Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

55 Maxims for Christian Living

55 Maxims for Christian Livingfr.thomas_hopko
by Fr. Thomas Hopko
1. Be always with Christ.
2. Pray as you can, not as you want.
3. Have a keepable rule of prayer that you do by discipline.
4. Say the Lord’s Prayer several times a day.
5. Have a short prayer that you constantly repeat when your mind is not occupied with other things.
6. Make some prostrations when you pray.
7. Eat good foods in moderation.
8. Keep the Church’s fasting rules.
9. Spend some time in silence every day.
10. Do acts of mercy in secret.
11. Go to liturgical services regularly
12. Go to confession and communion regularly.
13. Do not engage intrusive thoughts and feelings. Cut them off at the start.
14. Reveal all your thoughts and feelings regularly to a trusted person.
15. Read the scriptures regularly.
16. Read good books a little at a time.
17. Cultivate communion with the saints.
18. Be an ordinary person.
19. Be polite with everyone.
20. Maintain cleanliness and order in your home.
21. Have a healthy, wholesome hobby.
22. Exercise regularly.
23. Live a day, and a part of a day, at a time.
24. Be totally honest, first of all, with yourself.
25. Be faithful in little things.
26. Do your work, and then forget it.
27. Do the most difficult and painful things first.
28. Face reality.
29. Be grateful in all things.
30. Be cheefull.
31. Be simple, hidden, quiet and small.
32. Never bring attention to yourself.
33. Listen when people talk to you.
34. Be awake and be attentive.
35. Think and talk about things no more than necessary.
36. When we speak, speak simply, clearly, firmly and directly.
37. Flee imagination, analysis, figuring things out.
38. Flee carnal, sexual things at their first appearance.
39. Don’t complain, mumble, murmur or whine.
40. Don’t compare yourself with anyone.
41. Don’t seek or expect praise or pity from anyone.
42. We don’t judge anyone for anything.
43. Don’t try to convince anyone of anything.
44. Don’t defend or justify yourself.
45. Be defined and bound by God alone.
46. Accept criticism gratefully but test it critically.
47. Give advice to others only when asked or obligated to do so.
48. Do nothing for anyone that they can and should do for themselves.
49. Have a daily schedule of activities, avoiding whim and caprice.
50. Be merciful with yourself and with others.
51. Have no expectations except to be fiercely tempted to your last breath.
52. Focus exclusively on God and light, not on sin and darkness.
53. Endure the trial of yourself and your own faults and sins peacefully, serenely, because you know that God’s mercy is greater than your wretchedness.
54. When we fall, get up immediately and start over.
55. Get help when you need it, without fear and without shame.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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Monday, April 20, 2015


A few weeks ago, Damon Dash went on a rant on The Breakfast Club morning radio show.   In this interview, he primarily talked about how we all need to “boss up” and stop working for “the man”.  He stressed that most people that work a job can’t leave their job to their kids.  Dame is obviously a successful entrepreneur and hates the idea of having a boss. 

Charlamagne the God liked the idea of self-empowerment but totally disagreed with Dame’s premise.  Charlamagne went on to talk about this further on his Brilliant Idiots podcast with Andrew Schultz….. episode “Chatty Patty”.  They interviewed the great actor that we know as Malik Yoba.

 Malik Yoba grew up with Dame in Harlem.  Mr. Yoba has similar views to Dame @ “bossing up”…. yet less radical.  I’m a big fan of bossing up.  I’ve been thinking about this for a few days and this is my response to the question….

“Is having a boss really that bad?”

My answer is: Yes, No, and Maybe…

This country is partial to business owners, homeowners, and land owners.  To own your own in this country means something.  There are benefits and tax incentives in relation to ownership. 

I’m never going to make the type of money that I really want to make working a full-time job for someone else (I’m 99% certain). 

If you have what it takes to “go it alone”….in my opinion…. You should!!  If you have a vision to leave your business to your family, that’s invaluable.   Even if your children do not want to work for the family business, it’s nice to have that option.

In this era, if you expect a company to take care of you for the rest of your natural life, one might wake up to a rude awakening.  Pensions plans are fading away.

Everyone is not cut out for business.  Not everyone has the knowledge, education, temperament, or stomach to build and maintain a business.  Not everyone wants to be a boss.  I have my own part time business while I work my fulltime job.  I also like having multiple streams of income.  I have been fortunate to have great bosses.  Ultimately, my goal is to be bi-vocational.  I am growing my business and increasing my income streams: passive and non-passive.    

Like Mr. Dash, I am not a company man.  If I would have figured it all out by now, I would be 100% on my own.  I’m not ashamed to say that I haven’t figured it out completely.  I won’t pretend that I don’t need my job.  I look forward to the 1st and 15th every month.

My parents never owned their own business but they helped me get a few jobs.  I plan to use my network to help my children get a job and to start their own businesses.

My 14 yeard old son sold candy at school until his mother and I fired him.  (He’s eligible for rehire in 6 months).  I just helped him get a job at one of the places that I do business. My 7 year old daughter has been begging us to start a lemonade stand.  I plan to help her make that happen this summer.

Ultimately, it depends upon the person.  It’s on a case by case basis. 


Thursday, April 09, 2015

quote of the day | 031 | The quality of your thoughts

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.”
-Marcus Aurelius , Roman Emperor and Philospher  

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

quote of the day | 029 | Success 001

Success seems to be connected with action.  Successful people keep moving.  They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”
-Conrad Hilton

Monday, April 06, 2015

Friday, April 03, 2015

quote of the day | 027 | To live...

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.”
    Oscar Wilde

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

quote of the day | 025 | Open Doors

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”
– Alexander Graham Bell

Monday, March 23, 2015

quote of the day | 023 | Adversity 003

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.

Sunday, March 22, 2015