Friday, December 31, 2010

Mapping 2011.











Have you ever wondered what's ahead for you in 2011?

The new year will bring many new twists and turns.

Life after all is like a new road you've never been on.

Would you just drive forward?

Would you do some planning and map your journey?

Do you just plan on taking it where it leads you?

Driving forward with no set expectations and sense of direction is not

only precarious but meaningless.

Set goals, measure the distances and map your route.

Add expected time for sight seeing and detours.

Why not plan on enjoying the journey instead of driving blindly to

your end destination?

We've heard the old saying, "Life is a journey, not a destination."

Setting the expectations, defining your goals and rewards create

a sense of accomplishment.

It also instills the persistence needed to keep you heading forward even

under unexpected hazardous driving conditions.

Without knowing where you are headed you create uncertainty.

Expecting challenges and pit stops to reset your course are not only

necessary but vital to reaching your destination.

Keep an open mind and heart and enjoy the drive.

Make it a great dia!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The WD-40 tip.
















My Viejita had a saying that "Love never wears out."

Maybe she was one of those lucky souls that had enjoyed eternal bliss.

Looking back, I never once saw her sad or depressed and maybe that is where I inherited her "smile" genes.

But what I have found in Life, is that if we don't nurture something it will "wear out" or "wear down."

Whether it is a relationship or an inanimate object.

Everything needs a liitle WD40 now and again to make it last and work longer.

What could use more nurturing or a shot of WD40 in your life?

Make it a great dia! 

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Mortar of success.













We get opportunities to plan and build for our tomorrows each day.

Every opportunity is indeed a special gift.

Although life may not always be fair, we must never allow its challenges to obscure our vision.

You will never win if you allow self-pity or self doubt to be your mortar.

A good foundation begins with a POSITIVE ATTITUDE!

No one has ever built success without putting some sweat equity into their own foundation.

Make it a great dia!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

We're similar to a tuning fork.













I've been listening to a lot of music lately - mainly old Christmas classics and my other favorites types like Mariachi and symphonic marches.

So it was quite a surprise last night when I ran across an old tuning fork.

It was from my childhood years when I played several brass instruments.

I was quite an accomplished euphonium, baritone and valve trombone musician.

As a Freshmen in high school I even earned the honor of playing as the first chair in the all state symphonic band.

But I digress - it made me think that we can't be less than who we are now.

We are just like that musical tuning fork - when you stike it against your palm and it resonates.

We can't achieve a tuning vibration, that is LESS than the tuning vibration that you achieved a moment ago.

That's is why we need to seek opportunity in any failure.

If we achieve something - big or small and then for what ever reason it is lost, we are like that tuning fork.

We still have the ability to resonate that same vibration that we've achieved before.

Whatever success or progress we made will come back again.

We still have that same energy like that tuning fork.

We never lose what is inside of us… think BIG - think POSITIVE!

Make it a great dia!

Monday, December 27, 2010

A lesson well learned.













All of LIFE's lessons are learned.

Lessons whether painful or educational come most often from some sort of change.

Quite often we go through life events that cause us to feel fear, trouble or instability -  but it's all about how we perceive that change.

The stability begins as soon as we welcome it and it is this growing process where we attain the wisdom from each lesson.

Socrates was quoted, "Wisdom or the perfection of the soul is unattainable but it doesn't mean that trying to attain it, is meaningless.

Instead, it is the best thing a man can do in his life."

I totally agree, so let's get this straight... we all know that we do not know long our earthly journey will be.

So given that...  should we be waiting till the brink of our deaths, to ask ourselves how great our lives were?

Heed your lessons, make those changes - live your LIFE.

Death is not something we should fear, if we have lived our lives with purposeful meaning and gratitude.

Make it a great dia!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

One day and One Lifetime.












I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

Finally went to sleep and am a little slow today.

But the memories, the visits, the phone calls e-mails and many letters all have me smiling.

I look back at Christmas and I am reminded that we're all born into

this world and just given one lifetime.

What we decide to do with our lives, is all up to each of us.

Are we doing all we can to improve our lives?

Are we giving it our all?

Have you ever wondered about the meaning behind a "lifetime"?

Your lifetime?

Why you are here?

What is your earthly purpose?

It's never too late to look within.

This year let's seek your passion!

Uncover your calling.

Look for opportunities to serve others with a pure heart and an open mind.

Give - Love - Grow.

Make it a great dia!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

FELIZ NAVIDAD!















It's a beautiful Christmas morning. Feliz Navidad! 

This day in particular moves me come to terms with a lot of my past and look at my life with new spirit and eyes.

It’s a reminder that I must close the past chapter and move on to the next.

It was time of tough sowing and of good harvests, months in time that brought us losses but also new births and additions to the family and other personal successes. 

The balance of our LIVE'S often times rests on our results.

But what do you keep?

What do you let go of?

Just as we've cleaned up and prepared for our loved ones and friends that came over to our homes for Christmas; let's also see what else needs cleaning up in our lives, and in our hearts.

What other regrets or relationships can we let go of or improve... and more importantly in what ways will we approach situations in the future.

Today let's restructure our steps to achieve true unity within ourselves, with the people in our world around us and the global neighbors that share this same earth.

Let's work to nurture LOVE, especially within us - for if you love yourself, you will always have the ability to love others.

We too easily forget that how we love and treat others is how we will be reciprocated in kind. 

Christmas maybe just a traditional shopping and gift giving time for some..

For others it's a sentimental and emotional feeling.

Still others see it as an earthly vibration that unites the world and brings the peace, the tranquility and joy unfelt at other times of year.

Although I don't ordinarily bring religion into my writings - as I have many friends who are Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim and Hindu… please allow me to today.

First let me say I've been grateful to have celebrated some of your special holidays with you.

Moreover, today I write about what this HOLY day means to me and how it manifests in my LIFE.

To share with you the love and the feelings it provokes and nurtures within me and how it allows me to share with my loved ones, family and friends.

To me Christmas is a time for reflection and at a greater depth a spiritual rebirth in all Christian spirits.

To all kindred spirits - you may also take advantage of this positive energy to explore the labyrinths of your thoughts and spirit to learn and transcend, to continue to change and evolve for the better.

May LOVE be a center part of this Christmas season, and may it be present in your life and fill you with the same intensity forever.

May the new year be filled with happiness and the motivation to get to where you've always wished for.

Christmas is for Christians the biggest of all celebrations.

It's a special time of the year that serves to remind us about that one child being born in a manger.

It puts into perspective Christ’s coming, and our desperate need for forgiveness and forgiving others.

Jesus came to bring a great light into our lives.

He came to dispel the darkness in humankind and replace with the light of joy and the radiance of His everlasting peace.

Years later I still kneel at the cross.

I "Let God and let Go."

I lay all my troubles in his hands - I keep hold of my Faith and pray that no matter how difficult this earthly journey gets that I trust I will have Him at my side.

I look to him, and trust him completely every day for my forgiveness and my healing.

Today I still miss my childhood memories and those beautiful Christmas mornings spent with all of my siblings and parents as we shared Christmas.

This Christmas morning I miss my parents and family members who are now passed on.

By God’s grace I hope to see them again and we will be together in the presence of our Lord
forever. 

Christmas matters to me because truth matters.

And at the heart of the truth is that our God never leaves us to face the world's troubles alone.

Christmas is all about love, about forgiveness and about who we are, who God is and how far God will go for us.

Feliz Navidad Amigos, thanks for being my friend and inspiring me to write you another blog entry.

May God bless you and your loved ones this Christmas.

May the spirit of Christmas live within you.

May Christmas live through your actions and your generosity of the heart and actions the whole year through.

So leave aside the stresses of everyday life, if just for one day.

I pray that this Christmas inspires in you the sense of unity and solidarity.

A sense of unity reborn through your good deeds, and generousity of the heart.

May it be shared with your loved one, your friends and acquaintances today and all of your tomorrows!

I wish you my most humble and sincere BEST WISHES!

FELIZ NAVIDAD!   MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Setbacks are temporary blessings.



















Christmas is almost here and I feel re-energized.

I am present and living in this moment.

Everything that comes into our lives should be enjoyed, at the moment it comes because it may be gone soon.

Everything big or small becomes a blessing.

Even when we are experiencing a life's moment in adversity or difficulties, we know that they are not permanent and it's certainly not the end.

It is during this experience that we need to view it as a blessing as well.

It's just one "temporary blessing" in disguise.

We need to see through the darkness in search of the light, that we call HOPE.

Each day we end up learning more about ourselves.

The lesson and a chance to be mentally stronger, to take risks and become wiser.

It is an opportunity to move forward and view the past goodness as a vision of what we want for the present and our future.

Make it a great dia!

Feliz Navidad!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

On the road we travel.













“Not I – nor anyone else, can travel that road for you.
You must travel it for yourself.It is nor far, it is within reach
Perhaps you have been on it since you were born and did not know.
Perhaps it is everywhere – on water and on land”. – Walt Whitman

Yesterday was a challenging type of day for me.

We all have stresses in our lives but it is how we approach the journey that will realize the outcome.

May this day and the rest of this week be an adventure filled with your best successes and opportunities!

Make it a great dia!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Opportunities are impermanent and fluctuate... you hold the key.



















Life is meant for us to not just enjoy but to CELEBRATE.

Each day LIFE provides us with the opportunities to feel true happiness, peace of mind and a generous heart.

Although the opportunities may be impermanent and fluctuate.

Happiness is permanent, just as peace of mind and a generous heart can be.

These thing may not be physically visible.

They reside deep within us.

We hold the key.

Celebrate LIFE!

Remember Life itself is not complicated, we complicate it.

Like the quote, "Life is not merely waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain."

Make it a great dia!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

How to do it well - together.













When one begins their day grateful for their job, their co-workers, or their employees and clients we tend to show up in a better attitude.

A GRATEFUL attitude that facilitates the work you need to do well together.  

By consciously being grateful and demonstrating it, you'll find that more gets done and you contribute to a much more satisfying work place.

I love to begin my day grateful for the opportunity to do the work I do.

I am grateful for the colleagues I have.

I am even grateful for the challenges and learning experiences that come my way.

I am especially grateful for the good work we accomplish together and for the progress we
make at the end of each day.  

I really care about and value those things.

When the my values and goals are in sync with the company's, organization's, family's etc... that is when we are at our best. 

And much like my childhood, the magic takes place and more of what I am grateful for continues to come my way.

Try it - it works. 

Make it a great dia!

Did you happen to catch the beautiful eclipse? I wish I had a camera - it was amazing! The lunar eclipse began at around 12:45 CST but was it its grandest from about 1:50 to about 2:45 a.m. It ends in another hour or so. Headed to bed - I got to get up early. 

Monday, December 20, 2010

The sun will shine through.















Christmas makes me even more sentimental.

Sure I can be tough and I am confident that I can handle just about any situation; but the situation in my beloved Mexico, is depressing.

I keep hoping that the cartels die off, that justice finally prevails... sadly I have even prayed for a truce between all warring gangs.

"There ain't no cloud so thick - that the sun ain't shinin' on the other side."

I don't know where I read that quote - maybe at Tombstone's OK corral, but it is one that came to mind.

The suffering in Cd. Juarez continues.

This year alone there's been 3108 people killed due to the on going drug war between the cartels.

Maybe one day the children and the innocent lives that muster their courage and will, just to survive here will enjoy the peace and tranquility they once had.

It also reminds me of another quote one that says, "Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends."

As neighbors, I am more concerned as to why we have not done more to help Mexico?

Today I wish for prayer and a more peaceful dia!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

GRATITUDE shapes a better LIFE.












There  is great power in GRATITUDE!

Somehow any misgivings and fears tend to be minimized or disappear altogether.

I was reading a book by Dr. Wayne Dyer who is someone I enjoy learning from and he stated,"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change."

This is so true - everytime I have taken this approach I have been able to achieve more. 

Growing up it was through our daily prayer and supplications that we gave thanks for everything we had and happened in our lives.

Quite often I'd announce what I had given thanks for and my Viejita would tell me that I didn't have to announce it outloud.

She prayed and meditated early in the morning and each evening... and was always thankful. 

Reminding me that in prayer God understood why I was thankful. 

Our Mother (Viejita - the loving name I always called her "Little old lady") would tell us that the more we were thankful for the more and HE had already begun working on giving us.

I developed my "attitude of gratitude" and "giving thanks" for everything that happened to me as a child.

Especially seeing the miracles of receiving or achieving something better than what we already had.

Gratitude truly plays an extremely important role in beginning to consciously and intentionally create desired outcomes in our lives.

It's my wish that this Holiday Season we'll all choose gratitude as a key part of our daily lives.

Not just for ourselves but for everyone around us.

I believe that by developing a deeper perpective of the importance of GRATITUDE, it will serve to shape a far greater and more satisfying quality of life for you and your loved ones.

Make it a great dia!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

How hard will you shovel?














I was reading that the DeBeers mines almost twenty-one tons of rocks to produce just one ounce of raw diamonds.

It made me think that many of us quit shoveling and allow obstacles to overwhelm us... before we achieve success.

Everything and every job we do matters.

Too often we get lost in the hard work - the daily strenous stuff not realizing that we're losing sight of the real goal.

Always, always have a vision in sight.

What are YOU doing with your hard work?

How are you going to reward yourself or your family?

Make it a great dia!

Friday, December 17, 2010

When re-gifting is a great thing!















I don't know about you but lately I feel as if I am running on empty.

Moving, helping out with family affairs, my office obligations, extra dinners and social events to attend...

I am feeling rushed and almost forced to embark on a whirlwind of activities because of the holidays. 

Yet all of the added activities do nothing but add stress to our already fast paced lives.

Worse yet we tend to end up obligating ourselves to taking on even more.

STOP! Somehow we're forgetting the true meaning behind this holiday.

Why would we allow commercialization, to encroach on our lives in a way that we typically wouldn't allow any other holiday?

What if we were to take a breath, sit back and reflect on its true significance?

What if we would instead allow its beautiful meaning to illuminate our spirit? 

What if we beckoned Christmas to reside in our hearts every day? 

Allowing it to usher in a more faithful, loving and generous heart in all of us. 

What an amazing gift that would be.

Now that's a great gift, and one certainly worth re-gifting. 

Make it a great dia for re-gifting a little of our yourselves!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Nine more days...
















Can you believe that it is only nine more days till Christmas?

I love this HOLIDAY, I have since I was a youngster! 

I am reminded that if I look closer I'll find that I am already showered with many blessings.

Janice Maeditere said it best, "Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as it about opening our hearts." 

A special time for opening our hearts and celebrating the true meaning of this holiday with our loved ones and friends.

My wish for you is that you find Christmas’ true meaning as you further reflect on this special holiday.

Let GOD's providence be a reminder that the best of LIFE is yet to come.

More love, happiness, prosperity, goodwill and good health!

I know it's still a few days away but, Feliz Navidad!

Thank you for being a part of my life.

Make it a great dia!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Present moment.



















As the holidays approach I see that the strides that people around me are taking, are at a much faster clip.

Even their gait is more forced and I can sense their stress.

I understand that the holidays can be stressful with so many different demands in our lives.

I also know that we all have our own crosses to bear, but why not lighten the load?

There are many things we can do to lighten the load.

First we all have control over the speed of our lives.

We can easily slow down the pace and take in and enjoy these holidays. 

The second tip and important for both our mind and body's sake, is to quit mourning for the past.

The past is done - it's is now behind us - good or bad it is a memory.

Next comes a careful balancing of our worries regarding the future... yet not working ourselves up by anticipating exaggerated troubles.

The secret to is to enjoying each day is to "live" in the "present" moment, wisely and earnestly. 

When we lean on Hope, we add another self defense quality that makes the "present" moment less difficult to bear.

If we can BELIEVE that tomorrow will be better; than no matter what comes at us, we will be better able to bear a hardship today. 

There is power in always trying to live in the "present" moment.

I read a quote once that said,"If you are not living in the moment, that moment is leaving you in a moment." 

I believe that the ONLY moment in which we can truly be happy and have control over, is the this one - the "present" one.

So let go of any negative or depressing thoughts and be happy now!

Then we can extend that moment to the next and on and on... till we have a thousand moments.

Because if you can't be happy for a moment, then when will we start to be?

Make it a great dia!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

My favorite fortune cookies...














I stopped by my favorite Chinese diner last night.

After a long 13 hour day and that's at the office...

I went for my favorite comfort food which is extra, extra spicy Szechuan shrimp.

So like a kid at Christmas time, I dug into the small take-out bag and reached for the "normally boring" fortune cookie.

It said, "You can always find happiness at work on Friday."

I don't know about you but I find something to be happy about every day.

As I drove off I thought it would be fun to make up a few of my own!

Here's a few I would use if I owned my own fortune cookie factory:
  1. There are NO winners in life's blame game.
  2. Your Life is only going to as boring as you make it.
  3. He who is always defending himself has no time left to really live.
  4. If you aren't fast at braking, make sure you have a loud horn.
  5. You will be happy when you stop telling yourself, “I’ll be happy when…”
  6. Give me the strength to change the things I can, the grace to accept the things i can't, and a great big bag of pesos.
  7. Its better to shoot for stars and land on moon than shoot for a steep hill and reach it.
  8. Insulting others says little about them. But a whole lot more about you!
  9. Like flies to poop, make people be drawn to your attitude.
  10. The male is a domestic animal, one if treated with firmness and kindness, can be trained to do just about anything.
Eat some Chinese take out tonight!

Make it a great dia!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Wouldn't it be great...















Wouldn't it be great if we could go to our jobs, school, or whatever it is we do... leaving our personal agendas, judgments or preconceived notions at the door.

To be able to work the entire day in a more positive environment?

I personally believe that being able to wake up each day and being part of a team where my contribution is appreciated is a true privilege.

Everything we need to create a happier workplace starts with us.

It begins with our contribution - and it's easy to hand out and we've got an unlimited resource. 

It’s not just about budgets, mission statements, or strategies.

Happiness at work comes from the simple things.

From the things you and I do there and what we can do for others without expecting anything in return.

It's contagious, try it!

Then sit back and see just how much less stressful, enjoyable and satisfying your day turns out.

Make it a great dia and a great week!