Monday, July 27, 2009

can you be used?

It happens to all of us that there are certain days that you just feel that there is something wrong. It all migth be the same and look the same, but deep inside you feel that there is something that you have not accomplished that particular day. Human beings were designed to affect their environment. It is in their nature. It is in their DNA. But when you get used to your environment, when you stop affecting your environment, then you stop doing what you were created to do. Can you imagine a pencil not being able to write?

Many years ago i went to visit the local Zoo in the city i was born, and i clearly remember one animal that captivated me then. It was the "Arpia Eagle". It was such a majestic animal, with powerful wings capable of taking her way above any other bird, powerful eyes, capable of locate animals miles away, etc. It seemed to me that every single thing in that animal was powerful. However her feathers were all messed up, because she had not used them for a while.

Every time i feel that i am not fulfilling my purpose, i have to picture myself in the same cage the eagle was, and look deep inside myself to see if there is any purpose left inside. What would happen if you received a bad medical report, and you were told you had just a couple of days left? Would you be doing what you are doing today? every day? Chances are you are not, and maybe, just maybe you would be able to be happy if you stop doing what you are supposed to be doing and you begin to fulfill your purpose.

Can you be used by god to be a blessing in some one's life? Would you allow yourself to stop being so busy minding your own business that you can actually think a little about others? Only then you will realize that you can not be complete until you give what you have received, OR what you want to receive. There is a lot of people that would like to be used by God, but they don't feel that they are ready or able...

Today it will all come together, and you will be able to see that the only way to harvest is planting a seed of whatever it is that you are looking for, and help others find their purpose in life. Only then you will feel the joy knowing that there is nothing missing, and that every thing you do will transform your life while you transform others. Please, Let him use you. You wont regret it...

Friday, July 17, 2009

Would you have made the same choice?

This is not my story, but I just had to share this one………

    Would you have made the same choice?


“At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question: ‘When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does, is done with perfection.

Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do.

Where is the natural order of things in my son?’

The audience was stilled by the query.

The father continued. ‘I believe that when a child like Shay, who was mentally and physically disabled comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child.’

Then he told the following story:

Shay and I had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, ‘Do you think they’ll let me play?’ I knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but as a father I also understood that if my son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.

I approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and said, ‘We’re losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we’ll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning.’

Shay struggled over to the team’s bench and, with a broad smile, put on a team shirt. I watched with a small tear in my eye and warmth in my heart. The boys saw my joy at my son being accepted.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay’s team scored a few runs but was still behind by three.

In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as I waved to him from the stands.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay’s team scored again. Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.

At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game?

Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn’t even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.

However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside for this moment in Shay’s life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact.

The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed.

The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay.

As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher. The game would now be over.

The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game.

Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the first baseman’s head, out of reach of all team mates.

Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling, ‘Shay, run to first! Run to first!’

Never in his life had Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base..He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.

Everyone yelled, ‘Run to second, run to second!’

Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to the base.

By the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball. The smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance to be the hero for his team.

He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher’s intentions so he, too, intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman’s head.

Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home.

All were screaming, ‘Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay’

Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him in the direction of third base, and shouted, ‘Run to third!

Shay, run to third!’

As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators, were on their feet screaming, ‘Shay, run home! Run home!’

Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his team

‘That day’, said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, ‘the boys20from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world’.

Shay didn’t make it to another summer. He died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making me so happy, and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!

May your day, be a Shay Day.”

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Attitude is part of the equation...

I have been reading a lot of different blogs and publications lately, and all of then are trying really hard to give people a chance to change. People need to do things different, and all of those blogers, writers and gurus are telling just that. You need to change. The first part of that is that if you want to have results you haven't yet achieved, then its very likely that you need to do something you have not yet do. Different processes will produce different results;

Up to here no one will disagree with me; but what will you say if i tell you that even with the best process, whole new strategies and with all the coaching in the world you are still condemned to failure... Unless you change your own personal approach to the situation, to your business, or your life. There is some points you need to remember if you want your life to really boost where you want to be.

1. You cant change your circumstances. Its out of your power to change the facts. Yes, there are bad news out there. Yes, there are thousands of people being fired, but there is nothing you can do about the facts, those circumstances. What can you control? Your response to them. Your attitude. A single change of attitude when having a problem at your house before you leave to work has the power to change the outcome of your whole day. Why are we able to destroy a wonderful day just because things didn't went our way?

2. Your Thoughts will determine where your goals are. If you allow the poison of negative thinking to infect your mind, every other effort you make to succeed will fail. The central command is in your head. There, your brain send the orders of all that you will or wont achieve. You have to transform yourself by transforming your mind. What are you going to allow there? Do you really think successful people have time or patience to be negative?

3. Be grateful; This not only will show you that you are already on your way to success, but will be the stepping stone to keep your good work. When you feel grateful you give value to what you have, what you have achieved, and what you are today. Without that value is impossible to keep growing.