Soul Food for Friday, March 15th

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This was a big week for the Papacy with the first pontiff in history from the Americas

This picture from Saint Peter’s Square comparing 2005 and 2013 -post white smoke- speaks volumes about the changing nature of our world

Above all connect…


Who is the Susie in your life?
WET PANTS – Lessons from the 3rd Grade

Come with me  to a third grade classroom….. There is a  nine-year-old kid sitting at his desk and all of  a sudden, there is a puddle between his feet and the front of his pants are wet.

He thinks his  heart is going to stop because he cannot  possibly imagine how this has happened. It’s  never happened before, and he knows that when  the boys find out he will never hear the end of
it. When the girls find out, they’ll never speak  to him again as long as he  lives.

The boy  believes his heart is going to stop.

He puts his  head down and prays this prayer, ‘Dear God, this  is an emergency! I need help now! Five minutes  from now I’m dead  meat.’

He looks up from his prayer and here comes the teacher with a look in her eyes that says he has been discovered.

As the teacher is walking toward him, a class mate named Susie is carrying a goldfish bowl that is  filled with water.

Susie trips in front of the  teacher and inexplicably dumps the bowl of water in the boy’s lap.

The boy  pretends to be angry, but all the while is  saying to himself, ‘Thank you, Lord! Thank you, Lord!’

Now all of a sudden, instead of being the object of ridicule, the boy is the object of sympathy. The teacher rushes him downstairs and gives him gym
shorts to put on while his pants dry out. All the other children are on their hands and knees cleaning  up around his desk. The sympathy is wonderful.

But as life would have it, the ridicule that should have been his has been transferred to someone else – Susie.

She tries to help, but they tell her to get out. You’ve done enough, you klutz!’

Finally, at the end of the day, as they are waiting for the bus, the boy walks over to Susie and whispers,
‘You did that on purpose, didn’t you?’ Susie  whispers back, ‘I wet my pants once too.’

May God help us see the opportunities that are always around  us to do  good..

Are You Afraid of the Boogie Man?

This is the real boogie man and watch out, he is FAST and can get in your head!


 The Power of Words…

I shared this link some months ago on Soul Food Friday but it “came around” again so I thought it was worthy of a redux for yux


Many of you resonated with last week’s Happiness and Positive Psychology posts.

Here are two follow ups- one a clip and the other a website:

A School in the Cloud

This Award Winning TED talk on Education is truly inspirational!

Be courageous enough to do the unexpected and become a “Category of One”

I shared this at a Leadership meeting this week and many were moved, some to tears…


The next time you think you are unable, revisit this guy’s attitude and tenacity…

Got this from a friend of a friend

 Our National Parks are a Terrific Treasure! Put them on Your Bucket List

Enjoy these glorious pictures from God’s Country- Yellowstone

Click here!

Thanks this week go to Joseph, Larry, Mitch, Jillian, Frank, Jack, Mique and Fab

Pay if Forward!



I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in…

— John Muir

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