Friday, September 30, 2011


Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,

If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something

For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.

During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations

Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge

Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes

They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary

Because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.

A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are

also thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.

Find a way to be thankful for your troubles

and they can become your blessings. -

Make it aThankful dia! (Author Unknown)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Me worry?

The long awaited surgery was delayed because the surgeon had a trauma case

that came up.

So la Senora and I had to take a breath and know that even a delay like this

was indeed out of everyone's hands.

If I had been in an accident I would have wanted the best ortho/neuro doing

the surgery on my back.

So why is it that a lot of us worry, some of us constantly?

Always concerned about the stuff that hasn't happened.

I find that meditation, and prayer always puts my worries into context.

Will what I am worried about this instant, matter a year from now?

Is what is upsetting me or making me lose sleep today,

going to make much difference to me a year from now?

If not, don’t let it upset your peace of mind today.

Even the "good" worrying... is not good for us either.

The type that keeps us from learning "present day" contentment.

To be appreciative and grateful for today.

And not always waiting anxiously for something "better" to happen.

After all these years, I have come to realize  that the purpose of life isn’t

necessarily to get everything right,

but to complete the right things.

And remember, everything in life is temporary, both the good

as well as the bad.

Don't be overly critical, judgmental, do be patient and listen.

Why worry about the things that haven't happened.

Make it a great worry free día!

Thanks for all your prayers and support.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Praying for a successful surgery..

So the day has finally come and the surgery will finally take place this morning.

Today I pray entrusting the outcome of the surgery to HIS care today.

May He guide with wisdom and skill the minds and hands of the surgeons and medical

personnel who have been tasked with healing in HIS Name.

May He grant that every cause of illness be removed,

and that my loved one will be restored to the health so richly deserved.

I ask this as I plead for all healing and ending to the violence in Mexico,

and around the world wthat that we can one day live in more perfect harmony

with you and each other.

Amen. Keep us in your prayers.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Gratitude matters.

Just how GRATEFUL are you today?

Today I am grateful for all that I was, all that I am and all that I will be.

I am also grateful for all the opportunities that have crossed my path.

Today I am grateful for the hundreds of people and experiences

that have helped me to become the man I have grown to be.

I am grateful for the lessons they shared with me.

Today I am grateful for the knowledge, talents and skills I have.

I am also mindful and at the same time grateful for all the things I take for granted.

More importantly I am grateful for the wisdom that prompts me

to check myself often,

so that I don’t begin to lose track of what really matters.

Make it a great dia! 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Grateful Monday.

This week I am really going to focus on GRATITUDE.

The very essence of this blog.

It’s easy for us to over look all the good things that happen in our lives each day.

Quite often we get bogged down with a few of the things that don’t go

as we'd like them to go.

This is why gratitude is important.  

We all have so many things to be grateful for that if we really stopped

and gave it all more thought we'd have a hard time being unhappy.

Let go of the moments that seem to bring you down or

make you feel overwhelmed.

Just remind yourself that they are all temporary.

Dedicate personal time to enjoy the moments and things that you have or

that are happening in your life.

Replace the feelings of discontent with the feeling of gratitude.

We are the one who truly benefits each time that we practice being grateful.

Gratitude makes one happier and more successful with

everything we attempt to do.

If we want to live and enjoy a successful life, we must be grateful

for what we have done,

all we have accomplished - no matter what it is..

and all we've worked hard to earn.

Make it a grateful día!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Live the length and width... of it all.

There is a great quote on LIVING.

It was written by Diane Ackerman. "I don't want to get to the end of my life,

and find that I lived just the length of it.

I want to have lived the width of it as well."

What can you be doing at this very moment to expand

the width of your life?

Something that you can do today to open up to the endless

possibilities that exist.

Taking a moment to open up in gratitude, seeking that ray of

hope that is out there

if you will just open your eyes.

Letting in the light even if your soul is dark and your heart heavy?

Would you be able to step forward?

Taking just one step, putting any known fear aside.. embracing the,

"I can't but I'll try?, if only for a moment.

Look all around - are you living LIFE to its fullest?

Can you see the width and length of it?

It's all there, unbelievably huge.

Hard to see it all, It's just that great of an expanse.

Live - Love - Grow.

Make it a great día!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Gratefully engaging the quiet ones...

The economy is hurting.

A lot of companies are struggling.

What can we do?

Well most we have to do all we can to ensure that our partnerships,

and customers remain strong.

Friends don't just give up on friends and or do they end in over the top fights.

Likewise customers don't make a huge to do, about their dissatisfaction.

They vote with their feet.

They quietly go some where else.

When someone feels under appreciated, or perhaps poorly serviced,

taken advantage of they will stop investing.

They will take the next offer and move on.

We all have these relationships out there that need more of our own investment.

Quiet customers who are unhappy but not making a big deal out of it,


We have to be smart.

We have to show more gratitude.

We have to le them know they matter.

What can you do better when you engage them?

After all they're worth a lot more than the angry ones.

Make it a great día.

Friday, September 23, 2011

You must decide.

I was talking to a young soldier fresh from a tour in Afghanistan the other day.

I remember the Army motto, Be all that you can be - join the Army!

Our young men and women have proven themselves over and over.. 

just how well they have become the best that they can be.

The young soldier was a bit embarrassed at the gratitude I sent his way.

He then said something that struck me,

"We are all still works in progress."

We chatted for several minutes and then he had to leave.

He left me wondering, how many of us are the best we can be?

Maybe some of us are almost there, others partially there,

but could you 100% confirm that you are at your absolute best?

Are we happy with a mere slice of what all we could accomplish?

Maybe we are content to reach our minimum sales quota,

or just doing enough to meet the minimum expected

or work just hard enough to get by.

I say we need to breathe and live the 212 degree rule.

Otherwise we're cheating our loved ones, our companies,

our communities and more importantly ourselves.

We need to push ourselves farther than we ever realized we could go.

That is the only way to make real progress.

"We are all works in progress," that young Army Specialist said.

We need to continually manage our lives for growth and renewal.

By a simple matter of giving up, we actually do become our "best self."

The best we will ever become.

Yet it's only a shadow of what we could have become.

We must never stop progressing, and never cease getting better.

We need to keep striving to become better, and be our "best self."

We need to expect the best and go after it and get it.

We can't ever accept second best, we must never "settle" for less

than giving it our best, and we must never lose sight

of our targets and goals.

We have to continually grow and learn, plan and produce,

move and dream.

We all can become our best self.

If you're not currently better than you have been even a week ago,

you've got a bit of work to do.

Each day you should work to be better than the day before.

Every day must be that opportunity to work to be better

than you have ever been.

It is about continually growing, continually learning, continually

being your best self.

Make it a great día!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

My 24 hour day.

I was asked the other day by one of my agents what my daily routine was.

I didn't have to think very long, as people that know me I am a very early riser.

I am also a creature of habit.

I am awake everyday no later than 4:15 a.m.. most days even earlier.

I pray and meditate for about a half hour.

I feed and water the Parker and take in a morning walk.

I hope to begin exercising again once my neck surgery takes place

which I am scheduling for the middle of November.

I look at my written goals; short, medium and long term and see how much

closer I am to achieving them.

The more you know about them, the more aware, the easier it is to make

better choices.

 When you make better choices, you will see better results.

Upon returning from our walk I sit in the backyard and take in the morning air.

I take a few minutes to visualize what I want my day to go like.

It’s amazing how often our desires become reality when one does this exercise.

I'll then go to the kitchen table and go over my to do list, with the important tasks

and errands that I will need to do that day.

I go shower and as I am bathing I think about what I need to write about that

day in my daily blog.

I begin writing my blog on Thanksgiving day in November 2009.

I write my blog and try and make sure gratitude is one of the messages.

I then check the daily news, both domestic and foreign on-line news dailies.

I eat some oatmeal and or some other quick breakfast item as I read

the on line news.

I think it’s important to have an idea of what is happening in our community

and in our world.

I then take a last minute look around,

I talk to Parker a few seconds,

tidy up anything I may have touched, 

and touch the mezuzah on my way out. ( A story for another day).

At the office I go down my list of things I might not have done the day

before and re-prioritize and organize my day.

My day is typically - untypical.

I try and make sure that accomplish the tasks that are important.

I then make time to go through my calendar and check for meetings that

may have come up as well as priortize my emails.

One has to get in the habit of putting first things first,

and organizing and executing one's life around our deepest priorities.

By 7:00 the agents have started to roll in and I make it a daily habit of

seeing and greeting them and take their energy pulse.

I try and be proactive, I reach out and engage my leadership each day.

Quick huddles, one on ones and also weekly scheduled staff meetings.

We must lead from the front, taking initiative and the responsibility of making

things happen.

At lunch I typically will go with one member of management and or take something

I need to read and or buy a newspaper and find a quiet place

to eat, relax and read.

My afternoons are pretty much spent working with my leadership,

working to stay on course and productive.

If any ER or HR issues come up, I will deal with them swiftly and humanely.

I'll work on the computer for about 45 minutes, make any calls I need to make

and then have some down time after a long day,

by doing some pleasure reading.

I keep a note pad by my bedside.

I'll review my day and see if I was able to accomplish the things I meant to that day.

I have always held myself accountable for my actions.

I also see if I got closer to achieving my goals?

If not, what can I do differently tomorrow?

I am usually asleep by 11:00p.m.

After a long day, this routine tends to help me sleep far more peacefully.

Always awaken and go to sleep having said, I love you, to your loved ones.

No matter how far they may be.

One can't assume that our loved ones know we love them.

Always say these words, call them and or hug and tell them in person,

-  at least once per day.

That is my day.

Make it a great Día!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Today matters!

Today's the day.

Go out and make a difference in someone's life!

No matter how small - know that in one way or another it will

be felt tomorrow.

What is more important?

What can you do today that can impact someone's tomorrow?

And for that matter maybe several tomorrows to come?

We can all be agents for positive change.

How we choose to live our lives, and in the way we can help others

change theirs.

It's easy to get so caught up in one's life and demands, that we lose sight

of what's really important around us.

Stop right now, and make a difference in a positive way.

How can you make your life worth living? What about someone else's?

You learn to live it with care and if what you say and do matters.

You have to actively work to make the world a better place.

Remembering that your actions, your words, your dreams matter.

Start by acting on them today.

Make it a great día!