Welcome 2011

To all dear and near:

When you’re lonely, I wish you Love! When you’re down, I wish you Joy! When you’re troubled, I wish you Peace! When things seem empty, I wish you Hope! Have a Happy New Year!

    As the new year blossoms, may the journey of your life be fragrant with new opportunities, your days be bright with new hopes and your heart be happy with love! Have a Happy New Year!
    – Unknown

 

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Misses And Kisses Of 2010

Kisses of 2010:

-> Mobilising some fundraisers for Haiti’s heart-wrenching tragedy in the very first month of this year.

-> Volunteer trip to Zambia: a small contribution to a great cause

-> Never before experience: working and interacting with the innocent and lovely children of the three Zambian orphanages

-> My (god) daughter’s wedding.

-> Bought a BMW of my son’s choice for him.

-> Better relationships with my closest friends and family with whom there had been some strains in past years

->Becoming a Canadian citizen

-> 360 degree change in my attitude on my  job-security and venturing out into private companies.

-> Efforts in bettering myself: attended three interviews in four months.

-> Year end holiday trip back home to visit my parents

-> Inspite of the snow-storm in Heathrow and cancellation of my original flight, managed to find an alternative flight to salvage part of my holiday. Anything to see the joy on my parents faces, ummm nothing to beat that!

Misses of 2010:

-> Planned on a number of courses, ‘commitment phobia’ took over me.

-> Planned trip carefully twice, Dubai yet to welcome me.

-> Attended three interviews in four months, yet to find my right-fit.

-> Awaiting response from an international opportunity, it keeps eluding me.

-> Still searching for ‘my song’.

-> Still playing see-saw with my finances.

A Toast To 2011.

Who Packs Your Parachute?

My cousin J sends this ……

Thought for the day

Charles Plumb was a US Navy jet pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile.  Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands.  He was captured and spent 6 years in a communist Vietnamese prison.  He survived the ordeal and now lectures on lessons learned from that experience!*

One day, when Plumb and his wife were sitting in a restaurant, a man at another table came up and said, ‘ You’re Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down! ‘How in the world did you know that?’ asked Plumb. ‘I packed your parachute,’ the man replied.  Plumb gasped in surprise and gratitude.  The man pumped his hand and said, ‘I guess it worked!’  Plumb assured him, ‘It sure did. If your chute hadn’t worked, I wouldn’t be here today.’*

Plumb couldn’t sleep that night, thinking about that man.  Plumb says, ‘I kept wondering what he had looked like in a Navy uniform: a white hat; a bib in the back; and bell-bottom trousers.  I wonder how many times I might have seen him and not even said ‘Good morning, how are you?’ or anything because, you see, I was a fighter pilot and he was just a sailor.’*

Plumb thought of the many hours the sailor had spent at a long wooden table in the bowels of the ship, carefully weaving the shrouds and folding the silks of each chute, holding in his hands each time the fate of someone he didn’t know.*

Now, Plumb asks his audience, ‘Who’s packing your parachute?’ Everyone has someone who provides what they need to make it through the day.  He also points out that he needed many kinds of parachutes when his plane was shot down over enemy territory – he needed his physical parachute, his mental parachute, his emotional parachute, and his spiritual parachute.  He called on all these supports before reaching safety.*

Sometimes in the daily challenges that life gives us, we miss what is really important. We may fail to say hello, please, or thank you, congratulate someone on something wonderful that has happened to them, give a compliment, or just do something nice for no reason.  As you go through this week, this month, this year, recognise people who pack your parachutes.

I am sending you this as my way of thanking you for your part in packing my parachute.  And I hope you will send it on to those who have helped pack yours! Sometimes, we wonder why friends keep forwarding jokes to us without writing a word. Maybe this could explain it!  When you are very busy, but still want to keep in touch, guess what you do – you forward jokes.*

And to let you know that you are still remembered, you are still important, you are still loved, you are still cared for, guess what you get?  A forwarded joke.  So my friend, next time when you get a joke, don’t think that you’ve been sent just another forwarded joke, but that you’ve been thought of today and your friend on the other end of your computer wanted to send you a smile, just helping you pack your parachute.*


Tiger Roars ….

….. President Persipants notched up another win with the Senate ratifying the  START treaty.

Steve Benen writes:

SENATE APPROVES NEW START, 71 TO 26…. After the cloture vote garnered 67 votes yesterday, the question wasn’t whether the pending nuclear arms treaty, New START, would get the necessary support, but whether ratification would top 70 votes.

It did. The Senate just concluded its final vote on the treaty, and a 71-member bipartisan majority approved New START. There were 26 opponents, all of whom were Republicans. The minority included Sens. McCain, Graham, and Hatch, all of whom had previously expressed support for the measure.

Here is his well deserved victory lap…

On December 17, 2010, I posted “Kudos Mr. President”, in which I wrote:

“Lame duck or Dame luck session?”… Here is Steven Benen agreeeing with me:

Indeed, it’s not quite finished yet, but has anyone ever seen such a prolific lame-duck session? Let’s see, there’s the tax deal, DADT repeal, New START, the most sweeping food-safety bill in 70 years, the Zadroga 9/11 health bill, the defense authorization bill, more than a few judicial nominee confirmations, and probably some other stuff I’m forgetting.

Obviously, there were serious setbacks. The DREAM Act deserved an up-or-down vote, but fell to a Republican filibuster, and the failure of the omnibus was bad news.

But the victories in December are extremely important, and in some cases, even historic. After the midterms, the conventional wisdom was that President Obama was severely weakened, and shouldn’t expect to pass anything else on his to-do list for the rest of his term. Obviously, the rules of the game will change dramatically with the start of the new Congress, but after this lame-duck session, the president actually appears stronger now than he did before the election.

Part of me wants to snark; “Just like G. Bush, right?”, “Better off with Hillary, right?”, but with my hero ending this year so strongly pro-America, I will take teh high road and simply end with:

“Kudos, USA, you have a great man in your corner! Kudos, Mr. President, you have a great country in your hands!!

President Pissypants OR President Persi(stence)pants?

Just weeks earlier President Obama was termed President Pissypants by TBogg for whom I have enormous love and respect. Well President PP did it again.

-> He passed “The Tax-Cuts” bill

-> Today he signed  “The Repeal of DADT” bill

(If the CSpan video does not respond well, please click below for a better quality video)

The Huffingtonpost reports:

President Barack Obama says valor and sacrifice in the armed forces are no longer defined by sexual orientation.

Obama spoke Wednesday morning at the Interior Department as he prepared to sign a landmark law ordering America’s armed services to let homosexuals serve openly for the first time. Surrounded by senior military officials and members of Congress, Obama said he is proud to sign the bill, which he says will strengthen national security.

Bob Cesca summs it up very well here:

THEY HATE HIM BECAUSE HE WINS

This new Vanity Fair item about President Obama and why his enemies hate him so much is pretty dead on. And so why do they hate him?

Precisely because of the raft of legislative victories he’s achieved. Obama has pushed through large and complicated new government initiatives at a time of record-low public trust in government (and in institutions of any sort, for that matter), and he has suffered not because he hasn’t “done” anything but because he’s done so much—way, way too much in the eyes of his most conservative critics. With each victory, Obama’s opponents grow more frustrated, filling the airwaves and what passes for political discourse with fulminations about some supposed sin or another.I would also argue that the same thing can be said about the president’s progressive enemies. The establishment press continues to operate under the false impression that the progressive movement elected this president. Wrong. Many of the top shelf progressive leaders were ambivalent at best about Barack Obama during the campaign. John Edwards was the progressive candidate. Not the president. As such, there’s no real motivation among some progressives to see the successes, since they had little to do with the election of the president in the first place. (See also Eric Boehlert’s book “Bloggers On The Bus” is proof of the progressive opposition to the president during the campaign.)

I second it!!