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Right Now…RISE


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The Optimist Creed


The Optimist Creed

I promise myself:

  • To be so strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind.
  • To talk health, happiness, & prosperity to every person I meet.
  • To make all my friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them.
  • To look at the sunny side of everything & make my optimism come true.
  • To think only of the best, to work only for the best, & to expect only the best.
  • To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as I am about my own.
  • To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
  • To wear a cheerful expression at all times & give a smile to every living creature I meet.
  • To give so much time to improving myself that I have no time to criticize others.
  • To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, & too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
  • To think well of myself & to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud word, but in great deeds.
  • To live in the faith that the whole world is on my side, so long as I am true to the best that is in me.

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Free Money – Random Act of Kindness


By Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Fri, Jul 13, 2012 1:44 PM EDT

Doug Eaton wanted to celebrate his birthday on June 11 in a big way, so he turned to his friends for ideas — ended up marking the day with random act of kindness, including handing out free money to people passing by.

“I asked a bunch of my friends on Facebook what should I do on my 65th and I got a whole long list of stuff,” he told KFOR-TV.” And one of my friends said, ‘Why don’t you do 65 random acts of kindness?'”

So that’s exactly what he did, spending 65 minutes standing on the corner of NW 39th Street and May Avenue in Oklahoma City, handing out $5 bills to people who passed by. He told his Facebook friends that he handed out more than $375, but the response — and the amount of good cheer he shared — was priceless.

From a distance, Eaton looked a bit like any other panhandler holding a sign at a street corner. But instead of a plea for money, his sign read: “I have a home… and a car… and a job. Do you need a few bucks for some coffee?”

Some people drove by several times, wondering if they read his sign correctly. Many people murmured “I can’t believe this” or “bless you” as he handed them the cash. Others were reluctant to take his money, and he had to tell them “It’s OK, it’s just a blessing” and explain that this was his way of celebrating his milestone birthday. “One obviously needy truck holding a family came around the second time after misunderstanding the first time, to give ME $2 just to bless ME for what I was doing,” he told his friends on Facebook.  “I took their money AND gave them a $5. We kind of traded blessings.”

“I think this is the craziest guy I have ever seen in my life and it’s fantastic!” one driver told KFOR. “I am enjoying the moment out here.”

“It’s just been fantastic,” Eaton told the TV station. “Some people who don’t take the money just say, ‘Man, I love what you are doing. I won’t take it but would you give it to someone who needs it’.

Eaton’s birthday inspiration echoes that of Robyn Bomar, who in 2010 celebrated her 38th birthday with 38 random acts of kindness and asked her family and friends to join in. “I planned out 38 things ahead of time, just in case, but really was praying for opportunities to present themselves throughout the day,” she wrote on her blog, Mix Mingle Glow. “My husband, three daughters, and my husband’s parents joined me in the most favorite birthday of my life!”

She was so moved by the outpouring of support that she started The Birthday Project, an online community of people who celebrate their special days by paying their good fortune forward.

The 65 minutes spent handing out money wasn’t Eaton’s only random act of kindness for the day. According to his notes, which he posted to Facebook, he also said “keep the change” when he paid $50 for his $12 haircut and $10 for his $1.09 cup of coffee, bought lunch for several diners at a local restaurant, and gave bus fare to a stranger and his daughter, among other things.

“This day has been one of the biggest blessings of my recent life,” he told his Facebook friends. “I don’t know if I can wait until another birthday to do this again. But what if it became a habit? Or what if everyone or a lot of people did their birthday number of random acts of kindness on their birthday? How good would that be?”

Copyright © 2012 Yahoo Inc.

source: http://shine.yahoo.com/work-money/man-celebrates-65th-birthday-giving-away-free-money-174400395.html

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What’s on Your ‘Bucket List’?


I’ve done a lot in my life – personally and professionally, and I am always telling everyone to get out there and do what you want NOW and not to put things off.

I still haven’t seen the movie ‘The Bucket List’ but, for many reasons (many friends, family and family of friends were lost within the last few years; my recent health issues – which thankfully, are on the mend; and, the recent news of the student who tragically passed only days after her college graduation),  I starting wondering if there was anything left that I wanted to do.

I am a very low-maintenance person so, it’s the simple things that make me happy. There is something to be said for getting older, I am totally loving my life and the people I have chosen to surround myself with. I know who I am as a person and I am completely satisfied with all that I have done and all I have known. They say that once you have reached your goals, you have to set new ones for yourself. So, with that said, I decided to come up with a ‘list’ of things that I have yet to do but, want to do before…well…you know 🙂

Personal List: Go on a trip with my grandchildren, help my son with his company, spend some quality time with my sister. Buy something really, really, REALLY special for all of ’em. Surprise my best friends with something special, give more to charity, help others with their personal goals.

Professional List: Same as it has always been – work at something I love to do, regardless of the pay. My favorite jobs have been the ones with the lowest pay (or even NO pay Egads! lol). And, money has never been the key to my happiness. Some of my happiest times were when I was “broke, broke”. I would also love to help others with their professional aspirations.

Fun List: Finish my autobiography, take a course in photography, learn to play the saxophone or piano, learn a foreign language, learn the Samba, work or attend the ‘Oscars’ (I might be able to cross this off since I attended the Oscars red carpet this year) , go to Paris, fly overseas to go to a concert…and dare I say, run a marathon??? hmmm….I’m not sure about that one, but it would be a challenge. I’ve already done skydiving and scuba diving so, I can’t think of anything else in the ‘things I thought I’d never do’ category; perhaps, I should start off with running a mile…or around the block 🙂

People I want to meet: Most of the people I’ve ever wanted to meet, I have met. The main two, who were on my list that I never met, were Michael Jackson and Sammy Davis Jr. Although I’ve had a brush with the following three people, I think I would like to have a conversation with Oprah Winfrey, Ellen Degeneres and George Clooney because they seem to be genuine, caring and giving people and I’d like to discuss their humanitarian efforts, among other things..and, I can’t forget Hugh Jackson and Carol Burnett! 🙂

What is on your bucket list?

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