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The world as I see it

The world as I see it: Introduction

July 31, 2012

As someone who has lived a lot, done a lot, and seen a lot, and who has been hired, fired, acquired, merged, purged, downsized, rightsized but NEVER capsized, I feel it’s my time to share some views, opinions, and comments regarding the world as I see it.

Of course you have the right to agree or disagree with my thoughts, take issue with my opinions and not even give a damn but in any event they are mine to share.

I look forward to receiving YOUR comments and point of view.

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America, America, Where Art Thou?

November 2, 2012

It appears to me that the America I grew up does no longer exist. Today we have many America’s.  White America, Black America, Hispanic America, Muslim America, Gay America, Rich America, Poor America (the middle class is rapidly disappearing), Violent America, and certainly self serving Political America. 

We must eliminate the political bickering, the religious pontification, and the  interference in the personal choices of individuals to pursue their own choices and sexual orientation. We must get a handle on the excessive and seemingly uncontrolled purchase  of guns especially assault type weapons.

It’s my belief that until we bring America back to what it once was, i.e, America the Beautiful from Sea to Shining Sea, we will continue our current course which can only lead to our nation’s self- destruction.  I welcome your comments.

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September 19, 2012

                                                              

UNCOVER YOUR PASSION?

By Phil Parker

There is no greatness without at passion to be great, whether it’s the aspiration of an athlete or an artist, a scientist, a parent, or a businessperson.”                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Anthony Robbins

 

             What makes your heart sing?  What would make you leap out of bed in the morning and look forward to the day? Are you doing something at the moment that does not really suit your personality? Do you remain employed because the job pays well and you are afraid of losing benefits?  Are you a ‘wage slave’?      I’ve just asked a lot of soul-searching questions. Many of you will have your own answers. Some of you may not have any answers, others of you may simply be a ‘square peg in a round hole’, and the rest of you probably don’t give a darn.

              If you dislike what you are currently doing to earn your keep— REGROUP!  While it’s not a matter of life and death, there is something sad about doing work you dislike just for the money.  How many government employees or corporate junkies would abandon that 9-to-5 job of monotonous routine and office politics if the paycheck were not guaranteed?  How many street corner lawyers would continue to practice law if the money was lousy and the status of the job was lowered?  The same might also be true for many overworked, stressed out, and insurance embattled doctors working in the profit-driven, bottom line, health management system we refer to as health care.

              Rapid change has become an integral part of our lives. The belief that you will have the same job or follow the same career for your entire life is an obsolete idea. The reality is that the typical working person today will have five or more different types of employment.  So, if you are not passionate about what you’re doing, why not consider something else that might ignite your internal engine?        I know that many of you will say, “Yea, right!” It’s not that easy.  What about the mortgage and car payments, college for the kids, and other financial obligations?”

              Look, life is a trade-off.  It’s all about making choices. It’s about priorities!  If your job title, fancy cars, big house and material possessions are more important than pursuing your passion, so be it.  The choice is yours. I am not suggesting you give up your current job. We all have to pay our bills. Following your heart does not necessarily mean choosing between your passion and putting food on the table. It may trigger something new and rewarding. It may open the door to a better opportunity.  Perhaps it will lead to a better opportunity.  Perhaps it will lead to a more fulfilling lifestyle. All you have to do is trust the process.

              Wherever you are in this process, if your career or lifestyle is not what you believe it should be, begin the search. Find whatever is meaningful and rewarding in your life. Once you have made that discovery, trust that the universe will respond.

             Discover your passion, follow your dreams, and breathe life into a new beginning.

  I welcome your comments.

Phil Parker, a former CEO and successful businessman, is a professional speaker, photographer and author. His books, Kiss Yourself Hello! From A Life Of Business To The Business Of Life encourages his readers to discover the possibilities before them and the potential within them. His second book, The Gift of Perspective~Let My Hindsight Be Your Foresight shares his lessons learned. His latest book: Grandpa Does Grandma~The ABCs of Senior Sex encourages couples that the passionate feelings they had when they were young can be maintained at any age. 

 Visit Phil online: www.philparker.com or email him at: phil@philparker.com  or contact him at 404-593-9028

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Day by Day

August 7, 2012

SUNDAY: Begin the first day of a new week. Why wait for better days to come? Take today as it is and mold it into what you want it to be. You can’t live in the future, and nothing is as far away as yesterday. There will never be a better day than today!

 MONDAY: Appreciate the positive forces in your life. Our minds have been conditioned to feast on the negative side of life and fast from the positive. It seems like negativity is a mindset that many of us embrace too often. Be ready to listen when opportunity knocks; it knocks often in all of our lives, but most of us never open the door. Open the door to opportunities for the rest of the week.

 TUESDAY: Rewind the video of your life. Life is a matter of perception. You can choose how you see your life, as your mind does not distinguish between reality and perception. That’s a crucial point to understand. It simply means that at any moment, you can choose how to view your life. For example, you can choose to see the diagnosis of a life threatening disease as a tragedy or a challenge, or even as an opportunity to embrace the power of healing. It’s not so much what happens to you in life, but rather how your mind looks at what happens.

 WEDNESDAY: Acknowledge and accept change. Why be frightened by change, worried about security, or protective of everything you have? Choosing the safe road, avoiding risk, moving little, changing seldom and buying lots of life insurance all hold you captive in the prison of your mind. Unlock the chains of captivity, open your mind, explore new horizons and discover new solutions. Life has no limits.

 Your week is half over. How are you doing?

 THURSDAY: Recognize the risks of everyday life. Life itself is the ultimate risk. You can’t cheat it and you can’t beat it; we were all born and we will all die – everything in between is negotiable. There is a difference between being a risk taker and simply taking risks. A risk taker manages risk, knowing the extent of it in advance and preparing for it. Mountain climbers are risk takers. They survive because they prepare for the mountain.  The journey of your life will be written in risk: the ones you took and the ones you avoided. Are you prepared for life?

 FRIDAY: Give yourself permission to let go of the past and focus on the present.  It’s time to get your hands dirty, put your dreams into action, and accept what life has given you. Shape your life into whatever you want it to be; revolutionize your mind by refurbishing your thought process; clean out the closet of your past. Nothing is as far away as one minute ago.

SATURDAY: The end of the week – examine your life so far. What’s it worth? Who is appraising your life? All of us own objects of value. We get our homes, jewelry, artwork and cars appraised in order to determine their market value. Perhaps we should also have an independent appraisal of our lives to determine our worth in the present moment and see if it increases in value as we continue the journey of life. Take the necessary action to make each week more productive than the last. 

 You’ve just finished the best week of your life.

 I welcome your comments.

 Phil Parker, a former CEO and successful businessman, is a professional speaker, photographer and author. His books, Kiss Yourself Hello! From A Life Of Business To The Business Of Life encourages his readers to discover the possibilities before them and the potential within them. His second book, The Gift of Perspective~Let My Hindsight Be Your Foresight shares his lessons learned. His latest book: Grandpa Does Grandma~The ABCs of Senior Sex encourages couples that the passionate feelings they had when they were young can be maintained at any age. 

 Visit Phil online: www.philparker.com or email him at: phil@philparker.com  or contact him at 888-489-9393

 Permission granted to reprint.  Must include my contact information.

 

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