Gifts & Blessings

“If you’re given gifts or blessings in your life, it’s up to you to help the guy coming up behind you.”
~ Jimmy Smits,
Actor, Co-Founder – National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts,
Primetime Emmy Award (1990), Screen Actors Guild Awards (1995),
Golden Globe Awards (1996), Satellite Awards (1998),
ALMA Awards (2006) & Saturn Awards (2009)
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Life’s Victories & Failures, Joys & Pains

“I’m telling people life is full of ups and downs, victories and failures, joys and pains, good and ugly,
and someday it’s all going to come to something beautiful.
Sometimes we don’t understand. Sometimes it’s to develop us or to focus us.
But it’s all for a reason. … When I look at my life and how far I’ve come,
I have to say it’s a masterpiece. I’m blessed through it all.”
~ Deitrick Haddon,
Singer, Songwriter, Arranger, Producer, Pastor, Actor & Pianist
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Something for the Rest of the World

“I realize that I’m in the top one percent of the world.
I’ve traveled a lot. I’ve seen immense poverty in the world,
and I can’t live with everything I’ve had and be comfortable
with everything I have unless I do something for the rest of the world.”
~ Andie MacDowell,
Actress, Model & Philanthropist

Somewhere, Sometime, Someone Helped

“If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone
gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction.
Remember, also, that you are indebted to life
until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.”
~ Melinda Gates,
Philanthropist & Co-Founder – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

I Do Give

“I do give money to panhandlers, but my husband and I [also] have several charities
where we are hands-on and have such a ways to go to reach our goals.
I prefer to give there.”
~ Pauletta Washington,
Artist, Actress, Philanthropist, Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award (2000),
BET Humanitarian Award (2005) & The Prince Rainier III Award (2010)

Extreme Wealth & Responsibility

“For a successful entrepreneur it can mean extreme wealth.
But, with extreme wealth comes extreme responsibility.
And the responsibility for me is to invest in creating new businesses, create jobs, employ people,
and to put money aside to tackle issues where we can make a difference.”
~ Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson,
Business Magnate & Investor, Philanthropist, & Founder of Virgin Group

A Mighty Foundation

“The purpose of God’s blessing is to enable you to be a great channel of blessing to others.
If you have nothing, there is nothing you can do for anyone else;
if you have a little, you can only help a little;
but if you have plenty, there is a whole lot you can do.
When you are blessed, you have a mighty foundation
from which to impact others. You are blessed to be a blessing.”
~ Brian Houston,
Executive Producer, TV Host, College President, Author & Pastor

Kindness, Love & Compassion for Each Other

“As citizens of this great nation,
it is kindness, love, and compassion for each other
that will bring us together – and keep us together.”
~ Melania Trump,
Model (former), Jewelry Designer &
First Lady of the United States (2017 – )

The World Around You

“Help others and give something back.
I guarantee you will discover that while public service
improves the lives and the world around you,
its greatest reward is the enrichment
and new meaning it will bring your own life.”
~ Arnold Schwarzenegger,
Actor, Producer, Businessman, Investor, Author,
Philanthropist, Activist, Politician,
Professional Bodybuilder & 38th Governor of California (2003-2011)

Eyes Opened: Injustice & Need

“I try to live my life every day in the present,
and try not to turn a blind eye to injustice and need.”
~ Susan Sarandon,
Actress & Activist

Satisfied & Happy

I’m extremely happy in my life.
I consider myself to be very blessed.
I’ve three children, three grandchildren,
I work, I travel, and I’m very happily married.
I’m very satisfied and happy with my life
and there really isn’t anything I want.
~ Joan Collins, DBE,
Actress, Author, Columnist, Wig Designer,
Eye-Wear Designer & Creator/Founder – Timeless Beauty

Hours with Your Child(ren)

I am a full-time mom; that is my first job. The most important job ever.
I started my business when he started school.
When he is in school, I do my meetings, my sketches, and everything else.
I cook him breakfast. Bring him to school. Pick him up.
Prepare his lunch. I spend the afternoon with him.
I do it myself.
You know, those hours with your child are really important ones,
even if it’s just the two of you, being quiet in the car together.
~ Melania Trump,
Model (former), Jewelry Designer &
First Lady of the United States (2017 – )

Those Who Do the Most

“I began learning long ago that those who are happiest
are those who do the most for others.”
~ Booker T. Washington,
Educator, Author, Orator & Advisor to Presidents

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Loving, Laughing & Giving


“Another fresh, new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!”
~ William Arthur Ward,
Author, Educator & Motivational Speaker

Small Things, Good Things

“I do small things. I try to do good things every day.”
~ Jackie Chan,
Actor, Martial Artist, Film Director, Producer, Stuntman,
Singer, Clothier, Restaurateur, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist,
Founder – Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation &
Founder – Dragon’s Heart Foundation

True Desire in The Heart

“Say thank you in advance for what is already yours. …
True desire in the heart for anything good is God’s proof to you
sent beforehand that it’s already yours. …
When you get it, reach back, pull someone else up.
Each one, teach one. Don’t just aspire to make a living,
aspire to make a difference.”
~ Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr.,
Golden Globe Awards (2x), Tony Award,
Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor

Being Chosen

“Anti-Semitism is jealousy w/ ignorance.
Being a chosen group = the Jewish people/nation being an example for all of us of the
blessings each of us gets as chosen individuals/chosen children of God.”

~ Michelle ‘Chaella’ Boddie

 

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#Anti-Semitism is #jealousy w/ #ignorance. Being #chosen group = an #example for #all
of #blessings #each of us gets as #chosen #individuals.

~ @BoddieMichelle

The Way CJ Said To

“But I will never stop helping and loving people the way Jesus said to.”
~ Michael Jackson,
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Dancer & Actor.

A Wildfire of Kindness

“When you are kind to someone in trouble,
you hope they’ll remember
and be kind to someone else,
and it’ll become like a wildfire.”
~ Whoopi Goldberg
a.k.a. Caryn Elaine Johnson,
Actress, Comedienne & Television Host
Academy/Oscar Award, Drama Desk Award, Daytime Emmy Award (2x)
Golden Globe Award (2x), Grammy Award, BAFTA Award,
Tony Award, People’s Choice Award (3x)
American Comedy Award (2x), Mark Twain Award for American Humor,
Women in Film Crystal Award, Honorary Member of Harlem Globetrotters,
Hans Christian Anderson Award & Ride of Fame Award

Nobody Need Wait

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait
a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
~ Annelies Marie ‘Anne’ Frank,
Diarist and Writer

Are We Mentoring?

“I try to mentor as many people as I can.”
~ Betty W. Liu,
News Anchor, Business Journalist, Author,
Dow Jones Newswires Award (1997),
“Top 30 Business Journalists Under 30 List (2000-2002, 3x)
& Central High School’s Alumni Hall of Fame (2011)

Better Life for All

“Through free enterprise, one can benefit people all over the world …
by contributing to a better way of life for all. Peace, love & happiness.”
~ John Paul DeJoria,
Entrepreneur, Co-Founder – Paul Mitchell Hair Care & Philanthropist

This Director is The Best

“How could you have had such a wonderful life as me
if there wasn’t a God directing?”
~ Maureen O’Hara a.k.a Maureen FitzSimons,
Actress, Singer, Oscar Award (2014, Honorary),
Ireland-American Fund Heritage Award (1991), National Cowboy &
Western Heritage Museum Western Performers Hall of Fame (1993)
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star & Golden Boot Award

The Blessed One

the blessed life, gratitude, prayer, man praying while kneeling, quote by Tony Bennett,
“”Benedetto” means the “blessed one”
and I feel that I have truly been blessed.”
~ Tony Bennett a.k.a Anthony Dominick Benedetto,
Singer, Artist/Painter &
Founder, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts

They Made Things Comfortable & Easy

“There were all kinds of people in my life
that made things comfortable and easy for me.”
~ Nancy Wilson,
Singer (Blues, Jazz, Cabaret, Pop & soul)
Grammy Awards (2007, 2005 1964, 3X)

Our Mortal Hands

“The world is very different now; for man holds in his mortal hands
the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life.”
~John F. Kennedy,
35th President of the United States (1961-1963)

The Idea of Life

“The idea of life is to give and receive.”
~ Dizzy Gillespie
a.k.a John Birks Gillespie
,
Jazz Trumpeter, Bandleader, Composer & Singer.

Time, Spirit & Knowledge

“For some people the definition of success is attaining a lot of material things. For others it’s fame or fortune.
For me, success means being fulfilled and leading a balanced life. I feel that I have truly been blessed in all areas of my life
and the only true thing to do is to give back. I compare it to tithing, … I’m tithing of my time, spirit and knowledge.”
~ Egypt Sherrod,
Multi-media Personality, Author, Real Estate Expert and Philanthropist.

Created to Endure & Flourish

Israel, sunset.
“Israel was not created in order to disappear – Israel will endure and flourish.
It is the child of hope and the home of the brave.
It can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success.
It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom.”
~ John F. Kennedy,
35th President of the United States (1961-1963)

Seeing Who Rises

“A star wants to see himself rise to the top.
A leader wants to see those around him rise to the top.”
~ Simon Sinek,
Author
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It’s a Cliche, So True!

“The more you give,
the more you get –
it’s a cliche, but it’s really true.”
~ Christie Brinkley
a.k.a Christie Lee Hudson,

Super-Model, Actress, Artist,
Author & Entrepreneur
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To & For Its Children

“The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.
The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.”
~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer,
Pastor, Theologian, & anti-Nazi Dissident,
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Philanthropy Is the Thing

“Philanthropy is the thing that I am really excited about,
and having success means I can do more.”
~ will.i.am
a.k.a William James Adams
,
Founder of i.am Angel,
Director of Creative Innovation for Intel (2011),
Founder of The Back-Eyed Peas,
Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Entrepreneur,
Actor, DJ, Record Producer, Philanthropist,
Grammy Awards (7), American Music Awards(8), Billboard Music Award,
Daytime Emmy Awards (2), Latin Grammy Award, Television Rack Awards (10x),
Teen Choice Award, MTV Video Music Awards (2) and World Music Awards (3)

Giving and Receiving Hands

” God has given us two hands,
one to receive with and the other to give with.
We are not cisterns made for hoarding;
we are channels made for sharing.”
~ William Franklin “Billy” Graham, Jr.,
Evangelist, Orator, Author, Radio Broadcaster – Hour of Decision,
Founder – Billy Graham Evangelistic Association,
Founder – Christianity Today, Founder – Decision, &
President – Samaritan’s Purse

Soar High

Good afternoon, Everyone!  A sage quote, as follows:

“As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might.”

Marian Anderson