The Recognition Minute
A masterpiece called Mom May 11 2017, 0 Comments
What is the perfect gift for Mom? A collection of items are available, such as a pedi-set, a special tool kit, also in beautiful pink and aluminium photo frame. How about a “Keep Calm thermos coffee mug or a crystal champagne flute with Mom’s name neatly sandblasted on the base.
Mother’s day is an ideal time to say to Mom 'I appreciate you, I love you and so pleased you are my Mom.' And if you can't think of a gift, take some time. Give some time.
Mom’s are the unsung heroes of ages past. There is a story from the imagination of someone who really understood Moms, ―Erma Bombeck.
She said said…
When the Good Lord was creating mothers, He was into His sixth day of "overtime" when the angel appeared and said. "You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this one."
And God said, "Have you read the specs on this order?" She has to be completely washable, but not plastic. Have 180 moveable parts... all replaceable. Run on black coffee and leftovers. Have a lap that disappears when she stands up. A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair. And six pairs of hands."
The angel shook her head slowly and said. "Six pairs of hands... no way."
"It's not the hands that are causing me problems," God remarked, "it's the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have."
"That's on the standard model?" asked the angel. God nodded.
"One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks, 'What are you kids doing in there?' when she already knows. Another here in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn't but what she has to know, and of course the ones here in front that can look at a child when he goofs up and say. 'I understand and I love you' without so much as uttering a word."
"God," said the angel touching his sleeve gently, "Get some rest tomorrow...."
"I can't," said God, "I'm so close to creating something so close to myself. Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick... can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburger... and can get a nine year old to stand under a shower."
The angel circled the model of a mother very slowly. "It's too soft," she sighed.
"But tough!" said God excitedly. "You can imagine what this mother can do or endure."
"Can it think?"
"Not only can it think, but it can reason and compromise," said the Creator.
Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek.
"There's a leak," she pronounced. "I told You that You were trying to put too much into this model."
"It's not a leak," said the Lord, "It's a tear."
"What's it for?"
"It's for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness, and pride."
"You are a genius," said the angel.
Somberly, God said, "I didn't put it there.”
Who Recognised St Patrick? March 17 2017, 0 Comments
Well, today is a Green day if you live in Ireland. 17 March - a day to remember St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland. He is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland in c400 AD and for ridding Ireland from all it's snakes.
Legend has it that St. Patrick used the shamrock, a plant with three leaves to teach about the Christian Holy Trinity. This rather intriguing yet simple little plant is now the symbol of St. Patrick's day.
The absence of snakes in Ireland gave rise to the legend that St. Patrick chased them into the sea after they attacked him during a 40-day fast he was undertaking. Was he the early snake whisperer or did he have special powers that banished these serpents for good? It doesn't matter. What might matter more is that he is still remembered today, 1500 years later. Now that is recognition!
St. Patrick was never awarded a medal or a trophy for his work. He didn't boast any obvious academic achievements and may have lived a very non-competitive life, yet he has been immortalized with green shamrocks, and usually with lots of Guinness as well.
There are no medals or even certificates for being a saint today. In fact, awarding trophies is not likely at all, as the recognition of saints usually happens many years after their death. It is widely believed that St. Patrick died on this day, which is why the 17th of March was chosen for this annual celebration.
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Trophies for Djokovic - Commitment and Hard Work Pays Off February 22 2017, 0 Comments
How often does a starry-eyed child sit at the sidelines of a champion playing a great game of tennis and dream of being a champion one day? It has been said before that if you don’t have a dream, how can you make a dream come true? So, I suppose dreaming about trohpy’s, medals and badges of honour are a good start.
In the tennis world, currently we have the Big Four – Djokovic, Murray, Nadal and Federer. No one has won more men’s singles grand slam tournaments than Federer’s seventeen and amongst is awards you will find four Indian Wells trophies.
Nadal claimed the French open nine times, a record so far unbeaten. Djokovic captured the Australian Open for the fifth time in February, matching Federer’s Open Era haul. And Murray? No more need be said. He's a champion and his mantelpiece is cluttered with all sorts of medals and trophies.
Each of these men were little dreamers once and they dreamed big. But what were the realities that they faced in order to reach such heights and raise so many trophies?
I suppose one could say that Djokovic did not just dream. "Talent, hard work, commitment to the sport and having Federer, Nadal and Murray around," was his answer when asked by a CNN reported recently. Earning trophies all starts with the individual. “You have to be able to put in the hours of practice and make many sacrifices,” said Djokovic.
Clearly, the promise competing in the final, of having a record marked against your name and magnificent trophy or golden medal is part of the incentive. Without trohphies and awards, perhaps tennis would have remained a family game for the back garden.
What is interesting is that Djokovic attributes his success partly to having excellent competition along the way. All said and done, he emphasized that hard work is what did it in the end.
Any worthwhile trophy will attract talent. The winner will raise his award and think back on months of thankless training, interrupted social life and dogged commitment to the sport, all for the sake of a win. And in the case of Novak Djokovic, what a winner!
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GIFTS FOR YOUR VALENTINE February 10 2017, 0 Comments
Roses are Red, Violets are Blue,
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Gifts for your love on Valentines day are going to be a must. In America alone, it is estimated that 145 million Valentines cards are sent over this period. This excludes many that will be sent digitally. About 224 Million roses are grown in the USA, red ones, just for Valentines day. These are amazing statistics when you think about the industry and the impact it has on services and people.
The highest amount spent on gifts is $4.4 Billion on silver, gold and diamonds, mainly in the form of jewelry. So, have you thought of your gifts yet?
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WHAT DO LOVE AND TENNIS HAVE IN COMMON? February 08 2017, 0 Comments
Ever wondered about how tennis is scored? Unlike most other sports, where point is worth one point and no more, tennis is different. You could be excused for being confused because it has a scoring system all of its own.
At the beginning of the game, when both sides have no score, the game is love-love meaning nil-nil. To win a game, you need to score above 40. That sounds like it could take a long time but not to worry. Your first point will score you 15, your next, 30 and the next point will give you the 40. One more point and you’ve won that game. But no one asks the value of that one more point. It is just a win. Don’t ask why but no one ever scores 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 in tennis.
In professional tennis, there may be no love lost between the competing players. Trophies are won through hard work. They are never won with love. This is because love actually means nothing in tennis. Literally nil. So, if the score is 40-love, someone has scored nothing and is not likely to see an award. One more point to top 40 and the game is won and medals and trophies can be awarded. It is a love match.
There are a number of suggestions as to where the affectionate name of the love score came from. One such theory is that it is derived from the French word l’oeuf, meaning an egg. I guess it is because of the shape of the egg which is broadly oval, and looks like a zero on the scoreboard. If that is so, we could find ourselves calling 40-egg! Rather not, let’s just stick to love, which is particularly appropriate in February.
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Is the medal gold? November 25 2016, 0 Comments
Any school learner will wear a medal with pride. Medals are awarded for both academic achievement, for excellence in the gymnasium or winning on the sports field. Traditionally, the gold medal was the most coveted award as it was both a sign of being the best at your discipline and it was also a valuable asset.
As a high value item, there was always the possibility that the heavy ‘gold’ medal was, in fact, not gold at all. It may have been replaced with a gold-plated, lead replica that had very little financial value, while the medal makers ran away with the gold. Have you noticed the tradition of checking the medal by biting it to see if the gold is, in fact, gold? Well, it would be more correct to say that they were checking to see if the medal was made from lead. Lead is much softer than gold so if a tooth mark was noticed on the medal after biting it, they could be sure it was not gold. This could have developed into another sort of competition! Today, most medals are not manufactured from solid gold but the colours gold, silver and bronze remain to signify first, second and third place!