Saturday, September 19, 2009

A Special Request...

Prayer For The Day

I pray that I will find happiness in doing the right thing. I pray that I will find satisfaction in obeying spiritual laws.

No video or attempts at wit or humor today (well, maybe just a little)...
I have a special request for anyone who stumbles upon this post...

Anyone who really knows me is aware that I have serious difficulty asking for any kind of help. But today, like the prayer says, I am going to try to do the right thing. Today, I am going to really try to pay it forward.

Last June, my colleague Teri and I were at the end of year scholarship awards ceremony. And much to our dismay, we learned the scholarship set up for a former friend and teacher that suddenly passed away at a young age just a few years ago, had just run out of funds.

Apparently, this bad news must have been stewing in my friend Teri's brain. Because after she started reading my blog, she came up with an idea of her own. She started writing articles, as some of you might have seen on this blog, and planned to keep the scholarship alive with any revenue from the articles. So far she's made about 17 cents.

"If I can earn just a few pennies an article per month, I can do this," she said enthusiastically on Superintendent's conference day.

Yesterday, after work, even though I'm behind on my own work and blogging, I helped her set up a blog for her cause. I told her that I would do anything in my power to get the word out for her Pay it Forward Project.

So today, I humbly ask all of my friends and followers to...
*Visit her blog and subscribe
* surf her articles
*perhaps put her widget on your blog (you can grab it from my blog or hers)

I ask you to be a part of this rewarding pay it forward project.

If each and everyone of you that reads this, asks three of their friends to help out, and they tell three friends -- this might just work.

I love you guys... thanks for listening. And thanks for keeping me sober. xoxoxo


So you see, kindness really is contagious...

Can you please help Teri pay it forward? Visit her Blog

Monday, September 14, 2009

Talent -- Watch out Kanye West, I'm back...

Daily Inspiration

Talent is the ability to do easily that which others find difficult.

Lord, help me to recognize and value the abilities that I have been given and use them gratefully.

Simple trust in God is all that is required to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Lord, I love You. I trust in You. I am Your child.

Pay It Forward -- even though I'm struggling with these flu-like symptoms, I got up, went food shopping, cooked a pot roast then planted myself on the couch. When my daughter got home from college, she paid it forward by cleaning the place up.


My talents? I'm not sure... does being able to tie a cherry stem with my tongue count? Perhaps it's working well with weak, troubled students. Is that a talent? Hmmm, I'll have to think about that...

I truly believe I witnessed true 'talent' on television while watching the MTV music video awards last night.

A young country-pop singer, Taylor Swift, won an award for best female performance. While starting her acceptance speech, Kanye West , another artist, interrupted on stage adding his added his two cents that Beyonce should have won the award. (watch his ridiculous behavior in today's video).

But it wasn't until the end of the awards ceremony did I witness true talent, professionalism and kindness. When Beyonce won the last award of the evening -- the prestigious Video of the year award -- she paused then said, "I remember when I was 17 years old with Destiny's Child and nominated for an MTV music award. It was the most exciting moment of my life..."

Beyonce Knowles

Then she asked for the humiliated Taylor Swift to please come back onto the stage. Beyonce gave her moment in the spotlight to the young nineteen-year old rising starlet -- stepping back and allowing her to finish her acceptance speech.

Clearly God was doing his work through the superstar. Now, that's what I call real talent.


To my Readers: I went back to work last week (teaching high school). Between prepping for the 2 new classes and this horrible haunting cold, I've had difficulty bloggin this week. Thanks for all of your emails and messages. Hugs... xoxoxo

What are some of your talents?