Archive | November 2010

Celebrate Thanksgiving 365 days a year

Thanksgiving is such an amazing day. A day to give thanks for everything we have, literally! This is one holiday where there are actually no gifts required, but just YOU showing up to share time with loved ones and be grateful for having each other. We often take so much for granted. Please take a moment to think how lucky you are to have the people in your life, how lucky you are to wake up every morning, how lucky you are to be able to see, to hear, to walk, to laugh, to love, to remember. Let’s start a list for everything we are grateful for and keep adding to the list every day!

I am sure most of you already saw Randy Pausch’s “Last Lecture,” but I would like to share it with you today, once again.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones.

Tell them every day that you love them

dying mom

Getting busy with everyday tasks, we often forget to take the time to hug our loved ones and tell them how much we love them. Dying mom Gemma Hogg wanted to make sure that her kids will always know how much they are loved. In her legacy of love, Gemma wrote down instructions for her husband on everything from recipes for the kids’ favorite meals to where to buy their shoes. These are her top 10 tips for raising her children.

1. Give them healthy school lunchboxes.

2. Don’t buy them cheap shoes.

3. Do Isabelle’s hair in ponytail for school.

4. Don’t shout at them.

5. Get in touch with your feminine side for Isabelle.

6. Take them to the dentist and look after their teeth.

7. No chocolate bars!

8. Tell them every day that you love them.

9. Don’t let them watch too much TV or play too many computer games.

10. Always sit down as a family to eat dinner.

Gemma wrote each of her children birthday cards up until they turn 21 and even made each of her children a cushion with an image of her hugging each child on it with the message, “For when you want to cuddle me, love Mummy.”

Weekly Inspiration: A Man Sells Potato Peelers to Send his Grandkids to College

peeler salesman

Every day, Joe Aders, can be found in New York city in his $1000, suit peeling potatoes and carrots in the middle of the street. This definitely grabs attention and very soon there are many people gathered around him. Joe says in his British accent ” This peeler is the finest ever made. Comes from Switzerland. Costs only five dollars. You can’t buy anything from Switzerland for five dollars these days.” Joe, is a salesman, and the most awkward thing he sold was Christmas trees in February… but he sold them, and he sold them well. For 60 years Joe Aders goes to work when sun rises until the sun sets. The reason? He already managed to send his daughter to Columbia University, but he wants to do the same for all his grandchildren. At the age of 74, he still works very hard to have the grandkids go to the best colleges. To the question “Do you ever take a vacation?” Joe replies “Life is a vacation! Every day is a vacation.”

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