Five years ago I was fortunate enough to represent the city of
My excitement was over-the-top as the long flight ended.Â What would the city be like? Would I be able to communicate with my host family?Â I spoke broken Russian; having studied the language for only three years at M.S.U.Â Â
As the plane made its final descent I looked out the window and noticed broken helicopters and rusty planes lined the runway.Â It wasnât like anything Iâm use to seeing at domestic airports.Â
When it was time to leave the plane we didnât have a jet bridge to step into.Â The doors opened and we walked down the aircraftâs stairs to the pavement below.Â The airport was a remnant of the Communist era; cold, large, intimidating.Â It wasnât like other European airports I had visited.
The city was mammoth, gorgeous buildings with a mix of Ionic, Doric and Corinthian columns. Â I was beyond impressed!Â The cities administrators prepared for the celebration months ahead of time.Â This was going to be great!Â
Within minutes the scenery changed!Â The beautiful architecture came to an end and cold, dark, Communist era buildings surrounded me.Â My excitement was replaced by fear and hope that any minute I would begin to see the European beauty again.Â It didnât happen.Â
My host familiesâ house was on the 8th floor of a cement building that looked more like a post world war II bomb shelter.Â The tiny elevator that took us to my new home didnât have any lights and smelled of stale urine.Â It moved slowly, straining to make it another foot above the ground floor.Â The apartment was as large as most American familiesâ living rooms.Â It was in that instant that I craved to be home again. I made up my mind I would immediately take a taxi back to the European splendor in central
There are many more experiences from that trip I will write about.Â It was the first time I realized how fortunate and blessed I am to live in
TODAY IâM GRATEFUL to be an American; and even though I donât have lots of money, I do have opportunities others only dream about.
TODAY IâM ATTRACTING relaxation.
QUOTE:Â Be there when people need you.Â âIf someone comes to you asking for help, do not say in refusal, âTrust in God; He will help.â Rather, act as if there were no God and no one to help except you.â Â Zaddik
ARBONNE allows you the opportunity to leverage your time.Â When you work just 10 hours a week and find four people to do the same, you benefit from 50 hours of earning power.Â