Posts Tagged ‘success’

 The Wisdom of the Dakota Indians

Someone sent me this a few years ago and I don’t know who it was or where this originated. But given all the dead horse beating that has been going on in this country today, I thought if I posted it, it might provide a welcome chuckle.

The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed on from generation to generation, says that when you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.

In modern education and government, however, a whole range of far more advanced strategies are often employed, such as:

1. Buying a stronger whip.

2. Changing riders.

3. Threatening the horse with termination.

4. Appointing a committee to study the horse.

5. Visiting other sites to see how others ride dead horses.

6. Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included.

7. Re-classifying the dead horse as “living, impaired”.

8. Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse.

9. Harnessing several dead horses together to increase the speed.

10. Attempting to mount multiple dead horses in hopes that one of them will spring to life.

11. Providing additional funding and/or training to increase the dead horse’s performance.

12. Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse’s performance.

13. Declaring that as the dead horse does not have to be fed, it is less costly, carries lower overhead, and therefore contributes substantially more to the bottom line of the economy than do some other horses.

14. Re-writing the expected performance requirements for all horses.

15. Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position.



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Kicked back and enjoying some vintage tunes from the 50’s, I came across this and I was jolted back into simpler times.  Remember “The Stroll”?

The stroll was both a slow rock ‘n’ roll dance and a song that was popular in the late 1950s. Billboard first reported that “The Stroll” might herald a new dance craze similar to the “Big Apple” in December 1957. “The Stroll” was written by Clyde Otis and Nancy Lee and was recorded by the Canadian group the Diamonds (Mercury 71242). The Diamonds versions also featured a saxophone soloist.

The original version of the song reached number four on the Billboard pop charts, number five on the R&B charts, and number one on the Cashbox charts.

In the dance, two lines of dancers, men on one side and women on the other, face each other, moving in place to the music. Each paired couple then steps out and does a more elaborate dance up and down between the rows of dancers. Dick Clark noted the similarity of the dance to the Virginia reel.
“Seeing the future the Diamonds sought an original song to record. In the late spring of 1957, Chuck Willis’ “C.C. Rider” became the first of a string of rhythm and blues songs based on a dance named the Stroll. Clyde Otis, a songwriter who had with Nancy Lee written a song based on the new dance, approached the Diamonds. “The Stroll” became a huge hit partly as a result as a result of repeated airings on American Bandstand. “The Stroll” was perfect for television because it was exuberant and photogenic.”



On a local television dance show in Idaho in February 1958, local teens dance to one of the biggest dance crazes out of the late-1950’s called The Stroll, which originated from American Bandstand. This dance was performed in a line formed with boys on one side and girls on the other, creating an isle between them. The boy and girl in the front of the line would meet up in the middle, grab hands and stroll their way down the line, as the other kids in the line would move their way up to the front using the same dance steps that the couple moving down the line would use, but move from side to side instead. When the first couple made their way down the line, another couple would meet in the middle and stroll down the isle.


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Dreams are a wondrous thing. They lift you to the heavens, and bring you back down gently. They infuse in one the perseverance, motivation, and determination to reach success, no matter how or what one defines personal success. No, I’ not referring to the unconscious snippets of images one conjures up while sleeping, but of the conscious dreams we own of reaching a long sought after achievement, or the passion of beginning a new chapter on the road of life.

To stop dreaming is to stop experiencing life. To live in a stagnant world without change. To become complacent with our lives and to relinquish ourselves to the mundane.

Life lived properly consists of an ever changing chain of achievements, each a stepping stone from the previous to the impending. Decisions are made, lessons are hopefully learned, and we strive to have a better awareness of life.


Go Far, Take Chances, Live Passionately


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I do not consider porch sitting to be a sign of laziness, or procrastination. Sitting on my porch, kicked back in an old hand me down rocking chair, my feet resting on the railing I feel contentment. My home surrounded by pine trees, open meadows and ranch land. Looking across the valley to distant hills, and listening to the wind as it blows between these two mountain ranges leaves very little to be desired. During the night, I sit and listen contently as the owls talk to each other, or listen to the high pitched howls of the coyotes bounce around the night sky . Sometimes the lightning will flash and illuminate the hills with deep matted textures. Thunder rolls down the valley and echoes into the dark cloud enshrouded sky, only to be repeated, over and over again until stillness saturates the wet forest.

I also do not consider that porch sitting is only available for those who actually own porches. I have sat and witnessed these mystical sites from many other advantage points. Soft, desolate beaches while watching the foamy, white surf as it crashes on jagged granite. Or sitting on a mountain ridge, listening to a heavy rain as it beats a steady rhythm on a tent while I try to stay dry. And even sitting in a city apartment, gazing out through the dirty haze of a window and watching as the wind sweeps the wet rain horizontally down the concrete sidewalks only to splash against an old brick building.

I do consider porch sitting to reign  high on my list of essentials as it holds the essences of tranquility, of connectedness and numerous remembrances. It is a retreat from the mundane. A brief experience in the unadulterated complexities of existence, nature, and of God. A time to reflect, and to dream. I am not afraid that if given unlimited time to sit and watch and listen to this gift, that it may become routine. Something with such majesty can never become prosaic.


I also do not consider porch sitting as just a solo undertaking. It is a place of sharing. A place to converse with family and friends.


I have many memories as a porch sitter. Many good, and some challenging, some that brought closeness and trust, and some that provided closure.




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Quitting is the easy way out. This is true about the challenges in life that can seem “out of reach or overwhelming, and can create in us feelings of not even wanting to try. We can, at these times, develop a discouraged mind-set that just adds to the impossibility of reaching any goals. This is very true if you fear failure. Failure is not your enemy, but giving up is. Dare to go far, take chances and live passionately. You only have this gift once, do not waste it…




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"Without Knowledge, Skill cannot be focused. Without Skill, Strength cannot be brought to bear and without Strength, Knowledge may not be applied."

“Without Knowledge, Skill cannot be focused. Without Skill, Strength cannot be brought to bear and without Strength, Knowledge may not be applied.”

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There comes a time for everyone of us when we suddenly realize our own mortality.  This realization usually occurs during a time when we have lost someone close or we are faced with serious, life threatening situations.  On that particular day, we will see our world through completely different eyes and ask ourselves  “Where have I been?”

“The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself.” Anais Nin

“Spirituality exists wherever we struggle with the issue of how our lives fit into the greater cosmic scheme of things. This is true even when our questions never give way to specific answers or give rise to specific practices such as prayer or meditation. We encounter spiritual issues every time we wonder where the universe comes from, why we are here, or what happens when we die. We also become spiritual when we become moved by values such as beauty, love, or creativity that seem to reveal a meaning or power beyond our visible world. An idea or practice is “spiritual” when it reveals our personal desire to establish a felt-relationship with the deepest meanings or powers governing life.”
Robert C. Fuller

It is your choice, your decision and your imagination to create the music to make your world dance.




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