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I chose this stock photo as it represents well the spirit of health, knowledge and wholesomeness




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To have wholesome, inspirational, healthy and Joyous days, one should eat wholesome foods and get plenty of exercise. Also, study the works of several spiritual leaders, and copy or write down, for frequent reference, guiding principles of living that are complete. Everyone should decide for themselves what they are and strive to live by them in everything they do. Having such carefully chosen guiding principles makes one's decisions easier and less apt to the error of blindly following the temptations of the world.
For example my Guiding Principles are
1) Eat only wholesome foods, exercise and live according what your spirit calls you, whether according to the bible or in harmony with the universe,
a. follow the ten commandments
b. look for the good in all people
c. do unto others as you would have them do unto me
d. I do not consider my guidelines to be absolute in all cases, for instance my view on abortion should not apply to all.
2) cultivate your mind daily and be able to have something to share first on a wide range of topics, and second particularly on what interests me,
a. watch C-Span and CNN more
b. watch sports news but don't watch the games
c. read at least one book a month
d. decide on what web sites to follow
e. read on topics that affect personal growth
3) give credit to others for their efforts,
a. praise Trump for giving more attention to improving the quality of life in the inner cities, and for encouraging tax reform and economic renewal
b. praise Clinton for stressing that the US Government should serve all Americans, including minorities such as Blacks, Hispanics and Muslims
c. give thanks and praise daily
4) do not try to influence others except through first developing a rapport by showing interest in what interests them, then by example,
a. accept that it is natural and right for others to hold views that you do not and try to understand where they are coming from
5) share your passions but do not violate principle number four,
a. develop the Spark team "Create Your 'Perfect' Days" into an effective and inspiring source of renewal. www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes
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6) invest in others and give to charity,
7) take ownership of your short comings and take action to overcome them,
a. pay more attention to my wife
b. eat more whole foods in proper proportions
c. exercise regularly
8) make honoring commitments to others a top priority,
a. turn over leadership of teams I am less active in to team members who are or intend to be
b. be more active in those other than the above teams.
c. for the remainder of December, no computer use between 9:30 AM and 8:00 PM unless necessary to gain needed information.
d. be on time in all events and appointments

e. don't say yes unless you can honor your commitment
9) each evening, do a self-reflection, determine what is important; plan and prepare for the next day,
a. between 8:30 and 9:30 plan and prepare for the next morning by setting out necessary clothes and materials and removing or hiding all obstacles to a productive day
10) get a good nights sleep and an early start on the day (6:am) each morning,
a. follow the 10-3-2-1-0 goodnight formula
b. do not engage in watch any activity such as arguing, following depressing news shows, which causes stress after 8 PM
c. go to bed by 10 PM
d. get up by 6 AM
11) strive for consistency and trustworthiness, not perfection,
12) keep a journal and do a self-reflection monthly.
a. At least once every three days, make an entry in my journal
b. At least weekly make an entry in the topic "Post here ... to Note your Progress" www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes
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I will strive to live by these principles and be an example to others, including my wife, my 4 grown daughters and my 9 grandchildren, and great-grandson.

On June 10, I watched the CNN showing of Mohammad Ali's Funeral which was a portrayal of what I believe America stands for, which is respect for all decent Americans regardless of their gender, race, politics or religion during which I decided to hold my nose and vote for Clinton, but to look for decent conservatives who don't share Clinton's more liberal views to elect for Congress. I did vote for Clinton but, in general,also for conservative not progressive candidates in the other categories. Clinton loss.

In retrospect, I'm glad. I now hope that Donald Trump who is the President elect will surprise us by uniting Americans as he now says he will. I am more confident that Congress will have power to get more done and we will have a changed President who does not, by his words and actions, incite trickle down bigotry as Romney put it.

I was reading a book by Chuck Norris of Walker - Texas Ranger called "Black Belt Patriotism" copyright 2008 in which he notes eight problems America faces: 1) we have, as a whole, forgotten our roots; too many don't know and appreciate those who founded our country, 2) control over government spending is ignored, 3) our borders are too porous, 4) America is weak in our moral compass, 5) violence and lack of respect for "our fellow humans" [Chuck Norris wrote --human life--] is too rampant, 6) the future for our children is put aside, 7) too many grow up in broken homes, 8) apathy - physical, mental and spiritual, exists in too many. I agree with Chuck Norris, particularly his quote from Abe Lincoln "In the end, it's not the years in your life that counts, but the life in your years". I also agree with Chuck's message that we should never stop trying to make a difference. I have too much life in my years to be apathetic, even in my retirement.
Albert Einstein wrote that insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting the results to be different! I didn't sufficiently addressed the issues America faced and failed to speak my mind. I will take steps as best as I can to let my views on political questions be known so that Congress and our next President will be better able to solve our problems. To that end, I will learn about the issues and speak my mind to others as to what most ails America and what changes have to be made.


I commit to building a better America:

1) I will continue to learn and cultivate my mind daily, so that I will be able to have something to say firstly on what interests who I am talking to, secondly on the needs for America, and thirdly on what interests me.
2) I will give credit to other good men and women for their efforts,
3) I will give so much time to the improvement of myself and America that I don't have time to criticize others.
4) I will continually question my values, but remain loyal to my country, my family and my friends.
5) I will work for the good of all people and make them feel worthwhile,
6) I will take ownership of my short comings and take action to overcome them,
7) I will make honoring commitments to myself and others a top priority,
8) Each evening, I will determine at least one important matter that needs doing and for the next day, schedule a task based thereon,
9) I will strive for consistency and trustworthiness, not perfection,
10) I will always be in a positive frame of mind, goal oriented, and convey this feeling to every person I meet and will vote in the elections and encourage others to do likewise because that positive attitude helps America, my family and myself.

I will live by these 10 commitments and be an example to others, including my wife, my 4 grown daughters and my 9 grandchildren, and great-grandson.


Member Since: 5/15/2013

Fitness Minutes: 7,539

My Goals:
Keep in touch with my brothers, sister and their families.
Keep fit physically and mentally.
Overcome my speech handicap by working with a speech therapist weekly and practicing daily.
Be a mentor to others including family members.


My Program:
Spend at least 600 minutes a month exercising.
Eat Zone balanced Paleo meals and snacks.
Spend at least 30 minutes weekly keeping a journal.
Set time on my calendar to achieve my goals



Personal Information:
Currently live in Spotsylvania, Virginia
Grew up in Washington, DC and attended George Washington University
Retired US Patent examiner
Have 1 sister, 3 brothers, 4 daughters, 9 grandchildren, and 1 great grandson


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  • v 1CRAZYDOG
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    As we share our prayers and inspirations, we realize our unity in diversity, diversity in unity, and celebrate the Spirit that unites us. Celeste Yacomboni
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    7 days ago
  • v SHARONKHARTER
    Mr. Owl,
    Thank you for all of your contributions to our Firecracker Team. It is unfortunate you could not fulfill all of your team responsibilities, but real life does have a way of getting in the way sometimes. You helped me personally, so I will always be grateful and you will remain my friend. Thanks again, Sharon
    26 days ago
  • v NOCALORIES
    Hello just an opportunity to say thank you for your generous contributions to Spark People. I now wish to invite you to my walking challenge because I need to invite 3 people to receive 20 points. You do not need to do anything, but let it feel this space so I have proof that I made the invitation.
    51 days ago
  • v SHARONKHARTER
    Hey Mr. Owl, Do not be too hard on yourself. I think you are doing great as a leader. We are both still learning our way around and knowing how to use these spreadsheets is a real challenge. I am finding Heidi a great EL and she is teaching me a lot. Just hang in there! I know you will do fine. Thanks for all of your help and I will try to be a good ML as well. emoticon emoticon Your articles inspire me! I have started journaling on a regular basis again after reading your post. I hope to meet my goal this Spring as I almost made my goal this winter, so let's go for Spring! Have a great weekend! emoticon
    51 days ago
  • v SHARONKHARTER
    I think you are a fine leader and I just wanted to wish you a Happy Wednesday! Only 3 more days until we get the start of our challenge. I go back to my surgeon tomorrow to get x-rays to see if I can get rid of all the hip precautions. I am anxious to be able to do more exercises. Unfortunately, my back hurts today as I did too much lifting and on my feet too long yesterday. I am using the heating pad today, so hoping to feel better soon. I have a degenerating spine from arthritis and osteoporosis, so it is to be expected, but I never realize I am overdoing things until the next day! emoticon emoticon
    53 days ago
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