It’s 5:25am on Thanksgiving morning and I’ve decided to start my day by posting some thoughts about how truly grateful I am for the life I’ve been given.
Four years ago (like most of America) the financial bottom fell out from beneath me and my journey took a sharp turn back to the east coast and I landed back in Miami to, well, start over, begin a new chapter if you will.
What I’ve experienced over the past four years of being in the desert (starting over) is that I can live with nothing, I can get by when hope seems non-existent.
So what’s the stronghold? Where does this shelter in the storm come from?
The answer is simple. It comes from above.
My unchanging, non-negotiable, grounded faith in a living God that has scripted my entire life and has designed me for greatness, that’s where it comes from.
What I find interesting is that in the quiet time of patiently waiting for God, having absolutely no clue what’s next, I see that that is where He is moving the most, yet it takes a grateful, patient and encouraged heart to sit and listen for that still small voice.
Oh did I mention Friends and Family are an absolute must when the storms of life start to cripple you? They are the ones that pick you up, dust you off and get you back on the track you’re suppose to be on. For that in itself, is one of life’s biggest and most incredible blessings.
So if you asked me today, “Sebastian, what are you thankful for?” - The answer would be simple, I’m thankful for my faith which carries me and my friends and family that love, care and show me who I really am.
I wish each and every one of you a safe and blessed Thanksgiving.
If you’re reading this that means you’re who I’ve been talking about above. Thanks again for just being you, I appreciate you more than you know.
”We should just be thankful for being together. I think that’s what they mean by Thanksgiving, Charlie Brown.” -Marcie
We’ve heard that phrase countless times before, but do we ever stop to define it? Personally, I think it’s an interesting form of an oxymoron backed up by a large dose of the truth.
What does it mean to be so close, yet so far away? Is it that in reality we were never that close in the first place or does the latter ring true, in that it’s been right in front of our face the entire time, yet we keep missing it?
This psychological warfare that we gauge on our minds can be true for a number of things; jobs, relationships, business deals, family, friends, you name it. Either way I think it’s important to see the glass half full when considering why you were so close, yet so far away.
I asked God to take away my habit. God said, No. It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up. I asked God to make my handicapped child whole. God said, No. His spirit is whole, his body is only temporary.
I asked God to grant me patience. God said, No. Patience is a byproduct of tribulations; it isn’t granted, it is learned. I asked God to give me happiness. God said, No. I give you blessings; Happiness is up to you. I asked God to spare me pain. God said, No. Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me. I asked God to make my spirit grow. God said, No. You must grow on your own, but I will prune you to make you fruitful.
I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life. God said, No. I will give you life, so that you may enjoy all things. I asked God to help me LOVE others, as much as He loves me. God said…Ahhhh, finally you have the idea.
THIS DAY IS YOURS — DON’T THROW IT AWAY!!
May God Bless You, ‘To the world you might be one person, But to one person you just might be the world’
May the Lord Bless you and keep you, May the Lord make his face shine upon you, And give you Peace……Forever
Good friends are like stars…You don’t always see them, But you know they are always there.
2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. 6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. 7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.
9 Believers who are poor have something to boast about, for God has honored them. 10 And those who are rich should boast that God has humbled them. They will fade away like a little flower in the field. 11 The hot sun rises and the grass withers; the little flower droops and falls, and its beauty fades away. In the same way, the rich will fade away with all of their achievements.
12 God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
For roughly $150 a month I get told that I’m not allowed to switch phones, even if I’m miserable with a phone I’ve had for less then 6 months. I made the HUGE mistake of switching from the iPhone 3GS to the Samsung Infuse (Android) - at first I felt it was a great move because the one thing the Infuse does have going for it, is the mult-media features, HD Camera, HD Video, a light for the camera, the whole nine, which is a great fit with the line of work I am in constantly snapping pics and video to create a buzz.
The downside? The apps crash constantly, there are a number of apps that are available on the iPhone that are not on the Android, which is extremely disappointing. The battery lasts an whole hour, so I’ve been forced to buy multiple backups just to have enough juice to get through the day of chatting, text, etc.
I called AT&T Wireless today to attempt to send my Samsung Infuse back in exchange for an iPhone 4, I also asked why in the world my phone was eating up 2GB a month in data, when NEVER happened with my iPhone. They claim I don’t have my wifi connected and that’s the reason for the data usage, I disagree, but it gets me no where with them, as usual.
So needless to say, I feel trapped with a phone that sucks and AT&T doesn’t want to do anything to help me other then open an additional line up and sell me a brand new iPhone for $199, gee is a swift kick to the shorts available too?
Shame on you AT&T, shame on you. Maybe one day you’ll understand what it means to be a “Thank You Economy" company and you’ll listen and care about your customers, then guess what? They’ll never leave.
[PSA] “Facebook is FREE and will ALWAYS be FREE.” -Zuckerberg
The latest rumors of Facebook starting to charge are NOT true. Facebook was designed as a FREE platform and will remain that way. Facebook makes money by selling ads on their site which generated $1.86 billion in 2010 alone.
Rest assured, you will not wake up tomorrow and be prompted for your debit or credit card.
I know most of you are used to my “5am ROLL CALL” tweets or at least some ungodly hour of the morning, but today I was a little late on 5am (shocker, yes I know), however around 530am I was up and at em’ and as part of my normal morning routine I was catching up on all of the Facebook posts that I didn’t get a chance to read yesterday. During that time I read a post that my friend Mina Shah wrote regarding what is would look like to wake up at 5am (weekdays only) for a period of 60 days straight.
What would be the result of getting an extra 10 hours per week to sharpen your game and improve your life altogether? Needless to say I was intrigued by all of this so I commented on Mina’s post via Facebook - I mentioned in my comment to her and a few others that had posted before me, that we should use the Twitter hashtag #Team5am and tweet daily for the next 60 days on the results and goals we are reaching by staying committed to 5am for 60 days straight, based on the response I got from Mina and others on the thread, its GAME ON at 5am for the next 60 days!
I remember it like it was yesterday. I was driving to work while living in the suburbs of Chicago. Mancow Muller was doing his normal off the wall morning show when all of the sudden he announces that an airplane has flown into the side of the World Trade Center.
“"God gives everyone certain attributes, characteristics, talents, and then He says, "If you use what you have I’ll increase it, but if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it." Use it or lose it; it’s a law."
-Charlie “Tremendous” Jones”—