Driving 40 years and…

Could I pass a driving test today?  Sure I would; driving for 40 years I generally kept up with the rules and regulations of the road, I consider myself a smart driver.  I’m a good driver according to my insurance company and I drive safely according to my husband a retired Certified Driving Instructor (CDI).  My lifestyle requires driving.  I drive all the time, at least 5 days a week, sometimes several times a day.  I drive to the store, jobs, events, to visit friends and family, even to the subway.  I’m often the designated driver on group trips because I know the bus routes.  It may take us a little longer to get there but I don’t get lost in my hometown.  I also own a well maintained car (thanks to the CDI).

They say experience is the best teacher so failing a driving test is not an option.  I may fail to go to the correct address.  I doubt it is still located where it was when I took the road test many years ago.  A huge new office building is now located on that corner.  I could fail the eye exam if I wear the wrong pair of glasses, I seem to have several pair these days thanks to the Dollar Store.  I passed before when I really couldn’t drive so now with 40 years driving experience, I’ll ace it.

Seriously thinking, it’s possible that parking may be a small issue for me if you are still required to parallel park.  I admit I still have to do it twice to get it right sometimes.  I parked perfect driving a 1967 convertible Cadillac Coupe Deville, during my first driver test, but I’m sure I would need to practice to get it correct in one attempt today.  Hopefully, now the testers give you the option of pulling in or backing your car into a parking space.  I am an expert at that.

An experienced driver like me should pass the written part of the test with no problem or so I thought. After all those years of driving including a 65 mile work commute and other driving duties, I should know the rules of the road, plus any updated driving techniques you need to be a smart driver today.  Recently, just for fun I took the AARP Are You a Smart Driver quiz.  My expectation was 10 questions and 10 correct answers.  Surprise! I didn’t get 10 answers correct and the one question that stunned me: Where on the steering wheel should your hands be positioned while driving? 10 and 2 right? Wrong!!

Check for yourself, take the quiz at: http://www.aarp.org/home-garden/transportation/info-11-2011/quiz-are-you-a-smart-driver.html.

Rules change, cars change, and you change! Ok I get it, experience is only part of being smart.

Picture This…

The image is you. Life is good…a family, a home, a car and a job.
You’ve worked for years; Giving it all you have as well as all you could find…
You’re at that stage…you go there (work) everyday…But your mind is 80% somewhere else…
You don’t hate anyone or anything. You’re good at your craft and you make a difference…
What you do is meaningful… to someone, but that someone is not you anymore…
Gazing out of the window,  daydreaming.  Your thoughts create hypnotic pictures …
The scenery is beautiful, engaging and so are you, living life by your design.
The feeling is peaceful and joyous…You’re happy and content… It feels like a perfect day
and time. You smile!
Just when you really focus on what you see and feel, you snap out of it…blink and nod…
wondering … What’s wrong with this picture?
And immediately you know the life you live is no longer the one you desire… Oh well!
You stumble on an inspiring true story that reveal ways to create that lifestyle imagined
in a free eBook called  “Freelance Marketing Secrets”. Intrigued… you read it and
realize a decision and a few simple skills will create new images, depicting the life you
see with your thoughts and feelings.
You go for it! Life is fabulous😍

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“The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.” – Jeff Miller

We appreciate and are thankful for all of the sacrifices Veterans and their families endured as they served to defend their country.

 

New Year Thinking…

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Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.– Wayne Dyer

Is there a better time to create an income that supports the life you’d Love
to live?

Having the freedom to do, be and feel great… Giving time and attention to the people and things you care about most… That’s what we all want -right?!

Here’s what I know:

Your daydreams are where your most meaningful thoughts reside…There is always something or somebody who will interject a stumbling block/rock into your path…

Time is the same for everyone and devoting that daydream time (for example, 30 seconds) taking some action towards making that dream a reality  will reveal goals you’ve set to get you there (especially if you write them down – just saying…

Working hours for someone else will not result in real freedom of time, the necessary resources (money) and expertise to make your dreams come true…

What we think about and thank about we bring about -John Demartini

Resolutions made will inspire you and people will motivate you… but, a plan added to your daydream can attract the strategies and system needed to create the life you really want to live!

What would you rather be doing right now? Take time to really think about it… Dreams don’t work unless you do!

The fact that you have read this far indicates to me that you’re serious about your future, you’re serious about changing your situation, you’re looking for something different.
You’re looking for an opportunity…You know the path you’re on right now isn’t taking you where it is you want to be right?!
Here’s what you can do…do what I did. Register for the free LIVE webcast and see a simple 21st century skill that is changing lives on demand, giving people the freedom to build legacy, share their passion and live the lifestyle they choose!

 

Strings of Beauty

haywire_custom_guitars_red_335_stratMy granddaughter asked for a “real”guitar for Christmas and I asked why? She responded because I like the sound.  OK…I asked who did she know that played a guitar and she disappeared and returned with this picture and a list (below)… To my surprise many on the list I favor and all played Gibson guitars…I gotta ask you…How many of your favorite guitarist made the list?

*George Benson *Carlos Santana *Chuck Berry *Brian Robertson *Nikki Sixx *Cheryl Crow *Bob Dylan *Jerry Garcia *Grant Green *Jimmy Hendrix *Steve Howe *BB King *Peter Green *Tony Iommi *Joan Jett *Albert King *Lenny Kravitz *John Lennon  *Bob Marley *Paul McCartney *Elvis Presley *Keith Richards *Eddie Suggs *Frank Zappa *Eddie VanHalen.

Quite a few, right?! I bet you’re a baby boomer or a musician… I just love music and never realized how popular the brand is among the “greats”.

It’s a fact that all made significant contributions playing Gibson guitars and there’s twice as many guitarist where she gathered her research (smart kid -huh).

The list includes many veteran musicians with long careers, who have a history of faithful Gibson use. The particular instrument they used was unique or of historical importance.

Now I must admit that I didn’t realize the child had an interest in playing guitar or any other instrument, but I figure if she finds one that is as beautiful as the picture, it  will be a great conversation piece. I’ll also have a reason to strum a tune or two!

Think Thanks!

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Saying “Thank You” is two of the first words we teach our children to say when they receive something…we make sure they express a visible delight so I think its safe to say that the concept of gratitude is within us. Yet many adults forget, ignore the practice,
or take it for granted not only with people but also with ourselves… Think for a moment how different it will be when living in gratitude is the norm…
On this Thanksgiving day I am grateful for the diversity in all things – human… You!

Dr John Demartini said “What we think about and thank about, we bring about.”  May your day be filled with inspired love, peace, fun and laughter!

The Magic Bank Account

Imagine that you had won the following *PRIZE* in a contest…
Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400 in your private account for your use…

However, this prize has Rules:

The set of Rules:
1. Everything that you didn’t spend during each day would be taken away from you.

2. You may not simply transfer money into some other account.

3. You may only spend it.

4. Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another
$86,400 for that day.

5. The bank can end the game without warning; at any time, it can say, “Game Over!” It can close the account, and you will not receive a new one.

What would you personally do?

You would buy anything and everything you wanted. Right!

Not only for yourself, but for all the people you love and care for.

Even for people you don’t know, because you couldn’t possibly spend it all on yourself – Right!

You would try to spend every penny, and use it all, because you knew it would be replenished in the morning, right?

ACTUALLY, THIS GAME IS REAL!

Are you shocked??? Yes!!!

Each of us is already a winner of this *PRIZE*. We just can’t seem to see it.

The PRIZE is “TIME”

1. Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of Life.

2. And when we go to sleep at Night, any remaining time is Not credited to us.

3. What we haven’t used up that Day is forever lost.

4. Yesterday is forever gone.

5. Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank (God) can dissolve your account at any time WITHOUT WARNING… YOU DIE……

SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds?

Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars…

Think about it and remember to enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think. So take care of yourself, be Happy, love deeply and enjoy life!

Here’s wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day.

Start spending….Each Day is Amazing!

Author – Unknown

Note: I received from a friend and sharing because every second counts!
I often use the 86,400 seconds phrase when people use time as an example or excuse.
for taking action. I’ve noticed that an immediate pause occurs and rethinking follows…