Ten Rules For Being Human

by Dr. Cherie Carter-Scott   1. You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it’s yours to keep for the entire period. 2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called, “life.” 3. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial, error, and experimentation. The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiments that ultimately “work.” 4. Lessons are repeated until they are learned. A lesson will be presented to you in...

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Parents: “Be Where You Are!”

by Michael D. Hargrove – Soccer Dad     Tweet   When you really struggle to find 60 coaches for around 700 kids, you get to hear the words “I’m sorry but I’m just too busy” a whole lot! You want to say, “I’m busy too pal! I’ve got kids, a spouse, a business, a workout regimen, I speak all over the country, I coach baseball, soccer, indoor soccer, take the kids to gymnastics and swimming lessons, volunteer at the kids school, and I’ve volunteered to help put the club’s teams together....

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Lessons We Learn From Geese

Lessons from the Geese, was written in 1972 by Dr. Robert McNeish of Baltimore.   Fact 1: As each goose flaps its wings it creates an “uplift” for the birds that follow. By flying in a chevron or “V” formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone. Lesson: People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.   Fact 2: When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels...

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When My Son Looks Over His Shoulder

by Michael D. Hargrove     Tweet My oldest son, Zachary, seemed to be getting worse. He is a great kid, quite big compared to other seven year olds, with an equally big heart and a wonderful laugh. Lately, though, Zach seemed to be sad, withdrawn, and grumpy. He whined a lot more too. Every day he seemed to become more and more negative, even occasionally being mean to his younger brother, Jeffrey, which, unlike other kids his age, was completely out of character for Zach. My numerous inquiries into how he was feeling and what was wrong were...

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Make The Call

by Michael D. Hargrove     Tweet This story you are about to read is true and is dedicated to the memory of Gayle Belnap. “Make The Call” is an exercise in which I ask the audience to imagine; you are on a 747 en route to Europe. You’re traveling alone. It’s a normal flight in every way. You settle down for a pleasant but rather long flight. About fifty minutes into it, you notice a slight vibration in the plane, but it’s barely noticeable, as a matter of fact, no one else is noticing it so you don’t give...

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My All-Time 12 Best Ideas For Being Successful

by Shad Helmstetter, Ph.D. 1. Set specific goals and action steps, and write them down. The single most important step in getting somewhere is knowing where you’re going and having a plan for getting there. Your goals have to be written out, and so does your plan. Be specific, date each goal and each step on your action plan. Then follow it. 2. Read and review your goals daily. This one could change your life. Keep your goals in front of you. Always know what you plan to do next. And always take the action your plan calls for. Review...

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The Fisherman And The Investment Banker

Anonymous   The American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The fisherman replied, only a little while. The American then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish? The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs. The American then asked, “but...

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The Two Things Strategy

by Michael D. Hargrove     Tweet “There are two things you must do to get anything in life you want,” my father would tell me. After turning 15 1/2, it became time to test this strategy out. The first part of the deal, I had already nailed; maintaining an A average throughout junior high school. This first condition, I must admit, was pretty easy to do. For years learning, and learning of any kind, had been my passion. So, long hours of study and excellent grades came fairly easily. The second part of the deal was going to prove...

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Competitive Spirit

by Scott W. Biehl While growing up I spent a lot of time at my Grandparents home. Yes, they would spoil my sister and I like most loving Grandparents with gifts and treats but the things I loved most was playing catch, having putting contests in the living room, and playing basketball with my “Grandpa.” My Grandfather had a basketball hoop set up in his backyard and when I would come over we would always play a game of 21. The way it was scored was if you made a basket it was worth 2 points and then you could shoot free throws for...

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Von

by Jack Sommerville As I read the e-mail entitled “HOW WE TREAT PEOPLE” that my mom sent to her e-mail list on July 19th, I was taken back with a couple of the stories told. One was about a 10 year old who could only afford a single scoop of ice cream and the other was about the 5 yr old who thought he was giving “His” life to save his sick sister. If you have yet to read these short stories then please do. It seems to me we are all amazed by the young minds of our children and the things they do to make us happy. My...

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