2010 Boom or Bust?

Do you know how to turn your resolutions into reality? I must admit that I don’t! I have failed so many times in the past at making my resolutions work that I honestly wasn’t ever going to make any again!

Seriously…I know that’s not very positive but it’s the truth, I was so discouraged by my repeated failures that I was ready to quit! And remember “I am Mr. POSITIVE!” so this quite frankly was very disturbing to me. After a while I calmed down and spent some time thinking, reading and researching resources to help me with this problem. I found the solution this past October.

I met “The Goals Guy” Gary Ryan Blair just 92 days ago when I entered his 100 Day Challenge program to finish 2009 strong and set up 2010 as my best year ever. Now I know that I can really make my resolutions stick this year! (Sadly, most people give up on their resolutions by the end of January)

I am committed and determined…this is my year!  I am writing this because I would like the same for you, your best year ever, whatever that means to you, I want you to be healthy, happy, prosperous so I thought I would share what I truly believe to be my best shot at making this all happen, if you’d like to learn more watch this short video, it makes sense to me. Let’s make 2010 our best year ever! Happy New Year!

Got Resolutions? Are you ready for success… I AM!

http://www.goalsguy.com/Affiliate/tgg.php?id=1035015_6_1_165

Here’s proof…

“Gary, your help in putting together my own personal strategic plan in the midst of all of the general chaos of my business has been invaluable. Your insight, which I’ve now outlined in my personal strategy to push for a promotion, and raise, which should exceed $3,500, more than justifies the small investment I’ve made out of pocket for your services. Quite honestly, I could not have done it without your help. Thank You!

Sean Thompson
Mass Markets Project Manager – IBM Corporation

Got Resolutions? Are you ready for success… I AM!

http://www.goalsguy.com/Affiliate/tgg.php?id=1035015_6_1_165

 

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Happy ‘HOLY’ Days!

Finally, for all who are writing about me “selling out” or being “politically correct” because I chose to say “Happy ‘HOLY’ Days” instead of their preferred term. I say please understand that I run an “International Newsletter” with people who are also celebrating special Holy days at this time of year.

In December people celebrate special days like, Bodhi Day, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, The Winter Solstice, etc. all of which are ‘Holy Days’ and I while you or I may not celebrate them Billions of others do! Hence my inclusive message to all (can you tell this is a pet peeve of mine…sorry I’m working on it but seriously people…can’t we all just get along and bless each other? Isn’t that the real message of the season any way?). 

What are your thoughts…do you Agree or Disagree? You can share your thoughts by commenting on this article.  Again, Happy HOLY Days and a Very Happy New Year! 

–David

PS I am working for a world where we all respect each others faith, culture and traditions. Let’s celebrate what we have in common that’s my HOLY day wish for all.

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What’s the best thing you did in 2009?

I want to know “What’s the best thing you did in 2009?”    All you have to do is click the button below to Comment on this post and add your story to share with the world. It’s easy…also if you could list the City/Town and Country in your comments I would appreciate it! 

Ok, the best thing I did in 2009 is: I put my health and well being first and released over 50lbs. of excess weight! I feel great…

Now please click on the word comment below (Lower right corner of this post), scroll to the end of the page and share with the world “What’s the best thing you did in 2009?”

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One family’s journey during this economic downturn.

Below is a true story that really moved me. It’s about one family’s journey during this economic downturn and I just think it’s wonderful how the have responded to their personal crisis with hope, faith and love. Be sure to read what their 10 year old son wrote from his perspective…it’ll touch your heart.

“Hi David ! My wife shares all your emails with me. I’m looking forward to one day meeting you.

This is our story in a nutshell. It’s amazing what a difference a day makes. America is the richest country in the world.And as Americans we totally take a lot of things for granted. With my family ,I have always been able to provide and live very comfortably. My wife was a stay home mom for 13 years.And I work as a skycap for the # 1 airlines,at one of the busiest airports in the country. Working solely on tips,we were never short on cash.

The crisis of the economic down fall finally hit our house,like a big fist.  The company I worked for over 10 years lost the contract. I now had to re- apply with the new company, and pray I have a job.Not only did they cut my hours ,I’m now only working 3 days a week solely on tips,talk about FAITH!

I sent out mass loads of resumes with no response.We had a padding of about 40k in our personal account.But as days and weeks went by,and the the non stop of bills and not to mention mortgage. We watched that deplete rapidly to almost zero.

It was causing a major strain on our marriage,bodies,and most of all  our FAITH. We were faced with some major and drastic decision’s. We lived in a beautiful neighborhood . One we had always dreamed about.We had a brand new 5/3, 3,500 sq ft  home,with pool,whirlpool, and all the bells and whistles.But due to financial constraints.We were forced to move to
a 1100 sq ft 3/2 very old house.It already came with lots of roommates, the kind with 4 to 8 legs and wings.Some of them were so excited we were moving in,that a few were laying on their backs dead from all the excitement of the new tenants.

As a man ,and the head of my household. I was at an all time low.I felt as if I was letting my family down.Battling all kinds of  emotions,depression,anger,sadness you name it I felt it.

The only thing I could cling to was my FAITH.One day my wife was really complaining to GOD. She asked him why did this happen to us? She heard a still soft voice in her soul speak to her.

The LORD said” Look at what you  have instead of what you no longer had” She looked into the refrigerator and saw we have 2 stocked with food.She began to cry from conviction, because there are people in Orlando without food or a roof over their head.

She shared this with me and the kids,and ask how we would feel about serving and feeding the homeless.We thought it was a great idea and a way to really appreciate what we have. As we bagged up all the meals, our son wrote on all the bags ” God loves u” The response we got was overwhelming.The hardest part was turning away hungry faces when we ran out of food.

The ride home was very quiet,we cried and fought back tears all the way home. When we finally got home and had our meal for the night,everything looked and tasted different. And our humble home didn’t look so bad after all.

Our family now looks forward to serving not the homeless ,but our new friends. Thanks for letting us share our story! God Bless!” Ellis and Silvana Moore, Orlando, FL, USA

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A night with the homeless by: Ellis Moore (Age 10)

Every Saturday or Sunday night my family and I go out and feed the homeless people in the city of Orlando. There are thousands of people across The United States with out food or shelter. My family and I have been doing this for several months.

We wanted to see what it was like in the life of a homeless person. One special thing I like to mention is, my family and I do not eat before we begin are journey. So we know how it feels to be hungry.

All of the areas we go to are very dangerous. We go on streets such as, Orange blossom trail, Parramore, Gore street, Colonial dr , and Down town Orlando.

We all get together in the kitchen and prepare the food. Some of the meals are sandwiches and cookies and a bottled of water. Sometimes my mom prepares a steaming hot delicious meal. We then bag them all up to feed 30 or more people.

I like to write a special notes on the bags like, “God loves you”. Before my family And I get into the car we ask God for protection in a family prayer.

A lot of people misunderstand homeless people. Not all homeless people are drug addicts or bad people some are really nice. Some of them just had bad things happened to them.

At first when my family and I went out on the street we had to earn there trust. Because a lot of people are mean to them for no good reason. But now that they see us every week they trust us. We even know some of their names. We all have to remember that these are people that have feelings.

Some of them shake our hands for giving them food, and thank us. Some of them do really funny dances because they are happy.

We have become really close with this man named Tony and his wife. They have all of their personal belongings in shopping carts. After meeting with them several times he has told us a lot about his life. He graduated from collage and has a PHD. He used to teach French and, Spanish. He graduated from Howard University.

After we get done feeding the homeless ,it makes me appreciate what I have at home. Sometimes it makes me sad, and makes mom cry. I love feeding the homeless, and making a difference in someone’s life.

–Ellis Moore (Age 10)

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I AM THANKFUL

I Am Thankful By David Boufford

I am thankful for God, I am thankful for my life.

I am thankful for my family, I am thankful for my friends.

I am thankful for all the people who let my into their lives with my newsletter.

I am thankful for my mistakes for they have been my greatest teachers.

I am thankful for the food I enjoy so easily.

I am thankful for clean water to drink and bathe with each day.

I am thankful to be part of a loving and kind world.

I am thankful for all the people in this world right now.

I am thankful for all the teachers that helped me grow along the way.

I am thankful for my health and I am thankful for easy access to health care.

I am thankful for my business partner Adam.

I am thankful for my ability to help others grow and chase their dreams.

Now if you want to share what you are thankful for please post below in the comments section…THX, David

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“Washing the dishes to wash the dishes” by Thich Nhat Hanh

Thirty years ago, when I was still a novice at Tu Hieu Pagoda, washing the dishes was hardly a pleasant task. During the Season of Retreat when all the monks returned to the monastery, two novices had to do all the cooking and wash the dishes for sometimes well over one hundred monks.

There was no soap. We had only ashes, rice husks, and coconut husks, and that was all. Cleaning such a high stack of bowls was a chore, especially during the winter when the water was freezing cold. Then you had to heat up a big pot of water before you could do any scrubbing.

Nowadays one stands in a kitchen equipped with liquid soap, special scrubpads, and even running hot water which makes it all the more agreeable. It is easier to enjoy washing the dishes now. Anyone can wash them in a hurry, then sit down and enjoy a cup of tea afterwards. I can see a machine for washing clothes, although I wash my own things out by hand, but a dishwashing machine is going just a little too far!

While washing the dishes one should only be washing the dishes, which means that while washing the dishes one should be completely aware of the fact that one is washing the dishes.

 

At first glance, that might seem a little silly: why put so much stress on a simple thing? But that’s precisely the point. The fact that I am standing there and washing these bowls is a wondrous reality. I’m being completely myself, following my breath, conscious of my presence and conscious of my thoughts and actions. There’s no way I can be tossed around mindlessly like a bottle slapped here and there on the waves.

 

The cup in your hands

. . . There are two ways to wash the dishes. The first is to wash the dishes in order to have clean dishes and the second is to wash the dishes in order to wash the dishes. . . .

If while washing the dishes, we think only of the cup of tea that awaits us, thus hurrying to get the dishes out of the way as if they were a nuisance, then we are not “washing the dishes to wash the dishes.” What’s more, we are not alive during the time we are washing the dishes.

In fact we are completely incapable of realizing the miracle of life while standing at the sink. If we can’t wash the dishes, the chances are we won’t be able to drink our tea either. While drinking the cup of tea, we will only be thinking of other things, barely aware of the cup in our hands. Thus we are sucked away into the future – and we are incapable of actually living one minute of life.

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