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Thursday, July 26, 2012

"What's your gripe..?" 'Michael A. Herr' (Aloha Friday)

Renowned author Michael Herr is back guest-blogging on this awesome Aloha Friday talking about  appreciating what we have especially while our nation mourns the tragedy in Aurora Colorado....Make sure and check out Michael's website at; http://www.michaelherr.com/
It's Aloha Friday.

What's your gripe?
Aloha folks,

What went wrong for you today? Did you gripe about it to your coworkers? Did you complain to your spouse? Did you let your kids know that they shouldn't bother you because something else was already bothering you? Did you hold it all in and just blow up later? And nobody knew why you suddenly let go like that?
Or did you take it out in other ways? Did you cut someone off in traffic and grin at their frustration? Did you let the door swing shut behind you rather than holding it open for the person following you? When someone cut you off in traffic did you pound your steering wheel, race to catch up with them and then flip them off before driving away?

What went wrong with you today?
Was the traffic really heavy driving home from work? But you were driving. Not walking. In your own car. You weren't thumbing a ride and hoping against hope that someone would pick you up because your feet hurt so bad and the pavement was so hot under them.

Did the price of gas rattle you today? But you had the money to pay for it, no matter if it was more than last week. And the station had gas to sell you; unlike not so many years ago when we sat in long lines for hours just to get a few gallons of gas.

Did your boss pile the work on you today? Or did he find something wrong with what you did yesterday and told you to do it over? But he didn't fire you. You've still got a job. You've still got a paycheck.
Did you notice when you got home from work that your house needs painting? That's gonna cost you. But it's still your house, isn't it? You're not one of those being forced out by foreclosure. You still have your home. No cardboard box in some alley for you.
Was dinner late tonight? And was it less than scrumptious? But it was satisfying. It was hot. And it filled that empty space in your stomach.

Did your child bring home a less than glowing report from school? But did your child come home from school safe and sound? Do you feel confident about your child playing outside your house in your own yard?

Couldn't get to sleep tonight? Did your mind refuse to turn off, thinking about the traffic, the price of gas, the work you have to catch up on tomorrow, the note from your child's teacher, the peeling paint on your house?

Maybe if you turn those things around. If you think about how much better it is to drive your own car to work, rather than walk. If you think about the money you do have, rather than the money you wish you had. If you think about how lucky you are to have a job, a house, food to put on your table and healthy children. Maybe if you think about those things you'll have one more thought before going to sleep.

What do I have to gripe about?

Okay folks, see you next week.

April 27, 2012

Hana Hou, (Encore) courtesy facebook shares...

check out Michael's website at http://www.michaelherr.com/ 

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Chester "Unc" Lau said...

via facebook concerning Hana Hou;
"Oui,D'accord :-)"

Facebook likes said...

Facebook likes concerning the Hana Hou;

Rema Murphy
Cindy Anderson
James "Kimo" Rosen
Chester "Unc" Lau
Marta L:ane
Cheryl Eayes Olstad
Linda Meyers
Douglas Dunn

Douglas Dunn said...

via facebook;"Love the emphasis in finding the good side of everything!
And everything does have both the positive and challenging aspects and, whichever one we focus on, that is what we will find.

As for the price of gas and waiting in gas lines, all behind me. 100% electric Nissan Leaf plugged into solar panels, and god ain't raising the price on sunshine!"