We are in control of our destiny

We are born with a clean slate with the possibility to become anything that we want to be. Along the path of life we try, succeed and fail until we become the person that we are destined to be. However, I do not believe that that destiny is pre-ordained. While there are aspects of our life that are pre-determined, our parents for example, the person that we ultimately become is the person that we decide to be. There are often people who believe that they have been dealt a bad hand in… Read More

Believe in yourself and exceed your imagination

How often do we find ourselves supporting and believing in other people on a regular basis? Someone has a set a goal that you help them achieve. Someone is striving to accomplish something and we prop them up and support them to help make their dream a reality. People share their talents and we support them by attending their events. We muster any amount of energy to help them be successful. However, how much of that energy to do we put out when it comes to ourselves? So many times in our… Read More

Set, achieve, amaze

Several times in my past posts I have referred to the importance of setting goals. They are necessary part of creating a path to success and they help us navigate the road that is required to achieve that which we desire. Being successful in our pursuit gives us the strength we need to set new and even harder goals. Failing gives us the tools we need to regroup and learn from that which kept us from being successful. When we started out in the Bring Smiles to Seniors program our first year… Read More

From ordinary to extraordinary

Yesterday, I was watching CBS News in the morning and caught a story that was done on college students who are homeless. Individuals who came from varied backgrounds, many that had never had a family member that went to college, getting what assistance they could to make a better life for themselves. These were students who had no place to put their head at night, yet they persevered through their studies, sometimes making the deans list in their pursuit of a better life. One of the stories was about a young lady… Read More

Your mind will believe you

Our minds are clever things. They are the one thing in our life that will always listen when we speak to it. It is always on, always receiving and willing to take in what ever we want to feed it. What it gets fed is totally up to us. It is that food that shapes who we are, how we act and ultimately the person that we become. We can never underestimate the power of our thoughts. Our minds tend to believe what ever we tell it. If we choose to feed… Read More

Yes, mistakes can be good

No one is harder on us than ourselves when it comes to making mistakes. Over and over we beat ourselves up for making errors and not doing things right the first time. Whether we have had instilled in us a need to be perfect through our upbringing or we have just learned on our own to be hard on ourself, we often are our own worst enemy. We see mistakes in the negative instead of seeing them for what they are meant to be. As we go through life there are many… Read More

Choosing to be happy

There are times in our life that no matter how hard we try to be truly happy, it seems to constantly elude us and we never seem to quite get there. That happiness that we so desire seems truly out of reach and we continue to stay in our mire because it all seems just too hard. It is at those moments that we have to take a look at our efforts and question just whose definition of happiness we are trying to live up to. Happiness is many things to many… Read More

Some memories can not be replaced

As we go through life we start to build a cache of memories from the time we are born. The things we do, the people we meet and the situations we encounter all start to form a memory box in our mind that we often access in times of need and sadness. We create good memories, bad memories, memories that have significance and sometimes memories that we would rather forget. Often, we allow those memories to override each other. When we need to feel good, we allow the bad memories to sabotage… Read More

Changing a life is cool

There is nothing more beautiful in this world than doing something that changes someone’s life. We never know when that opportunity is going to present itself, which makes it incredibly important that we are always on the lookout for the opportunity when we encounter other people. Years ago, when I was first starting out in the work force, I worked in a call center for a pharmacy benefits management company. We took calls from people who were inquiring about their mail order prescriptions and would talk to many people during our eight… Read More

Make your 1,440 count

We get one chance at a minute or a day. There are no do overs. When we get to the end of a day, can we look back and say that we made a difference? Can we look in the mirror and be happy with what we see? Do we know that the time spent in those minutes resulted in something good, even if we only planted seeds that still need to grow and mature? There are 1,440 minutes in a day. If you subtract eight hours of those minutes for sleeping… Read More

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