Posts tagged ‘love’

The Spirit of the Two Wolves

Every day we all hear two voices from within struggling to win our attention.  Which one wins?  The one you feed. 

Take a moment and enjoy this two-minute audio of the story a grandfather tells his curious grandson. 

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TCOY = Take Care of You!

~ LIVE WELL BY CHOOSING TO  FEEDING THE RIGHT WOLF ~

 

A Guaranteed SMILE of the Heart

Did you know March 19th was World Down Syndrome Day?

Celebrate it today by sharing this blog post…a guaranteed smile of the heart.

I’m excited to share the absolute best version of Pharrell Williams song: HAPPY

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Special indeed are these beautiful people.  In my opinion, they TEACH us how to live with joy.

Go ahead…get up out of your chair and dance with them.  Learn to dance in the rain…life is good! Live. Love. Laughter.

TCOY = Take Care of You!

Cyber hugs,

Coach Lucy

7 Wonders of the World

The seven wonders of the world.
 
 

 

Educate vs. Entitlement

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One young man went to apply for a managerial position in a big company. He passed the initial interview, and now would meet the director for the final interview.

The director discovered from his CV that the youth’s academic achievements were excellent. He asked, “Did you obtain any scholarships in school?” the youth answered “no”.

” Was it your father who paid for your school fees?”

“My father passed away when I was one year old, it was my mother who paid for my school fees.” he replied.

” Where did your mother work?”

“My mother worked as clothes cleaner.”

The director requested the youth to show his hands. The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect.

” Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes before?”

“Never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more books. Besides, my mother can wash clothes faster than me.

The director said, “I have a request. When you go home today, go and clean your mother’s hands, and then see me tomorrow morning.

The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high. When he went back home, he asked his mother to let him clean her hands. His mother felt strange, happy but with mixed feelings, she showed her hands to her son.

The youth cleaned his mother’s hands slowly. His tear fell as he did that. It was the first time he noticed that his mother’s hands were so wrinkled, and there were so many bruises in her hands. Some bruises were so painful that his mother winced when he touched it.

This was the first time the youth realized that it was this pair of hands that washed the clothes everyday to enable him to pay the school fees. The bruises in the mother’s hands were the price that the mother had to pay for his education, his school activities and his future.

After cleaning his mother hands, the youth quietly washed all the remaining clothes for his mother.

That night, mother and son talked for a very long time.

Next morning, the youth went to the director’s office.

The Director noticed the tears in the youth’s eyes, when he asked: “Can you tell me what have you done and learned yesterday in your house?”

The youth answered,” I cleaned my mother’s hand, and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes’

“I know now what appreciation is. Without my mother, I would not be who I am today. By helping my mother, only now do I realize how difficult and tough it is to get something done on your own. And I have come to appreciate the importance and value of helping one’s family.

The director said, “This is what I am looking for in a manager. I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the sufferings of others to get things done, and a person who would not put money as his only goal in life.”

“You are hired.”

This young person worked very hard, and received the respect of his subordinates. Every employee worked diligently and worked as a team. The company’s performance improved tremendously.

A child, who has been protected and habitually given whatever he wanted, would develop an “entitlement mentality” and would always put himself first. He would be ignorant of his parent’s efforts. When he starts work, he assumes that every person must listen to him, and when he becomes a manager, he would never know the sufferings of his employees and would always blame others. For this kind of people, who may be good academically, they may be successful for a while, but eventually they would not feel a sense of achievement. They will grumble and be full of hatred and fight for more. If we are this kind of protective parents, are we really showing love or are we destroying our children instead?

You can let your child live in a big house, eat a good meal, learn piano, watch on a big screen TV. But when you are cutting grass, please let them experience it. After a meal, let them wash their plates and bowls together with their brothers and sisters. It is not because you do not have money to hire a maid, but it is because you want to love them in a right way. You want them to understand, no matter how rich their parents are, one day their hair will grow gray, same as the mother of that young person. The most important thing is your child learns how to appreciate the effort and experience the difficulty and learns the ability to work with others to get things done.

Try to forward this story to as many as possible…this may change somebody’s fate.

Strike up a conversation…

We can live on the same road for decades and never learn the names of those we share a street address with. We can use the same corner shop every time we buy a newspaper or coffee and still have no idea about the person selling it to us.

TCOY Challenge:  I invite you to become aware: to look up, look around and really notice those you come into contact with. Strike up a conversation in the process, and learn their name. It’ll be important later on…

 
As I see it, there are no strangers, simply folks I have not yet spoke with.  Use Toby Mac’s song “SPEAK LIFE” as an inspiration!
 

Neighborhoods are changing; people connect less and look to the floor more. People are lost in their iPods, news streams, Twitter and Facebook. Throughout the day I see people waiting in lines and they don’t speak, smile or connect. There is no need – they can connect virtually with people around the world and never connect with their neighbor with whom they stand shoulder to shoulder.

 
Be the change you want to see in this world.  A smile or kind word costs nothing but could be the ray of sunshine that makes another person’s day a little better.  We all have challenges and yet when we look up and outside ourselves, opportunities are presented to be the light in a dark world. 
 
Choose to be the light and bring joy into the day…for it is in giving that we receive.   Coach Lucy

20 Ways to say “I Love You”

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Whether it be your customers, friends, family …in short, do unto others as we would want done to us. It’s truly the little thing that make a BIG difference.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

  1. Answer the phone
  2. Answer your email
  3. Be proactive
  4. Be empathetic
  5. Be transparent
  6. Do the dirty work for them
  7. Show up
  8. On time
  9. Remember their birthday
  10. Admit when you’re wrong
  11. Apologize
  12. Mean it
  13. Make it better
  14. Be available
  15. Don’t lie, ever
  16. Make them look good to their boss/spouse/family/friends
  17. Surprise them with extras from time to time
  18. Never make them look or feel dumb for asking
  19. Congratulate them for little things
  20. Give them your undivided attention when they need it

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Give Hope and Encouragement

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We had about 10-12 inches of snow dumped on us in KS yesterday. Today, I had two young entrepreneurs knock on my door and asked if I’d like my driveway shoveled. Personally, I enjoy the workout, beauty of the fresh white snow and quiet time when I shovel (even though this was tempting as it was so much snow). I declined but offered them a cup of hot cocoa. They smiled and said YES.

I opened up the garage door for them to wait for me. When they told me they’d been out for two hours and their feet were numb, I invited them in my kitchen to rest and warm up while they drank the cocoa.

As we talked further, they told me they were ready to quit after my house. NOT ONE HOUSEHOLD had taken them up on their services! I was blown away…12″ of snow and people are stuck in their houses and yet all declined.

Since I had made some homemade white chili in the crockpot yesterday, I asked if they’d like a bowl. They were thrilled and said yes. They had not eaten breakfast. Eh gads. My heart sank the more we talked. They ventured out in the cold weather to help others and make a few dollars only to be turned away on empty stomachs and left with a disheartened spirit.

They said I was the only kind person they had met this morning. Others were polite but not kind. I couldn’t understand it myself so I wanted to encourage and help them.

After they finished, I gave them some oranges for later and a hug. I also told them which direction to go that I thought they might get some business. They left with HOPE and I’m glad God guided them to me. A small thing really, but I wanted to share this story because it is so easy not to realize the impact a simple gesture can make.

Everyone is fighting a battle of some sort. When you realize this, your heart becomes more inclined to want to see beyond your own struggles. Be the light in a dark situation…HOPE is a wonderful thing.

FOUR HOURS LATER…UPDATE – The two guys just stopped back by my house to thank me.  They said “We took your advice and headed where you told us and everyone we asked said yes.  As a matter of fact, people were flagging us down asking us to come and do their house next!  Thank you so much for your help, it made all the difference.”

Life is good!  Be of good cheer and encouragement.   JJ Weeks song,  “Let them see you” comes to mind.

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