Teachers vs. Babysitters

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Teachers inspire the smallest hearts to grow big enough to change the world. Whether you have children in school now or you’re a grown-up who wants to send a thank-you gift to an influential teacher from your past, this short inspirational video is a great way to share a message of gratitude with, and for, educators.

 

A Little Advice

Originally posted on Misifusa's Blog:

treeNever cut a tree down in the wintertime.

Never make a negative decision in the low time.

Never make your most important decisions

when you are in your worst moods.

Wait.

Be patient.

The storm will pass.

The spring will come.

~ Robert H. Schuller

Every Sunday morning, my Mom would watch The Crystal Cathedral with Robert Schuller on TV.  I remember it well because his closing statement was, “God loves you and so do I,” which I always found comforting.  So being that it’s a Sunday, I thought I’d give you a little reminder from one of my favorite childhood memories.

God loves you and so do I.

Shine On!

xo

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Make A Wish Jump 2014

Make-A-Wish® grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition on average, every 38 minutes.

Make-A-Wish® believes that a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides and inspires Make-A-Wish® to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids they serve.

The wonderful people who give themselves away by volunteering, usually year after year, over and over, at the multitude of events and fundraisers throughout the Make-A-Wish organization are always kind, compassionate, and above all, resourceful and creative. They have to be to grant the individual and unique wishes of beautiful children. This leads the volunteers to develop some unique fundraising events. Here’s an example, jumping out of airplanes.

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Wish Jump 2014 is the fourth annual skydiving fundraiser for Make-A-Wish® Northeast New York – the most exciting fundraiser in the Capital Region! Make-A-Wish® grants the heartfelt wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, enhancing the child’s human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Wish Jump participants spend a few months fundraising, then come together to spend an exciting day skydiving at Saratoga Skydiving Adventures, while family, friends, and spectators watch and cheer from the ground. Between 2011 and 2013, Wish Jumpers, including the local Make-A-Wish chapter CEO William Trigg, Ph.D., who have participated in this event and have raised over $70,000!

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Inspired by wish children and their families who bravely face fear each day, Wish Jumpers raise money that will help make wishes come true, and test their own bravery by skydiving in Saratoga Springs, New York on Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Please consider donating to this compassion centric event HERE, or a Make-A-Wish® event in your area. Also, Make-A-Wish® would love to have you give them, and their children, a little of your volunteer time. Info HERE.

My attitude is that children’s wishes should come true…and we can help make that happen.

Links:
What children WISH for
Wish Jump 2014

Wish Jump 2014 Donation
Saratoga Skydiving Adventures   
Make-A-Wish America
Make-A-Wish International 
Find your local Make-A-Wish Chapter
Volunteer at Make-A-Wish

Enjoy.

Don’t forget to give something today!

How Is Your “Tomorrow” Shaping Up?

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Enjoy!

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                       Tomorrow

He was going to be all that a mortal should be
      tomorrow.
No one should be kinder or braver than he
      tomorrow.
A friend who was troubled and weary he knew,
who’d be glad of a lift and who needed it, too;
on him he would call and see what he could do
      tomorrow.
Each morning he stacked up the letters he’d write
      tomorrow.
And thought of the folks he would fill with delight
      tomorrow.
It was too bad, indeed, he was busy today,
and hadn’t a minute to stop on his way;
more time he would have to give others, he’d say
      tomorrow.
The greatest of workers this man would have been
      tomorrow.
The world would have known him, had he ever seen
      tomorrow.
But the fact is he died and he faded from view,
and all that he left here when living was through
was a mountain of things he intended to do
      tomorrow.
                                                  —Edgar Guest

 

“Things Would Be So Much Easier”

By Michael Sulsona of Graniteville

In 1971, I stepped on a land mine in Vietnam and lost both legs above the knee.

For the past two years, I have been waiting to receive a new wheelchair from the Veterans Administration.

On the evening of July 7, my wheelchair fell apart again, while shopping at Lowe’s Home Improvement Center in on Forest Avenue in Mariners Harbor.

Three employees, David, Marcus, and Souleyman jumped to my assistance immediately. They placed me in another chair while they went to work and told me, “we’re not leaving here until the wheelchair is fixed.”

Michael_SulsonaThey took the wheelchair apart and replaced the broken parts and told me, ‘We’re going to make this chair like new.”

I left 45 minutes after closing hours in my wheelchair that was like new.

I kept thanking them and all they could say was, “It was our honor.”

The actions of these three employees at Lowe’s showed me there are some who still believe in stepping to the plate.

They didn’t ask any questions, didn’t feel the need to fill out any forms or make phone calls. Someone needed help and they felt privileged to be given the opportunity.

I think it’s really important that we all be like these people who wanted to help; things would be so much easier.

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