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Have you ever had one of those “Ah-Ha” moments?

You know, when you realize something that not only blows your mind but also challenges your entire belief system?

The other day I had one of those moments and I just had to share it.  Rather than just write about it, I decided to record a podcast.

You can listen here:

I love it when these types of things happen.  I really do.

Even though this one nearly knocked me over, I love it when I realize something that will have a profound impact on my life going forward.

How setting the best intentions and really changing your expectations can impact not just your life, but the lives of those around you as well.

I hope you experience things like this too.  Let me know your thoughts below.

What Would You Say If
Your Child Asked…
“Is Santa Claus Real?”

It’s an age old question…

What should I tell my child when they ask, “Is Santa Clause is Real?”

I currently have a ten year-old and seven year-old twins who thankfully still believe in Santa.  I fear that my eldest will soon be coming to us with the very question we are dreading…

Is Santa Claus Real?

Like many children approaching this reality, I think she already knows the answer, or is at least suspicious, but I don’t believe that she really wants to know the truth- At least not yet.

As parents, we are left with a very difficult dilemma, one that not only tugs at our emotional strings but that also may challenge our core beliefs and ethics…

We are not only about to rip the innocence of youth away from her but we are also going to admit to the fact that we have been perpetuating a lie for years.

Or have we?

Is Santa Claus Real?

You see, and I know this will sound crazy, but I still believe in Santa!

No, not the jolly, white-bearded fellow that lives in the North Pole and delivers presents to the children of the world on Christmas Eve…

…but the spirit of Santa Claus and everything that is good about it.

The hope, the youth, the exuberance and the belief in something so fantastic that there is no equal.

And let’s not forget the impact on the adults. Seriously, when else are people so focused on giving and for no other reason than to bring joy and happiness to others?

So What Will I Say When My Children ask?

To be honest, I am not exactly sure what I will say when my daughter comes and asks me the dreaded question, “Is Santa Claus Real?”

I have actually looked for some help and have found some interesting thoughts and some great stories from what other parents have said before me…

From an article on cozi.com, author Martha Brockenbrough writes:

…The answer is no. I am not Santa. There is no one Santa.

I am the person who fills your stockings with presents, though. I also choose and wrap the presents under the tree, the same way my mom did for me, and the same way her mom did for her…

…Santa is bigger than any person, and his work has gone on longer than any of us have lived. What he does is simple, but it is powerful. He teaches children how to have belief in something they can’t see or touch.

One of the comments to this article had a great response that she had received from a “Santa Claus” that she believed to be real when she was a child and was starting to question.  In response to a question to Santa about delivering presents, Santa responded:

…Of course I bring the toys.

When you were just a baby, I brought all of your toys. When you got a little older, I asked your parents to help me, and they bought one or two presents.

Then when you got much older, I told your parents that I really needed their help. I explained to them that I make sure to personally deliver presents to all children; especially the very young children. But the world is very big and I need a lot of help. So when children get a little older, I get in touch with their parents and show them their children’s Christmas lists which come to the North Pole.

Santa then goes on to tell this little girl that he needs her to help him and says

…When you grow up, if anyone ever tells a child that I don’t exist, I need you to tell them this story. Tell them that you met me and we talked about the real meaning of Christmas. Tell them that I am very real and I most certainly bring presents to all the children of the world. Childhood is a very precious time, and it is a very short time. Children need something to believe in. Tell them that they can believe in me.

Is Santa Claus Real?

The belief in Santa is a wonderful thing. It’s so much more than just believing that a fat guy with a beard is bringing you toys on Christmas.

It’s about all that is good and it’s about believing in something that you can’t see and it may not even lend itself to reason.

Check out this response given to an eight year-old girl in response to her letter to the editor (New York Sun, 1897)

…Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished…

It has been 116years since that letter was written and the response is as important today as it was then.

It’s even more important because it is going to be increasingly more difficult to maintain the innocence of our youth.  Between the iPods, the iPads, the tablets and all the access to the Internet that our children have today.

It’s only a matter of time before they Google “Is Santa Claus Real?”

Take it from me, you don’t want to be the one to ruin someone’s childhood before it’s time…

..one of my biggest regrets in life was dropping that bomb on my little sister when we were children.  To this day I regret that more than anything else I have done.

I’ll leave you with this clip from Miracle on 34th Street.

Is Santa Claus Real?
You Better Believe It!

Merry Christmas!

If you’ve got a good “Santa Story” Share below… You might just help someone out.

 

WestJet Airlines Brings
Christmas Cheer [Video]

I’m not a fan of too many major corporations and to be honest, before today I wasn’t even familiar with the Canadian airline WestJet.

Now I am a huge fan of theirs and wish I had an opportunity to fly them.

It is way better to give than to receive…

Check out this amazing video where WestJet brings cheer and joy to some very lucky customers during the 2013 Christmas Season…

What WestJet did here was nothing short of amazing.  The best part was that they enabled their employees to partake and assist in the event.

Pay close attention to the reaction of some of the employees and you can see how much joy and excitement that they had.

Some companies may have written a check, some may have done nothing.  WestJet changed people’s lives, not just those who received gifts but  also the employees that were able to experience the true gift of giving AND thanks to social media, all of us that have an opportunity to watch what they did and to share in the feelings of hope and gratitude that abound.

This isn’t their first rodeo…

The video above has been featured on morning talk shows and is flying all around the Internet via social media.  By the time you watch it, who knows how many millions of views it will have.

But most people don’t know that WestJet did something similar last year.  They basically had a Christmas Flash Mob.

Yes, the 2013 “miracle” definitely stepped it up a notch, but their efforts in 2012 shouldn’t go unnoticed.

Here is their video from Christmas 2012:

Why’d they do it?

Watch WestJet vice-president Richard Bartrem describe the 2013 Christms Miracle…

A company I’d actually like to work for…

As I mentioned earlier, I think there is a lot of bad in the corporate world.  WestJet is a company that has me believing that there may just be some hope yet.

Hopefully the viral nature of this video and the public’s reaction to it will have an impact on other companies and corporations across the globe.

What do you think?

After watching those videos, what do you think?

Did they leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside?  Did they make you feel like there is hope for this world yet?

Let me know your thoughts below…

 

 

Why YOU Need an Additional
Stream of Income
AND Why
It Should Be Residual & Passive…

Let’s face it, this is a very volatile economy that we live in today.

Even if you’re lucky enough to have a job…

It’s probably not as safe and secure as it once was.

Face it – your company owes you NOTHING and they won’t bat an eye if they need to let you go.

With all of this uncertainty, it just makes good sense to add another stream of income.

What’s the worst that can happen?  You keep your job and you have extra money coming in.  That’s doesn’t sound so bad.

What You Can Do To Add An Income Stream…

Of course you could always get a part-time job.  But I wouldn’t recommend that because you are only trading your time for money.

Doesn’t it make more sense to spend your precious time doing something that can pay you a whole lot better?

Something that will pay you over-and-over again for work that you perform once?

In the video above I explain the difference between Static Income and Residual Income (I also include Passive income as well).  The example does a better job to highlight the vast difference between the two and why residual income is far superior.

Have a watch and let me know what you think below.

Learn How You Can Make
Money From Home
(and By Doing Something You Love)

 

Imagine being able to add an income stream by doing something that you love.

Better yet, how about if you could do this just by sharing information about something that you love?  All by doing something very similar to what you’re probably already doing on Facebook?

Now that would be cool.

Well, YOU CAN!


Get the System NOW.

There’s a good chance that you are already in the habit of sharing information about your hobbies and interests on Facebook.  Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a way for you to monetize that (and to be able to do it in a way that isn’t “salesy” and pushy where you’d turn people off)?

There is.

Think about it, for the most part everything that you do – everything you are interested in has some sort of cost associated with it.

Maybe there isn’t a cost associated with performing the act, like cycling – but there are costs associated with equipping yourself and outfitting yourself properly.

In this video I’ll explain how you can capitalize on these billion dollar niche industries – earning commissions on every item purchased as a result of you simply talking about them.

It’s possible to make hundreds, even thousands of dollars and more just by sharing your influence and information about things you love.

You can read a full text explanation on my Marketing Blog.

Not sure why adding an income stream is critical in today’s economy?  Check out my blog post: “Why You Need Additional Income and Why You Should Make It Residual and Passive Income

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