01/02/17 – New Beginnings

CURRENT EVENTS

New Beginnings

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There is just way too much disharmony in the world.

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I hope Capt. Picard doesn’t have to say, “Make it so” too many times for us all to start getting along.

PLEASE CONSIDER

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Be Extraordinary in 2017

There is still time to start your new year off by making up your mind to be extraordinary in 2017 and this blog as well as this book can help you..

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PHYSICAL TRAITS 

Honor Thy Temple

We all have good excuses for making bad food choices and not exercising.  Next time you come up with an excuse, envision yourself telling the guy below your excuse.

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CHARACTER TRAITS

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

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SOCIAL TRAITS

Getting Along with Others

“No” is a complete sentence and how often we forget this.  Saying “No” expands your ability to say “Yes” to more important things.

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LEARNING TRAITS

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

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MISCELLANEOUS 

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

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SELF-HELP BOOKS

The Best Advice I Ever Got

by Katie Couric

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This book gives advice about life, success, happiness, taking chances, following one’s passions, overcoming adversity and more from various well-known personalities.

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

The Lion Speech

by Christopher Walken

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Hey, if 2016 wasn’t so great for you; then you must make 2017 better.

A Hard Day’s Night

The Beatles

LAST WEEK’S POLL -What are you going to make of 2017?

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100% – Better than 2016

0% – Same as 2016

0% – Worse than 2016

THIS WEEK’S POLL – Were you successful in making your dreams come true?

  Another Dream Fine

ART OF THE WEEK

Christmas Lights

by Everyone

Many of us are starting to take down our Christmas decorations. Christmas lights is one of the key ingredients to making this time of the year so festive.

I consider them a form of art, that each of us can be proud of since even the most modest Christmas lighting brings a measure of joy to all viewers.

On New Year’s Eve, we went to the Detroit Zoo’s Wild Lights and it was an amazing lighting display. I urge you next year to attend any similar event that happens to be near you.

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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE

Ed Barszcz

For several weeks now, I have said if you look, you will see that you are likely surrounded by extraordinary people, you just need to take the time to notice their good points and not focus on flaws.  Babe Ruth is remembered as the home run king and Elvis is remembered as the King of Rock n’ Roll.  

Ed was a good friend of mine, I wish I had been a better friend to him.

Ed was as fun-loving and good-hearted as they came; plus was always willing to help those in need of help.

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THIS WEEK’S JOKE

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BLOG & FACEBOOK

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My book is available on-line from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  The Kindle version of my book is $4.95.

My Final Cover

http://www.amazon.com/Tired-Being-Ordinary-Are-You/dp/0990388697

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10 thoughts on “01/02/17 – New Beginnings

    • Ed was 70 years old when he died in 2012, at the age of 70. I met him in 1981. I’ve just been reflecting on various people who have passed through my life, who I thought were really extraordinary people. I always feel like I never showed enough appreciation and thought I would toss out some reminders to appreciate people while you still can. Thank you for noticing.

      On another note, hey this is going to be the year–I’m totally confident you and I will both successfully complete our goals this year — totally confident. I am every year 🙂

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    • When I saw that joke, I couldn’t help thinking that is me. This year I fixed my wife’s Christmas Necklace which lights up, the only problem was that gave it to me last December–but I did get it done in time for this Christmas 🙂

      I always think things are funny because the contain the seeds of truth

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  1. Hey bill

    Enjoyed the blog. I can relate to the joke–at least that is what my says. In fact she said i must have auditioned for it.

    I also read what you wrote about Ed. I to remeber him as someone who was always willing to help and never said no when you asked for help.

    See you later in ’17.

    Tr

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    • Tony, did that joke ever hit home I think for most of us 🙂

      Ed had a lot of good qualities. I arrived at BCBSM in January 1981 and Ed was my supervisor. I could not have asked for anyone better, he gave me a good start at BCBSM and was a great help to me throughout my career at BCBSM.

      Yes, definitely see you in 2017.

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  2. Another great posts! Those lights at the zoo look awesome. I love my Christmas decorations so much that I’m going to leave them up an extra week and wait until next weekend to take them down 🙂

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    • I wasn’t able to capture just how amazing the zoo lights were this year with just pictures, but they were amazing. We went around 6 p.m. on New Years Eve and I was surprised by how many people were there. I can understand keeping your Christmas lights up an extra week. I’ll probably put ours away Monday.

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