Another Week In The Books. . .

One of the things that interests me is the belief held by those higher up the fiscal food chain who actually think they are smarter than the rest of us only because they have been successful in one aspect of living on the planet and therefore have more importance. The question then becomes WHY??–Why do we entrust our well being to those who have spent, in some cases, their whole lives in the pursuit of collecting money and we spend our whole lives giving to them.

“Don’t tell me where your priorities are. Show me where you spend your money and I’ll tell you what they are.”
James W. Frick

I find the older I get the more I question the things that I never used to question. One of life’s conundrums.

One thing that I recognized this week:

 That money will usually find  you if you when you least expect it or when you need it the most. It’s like the universe  rewards you for being a good citizen of the world when you give what you can when you have it to give.

 One thing I was reminded of this week:

That there are many, many good people out there who are kind, generous, intelligent, savvy and really do want make a better life not just for themselves but for all of us.

My video pick for the week:

 I chose this because it is beautiful music but also because the world we live in can use a positive message for a change instead of the constant negativity of politicians and economists and the war mongers and terrorists. My way of saying “Hey, would you guys just shut up for awhile-just a while so that we can enjoy the true beauty that exists around us.”


My parenting tip for the week:

Here is another tip from the ten point parenting program that I put together designed to help parents re-connect with their kids.

There is one word that our children really don’t like to hear and it is one of the most important teaching tools or words that we, as parents, must learn how to use. If you have worked hard at being your childs’ best friend then this is a word that you will use less when it most needed. That word is “NO”  It is a simple word and it is a complete sentence. It helps to establish boundaries, which are essential to any child even when they tell you that they hate you and that you are an awful parent. It is our job and our responsibility as parents to establish the boundaries for acceptable behaviour and why. It is the way that we can teach our kids the life lessons that will stay with them for their lives.

The trick is to use it appropriately and not to establish a power and control base. Always be prepared to explain why your response was made. It is in your response that they begin to understand the value of your words, trust in your behaviour or actions and begin the challenge to their inflated sense of entitlement which, incidentally, is literally killing our kids. They really do believe that they are ‘bullet proof.’

Another icon leaves us too soon:

Glen Frey-one of the great innovators and talents. He will be truly missed as a leader in the music business. Henley and Frey were right up there with Lennon and McCartney.


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Pass this along to friends if the spirit moves you–all the best, JIm

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