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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A Different Christmas Poem



The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.

The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.
The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the
sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.

Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"
For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts…

To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
Then he sighed and he said, "Its really all right,
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night.
"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.

No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
My Gramps died at ' Pearl on a day in December,"
Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ' Nam ',
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.”
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
“I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.

I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."

"So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."
"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son."

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."

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PLEASE, would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our U.S service men and women for our being able to celebrate these festivities. Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us.

LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN
30th Naval Construction Regiment
OIC, Logi stics Cell One
Al Taqqadum, Iraq


Thursday, November 20, 2008

I Believe I Can Fly

I used to think that I could not go on
And life was nothing but an awful song
But now I know the meaning of true love
I'm leaning on the everlasting arms

If I can see it, then I can do it
If I just believe it, there's nothing to it

I believe I can fly
I believe I can touch the sky
I think about it every night and day
Spread my wings and fly away
I believe I can soar
I see me running through that open door
I believe I can fly
I believe I can fly
I believe I can fly

See I was on the verge of breaking down
Sometimes silence can seem so loud
There are miracles in life I must achieve
But first I know it starts inside of me, oh

If I can see it, then I can be it
If I just believe it, there's nothing to it

Hey, cuz I believe in me, oh

If I can see it, then I can do it
If I just believe it, there's nothign to it

Hey, if I just spread my wings
I can fly
I can fly
I can fly, hey
If I just spread my wings
I can fly
Fly-eye-eye

Queen - We Are The Champions (Live At Wembley 86)

Friday, November 14, 2008

The Journey Of A Dog

When you bring a dog into your life, you begin a journey - a journey that will bring you more love and devotion than you have ever known, yet also test your strength and courage.

If you allow, the journey will teach you many things, about life, about yourself, and most of all, about love. You will come away changed forever, for one soul cannot touch another without leaving its mark.

Along the way, you will learn much about savoring life's simple pleasures - jumping in leaves, snoozing in the sun, the joy of puddles, and even the satisfaction of a good scratch behind the ears.

If you spend much time outside, you will be taught how to truly experience every element, for no rock, leaf or log will go unexamined, and no rustling bush will be overlooked. Your pace may be slower - except when heading home to the food dish - but you will become a better naturalist, having been taught by an expert in the field.

Too many times we hike on automatic pilot, our goal being to complete the trail rather than enjoy the journey. We miss the details - the colorful mushrooms on the rotting log, the honeycomb in the old maple snag, the hawk feather caught on a twig. Once we walk as a dog does, we discover a whole new world. We stop; we browse the landscape; we kick over leaves, peek in tree holes, look up, down, all around. And we learn what any dog knows: that nature has created a marvelously complex world that is full of surprises, that each cycle of the seasons brings ever-changing wonders, each day an essence all its own.

Even from indoors you will find yourself more attuned to the world around you. You will stop to observe the swirling dance of windblown leaves, or sniff the air after a rain. It does not matter that there is no objective in this; the point is in the doing, in not letting life's most important details slip by.

You will find yourself doing silly things that your pet-less friends might not understand: spending thirty minutes in the grocery aisle looking for the perfect doggie birthday treats, or driving around the block an extra time because your dog enjoys the ride. You will roll in the snow, wrestle with chewie toys, and bounce rubber balls till your eyes cross - all in the name of love.

Your house will become muddier and hairier. You will buy more lint rollers. You may find dog biscuits in your pocket or purse and find the need to explain. You will learn the true measure of love - the steadfast, undying kind that says, 'It doesn't matter where we are or what we do, or how life treats us as long as we are together.' Respect this always. It is the most precious gift any living soul can give another. You will not find it often among the human race.

And you will learn humility. If you pay attention and learn well, when the journey is done, you will not be just a better person, but the person your pet always knew you to be - the one they were proud to call beloved friend.

I must caution you that this journey is not without pain. Like all paths of true love, the pain is part of loving. For as surely as the sun sets, one day your dear companion will follow a path you cannot yet go down. And you will have to find the strength and love to let them go. A pet's time on earth is far too short - especially for those that love them. We borrow them, really, just for awhile, and during those brief years they are generous enough to give us all of their love - every inch of their spirit and heart, until one day there is nothing left.

The dog that only yesterday was a pup is all too soon old and frail. The youth with boundless energy wakes up stiff and lame, the muzzle now gray. Deep down we somehow always knew this journey would end. We knew that if we gave our hearts they would be broken. But give them we must for it is all they ask in return. When the time comes, and the road curves ahead to a place we cannot see, we give one final gift and let them run on ahead - young and whole once more.

'Godspeed, good friend,' we say, until our journey comes full circle and our paths cross.

The Federal Reserve is Engineering the Economic Collapse

o most Americans, the Federal Reserve is just another name on their dollar bill. They don't know that this secretive private bank controls America's entire economic system. The Federal Reserve is no more federal than Federal Express. Created with no constitutional authority in 1913, the Fed prints money out of thin air and loans it to the U.S. treasury at interest. This can only lead to one outcome: debt. Currently, the Federal Reserve is printing billions of dollars to bail out Wall Street while destroying the middle class and the dollar. If our country wants a sound and transparent monetary system, we need to abolish the Federal Reserve and bring the power back to the American people.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

That's All

This video brings back a lot of special times with Tark.

A special collection of my random thoughts about Tark, Maggie (our 18 yr. old yorkie-died 6/07), special times, our kids, life together, family, friends, business, animal rescue, loving and especially gratefulness.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Root Yourself In Success

1. Observe yourself!
2. Get amnesia.
3. Allow people their lessons.
4. Reverse the negative .. affirm something new.
5. Do something different.
6. Sit on yourself.
7. Reverse your descriptions and labels.
8. Release resentments.
9. "Cut to the chase" - better known as "Get to the point."
10. Don't ask why.
11. Stop! Stop! Stop!
12. Wait!
13. Show up!
14. Own your 50%
15. Be 100% accountable.
16. Look.
17. LISTEN. "Laying on of ears."
18. Do what's in front of you to do.
19. Less effort, more results.
20. Surrender.
21. Ask.
22. Make a new label, paint a new picture, sing a new song.
23. Rage reduction.
24. Give away what you want.
25. Teach people how to treat you.
26. Initiate integrity.
27. Commitment.
28. Stay in a loving space.
29. Reach out and touch someone.
30. Write, write, write.
31. Teach independence.
32. Establish interdependence.
33. Allow 10-17% dependence.
34. Withholding brings separation and pain.
35. Embracing brings acceptance.
36. Appreciation raises self-esteem, self-esteem increases productivity.
37. Reduce all nagging, complaining, and criticizing to one minute or less.
38. Get a life!
39. Use your imagination.
40. See yourself or the person in question "as if" they already are successful.
41. Release your attachments to the outcome.
42. Discipline with love, logic and firmness.
43. Expect the BEST.
44. Teach boundaries, allow boundaries, have boundaries.
45. There are always two options.
46. Before you can change anyone else, you must first change yourself.
47. Check your mirror!
48. See yourself as an opportunity seeker.
49. REFUSE to accept the negative.
50. Extend your reach, extend your capability.
51. Embrace success, own it, wear it, model it for others to see and affirm.
52. Use words that heal.
53. Turn it over to a higher power, quicker, sooner, faster.
54. K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Sweety)
55. Get off it!
56. See the humor, have a laugh, give up and smile!
57. Nevertheless.
58. Going through the "red lights" of life.
59. Tell the truth quicker, sooner and faster.
60. Sleep on it!
61. Forgiveness, release & putting love first.

? 1991, Mary Robinson Reynolds

Make A Difference

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Gratefulness

Words of Wisdom From Andy Rooney

They're written by Andy Rooney , a man who has the gift of saying so much with so few words.

I've learned.... That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

I've learned.... That when you're in love, it shows.

I've learned.... That just one person saying to me, 'You've made my day!' makes my day.

I've learned.... That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

I've learned.... That being kind is more important than being right.

I've learned.... That you should never say no to a gift from a child.

I've learned.... That I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to help him in some other way.

I've learned.... That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

I've learned.... That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

I've learned.... That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.

I've learned.... That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

I've learned.... That we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for.

I've learned.... That money doesn't buy class.

I've learned.... That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular .

I've learned... That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.

I've learned.... That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

I 've learned.... That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

I've learned.... That love, not time, heals all wounds.

I've learned.... That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.

This video was created by Tears Of Joy Videos.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

It's Only Life - Wilson Phillips

Hey, do you know what's going on
Do you?
Come on, play it!
Are you awake
Have you anything to say
Are you aware of what surrounds you
And all the times you tried to please everyone
Can you admit it doesn't matter?
Ooh there's never a dull moment in my life
And I don't mind the ride
Don't live a lifeless life
When you could be living it right
Don't be one to be led
It's a heavy world in my small world
Get up get out of bed
Ooh there's never a dull moment in my life
And I don't mind the ride

CHORUS:

Don't you know it's only life
It's only life
Taking you on a constant flight
Don't you know that it's only life
There is no wrong there could be no right
Whatever you're doing
However you're doing it
You'll be living your life
Yes it's only life
So there is no wrong, no right
Ooh it's a constant flight

Movin' on...
Are you awake
(I don't think I heard the answer)
Is there no one on the other line
No
It's a heavy world in my small world
But I'm feeling just fine
Ooh there's never a still moment in my life
And I don't mind the ride

CHORUS:
Life
Don't you know
It's only life
It's only life
I'm crying
I'm crying
Don't you know it's only life
Taking you on a constant flight
Don't you know that it's only life
There is no wrong there could be no right
Whatever you're doin'
However you're doing it
You'll be living your life
Don't you know it's only life

And everyone pushes to get by
We go here
We're going there
Somebody tell me why
Don't you know that it's only life
There is no wrong
There could be no right
Whatever you're doing
However you're doing
You'll be living your life
Don't you know it's only life
Don't you know it's only life...

Monday, November 03, 2008

Social Traffic - Our Media Scape Has Changed Forever

By far, this is one of the best explanations about Social Networking I have ever seen. I can now explain to my family and friends why I love Facebook and YouTube so much. Now you can understand why I have over 1,750 friends on Facebook!

Numa Numa

Sunday, November 02, 2008