Soul Food for Friday April 3rd 2015: Making Everything Better

Happy Soul Food Friday!

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This week:

  • A Soul Filled Story: Open a Door and Your Heart
  • The Power of Play: The Game That Can Give You 10 Extra Years of Life                              What is your Power Up to be SUPERBETTER in the game of life?
  • Beauty Makes Everything Better
  • If you are local:
  •  The SD Global Presence Leadership Forum: Thrive Thursday May 7
  • Panoramic Photo Awards to “Round Out” you Mo’ Betta Experience:

A Soul Filled Story…

“Good  morning” said a woman as she walked up to the man sitting on the  ground.

The  man slowly looked up.

This  was a woman clearly accustomed to the finer things of life.  Her coat  was  new.. She looked like she had never missed a meal in her life.

His  first thought was that she wanted to make fun of him, like so many  others  had done before.. “Leave me alone,” he growled….

To  his amazement, the woman continued standing. She was  smiling — her  even  white teeth displayed in dazzling rows.

“Are  you hungry?” she asked.

“No,”  he answered sarcastically. “I’ve just come from dining  with the  president.  Now go away.”

The  woman’s smile became even broader. Suddenly the man felt a  gentle hand  under his arm.

“What  are you doing, lady?” the man asked angrily. “I said to  leave me  alone.

Just  then a policeman came up. “Is there any problem, ma’am?” he  asked.

“No problem here, officer,” the woman answered. “I’m just trying  to get  this  man to his feet. Will you help me?”

The  officer scratched his head. “That’s old Jack. He’s been a  fixture  around  here for a couple of years. What do you want with him?”

“See  that cafeteria over there?” she asked. “I’m going to get  him something  to eat and get him out of the cold for a while.”

“Are  you crazy, lady?” the homeless man resisted. “I don’t want  to go in  there!” Then he felt strong hands grab his other arm and lift him up. “Let  me go, officer. I didn’t do anything.”

“This  is a good deal for you, Jack” the officer answered. “Don’t  blow it..”

Finally,  and with some difficulty, the woman and the police  officer got Jack  into the cafeteria and sat him at a table in a remote  corner. It was the middle  of the morning, so most of the breakfast  crowd had already left and  the  lunch bunch had not yet arrived.

The  manager strode across the cafeteria and stood by his table.  “What’s  going  on here, officer?” he asked. “What is all this, is this  man in trouble?”

“This  lady brought this man in here to be fed,” the policeman  answered.

“Not  in here!” the manager replied angrily. “Having a person  like that here  is  bad for business.”

Old  Jack smiled a toothless grin. “See, lady. I told you so. Now  if  you’ll let  me go. I didn’t want to come here in the first place.”

The  woman turned to the cafeteria manager and smiled……. “Sir, are you  familiar with Eddy and Associates, the banking firm down  the street?”

“Of  course I am,” the manager answered impatiently. “They hold  their  weekly  meetings in one of my banquet rooms.”

“And  do you make a goodly amount of money providing food at  these weekly  meetings?”

“What  business is that of yours?”

I  sir, am Penelope Eddy, President and CEO of the company.”

“Oh.”
The  woman smiled again. “I thought that might make a difference.” She  glanced  at the cop who was busy stifling a giggle.  “Would you like to  join us in a
cup of coffee and a meal, officer?”

“No  thanks, ma’am,” the officer replied. “I’m on duty.”

“Then,  perhaps, a cup of coffee to go?”

“Yes,  ma’am. That would be very nice.”

The  cafeteria manager turned on his heel, “I’ll get your coffee  for you  right  away, officer.”

The  officer watched him walk away. “You certainly put him in his  place,”  he  said.

“That  was not my intent. Believe it or not, I have a reason for  all this.”

She  sat down at the table across from her amazed dinner guest.  She stared  at  him intently.. “Jack, do you remember me?”

Old  Jack searched her face with his old, rheumy eyes. “I think  so — I  mean  you do look familiar.”

“I’m  a little older perhaps,” she said. “Maybe I’ve even filled  out  more  than in my younger days when you worked here, and I came  through  that very  door, cold and hungry.”

“Ma’am?”  the officer said questioningly. He couldn’t believe  that such a   magnificently turned out woman could ever have been  hungry.

“I  was just out of college,” the woman began. “I had come to the  city looking  for a job, but I couldn’t find anything. Finally I was  down to  my last few  cents and had been kicked out of my apartment. I  walked the streets  for  days. It was February and I was cold and nearly  starving. I saw this place  and  walked in on the off chance that I could get something to eat.”

Jack  lit up with a smile. “Now I remember,” he said.. “I was  behind  the serving  counter. You came up and asked me if you could work  for something to
eat.   I said that it was against company policy.”

“I  know,” the woman continued. “Then you made me the biggest  roast beef  sandwich that I had ever seen, gave me a cup of coffee, and  told me to
go  over to a corner table and enjoy it. I was afraid that you would get  into  trouble… Then, when I looked over and saw you put the price of  my  food  in the cash register, I knew then that everything would be all  right.”

“So  you started your own business?” Old Jack said.

“I  got a job that very afternoon. I worked my way up. Eventually  I  started my  own business that, with the help of God, prospered.” She  opened her
purse  and pulled out a business card. “When you are finished here, I  want you to  pay a visit to a Mr. Lyons…He’s the personnel director of  my  company.  I’ll go talk to him now and I’m certain he’ll find  something for  you to do  around the office.” She smiled. “I think he  might even find the funds  to  give you a little advance so that you can  buy some clothes and  get a place  to live until you get on your feet… If you ever need  anything, my  door  is always opened to you.”

There  were tears in the old man’s eyes. “How can I ever thank  you?” he said.

“Don’t  thank me,” the woman answered. “To God goes the glory.  Thank  Jesus……  He led me to you.”

Outside  the cafeteria, the officer and the woman paused at the  entrance before  going their separate ways…. “Thank you for all your  help, officer,”  she  said.

“On  the contrary, Ms. Eddy,” he answered. “Thank you. I saw a  miracle  today,  something that I will never forget. And.. And thank you  for the  coffee.”

Can you open your door and your heart to someone today?

The Power of Play: The Game That Can Give You 10 Extra Years of Life through Game-Full Psychology

From the TED Radio Hour with Jane McGonigal

I was privileged to hear Jane speak a couple of years ago at the Atlantic meets the Pacific Conference and her novel approach allows us to unleash design thinking and game theory to create a better world for ourselves and others…

http://www.npr.org/2015/03/27/394918832/how-can-video-games-improve-our-real-lives

What is your ‘Power Up’ to be SUPERBETTER in the game of life?

http://lifehacker.com/5902598/superbetter-is-a-game-that-rewards-you-for-healthy-living-and-working-towards-your-goals

Beauty Makes Everything Better

What great design can mean…

http://www.npr.org/2015/03/13/392845757/michael-graves-renowned-architect-who-designed-products-for-target-dies

If you are Local

The SD Global Presence Leadership Forum: Thrive Thursday May 7

A Whole Person Education is About More Than Just Academics…

The San Diego Global Presence Leadership Forum provides front line professionals an opportunity to discuss creative options for elevating community appreciation for Life Skills and the benefits of all persons embracing proactive education.

Life Skills, as defined by Parenting 2.0, are “Mandatory skills every human being learns in some measure to thrive and commune with others.” They include but are not limited to interpersonal communication skills, conflict resolution skills, safety awareness & training and financial education.

Currently, parents are presumed to be the primary educators of these critical skills. Unfortunately, the majority of parents have never formally learned these themselves so low competencies are passed from generation to generation.

Today’s increasingly complex and demanding world -including dual parent full-time employment, single parent households and deep geographic separations from extended family members – has placed unprecedented stress on an already impoverished Life Skills educational process.

Media headlines – bullying, divorce, wars, skyrocketing rates in diabetes Type 2, bankruptcy etc. – provide painfully real report cards daily for humanity’s adherence to an antiquated paradigm for human development in the twenty-first century.

To effect a substantive paradigm shift, Ambassadors for Parenting 2.0’s community service arm, The Global Presence, are hosting Leadership Forums in cities around teh globe on Thursday May 7th, 2015. The Global Presence Leadership Forums are part of Parenting 2.0’s P20 Talks 2015 regional gatherings and annual Thrive Thursday celebrations.

At this time, we are both spreading the word to like-spirited people, as well as seeking support with the use of a venue that could serve as the convening hub for our May 7th evening gathering which would model our local communities commitment to and support for this important initiative of Life Skills.

Can you direct us to the best person to contact in your organization in this regard?

Sincerely,

The Global Presence

https://www.parenting2pt0.org/the-global-presence/the-global-presence-ambassadors/

The Global Presence Board of Directors

Marlaine Cover, MPA President

Samantha Madhosingh, Psy.D., Vice President

Julia Neiman, MSW Treasurer

Melissa Pazen, MSW Secretary

Panoramic Photo Awards:

Round out Seeing Better with these Magnificent Shots!

Thanks this week go to Larry H, Marlaine C, Starla L, Chris B, and those of you dedicated to making our world just a little bit better!

Pay it forward please…

Love,

Neville

“It’s not that you aimed your sights too high and failed,

it’s that you aimed your sights too low and succeeded!”

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