Monthly Archives: January 2016

Week 16 – 5th Fruit of the Spirit

Fruits of the Spirit – Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control

Kindness is one of the greatest gifts you can bestow upon another.  If someone is in need lend them a helping hand.  Do not wait for a thank you.  True kindness lies within the act of giving without the expectation of something in return.

As someone quoted, “I shall pass this way but only once; any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show – let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”

Kindness is an inner desire that makes us want to do good things, even if we do not get anything in return.  It is the joy we receive that drives these simple acts.  When we perform acts of kindness, driven solely by an insatiable desire to love one another, there is kindness in everything we think, say, and do.

This week we are to look for random acts of kindness.  We are to do nice things for other people and also to observe how other people are giving kindnesses.  We can be kind to people without the expectation of reciprocity.  We can try to do random acts of kindness for people without their knowledge.  We are to post on the Alliances our observations of kindness and how we have helped others with kindness.  It is our week to give more, get more kindness.

What kind of ripple effect do you think will happen?  Do something kind for someone even just a passing smile as you walk by a stranger can make their day better.  Maybe they will then smile at the next person or do something kind in turn.  The more you give the more you get.  The more kindness you give the more kindness you get.  How awesome is that.

In my search for something to continue to write about kindness I came across the following article and could not pass up passing it along.  It was very hard to keep the tears back and the lump out of my throat:

A NYC Taxi driver wrote:

I arrived at the address and honked the horn.  After waiting a few minutes I honked again.  Since this was going to be my last ride of my shift I thought about just driving away, but instead I put the car in park and walked up to the door and knocked.. ‘Just a minute’, answered a frail, elderly voice.  I could hear something being dragged across the floor.

After a long pause, the door opened.  A small woman in her 90’s stood before me.  She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940’s movie.

By her side was a small nylon suitcase.  The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years.  All the furniture was covered with sheets.

There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters.  In the corner was a cardboard box with photos and glassware.

‘Would you carry my bag out to the car?’ she said.  I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman.

She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb.

She kept thanking me for my kindness.  ‘It’s nothing’, I told her… ‘I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to be treated.’

‘Oh, you’re such a good boy, she said.  When we got in the cab, she gave me an address and then asked, ‘Could you drive through downtown?’

‘It’s not the shortest way,’ I answered quickly…

‘Oh, I don’t mind, ‘she said.  ‘I’m on my way to a hospice.

I looked in the rear-view mirror.  Her eyes were glistening.  ‘I don’t have any family left,’ she continued in a soft voice… ‘The doctor says I don’t have very long.’  I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.

‘What route would you like me to take?’  I asked.

For the next two hours, we drove through the city.  She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator.

We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds.  She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.

Sometimes she’d ask me to slow down in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.

As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, I’m tired.  Let’s go now’.

We drove in silence to the address she had given me.  It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico.

Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up.  They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move.  They must have been expecting her.

I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door.  The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.

“How much do I owe you?’  She asked, reaching into her purse.

‘Nothing,’ I said.

‘You have to make a living,’ she answered.

Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug.  She held onto me tightly.

‘You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,’ she said.  ‘Thank you.’

I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light…  Behind me, a door shut.  It was the sound of the closing of a life…

I didn’t pick up any more passengers that shift.  I drove aimlessly lost in thought.  For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk.  What if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift?  What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away?

On a quick review, I don’t think that I have done anything more important in my life.

We’re conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.

But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.

Thanks for reading.

Bill

Week 15 – I Am God’s Greatest Creation

I have taken the liberty to interpret Og Mandino’s “The Greatest Salesman in the World, The Scroll Marked IV”.  Primarily I have changed the word “nature” to God and the word “miracle” to creation.  To some it may not matter but to me it sounds better even though it means the same thing.  In addition I have taken the word “will” out of the scroll.

I am God’s greatest creation.

Since the beginning of time never has there been another with my mind, my heart, my eyes, my ears, my hands, my hair, my mouth.  None that came before, none that live today, and none that come tomorrow can walk and talk and move and think exactly like me.  All men are my brothers yet I am different from each.  I am a unique creature.

I am God’s greatest creation.

Although I am of the animal kingdom, animal rewards alone do not satisfy me.  Within me burns a flame which has been passed from generations uncounted and its heat is a constant irritation to my spirit to become better than I am, and I am.  I fan this flame of dissatisfaction and proclaim my uniqueness to the world.

None can duplicate my brush strokes, none can make my chisel marks, none can duplicate my handwriting, none can produce my child, and in truth, none has the ability to sell exactly as I. Henceforth, I capitalize on this difference for it is an asset to be promoted to the fullest.

I am God’s greatest creation.

Vain attempts to imitate others no longer do I make .  Instead I place my uniqueness on display in the market place.  I proclaim it, yea, I sell it.  I begin now to accent my differences; hide my similarities.  So too I apply this principle to the goods I sell.  Salesman and goods, different from all others, and proud of the difference.

I am a unique creature of God.

I am rare, and there is value in all rarity; therefore, I am valuable.  I am the end product of thousands of years of evolution; therefore, I am better equipped in both mind and body than all the emperors and wise men who preceded me.

But my skills, my mind, my heart, and my body stagnate, rot, and die lest I put them to good use.  I have unlimited potential.  Only a small portion of my brain do I employ; only a paltry amount of my muscles do I flex.  A hundredfold or more can I increase my accomplishments of yesterday and this I do, beginning today.

Nevermore am I satisfied with yesterday’s accomplishments nor I indulge, anymore, in self-praise for deeds which in reality are too small to even acknowledge.  I can accomplish far more than I have, for why should the miracle which produced me end with my birth?  Why can I not extend that creation to my deeds of today?

I am God’s greatest creation.

I am not on this earth by chance.  I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand.  Henceforth I apply all my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I strain my potential until it cries for mercy.

I increase my knowledge of mankind, myself, and the goods I sell, thus my sales multiplies.  I practice, and improve, and polish the words I utter to sell my goods, for this is the foundation on which I build my career and never do I forget that many have attained great wealth and success with only one sales talk, delivered with excellence.  Also I seek constantly to improve my manners and graces, for they are the sugar to which all are attracted.

I am God’s greatest creation.

I concentrate my energy on the challenge of the moment and my actions help me forget all else. The problems of my home do I leave in my home.  I think naught of my family when I am in the market place for this clouds my thoughts.  So too the problems of the market place I leave in the market place and I think naught of my profession when I am in my home for this also dampens my love.

There is no room in the market place for my family, nor is there room in my home for the market.  Each I divorce from the other and, thus I remain wedded to both.  Separate must they remain or my career dies. This is a paradox of the ages.

I am God’s greatest creation.

I have been given eyes to see and a mind to think and now I know a great secret of life for I perceive, at last, that all my problems, discouragements, and heartaches are, in truth, great opportunities in disguise.  I no longer am fooled by the garments they wear for my eyes are open.  I look beyond the cloth and I am not deceived.

I am God’s greatest creation.

No beast, no plant, no wind, no rain, no rock, no lake had the same beginning as I, for I was conceived in love and brought forth with a purpose.  In the past I have not considered this fact but it henceforth shapes and guides my life.

I am God’s greatest creation.

And God knows not defeat.  God emerges victorious and so do I, and with each victory the next struggle becomes less difficult.

I win, and I become a great salesman, for I am unique.

I am God’s greatest creation.

I wish all my new friends to have a Happy 2016.  God bless y’all.

Thanks for reading.

Bill

Week 14 – Rudy and Four Basic Habits

For this week’s assignment we were given an assignment to watch one or all four films and linking the four habits that we have been practicing that make up persistence:

  1. Definite Major Purpose (DMP), having a definite purpose backed by a burning desire for its fulfillmentrudy-quote
  2. Positive Mental Attitude (PMA), a mind closed tightly against all negative and discouraging influences, including negative suggestions of relatives, friends & acquaintances.
  3. Plan of Action (POA),  a definite plan, expressed in continuous action
  4. Master Mind (MMA), friendly alliances with one or more persons who will encourage one to follow through with both plan and purpose.

Not paying attention to the instructions given I watched all four before I realized the requirement was to watch at least one.  It definitely was worth watching all four films.

It was hard to decide but the movie that really inspired me the most was the movie called Rudy

Cool Runninghowever each movie illustrated special points, for example:  I thought Cool Running concentrated on teamwork.  I learned more about faith from October Sky.October SkyDoor to DoorI thought Door to Door highlighted persistence.

Rudy the Movie

Rudy is based on the story of Daniel E. ‘Rudy’ Ruettiger, determined to overcome the odds and fulfill his dream of playing for Notre Dame football team despite being told that he was “too small” to play college football.

I learned more about touching and feeling your dreams from Rudy this week and I learned more about myself by cultivating the observer within – and allowing myself to believe those observations.

DMP – Rudy clearly had the edge in a rock-solid definite major purpose and burning desire.

PMA – Positive Mental Attitude:  All throughout the movie there is evidence of Rudy’s positive mental attitude. His brothers laughed at him when he announced that he would play for Notre Dame one day. His Dad tells him to give up his dreams because it hurts those around him. His fiancée wouldn’t wait for him to finish the university.  With all of these negative and emotional influences, Rudy persevered.  There were many scenes that stood out; one for example is when he introduced himself to the coach for the first time that will be a part of his DMP even before it happened.  Rudy wasn’t even in that university to be considered to be on the team, and yet replies as though he is already on the team and tells the coach that he looks forward to working with him.

POA – Plan of Action:  In order for Rudy to play for the Notre Dame he had to attend the University of Notre Dame.  Due to his marginal grades he had to do his early college work at the nearby Holy Cross College.  He put in a lot of work despite being told there was only a slim chance he would be able to attend University of Notre Dame.

MMA – Master Mind Alliance:  There were several people that rooted for Rudy and his dream. And when Rudy needed it, they pushed him to keep chasing his dream.

When we hold our dream close;  live it every day;  and surround our self with positive believers, concentrate our efforts to achieving our dreams, it will come true.  It’s easy to become distracted by other things that life throws at us or to just give it up because we allow the naysayers to suck our passion out of our dreams.  It’s a choice that is presented to us several times every day. What we choose is what determines how much closer we are at the end of the day and where we start from for the next day.

Cool Running

Thanks for reading,

Bill Trump