“Don’t Be Tricked”

Every magician knows that the secret to any magic trick-from pulling a rabbit out of a hat to making a coin disappear-is really quite simple: distraction. All the magician has to do is focus our attention on something that seems important but is really unrelated-the waving of a wand or a flurry of fingers. Meanwhile, the trick is taking place on the side, and we don’t even notice it.

This kind of sleight of hand is entertaining, but unfortunately today’s world is full of similar tricks with more serious consequences. Despite our best intentions to accomplish worthy goals, we get distracted or even deceived and expend our energy on less important pursuits.

So many things cry out for our attention. The world tells us that money and fame, power and prestige are what count in life, and so our careers and ambitions might distract us from family and friends. Society seems at times to reward the dishonest and immoral, and so we may be tempted to compromise our core values.

If screens and cell phones keep us from looking into the eyes of our loved ones, we have been distracted. If ball games, tee times, and workouts keep us from spending time with the people who matter most, we have been distracted. If shopping sprees and the latest fashions keep us from seeing into someone’s heart, we have been distracted. Deceptions and misdirections come in many forms, but they all have one thing in common: they threaten to confuse our ideals and put at risk that which we hold most dear.

Don’t be fooled by the tugs and pulls and flashy tricks of the world. We are less likely to be distracted if we are wise and attentive and put first things first. Some things simply stand the test of time and deserve our best energy and effort-and others don’t. If we will judge our activities against the standard of our highest aspirations and noblest purposes, we will accomplish our most important goals, and we will recognize life’s tricks for the distractions that they are.

What do you seek?

“No, God does not need us to love Him. But oh, how we need to love God! For what we love determines what we seek. What we seek determines what we think and do. What we think and do determines who we are—and who we will become.”” — Dieter F Uchtdorf

Wrong Place!

“If you’re looking for the next big thing, and you’re looking where everyone else is, you’re looking in the wrong place.” – Mark Cuban

Get over yourself….

Disappointment ALWAYS happens on the journey to success. Get over yourself and Keep moving forward! FEAR NOT! – There is a tomorrow!

The Pearly Gates!

Saint Peter is sitting at the Pearly Gates when two guys arrive wearing dark hoodies and sagging pants.
St. Peter looked out through the gates and said, “Wait here. I’ll be right back.”
St. Peter goes over to God’s chambers and tells him who is waiting for entrance.
God says to Peter, “How many times do I have to tell you? You can’t be judgmental here. This is heaven. All are loved. All are brothers. Go back and let them in!”
St. Peter goes back to the Gates, looks around, and lets out a heavy sigh.
He returns to God’s chambers and says, “Well, they’re gone.”
“The guys wearing hoodies?” asked God.
St Peter responds; “No. The Pearly Gates.”

Tenacity!

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act,
the rest is merely tenacity.” – Amelia Earhart

Utah, I Am Your Senator!

Orin Hatch has betrayed the principles and values of the people of Utah and has become dark as if he has gone to the Dark Side. He has pushed a moderate to progressive agenda, proving he has left the values of what Utah was founded on. He has supported Ted Kennedy plus other liberals that have no moral fiber. Orin has tried to destroy righteous leaders like Mike Lee, who knows the constitution, the laws of the land as well as comes from a family of the highest character. Mike’s father was Rex Lee, a man of enormous standards, serving as President of BYU before his death. Orin needs to be voted out of office – he is merely a Harry Reid in Republican clothing.

Not For God – But For You

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” ― Søren Kierkegaard

Hello 2015!

Facts you should know…

A reminder for those who forgot or for many that did not know…

Here is what happened on January 1, 2015 :
-Top Medicare tax went from 1.45% to 2.35%
-Top Income tax bracket went from 35% to 39.6%
-Top Income payroll tax went from 37.4% to 52.2%
-Capital Gains tax went from 15% to 28%
-Dividends tax went from 15% to 39.6%
-Estate tax went from 0% to 55%
-Remember this fact:

These taxes were all passed only with democrat votes, no republicans voted for these taxes.
These taxes were all passed under the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

Fool

“A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough.”- Bruce Lee