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A Holiday Thought!

18 Dec

“Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.”
~ Oren Arnold

A Holiday Thought!

16 Dec

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.

-Calvin Coolidge

A Holiday Thought!

11 Dec

“He who has not Christmas in
his heart will never find it under
a tree.”
-Roy L. Smith

A Holiday Thought!

9 Dec
Take a few minutes to write down every holiday custom you feel you should follow. Start with family patterns, but don’t end there. Offices and friendships have their own traditions. Looking over your list, visualize each activity. Notice how your body reacts. Do you tense or relax, feel like smiling, snarling or weeping? What creates a genuine sense of enthusiasm? True enthusiasm makes us feel divine, whether we take that as a religious reality or simply a wonderful emotion. The holy days are the best times to focus on real enthusiasm, the inner source that lightens and sanctifies our lives all year.

How to Stay Sane This Holiday Season

-Martha Beck

A Holiday Thought!

5 Dec

“You have not lived today until you have done
something for someone who can never repay you.”
-John Bunyan

So Many Opportunities…So Little Time!

20 Dec

“Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. “-Francis Pharcellus Church (The Sun, 1897)


I believe…Christmas is an opportunity to be kinder!

I believe…Christmas is an opportunity to give more love!

I believe…Christmas is an opportunity to create healthy boundaries for yourself! 

I believe…Christmas is an opportunity to be far more appreciative!

I believe…Christmas is an opportunity to be more humble!

I believe…If you take advantage of all your opportunities…

    …Santa will bring you; sweetness, joy, love, peace, and happiness!

“Ego says, ‘Once everything falls into place, I’ll find peace.’ Spirit says ‘Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place.”
– Marianne Williamson

…Who will you listen to this holiday season, Ego or Spirit?



FedEx And The Christmas Miracle!

15 Jan
Dear Readers,
I am off and running!
After three unsuccessful attempts for FedEx to deliver a package to my home (signature required, damn it) I had no choice but to go off and find the FedEx holding facility in Richfield, OH. Given today was the last day FedEx would hold on to my package before the dreaded back to sender.  So off I drove to the FedEx holding faculty, which come to find out is 31 miles from my home.
I was under a time crunch because I had a million and one things to do before leaving for a funeral in Detroit. Uncle Bill had a timely departure, he was well into his 80’s with some health issues but with all that said it was still somewhat untimely for me.
I had MapQuest directions, printed them up and now they lay on the seat next to me. Before leaving my garage I had in-put the address into my car’s GPS, confidently I drove out of my driveway. For those who know me, directions and confidence should never be in the same sentence.
While driving I must confess I was complaining to myself about how inefficient I thought FedEx was at this very moment. I was whining about all the things I had to do and this whole process just seemed ridiculous. They can send a man/woman to the moon but FedEx can’t figure out how to deliver a package when no one is home. You know what I’m talking about; you all have done the same thing a million times before. In the process of doing something, the playlist playing in your head is a list of complaints, injustices and annoyances, making new wave music sound mellow.
I took a moment to notice….
Today the sun was actually shining in Cleveland (a miracle); a chilly 26 degrees while ordering myself to stop complaining. Purposely reshuffling the playlist in my head and created a complete new list of music one of enjoyment, to help create a more joyful moment. I started to have fun wondering what layed ahead of me, who was going to cross my path and add something positive to my life…
AND…it happened…
The First Miracle: I didn’t get lost! This goes down in the history books! 
The Second Miracle: once inside the huge FedEx building, (which by the way, the street address is my son’s name) the appropriate person went to retrieve my package from the holding room (no mishaps). While waiting for my package I had the most interesting conversation with a gentleman name Abraham. A slender man with kind eyes and a smile that I still can see in my mind’s eye even seven hours later.
He said to me “All is good, I’m going home.”
I responded, you’re a lucky man, going home makes you happy, there are many who cannot say the same thing.
Being a little curious I asked, what are your days like if you work all night.
He said, “today I will take a nap then I’m going to play the ponies.”
Now this is where the conversation got interesting…
He said, “The ponies have done me well. As soon as I’m $60 up I go home. But the young guys don’t play the ponies because it takes patience and some figuring out.” He said, “The young guys do not know how to figure things out anymore.” He continued, “kids will do what is asked but nothing more and if things do not go exactly as planed, they can’t figure it out.”
His wife he said (a retired educator) feels the kids today are in an awful way. Parents over-schedule, prevents struggles/consequences and over empowers children at an early age by handing over control/decisions. He said in his church they now pray for parents as well as children.
We walked out together into the parking lot, sun still shinning, package now under my arm. Thrilled for my adventure to FedEx and for my meeting with Abraham… We bid each other goodbye and as I glanced back to see Abraham one more time (squinting in the sun) I wished him good luck, and with a smile on his face he waved his final goodbye!
The Third Miracle: As I traveled to my family function in Detroit, again I’m off and running, and in a moment of peace, it accrued to me, by the time my son gets this package, a late xmas gift for one reason or another (certainly not planned this way) it will be January 6, the 12th day of Christmas when the Three Wise Men arrived in Bethlehem and presented their gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh (FedEx package) to Jesus.
January 6 – the Epiphany – Epiphany is derived from the Greek epiphaneia and means manifestation or to appear. In a religious context, the term describes the appearance of an invisible divine being in a visible form. – University of Kansas Medical Center, Diversity Calendar
I now feel this was no mishap or inefficient process or behind the times technology by FedEx…Having to travel to the FedEx storage facility with the street address the same name as my son (especially me traveling) …. was a true Christmas miracle! I had been waiting for this moment since the holidays began…My Christmas miracle arrived and all I had to do was change my playlist in my head and allow it to happen.
Asklotta and Staff will MIND YOUR BUSINESS today in complete amazement of miracles!
Again, it has been my pleasure to tell you what to do and what NOT to do!
Kindest regards,
President and CEO

Carol’s Corner and Ben Stein!

5 Dec
Dear Readers,

Again, the following is from my dear friend Carol. Lets call this one “From Carol’s Corner.”
The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on a CBS Sunday Morning  Commentary.

My confession: 

I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish.  And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees…  I don’t feel threatened..  I don’t feel discriminated against.. That’s what they are, Christmas trees. 

It doesn’t bother me a bit when people say, ‘Merry Christmas’ to me.  I don’t think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto.  In fact, I kind of like it.  It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn’t bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu .  If people want a crèche, it’s just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away. 

I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians.  I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period.  I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country.  I can’t find it in the Constitution and I don’t like it being shoved down my throat… 

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren’t allowed to worship God as we understand Him?  I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too.  But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to. 

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different:  This is not intended to be a joke; it’s not funny, it’s intended to get you thinking.

In light of recent events… terrorists attack, school shootings, etc..  I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK.  Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school…  The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself.  And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide).  We said an expert should know what he’s talking about..  And we said okay..

Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out.  I think it has a great deal to do with ‘WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.’ 

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell.  Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says.  Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing.  Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace. 

Are you laughing yet? 

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you’re not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it. 

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us. 

Pass it on if you think it has merit. 

If not, then just discard it… no one will know you did.  But, if you discard this thought process, don’t sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.  

My Best Regards,  Honestly and respectfully, 

Ben Stein

Asklotta and staff will MIND YOUR BUSINESS today feeling enough has been said!
Again, it has been my pleasure to tell you what to do and what NOT to do!
Kindest regards,
President and CEO

Pre-Gaming To The Holidays!

4 Dec
Dear Readers,

My friend Carmen said to me the other day…a few days after 18 family members were at her home for Thanksgiving, “I wish I could fall asleep and wake up in the New Year!” I know exactly how she feels. This time of the year I feel like I am standing at the base of a steep mountain with only days  to get to the summit (December 25).
You see this climb is not without bad weather (literally and emotionally), exhaustion (literally and emotionally), and a trail soaked in tradition (literally and emotionally). 
I am a very strong 5 feet 1 inch girl loaded with love, energy and determination with never failing amount of cheer! And what I’ve come to understand about this season, this holiday, this time of year, it is not about waging a personal war/vendetta against Madison Ave or with big and small retail stores for their assault on my peace and harmony…But I have come to realize and understand, this season, this holiday, this time of year is a huge opportunity to feel God’s presents (literally and emotionally). To remind myself that God gave us an unbelievable beautiful present on December 25, his Son, our savior!
So with all that said…
My gift to you is a quote from 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace by Dr. Wayne Dyer
“I’ve come to know the peace of Spirit in my life, and because of this knowing, all of my concerns, problems, accomplishments, and accumulations diminish in importance.” 
Asklotta and staff will MIND YOUR BUSINESS today in loving peace!
Again, it has been my pleasure to tell you what to do and what NOT to do!
Kindest regards,
President and CEO

The Day Before Thanksgiving!

21 Nov
Dear Readers,

I’ve heard it, I have read it and I have said it myself so many times…
Thanksgiving is such a wonderful holiday because it is just about being together, NO GIFTS! It is a day set aside for gratitude…for the friends in your life (family that you get to choose), for family (the ones you do not get to choose) but are so very grateful and thankful. AND yes Thanksgiving is also a beautiful time to give thanks for the struggles, which are nothing more then beautiful blessings in disguise! Riddles and clues proof of God’s love and presents in your life!
With all this said…
I feel there seems to be an important message we all seem to ignore at Christmas and throughout the year! Of course I am not trying to start a no gift giving policy at the holiday time. I think the “Retail World” would take out a hit on me, but what I am trying to start is a little more of a Thanksgiving thought/feel (just being together, void of materialist expectations) with loads and loads of servings of appreciation and love throughout the frantic Christmas holidays!
Change happens one person at a time and it can start with me!…Is there another brave soul?
Wishing you all a very HAPPY and Safe THANKSGIVING!
Asklotta and staff will MIND YOUR BUSINESS today making a loving and positive change in my life one thought at a time!
Again, it has been my pleasure to tell you what to do and what NOT to do!
Kindest regards,
President and CEO
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