Lord, I hate Buttermilk

A visiting Priest was attending a men’s breakfast in Ohio farm country. He asked one of the impressive older farmers in attendance to say grace that morning. After all were seated, the older farmer began …

“Lord, I hate buttermilk.”

The Priest opened one eye and wondered to himself where this was going.

Then the farmer loudly proclaimed, “Lord, I hate lard.”

Now the Priest was overly worried.

However without missing a beat, the farmer prayed on, “And Lord, you know I don’t care much for raw white flour.”

Just as the Priest was ready to  stand and stop everything, the farmer continued,

“But Lord, when you mix ’em all together and bake ’em up, I do love fresh biscuits.

“So Lord, when things come up we don’t like, when life gets hard, when we just don’t understand what you are sayin’ to us, we just need to relax and wait ’till You are done mixin’, and probably it will be somethin’ even better than biscuits.”

Amen.

Taken from “Points of Light” every Friday newsletter. Contact Selise at ssmith@simione.com to sign up or see past issues.

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How do you ensure a balanced life?

In his publication Better Families, Dr. J. Allan Petersen quotes C. Peter McCullough of Xerox who says,

“I look for breadth of interest. Individuals with broad interests are best able to perform within a company today. We face many societal changes, and a broad outlook and encompassing overview are more pertinent than the traditional circumscribed career preparation.

Perhaps one of the most important qualities a man or woman can possess is balance. That simply means that one doesn’t go off the deep end.

You balance your life with wives, husbands, children, recreational activities, hobbies, physical programs and community involvement. To get off in one area or another, I think, is a mistake and will lead to trouble.”

Research is conclusive that the more broad, general knowledge an individual has, the more balanced he or she will be in life.

Interestingly enough, it also conclusively proves that those people with a broad range of knowledge are the most creative in the solution of problems, not only in the corporate world, but in their personal and family lives as well.

When our analytical left brain is supplied with a broad range of information, and we encounter problems which we’ve never encountered before, or we meet unique opportunities, the broader that range of knowledge is, the more creative we are in the solution to the problem itself or on the capitalizing of any new opportunity that presents itself.

Now, combine this broad range of knowledge with an ever-growing increase in knowledge, and exciting things really happen.

The new input of knowledge into the mind stirs up all of the old input, and when new information meets old information, they get together and create new concepts and ideas.

The message is clear: Broaden your range of interests; live a balanced life; continue to grow in information and knowledge and you’ll soon be not just at the top, but over the top, in all areas of your life.

You were Born to Win, so go ahead and Live to Win.

Tom Ziglar

www.ziglar.com

 

“The new year means nothing if you’re still in love with your comfort zone.”
― Rachel Wolchin

Challenge or Paralysis?

Dwayne Pingston is paralyzed from the waist down – but not immobilized anywhere.

In 1983, when he was only nineteen years old, he avoided a head-on collision by swerving sharply to his right. In the process he hit the shoulder of the road and was thrown from the car. His neck snapped and his legs were rendered useless.

For many, that would have meant the end of hopes, dreams, activity and ambition, but for Dwayne it simply was a challenge to take what he had left and use it to maximum ability.

He has an incredible attitude. He is good-natured and unassuming and is more active than most people with two strong legs.

He’s an enthusiastic fisherman and deer hunter. He plays wheelchair basketball for the Easter Seals All-American Team and helped start a basketball camp for thirty inner-city kids with disabilities from cerebral palsy to spina bifida.

He races cars at the Milan Dragway near Ann Arbor, Michigan, swims exuberantly and has helped crew a 38-foot sailboat in the Port Huron to Mackinac race.

In his spare time he restores old cars and also works for a living, holding down two jobs. He delivers custom-designed cars from Jaguar of Troy to customers across the country.

His sense of humor is incredible and he even points out advantages in having no feeling in his legs, like when he broke both ankles playing wheelchair rugby.

Does this mean that he is in denial?

No. It simply means he has recognized the fact that he is paralyzed from the waist down and will be that way for life. He can either bemoan his fate or recognize all of the things he still can do and proceed to do them.

There’s a tremendous lesson here for all of us: Don’t moan about what we might have lost; rejoice about what we still have.

You were Born to Win, so go ahead and Live to Win.

Tom Ziglar

https://www.ziglar.com/

“Don’t die …
before you are dead.”
~ Rachel Wolchin

America the Beautiful

https://youtu.be/v2_JrOAPtbI

 

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
Whose stern impassion’d stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America! God mend thine ev’ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life!
America! America! May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev’ry gain divine!

O Beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam,
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

Green Eyes

Well, Green Eyes with their soft lights,
Your eyes that promise sweet nights,
Bring to my soul a longing, a thirst for love divine.
In dreams I seem to hold you, to find you and enfold you,
Our lips meet and our hearts, too, with a thrill so sublime.

Those cool and limpid Green Eyes –
A pool wherein my love lies.
So deep that in my searching for happiness
I fear that they will ever haunt me,
All through my life they’ll taunt me.
But will they ever want me?
Green Eyes, make my dreams come true.

Well, Green Eyes with the soft lights,
And eyes that promise sweet nights,
Bring to my soul a longing, a thirst for love divine.
In dreams I seem to hold you, to find you and enfold you,
Our lips meet and our hearts, too, with a thrill so sublime.

Those cool and limpid Green Eyes –
A pool wherein my love lies.
So deep that in my searching for happiness
I fear that they will ever haunt me,
All through my life they’ll taunt me.
But will they ever want me?
Green Eyes, I love you.

Author unknown

My love, my life, has green eyes.  So do I.

What is Life

https://youtu.be/m7du2oXM2DU

 

“What Is Life”

What I feel, I can’t say
But my love is there for you anytime of day
But if it’s not love that you need
Then I’ll try my best to make everything succeed

Tell me, what is my life without your love
Tell me, who am I without you, by my side

What I know, I can do
If I give my love now to everyone like you
But if it’s not love that you need
Then I’ll try my best to make ev’rything succeed

Tell me, what is my life without your love
Tell me, who am I without you, by my side
Tell me, what is my life without your love
Tell me, who am I without you, by my side

What I feel, I can’t say
But my love is there for you any time of day
But if it’s not love that you need
Then I’ll try my best to make everything succeed

Tell me, what is my life without your love
Tell me, who am I without you, by my side
Oh tell me, what is my life without your love
Tell me, who am I without you, by my side

What is my life without your love
Tell me, who am I without you, by my side

Oh tell me, what is my life without your love
Tell me who am I without you by my side

Dedicated to Nancy Lynn, first date 12/14/1979

I Am What I Am

https://youtu.be/zreTvtpTeoU

 

“I Am What I Am”

I am what I am
I am my own special creation
So come take a look
Give me the hook or the ovation

It’s my world that I want to have a little pride in
My world and it’s not a place I have to hide in
Life’s not worth a dam
‘Til you can say I am what I am

I am what I am
I don’t want praise, I don’t want pity
I bang my own drum
Some think it’s noise, I think it’s pretty

And so what if I love each sparkle and each bangle
Why not try to see things from a different angle
Your life is a sham
‘Til you can shout out, I am what I am

I am what I am
And what I am needs no excuses
I deal my own deck
Sometimes the ace, sometimes the deuces

It’s one life and there’s no return and no deposit
One life. So it’s time to open up your closet
Life’s not worth a dam
‘Til you can shout out, I am what I am

I am what I am
And what I am needs no excuses
I deal my own deck
Sometimes the ace, sometimes the deuces

It’s one life and there’s no return and no deposit
One life. So it’s time to open up your closet
Life’s not worth a dam
‘Til you can shout out, I am what I am

The Power of Love

https://youtu.be/VkAVfsw5xSQ

 

“The Power Of Love”

The power of love is a curious thing
Make a one man weep, make another man sing
Change a hawk to a little white dove
More than a feeling that’s the power of love

Tougher than diamonds, rich like cream
Stronger and harder than a bad girl’s dream
Make a bad one good make a wrong one right
Power of love that keeps you home at night

You don’t need money, don’t take fame
Don’t need no credit card to ride this train
It’s strong and it’s sudden and it’s cruel sometimes
But it might just save your life
That’s the power of love
That’s the power of love

First time you feel it, it might make you sad
Next time you feel it it might make you mad
But you’ll be glad baby when you’ve found
That’s the power makes the world go’round

And it don’t take money, don’t take fame
Don’t need no credit card to ride this train
It’s strong and it’s sudden it can be cruel sometimes
But it might just save your life

They say that all in love is fair
Yeah, but you don’t care
But you’ll know what to do
When it gets hold of you
And with a little help from above
You feel the power of love
You feel the power of love
Can you feel it?
Hmmm

It don’t take money and it don’t take fame
Don’t need no credit card to ride this train
Tougher than diamonds and stronger than steel
You won’t feel nothin’ till you feel
You feel the power, just feel the power of love
That’s the power, that’s the power of love
You feel the power of love
You feel the power of love
Feel the power of love

Believe in Yourself

Everyday when you’re walking down the street,
Everybody that you meet
Has an original point of view

And I say HEY! what a wonderful kind of day.
Where you can learn to work and play
And get along with each other

You got to listen to your heart
Listen to the beat
Listen to the rhythm, the rhythm of the street
Open up your eyes, open up your ears
Get together and make things better by working together
It’s a simple message and it comes from the heart
Believe in yourself (believe in yourself)
Well that’s the place to start (to start)

And I say HEY! what a wonderful kind of day
Where you learn to work and play
And get along with each other

Regrets

I regret that I will not live to see;

 

  1. “Car Bomb” being a common usage term for any car using gasoline.

 

  1. Genocide being only discussed in history books and not in the daily news.

 

  1. Men from Mars and Women from Venus.

 

  1. Equal pay for equal work regardless of sex or age or race.

 

  1. An understanding of why I survived Vietnam and so many others did not; there or after coming back.

 

  1. A world without hunger and disease.

 

  1. One of my descendants being President of the United States or winning a Noble prize for Science, Peace or Poetry.

 

  1. My kids without health issues.

 

  1. Senators Susan Collins of Maine or Lisa Murkowski of Alaska or Tera Boyd of California becoming President of the United States.