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rules today that pave The Road for tomorrow

February18

desire

awareness

meaning

choice

love

change

giving

gratitude

reciprocity

I say it probably starts with awareness, and refine that with self-awareness. then you get to invoke change from within that gets reflected outward. that requires a desire for change that is drawn from choice. that brings meaning to why we should feel gratitude around doing things we love, for people that we value. if you believe that giving as much as you take, if not more, then finally reciprocity finds itself in the formula for success at life.

everything else is a burning platform.

“We all need a road that we can find that gives us love and peace of mind” – Songwriter Randy Thorderson

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

don’t let Obama be the LAST MAN STANDING

August28

Brian Patrick Cork: the video below is both insightful and entertaining.

I’ll add to Mr. Barbour’s musings that Obama, by design, probably wants to be amongst the “once percent” of Americans still standing when he is finished laying waste to both the Constitution and our national identity – and, the economy.

the full story… or, at least part of the background, is under way and in-the-making. so, consider this a backdrop…

former Mississippi Governor (and unrepentant rascal, to be certain) Haley Barbour was holding court at a private party before the Republican National Committee Sunday, where he called President Barack Obama “a one percenter,” and urged a group of conservative bloggers to rally behind Mitt Romney even though he’s “not perfect”.

“We’ve got two guys running for president, by the way, who are both very rich. Each one of them is in the top one percent in the United States.” Barbour said during an event for the National Bloggers Club in Tampa. “Both of them are one percenters. And in fairness, both of them made their own money. Romney made his by winning the confidence of people who invested their money. …Obama made his money writing two books about himself. He’s a one percenter! …Which one do you figure is going to do a better job of getting our economy going in the right direction?”

indeed, both men are in the “top one percent” of income earners, although Romney’s net worth is about twenty times greater than Obama’s (based on public information). Romney and Obama are worth around $200 million and $12 million, respectively.

NOTE: this view of what might define a “one percenter” is not the same as that outlined by Ayn Rand in The Fountainhead. so, you probably won’t hear Obama ask, “who is John Galt?”.

really?

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate has brought new attention to philosopher Ayn Rand. Paul Ryan says as a young man he was inspired by Ayn Rand’s writing. in her novels Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, she described the virtues of private enterprise and the evils of government. those ideas evidently resonate with Ryan. in a campaign video from 2009 he said, “Ayn Rand more than anyone else did a fantastic job of explaining the morality of capitalism, the morality of individualism, and this to me is what matters most.” that said, Ayn Rand was also an atheist, and Paul Ryan has clearly distanced himself from Rand’s religious views (Obama just comes across as Godless, and more so a deist). but, under any circumstances Ayn Rand’s thinking is all the more relevant and remains an intriguing figure in American political thought.

during his talk, Barbour also argued that conservatives need to look past Romney’s moderate record as governor of Massachusetts.

“Mitt Romney’s not as conservative as I am. It’s a fact,” Barbour said. “But the difference between him and Obama in terms of their vision, their plan, their policies, their belief in the history and the fundamental principles of America are the greatest difference of any two presidential candidates in my lifetime. …It behooves us to make sure Romney wins.”

so… while I stand unconvinced that we should vote for Mitt Romney simply on Barbour’s endorsement, his logic is awkward but oddly relevant.

my sense of Romney is that he is a tried-and-true businessman that will make it his business to get our country on a path of best-practices. however, my gut and observation thus far, is that Obama is interested in what is best for Obama.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

how do You define Redemption?

August16

so…

last week I posited this on Linkedin:

Brian Patrick Cork: “what if redemption isn’t realized by some form of vindication (that is based on our limited perception), but by a life-time of contribution that becomes our legacy? how do we look back on our days on this earth with satisfaction? how will future generations describe us as individuals?”

that evidently caught Jay Beckner’s attention.

Jay Beckner
Jay Beckner (E-Commerce Manager at PetFirst Healthcare) wrote:
“That’s a great question, Brian. Those with big goals they may never get their win. How do you stay optimistic?”

my first response to Jay was, “what if part of the answer includes hope? also, having a cause, such as finishing well? perhaps, having someone to love that inspires us to be an example, or by example?”

meanwhile… the plot thickens with additional thinking from non-other than Glen Hobbs, himself:

Brian Cork – Obed Edom

“2 Sam 6:12 “The Lord has blessed the household of Obed-edom and all that belonged to him, because of the ark of God”.

Obed-Edom looked after the ark for  three months when the Israelites were scared to move it further. everything around Obed-edom prospered while the ark was in his home.

the ark represented the presence of God. that was the Old Testament. Now, under the new covenant, we who are believers are indwelt (literally “fused”) with the very presence of God (John 14:16-17, 16:7, Acts 1:4, 1 Corinthians 3:16). that means wherever we go, we now carry His presence.

“Brian, as I was thinking about all that you are doing, it struck me that you bring favor and prosperity into situations you step into, because you carry His presence, and He has gifted you. It affects not only your own businesses, but those with whom you come in contact. Because of His presence in you, and your presence with them, their businesses will prosper. The blessing in your life will overflow into theirs.”  -Glenn

So… Jay… Here might be the answer to your own question:

Genesis 30:27 “The Lord blessed me because of you”.

UPDATE:

not to be outdone, or a good friend, for thaat matter, Chip Brackley offerd this sobering posit:

“Let’s talk about it.  I think it does and you are right to be careful around how you view yourself in regards to this.  This is not something you can take lightly and there needs to be a healthy “fear” or reverence around this.  There is a reason Obed Edom was given the Ark in the first place.  Read the chapter before to see why he got it and let’s try and figure out what that means in all of this as well.”

more later, I’m confident.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

Actions vs. Words = Influence

July12

we must always wish everyone well.

use our super powers for good.

and, only judge people by those around them.

please think about that, and the notion will not only grow on you, it will guide you.

it’s no coincidence that proven leaders are always referenced as examples that inspire.

perhaps it seems obvious. But, it’s none of it is easily accomplished. the practice results in the difference between the “three per centers (3%)” and everyone else.

it’s not about me, but what I do.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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