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Beat The Odds, Let The Sun Shine!

Rashema Melson has earned a full ride to Georgetown University on the sheer dint of her effort. Earning a perfect 4.0 GPA even while living in a homeless shelter, Rashima says, “Life is not fair, but despite this you must keep striving for success.” Because it was impossible to study where she lived, Rashema would go to school at 7 am and spend 14-18 hours there. Her effort shows us that it is possible to beat the odds if we put our mind to it.

In her valedictorian address she advises, “Beat the odds, let the sun shine!”. Great advice that we can all pay heed to.

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Russ And Sam

Russ And Sam

Russ and Sam, two friends, very old and frail, met in the park every day to feed the birds, watch the squirrels and discuss world problems.

One day Russ didn’t show up. Sam didn’t think much about it and figured maybe he had a cold or something. But after Russ hadn’t shown up for a week or so, Sam really got worried.

However, since the only time they ever got together was at the park, Sam didn’t know where Russ lived, so he was unable to find out what had happened to him.

A month had passed, and Sam figured he had seen the last of Russ, but one day, Sam approached the park and — lo and behold! — there sat Russ! Sam was very excited and happy to see him and told him so.

Then he said, “For crying out loud Russ, what in the world happened to you?”

Russ replied, “I was in jail.”

“Jail?” cried Sam. “What in the world for?”

“Well,” Russ said, “you know Sue, that cute sexy little blonde waitress at the coffee shop where I sometimes go?”

“Yeah,” said Sam, “I remember her. What about her?”

“Well, one day she filed rape charges against me; and, at 89 years old, I was so proud that when I got into court, I pleaded ‘guilty’.”

“The damn judge gave me 30 days for lying under oath.”

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Are We In Control Of Our Own Decisions?

We consider ourselves as “rational” or at least “reasonable” creatures. But this wonderful talk lays bare our “cognitive limitations” that make our decision making suspect. The moral of the story is that if we are not rational as we think we should recognize our limitations and work on building systems that keep us from driving ourselves into ditches.

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Seven Things Parents Can Say When Their Child is Struggling With Drugs Or Alcohol

Drug Addiction Rehab

I have often been asked the question by parents as to what to say to kids as they struggle to make sense of their life. Parents often feel that they are walking on eggshells. Their kids have made a major detour because of their drug and alcohol use. They may be struggling to get their life back on track, or simply still in the midst of their drug use.

Parents so often hope that they will say the golden words that will make a difference.

We’ve been told so often that there is nothing that we can do. We need to detach and let go. There may come a time when that is all that a person can do. Other times as well, but especially in the initial stages, parents have a big influence on their child and can as easily support their child’s long-term recovery as unravel it just with their words and actions, or lack of.

Studies have shown that parents do have an influence and can make a difference.

Letting our kids know when they are struggling with substances, that we are still there for them and will be waiting for them on the other side can give them the inner strength that they need to start their life anew.

Here are some ideas on things that you can say when your child is struggling with drugs or alcohol.

1. “I love you.”

While we can change these three little words up in a variety of ways, the basic “I love you” gets the message across at this critical time with no confusion.

I use every opportunity these days to add those three simple words at the end of every phone conversation and every goodbye. I don’t think any of us, no matter what our age or our situation, can hear it enough. When you going through a rough patch, you need to hear “I love you” more than ever.
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Ducks Quack, Eagles Soar

Eagles Soar

“No one can make you serve customers well. That’s because great service is a choice.”

Years ago, my friend, told me a wonderful story about a cab driver that proved this point.

He was waiting in line for a ride at the airport. When a cab pulled up, the first thing he noticed was that the taxi was polished to a bright shine. Smartly dressed in a white shirt, black tie, and freshly pressed black slacks, the cab driver jumped out and rounded the car to open the back passenger door for him.

He handed my friend a laminated card and said: “I’m Wally, your driver. While I’m loading your bags in the trunk I’d like you to read my mission statement.”

Taken aback, he read the card. It said: Wally’s Mission Statement:

“To get my customers to their destination in the quickest, safest and cheapest way possible in a friendly environment.”

This blew him away. Especially when he noticed that the inside of the cab matched the outside. Spotlessly clean!

As he slid behind the wheel, Wally said, “Would you like a cup of coffee? I have a thermos of regular and one of decaf.”

My friend said jokingly, “No, I’d prefer a soft drink.”
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