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The Lottery: Imagination is Worth the $10

We (Becky and I) bought $10 worth of lottery tickets. As most sites have posted, we have a better chance of being bit by a shark, attacked by a vending machine or struck by lightning. My personal favorite is I am 52 million times more likely to pick a perfect NCAA bracket than win the jackpot.

We might not win, but just playing and imagining all the things you COULD do is worth the $10 to me.

I started to think, why does it take a large jackpot to have my mind consider all the possibilities good fortune could bring. I am going to continue to think successful, positive and forward-thinking thoughts even after the lottery. Being in the right frame of mind can bring more to life than money (although cash would be nice).

Money won’t bring guaranteed happiness…I know that. Positive thoughts, a rich imagination and the belief that anything can be accomplished WILL bring guaranteed happiness. There is a 1 in 1 chance of that happening.

Good luck to all lottery players out there!

Later,

Derek

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Kony 2012 – Social Movement

I watched the video. I was moved by the story. I was also moved by the way it was done.

The Kony 2012 story is a sad one; an individual, Joseph Kony, is cruel, heartless person stealing children, placing them into his army to advocate for brutality against humanity. I don’t want this for my world, nor my children’s world. If you haven’t already, I urge you to Kony 2012┬áto better understand the story. You can form your own opinion and act however you feel appropriate to the situation. I just want to do my part by sharing. Brought to you by the activist group, Invisible Children.

Now, the sharing aspect of this video is what really captured my attention. Since its release on 3/6/12, the video has been viewed over 65 million times. The story has captured the thoughts and actions of many young (and old) Americans. The video is aiming for a ‘blanket’ approach to make Joseph Kony famous on the night of April 20th, 2012. To do so, the Invisible Children are making an ‘Action Kit’ available for sale as well as monthly donations.

I’m undecided whether I will contribute financially to this movement, but I am contributing socially. I find it amazing how Facebook, Twitter and other sites, like WordPress, bring down borders and make the world a ‘community’. The Kony 2012 movement could be a framework for how people “get things done” in this world. I’ll be watching through the appropriate channels by Following and Liking the Invisible Children social media pages.

Here’s to starting a movement…and believing it can happen.

Later,

Derek