Heartwarming…..5 Year Old begs mother for something important……

A five year old boy begged his Mom to buy a homeless man a meal while they were dining at Waffle House……..

And before the man could dig in, Josiah said he wanted to ‘say the blessing with him’, singing loud enough for the other 11 customers in the restaurant to hear.

‘God our Father, God our Father, we thank you, we thank you,’ he sang. ‘For our many blessings, for our many blessings, Amen, Amen.’

Faulk said everyone, including the man, teared up.

It’s a moment the mother said she will never forget.

‘Watching my son touch the 11 people in that Waffle House tonight will be forever one of the greatest accomplishments as a parent I’ll ever get to witness.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3087149/Alabama-boy-begs-mother-buy-homeless-man-dinner-Waffle-House.html#ixzz3aZs5bwc0
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Your Lazy!

Tax Season is upon us in America!  Your either going to pay taxes or get a refund either way you cannot avoid this time of year for long without consequences!  The debates on Food Stamps have commenced and boy are they good!

One side of the issue:

You pay into food stamps in case you need them one day yourself. Face it car accidents can happen within the split of a second. I know first hand thanks to a couple drunk drivers.  Yeah I have had a run in with drunk drivers twice in my life…literally.  It is impossible to say you will never lose out on work temporarily or permanently due to circumstances you cannot control.  Even if you have your peas lined up in a pod someone or something will most likely come along at least once and turn them into pea soup!  I am okay with the system of I will pay into food stamps even when not using them in case I ever do need them. Never say Never………shit happens.

The other side of the issue:

Lazy people collect food stamps.  You are lazy if you cannot find a good enough job to pay for all your living expenses. This is America the land of opportunity. Get off your ass and get to work!

I have met people that work 2 jobs and still have food stamps! Rent, utilities, child care costs, education loans, and medical costs really add up fast!  Do you really want to see dozens of people begging in front of restaurants or crowding sidewalks just to get a simple free meal?  I have been to a third world country and witnessed people lining up to collect the trash to eat the crumbs off of the plates tourists are about to throw away.  It is heartbreaking.

I looked up the numbers on how much food stamps cost tax payers.  In 2011 a family making 50,000 a year paid out a whopping 38.00 a year towards food stamp coverage!  Most of us pay more then 38.00 for supper and a movie!  Is 38.00 really that painful of a cost to pay?

The Solutions

Of course one solution will not be the band aid that stops all the bleeding.  These might help and if your going to debate something or complain at least present how the problem can be dealt with constructively.

  • Victory Gardens.  Imagine what could happen if we turned all the empty warehouses and lots into gardening areas?  Seeds are cheap and it does not take a lot of intelligence to turn soil to build a garden.  Victory Gardens did plenty for our troops in the past and they can do a lot for those facing hunger in our own country in modern society!
  • Taxes must be paid but allow the tax payer to choose what bracket they pay into. So you do not want to pay into food stamps? Fine.  Select from a list of other options such as Emergency services, road work,  or the public school system.  If you refuse to pay into food stamps guess what? You cannot get them if you are injured and cannot work.
  • Lower the costs of other living expenses such as rent, mortgage, health insurance,  child care, etc while keeping the minimum wage the same.  This allows your dollar to go further and this might ease the 38.00 burden it is costing you.
  • Stop the robots. Robots will soon be policing the streets, drones will be delivering your packages instead of a human, a robot will serve you food,  your I-phone will replace your doctor unless its a direct emergency, a robot will do your landscaping,  robots can be trained to do almost anything now including building structures.

Not every person is able to do the kind of math it takes to go into robotics and computers.  When we replace basic jobs with robots we take more jobs off the market resulting in a higher unemployment rate.   This will increase the food stamp costs.  Technology is not always a great thing.   We need basic jobs to stay open that people of any level can do.

Is it harsh to say the “lazy” people are on welfare?  When was the last time you heard someone say I want to be on food stamps today?  Or a child say I want to be lazy when I grow up!  We have a natural human instinct to take care of ourselves. We feel threatened subconsciously if we do not meet our basic needs.  if you are going to use the line “some people claiming benefits are simply lazy and refusing to work”, please back your view with the percent like this.

It is easier though to sit back and say you can solve the problems especially if you pin the problem as being an issue with laziness.  Simply charge the lazy with a crime and put them in prison….

Oh wait..Prisons…..

Don’t they cost tax payers something too?

The lazy argument does not make sense when it comes to food assistance.

Why I will Never Drink Starbucks…..#RaceTogether

Lately Starbucks has grabbed my attention.  They recently added Vegan milk products to the menu and some locations even have Organic Coffee.   I thought this was impressive and a great idea.  The organic vegan movement has been growing very fast and it is great for those with lactose intolerant issues.

I have been eating GMO free for over a year and Starbucks was a coffee place I had to give up. That is okay because the local small shops need my money more. Organic coffee tastes better and the smaller shops seem to put more pride behind their own brew.  I am from the Seattle area, I am automatically an expert…right? 😉  Every small coffee shop has a different style it is almost an art form.  Every Starbucks offers the same thing, consistency and convenience.  Boring!

The Ferguson Missouri issue went all the way up to the United Nations over the past year.  It is an ongoing debate between police brutality vs the citizens and race differences.  Race is an important topic because of cultural differences.  Each area of the world has a different culture and wisdom can be learned from all of them.  Racial differences become a problem when we take one group of society and give privileges another group does not have. We are seeing this now with the 1% vs middle class vs those in poverty.  Take feminism vs the male population. Females have struggles but we also have the same opportunities men have.  If wage and income is the problem between sexes it is safe to say Women have a pretty strong hand.  If you do not believe me look at Oprah!  Both Men and Women have scrambled to grab her attention to promote a book or food item.

Equal rights are extremely important but so is respect.  As we learn more about ourselves and heritage we realize throughout time that we really are not that different. We all want to be loved, everyone must have fresh food and clean water to survive,  temperature control, and a non violent home.  Who you pray too does not affect your ability to learn.  We create problems in society when we look past these basic needs.  War rips apart the land and trade deals stop.  When trade deals stop people begin to go hungry. Water is being polluted everywhere and the lack of fresh food and clean water is causing violence. 

When we stop respecting our neighbors and resources violence occurs. It is easy to point to the obvious reasons for violence in a different area.  Right now Religion, Race, and Government Brutality seem to be the hot topics to pinpoint the violence on.  Those issues are extremely important.

Do you ever notice that a society that has Education, Employment, Clean Water, Fresh Organic Food, and Community Activities seem to run the best?  Is it a possibility we are looking towards the wrong direction?

Starbucks I am disgusted that you created awkward situations within the coffee lines by asking people how they embrace others of a different race!   You should be promoting Respect!  When we respect who we are and who others are we become non violent!  Science has proven that human beings have negative reactions inside the body when they are presented with stressful situations!  Grabbing your coffee is supposed to be a relaxing time!  People make friends and get married over a random meet up at a coffee place!

The CEO of Starbucks said his campaign was successful. Yes it was.  Starbucks made the headlines across the world. Whenever we hear the name Starbucks we think lets grab a cup of coffee.  The race issue created the advertisement.  Yes Starbucks did make headlines and those who were not aware of the name now are.  That is Corporate success!  Spreading your brand name and acquiring wealth.  The very act of writing this blog is a form of advertising. Some of you might be thinking…gee now I want a Latte.  Its free advertising.  Every dog trainer knows that Negative or Positive Attention is still attention! As long as people are talking people are going to be drinking!

It takes a lot of media attention to sell over priced coffee to people who are having a difficult time buying food and paying rent. 

Why did I write this even though its giving Starbucks more attention? Because people are going to buy the coffee just because!  We all know McDonald’s is very unhealthy but we still buy it.  If people did not buy it we would not see open stores.  Luckily people are turning away from McDonald’s. As I said earlier we are tired of eating the typical thing within society.  I would rather grab a sandwich at a local place then a chain any day!

My words will not stop Starbucks lovers to stop drinking the coffee just like obesity will not stop some people from buying greasy food. People will buy what they love regardless of what is promoted. Therefore I do not care that this blog will make people think Starbucks this morning.

Please don’t go to Starbucks. Try a local coffee place or go to the grocery store and buy a coffee brand that is Organic that you have never tried before.  You do not want all the pesticides in conventional processed coffee in your body anyway. Coffee contains high amounts of pesticides and herbicides.  When you shop locally you provide your neighbors jobs.

Please be a part of a real solution and support local businesses. Starbucks you promoted the wrong issue! We need to be looking towards the largest issues of all starvation, dehydration, dirty conditions, a lack of education, war, and brutality.

Different colors of skin,  religions, languages, and abilities are beautiful and unique! Lets embrace the beauty of our differences! Not fight over them! Yes you are different then me and you are amazing!    We are all created equally but we are all unique! Be unique!  Live in Peace! Do not fall for false advertising schemes!

JUST HOW SUCCESSFUL WAS STARBUCKS DURING THE RACE TOGETHER CAMPAIGN????

Shares of Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) hit a 52-week high Thursday, despite criticism following the coffee company’s “Race Together” campaign to address racism in America.

http://www.ibtimes.com/starbucks-corporation-sbux-stock-price-hits-52-week-high-stock-split-despite-backlash-1852934

See what I mean? Starbucks does not need your money! Shop and drink Local! Now Google your local coffee house and try the Organic difference! 🙂

Wealth tip /A Personal Story of Culture Shock

If you wish to make 30k a year hang out with those who make 30k.

If you wish to make 80k a year hang out with those who make 80k

If you wish to make 100k a year hang out with those who make 100k

If you wish to be a millionaire hang out with a millionaire…

I read in a book that you will make within 10k of your social circle.  We naturally interact with those who make the same as us.

Why is this?

I am no expert but I believe we prefer to hang out with those who relate and sympathize with us. We do not want to be pushed so we certainly do not push other people.  This includes ourselves. One can be uncomfortable when socializing in a brand new environment.  This goes for the wealthy associating with the lower classes and the lower classes associating with the wealthy.  If you are not used to wealth and you were to walk into a mansion you would automatically get that “Wow” factor.  Same thing happens when a person who knows nothing but wealth walks into a place of poverty.

  In 2004 I went to the Dominican Republic on a mission trip. It took our youth group a year to raise enough money to go.  Our goal was to build a school, bring in supplies for young children and mothers, and bring medical care, yes we had an entire medical team with us.   The TSA in the USA  was not thrilled about our suitcases of formula.  Apparently it looks like Cocaine. When we landed in the Dominican Republic we were treated like celebrities. Gates were put up between our group and the people. The people were waiting in large lines asking for hugs and hand shakes.

For a second I thought I stepped out of a limo on Hollywood Blvd.  I was extremely shocked the following day when the local people showed me their villages. Of course I have seen mud huts on Television ads and National Geographic Magazine.  Seeing it in real life is an entire shock of its own.  Amazingly everyone seemed very happy and generous. They did not know my home was not made out of mud.   I was astounded they were so happy living in leaky conditions. The beds were cardboard boxes laid out on the ground. The hand-woven blankets looked very comfortable and warm.  It was very different from my box spring mattress and quilt set I had. 

I passed out some candy bars to the local kids.  The older kids took the bars and broke them up amongst the younger ones, leaving the smallest pieces for themselves.  I walked away in culture shock.

On the way out of the Dominican Republic I was stopped by foreign security during the check point.  My bag went through the typical search process because they were unsure of what a nebulizer was.  They were extremely defensive at first because the nebulizer was bulky and looked like a bomb.  The language barrier did not help so I pointed to my fanny pack and slowly moved my inhaler out of the pocket.  I put the inhaler up to my mouth and then they started laughing.  One of the security guards waved me forward, I collected my nebulizer bag and was able to go onto the plane without incident. Breathing conditions are Universal.

By Western standards I am not in the 1 percent nor close to it.   Experiencing the Dominican Republic put me into a poverty vs. wealth shock.  I started asking myself..What would it be like to take one of these kids with me back to the USA? How would they feel? Would they be happy with all our amenities or would they feel miserable because of the lack of work there is to do? In most places we do not have to haul water to our homes for cooking. In fact I felt extremely lazy and I still do to this day.  We cut out a lot of work with our utility coverage in the Western world. Imagine what it would be like to haul water a mile to your home just to cook a meal or water your plants? This is why I say I feel lazy. I can walk into my bathroom and wash sweat off in an instant.

My Dominican Republic story is proof that anyone of any wealth status can feel a wealth shock when we are around a different income range.

Yes it is scary to socialize with a new group of people but it is important you take the time to do so at least once in your life! Know what it is like to feel third world poor for a day and know what it is like to feel like you have millions put in the bank!  Yes it is okay to splurge on a hair studio or a fancy spa day! I think more people should save up a portion of their income to do just that!  It is okay if you are wealthy to spend the night out in the woods with hardly anything at all and live off of only what fits in your bag. How can you help people in poverty if you do not know what it is like to be homeless?

Studies have shown that if you stay within one mentality that is all your going to receive. If you are not wealthy but you wish to be hang out with those who are right now! Who better to teach you wealth management then those who are already managing wealth?  If you socialize primarily with those in debt because your in debt you will probably only learn debt management.  If you wish to prove me wrong scroll through your friends list now.  No I am not saying leave behind those who you are close too!  Keep those who are close to you close! You could be hurting yourself by refusing to get to know new people! Be open to a bigger social circle without being afraid!  People love teaching people!  So why not learn marketing and savings plans from those who have mastered it?  That way you can help yourself and other people!

If you are wealthy and you want to experience homelessness then follow a homeless person around for a day. It is pointless to complain about other wealth classes because regardless of where you are at in society you are part of a wealth class!

Always remember that if you have running water, a roof over your head, one warm meal to eat a day, and heat you are wealthier then most of the world!