CREDO Mobile: More than a network. A Movement?

Anyone else get mail from CREDO Mobile this week? While I admire their green approach, cell phones aren’t exactly biodegradable. The amazing thing is how they really go after AT&T for their past Bush/Cheney, McCain support:

“Here’s a nasty little secret you may not know: AT&T contributed the legal limit to the most anti-environmental administration in U.S. history, Bush/Cheney. What’s worse, the did it twice. And they didn’t stop there. They went on to contribute to the polar-bears-be-damned, “Drill, baby, drill” campaign of John McCain.”

Ok. I’m all for the Environment, but this just seems over the top. Now, I will give them this: they say the fund groups seeking solutions to the climate crisis (such as Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection); support the Wilderness Society, Sierra Club and other groups that protect public lands; donated over $10 million to Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network and NRDC; donates to plant 100 trees for every ton of paper used; prints bills on 100% post-consumer recycled paper and have taken a pretty strong stance for the last two decades on green practices, all according to http://credomobile.com/environment

What’s interesting is that they operate on Sprint’s network, though they maintain that Sprint is only the network provider. Guess its no surprise they aren’t buying space on AT&T’s network, huh?

Unheard & Underated: Artists that truly move your soul!

Two things came to mind after I received a few replies to my recent status post about Kings of Leon: the old saying “one man’s trash, another man’s treasure” remains true AND that there are probably so many GREAT artists out threw who haven’t “broken” yet but that would probably be my next Ray Lamontagne or Kings of Leon.

Since this is a social network of mostly real friends and family, I figured what better place for me and you to share and discover some GREAT, unheard music.

That said, are there any artists, bands (rock, soul or other genres) that may have slipped under the radar that YOU think are truly GREAT? NOT JUST GOOD, BUT GREAT? I’m not talking about your buddy’s band or a friend you’re trying to help promote and State of Man is eliminated (of course, I think they are GREAT, but most of us already know who they are.. lol). I’m talking about music that truly moves your soul! Music that you just can’t get enough of!

Do us all a favor and reply with a link so we can check it out for ourselves, as I love discovering new, INCREDIBLE music. Again, I only ask that you make sure you really believe its INCREDIBLE music.

That said, I’ll go first:

1. The Hero Factor
The original line up with the old singer is a band I have found myself going back to listen to over and over again for the last 4 years. Check out this song from their early album:
http://ping.fm/jSDCe

2. City Sleeps
Yep. IMHO, this Atlanta band created some of the very best rock music I’ve EVER heard, but they fired the singer, so only time will tell what comes next for them.
Check out their song “Prototype” to get a taste http://ping.fm/dsxUK

Today is a Day of Miracles

“You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It’s just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.”- Paulo Coelho

On 7/10/09 – an excellent morning – I headed out to the grocery store to pick up a few things. I had on pocket-less sweat pants, so once I got my shopping cart, I put my wallet and keys in the cart to free my hands (do you see where this is going?).

After I checked out and loaded my car with the groceries, I returned my shopping cart to one of the little outside “corrals” they have between parking spots, and as I walked back to my car, I realized I forgot to purchase Lactaid (the secret to my occasional dairy consumption)! Ten steps back inside the store, I had an even bigger realization that I LEFT MY WALLET OUTSIDE in the shopping cart. I ran back out, wondering if it would still be there, but it was too late – the wallet was gone.

I felt a little discouraged, but forgave myself my mistake, affirmed this as another life lesson with some sort of hidden benefit and headed home with the groceries. After telling my wife what happened I immediately called the banks to report all my debit cards stolen. The good news was that I wasn’t carrying any cash and the license was the only thing I’d need to pay to replace, so I felt pretty good about it in spite of my immediate reaction!

A LITTLE MIRACLE
This morning, I got up at about 3am to change my newborn son’s diaper. Since I was wide awake, I decided to go to the same 24hour grocery store to grab a few items. On the way to the car, I stopped at the mailbox to get yesterdays mail and there was a handwritten envelope addressed to me with a Chevron return address (Pryor St). I wondered what it could possibly be, opened it up and inside was a panel of a KOOLs cigarette box with a note scribbled on it saying “Your wallet is at the Chevron on Pryor St {address}” – dated 7/12.

Lessons from Rocks & Sand plus Inspiration

Lessons from Rocks & Sand plus Inspiration

Two stories came to mind today, both involving rocks and sand, that reminded me of interesting lessons. You may have heard the first, but I’d like to recount it here:

“A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When class began, wordlessly he picked up a large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks right to the top, rocks about 2” diameter.

He then asked the students if the jar was full? They agreed that it was. So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them in to the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. The students laughed

He asked his students again if the jar was full? They agreed that yes, it was. The professor then picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

“Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this is your life. The rocks are the important things – your family, your partner, your health, your children – anything that is so important to you that if it were lost, you would be nearly destroyed.

The pebbles are the other things in life that matter, but on a smaller scale. The pebbles represent things like your job, your house, your car.

The sand is everything else. The small stuff. If you put the sand or the pebbles into the jar first, there is no room for the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your energy and time on the small stuff, material things, you will never have room for the things that are truly most important.

Pay attention to the things that are critical in your life. Play with your children. Take your partner out dancing.

There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party and fix the disposal.”

Take care of the rocks first – the things that really matter.

Set your priorities. The rest is just pebbles and sand.”

Another way I thought of looking at this today is to consider the ROCKS as truth principles / the reality of life or laws of the universe whereas the rest is just the appearances of things.   If you are familiar with the biblical parable of building a house on the rock vs on the sand, then you probably know the moral of the story is to build your house on a strong foundation so it can withstand storms.

In life, the storms can be external circumstances and building your house on a strong foundation is equivalent to building your life on inspired action and truth principles beyond mere appearances.  Making the inspired action or guidance the priority is how to apply the moral of the first story.

Building your house on sand is like building your life based on your own rational understanding, your limited sensory perception and your limited experience.    When trouble comes, you are easily shaken, frustrated and confused.

Build on the rocks, my friend, and the sand will follow.