My New Backyard Addition

You might recall the small flagstone patio I used to have in my backyard. This summer I pulled out the flagstones to make room for this………….

All that is missing is a backyard bbq party…can’t wait to host one!


Celebrate Earth Day- 2012

A humble appeal to all friends of TDPP.

Please consider conserving electricity,  petrol, natural gas or any/all type of energy you can for at least an hour on Earth day, this Sunday, April  22, 2012. I personally will be switching off all media-devices and electric-devices at my home from 9am to 9pm my time tomorrow. So, if you do not receive any response from my mobile, home-phone or email/bbm messages, you know why. Planning to catch up on some reading and some gardening, weather permitting of course….

Believe & Achieve- A Post By Michael of Auz.

What we believe determines what we achieve!

Have you been in a situation where you know something to be true and the person you are talking to does not know, and does not believe you?

The world is round!

At one time in our history everyone believed that the world was flat. It was many years and it required many philosophers and astronomers – to convince educated people that their beliefs were limiting and incorrect.

Man cannot fly!

At another time in history everyone believed that man could not fly. When the first hot air balloons to carry passengers were invented in 1783, the French believed that the air did not contain oxygen, so they first sent animals up in a basket to see if they would live.

We have many beliefs that control our lives individually and personally.

I have been a business consultant for 20 years. We are like bees going from flower to flower collecting pollen; we go from client to client collecting ideas. All we do is take ideas from one client and give them to another one.

We are not necessarily cleverer than our clients, we have just seen many more things than they have. Most of my clients have only worked in one industry and many have only worked in 3 businesses. I have worked in over 10 different industries and with over 400 businesses.

In business I know things that individuals, especially owners, don’t know and therefore, often, don’t believe. In my career I have seen many businesses falter, or reach well below their full potential, because of the limited beliefs of the owner(s).

Over the week end I was leading a seminar to do with education. We had the chance to workshop many proven ideas, however some individuals did not believe them. They have not used the ideas before, could not agree that they might work, and so at the end of the sessions they are most likely to return to the way they have always done things, and therefore get the same result they have always achieved.

It is a privilege to consult to business owners and also to be asked to lead workshops and seminars. Yet time and again I witness such limited beliefs and see the limited achievements that result.

I would like to lead a charge to delimit our beliefs!

There is no reason for me to limit my beliefs. I wont die, I wont get hurt, I wont even be physically effected. I can change my beliefs, I can delimit them, easily and for free.

Why do we limit our beliefs? Why do I?

We limit our beliefs towards Christ, and therefore we limit what Christ can do in our lives.

In Matthew 13:58, “He (Jesus) did not do many miracles because of their lack of faith.”

I always thought that he could not do many miracles, but this morning I saw that hechose not to.

Jesus chose not to do many miracles because of their limited beliefs.

 I saw that Jesus did not do miracles to demonstrate his power to unbelievers. He did not use miracles to prove himself, and in fact, the Pharisees and Sadducees saw him do many miracles and still they chose not to believe. Miracles don’t necessarily cause faith.

I saw that I limit Christ in my life by limiting my beliefs in him, in what he can do. I saw that on the week end, when three people spoke of their personal experiences which are very limited in comparison to my own, and I saw that they limit Christ in their beliefs.

In this specific case, they have been taught by their own Church, that God is powerless, Christ is distant, and the Holy Spirit does not speak, so their limited beliefs come from the teachers in their church.

Nevertheless, as we explored different beliefs they refused them.

I choose to delimit my own beliefs.

I also choose to do my best to educate others about how limiting their beliefs limits their achievements.

Specifically I choose to try to educate people that we limit our lives when we limit Christ in our lives.

The risk is to lose the old dead life and allow Jesus to transform us into a new life filled with his peace and joy and love and presence.

What could be better than that?- MCT

Some Say…

My realtor and friend JJA sent this email and in my treasure-trove I found this  beautiful video of Bette Midler’s rendition of  “The Rose” with lyrics so you too can take up Rose’s challenge. Enjoy!!
The first day of school our professor introduced  himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder.I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being..

She said, ‘Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I’m eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?’

I laughed and enthusiastically responded, ‘Of course you may!’ and she gave me a giant squeeze..

‘Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?’ I asked.

She jokingly replied, ‘I’m here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids…’

‘No seriously,’ I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age.

‘I always dreamed of having a college education and now I’m getting one!’ she told me.

After class we walked to the student union buildingand shared a chocolate milkshake.

We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this ‘time machine’ as she shared her wisdom and experience with me..

Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she reveled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up.

At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I’ll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium. As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor.

Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, ‘I’m sorry I’m so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I’ll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell you what I know.’

As we laughed she cleared her throat and began, ‘ We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing.

There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humor every day. You’ve got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die.

We have so many people walking around who are dead and don’t even know it!

There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up.

If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don’t do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight.

Anybody! Can grow older. That doesn’t take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change. Have no regrets.

The elderly usually don’t have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets.’

She concluded her speech by courageously singing ‘The Rose.’

She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives. At the year’s end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those months ago.

One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep.


Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it’s never too late to be all you can possibly be.

TDPP dares you, dear friends to take up Rose’s challenge and don’t forget to share your experience. luvs/ mia