Point to Ponder
certificate shows that we were born; a death certificate
shows that we died; pictures show that we lived!
Relax. And read this
believe - That just
because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love each
other. And just because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they
I believe -
That we don't have to change friends if we understand that friends
believe - That no matter how good a friend is,
they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive
them for that.
Pic: Bob in Paris January
I believe - That true
friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same
goes for true love.
I believe - That you can do
something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.
I believe - That
it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.
I believe - That
you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the
last time you see them. (This is so true!)
I believe - That you can keep
going long after you think you can't.
I believe - That we are
responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.
I believe - That either you
control your attitude or it controls you.
I believe - That heroes are
the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done,
regardless of the consequences.
I believe - That money
is a lousy way of keeping score.
I believe - That sometimes the
people you expect to kick you when you're down will be the ones to
help you get back up.
I believe - That sometimes
when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give
me the right to be cruel.
I believe - That
maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've
had and what you've learned from them and less to do with how
many birthdays you've celebrated.
I believe - That it
isn't always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you
have to learn to forgive yourself.
I believe - That
no matter how bad your heart is broken, the world doesn't stop for
believe - That our background and circumstances may
have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we
believe - Two people can look at the exact same
thing and see something totally different.
I believe - That your life can
be changed in a matter of hours by people who don't even know you.
- That even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend
cries out to you - you will find the strength to help.
I believe - That
credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.
I believe - That
the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon.
- That you should send this to all of the people that you
believe in. I just did.
The happiest people
don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the
best of everything they have. 'The
will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will
not protect you."
People ask me where I get
the ideas for articles, point to ponder and such... sometimes
other people send along pieces that fit. My catalyst role is to share inspiration and creative challenges
with my audiences and readers. This
one came from Irene who got it from someone who sent it to
her. Not sure who penned this... but it was worth sharing.
I believe in
you and your potential to move outside of
your comfort zone into your winner's
See you next month.
I'll include pictures of my trip
to Korea and Russia
Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey
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Past NSA President Mark LeBlanc has a great new
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I'll get Mark to bring some to Orlando for the NSA convention next
"Never be the
Same is for you if...1. You feel like you should be further
along in your life or work.
2. You have a
burning desire that the best is yet to come.
You need to create a turning point in the direction of your
It's part business... part
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thing is for sure. After reading this book, it is quite possible
your life will never be the same."
I have been privileged to call Mark a
friend, mentor, leader, and a co-author, as well as being challenged
during his Achiever's Circle weekend. I'm privileged to recommend him.
DAD... you're still my
With Father's day (June 20th, 2010) rapidly
approaching, many North Americans will be thinking about getting a
card or present for that special man in our lives... our fathers.
Sadly, for some of us, father's day is a day of sorrow and
remembrance of fathers no longer with us.
"I remember watching the tears flowing freely down my mom's
unbelieving face of grief as we gathered to pay tribute to my dad
Ronald Howard Hooey in February, 1999. I
watched, as she seemed to shrink before my eyes under the weight of
her grief. I listened as person after person got up to share
stories of how much my dad had meant to them and how he had impacted
their lives. I wondered, did they ever tell my dad of
their admiration and love.
"As I got up to share my thoughts and to honor my dad, I was
overwhelmed with the loss of the man who had been my hero.
- The hero who had chosen to be my 'DAD' by
adopting me those many years ago.
- The hero who had modeled love in everything
he did, and in how he treated my mom, my sister, and myself.
- The hero who always seemed to have time for
me, despite his own busy schedule; to talk, to challenge, to
discipline when I needed it (and I did quite often during my teen
- The hero who had always been in my corner,
believing in me, encouraging me and loving me regardless of how I
- The hero who,the night before he passed away
on his 82nd birthday, had called me to tell me how much
he loved me and how proud he was of me.
I was so glad I 'd had the chance to tell him often how
much he had meant to me over the years and that the
last words I'd said to him
the night before he
passed away were, "I luv you pop!"
My challenge to my fellow children across the globe is not to
wait until it is too late. If you love your father, don't wait
until Father's day or worse after he cannot hear you. TELL HIM NOW and tell him
often! Dad, you are 'still' my hero; and you will be
until I join you someday.
Note: My dad passed away on his birthday, Feb
11th, 1999 He would have been 82. I still miss his
wisdom, his love, and his warmth. He was my best cheerleader and
champion. He was very special to me and I would like to remind you
that Fathers' day is not the only day to express your love. Tell
them often. My mom followed him a short 6 months later. I still miss
here during his RCAF service in WWII
June will be a
traveling month and a month of exploration.
4th: Exploring the advantages of becoming an Accredited
Speaker/professional speaker with MVP Advanced Toastmasters
Club in Calgary. They approached me with this request at
the recent D42 Convention in Edmonton where I
5th: Conducting a 3 hour creativity workshop for
PPPC's L'Academie 2010 in Calgary. I will go
down early on the 4th to support my amazing CAPS colleagues
Jeff Mowatt, CSP and Natashia
Halikowski who are presenting as well.
June 7: Travel to Seoul, Korea via
9th: I fly to Vladivostok, Russia (Siberia) to present at a
Rotary International leadership conference in Vladivostok, June
10-13th. It has been an exercise in patience and 'Red' tape to get
the Russian visa, but it will be an amazing trip and a chance to
explore another area of the world. Stopping off for a short visit in
Seoul, Korea enroute.
14-17th: Following conference I will play tourist and
explore this great part of Russia. Pictures to
18th: A very long and exhaustive day flying home: I leave
in the afternoon and fly from Vladivostok to Seoul - to Seattle - to
Edmonton. Be good to get home and share the experience with Irene.
19th: Presenting a session on mentorship at CAPS
20th: Father's day... Sleep in, wash clothes, and get dress
clothes ready to drop off at dry cleaners...lol
28th: Irene and I will drive to Calgary to pickup Amanda
who is coming to visit for a couple of weeks... bet she will be
tired from her flights from Perth to Sydney and home via San
Francisco. We'll stay over and head back to Edmonton on the
Will have lots
of other work I am sure... and of course, have the Margarita deck
and new garden beds to finish when I get home. Would like to
have it mostly done so we can throw a bbq party in July before
Amanda flies back to Australia mid July and I fly to Orlando for the
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in case we didn't tell you... Amanda is now engaged
to Michael and will continue to live in Geraldton,
Guess we will have to plan to visit every once in
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his keynote for their annual company retreat.
Bob had shared the story of 'the Tie'
given to him by Sandy Dumont - the Image
Architect when they both spoke in Holland.
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