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Happy New Year 2016

Brother - Word Happy New Year 2016

“I am the New Year and I come to you pure and unstained from the hand of God.  Each day, a precious pearl is given that you must string upon the silver thread of life.  Once strung, it can never be unthreaded, but stays an undying record of your faith and skill.  I give to you free and unstained, twelve glorious months of soothing rain and golden sunshine.  The days for work and rest, the nights for peaceful slumber.  All that I have, I give with love unspoken.  All that I ask… keep the faith, unbroken.” ~ J.D. Templeton

Welcome to 2016!  If you are able to read this post, count yourself amongst the blessed!  So many were not fortunate enough to see another year.  In 2015, there were over 2.5 million deaths and yet, here we are.  So what now?  Do we continue as we did in 2015, going through the motions, making plans with no actions, catchy phrases and slogans and still no deliverables to account for, or do we not take action and get to work?

The answer is obvious, but if you are still hesitant, think about this.  What you want has always been right in front of you, but seemingly always just a bit out of reach.  Is it really that unattainable or have you not pushed the extra mile to bring it to fruition or possibly gave up when you were in the verge of breakthrough ?  Well no more!  It is time to go to work; no more talking about it or sitting around devising plans.  This is the season of action and action requires actually getting up and doing.  

Gary Ryan Blair stated. “Self-discipline is an act of cultivation. It requires you to connect today’s actions to tomorrow’s results. There’s a season for sowing, a season for reaping.  Self-discipline helps you know which is which.”  Guess what?  It’s sowing season!  Time to lay the foundation for tomorrow’s crop.  Discipline is just choosing between what you want now and what you want most and if what you want most is to achieve your aspirations and dreams, NOW is the time to put in the work.

To everyone reading this, and hopefully you will share it with others, 2016 is all about 3 simple philosophies:

1.) Wake up each day ready to maximize the possibilities of the day.  Each day will be filled with a multitude of opportunities, but unless you are in a mindset (open, prepared, equipped, ready to face the challenge) to capitalize, you may just miss out on an ideal situation;

2.) Give everything your all.  Anything you pursue, you should willing to give your all to and pursue it with an ultimate zeal.  If not, why are you even entertaining it.  If it takes your time and effort, should it not also get the very best of you?  Energy is transferable, so what you put into it is what you will receive in return;

3.) At the end of each day, have a short evaluation.  Did I make the most of today?  The opportunities that presented themselves, was I ready and did I take advantage?  Did I put forth my best effort today?  Was I able to accomplish at least one objective today?  The evaluation is meant to reassess the day and as tangible reminder of a day well done.  Even if you did not accomplish all that you felt you should or could have, know that you did what you could and made the best of this day!  Rest, recuperate, and repeat. 

Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year, many continued blessings, and seeing the fruits of your labor.  Make the best of your 2016!

Actions are the seed of fate deeds grow into destiny. ~ Harry S. Truman

A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. ~ Confucius

Thankful Thursdays!

BrotherWord - Thankful Thursday!

I’m so THANKFUL for life’s experiences.  Every experience may not be pleasant but they are the building blocks that shape us.  Experience teaches so many valuable lessons and as long as the lesson has been learned, the reward is worth any struggle.  Embrace your experiences, digest them, and use very experience as a springboard to reach new heights.  Let each experience, good or bad, make you that much bolder to seek new adventures, to reach a little further, and to become that much braver as you navigate life.  Hiding in the shadows and allowing fear to dictate your next move is not living.  The only way to experience life is to live it!

I’ve used the following quote many times and it has blessed me in so many ways and I am very THANKFUL for everything it represents.  What it sums up is that life’s experiences formulate our being in so many ways and each experience is another tool to help build our dreams and steer us to our destiny.


Experience has taught me who I am; as a man thinketh, so is he.  Experience has shown me that I possess every thing I need to succeed; what I speak shall come into existence. Experience has taught me that although I may fail or fall at times, I am not a failure and I can rise again; my actions are teaching moments and every action segues into a new degree of mental and emotional awareness.  Experience has given me discernment in selecting my friends and peers and also has helped determined what to pursue and what to let go.  The habits I practice are learned behavior the have fortified my morals and ethical approach to life.  Experience has afforded me the ability to trust my instincts, believe in myself, and rely on my abilities and developed my character as a man, Christian, brother, friend, counselor, life coach, speaker, and server of mankind.  Experience has provided the life lessons and tools to pursue my dreams with confidence and vigor.  Experience has made me appreciate what’s most important and be THANKFUL for what I have.  Experience has caused me to appreciate both closed doors and opportunity knocking.  Experience continues to give me hope and pushes me daily to my destiny.

No matter what life throws at you, never shy away from the experience.  It is what is used to prepare you for the next phase and what will provide you with the skill set to handle the next challenge.  Embrace your experiences and own every one as it develops and drives you to your destiny!  The more you THINK, the more you THANK and I couldn’t be more THANKFUL for life’s experiences as they have shaped me into who I am and allowed me to share those experiences with people worldwide, bettering their lives and giving them hope.

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” ~ C.G. Jung

“The person who has lived the most is not the one with the most years, but the one with the richest life experiences.” ~ Jean Jacques Rousseau


Motivational Monday

BrotherWord - Motivational Monday

“Let your action match your words.  If all you’re doing is talking about it, nothing is being accomplished.” ~ BrotherWord

It’s one thing to devise a plan, lay out the formula, write an outline, and tell others how great things will turn out, but if that is the most you are willing to do, don’t waste your breath.  Actions speak volumes and as much as I believe in the power of words, I also realize that words fuel the movement!

Stop just talking about what you are going to do and start doing it.  Even if things are moving slow, it is better than those that are sitting still.  Physics defines motion as any movement or change in position or time.  So if you want to change the physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual aspects of your life, you have to begin positioning yourself to do so.  Change from that stagnant being who only thinks of what life has to offer to a body in motion moving through time accomplishing their heart’s desires.

Every day is another 24 hours to achieve something; use it wisely.  In 2014, let your resolutions leap from the page and spring into action.  You wrote it down, now start living it out!

“Do you want to know who you are?  Don’t ask.  Act!  Action will delineate and define you.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“Action is the foundational key to all success.” ~ Pablo Picasso


Thankful Thursdays!

BrotherWord - Thankful Thursdays

I saw a sign recently that read, “A Thankful Heart is a Happy Heart.”  How àpropos.  The more we think, the more we thank©.  The brighter our spirits become, the more the burdens dissolve and the faster our hearts and souls fill with joy.  Proverbs 23:7 reads, “For as one thinks in his heart, so is he.”  The mind is the most powerful tool God gave man and mere thoughts can change a person’s outlook on life and transform the world around them.  Today I am so THANKFUL for peace of mind and a happy heart!  To have calmness despite being in the midst of storms, to know that in every trial there is a lesson to be learned, and realize that despite any setbacks, tomorrow presents an opportunity to improve and grow, is a purposeful choice to choose happiness and gratefulness and not succumb to life’s heartaches and tragedies.  What a blissful and THANKFUL thought!  Let today start the transformation of your thoughts and life.  Life will present you with many moments of despair, but that’s just it, they are ONLY moments.  Choose to minimize the moment and maximize the potential to gain self-actualization and self-improvement.  Think about all the blessings you have, look at how far you’ve come and imagine how far you’ve yet to go, envision happiness and greatness let it be the catalyst of THANKFULNESS.  As cliché as it may be, we truly are what we think.  When you begin to think, began to thank, and watch your world morph and take a paradigm shift turning into a masterpiece of beauty, joy, and unparalleled happiness.  #Think2Thank

 We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.  When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.     ~ Buddha

BrotherWord - Rev. Michael P. Jacques

  ~ Dedicated to the memory and legacy of Rev. Michael P. Jacques, S.S.E., a priest and pillar of a community and city, an activist and advocate for Jesus Christ and his fellow man, a father, uncle, brother, and friend, who showed love to whomever crossed his path, who smiled through life’s worst times, taught others how to not only overcome, but to reach new heights, who fought for the downtrodden and less fortunate, who cared for the elderly and indigent, and who lived a life that exemplified  Jesus’ love, grace, mercy, and mission of servitude.  He will be missed by many, but the life he led taught us all what life is truly about and how to make the most out of the lives we’ve been given.  Love you Fr. Mike
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