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    What’s on Your Bucket List? Any Chalk, a Plant, Crazy Glue, Birdseed?

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    What's on Your Bucket List? Any Chalk, a Plant, Crazy Glue, Birdseed?

    Watching the grandchild learning a new word and then trying to put meaning to that word was an experience that left me wondering.  How fast our minds rationalize thoughts, and place information into neat little containers of knowledge, is a miracle in and of itself.  Have you ever thought about a thought? Explain a thought to a 6 year old. I dare you.  I double dare you. 

    Have you ever thought about a thought?   

    As we grow older being told something isn’t right, or learning we will have to do something differently isn’t generally what we want to hear. Change sucks.  I know many of us have gotten so busy that we just tend to do things all by ourselves.  Maybe someone else could of made a process easier for us, maybe not.  But we won’t know because letting go of a situation or work event isn’t something we are used to doing.  Let’s face it, our day planners are full.     We go a little zombie like,  and then we don’t know how to climb out of that mode.  

    Learning is a different process for everyone.  Some are just faster than a whip with everything they lay their hands on. Others like to take things one bite at a time.   You can’t force the unwilling to learn, and nobody wants to listen to the know it all's.    People need to be motivated to learn or change.  As I’ve aged, motivation I have
    cc What's on Your Bucket List? Any Chalk, a Plant, Crazy Glue, Birdseed? discovered is in short supply.   Those who once motivated me, now sound like a broken parrot “right”, “you know what  I mean”, “right”, “right”.  Ugh! 

    Age  changes  how you learn.  I find that I’m just not interested any longer in those ideas I thought were so cool in my younger days.  Those items that used to be on my  ole bucket list have  already been checked marked off.  Sure there are things I want to do – but not the things I wanted to do ten or twenty years ago.  My bucket list looks more like a shopping list for a leisurely day at the pool -rather than a vacation to some far away resort.  Although I would go to the resort if someone buy me a ticket.  Please buy me a ticket.  But then I regress.

    I sat down with my grandchild to try to discover if I could see into the mind of a 6 year old and come up with an answer to my lack of motivation, and my empty bucket list.  What I forgot to notice until after she had gone home with her family was how much she motivated me just to want to stay in one place.  I like peace and quiet.  I was motivated to get back to that - the stillness of the day.  In our search for items to put on our bucket lists, don’t leave off peace and quiet.  Those really are motivating factors to help you gain a better perspective on life. 

    Bucket List Items that might not be on your list, but could be:

    1. Fall in love again
    2. Grow a plant and not kill it
    3. Burn your day planner (you can burn your bra too – but by that age who cares)
    4. Seek peace and rest
    5. Read a book, heck read a couple book, a whole library of books
    6. Save some time to draw stick figures on the concrete with a 6 year old
    7. Say you are sorry to someone who would never see it coming
    8. Be there when you say you will be – and watch someone’s eyes light up
    9. Dream again
    10. Sleep with no clothes or more clothes on – what ever you want
    11. Don’t be afraid to ask questions – worst someone can say is no
    12. And number twelve, volunteer. Give of yourself and your bucket will always be full

    I am off to draw stick figures on the side walk.  We have to draw a full scale ranch with horses and cows.  Could take up to four or five concrete sections.

    My bucket list is full

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    What Ever Happened to the term “A Gentlemen’s Agreement?”

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    What Ever Happened to the term "A Gentlemen's Agreement?"


    There was a day when men shook hands and agreed a  gentlemen’s agreement between two.  A man’s word was his honor.   Nowadays attorneys draft up legal documents that  are crafted to look for deception and deceit.   Where has honor gone? pop What Ever Happened to the term "A Gentlemen's Agreement?"Speaking the truth should never be hard to do.  Many preach about truth and justice, yet they drag out an attorney when the truth is directed at them.


    Along with honor comes respect.  Respect for your fellow man or woman.  Meeting a call to justice to help someone in need.  Believing in others, and relying on a friendly hand.  Honor, respect, and  dignity, are the strength  and the armor that uphold  strong men and women. AAEAAQAAAAAAAAREAAAAJDM1YzI1YTI3LTQ2MjMtNDk2Ny05YmQwLTAzOGQ4MTlmOTAwNA What Ever Happened to the term "A Gentlemen's Agreement?"


    Integrity - the truth. Integrity is becoming a rare thing.   Yet it is something worth fighting to hold on to.  No matter how weak your voice may be,  you may be the only voice someone else has.   Injustice can overwhelm an individual soul quickly – but  with many there is triumph as they come together.  Speak the truth.  Value integrity above all.

    Not every argument can be won in a court of law.  Sometimes a simple “I’m sorry” is all that is needed.  Waging war over trivial pursuits never ends well, if at all. 

    Sometimes a simple “I’m sorry” is all that is needed.

    What is important is that you stand up and your  voice be heard.  Speak about those passions you hold dear inside.  Especially when others would keep your voice from being heard if they could.  Don't let fear or intimidation keep you from doing what is right.   Your voice might be all it takes to change an empire, regain a friendship, mend a broken heart.  But unless you stand up and let your voice be heard – others will steal the soil out from under your feet - the very ground you walk upon. AAEAAQAAAAAAAAMCAAAAJGRmY2IyZmNjLThhMmQtNGFmZi04MzUwLTYzN2FlMzBhZmUzZA What Ever Happened to the term "A Gentlemen's Agreement?"


    Rise up, ever so weak – yet strong because you decided to take a stand. Integrity, respect, and honor – there really isn’t any amount of money that can buy those attributes.  As human as these attributes are, they will give you a greater sense of value about life, and grace you with a  peaceful mind.  Without them – anxiety, crippling envy and stress take the very life from your own hands.  What are your gains if you aren't around to enjoy them, or can't feel satisfaction for the things  that you tried to build?  Fake friends will praise you in the morning, and damn you in the night.  

    Life is simple.  Live with a giving hand, a kind shoulder to lean on, and stand up when integrity demands a voice.  Stand up, let your voice be heard.AAEAAQAAAAAAAAKvAAAAJDY4NjFmYzA1LThhMDUtNDRmNi1hMGI5LTE0MmY2ZWM5YmZkMQ What Ever Happened to the term "A Gentlemen's Agreement?"

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    When Happiness Catches Your Eye

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    When Happiness Catches Your Eye

    Taking life one beautiful step at a time, and allowing happiness to catch your eye - what a great way to live.  We have to pull away from those moments of doubt and confusion and focus our thoughts on our true purpose.  

    We have to allow ourselves to be generous, kind, and forgiving.  When we really search out those things that give us joy we find a new meaning, a new purpose - a reason to go on. 

    When happiness catches your eye, linger on the moment without jumping to the next moment.  Spend time relaxing and drinking in the calm.  Live in the moment. 

    Live in the moment

    We have to practice happiness.  I found this video on  the surprising science of happiness - something to ponder on.  





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    Risk Takers

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    Risk Takers

    Risk Takers

    How long has it been seen you have felt the Adrenalin pumping through your veins as you landed your first big deal,  sold that property, or made the biggest financial score of your life time?  What risks do you remember taking?  Would you take them again?  Would you advise others to take the same risks? 

    Risk Takers


    I happened upon a group of young adults  this past weekend who were enjoying themselves by swinging off the walking bridge that spans the width of the Colorado River, just outside of Moab Utah.  With nothing more than a rope and true grit, each young man took their turn toppling off the side of the bridge holding onto a rope about 8 to 10 feet long.  The rope they were swinging from wasn't a bungee cord either, so once  their bodies weight hit the end of the rope, their shoulders would have to take the full force of the blow. But the thrill - it'll get yea, and that is what these young adults were after.

    But the thrill - it'll get yea.

    Risk takers, thrill seekers.  As their bodies are swinging in  mid-air, there is the additional thrill of knowing you have to let go of the rope and drop your body into the wild and muddy Colorado below you.  Then you will need to swim out of the river and hope you don't get caught in an underwater eddie.  Then there is the potential that the cops will be called and your mom will have to pick you up at the police department.  Putting caution to the wind - you take that risk anyways.

    ..you take that risk anyways.

    Some opportunities in life and in business don't come along very often.  Even when they do, we forget to take those risks, and instead favor the easy route - or easy chair.  Age refines us,  and defines us.  We no longer want to jump in feet first without seeing the bottom of the pool.  If  you want to see whats at the bottom of the pool, that is perfectly fine.  It just means you've learned a little along life's highway. A good dose of business savvy has set it's mark upon your life.

    You may no longer be that dare devil you were in your early years, or that  thrill seeker who just couldn't stop to ask "is thing safe?"  But It is still very important to make sure that you never allow yourself to be defined by others.  There are still some risks out there for you.

    The risks you take now days depend on your level of physical and mental preparedness.  We know how fun it is to win, but our journey through life teaches us lessons.  Lessons that help us define our own character and balance our daily living. I do have to admit, that if I were years younger I would be joining those very same young men for a dive into the river.  I'd be crazy not too!

    Let the young be young - even in their 50's, 60's, and beyond.

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    Common Sense – Work and the Professional Volunteer

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    Common Sense - Work and the Professional Volunteer

    I often volunteer for a host of recreational events, but I also volunteer my time with a number of non-profit / charitable organizations. It’s a lot of time management on my part, but I think it helps me maintain a balance in my life. I can’t be all work and no play. Yet I can’t be all causes and no work either. Finding that life balance and using common sense to keep things positive I feel is a gift.

    Finding that Life Balance

    In the business world and in education, common sense sometimes gets uprooted by causes. Taking up a cause can in reality become a distraction toward your own professional goals if not monitored. Sometimes you have to tell your friends no, and do what is right for the organization and yourself. I am not suggesting that you stop volunteering, but rather you look at your own goals, and find that life balance.

    Listed below are some good quotes to lift up those who volunteer:

    • {Research has shown that people who volunteer often live longer. Allen Klein}
    • {"Be the change you want to see in the world"...and, if you can't be that change, then either get out of the way of the person who wants to be that change or support the individual with your financial resources.--Mahatma Gandhi}
    • {Anything can be accomplished as long as you don't care who gets the credit--Unknown}
    • {When people forget themselves, they usually do things others remember.--James Coco}
    • {When giving comes directly from the heart, it can never disappoint or embarrass.--Bel Kaufman }

    Listing your goals and identifying causes that match your organization is called strategic planning. You have to think in terms of “how can this cause benefit my organization and give me a personal outlet to express myself"? It is true that your personal time is your own time, but if it involves doing things that disrupts the company image – you might want to switch causes, or at least tame it down a bit.

    What you do and say in your private life can directly influence your work life. Some organizations have deep set and personal relationships with non-profits and charities. Others use their resources to sponsor special events and/or educational endeavors. Know your organization, and don’t step on toes – it could be your bosses toes. Use your common sense and align yourself with organizations that have like minded causes.

    How would you feel if your boss asked you to go to an event in a PR capacity, and you disliked the event? Would you tell your boss

    -"no - I refuse to do it"?

    -Asked to be excused and give the event over to a subordinate?

    Sometimes you have to do things you don't want to do for a paycheck. Know the organization you work for; know them well before you apply. Personally I haven't ran into this type of conflict, but I know others who have. It is heart breaking for them.

    You don’t have to become volunteer or citizen of the year to prove you have a caring nature. Those people are professional volunteers, and work probably isn't too high on their agenda. If you are too involved in causes, your work can suffer; you need to know when to say no. You can’t expect others to carry the load for you in the office or in the field either. Again, use common sense and you can balance it.

    I would love to be a professional volunteer and get paid for it. That would be the ultimate dream job. But common sense tells me that I have to have a life balance between the many causes and work. I hope you to have the common sense to know what your limitations are.

    That would be the ultimate dream job

    Volunteering your time and energy is a great way to give back to the community. But if the volunteering is taking too much of your time, you might want to scale it back a little. Most organizers will understand. Don’t stop completely, just don’t burn yourself out. Allow others to help out too. Find your life balance and enjoy those causes, and keep your goals on track.