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Bravo to Burger King. They just made the best Anti-bullying campaign ever. But I’ll let them tell you about it…

Scrawny. Short. Ugly. Fat. Weird. 30% of school kids worldwide are bullied each year and bullying is the #1 act of violence against young people in America today (Source: nobully.org). The BURGER KING® brand is known for putting the crown on everyone’s head and allowing people to have it their way. Bullying is the exact opposite of that. So the BURGER KING® brand is speaking up against bullying during National Bullying Prevention Month.

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I originally wrote this essay after Charlottesville.  Since then it has undergone a few revisions — mainly because since then our nation has been hit, seemingly non-stop, with one tragedy after another.

However, there was one part of this essay that remained unchanged overtime. It had to do with a short prayer of unity I’ve developed over the years

You see, though I’m far from perfect, I try to live according to the spirit — not the flesh, and mind things that are of the spirit.*  So, when something or someone gets under my skin,  I try to clear my mind by saying a short prayer for unity.

It goes like this: E pluribus unum.  Amen!

If my kids are with me,  I use these moments as a teaching opportunity about how a lack of understanding can lead to hate and how hate only causes division. 

Then I say a short prayer: E pluribus unum.  Amen!

In Ecclesiastes, we are taught that there is not a righteous person on earth who always does good and never sins. With that said, if we look far enough and deep enough, we’ll fine that we are all stained, somewhere in time, by the sin.

So, the question is: When or where do we stop looking?

E. Stanley Jones was a Christian missionary and two time Nobel Peace prize nominee, who authored the book “Gandhi: Portrayal of a Friend.”  You probably never heard of it because it was never truly considered a great literary success.  However, it was read by a young preacher by the name of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  — and it has been said that this little known book inspired Dr. King’s use of  nonviolence during the Civil Rights movement in America

E. Stanley Jones was also known to have coined the phrase, “Whatever we focus on determines what we become.”

Maybe that’s why Jesus told us to love our enemy.  Because if we don’t love, we face the distinct possibility of becoming what we focus on — which unfortunately may be lead us to become our enemy in likeness and action.

Look around.  It’s not so crazy a thought.  Today, everyone seems so focused on discord and have grown so angrily divided.

So, maybe it’s time to slow down, stop casting stones, and start an intelligent dialogue – one that includes listening to people who challenge us and our views, and then lets take the time to teach our children about how understanding leads to respect, and how respect leads to the unity.

If you’re having problems getting started, try praying this first:

E pluribus unum. Amen!

 

James DobkowskiJames Henry is the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul and the new book series Hail Mary. For six years, James taught At-Risk kids in Los Angeles. Today, he lives in New York where he continues to write — and teach. To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman & McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988 or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com.

 

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When I come across something the embraces the meaning of my book Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, I try to pass to pass it along. Here’s a very Corporation YOU message I recently received in an email.

Hurricanes peel away our illusions of independence. We rely on each other. Our children are relying on us to pave the way for their future, to be caring adults, to provide physical and emotional safety, to ensure a healthy start and an education that prepares them for independence. They also need the opportunity to help others. These are the Five Promises all children need and deserve, especially those who have been exposed to such trauma.

Look beyond the headlines and try to imagine what the children are feeling. We can anticipate that up to a million children and youth won’t be going back to their homes, schools, and churches anytime soon. Their learning, nutrition, friendships, and playtime will all be disrupted. Their support systems have literally been washed away.

We need to keep nurturing, protecting, listening, and supporting these children for years to come. We will be looking for ways to help. Each of us can make a difference one caring adult and one child at a time.

Starting today through Friday, September 15, send a message of
hope and encouragement to a young person by using #Letters2Kids.

Sincerely,
Alma J. Powell
Chair, America’s Promise Alliance

 

Click to tweet: We pledge our support to each and every young person in and outside of school. Your safety matters. #Letters2Kids

Here are a few ways to join the #Letters2Kids Days of Promise:

Share words of encouragement with a photo and use hashtag #Letters2Kids – See Example

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Drink responsibly! Sláinte mhaith.

 

James DobkowskiJames Henry is the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, ‘Twas, and the new book series Hail Mary. For six years, James taught At-Risk kids in Los Angeles. Today, he lives in New York where he continues to write — and teach. To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman & McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988 or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com.

Okay, I only have boys.  So, this one is kind of one-sided.

Unintentionally, we discovered a simple way to gets our boys to pay closer attention at Church: We named our boys after the Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

Immediately, after hearing “The Gospel according to Matthew … or according to Mark … or to Luke … to John”, their interest peaks.

Recently, we were joined in the pew by one of our former neighbors, a colorful retired gentleman who our boys call Mr. Ed.

After hearing the Gospel, he turned to my little man and said, “Nice job, Luke.”

 

James DobkowskiJames Henry is the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, ‘Twas, and the new book series Hail Mary. For six years, James taught At-Risk kids in Los Angeles. Today, he lives in New York where he continues to write — and teach. To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman/McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988 or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com.

LET US KNOW

Let’s us know, in the comments below, if you have any Biblical girl names — besides Mary, of course.

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I believe the great comedian and movie producer Mel Brooks has found the answer to America’s great divide.

Years ago, Mr. Brooks told Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes:

“Hitler was part of this incredible idea that you could put Jews in concentration camps and kill them…How do you get even with the man? How do you get even with him?” he asks Wallace. “You have to bring him down with ridicule, because if you stand on a soapbox and you match him with rhetoric, you’re just as bad as he is, but if you can make people laugh at him, then you’re one up on him,” he tells Wallace. “It’s been one of my lifelong jobs – to make the world laugh at Adolf Hitler,” says Brooks.

And instead of venting our anger with violence, we need to combat hate with ridicule – and make the world laugh at Adolph Hilter … and all those like him.

 

James DobkowskiJames Henry is the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, ‘Twas, and the new book series Hail Mary. For six years, James taught At-Risk kids in Los Angeles. Today, he lives in New York where he continues to write — and teach. To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman & McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988 or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com.

 

Marriage is fragile — especially in today’s instant gratification world.

It seems that every month, or so, somebody my wife and I know is getting separated or divorced.  It’s scarey.  I know I don’t have a perfect marriage. If you follow this blog, I’ve written about it before.  But, it’s pretty rock solid.

However, just like anything made out of rock, it takes work to keep it together.

Probably the best advice on marriage came from my best man.  During the toast, he stunned the audience with this advice:

“Lie, Cheat, and Steal.”

At that point, those loudly celebrating our nuptials collectively went silent.  To paraphrase a once popular television commercial, “You could hear a pin drop.”

My favorite photo in my wedding album was taken at that exact moment. It captured my thumb calmly gracing my wife on her back signaling my concern.

You see, the toastmaster and I were college roommates.  So, he was my Best Man and I was his.

However, I was his Best Man first.  Going first, in the Toast category, as I did, certainly had its disadvantages.

And though I was reserved in the Toast category, I didn’t hold back when it came to Wedding Day practical jokes.  So, I prepared my bride-to-be about a possible wedding day retaliation.

Now, there I was, a sitting duck, with a big ole fake smile on my face, expecting the worst.

“However,”  he continued. “If you’re going to lie, lie with each other a little bit longer each morning.  If you’re going to cheat, cheat death.  If you’re going to steal, steal more time with one another.”

Wow, I didn’t see that coming — nor did anyone who lifted a glass at the beginning of his toast.

It’s harder today to take his advice.  My wife and I have a family now along with a little one who still likes to sneak into mommy and daddy’s bed in the wee hours of the morning and a dog that wants to start the day at 6 am sharp!

But on those rare occasions where there’s only two in our bed and the pup’s Circadian rhythm is off a beat or two, I recall those three simple words, and I lie closer to my bride; I thank the Lord for allowing me to cheat one more day on this Earth; I then steal a few extra minutes before heading off to work.

Since our wedding,  similar toasts came out in movies, such as Hitch and Leap Year.  Those versions may be more elegant or stylish.   However, no one said it more clearly and bluntly than did my best man — 14 years ago today!

 

James DobkowskiJames Henry is the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, ‘Twas, and the new book series Hail Mary. For six years, James taught At-Risk kids in Los Angeles. Today, he lives in New York where he continues to write — and teach. To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman & McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988 or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com.

 

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Let’s be clear, the reason why slavery and racism are deplorable is self-evident. Also, I’m not a fan of Confederate statues. I never liked them. (I blogged about it here over a year ago.) As uncomfortable as they make me, here’s why they need to stay up — it’s actually very simple:

So, we NEVER forget!

These statues must remain so no one can ever deny that Slavery never happened in America; that Jim Crow, in all it’s ugly forms, never happened!

Sure, we have museums and places like Gettysburg where we can go. But that’s not enough. There needs to be a reminder in every American town and city of our own atrocities. So, we never forget! So, no one can ever deny it happened. So, it never again occurs.

Once these monuments of Lee, Longsheets, “Stonewall” Jackson and alike are gone, we limit the evidence that such beliefs and actions were once a part of the fabric of America. And, once this is gone, we open the door for a new breed of haters: The Deniers!

So, how do we begin this transition? How do we take a statue of Robert E. Lee and give it new meaning? I believe the great comedian and movie producer Mel Brooks has found it.

Years ago, Brooks told Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes:

“Hitler was part of this incredible idea that you could put Jews in concentration camps and kill them…How do you get even with the man? How do you get even with him?” he asks Wallace. “You have to bring him down with ridicule, because if you stand on a soapbox and you match him with rhetoric, you’re just as bad as he is, but if you can make people laugh at him, then you’re one up on him,” he tells Wallace. “It’s been one of my lifelong jobs – to make the world laugh at Adolf Hitler,” says Brooks.

Charlie Chaplin lampooned Hilter. Disney did as well, sending Hilter to Hell. He also enlisted Donald Duck to do the same. Of course, there’s Hogan’s Hero’s. And let’s not forget the hilarious Hilter Pineapple scene in Adam Sandler’s Little Nicky.

The movie Forest Gump is a perfect example of this type of lampooning. Watch the clip here:

You can’t watch that clip without realizing how sad – and ridiculous was this part of our American history.

So, for now, we need to keep these monuments up for the same reason Forrest Gump’s mother gave him his name.

“Momma said that the Forrest part was to remind me that sometimes we all do things that, well, just don’t make no sense.”

And instead of venting our anger with violence, we can bring these statues down with ridicule – and make the world laugh at Adolph Hilter … and all those like him.

 

 

James DobkowskiJames Henry is the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, ‘Twas, and the new book series Hail Mary. For six years, James taught At-Risk kids in Los Angeles. Today, he lives in New York where he continues to write — and teach. To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman & McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988 or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com.

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