One Shining Moment – The Purest Form of Competition

March Madness is upon us.
It is the single most purest form of adrenaline and competition.
Young men and women dedicating an entire season for the chance to shine for the world.

You win, you continue
You lose, you go home.

If you are fortunate to be one of the two remaining teams and twenty-two young adults being watched by millions, it is magic.

Words cannot explain the feeling of walking on the court and knowing you are one two best teams in the nation.

It is the crowning achievement and for the select few that make that game winning shot, they will live in infamy as they legacy will carry over year after year as generations share in the memory of a poetic journey to greatness.

Let us set aside the gambling, the lost productivity time during this three week period and the behind the scenes deal to attract the top high school talent and focus on childhood dreams being realized. Thousands of hours on the playground escaping to a fantasy world where crime and poverty are not embedded into the framework of their lives. Every shot is a reminder of the dream to someday look into the stars and see themselves.

Words cannot explain the exhilaration and heartache that catapults through the veins of these players.

When CBS stumbled upon this song by Michigan Singer/Songwriter David Barrett and then lend the voice of Teddy Pendergrass, Luther Vandross and Jennifer Hudson, it was a match made in heaven.

Listen for a moment and absorb the power of this song:

The ball is tipped
and there you are
you’re running for your life
you’re a shooting star
And all the years
no one knows
just how hard you worked
but now it shows…
(in) ONE SHINING MOMENT, IT’S ALL ON THE LINE
ONE SHINING MOMENT, THERE FROZEN IN TIME

But time is short
and the road is long
in the blinking of an eye
ah that moment’s gone
And when it’s done
win or lose
you always did your best
cuz inside you knew…
(that) ONE SHINING MOMENT, YOU REACHED DEEP INSIDE
ONE SHINING MOMENT, YOU KNEW YOU WERE ALIVE

Feel the beat of your heart
feel the wind in your face
it’s more than a contest
it’s more than a race…

And when it’s done
win or lose
you always did your best
cuz inside you knew…
(that) ONE SHINING MOMENT, YOU REACHED FOR THE SKY
ONE SHINING MOMENT, YOU KNEW
ONE SHINING MOMENT, YOU WERE WILLING TO TRY
ONE SHINING MOMENT….

We all fantasize about that moment. Forget 15 minutes. It only takes a few seconds to gain immortality.
It is when you feel the highest point of life and the most fulfilling mission in life.

As we get closer to this month that brings families, friends, co-workers and teammates together, don’t just watch the games but mentally put yourself on half court as the ball is about to be tipped and realize the dream that is being lived out at that moment.

Life is about taken the few incredible moments, embracing them and holding on forever.

We should all have one shining moment!

Participation Requested – Benchmark White Paper – Analysis of US vs UK/Europe in Social Media Utilization and Engagement

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We are reaching out to ask for your assistance in a three minute, ten question survey. Through a joint partnership between the United States and United Kingdom, we are developing an analysis and analytics based White Paper looking at the state of Social Media engagement and utilization between the United States and the UK/Europe.

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Find Inspiration in Yourself – A Playlist for Success

Here it is.
The play list you have all been waiting for.
Whether it is inspiration to workout, take on a new career opportunity, make it through a difficult time in your life or just to get you out of a rut and into a feeling that you can accomplish anything; it has arrived.

This play list will provide you with the inspiration, motivation and strength to reach higher.

Listen to the lyrics, absorb the music and let these songs become a part of your life.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Let’s make it amazing.
Find your inspiration TODAY!!!

A Play List for Inspiration

Happy Birthday Mom (You are forever in my memory)

It has been several years since you passed away and I can still see you clearly in front of me.
I can sense your presence as I face each challenge in my life. You continue to be my special Valentine.

Today is your birthday
It was so difficult to think of a gift that would even compare to what you gave us each and every day. You gave us everything unselfishly and without recourse.

Every year I got a birthday card from you and it always made me smile. Not just because there was money. This is my birthday card to you.

You were the strength of the family and the glue that kept us close

It was in your wit and charm that I discovered my own personality
It was witnessing your courage as you battled breast cancer and diabetes that I found my inner fortitude

What was so amazing is how you hid your fears from us, because to us you were a pillar; a rock surrounded by a sea of uncertainty.

Thank you for continuing to provide life lessons by entering my dreams and thoughts.
Every morning I see a picture of you on my mantle when you were so young and had your whole life in front of you. I like remember you that way.

Today is a hard day. It is a second by second reflection on my entire life and how you were a part of every step.

I was the closest to you, so in a way it has hit me the hardest. It was hard enough to leave you for camp let alone to never have the chance to sit up at night and talk to you about everything.

I could not have been given a better honor in life than to have you as a mother. You made me smile, laugh, cry and most importantly think about life and challenge myself. You taught me right from wrong and helped me understand that people are fair and good.

You sacrificed your upbringing to raise me in a safe harbor where I would get an excellent education and be surrounded by nature, family and security.

I want you to know that you mean as much to me today as you ever did and you continue to be with me.

I want to wish you what would be a very Happy Birthday today and leave you with the words you said me every night before I went to sleep, “I love you”

Happy Birthday Carole King

Today marks the 68th birthday for one of the greatest singer/songwriters of our and any generation.

As a way to reflect on the career of a legend in the music industry we have put together a small mix to put you in a soothing Carole King state of mind and a few videos of her and her stage magic.

Enjoy some personal memories as you let Carole King take you away

Carole King Play List

Are you in the game? (Do You Have the Passion to Be Great)

Where is the soul?
Where is the emotional edge that grips us and reaches deep within our hidden fears and passions to ignite a flame that takes us to near heights of absolute euphoria.

Those were powerful words. That was the pure adrenaline that bleeds Red Bull from your veins and pumps your mental and physical juices. Don’t you love that rush. The feeling of anticipation right before something memorable is about to happen. Something that you will reflect on for years to come. A moment that will forever change your personal perception of life and being.

Some are fortunate to run out of a tunnel to 80,000 screaming fans, but most of us must rely on a much smaller fan base to motivate those raging instincts and bring us to the forefront.

Van Gogh and Mozart would be banished from this earthly soil before their genius was realized and now their works have donned the globe from the Louvre to Dancing with the Stars.

We are a flawed people. Not from the misfortune of a bite of an apple, but by our human nature of immediacy. We are narcissistic folk who thrives on flash reaction. We need to know that others feel something from our actions. Now, with the flood of social media, the entire world can know.

If you ask a couple that has been married for 70 years what the keys to success were that made their love last the test of time, you will find some very consistent responses. Patience, understanding and compromise. Hmmmm patience. Love takes time. Success takes practice. Legend is the immortal acceptance of triumph. That my friends is what makes phenomenal stand out from mediocrity.

How do I become phenomenal? ” I have to work, feed my family, and what little time I have left over is for rest from the daily challenges life throws at me. Life is hard.”

I think many of us have said something along these words in the past. Is you accept your place then you have settled on a life that can be legendary or fade away. The answer is simple. The true immortals make an impression on the next generation and the lessons they teach will carry over for many generations.

If you are the first man on the moon, you are immortal, but if you can teach you son to play catch and spent time with him on the swings, he will remember that as he grows up and passes these lessons onto his own children. You see, when the book of life is written, you have the potential to be as high on the ladder of greatness as Neil Armstrong, Theodore Roosevelt, and Charles Lindbergh.

So many times, we let the media dictate the value of life and it leads many to a state of depression.

Depression can suck the life out of you. It can take you to levels beyond repair without abandon or prejudice. It is a one of the most common diseases that is often overlook yet can be as deadly as the high profile bacteria and virus killers.

Eliminate the barriers that lead many to determine the value of importance. Burn the money, blind yourself from the fame and look right in front of you. You are a leader, a role model and most of all a future legend.

When you look in the baby blue eyes of a young child, ask yourself this, “Am I in the game?”

The Guardian of Death – Original Poem

Feel me penetrate the surface of the moon watching over you and pulsating a glow that corrupts your body with illumination

Heat and passion run like waves hiding under the clouds

Tones of gray and blue coat the fields of darkness awakening from a deep sleep

The sun fills the night with magic

Steady confusion brings stability to chaotic silences screaming in our heads

Sounds of music from an organ buried with the soil of memories

Layers of past, present and future deafen the soft sounds of life falling deeper and deeper into the core of lava and flames

Each second, another year

Each year, a fallen leaf

Each sunrise, a longing for the night

Each baby christens a new beginning to an already established end

The guardian sleeps for his job is complete

The gates to the grave, a new home protected only by the light of eternal darkness