October 19, 2015

Merry Monday…”Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Taken!”

Category: Thoughts — chuckie @ 12:20 am

All Aboard!!! And Merry Monday as we say at the start of the week here on the LifeTrain.  Here’s today’s song to go with the post and to start your week, KICK IT!

 Dear Passengers…The fact that you hopped the train to ride with me makes me owe you a debt of gratitude.  So, here’s a lesson for us all.  And if you like this please tell your peeps to hop the Train and check it out.

The lesson:

This Merry Monday I am publishing something I got from a friend in email.  It was one of those forwarded things everyone gets.  I usually read them quickly and delete them.  This one had a message that resonated with me so I thought I would share it in case you had not received it.mm3

When she sent it to me it came with the heading Charles Schultz Philosophy.  Before Iposted  it I Googled Charles Schultz Philosophy and found this on Snopes.   This was not written by Charles Schulz (this is the correct spelling of the Peanutscomic strip author) but by Dennis Fakes instead.  As my friend said when I wrote her this finding, “What can you believe any more?”  My answer to her was: definitely not email.  Still no matter who wrote it the message provides a reminder of who is important in your life. Here is the message:

You don’t have to actually answer the questions. Just ponder on them.

Just read the e-mail 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 head liners 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 four 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.


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

Merry Monday…

All Aboard!  The LifeTrain!


October 17, 2015

“Legally Speaking” with Attorney Ewing Carter III…

Category: Thoughts — chuckie @ 12:45 am

Hey Passengers, Here’s a  tip offering we have a periodic visit from the LifeTrain Attorney, Ewing Carter III.  His website:  www.ecarterlaw.com will give you a complete background of his credentials and service offerings.


Chuckie:  Good day Sir, welcome back aboard!
EC III:  Conductor!  Glad to be back, thanks for having me.

Chuckie:  Well Sir, let’s get right to it.  A Passenger sent me the following for us to discuss.

I was in a car wreck last week.  I thought I was okay; however, my back is still hurting from the other driver hitting my car in the rear.  The insurance company has been calling but I haven’t spoken with them yet. I’m driving around with a smashed bumper. What should I do?

EC III:  Well, first things first.   Return the insurance company’s phone call.  Most likely, a claims adjuster has been assigned to investigate this matter and to assist all parties involved in this collision.  The person who hit you from behind is considered the Tort-Feasor or negligent driver.  The insurance company that provided coverage to the tort-feasor’s vehicle is responsible for paying out on any valid claims up to the policy limits.  First, the adjuster is going to want a recorded statement from all parties involved in the accident.  Secondly, after assigning negligence to their driver, the insurance company will attempt to persuade you into a quick, cheap settlement.  Thirdly, that settlement involves you signing a Release of Claims giving up your right to any future remedies you may be entitled to.  My advice is to consult with a personal injury attorney at your earliest convenience.  The consultation is free and should be informative.

Chuckie:  Are there different types of claims in the area of car accidents or is it one size fits all?
EC III:  Good question.  Typically there are two types of claims involved in a car wreck:  Property damage and Bodily Injury

1) The property damage claim –deals with providing you with a rental car while your vehicle is being repaired, or providing you monies for your “totaled” or totally lost vehicle as a result of the accident.  Generally, your vehicle is considered totaled, when the repair cost exceeds 75% of the fair market value of the vehicle.  In most cases, insurance adjusters are accommodating during this phase.  Consulting Kelly Blue Book or any of the vehicle valuation services can insure you that you’re being treated fairly.

2) The bodily injury claim(s) – deals with actual injury to your body, the corresponding medical treatment, medical bills, lost wages incurred, as well as pain and suffering.  With respect to bodily injury claims, the insurance company’s goal is to save money.  Most attorneys that practice in this area are aware of the pitfalls awaiting unsuspecting, injured persons.   Most if not all attorneys handle these matters on a contingent fee arrangement which means no out-of-pocket money on your part.    Although the general statute of limitations or “time frame” for filing a claim with the Court is 3 years, my suggestion is to seek advice as soon as possible.

EC III:  Within the topics of property damage and bodily injury are corresponding sub-topics which will be addressed in more depth, in future interviews with you Sir.  But, for now that should give the passengers some initial considerations.


October 5, 2015

Your voice matters…

Category: Thoughts — chuckie @ 9:42 am

Hey passengers, I hope your week is progessing in a “SUPER FANTASTIC” way!  Continue to join me in making sure we always see the glass as half full this week.  And then, let’s work to fill the rest.  As you board today I hand you a white business card with black raised lettering.  It reads:

“Our story and loving ourselves through that process is one of the bravest thing that we will ever do.” 

Fill the rest...

Fill the rest…

When it comes to taking on a creative endeavor—or even just putting ourselves out there in ways large and small—one of the (many) ways we get ourselves stuck is by saying we don’t have anything new to offer.

What am I adding to the conversation that hasn’t already been said, we ask. This has been done to death, we worry.

Such a disservice to our own unique voices, I say. Not to mention the people who need to hear them.

Your experience matters more than you know, and sharing it could create the permission someone else needs to do the same.

It’s true: there’s a whole lot of similar content out there. We want to learn something new, be inspired, feel something special, be moved—and so we judge, because we feel cheated when we don’t get that.

We have all sorts of ways of writing off “derivative” work. And if we happen to have already started telling our stories publicly (as I have recently, finally!), the internal pressure to keep it fresh can threaten to stifle us further.

Gradually, I’ve learned that what we’re really seeking is integrity—the spark that comes from getting fired up about something and letting people see us there.

No one’s gotten your perspective on a topic yet. No one’s heard it the way you’d say it.

Even the most done-to-death idea might be waiting for you to breathe new life into it, because you approach a subject with your one-of-a-kind combination of life experience, personality traits, and philosophical leanings.

Your worldview, and your work, is yours alone. But your vitality is contagious, as is the courage you demonstrate when you bring it.

In reality, you don’t know what others have seen or heard or experienced. Your audience is largely unknown—particularly if your goal is to connect beyond your immediate circles.

If you’re bored by your work, that’s one thing; if you stall because you’re concerned about others’ judgment, understand that judging yourself first doesn’t serve you (as protective as this may feel).

Yes, we want a positive response; but releasing your honest work into the world is gratifying for its own sake. If your inner critic prevents you from doing even that, you’ll never get to know the positive impact you might make.

You’ll never feel the joy of hearing how your work has led someone to think of something in a new way; the warmth of learning that your work has come into someone’s life at just the right time; or the thrill of seeing how your ideas have inspired people to do something similar!

Share your tree of knowledge...we need to hear it...

Share your tree of knowledge…we need to hear it…

Creating, self-promoting, or speaking up might take time, but it’s worth it.

So, shy folks, if you feel moved to comment on something, go for it, because the passion that’s prompted your voice—and the vulnerability it takes to offer it—is what people want to feel.

Speaking your heartfelt truth is deeply satisfying, both to do and to witness. And, paradoxically, it’s that sharing of yourself that lets us all feel more connected.

So passengers, share your truths.  Share your experiences….

Your voice needs to heard.

All Aboard!  The LifeTrain….

And one last thing…This week…well listen to the words of this song:
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