April 29, 2012

Sunday Jazz Brunch W/Chuckie…

Category: Thoughts — chuckie @ 4:31 pm

April 24, 2012

Tuesday’s Tip…Tips from Charles Schulz and Dr. Seuss

Category: Thoughts — chuckie @ 1:00 am

Hey Passengers!  WELCOME ABOARD!.  Well it’s Tuesday…and as per protocol I try to provide a LIFE tip or TECH tip or LOVE tip…most Tuesdays anyway depending on my mood or how much coffee I’ve had to the point of this post.  Today I share from two of my favorite tipsters, Dr. Seuss and Charles Schultz.

The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip.  You don’t have to actually answer the questions just ponder on them.

Just read  the post straight through, and you’ll get the  point.
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.

4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?
The point  is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday.  These are  no second-rate achievers.  They are the best in their fields.  But the applause dies..
Awards tarnish.  Achievements are forgotten.  Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here’s  another quiz.. See how you do on this one:
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special!!
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

Easier?

The lesson:  The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials… the most money…or the most awards.  They simply are the ones who care the most.

Pass this post; send them  this site: www.ChuckieDaniel.com. Send to those people who have made a difference in your life, like I did (You!).

Parting thought:   “If someone spends a lot of time judging you… they aren’t a true friend. A true friend stands by you no matter what. They may not agree with you, and yes they may offer suggestions, but they still respect your right to make mistakes, voice your opinions, and follow the road in life you choose.”

OH!!!  AND THE GOOD NEWS!!! ‘Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in  Australia !’

Be Yourself. Everyone Else Is Taken!

 

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April 23, 2012

Merry Monday! Are we “JUST PENCILS?”

Category: Thoughts — chuckie @ 12:17 am

I think not, and perhaps you won’t either after reading the following story.  But first, where’s my manners…Merry Monday and welcome back aboard the Train. 

Everyone is like a pencil…created by the Maker for a unique and special purpose.  By understanding and remembering t, let us proceed this week with our life on this earth having a meaningful purpose in our heart and a relationship with God daily.

We all need to be constantly sharpened. The following parable may encourage you to know that you are a special person, with unique God-given talents and abilities. Only you can fulfill the purpose which you were born to accomplish. Never allow yourself to get discouraged and think that your life is insignificant and cannot be changed and, like the pencil, always remember that the most important part of who you are, is what’s inside of you.

A PENCIL MAKER TOLD THE PENCIL 5 IMPORTANT LESSONS JUST BEFORE PUTTING IT IN THE BOX:

1.) EVERYTHING YOU DO WILL ALWAYS LEAVE A MARK.

2.) YOU CAN ALWAYS CORRECT THE MISTAKES YOU MAKE.

3.) WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS WHAT IS INSIDE OF YOU.

4.) IN LIFE, YOU WILL UNDERGO PAINFUL SHARPENING, WHICH WILL ONLY MAKE YOU BETTER.

5.) TO BE THE BEST PENCIL, YOU MUST ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE HELD AND GUIDED BY THE HAND THAT HOLDS YOU.  CLICK IMAGES BELOW FOR A LARGER VIEW

April 16, 2012

“Be careful of your actions. You never know when your creating a memory.”

Category: Thoughts — chuckie @ 5:49 am

Hey passengers, As per protocol here on the train, here’s the glass of wine (mood music) to accompany today’s meal (writing/article).  So kick it off and…

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Welcome aboard once again, glad we are starting the week out together.  As I started my week off this morning I marveled with disappointment in myself.   Like most Homo-sapiens I sometimes lament over past mistakes and bad decisions.

It’s during these times that I tap into what is rather cathartic for me, turn on music and WRITE (about what’s troubling me).  So I headed to the keyboard, shaving cream still on my face.  All the while (LOL!) something was whispering to my spirit, my soul, psyche and mind about bad decisions made and what ifs.  What if at the fork in the road I should’ve gone left instead of right?  Why could I have made such a stupid decision?  Why am I not perfect, why am I not a Vulcan, devoid of emotions.  Why am I so, so human (LOL)? Fortunately I stay buried in research (and the Bible) so that at just such times of doubt I can refer to logic, faith and Christ.

I quickly reminded myself that I cannot undo the past.  I also decided to share my thoughts so that when this type of thing hits you, maybe even this week you can employ some of my tools.  For example, as much as possible I will always try to obtain counsel. In difficult decisions it’s wise to get spiritual and practical counsel from the godly leaders in your life. A pastor, elder, parent, or simply a mature believer can often contribute important insight, answer questions, remove doubts and confirm inclinations. Make sure to choose individuals who will offer sound biblical advice and not just say what you want to hear.  Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.~ Proverb 15:22

Remember, and this a “BIG” one for me…Sometimes your heart and feelings can trick and mislead you.  And, sometimes you can be too heady, intellectual and become stuck in paralysis of analysis.  Don’t just “brainstorm.”   A more holistic approach is to engage your brain, heart and spirit.   This week, be prayerful asking God to speak to your heart and mind.

QUOTE:  “Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around.”

This week, join me in being creative and willing to think outside the box of comfort, tradition and people pleasing.  AND!  …and may we always remember we can’t afford to blame or expect everyone to understand and co-sign our decisions.

Another BIG one for me is to forever keep in mind is to NOT be in denial or fantasize.  We all must consider the alternatives, risks and consequences.

As you hop off the train I will hand each and every one of you an index card.  It reads:

How will our decisions this week (and going forward) impact our relationships, health, income, integrity, time, values, opportunities, career, character, education, travel, peace of mind, etc?

I suggest KAIZEN.  That is a Japanese word for gradual and continuous improvement.  …1/10 of 1% continuous improvement.

One more thing if I may…There may come a time this week when you might need to remember…”When the world comes tumbling down (running down) …Please, just…

“MAKE THE BEST OF WHAT’S STILL AROUND…”

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All Aboard, The LifeTrain!!!

 

 

April 10, 2012

Tuesday’s Tip: Wisdom of Wolves Leadership Lessons from Nature

Category: Thoughts — chuckie @ 12:35 am

Hey Passengers, welcome aboard!  I recently stumbled across a book by Twyman Towery, Ph.D., a professional speaker and consultant who studied the lessons of leadership in nature and has captured them in a new book for Simple Truths called the Wisdom of Wolves.  Twyman shares the parallels between the wolf pack and human behavior…in business, the family and how it impacts your personal life.

Twyman became interested in wolf packs after a grueling consulting project where the corporation he was working with had a group of executives trying to one-up one another and were generally stabbing each other in the back to get ahead. When he turned on public television that night he was transported to a different world, the milieu of the wolf pack, where teamwork, loyalty and communication were the norm rather than the exception.

Let’s take a look at the cliff’s notes version and then answer the question:  Can humans learn from Wolves?

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…On a personal note, I’ve learned that you have to sometimes lead  from the back of the pack…when necessary and when proper wisdom is employed.

All Aboard, the LifeTrain!!!

April 5, 2012

Thank you…God the Father for the gift and…

Category: Thoughts — chuckie @ 3:01 pm

God the Son for your obedience.  Dear Passengers, please enjoy…”The Passion of Christ”.

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Hopefully some of these will be inspiring for you: Jesus “IS” the reason!

Category: Thoughts — chuckie @ 1:01 pm

The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances. -Robert Flatt

Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there. -Clarence W. Hall

Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless. -Charles M. Crowe

Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life. -S.D. Gordon

Where man sees but withered leaves, God sees sweet flowers growing. -Albert Laighton

But from this earth, this grave, this dust, My God shall raise me up, I trust. -Walter Raleigh

For I remember it is Easter morn, And life and love and peace are all new born. -Alice Freeman Palmer

Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time. -Martin Luther

Easter tells us that life is to be interpreted not simply in terms of things but in terms of ideals. -Charles M. Crowe

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Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life. -S.D. Gordon

Easter is a time to rejoice, be thankful, be assured that all is forgiven so life extends beyond the soil of earth. -Byron Pulsifer

Earth’s saddest day and gladdest day were just three days apart! -Susan Coolidge

Spring bursts to-day, For Christ is risen and all the earth’s at play. -Christina G. Rossetti

If Easter says anything to us today, it says this: You can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there. You can nail it to a cross, wrap it in winding sheets and shut it up in a tomb, but it will rise! -Clarence W. Hall

Let the resurrection joy lift us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness. -Floyd W. Tomkins

The story of Easter is the story of God’s wonderful window of divine surprise. -Carl Knudsen