Thursday,  February 9, 2012
                                      Winter Edition 203

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"Remember it isn't your position in life; it's your disposition that determines your happiness."


"Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own mind."

-Franklin D. Roosevelt

"You are who you are when nobody is watching."


"Ability is greater than money because it can be neither lost nor stolen."

-Napoleon Hill




March 14th or 15th
Time: 12 noon EDT

- What do I want?
- What do I need?
- What do I do?
- What do I avoid?
- Am I busy?
- Am I wasting time?


What's Important February 14th or 15th
Time: 12 noon EDT

- How to Focus on
what's Important?

- Why don't we get to
the important?

- Why do we wait until
it's a crisis?

- Why are we stuck?
- Why can't we start?
-How can I manage it better?

are FREE



Today,  it's about Josephine, just as I mentioned last week. Who is Josephine? Well, read the article below.

Thanks again for all the feedback on the newsletter and the new book. It helps me to help you.

There is a very popular large web site called Self-Growth. The writers recently listed the top self-help books as ranked by their members. Here's the list:

  1. Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill
  2. How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie
  3. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen Covey
  4. The Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle
  5. As a Man Thinketh - James Allen
  6. You Can Heal Your Life - Louise Hay
  7. The Secret - Rhonda Byrne
  8. The Science of Getting Rich - Wallace Wattles
  9. The Power of Positive Thinking - Norman Vincent Peale
  10. The Bible
I've read all of them, most from cover to cover. How about you? Some are my favorites. I was reading Think and Grow Rich
40 years ago. I won't tell you how long it took me to realize it was not a book about money.

Yes, you can get all of them at our Shipp's Locker Bookstore. We all need help. It's the wise one who gets help and progresses in life, learning and engaging in all that life has to offer.

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Do you know Josephine?

I doubt you do. But, you should.

Josephine grows organic lettuce, other vegetables, and landscape plantings in St. John which is part of the US Virgin Islands.

Her piece of earth is surrounded by lush green hills, actually little mountains,. She has a wide open flat area of garden that even a non-gardener, like myself, has to be in awe of. Just being there, you know it's a special place. The feel, the quiet, and the vibrations are overwhelming.

It's comforting, relaxing, and you feel grounded and connected. It's a garden, but so clean, well kept, and natural -- all at the same time. It has a feeling that is so much more than just a garden.  

As we walked, a woman was picking lettuce from afar. She smiled and waved. You could feel she was a wonderful soul. Sure enough, it was Josephine.  The owner lovingly picking her lettuce for distribution.

Josephine had a peace about her that was unmistakeable. She loved her little plot of earth and loved what she did. Her employees had the same peacefulness and joy in working the earth.

She was grateful we came to enjoy her gardens, so we chatted. The whole while she smiled and was thrilled to share her gardens with us. No rush, no haste, just enjoying nature and all it had to give.

Me, I did not want to take the time to go see the garden. Left to my own desires, I would not have gone. Boy, would I have been wrong! What a gift to see the gardens. What a gift to meet Josephine.

It's a joy to see someone who has it all, loves what she does, gets joy from it, and loves to share it all with others. She lives a simple life on a plot of land in paradise. She's complete. She's happy. She's giving back a wonderful product.

What would it take to make you a Josephine? How can you obtain the peace and joy of Josephine? How can you have the abundance of Josephine?

You can. You have it in you. You just have to find it, feel it, and allow it. Judgment from others, peer pressure, and 'shoulds' don't matter. What would give you that wonder of life for yourself? 

Josephine makes me realize that less is more. Kids are the same way. Kids love life and every moment. They can play for hours with a ball or a box. It's the joy and fun in the moment with what they have. Not what you want, not what comes later, not what you are chasing after. It's what you have in the here and now.

Guess what Josephine eats for a diet? Breakfast and lunch are vegetables from the garden. For dinner it's the same along with fish, caught that day from a local fisherman. All natural, all fresh, and no preservatives.

I'll leave this island knowing the teacher, Josephine. As I race around doing things I'll be called back to her smile and peace, just picking lettuce with love. What an image. She has it all. Now, about my diet! What about yours?

Let's find our lettuce.