Thursday, July 5, 2012
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russell_newRussell R. Shippee
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Relax & Enjoy sam_r
There are no
in July. 



"Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced. "


James Baldwin



"Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them."


Albert Einstein



"Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one."  

  E B White


"Man is a genius when he is dreaming."   


Akiro Kurosawa


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Ahoy Captain 

For those in the USA I sure hope you had a safe and joyous 4th of July!

This is a huge vacation week in the USA. If you are on vacation, make the most of it. Enjoy. Relax. Play. Be a kid. It's a week to recharge. Remember, you deserve it. 

Yes, I had an accident. You can read about it in the article below. The real issue is how it relates to you. 

No, there are no TeleSeminars in July. Read a book. Go to the beach. Enjoy. 

The America's Cup trials were in Newport and I was fortunate enough to go and see them. WOW. The boats and the speed sure were impressive. 

Also impressive were all the boats out to see the races. There were small boats and mega yachts.  The real issue is who was having more fun? It's not the size of the boat that determines the fun, it's the people. It's always the people.

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P.S.  Be sure to take time for yourself, your family, and your friends. 





I had an auto accident a few days ago. 


Pulling out of the gym parking lot I, somehow, did not see a car in the second lane, and it hit me broadside on the driver's door. 


Accidents happen in an instant, and then we try to relive them and what happened. A split second before the impact, I realized I was going to be hit. Then, there was the impact, the air bag, the smoke, and the bounce. Then, silence. Quickly I realized I had to get out of the road. The car started, and I was able to get to the side of the road. Then, I crawled out the right hand door. 


My concern turned to the person who hit me, and to find out if she was OK. I was the responsible party, and I sure did not want to hurt another person. In this situation, she was OK and most cordial. 


Friends from the gym stopped to help and to drive me home. Friends, we can't live without them.  


As I write this I am sore and black and blue. But, I am fortunate, most fortunate. The car was a total loss. I could have been very seriously injured. 


But, there are no accidents. Everything happens for a reason. There is a value and a lesson in all that happens. I believe it, but, at times, it is sure hard to believe and difficult to find the lesson and the value. 


The accident has slowed me down for a few days. It changed my schedule, my plan that I follow. I have had to rest and heal. 


Perhaps in my case the message is to slow down. Maybe I'm trying to do too much, packing too much into a day. So far that's the best lesson I can find in the accident. 


It's interesting I was not hurt more than I was, and that the woman in the other car was not hurt. 


What 'accident' has happened to you in life? What was the lesson? Reflect back and think. It's not always easy, but with patience you can see and feel the lesson and the value. What did the 'accident' bring to you, teach you, or how did it end up changing your life for the better?


The 'accident' of sickness is the same. It stops us, it changes us, and we wonder why. Why am I sick? Why did it happen to me?


I've been 'sick' several times, and it sure knocked me down, slowed me down, and also taught me. I must be a slow learner as it's happened several times. In life, if we don't learn the lesson, we get another chance. 


Embrace your 'accidents'. Learn the lesson in them so that you don't have to repeat the lesson. Everything happens for a reason, and there is a lesson and a value for us. The secret is to find the lesson and the value.