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“Pride, My Name is Pride” Poem by Beth Moore

4 Jan
Dear Readers,
Between Christmas and New Year’s, my silent investor and I spent a little time in Dallas visiting friends. In the morning (my favorite time of the day) we were all standing/sitting in their very beautiful kitchen (still) in pajamas, drinking coffee and talking about the up’s and down’s of our collective lives over the years. 
We talked about friends that have remained friends, new friends, past friends, politics (proof we are all friends), movies, books etc. So another words we talked about life and was in that beautiful kitchen for at least a couple of hours! Life is good, it just does not get any sweeter!
We started sharing our favorite inspirations that keep us going and on track. To keep us mindful of the larger picture, to keep us humble, self-correcting and appreciative and hence filled with love and happiness. I thought it was interesting we all carried around something positive and  inspirational to pull-out on “those days” or at “those moments.”
Below is what a friend shared that morning. It is inspirational and very worthy of sharing with all of you, regardless of what you’re wearing or what you’re drinking at this given moment! Personally I think the word “Pride” can be swapped out for “Ego” But its up to you to decide.

Pride – “My Name is Pride” poem by 

Beth Moore
My name is Pride. I am a cheater.
I cheat you of your God-given destiny…
    because you demand your own way.
I cheat you of contentment…
    because you “deserve better than this.”
I cheat you of knowledge…
    because you already know it all.
I cheat you of healing…
    because you are too full of you to forgive.
I cheat you of holiness…
    because you refuse to admit when you are wrong.
I cheat you of vision…
    because you’d rather look in the mirror than out a
I cheat you of genuine friendship…
    because nobody’s going to know the real you.
I cheat you of love…
    because real romance demands sacrifice.
I cheat you of greatness in heaven…
    because you refuse to wash another’s feet on earth.
I cheat you of God’s glory…
    because I convinced you to seek your own.
My name is Pride. I am a cheater.
    You like me because you think I’m always looking out
for you.
I’m looking to make a fool of you.
    God has so much for you, I admit, but don’t worry…
If you stick with me you’ll never know.
Asklotta and staff will MIND YOUR BUSINESS today happy for my friendships and appreciative of everything they have brought to my life!
Again, it has been my pleasure to tell you what to do and what NOT to do!
Kindest regards,
President and CEO

Email from School

17 Oct
Dear Readers,
Below you will see an email I received on Sunday, Oct 7 at 2:24 PM from a teacher at my step-son’s school. It struck me as odd that this teacher had absolutely no faith that high school kids had the ability to check their emails (as they are suppose to do). It also struck me as odd the teacher was equally lacking in the ability to hand out consequences to students who failed to check their emails (as they were suppose to do). Then it went from odd to insane (in my opinion) for NOT lacking the ability to email parents with a reminder assignment. Lets face it, the consequence to failing to check email for that week was forgetting their putter, now come on….not exactly the worse life experience/consequence in life.
Please read the email below…. 
Sent: Sun, Oct 7, 2012 2:24 pm
Subject: Class Assignments

Parents – please pass on the message below to your child.  I sent the kids this same message, but too often they don’t check their e-mails.
Thanks – Mr. XYZ
Starting tomorrow, Monday, October 8th “Y” block groups will report to the following areas.
Group One will report to the game gym for instruction in volleyball.
Group Two will report to the Field House for instruction in golf.  If possible please bring a wedge and putter to school for instruction.
Both Group One and Group Two have class during “Y” Block on Monday, October 8.
My question for today is…
…who else besides me thinks it is almost criminal not to teach teenagers their actions and/or lack of actions have consequences. 
 Personally I would rather teenagers fail a little in high school (without huge life altering consequences) then missing that important life lesson during a time when it can/should be supported by their parents. They will eventually go off to college/work without the basic skills (accountability) needing to succeed in a very competitive global world….college professors are not going to email their parents with reminders nor are their future employers. High School kids need to have a sense of ownership, pride and to be able to advocate for themselves. I believe if your child’s success/grades mean more to you than it does to them; it is not going to work! Eventually and most sadly your child will fail with even more to lose. 
Even though this teacher’s email as well as other emails from teachers are harmless in nature (no big deal) I feel the lack of expectation for the high school kids to do what they are suppose to do, actually sets them up for failure down the road….missing a teachable moment void of any positive learning experiences at one of the most important times and places in a teenagers life. It was bad enough with all the helicopter parents buzzing around but now we have helicopter teachers, ewww! 
If you have not already read the NYTimes article titled “What if the secret to success is failure?” by Paul Touch published September 14, 2011…Please a must read! 
I think this generation of high school students should be titled The Making of Marionette Puppets. 
Asklotta and staff will MIND YOUR BUSINESS today scratching my head wondering at what moment in time did schools start becoming afraid of teaching teenagers their actions have consequences? 
Kindest regards,
President nd CEO

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