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Thinking Like Siri – A Better Way to Get Through Life

Photo courtesy of Navigon

Photo courtesy of Navigon

A few years ago my wife and I took a trip to Costa Rica. Upon arrival we rented a car and headed out to our first destination which was a few hours away. I had a map so I figured I’d be in great shape. About 20 minutes into the drive I found myself practically lost in the tangle of unmarked streets and dirt roads. Frustrated, I turned to Siri for help. If you’ve ever been the passenger on a road trip with a man, you know how hard it is for us to ask for help.

I typed the address to our destination in my phone and instantly Siri had discovered the ideal route to get there. We were on our way.…

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Motivated Monday – What Constitutes Success

Success Chalkboard

     In 1905 a Boston magazine held a contest asking people to send in an essay about what constitutes success. A Kansas housewife named Bessie Stanley heard about the contest and submitted her essay. To her surprise she won the contest and the $250 prize that came with it. Later her essay was converted into a poem and then repeatedly misattributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson or Robert Louis Stevenson.

     Her simple definitions of the attributes of a successful person are a great reminder to all of us that success comes in many forms and in an infinite number of areas of life. Find something to improve on every day and you will find success!

Kris

WHAT CONSTITUTES SUCCESS

He has achieved success who has lived well,
laughed often and loved much;
who has gained the respect of intelligent men
and the love of little children;
who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;
who has left the world better than he found it,
whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;
who has never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty
or failed to express it;
who has always looked for the best in others
and given them the best he had;
whose life was an inspiration;
whose memory a benediction.

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Passing Through Life’s Storms

Riding in Life's StormsLast Tuesday morning I hopped on my bike for my early morning bike ride. I leave my house at 5 am so it is pretty dark out. I couldn’t see any clouds and the streets were dry but as I pulled out of my driveway, I could see lightening far to the north of me and also way down to the south. I figured that they were storms that had passed during the night and that I would have no problem on my ride. (I could write a whole other post about paying attention to the warning signs life gives us.)

For the first 10 miles of he ride,everything was perfect and I really enjoyed the cool morning air. Then the streets started getting really wet and it was obvious a lot of rain had recently hit the area.…

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Motivated Monday! – Playing the Game

Monday MotivationIt’s Monday again! Let’s start the week off right with this poem from an unknown author about the game of life. This poem in particular talks about daring greatly and doing more than just talking, we have to start doing.

Remember to write down your goals for this week today. It is amazing how much more you can get done with written goals! Make your game plan and then get in the game!

Kris

Playing The Game
Author Unknown

Life is a game with a glorious prize,
If we can only play it right.

It is give and take, build and break,
And often it ends in a fight;

But he surely wins who honestly tries
(Regardless of wealth or fame),

He can never despair who plays it fair
How are you playing the game?…

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What if money was no object?

This is such a hard principle to teach people because we have been programmed to think of success and satisfaction completely backwards.
I hope you enjoy it. Remember to chase your dreams!

Kris…

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I’ve Learned…

I’ve Learned…

leanred fromI’ve Learned…

that you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them.

I’ve learned-
that no matter how much I care, some people just don’t care back.

I’ve learned-
that it takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it.

I’ve learned-
that no matter how good a friend is, they’re going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

I’ve learned-
that it’s not what you have in your life but who you have in your life that counts.

I’ve learned-
that you should never ruin an apology with an excuse.

I’ve learned-
that you can get by on charm for about fifteen minutes.…

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