Frog In A Tree

Last week during a conversation with a good friend (Bianca) of many years and interesting cluster of words were formed. The phrase in question was “A frog in a tree”. I remember an occasion while I went out for a leisurely stroll at night. As I approached a patch of shrubbery I was startled by the sound a movement of some kind. I paid no mind to where I was walking and came really close to steeping on a frog. I do not have a phobia of the slimy amphibian. However, I’m not going to follow Princess Tiana’s (from the Disney movie The Princess and the frog) footsteps and lock lips with Kermit the Frog’s distant cousin.

“It is no use trying to sum people up. One must follow hints, not exactly what is said, nor yet entirely what is done.” – Virginia Woolf

How often do we miss subtle clues or hints that a friend, significant other, teacher, spouse, etc. may be sending us? These clues if picked up on can assist in strengthening a relationship (Like most guys, I tend to miss the majority of these clues). These hints may be warning signs or even cries for help that can easily go unnoticed if we are too consumed with ourselves or snuggled to tightly in our cocoon of life.

We all need to make a greater effort to recognize and efficiently respond to the needs of those around us.

“People will teach you how to sell them if you’ll pay attention to the messages they send you.” – Anonymous

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Golden Achievement!

I’m sure for the last week we’ve all been bombarded by the jaw dropping spectacle of events known as the Olympic Games. If you have been living underneath a smooth, spherical rock on the Galapagos Islands its fine if you didn’t know the Olympics were taking place in London at this very moment. I’m always floored by the manner in which athletes are inspired to perform at a level which exceeds their expectations in order to win a gold medal and watch as his/her country’s flag is elevated to harmonious sounds of the respective national anthem. During this Olympics we are often treated to opportunities to watch athletes squeeze every ounce of will out of their bodies to push themselves to break and set world records. We were also given the opportunity to drink from the cup of inspiration while watching double amputee Oscar Pistorius realize his dream of competing in the Olympics against able-bodied athletes.

“The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become.” –Harold Taylor

How have you achieved? How have you making strides to become all that you can be? Are you even trying to achieve?

We have many opportunities to push ourselves to win a gold medal in achievement as we compete during our Olympic Games of life. An individual doesn’t need to be a finely oiled or sculpted athlete to achieve in the highest field of human endeavor. Achievement blossoms out of your will or desire to beat the odds and become better than you were before.

“Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny spark of possibility inside you into a flame of achievement.” –Anonymous

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Judge Me Not!

In society today there is a virus that is spreading as fast as a juicy gossip amongst high school students during lunch period. The virus in question is the practice of undeservedly placing judgment on others. The word “judge” can be defined as forming an estimate or evaluation of; especially to form a negative opinion about.

How often do we find ourselves judging others without any possessing an ounce of incriminating evidence that could hold up in the court of law? We are often quick to judge an individual based on what we see rather than taking the time to get to know the individual for who they are. We may even judge others in a negative light for the sheer purpose of making ourselves look better via false confidence.

We all plead guilty to first degree count of judging others. I am no different. There was an occasion where I met a guy at a function I was attending. This guy (keep in mind this is no exaggeration) was covered from neck down in tattoos. He had more piercings than a van full of screaming Justin Bieber fans. His attire came straight off page 24 of the Gothic edition of GQ men’s magazine. I placed unwarranted judgment on this guy. However, I was floored by the intelligence by which he spoke. He was a man of great character and full of ambition. I learned a great lesson that day; don’t judge.

“Don’t judge men’s wealth or godliness by their Sunday appearance.” – Benjamin Franklin

We should not be quick to judge those around us. No one wants to be judged, so why do we unfairly judge others?

When you think about judging the speck of dust in an individual’s eye ensure that you have removed the large clump of dust out of yours!

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Habit@ for Humanity

We’ve all at one point or another acquired a behavioral pattern that has become almost involuntary. We perform these actions with pin point precision and accuracy. Unfortunately, we have the tendency to develop a few bad habits as we wake board along life’s river. They may come in the irksome or intrusive form of nail biting, knuckle cracking, cuticle picking, chronic coughing, or throat clearing.

“Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of.” – Anon

I too have my share of bad habits. During my high school years I started cracking my knuckles. I got to the point where I would crack my knuckles unconsciously. I adopted an addict-like dependency on daily hits that came in the form of knuckle cracking. I took me a few years but I was able to free myself from the wretched clutch of my knuckle cracking habit. (Now I need to work on my back and neck cracking habit)

What bad habits do you need to make a greater effort to eradicate?

Do you have the habit of tearing others down with your sharp axe-like words? Do you struggle with the need to embellish in order to paint the portrait of your life using watercolors more appeasing to the eyes of others? Are you one to “pass the buck” and place blame one everyone but yourself? Do you adopt the negative side of a situation due to a fear of disappointment?

“First we form habits, then they form us. Conquer your bad habits, or they’ll eventually conquer you.” – Dr. Rob Gilbert

Don’t miss the opportunity to snag your golden egg of success because your beanstalk of life experienced growth stunted by bad habits!

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