Looking for work

 

Some say travel is the answer.  I was fortunate enough to literally travel the whole world several times. Some have said, “listen, you just need to stay busy.”

Playing chess is busy.  Writing blog posts is busy.  The real question is what busy do I want.  Frankly, I never expected to live this long.  I’m so much like my Father (who died at age 42) that I literally thought I’d be dead at 42. I was a man on a mission. At age 44 it dawned on me, I’m not going to die! O.K., I didn’t really plan that far ahead.  What did I want to do? Where did I want to live? Where did I see my self in 5, 10 or maybe even 15 years?

A funny thing happened, I passed all those benchmarks and then some.  I still don’t golf or play tennis. I am a Mason, a Knight Commander in the Court of Honor in the Scottish Rite and I’m a Shriner. I’m also privileged to be the President of the Las Vegas Region of the Cadillac & LaSalle Club. Margaret (my wife) is the Secretary and we both serve on the Board of Directors. Car people are great.  But, I digress. I’m busy but I’m not as busy as I was before when I was fully engaged, participating, being of help to others and more.  That’s what I want.

Speaking of what I want, that’s how we arrived at this blog.  My wife said, “if all your activities and the charity work you do isn’t enough, go find a job.”  

I have lots of friends that are retired. I see that many of them are also bored.  How about you?

If you’re wondering, the background of that picture is in Ronald Reagan’s oval office.

 

Health

 

Do you remember people (typically) much older than you saying, “without your health, you have nothing.”  I’m now a position to view life from yet another perspective.  From where I now sit, health is also key to happiness.

Over the years all of us have placed more attention on the idea of what’s for dinner than our health.  This can backfire.

It doesn’t matter what you own or the amount of money you have in the bank.  If you lose your health, you could lose your health.  The question is: “What’s important to you?”

Embarrassment


 

Oh boy, am I ever embarrassed.

Everyday, we all do something that embarrasses us.  Typically, it’s unintended.  However . . .

Speaking with a friend named Veronica, I learned of an experience where she wanted to buy a new Cadillac back in the ’90s.  She went and looked at the new model (then) the SRX.  She was in love.

The salesman approached her and she declared, “I would like to buy one of these.” The salesman said, “Well, let’s see, what kind of work do you do?” She replied, “I’m a nurse.”

With complete dismissal (as though she wasn’t good enough or make enough money to even qualify to purchase a CADILLAC he told her she wouldn’t and that she should move on.

She shared with me the amount of money (cash) that she intended to put down on the car. I can share with you that it was more than enough to qualify her to purchase the car.  She was embarrassed and hurt by the treatment of her by the salesman. Shame on him.

Shame on us if we ever make someone feel less.  Ever.

When I was a child, my Father told me, as long as your shoes are clean, your clothes are clean as well as  your hands and nails, you’re as good as anyone else in the world regardless of where they live or how much money they have.

A few years later, I found myself homeless as a child of eleven and looking for work to support my Mother, brother and two sisters. Everyone treated me with respect and to a person they all felt bad that they didn’t have any work to offer me.  That was true for all except the one that finally did hire me. That’s a story for another time.

How we make other’s feel should be a measure of who we are.  What are your thoughts?

Garth Brooks says it well; “Love one another.”

Shriner’s International Awareness Day

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June 6, 1876 was the day the Imperial Grand Council of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine for the United State of America was created.  Wisely, they went with Shriners.  Thanks to our rich history and in celebration of the founding of our Imperial Council 140 years ago, June 6th of each year is forever known as “Shriners International Awareness Day!” It was a very busy month in the history of our nation.  Click here to see other great events.

I became a Shriner on the 20th day of June 1998. Nearly 18 years ago.  Seems like a few weeks ago.

The Shrine is a great organization.  Originally founded as the activity and public awareness entity for Masonry, it later became one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the world.  Today, the Shrine completely funds the operation of 22 hospital that provide orthopedic and burn treatment for children. This is provided for FREE regardless of the families ability to pay.  Ten of thousands of people that are well known today and some not so well known have benefited from the Shrine.

Shriners International is more than a fraternity; it is a fraternal organization of men who are dedicated to brotherhood, compassion and service to others. [Read more…]

Memorial Day 2016

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Memorial Day 2016

Everyday, someone dies in defense of my (our) freedom.  Having traveled the world; I know first hand that America is the greatest country.  There are some other countries that I love visiting, too many in fact.  The real question is:  Would you want to live anyplace but America.  My answer is a resounding NO.

As an American Vet I think about the men and women who serve all the time.  Recently, I’ve expanded my thinking to include law enforcement and security agencies.

When we go to work for someone; no where in the employment agreement does it say, “you’ll die for this company.”  When men and women sign up for the military and our law enforcement agencies, it’s implied that they’re willing to die for us.  You and me.

Just knowing that there are people out there that protect us and our way of life is not only comforting, it also hurts.  This Memorial Day I’m going to especially remember these brave men and women.

What do you think?

This picture was taken at the Veterans’ Memorial Cemetary in Boulder, NV.  The “image” was created by a friend of mine.  It’s always inspired me.  I hope that it will inspire you as well.