Soul Food Friday for the First Week of October 2012

Happy Soul Food Friday!
This week:
What Love Means to a 4-8 Year Old

What Love means to a 4-8 year old . .

Slow down for three minutes to read this. It is so worth it.

Touching words from the mouth of babes.

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds,

‘What does love mean?’

The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined

See what you think:

‘When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.’
Rebecca- age 8

‘When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.
You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.’
Billy – age 4

‘Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.’
Karl – age 5

‘Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.’
Chrissy – age 6

‘Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.’
Terri – age 4

‘Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.’
Danny – age 7

‘Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss’
Emily – age 8

‘Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.’
Bobby – age 7 (Wow!)

‘If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,’
Nikka – age 6 (we need a few million more Nikka’s on this planet)

‘Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday..’
Noelle – age 7

‘Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.’
Tommy – age 6

‘During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.’
Cindy – age 8

‘My mommy loves me more than anybody
You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.’
Clare – age 6

‘Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.’
Elaine-age 5

‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.’
Chris – age 7

‘Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.’
Mary Ann – age 4

‘I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.’
Lauren – age 4

‘When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.’ (what an image)
Karen – age 7

‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross.’
Mark – age 6

‘You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.’
Jessica – age 8

And the final one

The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, ‘Nothing, I just helped him cry’

God Bless…

Thanks Larry H.

If you think your life is flying by and pretty insane then this should be a good reset:


Thanks Larry G.

Community Engagement and Serving the Community through Education

Like most credit unions, Mission Fed is a double bottom line organization. This means we measure our success not just strictly in terms of financial performance, but also with respect to social mission attainment. These are both integral parts of our organizational DNA. . The credit union movement was birthed on the notion of “people helping people and since time immemorial humans truly are “creatures of community”. For 50 years, as a member owned not-for -profit, we have served the San Diego community through education, providing time, treasure and talent via both our Community Relations department as well as our Mission Federal Credit Union Foundation to make a difference of consequence in San Diego.

Last month the MFCU Foundation provided support to the Foundation for Women, and other organizations that advance the cause of financial education, and I was privileged to attend the Foundation for Women’s 14th Annual Luncheon, “Honoring the Women in Our Lives”.

Here I learned some startling facts about our planet and our city.

20% of the world’s population owns 95% of the world’s wealth. In stark contrast, the bottom 20% of the world’s population, only owns 1% of the world’s wealth.

Within this wealth inequality there is significant gender inequality. Women do 2/3 of the work on this planet and produce ½ the food, yet they only earn 10% of the income and own just 1% of the land. In the US only 18% of the legislators are women compared to a whopping 56% in Rwanda. If you think this is just a problem in the developing world you are wrong! Today the local poverty rate is at a 50 year high with 33% of our 3.1MM population living 200% below the Federal Poverty Level & 80,000 women living in dire poverty right here in San Diego County…

Empowering Women and Young Girls is integral to making a difference in any community as this systemically moves the needle on lifting families out of poverty, fostering environmental sustainability, and bringing political stability.

Changing this reality is entirely different when you offer a hand up rather than a hand out and the Foundation for Women does just that with micro-financing and support programs.

Success without fulfillment is the ultimate failure.

You can find out more about the Foundation for Women at

Foundation for Women is one great representative example. There are many others…

Whatever your comfort zone, philosophy, or appetite, I urge you to seek out opportunities to support your community and its myriad of causes in any way you see fit and make magic happen!

Dreamforce 2012:

A couple of weeks ago I attended the largest technology conference on the planet with 95,000 registered attendees, 750 session options and keynotes from the likes of Sir Branson, General Colin Powell, Dr. Dean Ornish and Tony Robbins to mention a few. Keep an eye out for this movie, Escape Fire a compelling documentary on how we can save our badly broken healthcare system. You can see the trailer at:

Are You An Awesome Team Member? Would people want you on their team or put another way would you want to be married to yourself?

This blog from Peter Barron Stark asks the right questions!

Thanks Peter

What Helps Teachers Succeed?

Hear from a 2012 Teacher of the Year on What Helps Teachers and Students Succeed from  PBS NewsHour | Sept. 26, 2012 | PBS

Thanks Cathy

Upcoming Elections:

While walking down the street one day a Corrupt Senator, that may be redundant, was tragically hit by a car and died.
His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.
“Welcome to heaven,” says St. Peter. “Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we’re not sure what to do with you.”
“No problem, just let me in,” says the Senator.
“Well, I’d like to, but I have orders from the higher ups. What we’ll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity.”
“Really? I’ve made up my mind. I want to be in heaven,” says the Senator.
“I’m sorry, but we have our rules.”
And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.
The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course.
In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.
Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people.
They played a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and the finest champagne.
Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly guy who is having a good time dancing and telling jokes.
They are all having such a good time that before the Senator realizes it, it is time to go.
Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises.
The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens in heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him, “Now it’s time to visit heaven…”
So, 24 hours passed with the Senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.
“Well, then, you’ve spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity.”
The Senator reflects for a minute, then he answers: “Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell.”
So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell…
Now the doors of the elevator open and he’s in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage.
He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls to the ground.
The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulders.
“I don’t understand,” stammers the Senator. “Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there’s just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened?”
The devil smiles at him and says,
“Yesterday we were campaigning,
Today, you voted..”
Vote wisely on  November 2, 2012


Last but not least, enjoy these delightful Flower Rugs in Italy:

Click here!

Thanks Larry H.

Stay Soulful!

“There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

— Albert Einstein

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