Creating the A+ Life July 2007

Last month I asked you to write down your dream.

Did you write it down? Did you make it happen? Have you taken a step toward it yet?

Happy 4th of July!
I'm so proud! My son is featured on a podcast on Texas Public Radio. Visit and listen to Episode #9 of Culture Club and learn how Labkids is taking over the town - and the world!

This month is a great time to remember how lucky we are to live in the United States and also to remember that with that blessing comes the responsibility to make sure that we live up to the dreams of our Founding Fathers. I hope you had a safe and happy 4th and that July is a great month for you!

When we seek for connection, we restore the world to wholeness. Our seemingly separate lives become meaningful as we discover how truly necessary we are to each other. --Margaret Wheatley

Before I went to Italy, I tried (not terribly successfully, I might add) to learn a few words in Italian. I just covered the basics - "buon giorno", "buono sera", "dove il bagno?" (always an important phrase in any language), and various words that dealt with transportation. When referring to an airplane, train or bus, the word for "connection" is "coincidenza". Like so many words in English, this word in Italian has several meanings including the English word it most sounds like - coincidence.

The connections that come from coincidence
It made me think about the word coincidence and how it truly is about the connections in our lives. When I think of the events that had to happen for me to meet some of the most important people in my life, I find it mind-boggling.

Two of my best friends I met in high school, but we were all transplants (from New York, Minnesota, and Illinois). If our fathers had not been transferred (one was corporate, one military, and one civil service), and we had not all landed in Marshall High School's attendance boundaries (which admittedly were a whole lot bigger back then), we never would have met and my life would be much poorer.

I couldn't make it without them
One of my other best friends and I met when we both worked for the Texas Commission for the Blind. When we compared notes, we realized that we had been near each other for years. She, too, was from a small town just outside St. Louis. She had attended UT for a semester about the same time I was there, but then transferred. If we hadn't ended up doing the same job in different cities, we never would have met.

Then of course, there is Yvonne ( who came to a presentation I did at the SBA a few years ago. If she hadn't shown up, we wouldn't have made the trip to Europe and I wouldn't have learned the word "coincidenza." (While on the trip, we met an editor from the Express-News in a jewelry shop in Turkey and two girls from Tyler, Texas in a laundromat in Florence. Weird, isn't it?)

Time to help or be helped
There are so many other people I have met at just the right time. Sometimes it was just in time for me to help them; more often it seems that it was just in time for them to help me.

What connections do you have? When that question is asked, often we find ourselves listing the people who make hiring or purchasing decisions at companies. Those connections are important for furthering our business interests. But we often forget that the most important connections are those who bring friendship, happiness, and a chance to serve or learn.

What about your connections?
How did you meet the most important connections in your life? Have you discovered coincidences that led to your meeting? Does it seem like the universe made sure the two of you met? Had you come close to meeting previously?

I'd love to hear about the coincidences in your life that have brought you the best connections. Email me and let me know.

By the way, one of the other meanings of "coincidenza" is harmony. And doesn't that fit just perfectly?

Last month, I asked why the rules for photographers are so different in the Vatican Museum, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel. No flash photos are permitted in the Vatican Museum to protect the artwork. Flash photos are permitted in St. Peter's because the artwork is all mosaic and there are no worries about the color fading. No photos of any kind are allowed in in the Sistine Chapel because the rights to the images are owned by Nippon, the company that paid for the restoration of Michaelangelo's magnificent frescoes.

Congratulations to Dan Scanlon who came closer than anyone to the answer to last month's puzzle! (By the way, Dan is an accomplished, bilingual IT/Sales/Training guy looking for a new career opportunity. If you are interested, contact him at (210) 884-0244 or or read his resume here.)

This month, a quick July 4th quiz. According to the Library of Congress, celebrating Independence Day only became common after which war? The person with the first correct answer will receive a $25 gift certificate from Entree's Catering.

Job Essentials
Know someone who needs training in basic computer skills, Microsoft Office applications, communications skills, and job readiness? Northwest Vista College in partnership with a number of wonderful organizations and companies is offering training at the Westside Education and Training Center, 563 SW 40th Street. Training lasts approximately 7 weeks and is free to participants. Class hours are from 9 AM - 2:30 PM.

To be eligible for this training, participants must be receiving food stamps/TANF or meet income guidelines, have a GED or high school diploma, and have dependent children.

We have one more class under this grant which will start sometime in August. Call 210-431-7122 for more info or to sign up or drop me an email.

Thoughts from the Universe

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Upcoming Events
South Area Business Summit 7:30 AM, Fri, 7/13 Free admission...more info...
Candid Conversations with Former Councilman Chip Haass 7 AM, Wed, 7/18 More info...
Trafficology - The Science of "Being Found" on the Internet 9 AM Tue, 7/24 More info...
Small Business Training July Events More info...
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