For the Kids @ Georgia Tech and CHOA

The smart folks at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta have joined the a team of students Georgia Tech who really get the picture!

Here in Atlanta there is a wonderful medical organization called, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). The doctors and nurses there have saved numerous lives, stopped illnesses from spreading, made kids laugh as they get shots, helped new parents from freaking out when their baby runs a fever, and the folks there can actually leap buildings in a single bound.  This is a second-to-none operation.

…but they cannot do this without your help!

Katherine Lohn is a 3rd year student at Georgia Tech and she leading the fight in raising of funds for a great project called,”For the Kids @ GT-Engineering Miracles.” Katherine is on the Executive Board and is the Chair of Fundraising.

For the Kids @ Georgia Tech

Katherine Lohn: For the Kids @ Georgia Tech

This is one of her favorite parts of college and no doubt a favorite part of the family and patient services of CHOA. The goal for this large group of students is $100,000!

Given the population of Atlanta (about 6 million people), this fund raiser should take a nano-second to complete! The hardest part of this fund raiser is getting the word out there… and Katherine Lohn does that best!

So go visit her site HERE!

You are not going to want to miss the HOW the money will be raised!

Donating at that location is safe and easy! Click the “Support Me” button once there and change the lives of the people around you!

Back to the Basics…

In reading on the lives of millionaires, biographies of historical icons, and listening carefully to those who are far more wise than myself, there is one common message that rings true over and over again– ‘go back to the basics.’

Getting back to the basics may be translated differently in different environments. Terms like, keep your eye on the ball, watch the ball in, and soft touches are all terms that athletes hear day in and day out from coaches who understand the importance of ‘the basics.’

Off the pitch, the court, and the turf the terms are different. These are terms frequently overlooked and forgotten because they are hard to spot at times. At times these terms mean less revenue in the short term but render millions in the long term. They are tough to see right off because they are, when in their purest form, woven into our character. The fiber of our make up. Most who possess them and have honed them stand out from the crowd in one way or another.

In The Millionaire Mind, The author Thomas Stanley looks at hundreds, if not thousands of millionaires and successful business owners. The number one word that more successful people attribute to the backbone of their success is of the basic of basics: Integrity.

Webster’s defines the word as a “firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values:  incorruptibility; an unimpaired condition:  soundness; and the quality or state of being complete or undivided : completeness

Integrity does not know your family any different than it knows your business dealings. Integrity does not know about your job any different than it knows about your wife or your husband. Integrity fails to see anything different than itself; Firm, Incorruptible; Sound; Complete.

So how does your integrity stand up? Is it time to return to the basics? What would happen if you did? Would it be worth a potential short-term loss for a long-term gain? If the answer is Yes, to any of these, you are a welcomed traveller in a new journey that will yield its fruits in due time. Take courage, this road is hard, but you have what it takes, because you got back to the basics.

It Might Take Some Time

If you have ever wanted something now, rather than later, you are not alone. Most of us have and honestly, I cannot name anyone who has not. Delaying gratification is hard, not fun, and frankly something we’d rather not do most of the time.

This conversation is more than an encouragement to not eat the extra piece of cake or read the last chapter first in a best-seller, which both could be seen as superficial. Rather this conversation is one we all wrestle with over the long-haul; weeks, months, or even years.

I have developed a practice of reading (rather listening) through the bible each year. I simply start at the introduction and finish in the maps. This morning, while still in the Old Testament, something struck me. It seems that each leader, Abraham & Moses for example, appointed successors long before their deaths. This practice was even seen with King David when he was anointed King long before (years and years before) he ever took the thrown.

This is what would happen, the priest would stand with the passing leader (or on behalf of God) in what seems like a semi-private affair, pray a blessing over the successor, offer sacrifice and…. that was it. No party, no celebration, nothing… except a long silent wait to ascend to position.

Joshua would not lead the Hebrews for months or even a year; King David was a boy when anointed and he, after his anointing, simply returned to the fields as a shepherd for the next near- decade.

Such is the story sometimes in our own lives; we have a dream or goal or passion and then we start down this road only to find it longer than we thought… and darker …and bleaker …and fearful.

Something of note that should brighten your path, and something that brightened mine was this: Moses was in preparation some 40 years before ever seeing the burning bush; Joshua was being prepared for his greatness by being the admin’ assistant to Moses for decades; and David was killing lions and bears long before his encounter with Goliath.

That silence you hear, that emptiness you feel, that is insurmountably huge, might be the preparation you need before you step into your own greatness…your calling. These just might be your prep-years. It was for Moses, for King David, and it definitely was for Abraham, who waited about 100 years for his prep-years to come to an end.

While I hope we don’t have to wait 100 years to step into our calling, waiting until the prep-years are over is critical to your success once those years are over. You would never skip out on practice in order that you might win a game, so don’t do that here. Do not harbor hatred or resentment in these years of preparation. Run the extra-mile, do the extra push-ups, read the additional book, take the other class, …say the additional prayer.

Be encouraged, even the calling on the life of Jesus as a man was only three years, but 30 of those, in human terms, were in preparation for an eternity. Those 30 years of prep-time changed the world. Why cannot this also be you?

Your calling might be huge and freakishly unorthodox, but if your fellow man or woman were at stake would you dare to try to accomplish it? If your family was at stake would you do it? If your why is bigger than your hurdles, then Yes, you would do this. But take heart and stand strong; enjoy and endure the prep-years, your calling coming, but it just might take some time.

Successful Intelligence – Robert J. Sternberg

 “Successfully Intelligent people realize that the environment in which they find themselves may of may not enable them to make the most of their talents. They actively seek an environment where they cannot only do competent work but make a difference. They create their own opportunities rather than let their opportunities delimited by the circumstances in which they happen to find themselves.” (24)

Successful Intelligence – Robert J. Sternberg

  “Successfully Intelligent people are self-efficacious [self-efficacy as one’s belief in one’s ability to succeed in specific situations]. The have a Can-Do attitude. They realize that the limits to what they can accomplish are often in what they tell themselves they cannot do, rather than in  what they really cannot to.” (20)

Making the Commitment

Making the commitment is hard.

Committing to anything is an act of courage. There is always a struggle, a balance of good and evil, that pulls and challenges your commitment. Many times, it is an everyday battle. But how you deal with it determines everything.

Perhaps you, like our family, have a coin jar. This jar seems to fill up all by itself. Day after day, week after week, the loose change piles up and soon the wide-mouth Mason jar overflows its rim and then we know it’s time to the count dough! This is actually a fun event where we all guess how much is in the jar – the winner is lavishly rewarded. It’s fun and we make a really big deal of it. But we are always surprised to see how much builds up over time.

Investing in your family, your church, your synagogue, your community, yourself, your retirement account, is no different. It takes time and energy. Some days are fun and others are not. Some folks laugh at you and others support you. You fight throwing in the towel and wish you could give up.

But fortunately, that’s part of the deal!

In the book of James, the author implores the reader to consider it joy, whenever you face trials, because you know that the testing of your faith (or commitment for that matter) produces perseverance. He goes on to say, to let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

I understand the feeling like you do not have the income to invest or the time to spend with friends. I really do. It’s hard. But when you Make the Commitment, the commitment the choice has been made. All internal arguments now have permission to stop their torment! And you, you have the freedom the do those little things that will yield the person you are trying to become.

A quick principle: Little things over time will produce a harvest.

Christian or not, the idea of not lacking because I stayed true to my commitments, even under fire from my friends and foes, sounds like a program worth trying.

So go ahead and Make the Commitment.