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A special story….of how attitude is everything’ told by a disgruntled cab driver

Posted By: on March 31, 2012 at 12:05 pm


One evening I arrived at the address and honked the horn and after waiting a few minutes I walked to the door and  knocked..

‘Just a minute’, answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor.

After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90’s stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940’s movie.

By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets.

There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a  cardboard box filled with photos and glassware..

‘Would you carry my bag out to the car?’ she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman.  She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb.

She kept thanking me for my kindness. ‘It’s nothing’, I told her.. ‘I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to be treated.’

‘Oh, you’re such a good boy, she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an address and then asked, ‘Could you drive through downtown?’

‘It’s not the shortest way,’ I answered quickly..

‘Oh, I don’t mind,’ she said. ‘I’m in no hurry. I’m on my way to a hospice.

I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. ‘I don’t have any family left,’ she continued in a soft voice.. ‘The doctor says I don’t have very long.’ I quietly reached over and shut off  the meter.

‘What route would you like me to take?’ I asked.

For the next two hours, we drove through the city.

She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator.

We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds.   She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.

Sometimes she’d ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing. As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, ‘I’m tired. Let’s go now’.

We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico.

Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move. They must have been expecting her.

I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.  ‘How much do I owe you?’ She asked, reaching into her purse.

‘Nothing,’ I said.

‘You have to make a living,’ she answered.

‘There are other passengers,’ I responded.

Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug.

She held onto me tightly.

‘You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,’ she said  ‘Thank you.’

I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light.. Behind me, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life..

I didn’t pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk. What if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift?  What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away?

On a quick review, I don’t think that I have done anything more important in my life.

We’re conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.

But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.


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A Simple tool to Expand your Future Earnings

Posted By: on March 22, 2012 at 7:30 pm

As I begin this journey with you, whoever you may be, it has become quite evident to me that in order to do it right, I needed the proper tools.

You cannot talk to the World about what you know and expect to inspire anyone in this internet age, without of course being on the internet.  I personally know very little about it,.. technically speaking, but I’m a great user-facilitator I have alot to offer you.

Here’s my experience in life.  How does one project oneself, how does one communicate properly without a website?  So here you are.  You are on my website hoping to find some inspiration, some way to have a better lifestyle, greater income, and better health.  It is possible to those who believe.  You know what your goals are, and I hope to be able to help you reach some of those goals!

You as an individual will need some of the same tools that I have.  As I said, you need a website…just like I have, and that you’re now looking at.  If you have an offline business, meaning you are working out of your home, ..a small shop or local business, then if this is you then YOU TOO need to have a website if you truly want to improve your business.  If you would like to have a business Online, an internet business, you must have a website.  If you’re a single mom, this applies to you too.

I’m sure that you will agree, that this website thing might be a big elephant, but what do they say…how do you eat an elephant?  The answer is, one bite at a time.  My husband has been with a company called GVO (Global Virtual Opportunities) for over 10 years, and believe it or not, because of this, everything becomes much easier, especially with website creation,.. PLUS you don’t need to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars to build your own website.  As you can do it yourself!

Can you turn on your computer, write a letter, and save it,.. and can you upload a picture from your camera to the computer?   If your answer to this is YES,.. then YOU know enough to make it happen,.. then you’re on your way!   YOU are capable of making a website.  Right now, I’m using a tool called WordPress.  You may have heard of it.  However, with GVO, you don’t have to know how to install WordPress on a web server.  In fact, I’m not sure what a server is, but thank goodness, my husband does.

With GVO the elephant is cut into plate size portions which you can easily enjoy and digest!  Learning to use any of their tools is a piece of cake.  I am now going to share with you a video that explains everything about the process and how easy it can be.  << CLICK << Even a 10 year old can do this!

    Filed Under: Computer , Internet , Internet Marketing , Personal Dev , Technology
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Greetings from Mesa, Arizona, USA.

Posted By: on March 21, 2012 at 5:31 pm

This is the first Blog Post,..  I hope that you will enjoy it.

Shelley at Graduation

My Graduation pic

My husband has encouraged me to have a website that he has made, and hopefully I will be able to share with you some interesting and cool ideas that will motivate you to becoming better off financially, and at the same time improving your health and wellbeing.

My four children have all grown up, and I am at the place and time in my life that I can look back and say that I have always tried my best to be positive and look forward to better things.  I was born and grew up in a beautiful area of New Zealand called Takapuwahia.  It is the tribal area of my Maori people, Ko Te iwi O Ngati Toa.’

After leaving my native homeland to attend school in Hawaii in 1972, it was there that I met my husband to be.  Since that time, I/we have lived here in the mainland, or back in New Zealand over different periods of time.  Throughout all this time, I have watched and enjoyed my family growing, learning and living their lives.  I continue to be amazed at how the years go by so quickly, and now am excited about the lives of my 6 growing grandchildren who lives throughout the USA.  They are the future of tomorrow, and hopefully will be the promise of tomorrow.

My husband I are Christians, and have a strong belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ.  My work experience over the years has been varied by positions in the Business World, mostly working for Lawyers, Doctors, and Insurance Companies just to name a few.  Most recently, I graduated with an LLB (Law Degree) from a University in New Zealand.  Yes, I went back to school after being out for a long time, and even though it was very challenging, I demanded from myself the work ethics that would take me through.  At times I felt overwhelmed by the degree of work, exams, and studying that was required.  But I knew that I couldn’t quit school because I could do it!!

Now, here I am writing a blog to you.  I invite you to check out what you see, and if it sounds like something that interests you, or that you think you might be able to explore, then I say GO FOR IT, because at the end of the day, life doesn’t wait for anyone, and,..  he who hesitates is lost!

Thanks for your attention,  and may you have the success and joy that you deserve in your life!

Shelley H.

    Filed Under: Empower , Personal Dev
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