Thursday, February 14, 2013
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russell_newRussell R. Shippee
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 "There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live."


Dalai  Lama  




 "Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing."



Muhammad Ali




"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched. They must be felt with the heart."  




Helen Keller

"The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to them their own."  
Benjamin Disraeli 

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Happy Valentine's Day to everyone!

What does today mean to you? What does it mean to those you love? What are the expectations?

If you enjoy Valentine Day, great. If you don't, but your loved ones do, then consider enjoying them and going along with their appreciation of the day. Don't they do that for you? OK, if they don't, you start, today.

Do you remember giving and receiving Valentine cards in school as a young child? Didn't we all want to get a card from everyone else--especially, that special person we liked? Have we changed all that much? 

Last week I listed questions at the bottom of the newsletter for you to answer. From the responses, they were challenging and beneficial to those who did them. If you didn't, they are here again this week. Here is one of the responses: "Russell, you must be psychic! I will take the time to answer that list of questions, no matter how hard the answers may be."

If the answers to the questions were easy you'd have already done them. How about NOW?

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PS:  Go to the bookstore on the  left. New books have been added.  Get a book. Read and grow. Many will help you to answer the questions below.  You'll be happy you did. 


How many of you, during the northeast snowstorm this weekend, went to the bookstore or downloaded a book, and read it?  


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No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help someone. 


Don't you enjoy helping others? When we get a chance to help it makes us feel good, in addition to the person we are helping. 


Let people help you. People want to help, and helping gives them a chance to show you what you mean to them. They feel good about being able to help, and you have something done for you that you did not have to do. Everyone wins, everyone feels good. 


Don't be stubborn. Don't say "No". People are reaching out, especially when you are in a time of need, and it's respectful and helpful to accept.  Sure, you can do it yourself; but, that's not the point. The point is, someone cares enough to help, and cares enough to ask for the opportunity to help. Accept it with gratitude and appreciation. 


Think about yourself. A friend has had a tragedy or a problem. Isn't your instinct to reach out and help? You want to help, you want to show them you care. How would you feel if they said, " No"? Not happy, I'm sure. 


Recently we had a tragedy in the family and so many came to help we were overwhelmed. Too much food arrived, so many people stopped by, it was hard to spend the time we wanted to with them. We so appreciated all that was done, but we did not have the time or energy to thank them as we'd have wanted to. 


I've learned, it's OK. People help to help. People understand. Thank them when you can. The best thanks is to 'pay it forward' and help someone else in need. When we see a need where we can help, and add value, we should do it. 


My two hands can't begin to count the help and goodness we have received. I remember one person we were acknowledging how we could not thank them enough. They simply said, "Help someone else when the opportunity arises." The person went on to explain how others had helped them, and now they were helping others. 


Truly, we all want to help, we all want to be useful to friends and those in need. It might not be right when you want to help, but you'll have your chance to help. When given the chance, enjoy the opportunity. Help. 


It has taken me a long time to accept help and just say, "Thank you". For some of us, it's hard to do. But, I learned, and so you can learn.  It's also fun to see those who helped, and how good they feel.  Don't deny someone the chance to help, to do good, and to feel good about helping you or someone else.  


In helping, everyone wins, everyone feels good, and everyone feels valued. 

QUESTIONS for 2013

write your answers

What has to change for it to be a great year?

How will I make the change?

Who do I want to help me and to hold me accountable?

What are my top 5 goals?

What do I have to stop doing?

What do I have to start doing?

What control do I need to take back?

What risks have I avoided that I need to take this year?

If I could not fail, what would I truly want to do?

Is this the year for me to be my best self?

What do I have to change to be excited about my life?

What adventures do I want in 2013?

If I died this year, would I be satisfied with the life I have lived?