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Motivation Mondays: For Our Fathers #fathersday

10/06/2019

“When it comes to Father’s Day, I will remember my dad for both being there to nurture me and also for the times he gave me on my own to cultivate my own interests and to nurture my own spirit.” Jennifer Grant

Motivation Mondays: For Our Fathers #fathersday

Motivation Mondays: For Our Fathers #fathersday

We looked up to our father. He still is much greater than us. Wynton Marsalis
Being a father has been, without a doubt, my greatest source of achievement, pride and inspiration. Fatherhood has taught me about unconditional love, reinforced the importance of giving back and taught me how to be a better person. Naveen Jain
One of the greatest titles in the world is parent, and one of the biggest blessings in the world is to have parents to call mom and dad. Jim DeMint

Happy Father’s Day: As we approach yet another Father’s Day this coming Sunday the 16th, I am reminded of the lasting impact our parents have on our lives. They raise us, set us free to live through our own destinies, and then they stay close to our hearts and minds forever speaking in our ears about seizing life with both hands, about dos/don’ts, and even the what ifs. I can still hear my Dad’s voice in my ears even though, he passed away 3 decades ago. Whenever I feel the stresses of life clouding my path, I hear him say gently… “Don’t be afraid. Have courage.”

READ: Amidst the Deluge: Abundant Love for Father’s Day 2009
On Father’s Day: The Gift of Wisdom 2010
On Father’s Day: Memories of Love Lost & Found… 2011
Motivation Mondays: Honoring Father’s Day 2018

Family BY MARILYN NELSON
My master/father sent me up from South
Carolina to Boston as a nine-year-old.
My mother’s illiterate silence has been a death.
I wonder if she still labors in his fields.
His sister, dutiful but cold as snow,
gave me a little room in her house, below
the stairs with the Irish servants, who hated me
for the fatal flaw in my genealogy.
For the first time in my life, I am at home
in this bevy of scholars, my first family.
Here, the wallpapers welcome me into every room,
and the mirrors see me, not my pedigree.
My sisters, Jerusha, Emilia, Elizabeth …
But Mama’s unlettered silence is a death. Via poetryfounation.org

 

A Story – Advice A Dad Would Give
Soyen Shaku, the first Zen teacher to come to America, said: “My heart burns like fire but my eyes are as cold as dead ashes.” He made the following rules which he practiced every day of his life.
In the morning before dressing, light incense and meditate.
Retire at a regular hour. Partake of food at regular intervals.
Eat with moderation and never to the point of satisfaction.
Receive a guest with the same attitude you have when alone.
When alone, maintain the same attitude you have in receiving guests.
Watch what you say, and whatever you say, practice it.
When an opportunity comes do not let it pass you by, yet always think twice before acting.
Do not regret the past. Look to the future.
Have the fearless attitude of a hero and the loving heart of a child.
Upon retiring, sleep as if you had entered your last sleep.
Upon awakening, leave your bed behind you instantly as if you had cast away a pair of old shoes.
Source: Zen Flesh, Zen Bones

 

“This is the price you pay for having a great father. You get the wonder, the joy, the tender moments – and you get the tears at the end, too.” Harlan Coben

Motivation Mondays: For Our Fathers #fathersday

Motivation Mondays: For Our Fathers #fathersday

It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was. Anne Sexton
One of the greatest gifts my father gave me – unintentionally – was witnessing the courage with which he bore adversity. We had a bit of a rollercoaster life with some really challenging financial periods. He was always unshaken, completely tranquil, the same ebullient, laughing, jovial man. Ben Okri
I imagine God to be like my father. My father was always the voice of certainty in my life. Certainty in the wisdom, certainty in the path, certainty always in God. For me God is certainty in everything. Certainty that everything is good and everything is God. Yehuda Berg

Father’s Day Matters: On this and every Father’s Day, the love we have for our dads, granddads, brothers, husbands, and sons will be celebrated. My dad was the rock of our household and held a special place in my heart. Like other dads, he wanted the best for his kids and gave us his best. Each year, I offer an invocation in which I name the men in my family and other male figures. I offer it again this year as its message still rings true: I send Happy Father’s Day wishes to all who have shared sacred space and stories with their kin.
♥I pay homage to Ochiagha, my beloved late father whose blessings, love and generous spirit continue to flow even in his absence.
♥I send warm heartfelt thanks to Rich, loving dad to A and A; an all-around good and loving soul.
♥I send loving shout-outs to Dike, Ikem, Richard Ik, and Princewill, my brothers and loving fathers too.
♥I send kudos to Uncle Tony, Chuks, our global leaders, and all the strong, striving dads out there in the world.

READ:- Inspiration: Happy Father’s Day… 2012
Remembrance: Happy Father’s Day 2014
Happy Father’s Day & International Yoga Day: 20 Things That Matter 2015
Food Files: Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Anecdote for Fathers by William Wordsworth
I have a boy of five years old;
His face is fair and fresh to see;
His limbs are cast in beauty’s mold
And dearly he loves me.

One morn we strolled on our dry walk,
Or quiet home all full in view,
And held such intermitted talk
As we are wont to do.

My thoughts on former pleasures ran;
I thought of Kilve’s delightful shore,
Our pleasant home when spring began,
A long, long year before.

A day it was when I could bear
Some fond regrets to entertain;
With so much happiness to spare,
I could not feel a pain.

The green earth echoed to the feet
Of lambs that bounded through the glade,
From shade to sunshine, and as fleet
From sunshine back to shade.

Birds warbled round me – and each trace
Of inward sadness had its charm;
Kilve, thought I, was a favoured place,
And so is Liswyn farm.

My boy beside me tripped, so slim
And graceful in his rustic dress!
And, as we talked, I questioned him,
In very idleness.

‘Now tell me, had you rather be,’
I said, and took him by the arm,
‘On Kilve’s smooth shore, by the green sea,
Or here at Liswyn farm?’

In careless mood, he looked at me,
While still, I held him by the arm,
And said, ‘At Kilve I’d rather be
Than here at Liswyn farm.’

‘Now, little Edward, say why so:
My little Edward, tell me why.’ –
‘I cannot tell, I do not know.’ –
‘Why this is strange,’ said I;

‘For, here are woods, hills smooth and warm:
There surely must one reason be
Why you would change sweet Liswyn farm
For Kilve by the green sea.’

At this, my boy hung down his head,
He blushed with shame, nor made reply;
And three times to the child I said,
‘Why, Edward, tell me why?’

His head he raised – there was in sight,
It caught his eye, he saw it plain –
Upon the house-top, glittering bright,
A broad and gilded vane.

Then did the boy his tongue unlock,
And eased his mind with this reply:
‘At Kilve there was no weather-cock;
And that’s the reason why.’

O dearest, dearest boy! my heart
For better lore would seldom yearn,
Could I but teach the hundredth part
Of what from thee I learn. Via interestinglisterature.com

A Story – The Boat Of Life
“The boat is coming to take me home because I have failed in my studies here at the monastery,” said the boy to his teacher. “What can I say to my family?”
“Say that you did your best and that is as much as anyone can do,” answered the teacher.
“But I wanted to be a famous monk and teach others.”
“You can.”
“How?” asked the sad boy.
“Live from your heart. I will show you. Do you see that boat making its way across the lake with the sun setting behind it?”
“Yes.”
“Do you see its wake spreading across the lake?
See how the boat looks like the apex of a golden triangle as the wake fans out from its bow.”
“Sort of.”
“Squint,” said the teacher. “That boat is you as you leave the monastery. The lake is your life. The wake
is the effect that you will have on the world. Each ripple triggers another ripple, which triggers another. By constantly striving to live as wise and loving of a life as you can, you can teach the path of love to everyone you meet simply by being yourself; a few of these people will pass on your good example to others. Thus the expanding golden wake of good works begets other good works. Most important, notice how each ripple catches the sun and bounces its light back to heaven…”
“Would you come home with me and explain all of this to my father?” asked the boy. via Zen Stories

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for MAR-APR 2019 are:

MAY

05/01   –  01 MAY Day, Holocaust Remembrance, National Mental Health Awareness month
05/05  –   05 Cinco de Mayo, 06, Ramadan starts, 07 National Teacher Day
05/12 –   12 Mother’s Day, 18 Armed Forces Day
05/19   –  19 Mental Health Awareness month
05/26 –    27 Memorial Day, 30 World MS Day

 

JUN

06/01   –  01 SUMMER, 06 D-Day,
06/09  –   09 Tony Awards, 13 St Anthony
06/16 –   16 Father’s Day, 19 Juneteenth, 20 World Refugee Day, 21 International Yoga Day,
06/23   –  24 St John the Baptist, 26 Against Illicit Trafficking, 
06/30 –    30 BET Awards

 

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Motivation Mondays: Tips For June

03/06/2019

“And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days.” James Russell Lowell

Motivation Mondays: Tips For June

Motivation Mondays: Tips For June

Tips For June: June is the first month of the summer season and a great time to revisit the goals we set for the year. It is also the perfect season to start that exercise routine we skipped and get ready for all the wonderful colors and trips summer can bring. June always puts a smile on my face because it reminds me of the warm and colorful blooms to come after months of freezing temperatures, snowfall, and minimal color in nature. As the wildlife around me start to come out of hibernation, and the shoots from perennials planted many seasons ago poke their heads to the top of the soil, I breathe a sigh of relief and thank my Creator for the return of life.  Yes, it is an experience worthy of comment, especially if you have lived through a terrible winter season. Come back later for a few tips to help you enjoy the month and beyond.

 

A Memory Of June Claude McKay
When June comes dancing o’er the death of May,
With scarlet roses tinting her green breast,
And mating thrushes ushering in her day,
And Earth on tiptoe for her golden guest,

I always see the evening when we met–
The first of June baptized in tender rain–
And walked home through the wide streets, gleaming wet,
Arms locked, our warm flesh pulsing with love’s pain.

I always see the cheerful little room,
And in the corner, fresh and white, the bed,
Sweet scented with a delicate perfume,
Wherein for one night only we were wed;

Where in the starlit stillness we lay mute,
And heard the whispering showers all night long,
And your brown burning body was a lute
Whereon my passion played his fevered song.

When June comes dancing o’er the death of May,
With scarlet roses staining her fair feet,
My soul takes leave of me to sing all day
A love so fugitive and so complete. via poemhunter.com

 

We Real Cool BY GWENDOLYN BROOKS
The Pool Players.
Seven at the Golden Shovel.

We real cool. We
Left school. We

Lurk late. We
Strike straight. We

Sing sin. We
Thin gin. We

Jazz June. We
Die soon. via poetryfoundation.org

 

 

“Wine and cheese are ageless companions, like aspirin and aches, or June and moon, or good people and noble ventures.” M. F. K. Fisher

Motivation Mondays: Tips For June

Motivation Mondays: Tips For June

Motivation Mondays: Tips For June

Motivation Mondays: Tips For June

 

Tips For June: – Take time to smell the flowers, revisit your goals for 2019, get fit for the languid days of summer, plant some seeds, celebrate Juneteenth, and share your gratitude for all the good in your life. What would you add to this? “And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days.” Stay tuned as I gather more to come soon!

 

There Is A June When Corn Is Cut by Emily Dickinson
There is a June when Corn is cut
And Roses in the Seed—
A Summer briefer than the first
But tenderer indeed

As should a Face supposed the Grave’s
Emerge a single Noon
In the Vermilion that it wore
Affect us, and return—

Two Seasons, it is said, exist—
The Summer of the Just,
And this of Ours, diversified
With Prospect, and with Frost—

May not our Second with its First
So infinite compare
That We but recollect the one
The other to prefer? via poemhunter.com

 

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for MAR – APR 2019 are:

MAY

05/01   –  01 MAY Day, Holocaust Remembrance, National Mental Health Awareness month
05/05  –   05 Cinco de Mayo, 06, Ramadan starts, 07 National Teacher Day
05/12 –   12 Mother’s Day, 18 Armed Forces Day
05/19   –  19 Mental Health Awareness month
05/26 –    27 Memorial Day, 30 World MS Day

 

JUN

06/01   –  01 SUMMER
06/09  –   TBD
06/16 –   TBD
06/23   –  TBD
06/30 –    TBD

 

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Motivation Mondays: Remember & Honor #MemorialDay

27/05/2019

“There is nothing nobler than risking your life for your country.” Nick Lampson

Motivation Mondays: Remember & Honor #MemorialDay

Motivation Mondays: Remember & Honor #MemorialDay

We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise the dead. Francis Amasa Walker
It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived. George S. Patton

Motivation Mondays: In Honor of Memorial Day – Today, we honor the brave men and women who served this great country and paid the ultimate price by giving their lives so we can live free. We honor and remember those who returned as survivors, witnesses, patriots, scarred. We honor all our servicemen/women around the world. Originally called Decoration Day, this special holiday began in response to the great loss of life during the American Civil War which, at its conclusion in 1865, had claimed the lives of over 620,000 men. In the early days, women would place flowers on the graves of fallen soldiers. By 1868, Major General John A. Logan designated it as an official day of remembrance.  In 1971, it became a federal holiday. In case you don’t know this, Memorial Day honors American servicemen/women who lost their lives at war while Veterans Day honors all who served; alive and otherwise.

Do you know someone who served and lost their life for this great country? Name a loved one you’d like to remember. Did you/yours serve anywhere in the world? Share a story so we can honor them all. May peace reign. I love Eric Burdon’s quote because it is a reminder that our servicemen/women came from a wide range of backgrounds and represented a microcosm of the world we inhabit. They had aspirations like all of us and their lives were cut short before they could realize all of their dreams an personal goals. Those who bore witness to the losses returned home with a shared burden of loss. Some returned with fragmented lives, others returned with a fervor in their hearts, determined to make changes for the better. “On Memorial Day, I don’t want to only remember the combatants. There were also those who came out of the trenches as writers and poets, who started preaching peace, men and women who have made this world a kinder place to live.”
READ: Memorial Day: Remembrance and Reflections
Memorial Day: Honor, Salute & Celebrate…

 

“As America celebrates Memorial Day, we pay tribute to those who have given their lives in our nation’s wars.”John M. McHugh

Motivation Mondays: Remember & Honor #MemorialDay

Motivation Mondays: Remember & Honor #MemorialDay

On Memorial Day, we will pause to honor and remember all the brave souls who paid the ultimate sacrifice – they gave up their lives so the rest of us can enjoy all the freedoms and advantages that come with living under a system that upholds the democratic process. Each casualty of war or MIA leaves behind loved ones, family members, and memories of what could have been… Their loved ones hold on to the hope that their death was pain-free, not in vain or that the MIA status will one day change. It rarely does. Each Memorial Day becomes a harbinger of reminders of loved ones lost to wars. Of interest, the Tomb of the Unknown soldier now remains empty as recent DNA testing was able to resolve the mystery of bones buried there. They belonged to an air force pilot by name of Lt Michael Joseph Blassie. He has since been reburied in his hometown.

How do we ever forget? We don’t. How do we forget the pain and suffering inflicted on both the victor and the vanquished? We don’t. Even as a side claims victory and the spoils of war, the loss of life and the deepening resentments that come from warring creates, on the losing side, animosity and a spirit of revenge. Where will it end? Look around you, we live in a fractious world with unequal access to resources and opportunities. The downtrodden look for answers. The resentments grow. War becomes the devastating solution, and its scars are indelible. Raise your hands in salute to our heroes, raise your hands also in a gesture of peace… We need peaceful coexistence in this world but it must begin in our homes and in our hearts.
READ: Memorial Day: Honor, Salute & Celebrate…
Motivation Mondays: Memorial Day

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for MAR – APR 2019 are:

APR

04/01   –  01 April Fool’s Day, 02 Autism Awareness, Equal Pay Day
04/07  –   07 World Health Day, 10 National Siblings Day
04/14 –   14 Palm Sunday, 15 Tax Day, 18 Holy Thursday, 19 Good Friday 
04/21   –  21 Easter Sunday/ Start of Passover22 Earth Day, 23 World Book Day
04/28 –    29 Remembrance Day, 30 Jazz Day

MAY

05/01   –  01 MAY Day, Holocaust Remembrance, National Mental Health Awareness month
05/05  –   05 Cinco de Mayo, 06, Ramadan starts, 07 National Teacher Day
05/12 –   12 Mother’s Day, 18 Armed Forces Day
05/19   –  19 Mental Health Awareness month
05/26 –    27 Memorial Day, 30 World MS Day

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