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Monday, February 14, 2011

This is what I want for Valentine's Day

This is the kind of love I want to give and get for Valentine's Day.

Love is patient,
love is kind.

It does not envy,
it does not boast,
it is not proud.

It does not dishonor others,
it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects,
always trusts,
always hopes,
always perseveres.

Love never fails.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Babysitting, Girls weekend, & Monster Jam - Stories about Intent

I promised in my last post we'd talk about intent. Rather than put my consultant teachy preachy hat on, let me just tell some stories. My intent is for these stories to help get us more centered around understanding the power of our intentions.

I have a cousin that runs a daycare out of her home. Which to me says she's already an angel because I wouldn't last 2 days!

Here's the thing about her intent.

She could easily bring those kids in every day and throw down a few PB&J's around 11:30 and collect a paycheck each week. But that's not her intent. She takes her role in raising these kids to heart. Sure, she does the fun stuff, the games, the hugs, the warm and fuzzy. She also takes on the tough stuff. The hard questions that come from young girls teased on the school bus, the tough questions about times that are hard at their own homes. And she doesn't take any crap .... because she cares. She's helping to shape the lives of these young people with patience and kindness. She's not just waiting around until their mom and dad get home from work, she's raising these kids. See the difference intent makes?

One more for today.

A couple of weeks ago I went with a gaggle of girlfriends for a weekend in the city to shop, drink, dance, and laugh. A quick escape from the day to day toughness of a working mom with two kids. Key word, my intent was to escape my normal life and rejuvenate.

The first morning I get a call from my handsome husband. He needs help getting some tickets to Monster Jam for him and the boy. Since I'm downtown anyway ...... (insert the sounds of screeching tires and broken glass). At that moment I was crushed, my escape had been foiled.

I'll save you the domestic disturbance that took place over cell and text for the next hour or so.

Then I stopped and I breathed and I sipped my Starbucks to regroup. I reminded myself that my husband had absolutely no intentions of ruining my weekend. He is practical and tactical and his phone call was one of efficiency not malicious intent. He wasn't out to ruin my weekend.

I had the power to let his call ruin my day or I could remind myself that his intent was pure. It just accidentally crashed into mine. And to be fair, I didn't set any expectations that I wasn't taking calls as a mom for the weekend. So I threw back the last of my latte and remembered that if anyone could pull out a killer Monster Jam weekend, it was my husband. He's built a lifetime around last minute heroic deeds. I would simply go on with my weekend of festivity and friendship as I had intended.

Sure enough, later that evening I saw the Facebook check in that Dad and Dude were sucking fumes at Monster Jam and having a blast. I 'liked' his comment and ordered a bourbon to celebrate everyone aligning with their original intent.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

What Is Your Intent?

What is your intent?

Ask yourself this a lot today.

Intent applies to your words, your mood, your look, your meals, your career, your education.

Intent is a big deal we take for granted.

Your intention can be a magnet. Setting the right intent is key to taking control of your own life.

It is also key to building trust with others.

We'll spend some time here on Random Thoughts digging into to understanding intent.

For today I ask that you get in tune with your intent. Then we will dig a little deeper into what that means for you and your relationships. We'll look at what you say, what you don't say, and what you post on Facebook. Intention is everywhere, let's pay more attention.

This is a series that is not Random at all, very intentional.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Dear Christina Aguilera, It's okay.

Last night in the midst of a crowd of friends we listened to Christina Aguilera belt out the National Anthem. I had chills. Her voice is truly a gift from God. We all cheered and clapped and commented on how unbelievable she is.

It wasn't until later when I checked Twitter that I learned that she had botched some of the words. I was so caught up in the emotion I hadn't noticed.

It always disturbs me how cruel people can be. How ready some people are to point out the mistake. Those that revel in a screw up. Some called it disrespectful. Some said she should have practiced more. There were more. I say "ick" to it all.

When is the last time any of those folks stood in blinding lights to do anything in front of 106 Million People. In fact, how many of those critics have stood and faced their fears to reach out and discover their gifts and put them out for anyone to see?

Could we please spend more time applauding courage, cheering for those that have found their voice, literally and figuratively?  Just think how many more would venture out and just try if there weren't so many 'haters' ready to blast your mistakes on Twitter.

This was Christina's response to the Associated Press:
"I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through."

So to you Christina I say, What could be more patriotic in this country than to rise up and spend your life sharing your gifts with the world. In that moment of blinding lights, we remember that you're just a girl who has faced her fears and charged on to do what God has built you to do. My guess is He's already forgiven you and the haters will find someone else to criticize today. So bravo strong girl. I hope my little girl finds her voice and her gifts from God and faces the fear of the blinding lights head on.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

What about those 52 Thoroughbred horses?

On Tuesday February 1st, I found this post on Facebook

copied from a friends post.........52 thoroughbred horses need homes.Will go to Sugarcreek this Sat. for slaughter. Owner died and his son wants nothing to do with them. Most broodmares are broke. some are in foal weanling, yearlings, 2 and 3 yrs old most are gelded. *FREE and papered*. Friend of the deceased is trying to find homes 440-463-4288 or 440-...463-4288 Barnesville, OH.

I hit share and reposted. Seemed like the right thing to do. I love horses and I love helping people. I then sent out a Tweet about it.

I saw at least 5 Facebook friends repost it before I went to bed. At least that many ReTweeted it as well.

Today I wake up and people are contacting me wanting an update on the horses and sending me ideas on rescue programs. People care. Facebook and Twitter give them a place to put that into action.

I became intrigued about this story. I must admit there was a tinge of, "this better not be a hoax". I called the phone number. Mailbox was full.

I started Google searching. 23 pages of posts on every imaginable website. Sure there were the horse people sites but there was also dog people, cat people and then just people. Sites for consumer advocacy on pricing, catheters, virtual assistants, and one that had sex in the title. I didn't want to click there on my company's network!

I found the obituary on Dr. Stearns and comments about what a great man and veterinary business he ran. He was 89 and his wife Nancy had gone before him. He had owned the Euclid Vetinarian Hospital since 1948. His funeral is today.

My guess is he loved those horses. But none of the thousands of people that chose to spread the word about his beloved horses knew him or his bride Nancy, or had ever been to Euclid Veterinary Hospital. All we had was our human spirit that is bathed in kindness. And we had Facebook, Twitter and our websites and blogs. A way to connect our human spirit for the greater good.

So what about the horses.  I found this Facebook update. I have left a message for Lynn asking to interview her about this story.  I hope after the funeral today there is a huge dinner to honor Dr Stearns, and also to honor Lynn who cared enough to reach out for help and to the thousands that responded. The human spirit is alive and well in the social networks today.

Rest in Peace Dr. Stearns. Your horses will live on. Their colts will be born this spring, because people care.

by Lynn Boggs on Monday, January 31, 2011 at 9:40pm
UPDATE to everyone of my friend new and old, to all those that helped me in any way they could,wether you adopted to refered people or offered services. Typeing this is soo hard for me because an era has ended. Harmony hills farm is no more. i am proud that its legacy did not go down with these beautiful horses going to slaughter. thanks to all of YOU all horses are now adopted. Bless ALL of you for helping me!!!! Please everyone say a prayer that these horses are with loving people
special thanks to Katie who took so many. and to Bob and Teresa at the farm whom i ran ragged these past 3 days. BLESS YOU ALL