Tuesday, June 19, 2012

To Pin or not to Pin, that Is The Question

I have a piece of poetry and it is not the greatest, so do not call me a poet, yet.  When I thought about what I was going to write about, not necessary a poem, the first thing I thought about was how much trouble I was having pinning a purple skirt from a blog.  I take pinning pictures for granted and got frustrated in the process.  In fact, I took Google Chrome for granted as well.  It is much easier to use than Internet Explorer.   Oh well, here is my poem about Pinterest.


Pinning pictures of everything you see of
Interesting things to behold as
Nothing is safe on the internet.
To see something, to pin something, telling
Everyone who happens to follow you of your find.
Racing to see who will pin that bowl of Jell-O first and who will pin it last.
Everything is such a mystery.
Social Media’s newest

Friday, June 15, 2012

Goals, Aspirations, and Dreams: Where Will They Take You?

Think for a moment about the following…

·         To dance on stage.
·         To make a million dollars
·         To have a family of my own
·         To walk on my own
These are all good goals.  Some of these could be considered aspirations, and still others can be dreams.   It all depends on where they carry you in life.   It also depends on your circumstances and how you arrived at this conclusion.
Let’s look at them again…

·         To dance on stage.  Maybe this person started out taking lessons at the age of 2.  It could have been ballet, jazz or tap.  It does not matter and at the age of 12, she decided that dance is where she wants to be.  So she studied hard at her craft, got a few lead roles, and at the age of 18, she got a scholarship to study dance further.  Let me stop right there for the moment.
·         To make a million dollars.   What drove this person to this state?  Maybe they grew up poor and saw their parents struggling to make ends meet.  Their father worked 2 or 3 jobs just to put food on the table while their mom did an occasional temp job.  That person decided that when they grow up, they were never putting their spouse and child through that situation.  Again, I am stopping for the moment.
·         To have a family of my own.   This person was an orphan and went from foster parent to foster parent only to get the wrong end of the stick.  They question themselves about why are they are not adoptable, because they see younger children being adopted.  Another situation could be that they are not able to have children and so far they are not able to get married, and at the age of 35, they wonder if that will ever happen.
·         To walk on their own.   This one is a little tougher.  Perhaps this is a person who was in a car accident and was paralyzed from the waist down.   Doctors have explained over and over again that walking is impossible now.  Still another situation could be a child who was born with cerebral palsy, and cannot run and play like the other children.  They wonder if they will ever be able to play like a normal child.
There is a difference between a dream and an impossible dream in man’s eye, but God see it differently for nothing to impossible with God.   If you look towards Him, He will see to your needs and help you towards those goals.  Let look once more at these examples:
·         To dance on stage-After graduating from college and dancing for several companies, this person was injured during a high point of her career.   A torn ligament in her right leg.   Soon after recovery, the company she danced with said that she was too old to dance.  What does she do?  She did not take up a second major in case something happened during her dancing career.   So after some prayer, she decided to take some business courses, and opened up a dance studio with the money she saved up for a rainy day.  This person took in some students, included some under-privilege students.   One day, she met with an investor.  
·         This investor also had a past.  After seeing his family struggle during his childhood, he was smart enough to get out to get a scholarship to go to college, and learn how to work in finance.  After graduation, he too got a good job, and was able to invest in the stock market and several housing projects, including taking over the building where his parents lived before they died.   The summer of 2008 came, and he found himself struggling after the recession hit.  He too found himself praying to God, which lead him to invest in the dance studio owned by the former dancer.   The two fell in love, and found out that they could not conceive, and struggled with this.   They prayed to God and this led them to adoption.  They decided to adopt special needs children, and they adopted a healthy 10 year old,
·         Who wondered not only if she will ever be adopted, but also if she will ever be able to walk, run, and play like normal children.   So, the couple and their new daughter talked to doctor after doctor, until they were able to find one who was willing to give them hope and understanding about her situation.   The couple actually found out their daughter had been abused as a baby, and through therapy she was able to do most things that normal children do.

Now miracles happen every day, but sometimes, if you want things to happen, you may need to turn to someone who can see your way through it.  It may take some time, but if God says yes, it will happen in His own time, for his time is not like ours.   We want things to happen yesterday, and humans are by nature are impatient people.  It also takes some action.  
Consider this:  If it wasn’t for the dancer being persistent and patient with her career, she could have not gotten that scholarship, which led to her dream of being on stage.   What you did not know was she was also wondering if she would ever have a family of her own.  At the age of 35, she met the investor.  If it wasn’t for the recession which caused this man to lose a million dollars, he would not have invested in the dance studio.   What you did not know was he promised himself and God that he would not work 2 or 3 jobs like his father, who did not believe in the power of prayer.  He did not know that he was also sterile, which he found out only after he married the owner of the studio.   They prayed for a baby, but got a child instead.   What you do not know was the couple tried for 5 years to have a baby and turned to adoption after doctors told them that it was impossible to try further.   This led them to the 10 year old girl who thought she was unadoptable, and unable to play like normal children.   This led to the couple finding out that their child was abused as a baby, by 2 sets of foster parents.  The baby failed to thrive at that point. It was through much prayer and patience that led them to find the root of her problem, and getting help where needed.
No matter what your problems are, or how big your dreams and goals get, God is there for the asking.  He does not have to do it, but He does because He cares for us and He loves us, for we are His children.  He will do it, but there is that time where it cannot be done, because you have not thought it through long enough.  So to ask for a million dollars depends on what you are going to do with it, asking for a dance career is the same concept.  He does not want you to blow it by gambling nor does He wants you to blow it by dancing in a strip club.  Same thing, if He thinks you will abuse a child, after have they gone through years of abuse, or abusing a spouse.  So these requests could have ended with a “no” from God.  
When it is all said and done, He also wants you to thank Him and worship Him too.   Tell others of the miracles that have happened to you, and let them know that you are His child.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Welcome to June

School's out.  Time for summer vacations, graduations, and honoring fathers.   In one month and 20 days will be my birthday (more on July later).   For me, I am nearing the end of the fiscal year for both my businesses.   It has been a stressful year, but a little bit easier than most.  I am looking forward to my consultant's convention in at the end of July.  Not sure if that gets me across the stage for the first time since I started selling Longaberger, but I will find out July 1st.  It does not matter, because I made a personal goal that exceeded over $2,000 more than last year.  last year, I was ready to quit.  The recession has been hard on people who do direct selling.  I feel I am now finally bouncing back from whatever fog I was in with this business.

As for my church, it is time for annual conference.   This is the place where not only do you praise and worship God, but learn about the different missions that happened from July 2011 until now.   If the church I am a member of receives a new minister, we would be introduced to him or her at that time.  I am happy that our minister is not leaving.   Not only is she my pastor, but she and her family have been long-time members of the congregation.  Her husband grew up at Clair, as well as her daughter and grandchildren.   She is a good leader, and I look forward to some of the continuing things we will do for,  not only community, but people who live outside of the community as well.

I cannot believe that 2012 is almost half over and I feel like it is still January.  In my family, I have a nephew who just turned 5, and he will be going to Kindergarten in September. Deonte was one of those early-rising children who used to woke up at the crack of dawn.  he had been doing this since he was a baby.  Now that it is almost time for him to go to real school, Deonte decides that it is time to sleep in.   Go figure.   My niece has never been an early riser.   She will be 4 in September.  My youngest nephew Leon will be a whole 2 years old in August, and has just decided that he is going to be stubborn, while his brother, the 16 year old know-it all named Michael is still into skateboarding and all things teen.  Mike is trying to get a summer job.  Overall, besides my parents celebrating 51 years of wedding bliss, and my sister turning 24 in July, everything seems normal for this family.

So how is your family's summer lining up?   Is it the same old kids sitting there until they bore themselves out of their mind, or is there a family vacation in store for you.   Whatever you do, make it fun and exciting for them.  Make it fun for you too.  Do not stress the small stuff.  Make sure that everything is in place like plane tickets, hotel reservations, and attraction tickets.  No one wants to be stuck and unhappy.  Celebrate life and each other.   If there isn't a father figure present for father's day, make some elderly gentleman happy by visiting a nursing home the day before.  Be sure to get permission first.   If you are part of a congregation, adopt a dad.   I am honored that I still have my dad.  If you are divorced and have children, make sure your children spend time with their dad.  Just because you are not together, that does not mean you have to take it out on the children.  Give them that chance to be together with their dad.  they will thank you later for it.   Have a great June, and I will talk with you later.  God Bless you, and enjoy the start of summer.