Stop Wasting Time: The Thorns of Opportunity...Part I

Written by James Smith

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Life has a way of being perfect and things sometimes happen in our day that are so unique or profound that we suddenly find ourselves seeing and experiencing life in a new and different way. Quite often such a change will last a lifetime.

This leads me to what many callrepparttar "ah ha" moment. Still others may call it a "light bulb" moment, and you may even say it differently.

What is an "ah ha" moment, what is it when one experiences such a break through?

It is much like that moment whenrepparttar 139671 "thorny" gardener, by chance, missed a bud. The bud was not clipped. As a result on one very special morning, while franticly clippingrepparttar 139672 buds, a rose bloom suddenly appeared.

In a field filled with thorny bushes that first rose bloom was easy to see and it's fragance could not be missed.

It is that first moment when we suddenly find ourselves, much likerepparttar 139673 "thorny" gardener, standing in a field of thorns, holding in our hands our first experience of a rose bloom.

As we feelrepparttar 139674 tender pedals caress our hands and experiencerepparttar 139675 air as it fills withrepparttar 139676 sweet and gentle aroma ofrepparttar 139677 rose. It is then, as we look around that we realize what we didn't know. It is then that we experience repparttar 139678 "ah ha" moment.

We can suddenly see that our field of life can be filled with 1000's of rose blooms.

It is then we come to understand that all we have to do is stop clippingrepparttar 139679 buds, start tendingrepparttar 139680 weeds, and enjoyingrepparttar 139681 blooms.

It is in that moment that life begins a new unless your likerepparttar 139682 third gardener who won't except anything less than repparttar 139683 best.

If it's not perfect why bother!

Join me in 7 days for part 2 of "The Thorns of Opportunity..." The quest forrepparttar 139684 ultimate victory.

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The Seven Army Values - They’re not just for the military

Written by Joseph Yakel

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Selfless Service - Putrepparttar welfare ofrepparttar 139522 nation,repparttar 139523 Army, and your subordinates before your own. Selfless service leads to organizational teamwork and encompasses discipline, self-control and faith inrepparttar 139524 system.

Take care of your children, your parents, your siblings, and co-workers. Gorepparttar 139525 ‘extra mile’ for your customers and clients, even if gains you nothing more than some personal satisfaction. Volunteer to take onrepparttar 139526 tough job, orrepparttar 139527 mundane job that others avoid.

Honor - Live up to allrepparttar 139528 Army values.

Live up torepparttar 139529 values of your business, your community, your church, your family. Act accordingly, and others will recognize you as an individual of principled character. Don't fall intorepparttar 139530 trap of, "but I just did what others did before me". Givenrepparttar 139531 choice, takerepparttar 139532 'high road'. Distinguish yourself from those who would be satisfied to do less.

Integrity - Do what is right, legally and morally.

Ask yourself, “Is thisrepparttar 139533 right thing to do? How does it reflect on who I am?” If your inner voice is soundingrepparttar 139534 alarm, it’s doing so for a good reason. Avoid shortcuts, cheats, or otherwise doing less than what is expected. Don’t compromise yourself, your friends, family or business for some short-term satisfaction. Integrity offers long-term rewards that can't be acquired any other way.

Personal Courage - Face fear, danger, or adversity with physical and moral courage.

Is a boss asking you to do something questionable? Watchedrepparttar 139535 local bully pick on someone repeatedly? Been in a group that disparages a certain race or ethnicity? It may be safer to go along withrepparttar 139536 crowd, or do nothing at all. It takes inner strength to stand up to peer pressure, bullies, social challenges, and moral dilemmas. It’s easy to be a follower…anyone can do that. True leadership requires all of one’s audacity, nerve and 'guts' to negotiaterepparttar 139537 difficult roads that lie before us.

Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. These are values for everyone. No, they're not always easy to live up. Our standards are challenged allrepparttar 139538 time. We make mistakes. Hopefully, we learn from them, and over time, these values become a part of who we are.

The best news is that if we emulate these values singularly, we become a better people collectively. And that is whyrepparttar 139539 values are so important. They set us apart from those who choose not to live up to them.

Joseph Yakel is Chief Warrant Officer 3 in the US Army, a freelance writer, and author of three books. His articles have appeared in numerous publications and Internet websites. Free chapter previews of his books are available at:

Joe welcomes visitors to leave comments and book reviews, and is available for author interviews. Contact him at:

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