December 8, 2013
Pure intentions and honorable actions do not always offer protection from hurtful accusations from those you had been close to. More than one instance comes to mind in which I acted with complete integrity and selfless service only to have wildly untrue accusations flung in my face. Sadly, I have seen the same unfortunate fate befall people I love.
When I am unfairly attacked, my first instinct is to defend my integrity by explaining why the accuser’s perceptions are so horribly off target. Up until recently, I believed that explaining my position with clarity and precision would always be helpful and productive.
I was wrong. Time and time again, I have learned that trying to reason with an unreasonable, irrational or psychologically damaged person is like Read the rest of this entry »
December 7, 2013
I admit it. I’m nervous. Today I’m kicking off the crowdfunding campaign for my book, Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World. The above video explains why I’m launching the campaign and why it’s so critical to the success of the book and to changing people’s lives for the better.
All money raised will pay for the promotional costs necessary to launch this book further into the world. Whatever funds I receive in excess of this goal will help me do even more to promote it.
Click here to visit the campaign page for Through God’s Eyes on GoFundMe.com. You’ll find answers to these questions:
• Why should I care about this campaign?
• Everyone thinks their book is a masterpiece. Why should I put my trust in you?
• Do I get a free gift for making a donation?
• Is this a good book to give as a gift?
• What exactly are you going to spend the money on?
• Why don’t you just pay for Read the rest of this entry »
December 5, 2013
This profoundly moving video delivers a powerful message that we all pay lip service to: Everyone is perfectly beautiful just as they are. But how many of us truly see perfection in the imperfect?
The models and their mannequins
The following article by Anna Hodgekiss of the Daily Mail provides the details of this extraordinary project.
WHO IS PERFECT ANYWAY?
A Swiss charity has created mannequins based on the bodies of disabled people in a bid to raise awareness that no one has a perfect body.
Pro Infirmis, an organisation for people with disabilities, worked with people suffering from scoliosis (a curved spine), shortened limbs and a woman in a wheelchair.
Each had a mannequin made to perfectly reflect their body shape—which, to their delight, was then displayed in a high Read the rest of this entry »
December 2, 2013
My friend Rick Carlton is the founder of SevaChild International, India’s first national association of child aid organizations. As this four-minute video explains, the only hope for the 80 million Indian children who live in unimaginable poverty is humanitarian intervention.
INTRODUCTION TO SEVACHILD
I got together with Rick to make this one-minute video that explains how SevaChild is saving tens of thousands of impoverished children from Vitamin A Deficiency, which can cause blindness and even death.
As this thirty-nine-second video explains, Rick started a crowdfunding campaign to Read the rest of this entry »
November 28, 2013
At a Thanksgiving potluck today, I was handed a three-month-old boy and had the privilege of feeding him his bottle for a while. Twenty minutes later, our host and another guest treated us all to an informal concert, playing the piano and the violin respectively. As I sat there, listening to the music and watching the woman next to me holding the same baby boy, I thought back to Thanksgivings past.
When I was a child, all the adults at our Thanksgiving dinners were firmly in control of the world around me. Some of them were in their prime, with their best years ahead of them and with dreams yet to fulfill. It was their world, and I was Read the rest of this entry »
November 11, 2013
Stories of love and loss don’t get more poignant than this. When thirteen-year-old Taylor Storch was killed in a ski accident, her family donated her organs. The following article in the Daily Mail by Rachel Quigley tells the incredible and life-affirming story of what happened next.
Taylor Storch, far left, with her father Todd, mom Tara, brother Ryan and sister Peyton
She died more than three years ago but Taylor Storch’s legacy still lives on in the five people she gave a second chance at life to – especially the recipient of her heart.
Taylor was just 13-years-old when she died in March 2010 in a freak skiing accident on the Colorado slopes.
It was the Storch family’s last day on the slopes when Taylor lost control and slammed into a tree. She was pronounced brain dead a day later.
Her father Todd said: ‘We went from it being the Read the rest of this entry »
November 10, 2013
My only question after watching this video is why it took so long for someone to figure out how to collect money from people who have no money and no hope. The fact that the guy behind this “debt collection with a heart” approach collects twice as Read the rest of this entry »
November 9, 2013
In his essay for Inspire Me Today, author Dan Millman shared a profound experience that continues to help him maintain his perspective during difficult times. It’s a beautiful lesson worth sharing.
Click here to read an excerpt from the story Dan told me for my book, Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything.
YOUR DISCONTENT IS THE FIRST STEP TOWARD AWAKENING
In our day-to-day lives, most of our attention tends to focus on the realities of the conventional world: our relationships, perhaps raising children, going to school or work, addressing issues in the areas of health and finances.
At the same time, we each experience, from time to time or even persistently, that whispered voice of our heart or higher self, reminding us and calling us to look beyond the conventional world to a higher or transcendent reality.
Sometimes we experience a sudden wake-up call—a loss or change that forces us to consider what life is really about and what’s truly important. It shakes Read the rest of this entry »
November 3, 2013
MICHAEL POLLACK ACCOMPANIES BILLY JOEL
AT VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
The floodgates of opportunity burst open for Michael Pollack
with one word: “Okay.” Of course, it helped that the person who said it was Billy Joel.
During Joel’s appearance at Vanderbilt University in Nashville in January 2013, Pollack, a freshman, summoned the chutzpah to stand up and ask Joel if he could accompany him on his classic, “New York State of Mind.” Joel paused, nonchalantly said “Okay,” and Pollack proceeded to give a virtuoso performance.
Video of the event, which gives me chills every time I watch it, was Read the rest of this entry »
November 1, 2013
On my way to an appointment this morning, I was thinking about how most of us have escaped serious injury or death at least once in our lives.
• One friend told me that her car spun around on a busy L.A. highway; she braced herself for impact and thought, This is it, but when she opened her eyes, all the cars behind her had miraculously stopped in time.
• Another friend of mine was standing in his yard when he was shot by Read the rest of this entry »
October 31, 2013
I lived in Minnesota my whole life until three years ago when I moved to Encinitas, half an hour north of San Diego. The night I arrived in Encinitas, I remember thinking, This is home.
Five months later, when I returned to Minnesota for a three-month visit, I honestly wondered whether Minnesota would still feel like home. Thankfully, It did. But halfway through my visit, I felt something shift. Oh, I get it, I thought. Minnesota will always feel like home. I just don’t belong here anymore.
During my current three-week visit to Minnesota, I shifted again. I was visiting some dear friends for dinner and was enjoying their company as always . . . except I was Read the rest of this entry »
October 30, 2013
How does a nine-year-old girl go from obscurity in Holland to international fame in two and a half minutes?
If your name is Amira Willighagen, you step out on stage for Holland’s Got Talent and start to sing.
As soon as Amira, who taught herself to sing opera by watching YouTube tutorial videos, began her performance of Giacomo Puccini’s O Mio Babbino Caro, the judges’ collective jaw dropped to the floor.
“My brother Vincent plays violin, and I also Read the rest of this entry »
October 28, 2013
I love watching total unknowns come out of nowhere on TV talent shows and blow everyone away with their vocal prowess. Here are my top ten favorite auditions from The X Factor, America’s Got Talent and Britain’s Got Talent. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
1) LILLIE McCLOUD
The X Factor (USA) (2013)
EVENTUAL FINISH: Eighth
Lillie is what Whitney Houston could have been. She’s the epitome of authenticity. You can literally see the joy bubbling up from her soul to pour itself out in every note and every expression. I can’t stop watching her performances over and over.
Click here to see more performances from Lillie.
2) JAHMENE DOUGLAS
The X Factor (UK) (2012)
EVENTUAL FINISH: Second
I love me some Jahmene! He disappears so completely in his music that he becomes a pure instrument of soulful expression. Music literally saved Jahmene’s life; it was his refuge from an abusive, horrific childhood. When he sings, he is free.
Click here to see
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October 27, 2013
I received a wonderful e-mail by a woman overseas who is reading my new eBook, The Logic of Living a Spiritual Life: Supporting a Life of Faith Through Logic and Reason. Here are some excerpts from her note:
It was the intercession of God’s Will that a beautiful masterpiece of a book crafted in words had to reach me.
But i know, God is acting right in my life at this point in time and your ebook has been a reckoner for me to be enlightened in the true Will of God.
As i unfold my Read the rest of this entry »
October 19, 2013
If I lived in Thailand, I would buy life insurance from this company. Heck, i still might! I have a soft spot for commercials that embrace what truly matters in life, what truly has meaning.
I wish nobody cold relate to Read the rest of this entry »
October 18, 2013
Next time you’re at work, in church or at a neighborhood gathering, look around at all the people who surround you. You’re probably good friends with some of them and are acquainted with everyone else to varying degrees.
Now imagine if one of them unexpectedly left this world. Chances are you’d wish that you had offered them a kind word or a genuine compliment when you had the chance. Instead, those words were left unspoken because you just weren’t comfortable or confident enough to speak them.
Don’t let that happen. Starting right now, be Read the rest of this entry »