all of the mothers out there – you deserve more than one day and love in more than one way – So I say this to you all: May you find the peace and Blessings of God’s Love this and every day that you live.
For those that no longer have their mother – I sincerely hope and pray that you are peace, get to see Her again and have at least one more chance a the loving hugs only a mother can give.
And just so you know – OUR MOTHER MARY WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU!
Take Care, God Bless and Cool Runnings Mon – Michael
The New Year is here and I am off to a bad start! My new Year resolution is to get ahead and here I am wishing you a Happy New Year on January 2! I am late and Time is flying by!
But seriously, Happy New Year to all of you. May you be blessed with health, happiness, good cheer, prosperous endeavors and great things!
Time is moving quick and sometimes I do not move as fast. There is always much to do and at times I get overwhelmed. And that frustrates me more.
If you are like me and have the same problem (not always, but at times) – do not fret. Although you can never get back lost time – you can keep the situation from making you rattled. If you do get rattled with too much to do – there is a way to right yourself and get back to a peaceful calming place to move ahead again. I have a way out with some suggestions to get your life in order on the fly!
- Pray – Prayer always helps;
- Start your day over – go into a room and say – Do over!;
- Do what is in front of you – it removes you from worry;
- Do one thing at a time – multi-tasking is not always the answer;
- Finish a small task – it will give you a sense of completion;
And if these five things cannot keep you from your own mind and insanity – here are some tried and true tips to keep you from going totally nuts:
- Slow down – maybe you are moving too fast for your own good;
- Get out of self – Maybe you are too focused on you;
- Help someone else – No better way to get out of self;
- Do it Now! – Stop waiting till later – that is why things build up;
- Know that this too will Pass!
These are good suggestions, they have helped me and many others. That is why I share them with you today. Everyday is a New Day. Not every day is the New Year – but you can make it a “Now Year!” (I cannot take credit for this one – but I love it and I will use it, because it relates to all I have said!)
Get things done, stop worrying and procrastinating and life will get a little easier. I promise. It is proven.
You can be a worrier or a warrior! The choice is yours!
So have a good day, a good year and remember – “Every Day is a New Day!”
But for now – Happy New Year – Happy Now Year and and Keep the Faith!
Take Care, God Bless and Cool Runnings Mon! – Michael
PS – Way to go TCU!!! My hats off to the little guy!
Do you sometimes wonder why it is that some plans take a little longer than expected to start happening? If you do, then maybe this will help sort things out for you.
I have always realized that it’s not my plan, but God’s. And sometimes I have to wait on His blessings. But when He is ready – Boy, He really gives those Blessings. And to me, these blessing are like showers of snowflakes. I have come to realize that God covers our dreams and they become reality. Before this happens, I have to do a few things:
- Always ask God to be my voice and their ears; and
- Learn to walk by Faith and not by Sight!
When I talk about Showers of Snowflakes, it’s not just about what God will give us, but it also about who He brings into our life. And I can honestly say that this week I was showered with snowflakes. From one meeting to the next, God was there, and the relationships that were being built was all a part of his plan.
It’s amazing how people you’ve just met, can become a part of your solid foundation. When you share the same ideas you are creating a greater vision! Know at that moment that it’s by the Grace of God that wonderful things happen when they do and Again, I say, it’s in His time and not mine.
That is what happened this week. God showered us with his Blessings. After the blessings, all I could think about was what can we do now to help someone else with their business. Because the Blessings that God gives should be shared and used to open doors for others.
I am Thankful and very grateful for you, our viewers and readers, for just taking the time – even if it’s just for a minute – to allow us to share with you our vision and shower you with the Abundance of snowflakes that God has sent to us, so that you may also receive the Blessings.
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