Posted in accomplishments, Advocating for special needs, attitude, charity, commitment, compassion, culture, emotions, encouragement, finances, giving, Heart, help, home, Impact, inspiration, leadership, life, love, mentoring, MONEY, observations, of connections, opinion, Opportunities, pain and misery, relationships, responsibility, service, spiritual, success, support, talents, teens, values, tagged attitude, bills, blessings, call to action, challenge, change, comfort, compassion, compassionate, eating out, expectations, experience, fancy vehicles, finances, gifts, giving, gratitude, health, knowledge, life style, MONEY, packages, positive, possessions, sharing, strengths, struggling, talents, Time on March 27, 2009|
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I know people who are struggling, people who have cut back in every conceivable way to save money just to stay afloat. I also know people who are living very comfortably in nice homes, with fancy vehicles, going out to eat regularily and have no worries when it comes to bills or their health. The world definately has classes of people who are in the haves and the have nots. There is also a large population of people who are somewhere in the middle. The thing is…we all have things that we could share. Blessings come in many packages.
Everyone of us has gifts, talents, finances, possessions, strengths, knowledge or time that we could share with others. What I love to celebrate and learn about are those who share those blessings with others without thought or expectation of getting something back from that experience of sharing.
Our society is going through some amazingly challenging times…people are struggling. We need to be aware of others around us who are in need…those who could use a little pick me up. It could be a kind word, a nice deed, financial gift, or it could be a sharing of knowledge that could bring a positive change to another. There is a spiritual attitude that I love, it says this: “Those to whom much is given, much is expected in return”. I call that an attitude of gratitude; being thankful for all that you have been blessed with and a willingness to share it with others! I challenge you to find some way to bless others in your daily life. Consider this a compassionate call to action…what can you give to others with no strings attached?
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Posted in elderly, emotions, entertainment, humor, talents, television, tagged 75 years old, apology, Britain, comedians, cussing, disrespect, entertainer, Joan Rivers, language, laughs, movie star, routines, Russell Crowell, skill on June 17, 2008|
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It is hard to make people laugh when they are mad at you. Joan Rivers is a very funny woman…she is gifted with her timing and her observations on things that amuse folks…but, what Joan does do that just isn’t funny, is cuss. Over the years it has become a mainstay of her routines to insult people, curse, or she uses the “B” word to address people in place of their name. It isn’t funny; and, you would think that someone who was 75 years of age would realize that by now.
Joan was on a talk show during in Britain when she cursed about a guest host; Russell Crowell, the movie star. She allegedly said that she thought that her language could be beeped out; but to me that is just disrespectful of her audience. She did apologize; however, she was asked to leave during a break in the show.
It just seems to me that an entertainer of her skill could be a little more appropriate in her public appearances. I think comedians like to do shock comedy…but, to me it is a cheap way to get a laugh…as i said..with her experience and skill; Joan Rivers is capable of so much more than she gives; when , she resorts to those kinds of cheap laughs.
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Posted in charity, coaching, communication, Education, elderly, encouragement, giving, help, Impact, inspiration, life, mental and physical health, Models, Opportunities, talents, Uncategorized, tagged Add new tag, awareness, balance, benefit, generosity, giving, knowlege, needs, sacrifice, skills, talents, Time on June 16, 2008|
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I was thinking on the idea of generosity last night. I believe the spirit of generosity comes from a person’s value system. At the very basis of who they are, comes a willingness to give; and to share their gifts, talents,knowledge, and resources with others. It is a beautiful thing to give without thought of getting something in return. And yet, giving without some thought of balance can be destructive. A person who has truly mastered the gift of generosity of spirit, gives in ways that are healthy for both the giver, and the receiver.
To know the difference between giving, and enabeling. Having boundaries on both sides is a tricky thing; so that, one person is not doing all of the giving and inspiring while the other is doing all of the taking. Having clear boundaries and expectations helps each side to know what is required to maintain that balance.
That when when giving and receiving are mixed together it can inspire others when they have the opportunity to do the same. That is the balance that i am talking about…giving can incorporate time, skill sets, energy, knowledge, or material things. It isn’t even really that important what you give…what is important, is being aware of the needs of others around you; and, being willing to sacrifice a little of what you have been blessed with to benefit others. Do you know someone who can benefit from what you have to offer? I would love to hear about your thoughts on generosity!
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Posted in Business, celebrity, children, crime, Dreams, entertainment, finances, law enforcement, legal, making money, music, of connections, Opportunities, power, talent, talents, television, Uncategorized, tagged ABC television, abuse, allegations, Backstreet Boys, boy bands, buzz, charges, federal prison, finances, inappropriate, industry, investments, justice, legal, Lou Pearlman, moral, music producer, musical groups, N'Sync, power, represented, scams on May 21, 2008|
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Many people may not know who Lou Pearlman is; but, they certainly know about some of the big names he has represented as a music producer. Lou Pearlman was just sentenced for 25 years in federal prison on four charges. He has been convicted on charges of money laundering, conspiracy, and using false statements in bankruptcy court proceedings.
Going back 10 to 15 years he has allegedly falsified documents; and, employed financial scams that have stolen many people’s finances. He was touted as a musical producer, of genius status, when he created industry buzz behind bands such as N’Sync, Backstreet Boys, and many other “boy” bands in the midst of the frenzy of such musical groups. At one time, he even developed a television show for ABC called, The Making Of The Band; that show was capitalizing on the hopes and dreams of those with musical talent.
He based his lavish life-style on money that was allegedly scammed from other “false” businesses that he claimed to own or have invested in. Some of them never existed. There were even long-time employees and acquaintances who’s lives were devastated by his actions. One man even allegedly took his own life when his true financial reality was revealed.
Lou evidently had the ability to “motivate or induce” people to invest their hard earned money in his ideas and business plans. He was very convincing; this had the devastating effect of plunging many people into despair when they discovered that they had nothing to show for their investments. The ruthlessness here is hard to understand.
After his financial misdeeds were documented…some other legal and moral allegations came to light. He took off and disappeared for quite some time out of country; trying to avoid the legal ramifications here in the US. He was spotted, photographed, subsequently arrested; and, returned to the United States.
He was quietly accused of “inappropriate” actions with some of those young men in his groups and other potential musical hopefuls. Unfortunately, Lou Pearlman’s perceived power was intimidating. He used that to coerce or intimidated people to backdown legally when they would notify him that he was going to be challenged. At the heighth of his power, he held a lot of sway in the industry; people did not follow through on legal action out of fear of retaliation personally and professionally.
It was alledged that some of those, for whom Lou Pearlman represented or were hopeful of his representation, “allowed” themselves to be used in an inappropriate way in exchange for representation. Children can not give consent; that is sexual abuse. Sexual concerns were whispered about in relation to Lou Pearlman and young men.
If any of those allegations are true…Mr. Pearlman will have about 25 years to reflect on how his actions have affected those around him during that time in his life when he held all of the power; the balance of power has now shifted. Hopefully, that will bring some justice to those he has hurt.
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