Life…

Life

  • I know that I’m a work in process and that there will always be a gap between who I am and who I want to be.
  • I know that I don’t have to be sick to get better and that every day brings opportunities to improve my life and my character.
  • I know that it’s easier to talk about integrity than to live it and that the true test is my willingness to do the right thing even when it costs more than I want to pay.
  • I know that character is more important than competence.
  • I know that it takes years to build up trust and only seconds to destroy it.
  • I know that I often judge myself by my best intentions and most noble acts, but that I’ll be judged by my last worst act.
  • I know that I can’t control what will happen to me but that I have a lot to say about what happens in me.
  • I know that pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.
  • I know that attitudes, both good and bad, are contagious.
  • I know that winning is more than coming in first and that there’s no real victory without honor.
  • I know that it takes a conscientious effort to be kind, but that kindness changes lives.
  • I know that neither gratitude nor forgiveness comes naturally; both often require acts of will.
  • I know that real success is being significant.
  • I know that happiness is deeper and more enduring than either pleasure or fun and that I’m generally as happy as I’m willing to be.
  • I know that the surest road to happiness is good relationships and that the best way to have good relationships is to be a good person.

 

Charity Dodgeball Tournament

On December 19, 2010, Team TAG hosted a Charity Dodgeball Tournament at the Boys & Girls Club.

We raised funds for 2 charities for Christmas:  Operation Smile and the Boys & Girls Club of Venice.  14 teams competed,  over $1500 was raised, and everyone had a great time.

Congratulations to Tedford and his team “World Domination” for winning the tournament.  Also note Tedford’s ugly sweater (and he didn’t even win the ugliest sweater contest).

Thank you to all who attended.  Your money went to worthy causes!  Keep up the great work.

2010 Year End Review

As we are all winding down our 2010, how should we look back at the year about to pass and how should we look ahead to 2011?  Below is an article from John Maxwell’s blog.  I’ve been reading his books for years.  He’s been giving me some great perspective over the years, and this article is no exception.

Let me know what you think of the article.

Merry Christmas and all the best wishes for a great 2011.

Jaime


2010 Year End Review

At this stage, the punctuation you put on 2010 will not depend as much on what you do but on your point of view. As you look back on the past year, you likely experienced highs and lows, encountered blessings and victories alongside hardship and heartache. As you wrap up 2010, be sure your attitude toward the last twelve months is providing you with the healthy perspective needed to finish strong.

Here are three suggestions to help you adopt a mindset that makes the most of 2010:

1) See the lessons in every setback.

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
~ John Wooden

As you think back on the past year, don’t be ashamed by the mistakes you made. Failures are stepping-stones to success, not proof of inadequacy. If you’re not stumbling from time to time, then chances are you’re not going anywhere worthwhile.

Failures are not fun, but neither are they fruitless. Opportunities to learn and grow are embedded in every setback we undergo. Instead of dwelling on the disappointment of things going wrong, seize the insights of the experience. By doing so, you’ll emerge as a stronger person.

2) Show gratitude for the blessings you’ve received.

Gratitude is not only the greatest of all virtues but the mother of all the rest.
~ Cicero

To cultivate gratitude, Oprah recommends keeping a gratitude journal:

“Every night, list five things that happened this day that you are grateful for. What it will begin to do is change your perspective of your day and your life. If you can learn to focus on what you have, you will always see that the universe is abundant; you will have more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never have enough.”

In addition to writing down what you’re thankful for, take action to show gratitude to the people who have helped you over the course of the past year. Expressing thankfulness to others encourages them, strengthens your relationship with them, and positions you to receive their goodwill again in the future.

3) Turn the page on the past and take joy in today.

Hoping to get a glimpse into history, an interviewer asked an 87-year old woman, “What was the world like back in your day?” “Hmph!” she responded, “This is my day!” I love her attitude. Instead of being wistful about the years behind her, the elderly lady’s mindset was on making the most of the day in front of her.

The close of the calendar year can be a time of reflection. We think back to the happenings of 2010 and assess where we are in life. Although life can only be understood looking backwards, it can only be lived moving forward. No matter what has transpired this past year, today is a blank slate. So set aside any regrets you may have about 2010, enjoy the holiday season, and look forward to a fresh new year.

Jaime Hepp

Team TAG serves Los Angeles

Over 20 volunteers from Team TAG served the homeless of downtown Los Angeles on Thanksgiving Day.  Unselfishly, the volunteers not only donated their time on this holiday, but gift packages were handed out to over 60 people that included food, shoes, and basic clothing.  During our little journey on skid row, Team TAG ran in to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who was also serving the needy.  He was very pleased to see that a business in his city was motivated to serve the people that need the most amount of help. The weather was nice, the people were awesome and very grateful, it was an ultimate win, win. People helping people is a very powerful thing.

“It’s difficult to go downtown to skid row.  It’s hard to imagine that in one of the most influential cities in the world, we have so many people that live day to day struggling to meet their physical needs, let alone their emotional and spiritual needs.  The people that we met downtown were happy to see us and they were in really good spirits.  It was fun to hang out with them and talk with them.  I think they appreciated people from outside of their world coming down and treating them like normal every day citizens talking sports, family, etc” said owner Jaime Hepp.

Assistant manager, Jinu Park gained perspective and was inspired by his experience. “I had the privilege of going to a place called Skid Row,” he said, “to hand out care packages to the homeless/needy. Growing up in a small island (Guam), I never realized how many people were out of jobs, in the streets, and hungry. This was a different experience for me as I walked down the rugged streets of Los Angeles. As I heard a festival with live band music, there were a line of people waiting to get into a show that LA County hosts every year for Thanksgiving. During that time, I met a man, who played the harmonica. He didn’t have the capability to communicate with me, but the sound of the harmonica, was music to my ears. He played with such excitement and not once did I think, for that brief two minutes that he played, that he was less fortunate. He just had this attitude about him, and it really changed my perspective of life. It really made me think that no matter where in life, I am thankful for everything that has been provided for me, and that I’ve been selfish. And no matter what happens, he made me realize that I shouldn’t complain about all the small/negative things that come my way. Thank you for the wake up call Mr. Musician in the Street!” Jinu will be back again to contribute next year!

Leader Rachel Dickhute stated, “I was honestly suprised by how talkative these people were that we were helping. They were so happy that they opened up to us about their families and their backgrounds, it was great to spend time with them and learn about what they were grateful for. Lots of them had stories about living all over the country and said they were thankful just to be in LA, and THAT really opened my eyes to all the things I should be thankful for.”

Congratulations to Team TAG for another successful community outreach event.  Kuddos to all at Team TAG who participated in making this Thanksgiving a much better holiday for many people in our city!