Point to Ponder

A birth certificate shows that we were born; a death certificate shows that we died; pictures show that we lived!  

Relax.  And read this slowly.  

"I 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 do.

I believe - That we don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change.

I 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 2009 

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 your grief.

I believe - That our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we  become.  

I 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.  

I believe - 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.  

I believe - 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."
Well said! 
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. Enjoy...
I believe in you and your potential to move outside of your comfort zone into your winner's zone.
See you next month. 
I'll include pictures of my trip to Korea and Russia
Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey
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My friend, co-author, and Past NSA President Mark LeBlanc has a great new book hot off the presses. I ordered 6 - I should have ordered more. I'll get Mark to bring some to Orlando for the NSA convention next month.

"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.
3. You need to create a turning point in the direction of your dream.
It's part business... part leadership... part personal transformation.

One 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 hero!

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 years). 
  • The hero who had always been in my corner, believing in me, encouraging me and loving me regardless of how I was progressing. 
  • 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 them both!

Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey
Dad pictured here during his RCAF service in WWII

Late breaking news
June will be a traveling month and a month of exploration.
June 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 presented.
June 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 Seattle, Wash.
June 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.
June 14-17th: Following conference I will play tourist and explore this great part of Russia. Pictures to follow.
June 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.

June 19th: Presenting a session on mentorship at CAPS Edmonton 
June 20th: Father's day... Sleep in, wash clothes, and get dress clothes ready to drop off at dry cleaners...lol
June 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 29th.
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 NSA Convention.

Thanks for reading

Irene working on the new 'Margarita' deck at our place in Egremont, AB. I helped too, see picture below... smile. Follow the progress of this project on Facebook.

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June 2010

                 What's New!
Just in case we didn't tell you... Amanda is now engaged to Michael and will continue to live in Geraldton, Western Australia. Guess we will have to plan to visit every once in a while.
Bob had a feature article in CAPS Speaking of Impact Spring Issue. Follow the above link to read it.
Bob will have feature articles in both HRIA Network and Canadian Manager's Summer Issues.
Bob pictured here with Kirsten Krywko of Morgan Construction and Environmental following 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.

About Bob

Bob is a professional speaker, author, leadership, sales, and business success expert

Bob is a long time leader and professional charter member of Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, a member of NSA-Arizona, as well as the International Federation for Professional Speakers.
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Bob is the co-founder and a past president of CAPS Vancouver, an honorary founding member of CAPS Sask., an honorary member of CAPS Halifax, as well as being an active member of CAPS Edmonton. He served as CAPS National Director (2000-2002).
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