The holidays are in full swing. So are the TV commercials for high ticket items. On TV, I see husbands buying their wives Lexus luxury SUVs. Sometimes it’s the wife buying a Lexus for the husband. This commercial was being played on 60 minutes in-between segments on homelessness in America. If you like irony, it doesn’t get any better than that.

It’s a difficult time for the country and we all have to be willing to work harder, think smarter, behave better and whenever possible help out those in need. These are the times of forging character and proving to yourself what kind of mettle you are made of. No matter how bad conditions seem, is your vision bigger than the circumstances? Scroll down a bit and you will find a video from It features Ric Elias, a prominent businessman who was flying 1st Class on the flight which became known as the Miracle on the Hudson. I learned a thing or two from this.


Familiar Sights: Of course, all things being relative, I lived for many years in the Indian Subcontinent: India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Having a rope bed and a bar of soap were signs of considerable affluence!

St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and the Wounded Warrior Project are two of my favorite places to help out.

There is a problem that affects growing number of Americans. I talk about heart disease being the number one killer in America but why is it so?

1. The Japanese eat very little fat
And suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans. (They eat a lot of seafood.)

2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat
And suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans. (They eat a lot of beans.)

3. The Chinese drink very little red wine
And suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans. (The rural Chinese work 14 hours a day farming and eat mostly vegetables.)

4 The French drink a lot of red wine
And suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans. (Yes, Resveratrol.)

5.. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats
And suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans. (I can’t explain this one.)

If you want to find some answers, click on this link and see what Vaughn Gray has to say. 
Let’s not Forget to Trust

Proverbial Thought: Three men were walking on a wall. Feeling, Faith and Fact. Feeling had an awful fall, faith was taken aback. Only Fact remained. Fact pulled up Faith, Faith pulled up feeling and they all walked on the wall again.

Here is my TED Talk Recommended Video of the week:

Take aways for me:

1. Life can change in an instant. You don’t need years to figure it out. Go with what you know.

2. Don’t postpone anything. If it’s important, do it now.

3. Relationships: Eliminate negative energy. You don’t need to be right, you do need to be happy.

4. Dying is not scary, we will know that when the time comes, until then, forget about it.

5. Be a good parent, a good friend, a good son, a good piece of humanity.

6. Be the best parent you can.

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