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Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. For those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving — I hope you get to spend the day enjoying the company of your family/friends. Circumstances may not always be like we want them to be, but still, there are things for which we can be thankful. I can think of one right now — your eyes/eyesight. I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A SAFE AND VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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Over the past 2 years I’ve done posts on the history of Cinco de Mayo and shared some fun music (to help you get your groove on) in celebration of this day. Enjoy!


Click on the links below to view the previous Cinco de Mayo posts:

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo history, trivia, and facts


Wishing everyone a safe and happy Cinco de Mayo!


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Happy Friday!

It’s time to lighten things up a bit. Last week a reader emailed me this humorous video about Facebook. So, today’s post is for all you Facebook fans, as well as the haters. I’ve been keeping in contact with some friends via Facebook for a little over a year now. And like the author (David Ippolito) of this song, I sometimes wonder why people feel the need to share certain things on Facebook. Now let me state for the record that I have nothing against Facebook. I share this video with you all in the spirit of fun.




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Last year on Cinco de Mayo I did a post on the history of this celebration. If you missed it you can view it here:
http://lifelessons4u.wordpress.com/2009/05/05/cinco-de-mayo-history-trivia-and-facts/


This year, in celebration of Cinco de Mayo I’m sharing some music for you to get your groove on. Enjoy!

Los Lobos performing La Bamba (hit song by Ritchie Valens)

For info about Los Lobos:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Lobos

For info about Ritchie Valens:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ritchie_Valens


Los Lonely Boys

For info about Los Lonely Boys:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Lonely_Boys


Carlos Santana performing Oye Como Va


Santana – Maria, Maria

For more info about Carlos Santana:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Santana


Have a great day!

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Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. … If you have made mistakes, even serious mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down. –Mary Pickford


After the Storm

The storms may come And limbs may break;
Yet others bend Beneath the weight–
Of heavy rain And windy breeze…
A storm can mark The strongest trees.
Life sometimes deals With us this way;
In unseen trials We meet each day.
It’s not how much our bodies break
Or how much they may bend;
It’s Our Outlook In Our Own Life
That helps our spirits mend!

–Hilen Letiro



Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength. –Arnold Schwarzenegger


Keep Standing!


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“Everything you want in life has a price connected to it. There’s a price to pay if you want to make things better, a price to pay just for leaving things as they are, a price for everything.” –Harry Browne


Think about your life. What price have you paid to get it?

When I was a child (around 10 or 11) I decided that I wanted to learn how to play the guitar. I expressed this desire to my parents. After they had some time to think about it, they sat me down for a talk. My parents told me they were willing to buy me a guitar (and send me to guitar lessons) on the condition that I practice every day. The choice was mine. I thought about it and decided I didn’t want to pay the price.


“Every luxury must be paid for, and everything is a luxury, starting with being in the world.” –Cesare Pavese


Let’s pretend for just a moment that I had decided to put in the time and effort to learn how to play the guitar, and I got really, really good at it. I got so good at it that I ended up in a famous band touring around the world. I made tons of money, partied with other famous people, stayed in the finest hotels, didn’t have to clean up after myself, and didn’t have to cook a meal.

That may sound pretty great to you. At the time I made the decision not to learn to play the guitar the only “price” I saw was one of time/fun. If it turned out I didn’t like it (the guitar lessons), I would still have to keep it up for who knows how long. I knew my parents. This wasn’t like wanting a dog and promising you are going to feed it, take care of it, and clean up it’s poop — and then getting the dog and not doing it. This was serious. This would be enforced.

Think about it — Everything has it’s price. You pay for the choices you make in life. And you can pay for choices you don’t make (like natural disasters, accidents, getting robbed, etc.), and for what you choose not to do (for example, getting an education, unprotected sex, saving for a rainy day, learning a new thing, etc.). Some of the ways in which we pay are with our time, freedom, money, trust, peace of mind, health, relationships, privacy, sweat (hard work) and tears.


“No matter what we want of life we have to give up something in order to get it.” –Raymond Holliwell


Seriously think about it. Let’s look at actors/authors/performers. They had to deal with rejection numerous times. No one becomes an overnight success. (A good rags to riches story is that of author J. K. Rowling, of the “Harry Potter” series. You can read about some of her life/struggle here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._K._Rowling.) I’ve heard actors say they prepare themselves for a role by studying for the part. The other day my hubby told me of one great actor who said to prepare for a role he moves away from his family for 3 months. He does this so he can be alone to study for his upcoming role and to live “in character.” Now let’s add to the list. Think for a moment about the life of a singer/musician. It’s easy to see the rewards. What price do you think they pay?

Here are some things I can think of. Time. I know one thing involved is many, many hours of practice. If they go on tour, that’s large amounts of time away from the comfort of their home, their family and friends. Relationships are sacrificed. Maybe in part it’s due to the lack of time and nuturing a relationship needs. For some, the price of fame also includes the loss of their privacy. Who wants to have to wear a disguise just to go to the store? Photographers are constantly following celebrities and taking photos of them at times when they don’t necessarily want to be photographed. And then there are the constant rumors that go around about their lives. Plus, moments that I think any of us would want kept quiet are broadcasted and written about for the whole world to know. Haven’t we heard enough stories and seen enough photos of Jennifer Anniston, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie? We keep hearing in the news about all these men cheating on their wives. Do we really need to know who’s zooming who? Is it any of our business?

Not long ago I saw this woman on tv who was living a very extravagant lifestyle — courtesy of her hubby. She said when she realized her hubby was cheating, she decided to turn a blind eye to it because of the lifestyle they lived. She loved the lifestyle (and the shopping) and didn’t want to give it up.


“You must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.” –Andrew Jackson


Everything has a price to pay. Are you willing to pay it?

“A price has to be paid for success. Almost invariably those who have reached the summits worked harder and longer, studied and planned more assiduously, practiced more self-denial, overcame more difficulties than those of us who have not risen so far.” –B. C. Forbes


Paul Weller – Everything has a price to pay

Other quotes on paying a price:

“When you want something, you have to be willing to pay your dues.” –Les Brown

“If you are determined enough and willing to pay the price, you can get it done.” –Mike Ditka

“There is no victory at bargain basement prices.” –Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Nature cannot be tricked or cheated. She will give up to you the object of your struggles only after you have paid her price.” –Napoleon Hill

“Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent’s pressure, and the temporary failures.” –Vince Lombardi

“Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price.” –Vince Lombardi

“Albert Einstein when asked what he considered to be the most powerful force in the universe answered: Compound interest! What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.” –Mignon McLaughlin

“Take what you want, God said to man, and pay for it.” –Spanish Proverb

“Before the reward there must be labor. You plant before you harvest. You sow in tears before you reap joy.” –Ralph Ransom

“For every promise, there is price to pay.” –Jim Rohn

“How do you go from where you are to where you want to be? I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life. You have to have a dream, a goal, and you have to be willing to work for it.” –Jim Valvano


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“However heavy the odds against you or however difficult the circumstances, you should never accept defeat but continue working until you achieve what you seek to attain in life.” –author unknown


Have you gotten so caught up in life and in making a living that you’ve put your dreams on the back burner, or forgotten your dreams altogether? Or perhaps you never even took the time to dream.


Several months ago I was watching the Oprah show and saw the inspiring story of a man from the Phillipines named Arnel Pineda (born September 5, 1967). Arnel’s journey is truly a rags-to-riches story. He is now the lead singer of the legendary rock band “Journey.” He was discovered on Youtube.


Arnel Pineda singing Don’t Stop Believing


Arnel Pineda’s journey:

“Arnel Pineda says he began performing when he was a young boy in the Philippines. His mother and father, both tailors, recognized his talent early on and encouraged him to enter singing competitions.

Then, when Arnel was 13 years old, his mother died after a long illness. The family was left bankrupt, and Arnel was forced to fend for himself. “I would hang out with my friends, so they would make me sing in exchange for food,” he says.

Eventually, Arnel became homeless. He slept on park benches in and around Manila and collected scrap metal to earn enough money for food.

After years of struggling, Arnel started singing to earn a living. He jumped from band to band and lived paycheck to paycheck. Then, one of his shows was uploaded to YouTube. The rest, as they say, is rock ‘n’ roll history.

Meanwhile,

In the ’80s and ’90s, Journey dominated the charts. They have sold more than 70 million records and filled stadiums across the country. Then, in 1996, lead singer Steve Perry left the band.

For more than 10 years, the band struggled to find a singer who could recreate Steve’s distinctive sound. “It’s a tenor voice, with soul and emotion,” guitarist Neal Schon says.”

In 2007 –

“When it was time for JOURNEY to look for a new lead singer, the internet came to their rescue. Guitarist Neal Schon wanted someone new to the music business, so he turned to YouTube. After finding Arnel singing “Faithfully,” he knew he had found the perfect frontman.

“I was frustrated about not having a singer,” explains guitarist Neal Schon, “so I went on YouTube for a couple of days and just sat on it for hours. I was starting to think I was never going to find anybody. But then I found The Zoo and I watched a bunch of different video clips that they had posted. After watching the videos over and over again, I had to walk away from the computer and let what I heard sink in because it sounded too good to be true. I thought, ‘he can’t be that good.’ But he is that good, he’s the real deal and so tremendously talented. Arnel doesn’t sound synthetic and he’s not emulating anyone. I tried to get a hold of him through YouTube and I finally heard from him that night, but it took some convincing to get him to believe that it really was me and not an imposter.”

Arnel Pineda picks up the story: “My friend Noel picked up the message on YouTube and told me it was from Neal. I thought it was a hoax so I ignored it. Noel said, ‘what if it really was Neal and he wanted to offer you the chance of a lifetime?’ So I e-mailed Neal back and the rest is history.”


Arnel Pineda Journey CBS News Sunday Morning


Pineda’s rags-to-riches story has inspired many people around the world. His life story will be made into a film titled “Don’t Stop Believing: Every Man’s Journey.” I think the biopic will hit the big screen next year.

See the 13 minute trailer (short film) here:
http://www.everymansjourney.com/

If you don’t yet know what your dream is — go find it! If you have a dream — go for it!

Don´t stop believin
Hold on to that feelin´

Don´t stop!

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