Your Soul Food Friday for Nov 21st 2014: Armistice, Creativity, Love, Learning, Purpose and Pictures

 Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

Another View of Veterans Day

               Armistice Day

Creativity: Life Hacks

               46 Things Every Human Being Needs…

Love ALL of It

               By Jon Gordon

Learning: Spotlight on Education

               December 3rd 2014 Featuring Karen Cator of Digital Promise

Purpose: Start with WHY

Your Golden Circle Starts with your PURPOSE

Pictures to Make You Grin

               Levity is the Soul of Wit

Mission Fed Invests One Million Dollars

in Financial Education with JA Finance Park

Another View of Veterans Day The following excerpt is from Kurt Vonnegut’s novel, Breakfast of Champions:

I will come to a time in my backwards trip when November eleventh, accidentally my birthday, was a sacred day called Armistice Day. When I was a boy, and when Dwayne Hoover was a boy, all the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the Voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind.

Armistice Day has become Veterans’ Day. Armistice Day was sacred. Veterans’ Day is not.

So I will throw Veterans’ Day over my shoulder. Armistice Day I will keep. I don’t want to throw away any sacred things.

What else is sacred? Oh, Romeo and Juliet, for instance. And all music is.

Creativity: Life Hacks

These are brilliant!

Epic Dash

Love All of It- Jon Gordon

I sat for a while staring at the computer screen. I couldn’t write. Not even a sentence. It had been a week since I started to write a new book but I had nothing. Each December I write a new book and it usually flows well, but not this time. This time I was filled with fear.

Fear that I would disappoint the people who enjoyed my other books. Fear that I couldn’t live up to the success of The Energy Bus. Fear that people would say my best writing was behind me. Fear that I would write a piece of junk.

I knew I had to conquer this fear and in that moment I was filled with thoughts that would not only help me overcome my fears but also become a significant lesson in the book I was writing, The Carpenter.

I realized the antidote to fear is love. So instead of the fear of failing I decided to focus on my love of writing, my love for the reader, and my desire to make a difference. From that moment on the book flowed, I wrote it in 2 1/2 weeks and discovered that if you focus on love, you will cast out fear.

Today I want to encourage you to do the same and build your life, work, business, school, project and team with love instead of fear. Remind yourself that if you aren’t building it with love it won’t become all that it can be. Only through love will you create something special, magnificent and compelling. Only through love will you build a masterpiece.

So if you are trying to build a business focus on the love you have of building it rather than the fear of losing it. If you work at a school focus on loving your students instead of fearing all the new testing standards. If you are a young athlete, dancer, musician or artist, focus on your love of playing and performing instead of your fear of failing. Worrying about the outcome and what people think will steal your joy and sabotage your success but loving and appreciating the moment will energize you and enhance your performance.

And if you are a coach or manager building a team, remember that that whatever you try to build with fear will eventually crumble. But that which is built with love will endure. If you build your team with love they will become more and do more than you ever thought possible. Most of all, as you build with love, know that you will face many challenges and negative forces that can shift your focus back to fear if you let it. When this happens decide to LOVE ALL OF IT. When you love all of it you will fear none of it.

Love the struggle because it makes you appreciate your accomplishments.

Love challenges because they make you stronger.

Love competition because it makes you better

Love negative people because they make you more positive.

Love those who have hurt you because they teach you forgiveness.

Love fear because it makes you courageous.

The secret to life and the greatest success strategy of all is to love all of it and fear none of it.

Learning: Spotlight on Education

               December 3rd 2014 Featuring Karen Cator of Digital Promise

If you are local the Spotlight on Education series is definitely worth your time!

Spotlight Flyer 2014 2015 – Karen Cator (2)

Purpose: Start with WHY

Your Golden Circle- Start with your PURPOSE

Learn to Communicate from the Inside Out.

People don’t buy what you do. People buy why you do it!

 

Pictures to Make You Grin

Furry Friends

Mission Fed Invests One Million Dollars

in Financial Education with JA Finance Park

Fiannce Park

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Thanks this week go to Larry H, Ginger T, the teams at Mission Fed, The Education Synergy Alliance, USD’s ELDA, UCSD’s EDS, & Real World Scholars doing Wicked Good Work!

See the Change You Want to Be in the World

Be the Change You Want to See in the World”

Love,

Neville

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Motivation Monday, Veterans Day Tuesday & Soul Food Friday for Nov 14th 2014 – “What you tolerate you teach.”

Happy Soul Food Friday!

“To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.”

“OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
A VETERAN DIED TODAY.”

He was getting old and paunchy
And his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion,
Telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he once fought in
And the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies;
They were heroes, every one.

And ‘tho sometimes to his neighbors
His tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened quietly
For they knew where of he spoke.

But we’ll hear his tales no longer,
For ol’ Joe has passed away,
And the world’s a little poorer
For a Veteran died today.

He won’t be mourned by many,
Just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary,
Very quiet sort of life.

He held a job and raised a family,
Going quietly on his way;
And the world won’t note his passing,
‘Tho a Veteran died today.

When politicians leave this earth,
Their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing,
And proclaim that they were great.

Papers tell of their life stories
From the time that they were young,
But the passing of a Veteran
Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution
To the welfare of our land,
Some one who breaks his promise
And cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow
Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country
And offers up his life?

The politician’s stipend
And the style in which he lives,
Are often disproportionate,
To the service that he gives.

While the ordinary Veteran,
Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal
And perhaps a pension, small.

It is not the politicians
With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom
That our country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger,
With your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some handy cop-out,
With his ever-waffling stand?

Or would you want a Veteran
His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Veteran,
Who would fight until the end.

He was just a common Veteran,
And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us
We may need his likes again.

For when countries are in conflict,
We find the Veteran’s part,
Is to clean up all the troubles
That the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor
While he’s here to hear the praise,
Then at least let’s give him homage
At the ending of his days.

Perhaps just a simple headline
In the paper that might say:
“OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
A VETERAN DIED TODAY.”

This Week:
Humor: Best of the Best with Steven Wright
               Think Differently

Universality: He For She

A New UN project on Gender Equality

What you tolerate you teach.”
Teaching: Student Athletes Competence AND Character

               Pitch It Forward or Risk a Run Back for “What you tolerate you teach.”

Music: Peter and the Wolf

A Classic for Kids

Photos: Rarely Seen Moments in US History

 Best of the Best with Steven Wright

If you’re not familiar with the work of Steven Wright, he’s the famous erudite (comic) scientist who once said:

“I woke up one morning, and all of my stuff had been stolen and replaced by exact duplicates.”

… He sees things differently than most of us.

Here are some of his gems:

1 – I’d kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.

2 – Borrow money from pessimists – they don’t expect it back.

3 – Half the people you know are below average.

4 – 99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.

6 – A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.

7 – A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

8 – If you want the rainbow, you have got to put up with the rain.

9 – All those who believe in psycho kinesis, raise my hand.

10 – The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

11 – I almost had a psychic girlfriend … But she left me before we met.

12 – OK, so what’s the speed of dark?

13 – How do you tell when you’re out of invisible ink?

14 – If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.

15 – Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.

16 – When everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

17 – Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.

18 -Hard work pays off in the future; laziness pays off now.

19 – I intend to live forever… So far, so good.

21 – Eagles may soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.

22 – What happens if you get scared half to death twice?

23 – My mechanic told me, “I couldn’t repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.”

24 – Why do psychics have to ask you for your name.

25 – If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.

26 – A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.

27 – Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.

28 – The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread.

29 – To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is            research.

30 – The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard

31 – The sooner you fall behind, the more time you’ll have to catch up.

32 – The colder the x-ray table, the more of your body is required to be on it.

33 – Everyone has a photographic memory; some just don’t have film.

34 – If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.

And the all-time favorite

35 – If your car could travel at the speed of light would your headlights work?

 

He For She

HeForShe videos are part of a new UN project on gender equality:

Teaching Student Athletes Competence AND Character

I am privileged to serve on the Advisory Board of Pitch It Forward. Here was a great Motivational Monday post from this week with two compelling lessons for all of us…

As many of you begin CIF playoffs this week, I want to share with you a link to something that occurred in the Oregon-Utah football game on Saturday. What you will observe is Kaelin Clay, a Utah player, prematurely celebrating a touchdown he had not yet scored, dropping the ball a yard outside the end-zone, from which point the University of Oregon Ducks returned Clay’s fumble 99 yards for at least a 12-point scoring swing. Leaders recognize that every play counts and every play demands your full effort. Leadership has no room for celebrating before the game is over. Continue to work hard, play hard, demand the most of yourselves and your teammates, and listen to and respect your coaches. You will all be leaders if you follow that approach.

On an entirely different note, the UT San Diego published the attached very powerful editorial in Sunday’s paper entitled “The sad rise of casual partisan hatred.” While politically oriented, this editorial is applicable to virtually any situation you encounter today. It references a study conducted by Stanford University and Princeton University professors and states that “Americans increasingly dislike people and groups on the other side of the political divide and face no social repercussions for the open expression of these attitudes.” Where this article applies to you is in the second to last paragraph where the editorial board states “And too many people who should know better don’t push back and accept this casual hatred as the new behavioral norm.” I place everyone in Pitch it Forward in the category of those who know better. Let’s not let casual hatred into our lives. Remember the lesson from session one:  “What you tolerate you teach.”
The sad rise of casual partisan hatred _ UTSanDiego

Peter and the Wolf

If you are local, do enjoy this classic with your family
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Rarely Seen special Moments of US History:
Rarely Seen Photos

Thanks this week go to Peter S, Larry H, Anne L, Anurag T, Tricia L, Dan E and Pitch It Forward.

Pitch it Forward or risk a Run Back!

Love,

Neville

“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”

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Your Soul Food Friday for November 7th 2014: Seizing Life, Investing Your Time, Talent and Treasure & On Staying Creative

Happy Soul Food Friday!

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This week:

Time, Talent and Treasure-

  • Crafting A Compelling Brand Narrative: Sharpening Your Competitive Edge:
    • Differentiate your organizational and personal brand to build reputation, grow influence, and garner positive exposure and support for your enterprise or your clients at lunch November 12th 2014
  • National, Local and Community Philanthropy
    • Investing Time, Talent & Treasure featured on the U-T “Community Spotlight” Radio show:

Seizing Life-

  • On Seizing Life While We Still Have it:
    • The public face of the right-to-die movement ended her own life on Saturday
  • The Laugh, Epiphany and Spirit of Tom Magliozzi of NPR’s Car Talk

Creativity-

  • Divergent v. Creative Thinkers:

Humor-

  • Wheels of Impressions with Kevin Spacey
    • A post Halloween treat

Happiness-

  • Volunteer Your Way to Happiness:
  • Animals at the Vet:

Crafting A Compelling Brand Narrative: Sharpening Your Competitive Edge:

Do you want to differentiate your organizational and personal brand to build reputation, grow influence, and garner positive exposure and support for your enterprise or your clients?

I will be leading this month’s AMA thought-shop where you will learn the importance of creating and incorporating a compelling brand narrative and increase the impact of your organization, and create strategic partnerships using best practices & principles.

See more at: http://sdama.org/events/crafting-compelling-brand-narrative-sharpening-competitive-edge/#sthash.ig2KoV5o.dpuf

 National, Local and Community Philanthropy- Investing Time, Talent & Treasure featured on the U-T “Community Spotlight” Radio show:

Last week, San Diego celebrated National Philanthropy Day honoring so many exceptional people and organizations focused on bettering our community, & working to make us America’s Finest and Kindest City. Mission Fed was proud to be honored last year, privileged to sponsor the event this year, and I was personally humbled to serve on this year’s NPD honorary committee to help select this year’s most deserving nominees. A hearty congrats to all!

Together we can make a difference of consequence.

Here is an interview on the U-T Community Spotlight Radio Show with yours truly: http://wsradio.com/102414/

On Seizing Life While We Still Have it:

Our time is precious especially when we realize how little time we have to live…

The Laugh, Epiphany and Spirit of Tom Magliozzi of NPR’s Car Talk

http://www.npr.org/2014/11/03/357428287/tom-magliozzi-popular-co-host-of-nprs-car-talk-dies-at-77

Divergent v. Creative Thinkers:

The Beginner’s mind is full of unlimited possibilities. The Expert’s mind knows only one right answer…

Don’t grow out of your creative spirit! Creativity is the genetic code of education.

Divergent Thinking

On a lighter note: Wheels of Impressions with Kevin Spacey

A little post Halloween treat!

WHAT IF…the most important factor to your happiness is not what you might think?

RESEARCH SAYS: A recent study reveals that the happiest people (10 on a 10 point scale) did not report the highest levels of income and education. That’s right. 10s earned significantly less money and had lower educational achievements than their moderately happy counterparts (8 or 9 on the 10-point scale). What set the happiest individuals apart from the rest was they engaged more often in volunteer activities and maintained more stable relationships.

Service and love. That’s what really matters.

TRY THIS: Volunteer for a cause that you are passionate about for at least 3 hours this week. Better yet, do it with someone you love. How did it make you feel?

Share your results on our Facebook page.

Read Will’s latest leadership/career blog post:
7 Things I Learned in Tibet or What to Gain, What to Give Up
Connect with Will on LinkedIn to be up to date on his latest leadership knowledge and insight.

Animals at the Vet:

Some of the places the animals “hide” due to white coat hypertension.

While we have all had the feeling, their expressions are priceless!

Dogs at Vet

Thanks this week go to the NPD team, Drew S, Ron M, John C, Helene G, Will M, & Larry H, not to mention givers everywhere!

Stay Creative and Present to Win!

Love,

Neville

“Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself” –Chinese Proverb

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Happy Soul Food Friday for Halloween 2014!

Happy Soul Food Friday for Halloween 2014!

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This week:

What is the Most Important Thing People Should Know About You:

How to Live Happy Life- Life According to Sam

Increase your K.A.S.H.

=>Increase your Influence!

Panda Pandemonium:

               This is cute…

How Logos Work

and Elicit Feelings:

The Mysterious Lives of Cats

Captured in Black and White Photography:

Halloween Factoids:

It is now estimated that more than twice as much chocolate is sold for Halloween as for Valentine’s Day, with 90 million pounds of chocolate sold during this week… 

What is the Most Important Thing People Should Know About You:

How to Live Happy Life- Life According to Sam

Sam Berns a Junior at Foxboro High School in Foxboro, Massachusetts, achieved highest honors and was a percussion section leader in the high school marching band. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. Sam was diagnosed with Progeria, a rare, rapid aging disease, at the age of 2. He is featured in the documentary Life According to Sam.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/11/us/progeria-sam-berns-dies/

Sadly, Sam passed away earlier this year but his positive spirit lives on…

Increase your K.A.S.H.=>Increase your Influence:

As an elite leader in life, you are in a great position to influence others in a very positive manner. The more you are able to increase and improve your knowledge, attitudes, skills and habitsthe more influence you will have and the bigger impact you will make.

K.A.S.H.=>Knowledge/Attitude/Skills/Habits.

Knowledge is Potential Power…especially when it is applied and you are in a leadership role.

The more you know, the more you can help people grow. Great leaders are great learners and students first and foremost. They are constantly seeking to increase their knowledge base and improve themselves. You might say they are on a…

Quest To Be Their Best!

Knowledge of yourself first and foremost is key to your success. In fact, one of my favorite quotes is by an ancient Chinese philosopher by the name of Lao-Tzu and goes…

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power.”

If you want to increase your personal power, you also need to work on attitude. We all do.

Attitudes are always caught before they can ever be taught. Any parent knows this firsthand, you rarely teach a child to have a good attitude. Good or bad, kids tend to model what they see and hear. We have all been programmed over time and our attitudes are the sum total of this programming.

Great leaders know that they must be always be a model of excellence for anyone that follows their lead. You must always demonstrate the attitude you hope to spread. Great leaders also know that before they can ever lead anyone else they must first lead themselves.

A leader knows that developing a great attitude requires daily effort and commitment. Just as you bath your body each and every day (I hope!), you need to bath your attitude.

A leaders impact and influence is always greater when they are consistent with their own attitudes, emotions and behavior patterns. This is why great leaders are congruent, consistent, and compelling. They truly walk their talk.

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 “Repetition is the Mother of Skill”  -Tony Robbins

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It’s been said that most of us are only one or two skills away from doubling our effectiveness and the results we are capable of achieving. I have talked before about the “Winning Edge Concept” that Brain Tracy espouses and or the power of 212 degrees. That is at 211 degrees water is hot but at 212 it boils and boiling water creates steam which creates energy, power, and ultimately great leverage.

What skills could make you a better leader? A better parent? A better teacher? A better boss or team leader? A better spouse or friend?

Once you identify what skills you need to develop, you can start to make the necessary changes to that lead to explosive and aggressive progress… You must also become determined and driven to develop those skills. One of the best ways to develop any skill is to study someone that already has that skill or what is called “modeling” in the peak performance industry.

If you want to learn any skill, find a qualified and capable instructor who not only knows how to do the skill but importantly how to teach it. Unfortunately the two don’t always go hand in hand. If they did, every person who had ever read a self-help book would be operating at a higher level. My best advice is to find a mentor or life coach that has already been there…done that.

Where there is a will…there is always a way. If you want something badly enough and you think about how to get it, you’ll find the answer and you’ll begin to attract the people and resources that will help you develop the skills you need to succeed. There is more great news! Once you learn, grow, and share your newly acquired skills, you can give more. It gets even better as you can’t out give the universe! If you don’t believe me try it!

Habits we train…are habits we train. Experts agree that 95% of what we do every day is based on habits. We are all creatures of habit.

The good news is we can consciously decide to develop new and better habits. That’s not to say that it is going to be easy, but it is simple.

Habits are developed just like any skill…through repetition. Do it over and over again and soon enough it will stick. This is one of the reasons that I repeat myselfJ.

It takes 21 days to a new habit. Maybe you want to develop the habit of a half hour of daily reading of inspirational materials. The key to making it become a habit is to set a time every day for reading and then just do it as the Nike slogan goes. However, if you want to reach mastery level, it will take on average 10,000 focused hours of practice and then some.

Simple isn’t it? Yes, but not always easy to do. 

Like anything we learn about developing habits of successful achievement, we need to be very consistent and do it over and over again, with enthusiasm, until it becomes habit. Remember, have the energy and enthusiasm and be eager and excited to excel. What could be better than the journey of self-discovery, self-improvement, and heightened awareness as you become the person you were designed to be.

Set the tone…be the Model of Excellence every day in every way!

Increase your K.A.S.H.=>Increase your Influence!

With Gratitude Always!

JSJ

Panda Pandemonium:

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How Logos Work and Elicit Feelings:

Have you ever wondered how a logo really works in people’s minds? How they serve not only as a shortcut for recognition but can also elicit feelings associated with that particular brand?

Here’s a fascinating infographic detailing the step-by-step for how our brains process logos.

Infographic-HowBrainSeesLogos

The Mysterious Lives of Cats Captured in Black and White Photography:

http://www.boredpanda.com/black-and-white-cat-photography/

Halloween Factoids:

With Halloween upon us, I thought I would share some interesting facts about America’s favorite spooky holiday. :)

In 1584, after French explorer Jacques Cartier explored the St. Lawrence region of North America, he reported finding “gros melons.” The name was translated into English as “pompions,” which has since evolved into the modern “pumpkin.”

The British and Americans really love their pumpkins – 18,952 tons of the stuff are sold in the UK and US during Halloween season. That’s enough pumpkins to make 41 million pumpkin pies.

The largest pumpkin pie ever baked was in 2005 and weighed 2,020 pounds.

Pumpkins have been grown in North America for five thousand years. They are indigenous to the western hemisphere.

Pumpkin seeds should be planted between the last week of May and the middle of June. They take between 90 and 120 days to grow and are picked in October when they are bright orange in color. Their seeds can be saved to grow new pumpkins the next year.

On October 31st this year it is estimated that some 41 million ghosts, ghouls, superheroes, witches, princesses, and presidents will be going from door to door in the US looking for enough candy to make it through until Christmas (or at least Thanksgiving). In fact consumers are projected to spend $75.03 per person, with an average of $27.85 on costumes and $22.37 on candy according to the National Retail Federation.

According to the National Confectioners Association candy sales are expected to reach $2.5 billion in sales across the US. The study shows that chocolate is the favorite Halloween candy, followed closely by candy corn (more than 35 million pounds are produced each year). It is now estimated that more than twice as much chocolate is sold for Halloween as for Valentine’s Day, with 90 million pounds of chocolate sold during the week running up to Halloween.

86 percent of Americans buy candy during the Halloween season.

Most people know orange and black are traditional Halloween colors, but might not know why: Orange represents the fall harvest and black represents the darkness associated with death of summer.

Hope everyone gets more treats than tricks, and has a happy and safe Halloween!

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Thanks this week go to Peter Barron S, Steph. L, Isabelle A, JSJ, Robin M, Margaret M, & Larry H.

 Stay Sweet and Treat Those in Your Life Right!

Love,

Neville

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Your Soul Food for Friday Oct 24th Thrive with A.L.O.H.A.

Happy Soul Food Friday!

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This week:

Thrive with A.L.O.H.A.

The Most Brilliant Life Hacks to Your Make Life Easier

Some of World’s Greatest Job Perks from the Daily Good

Fly High in The Isle of Skye

Delightful Family Portraits

Thrive with A.L.O.H.A. with Dr. Paul Pearsall:

There’s a woman I met many years ago who’s a perfect example of someone who has discovered the secret of invincibility. In Hawaii, we call her Tutu Mama. She was a 100-year-old Hawaiian lady who just passed away.

I will never forget her, because she taught me much about the thriving character. This is a woman who knew terrible poverty; hid under the bed during Pearl Harbor here in Hawaii while the bombs destroyed everything around her. People she loved, killed. She saw it all and had every reason to be angry, resentful, and broken, but she was not. I never saw her without a smile.

And I thought I’d share with you something that I’ve almost memorized in my heart, because she sat with me a while ago. She was the lady who gave me my Hawaiian name, Ka’ikena. It means person charged with sharing the vision. I remember when she gave me the name, because I asked her, “Tutu, you suffered so. How can you be so happy, so giving, so loving? How can you laugh so easily? How can you be so strong when so many bad things have happened?”

She looked at me, smiled, took a hold of my ear and tugged on it playfully and laughed. “Poor Ka’ikena,” she said. “You have so much to learn. Let me teach you a simple formula for what you call thriving in your own science research, for we have known for centuries what thriving is. I’ll tell you how I do it.

It’s the words of Aloha, A-L-O-H-A.

‘A’ stands for the word Ahonui. That’s persistent patience. Wait; be patient. That brings happiness. Don’t be in such a hurry. The world is such a fast-paced place. I find my joy in just sitting, waiting, and listening.” Ahonui, patience expressed with perseverance. Are you a patient person?

…Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from email. Patience! You’re not that important. I am so tired of hearing these answering machines. “Hi, I’m not here, but your call is very important to me.” Sure it’s important to you. Then why the hell aren’t you there if it’s so important!

My answering machine says this. “Hello.” (I then include a phrase in Hawaiian). And then they usually hang up. Or, the next question. “This is not an answering machine; this is a questioning machine. It asks, What do you want? Which is a very important existential question. So reflect carefully before responding.” What I hear, usually hear, is, that’s it, click, it’s gone. That gets rid of a lot of unwanted calls.

I’m so sick of cell phones going off and buzzers going off and beepers in people’s pockets, buzzing, buzzz… That’s crazy. Very crazy. I was in the airport the other day and a guy next to me was saying, “When I get home I am going to make love to you.” I thought he was talking to me. He was talking to his wife on the phone. What’s the matter with this man?

So please, people, pick on these people. Don’t be a hyper-croniac. Are you a re-button-izer? How many people here push elevator buttons that are already lit? That’s stupid! I saw you guys the other night. You walk up to the elevator, they’re both lit, 10 people are standing there, you go in front and go pghgh, There, I am the top producer. Ha ha! I will push this elevator… Man. Have you seen the elevator button that says, close door? I spoke to the Otis Elevator company. That is a placebo. That button doesn’t work. It’s there to quiet you down so you can… push it. Crazy. Now the cynics are going to go out in the elevator, let me just test what he said, cause I don’t believe it, okay.

Are you a lane counter? How many people here count the number of items in a person’s grocery cart in the express lane to be sure it belongs there? That’s sick! Very sick. Are you a lane leaper? Do you see several lines and you tell people, “I’m in all of these. I’m in any one of these.” Very sick. Or you go to work and you’ve been at that traffic light every day of your life, and you think it’s broken so you keep going, come on. phghghg. Try to move it. Or do you get in buffet lines, and are you a pelvic pusher? Do you do this? “Come on, lady. Come on.” Or escalator hopper, hopping down escalators, they’re not fast enough for me. I’ve got to get down here faster than this. I see people on airplanes, the plane’s coming in and they’re already standing up bent over like this waiting to get off. What is that about? Why don’t you set your okole down and count quarters or something. Now you’re all going to be more patient, right?

So never forget the first “A” in Aloha, Ahonui, persistent patience. That will help you thrive.

She said, “You also ask how I stay so happy and smile so often. It’s because of the second letter, ‘L,’ the second word: Lo Kahi. Lo Kahi means harmonious connection.” It means staying connected not only with your family, but with your ancestors, the land, and a higher power, and being aware of that connection every day.

“Then there’s the ‘O,’ Ka’ikena, Olu’olu. That means pleasantly agreeable.” We have to stop fighting. We have to stop the arguing, the cynical negativity. What’s happened to us? Please remember; it’s very important to choose peace over always trying to be right.

“Then comes the ‘H’ in Aloha, A-L-O-H, Ha’aha’a. That means humbly modest. I think you modern people are too concerned with your self-esteem.” What about other regards? What about realizing that it’s important sometimes just to shut up and learn from others, not to always be assertive, not always try to get your way, not to be so demanding? Have a good sense of humor; laugh. Never forget laughter.

Now you know the “A,” the “L,” the “O”, and the “H.”

“Now, Ka’ikena,” she said to me, “Never forget Akahai; that means gentle, tender kindness. When you walk, when you talk, when you listen, when you look at a child, when you look at an older person, do you look with kindness? Do you feel kindness? Therein I find my strength. I find it in Aloha.

The Most Brilliant Life Hacks to Make Your Life Easier

http://www.epicdash.com/the-46-most-brilliant-life-hacks-every-human-being-needs-to-make-life-easier/

World’s Greatest Job Perks from the Daily Good

http://magazine.good.is/articles/worlds-greatest-job-perks?utm_source=thedailygood&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dailygood

 Isle of Skye

http://www.imbikemag.com/mountain-bike-news/2014/10/danny-macaskill-the-ridge/

Family Portraits:

Family Portraits

Thanks this week go to Paul P, Glenda O, Larry H, and snuggling families everywhere

Hug them tight! 

Please pay it forward today…

Love,

Neville

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Your Soul Food for Friday Oct 17th 2014

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

  • The Hug and Kiss of the Century
  • Not Headcounts but Heart Counts
  • Design v. The User Experience
  • “Good Luck Mr. Gorsky” by Neil Armstrong
  • If you are local:
    • Kids Free Days at the Zoo & Wild Animal Park
    • National Philanthropy Day Oct 28th 2014
  • Wonderful Photos

The Hug and Kiss of the Century:

A WOMAN WHO RESCUED  A SICK LION AND NURSED IT BACK TO HEALTH VISITS THE LION NOW IN ZOO. WATCH THE LION’S AMAZING REACTION AT SEEING HER.

http://www.vitality101.com/Fun/lion-kisses-rescuer

Not Headcounts but Heart Counts

Simon Sineck’s Great New talk

Design v. The User Experience:

The map is not the territory…

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“Good Luck Mr. Gorsky”:

IN CASE YOU DIDN’T ALREADY KNOW THIS LITTLE TIDBIT OF TRIVIA…………..

ON JULY 20, 1969, AS COMMANDER OF THE APOLLO 11 LUNAR MODULE, NEIL ARMSTRONG WAS THE FIRST PERSON TO SET FOOT ON THE MOON.

HIS FIRST WORDS AFTER STEPPING ON THE MOON, “THAT’S ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND,” WERE TELEVISED TO EARTH AND HEARD BY MILLIONS.

BUT, JUST BEFORE HE RE-ENTERED THE LANDER, HE MADE THE ENIGMATIC REMARK

“GOOD LUCK, MR. GORSKY.”

MANY PEOPLE AT NASA THOUGHT IT WAS A CASUAL REMARK CONCERNING SOME RIVAL SOVIET COSMONAUT. HOWEVER, UPON CHECKING, THERE WAS NO GORSKY IN EITHER THE RUSSIAN OR AMERICAN SPACE PROGRAMS .

OVER THE YEARS, MANY PEOPLE QUESTIONED ARMSTRONG AS TO WHAT THE ‘GOOD LUCK, MR. GORSKY’ STATEMENT MEANT, BUT ARMSTRONG ALWAYS JUST SMILED.

ON JULY 5, 1995, IN TAMPA BAY, FLORIDA , WHILE ANSWERING QUESTIONS FOLLOWING A SPEECH, A REPORTER BROUGHT UP THE 26-YEAR-OLD QUESTION ABOUT Mr. Gorsky TO ARMSTRONG.

THIS TIME HE FINALLY RESPONDED BECAUSE HIS MR. GORSKY HAD JUST DIED, SO NEIL ARMSTRONG FELT HE COULD NOW ANSWER THE QUESTION.

HERE IS THE ANSWER TO “WHO WAS MR. GORSKY”:

IN 1938, WHEN HE WAS A KID IN A SMALL MID-WESTERN TOWN, HE WAS PLAYING BASEBALL WITH A FRIEND IN THE BACKYARD.

HIS FRIEND HIT THE BALL, WHICH LANDED IN HIS NEIGHBOR’S YARD BY THEIR BEDROOM WINDOW.

HIS NEIGHBORS WERE MR. AND MRS. GORSKY.

AS HE LEANED DOWN TO PICK UP THE BALL, YOUNG ARMSTRONG HEARD

MRS. GORSKY SHOUTING AT MR. GORSKY,

“SEX!  YOU WANT SEX?!

YOU’LL GET SEX WHEN THE KID NEXT DOOR WALKS ON THE MOON!”

It broke the place up.

NEIL ARMSTRONG’S FAMILY CONFIRMED THAT THIS IS A TRUE STORY.

If you are local:

Kids Free in October at San Diego Zoo

National Philanthropy Day 2014:

National Philanthropy Day

Wonderful photos:

Wonderful Photos

Thanks this week go to Larry H, John O, Terri M and those who practice social mission everywhere!

Love,

Neville

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Your Soul Food for Friday Oct 10th 2014

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

  • Free Hugs
  • Restoration of the Christ in Rio
  • Be the Change You Want to See in Your Network
  • Animals Profound and Profane
  • If you are Local: Friend and Fund Raising for Challenged Athlete Foundation’s Million Dollar Challenge

Free Hugs

Restoration of the Christ in Rio

Rio

If You Are Local

Be the Change You Want To See in Your Network:

In the spirit of “be the change you want to see in your network”

Believe it or not, it has been 33 years and counting- teaching traditional martial arts and the wisdom traditions here at UC San Diego

From more than three decades, we have strived to add the whole person education to the unique UCSD mix- fostering character, confidence AND competence into the UC San Diego experience.

Today, students that began their martial arts journey in our classes are themselves teaching in several cities & universities across the globe with black belts of their own passing on the tradition.

We are a small but mighty group, less interested in quantity but more in developing quality human beings that better our world!

As we start yet another Fall quarter, I thought I would get the word out to help cultivate healthy habits to offset the stress inherent in the college/life experience with the wellness benefits of energizing mind, body and spirit.

As they say …your mission is my mission!

Link to the adult class registration:

https://recreation.ucsd.edu/registration/index.php?code=63011&user_area=3&group=

Link to the kids class:

https://recreation.ucsd.edu/registration/index.php?code=63024&user_area=3&group=

newkarateflyer14_FALL.pdf

Animals Profound and Profane:

Cats and Dogs

If you are Local:

Friend and Fund Raising for Challenged Athlete Foundation’s Million Dollar Challenge

Friendraise

Thanks this week go to Sonia R, Larry H, Bob B, & the dojo at UC San Diego and beyond!

Pay it Forward…

Love,

Neville

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