The Wedding Crasher

Talent or Passion?

   Ants in my pants --- that's what it feels like. Ever get this antsy feeling without knowing why? I feel that something big is going to happen but I don't know from where or why. Maytbe it's just the elections.

   As I sought for clues to this uneasiness, I bumped into a talk/video in Netflix --- "Finding Your Element" with Sir Ken Robinson. Robinson observed that life isn't a direct path --- life's success or failure is determined by a network of connections that you create. It is made up of opportunities mixed with timing and initiative. The beauty is when the connections explode and begin other networks. He encourages us to get out and establish links in as many places as possible. We should also help connect other people together. When we do that, we discover our true passion.

    There is however, a difference between Talent and Passion. Just because you have a talent for something, it doesn't necessarily mean that's what you are called to do. Robinson gave an example of his editor who used to be an excellent orchestral pianist. Ever since she was a child she was good at it but there was no zest/passion. So she took a pay cut to edit manuscripts because that was what she enjoyed doing. She would spend hours on it and would never get tired. It was the menial task that brought her happiness.

   What's your passion? Are you working for the money? Are you living someone else's dream? Is this your talent or is this your passion?

   Today, Friday, I will be giving a talk to some juvenile delinquents. I will share what it's like to be an entrepreneur. I will share my life as an introvert without any school friends until Grade 5. No one challenged me to climb any high mountains because they didn't think I could. But I chose a mountain anyway. It isn't very high but it's a happy blessed mountain. Please pray that I will inspire those kids to use their passion and climb their mountain. TGIF people!

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Reality Check
Contributed by Don of Kelowna, B.C.

Young at heart ...

... slightly older in other places.

The Wedding Crasher
Contributed by Tom of Pasadena, CA

At a wedding ceremony, the pastor asked if anyone had anything to say concerning the union of the bride and groom. It was their time to stand up and talk, or forever hold their peace.

The moment of utter silence was broken by a young beautiful woman carrying a child. She started walking toward the pastor slowly.

Everything quickly turned to chaos. The bride slapped the groom. The groom's mother fainted.

The groomsmen started giving each other looks and wondering how best to help save the situation.

The pastor asked the woman, "Can you tell us why you came forward? What do you have to say?"

The woman replied, "We can't hear in the back."

Videos of the week:

Strange Chinese Buildings
Art of Sierra Madre, CA

Strange Chinese Buildings

You can't buy maturity. You need to live it. Same thing goes with sophistication --- you may have all the money in the world but you need to develop good taste. In this video, see what some Chinese businessmen considered classy.

"Stranger Things" Christmas
Janet of South Pasadena, CA

Straner THings Christmas

All I know is "Stranger Things" is a hit TV show. I think this video may resonate with the younger crowd. Me, I think this animation was well done and the humor is subtle. I liked it. Didn't really get it... but I liked it.

Amazing Sculptor: Ray Villafane
Tom of Pasadena, CA

Ray Villafane - sculptor

Ray Villafane is an artist from Queens, New York, who has garnered international acclaim and a cult-like following for his jaw-dropping pumpkin carvings. His carvings have even been displayed in the President's quarters at the White House.
This is a website and not a video.

Starving Cats Christmas
Peter Paul of South Pasadena, CA

Starving Cats Christmas

Regardless who wins in the elections next Tuesday, we will still be celebrating Christmas. Let's start getting in the mood. See one of the upcoming Christmas commercials for 2016.
(Note: You might need to click on the image a few times to get the video going)

TGIF people!

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