Archive for the ‘Passion’ Category

Tribute to Michael Jackson

June 25, 2010

What an EXCELLENT way to remember this phenomenal performer’s exquisite talent by having him celebrate another fantastic performer’s exquisite talent…Sammy Davis’ 60th Birthday Celebration..I’d like to thank my friend Vincent Wright for sharing it with me…..it brought a tear to my eye it was so poignant!

No Arms, No Legs, No Worries

June 20, 2010

Inspiration at its finest – “No Arms, No Legs, No Worries” – The story of Vic Vujicic you can’t miss!

Inspiration at its finest – “No Arms, No Legs, No Worries” – A must see – he makes you think twice about saying “I can’t do it!

When Your Hut Is On Fire

April 11, 2010

When Your Hut Is On Fire

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him. Every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming….

Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements, and to store his few possessions. One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, with smoke rolling up to the sky.

He felt the worst had happened, and everything was lost. He was stunned with disbelief, grief, and anger. He cried out, “God! How could you do this to me?”

Early the next day, he was awakened by the sound of a ship approaching the island! It had come to rescue him! “How did you know I was here?” asked the weary man of his rescuers. “We saw your smoke signal,” they replied.

The Moral of This Story:

It’s easy to get discouraged when things are going bad, but we shouldn’t lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of our pain and suffering.

Remember that the next time your little hut seems to be burning to the ground. It just may be a smoke signal that
summons the Grace of God.

The Spiritual Message of Avatar

February 15, 2010

Like millions of people around the world, Mike Robbins recently saw the blockbuster hit Avatar. While he was blown away by the movie’s visual beauty, the out-of-this world effects, and the revolutionary technology, it was the deeper, spiritual message of Avatar that had the biggest impact on him.  It made me feel the same way as well.  

As a spiritual seeker and someone who sometimes arrogantly criticizes “mainstream” culture for being too shallow or not “getting it,” I was both humbled and inspired watching this film—knowing that direct and indirect messages of spiritual awareness and interconnectedness are not only being shown to millions all over the world, but that there is an intense hunger and desire for them, as evidenced by its record-breaking success.

As a culture, we are waking up on so many levels. With all that is going on in our country and our world these days, many of us are asking deeper, more meaningful questions about life, work, money, relationships, peace and our planet. Many of these important issues were addressed directly and profoundly in Avatar. When I left the theater, not only did I feel that I’d just seen an incredible movie, I felt as though my life had been altered spiritually.

The film is a wake-up call—reminding us of the dangers of greed, unconsciousness, disconnection, insensitivity and arrogance, both globally and personally. It’s also a bold call for each of us to reconnect with that which is most sacred to us, to focus on what truly matters and to remember how connected we are to each other, all living beings and the environment in which we live.

3 key themes to take away from the film
Three of the most important messages we can take away from Avatar and use in our own lives and on our spiritual journeys are:
Honor the sacred: A central theme of the film is the way in which the Na’vi (the native species of the moon Pandora, where the story takes place) honor the sacredness of their land—specifically Hometree (where they live) and the Tree of Souls (where they worship). They have a deep sense of reverence for these important places and for all of Pandora.

How well do you honor your own space? How much reverence do you hold for where you live, where you pray, meditate or worship, where you work, where you eat, the planet? So often we forget that the sacredness of any place is more about how we relate to it than about the space itself. We have the ability to bring a sense of sacredness to anywhere we are, at any time.

Connect with spirit: The Na’vi worship a mother goddess called Eywa. Eywa is the center of the Na’vi’s spiritual universe, and their reverence for her is displayed in a beautiful and palpable way throughout the film. In all that the Na’vi do, there is a direct connection back to their relationship with Eywa. There are breathtaking scenes in the film showing large groups of Na’vi chanting and praying around the Tree of Souls as a way to honor, connect with and access Eywa’s power, wisdom and love.

How consciously do you connect with spirit in your own life? We often get so busy that we don’t take the time to connect with spirit in a deliberate and meaningful way in our daily lives. We also sometimes get too caught up in the external aspects of our spirituality—thinking we have to go to a specific service or gathering, practice a particular form of prayer or meditation or do something else externally in order to tap into our spiritual connection. While any of these practices can help us access spirit, none of them are necessary: We can connect with God at any time, in any place and for any reason.
Remember our interconnectedness: The way the Na’vi live in harmony with their land and all living creators is one of the most profound and awe-inspiring elements of Avatar. There is a deep respect and appreciation for all living creators and for all elements of nature that the Na’vi truly embody. A great example of this is how the Na’vi warriors bond with their Banshees (the four-winged creatures they fly around on). Once they bond—which they do both physically and energetically—they are bonded for life and work together as one. The first few scenes in the film where we see the Na’vi warriors connect with their Banshees literally took my breath away and had a visceral impact on me as I sat in the theater. The many ways in which the Na’vi exemplifies this interconnectedness remind us of the universal oneness that is at the core of our spiritual essence.

How consciously interconnected do you feel toward other people, living creatures and our planet in your daily life? It’s so easy for us to get caught up in the illusion of separateness—we think, talk and are reminded of all the ways we are different, disconnected and isolated from one another, living creators and the earth all the time. However, most of us have had experiences in our lives where we’ve felt a deep sense of interconnectedness, not just with people we know and love, but with all of life. In those moments, we’ve seen, felt and touched the depth of our spiritual nature. When we consciously tap into this, we remember that, at the deepest level, we are all one.

Avatar is a film that not only broke new ground in filmmaking technology, visual effects and box office success, it’s a movie that challenges us in a spiritual way to remember who we really are and why we’re truly here.

Mike Robbins is a best-selling author, sought-after motivational keynote speaker and personal growth expert who works with people and groups of all kinds. Robbins is the author of the best-selling books Focus on the Good Stuff and Be Yourself: Everyone Else Is Already Taken. He and his work have been featured on ABC News, in Forbes, Ladies Home Journal, Self and many others.

January 23, 2010

Last night was Conan O’Brien’s last Tonight Show appearance as NBC has decided to move Jay Leno back into the 11:30 time slot.

Conan, in the most mature and dignified manner, said goodbye to NBC and his viewers in a hearfelt and virtually inspirational speech:

The Start of the Blues

January 23, 2010

We all have heard of the Rat Pack but did you know they were directly responsible for the start of the blues?

I forgot how marvelous these gentleman were!

Koalas in Australia when it was 120 degrees for over a week…..

December 28, 2009

At 120 degrees in Australia, it was so hot for a week that Koalas were asking people for water. It’s never been seen before.

One went into a house to try to hide from the heat and to get a bit of shade. This is what happened when the homeowner gave him something to drink. It’s terribly sweet!

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“Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened” quote by Anatole France, a French poet, journalist, and novelist who won the Nobel Peace Prize for Literature in 1921.

Are You Passionate About Your Job?

November 19, 2009

Are You Passionate About Your Job?

It’s easy to sustain passion about your job.  At least it is for me.  Being an Executive Administrative Assistant running, literally running, from task to task and completing each with excellence, provides me with a deep sense of satisfaction and feeds my passion.

You see, I thoroughly enjoy my position as it regularly presents multiple challenges, ever-changing needs, and constant shifts in priorities; all within a spiraling and fast-paced environment.  It fuels, motivates, and provides me with the daily satisfaction I need to eagerly face whatever tomorrow will bring.  Not knowing what that might be or morph into is half the fun!

I make a daily list of what needs to get done and I absolutely love to check off each item when it’s complete.  A little piece of satisfaction is doled out each time I cross off an item.

Providing my boss with what he needs even before he knows he needs it fuels my passion.  Making sure I keep him on track and he accomplishes what he set out to accomplish fuels my passion.  Knowing he has complete confidence that I will take care of his every need with disciplined professionalism fuels my passion.

It fuels my passion to know that my co-workers know I will assist them as needed and even help them out of a bind with a smile.  Saving time and money for the company fuels my passion.  Who wouldn’t think that making a contribution on a daily basis wouldn’t be a great thing?

Taking care of a busy executive is what I wanted to do even as a young girl.  It’s what my sister and I role-played instead of playing with dolls.  We pretended to solve problems, we pretended to talk with customers, and kept actual files of all our pretend activities.  It fueled our passion for customer service way back then.

It’s who I am, what I love to do, do well, and it’s truly what I am passionate about!