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Thursday, December 1, 2011 — —— — —— — —— — —— — —— — —— — — Fall Edition #194
Russell R. Shippee
Author, Speaker, Navigator



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Did you eat too much on Thanksgiving? If so, you are not alone.

The dinner table conversation of gratitude and accomplishments for the year was great. Everyone was able to speak, and everyone encouraged one another. We had regular family members and guests who were new to our process. The gratitude expressed was about other people and what we all mean to each other. It's great to acknowledge it around the table.

It's also great to hear what others have done, see and feel their pride, and give them a hand for all they have done. Everyone wins.

If you did not try going around the table, you can try it at the next 'event' in your world. You will enjoy it, as will all at the table. It's good for everyone.

Some of you are aware that we live in a lighthouse. We were given a book Shine Like A Lighthouse. It's the book this week. Yes, we are building a children's section. But, the books all have great messages for adults. They are easy to understand, but also powerful.

Did you go shopping on Black Friday? Yes, I did go, and bought one item. In the store, waited on, checked out, and gone. The store was busy, but they were ready, and I was able to buy the desired gift.

Do you want a great deal?

Only ONE is available.

St John US Virgin Islands Studio
at the Westin, 1 week starting
Saturday 1-21-11. Only $2,795.
Call 340-779-4218 and talk to Steven and mention Russell Shippee's unit.

It's outstanding, and the view breathtaking!

We will be in St John the week before.

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Quotations

"If it's true that we are here to help others, then what exactly are the others here for? "

Unknown

"The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said."

Peter F. Drucker

"People like us, who believe in psychics, know that the distance between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion."

Albert Einstein

"You will find men who want to be carried on the shoulders of others, who think that the world owes them a living. They don't seem to see that we must all lift together and pull together. "

Henry Ford


More from the family series

Former first lady Barbara Bush has joined composer Tim Janis and the National Foundation for Cancer Research on Shine Like A Lighthouse — a wonderful childrens' book — complete with a CD of nice music, making it even more worthwhile.

It is an empowering story about an adorable little snail who uses his positive attributes to shine and guide others in safe passage around their little lighthouse — a beacon of hope, trust and security.

Go to Shipp's Locker
for this book
and more
great reading!

Tim Janis is the musician and author, while a reading of the book by Mrs. Bush is included.

The illustrations by Steve Lavigne are cute quirky characters.



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PEOPLE
People are the problem. People are the solution.

It’s all people. There are as many types of people as there are people. There are multitudes of ways to describe someone.

Our description and reaction to anyone is based more on us than them. It’s based on where we are, what’s going on in our lives, and what the person reminds us of. What memory, good or bad do they make us remember. It has nothing to do with the other person; and it has everything to do with us.

You may think someone is wonderful, and another friend of yours may hate the person. So, is the person wonderful or someone you should hate. The answer is, both. Yes, based on your personal perspective and where you are coming from. Sure, it’s the same person but just viewed through different lenses.

Thanksgiving in our house has just been celebrated. We had 16 people at our table, family, relatives, friends, and friends of our relatives. In their own way, they were all wonderful. Somewhere there is someone who does not think that they are all wonderful. But, fortunately, we all did.

We were fortunate, everyone at our Thanksgiving celebration liked one another. Too often, holiday celebrations are marked by some people not getting along with others at the table. It makes it hard for everyone. You can feel the tension when people do not get along. It affects everyone.

The challenge is to accept everyone as they are with their good points and points that could be improved. But, hey, we are just the same. We have good points and other points that could be improved.

If we are not perfect, how can we expect others to be so? Should we be judging others? Should they be judging us? Is there any value in judging others?

If you’ll accept me, with both my strengths and weaknesses, I’ll accept you and your strengths and weaknesses. How’s that for a deal? We’ll both be better off. And, I may well learn from you and you from me. That’s a win for both of us and a loss for neither of us.

If we are not working at accepting each other, then we are at great risk--great risk of realizing our original judgement was wrong and that you were a wonderful person all along. I just misjudged or jumped to a conclusion that was wrong.

Often our moods, which are more about us than anyone else, affect our actions, our acceptance, or our rejection of others. On a different day, or in a different mood, we may well feel differently.

At the next holiday gathering or dinner, spend some time with someone you think you don’t like. You may surprise yourself. You may surprise them also.