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From migrant worker to history-making educator: Dr. San Juanita de la Cruz

Juanita Too often we can get caught up in our own little world and forget that every living, breathing human being has a story to tell. Some stories are more shocking and unbelievable than others but there are people that we pass everyday or sit next to at work or talk to on the phone that have overcome such tremendous challenges in life and life goes on for them.


Such is the story of educator and administrator Dr. San Juanita de la Cruz. I have known this woman for more than ten years but it was only through a Miami Herald news article that I learned of the significance of her academic and social accomplishments. She is remarkable. Juanita makes me feel as though I have not done enough with my life. Through her trials and tribulations, she is one of the most pleasant individuals you will ever meet.


Congratulations and thank you to phenomenal woman Dr. San Juanita de la Cruz. To read and hear her story, click here.


Life is precious – enjoy it while we're here!

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Today's Message of the Day is:


Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love truly, Laugh uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you smile.
 
Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should dance....

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Life is precious – enjoy it while we're here!


Thought for the Day: Be Who You Must Be

Be Who You Must Be 

Diarmuid Cronin

I don’t know where you are on your path
I have never stood in your shoes
I see not with your eyes.
I know not what your purpose is here
In this stage of your evolution
But I feel blessed to know you
As you are not in my life by chance
And you are my teacher
As I hope you learn from me
I pray I show reverence to you
I pray not to judge you
I wish to let you be
Who you are
Who you dream of being
I will just be beside you
And watch you grow
And the day will come for sure
When we will know why
Our paths crossed this way
And until then my friend
Be who you must be


Thought for the Day: 'You Are Somebody'

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There's no need for you to strive to be somebody. You are somebody already, with your own unique gifts to offer life.

What a waste it would be to spend your whole life seeking to be someone you're not. What a true joy it is to spend your moments expressing and fulfilling the authentic person you are.

Today is a day to dance your own dance, to sing your own song. Live the joy that is yours to live, and create the beauty that is yours to give.

Pay no attention to the fleeting, superficial vision of success that the world seeks to sell you. Build a success that has real meaning for you by being true to who you are.

Most of the disappointments you've experienced have been the result of striving to follow someone else's dream. Let go of the need to do that, and feel the freedom, the amazing effectiveness, and the exhilaration of living a purpose that is truly you.

You are somebody unique, valuable, beautiful and worthy of the best life has to offer. Now is the time to fully live that truth.

-- Ralph Marston


Thought for the Day: Someday has arrived

Life is now. Stop waiting for your opportunity to fully live and realize that it is already here. Perhaps you have always thought that someday you will follow your dreams. The fact is, someday has now arrived. Your authentic purpose is calling out to you. Now is the time to be fulfilling that purpose. Go now in the direction you've always known you must go. Allow the unique and beautiful person you are to come fully to life. Let go of the excuses and rationalizations that keep you mired in disappointment and frustration. Move quickly forward by continually reminding yourself of why you are doing so. This is the moment for bold, yet sincere action. Someday is here, and the richness of life is now yours to experience. -- Ralph Marston

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Thought for the Day: Leaving A Positive Footprint

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Blessing Space
Physical space acts like a sponge, absorbing the radiant of all who pass through it. And, more likely than not, the spaces we move through each day have seen many people come and go. We have no way of knowing whether the energy footprints left behind by those who preceded us will invigorate us or drain us. Yet we can control the energy footprint we leave behind for others. In blessing each space we enter, we orchestrate a subtle energy shift that affects not only our own experiences in that space but also the experiences of the individuals who will enter the space after us. While we may never see the effects our blessing has had, we can take comfort in the fact that we have provided grace for those that follow after us.

When you bless a room or an entire building, you leave a powerful message of love and light for all those who will come after you. Your blessings thus have myriad effects on the environments through which you pass. Old, stagnant energy is cleared, creating a vacuum into which fresh and invigorating energy can freely flow. The space is thus rendered harmonious and nourishing, and it becomes a hub from which positive feelings are transmitted. Intent is the key component of the blessings you leave in your physical wake. If your intent involves using your own consciousness as a tool for selflessly spreading grace, your blessings will never go awry. Whether you feel more comfortable performing a solo blessing or prefer to call upon your spirit guides for assistance, visualize each space you enter becoming free of toxins, chaos, and negativity as you speak your blessing. Then imagine the resultant emptiness being replaced by pure, healing white light and loving energy. Even a quic! k mindful thought of love can bless a space.

This type of blessing is cumulative and will grow each time you bestow it. Try blessing every home, business, and office you visit for an entire week and observing the effects of your goodwill. Your affirmative energy footprint will help brighten your day as you contemplate your blessing's future impact on your siblings in humanity and your environment.


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Enlarging my Circle of Love

I talk too much. That’s what my friends tell me. They could be right but I think a more accurate characterization is that I talk a lot. Yep. I do. The amazing thing is I’m actually quite shy. Yep, I am. I talk about things I’m passionate about otherwise I don’t say very much.

When my girlfriends and I used to go out on Fridays for Happy Hour, they would warn me not to smile at everyone. Can you believe that? Moi? By nature, I’m a happy person. After a hard week at work, I wanted to de-stress…unwind…relax. I didn’t smile at everyone but if I felt like smiling at someone, I did.

Usually I ended up talking to some guy for which English was not his native language. Reading Rainbow…Rainbow Coalition…We are the World…my girlfriends gave me a number of similar nicknames. I have to admit that it used to tick me off a little. Hey, I was just being me. Unless given a reason, I was not and still am not rude. Consequently, we didn’t pay for many drinks and over the years, I have gained a rainbow of friends.

I’ve learned that a pleasant personality will take a person far in life. At the time I didn’t realize that I was enlarging my circle of love. It was not a conscious effort; I realized later that I was modeling the behavior of my parents and other adults I admired.

While today is Mother’s Day, I thank my Mom and my Dad for teaching me to love everyone, especially myself.

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Everyday Thanksgiving

Even though I clutch my blanket and growl when the alarm rings, thank You, Lord, that I can hear. There are many who are deaf.

Even though I keep my eyes closed against the morning light as long as possible, thank You, Lord, that I can see. Many are blind.

Even though I huddle in my bed and put off rising, thank You, Lord, that I have the strength to rise. There are many who are bedridden.

Even though the first hour of my day is hectic, thanks when socks are lost, toast is burned, tempers are short, and my children are so loud. Thank You, Lord, for my family. There are many who are lonely.

Even though our breakfast table never looks like the pictures in magazines and the menu is at times unbalanced, thank You, Lord, for the food we have. There are many who are hungry.

Even though the routine of my job is often monotonous, thank You, Lord, for the opportunity to work. There are many who have no job.

Even though I grumble and bemoan my fate from day to day and wish my circumstances were not so modest, thank You, Lord, for life.

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Thank you, Marianne

I love Marianne Williamson and I'm not ashamed to admit it. One of the most powerful, gifted and spiritual individuals of our time, she has truly changed my life. Ms. Williamson's quote on “our deepest fear,” is one of my favorites. It is frequently attributed to Nelson Mandela, as his presidential inauguration speech but it is not. Enjoy and be enlightened... Vanessa


Our Deepest Fear

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.


We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?


You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.


We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.


And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”


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