Your Soul Food Friday for Nov 21st 2014: Armistice, Creativity, Love, Learning, Purpose and Pictures

 Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

Another View of Veterans Day

               Armistice Day

Creativity: Life Hacks

               46 Things Every Human Being Needs…

Love ALL of It

               By Jon Gordon

Learning: Spotlight on Education

               December 3rd 2014 Featuring Karen Cator of Digital Promise

Purpose: Start with WHY

Your Golden Circle Starts with your PURPOSE

Pictures to Make You Grin

               Levity is the Soul of Wit

Mission Fed Invests One Million Dollars

in Financial Education with JA Finance Park

Another View of Veterans Day The following excerpt is from Kurt Vonnegut’s novel, Breakfast of Champions:

I will come to a time in my backwards trip when November eleventh, accidentally my birthday, was a sacred day called Armistice Day. When I was a boy, and when Dwayne Hoover was a boy, all the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the Voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind.

Armistice Day has become Veterans’ Day. Armistice Day was sacred. Veterans’ Day is not.

So I will throw Veterans’ Day over my shoulder. Armistice Day I will keep. I don’t want to throw away any sacred things.

What else is sacred? Oh, Romeo and Juliet, for instance. And all music is.

Creativity: Life Hacks

These are brilliant!

Epic Dash

Love All of It– Jon Gordon

I sat for a while staring at the computer screen. I couldn’t write. Not even a sentence. It had been a week since I started to write a new book but I had nothing. Each December I write a new book and it usually flows well, but not this time. This time I was filled with fear.

Fear that I would disappoint the people who enjoyed my other books. Fear that I couldn’t live up to the success of The Energy Bus. Fear that people would say my best writing was behind me. Fear that I would write a piece of junk.

I knew I had to conquer this fear and in that moment I was filled with thoughts that would not only help me overcome my fears but also become a significant lesson in the book I was writing, The Carpenter.

I realized the antidote to fear is love. So instead of the fear of failing I decided to focus on my love of writing, my love for the reader, and my desire to make a difference. From that moment on the book flowed, I wrote it in 2 1/2 weeks and discovered that if you focus on love, you will cast out fear.

Today I want to encourage you to do the same and build your life, work, business, school, project and team with love instead of fear. Remind yourself that if you aren’t building it with love it won’t become all that it can be. Only through love will you create something special, magnificent and compelling. Only through love will you build a masterpiece.

So if you are trying to build a business focus on the love you have of building it rather than the fear of losing it. If you work at a school focus on loving your students instead of fearing all the new testing standards. If you are a young athlete, dancer, musician or artist, focus on your love of playing and performing instead of your fear of failing. Worrying about the outcome and what people think will steal your joy and sabotage your success but loving and appreciating the moment will energize you and enhance your performance.

And if you are a coach or manager building a team, remember that that whatever you try to build with fear will eventually crumble. But that which is built with love will endure. If you build your team with love they will become more and do more than you ever thought possible. Most of all, as you build with love, know that you will face many challenges and negative forces that can shift your focus back to fear if you let it. When this happens decide to LOVE ALL OF IT. When you love all of it you will fear none of it.

Love the struggle because it makes you appreciate your accomplishments.

Love challenges because they make you stronger.

Love competition because it makes you better

Love negative people because they make you more positive.

Love those who have hurt you because they teach you forgiveness.

Love fear because it makes you courageous.

The secret to life and the greatest success strategy of all is to love all of it and fear none of it.

Learning: Spotlight on Education

               December 3rd 2014 Featuring Karen Cator of Digital Promise

If you are local the Spotlight on Education series is definitely worth your time!

Spotlight Flyer 2014 2015 – Karen Cator (2)

Purpose: Start with WHY

Your Golden Circle- Start with your PURPOSE

Learn to Communicate from the Inside Out.

People don’t buy what you do. People buy why you do it!


Pictures to Make You Grin

Furry Friends

Mission Fed Invests One Million Dollars

in Financial Education with JA Finance Park

Fiannce Park

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Thanks this week go to Larry H, Ginger T, the teams at Mission Fed, The Education Synergy Alliance, USD’s ELDA, UCSD’s EDS, & Real World Scholars doing Wicked Good Work!

See the Change You Want to Be in the World

Be the Change You Want to See in the World”




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