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Motivational Speakers

Posted Thursday, August 27, 2009, at 5:31 PM

The following video has nothing to do with todays' blog...

In my past life, I had the opportunity to listen to company sponsored motivational speakers more than once. These corporate paid cheer leaders would show up at company informational meetings usually at the start of some big "kick-off" program to get the employees fired up to help the new program become a success. Some of these guys are really good at their jobs. They command big dollar speaking fees, and the best could be considered entertainers as much as a motivator.

The Democrats lost one of their top motivational speakers this week, and though few of Ted Kennedy's political ideas did I agree with, there is no denying he was a motivational speaker that was passionate about what he believed.

Now what brings the above to mind is the amusing video that follows. I wanted to share the video, and noticed that the performer was also a motivational speaker and that gave me today's blog title. But upon reflection writing the blog, some other thoughts came to mind as you can see.

Here is a story by an unknown author inspired by the greatest motivational speaker of all time in my opinion...

Burned Biscuits

When I was a little boy, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my mom and ask me how my day was at school. I don't remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that biscuit and eat every bite!

When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits. And I'll never forget what he said: "Baby, I love burned biscuits."

Later that night, I went to hug Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, "Your Momma put in a hard day at work today and she's real tired. And besides - a little burnt biscuit never hurt anyone!"

You know, life is full of imperfect things.....and imperfect people.. and I'm sure not the best at much. What I've learned over the years is that learning to accept each other's faults - and choosing to celebrate each other's differences. - is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.

And that's my prayer for you today. That you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of God. Because in the end, He's the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where a burnt biscuit isn't a deal-breaker! We could extend this to any relationship in fact - as understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husband-wife or parent-child or friendship, in business or otherwise!

"Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket - keep it in your own."

And now, the previously mentioned video...

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