Leadership And Success Come From A Healthy Body And Mind For Joseph Bismark

The founding director of the QI Group Joseph Bismark, who I’ve written about before, has recently been giving a short insight into his life and how his spiritual welfare is just as important as his business success. Business Wire has published an interview with Bismark and asPire magazine that reveals the time and effort the businessperson takes to make sure his body and mind are both as sharp as possible. Alongside the need for a well cared for body, Joseph Bismark also believes he needs to care for his own spiritual health by maintaining a regular practice of yoga and meditation as he tries to guide others through the techniques he has already mastered.

The spiritual side of life for Joseph Bismark is cared for with the regular use of yoga, which Bismark has become an expert in as he gained certification to become an instructor of the ancient art. Teaching yoga at the Singapore School of Meditation and Yoga provides the businessperson with the chance to pass on his knowledge to others and to learn from the instructors at the school the techniques he has yet to master for himself. A recommendation Bismark gave in his interview was for those interested in achieving a large amount with yoga to seek out the book, Anatomy of Yoga. In his everyday life Joseph Bismark has revealed he has become a major exponent of meditation and uses the Soundcloud app to make sure he always has access to his favorite mantras, those who wish to follow the spiritual path taken by Bismark can follow his mantras and other chants using this popular app.

Spirituality and meditation have always played a large role in the life of Joseph Bismark, which largely began when he spent time as a child being educated by monks in his native Philippines. Bismark has been an important part of the life of the QI Group since its founding and is responsible for many of the environmentally based projects the company has undertaken. QI has been guided by Joseph Bismark to create a line of organic foods and to reduce its environmental footprint by using a paperless system and introducing renewable energy sources to many of its locations.

Joseph Bismark has also revealed he has been working to make sure he remains as healthy as possible with the introduction of a new exercise regimen that includes a weekly planned workout and other periods of work with weights.


Firefighters Mow Lawn for Heart Attack Victim

It is often in times of great stress and tragedy, where people come out with their best actions and redeem your view of them. One article struck me as a great way to turn around a negative event like a heart attack into a positive story.

A man who lived outside of Tampa in Spring Hill had a heart attack, however, the service of first responders did not end with contacting the hospital and getting an ambulance. Instead, members of the Hernando County Fire Department decided to stick around and help the man who suffered the heart attack as well as his family. They stuck around and mowed his lawn and took care of his yard work, which they were not obligated to do.

This nice gesture was captured by photograph by a neighbor, Joseph Shipp, and the members of Engine 2 received some notoriety for their kind deed, but it was clear that this was not their motivation. Instead, they seemed prompted by the tragedy to simply perform a kind act and to help someone in distress.


Capt. Daniel Papa, Driver Engineer Eugene Mobley, Firefighter Scot Kortright, Firefighter Timothy Sinnott, Firefighter Joseph DePiero and Fire Explorer Jordan Gennusa were the individuals who decided to pitch in.

The heart attack sufferer, Ralph McCrory, was brought to Oak Hill Hospital and is recovering from the heart attack, possibly awaiting surgery. He originally had his heart attack while mowing his lawn during the summer and would have been unable to complete the task. After talking to his wife, they found out that he would take four days to mow his lawn due to his poor health and it was at that point the firefighters decided to pitch in and help with the yard work. It took them just over a half an hour to cut the lawn which was over 2 feet long in some parts of the yard, after borrowing a mower from Ralph’s wife.

First responders such as these firefighters often get a lot of credit for the bravery they show on a regular basis in their jobs. However, they often don’t get credit for the compassion and patience they show for those who are victimized by an event. This instance shows the kinder side and human element of an injury, but also sheds light on the first responders themselves and their love of their fellow man, as well as the sense of community that they can create.

The Crayon Initiative: Inspiring Needy Children’s Imaginations

As first reported to the Good News Network, a father finds an innovative way to make sure that children in need have access to crayons. For many of us, a fresh box of crayons conjures memories of the blissful hours of childhood when imagination was free to roam wild. It is a sad reality that many children do not have access to crayons. Every year many broken crayons are discarded and end up in landfills. Crayons are notoriously not very biodegradable. Bryan Ware sought to change this scenario when he recognized that he could create an initiative to give crayons to children that desperately need them.

As Bryan Ware watched his child doodle with restaurant crayons, he mused on the fate of crayons distributed to children at restaurants; crayons are discarded after one use because they harbor germs. Ware did research and discovered that 25 to 35 tons of crayons are added to landfills each year. He found these numbers to be staggering, especially when many children in hospitals, schools and arts organizations did not have supplies. These items are typically not donated to these institutions because used crayons are often teeming with germs.

Ware created The Crayon Initiative to transform old crayons into new crayons that could be donated to hospitals, schools and art classes. He sorts the crayons by color and boils them down so they can be reshaped into triangular molds by a manufacturer. Ware opted for a triangular mold because it ensured that the crayons could be held more easily by children with special needs. These crayons are also thicker and designed to be grasped more easily by small hands.

Ware’s determination has made quite an impact. Currently Ware has taken over 100,000 boxes of donated crayons and made them into 80,000 new boxes of crayons. The new triangular crayons have been donated to hospitals and schools in low income areas.

It is extraordinary that one individual can make such an impact. The Crayon Initiative has been a labor of love for Ware. Every day, Ware sorts through the crayons in his garage and boils them in his kitchen. It is inspiring that one person can have such a large scope of impact from a foundation run from their kitchen table. Many children are now able to access fresh boxes of crayons because Ware saw a need and decided to do something about it. These children have a bit of creativity infused into their life because of the dedication of an individual. It is humbling to recognize that one person can incite change for the better.

Waitress Picks Up the Tab for Customers and Gets an Amazing Gift in Return

When it comes to hard work, most people are familiar with having a long day. It doesn’t matter if you are a nurse or a mailman, labor takes it’s toll on the best of us. When two tired firefighters stepped into a Delran diner,they didn’t expect to go viral, but what happened to follow was nothing short of incredible. Paul Hullings was enjoying his breakfast, and recounting the details of his taxing night putting out a fire that occurred in a warehouse, when his waitress overhead him. After listening to the details of the fireman’s dangerous shift, Liz was so moved that she decided to give them their meal on the house.

When they asked for their check, Liz handed them a check with with a handwritten not of gratitude, “Your breakfast is on me today, thank you for all that you do; for serving others & for running into places everyone else runs away from. No matter your role, you are courageous, brave, and strong…Thank you for being bold and badass everyday! Fueled by fire and driven by courage, what an amazing example you are. Get some rest.”

Hullings says that he was so emotional about the gesture, that he began to cry. A fellow firemen posted the note to the fire department’s Facebook page, and within hours the post was spreading all over social media. The firefighters were so touched by the waitress’s act of kindness, that they were inspired to show her just how grateful they really were.

Soon, the firefighters discovered that Liz was actually in the process of raising money for her quadriplegic father. Apparently Liz’s father is confined to a wheelchair, and Liz was raising money so that she could purchase a wheelchair-accessible van. After seeing Liz’s GoFundMe campaign, the firefighters created a second post with links to the GoFundMe page that was over a year old. Within a short time, donations started rolling in, and since then over 1,000 people have donated money to Liz’s cause. So far $67,000 has been raised in donations, even though Liz’s goal was $17,000, the donations just keep coming.

What an amazing story of paying it forward, Liz found it in her heart to pick up $15 breakfast tab, only to end up being the true recipient of the blessing. When you have love in your heart, you will truly be appreciated and in ways that are hard to imagine.

One Good Man, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

The net is full of bad news and up to the minute details on the latest disaster, but finding an up lifting news article is a challenge, but not impossible. When browsing the other day I happened across a story about one very good man, and for those of us who ask what can one man do? Dwayne, “The Rock”, Johnson is the man to ask. Sunnyskyz, a bright little web site with inspirational stories, reports on Mr. Johnson, and what he did to make a difference to group of young men.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a professional wrestler, actor and producer, but there is more to the man than meets the eye. Aside from his football in his college days at the University of Miami, aside from his time on the National Award winning Miami Hurricanes, and besides from his awards in the wrestling ring, Mr. Johnson quietly visits youth in correctional facilities. He doesn’t just go and spend an afternoon and lecture the wayward young men; he spends every day in six months intervals training, talking, teaching, guiding the young men onto the good path in life. Every day during his program, he went to the Miami-Dade County Correctional Facility to run his boot camp.

The men in the program were given the choice of hard time or Mr. Johnson’s boot camp. Those that chose to join in the program were warned by Mr. Johnson that their road wouldn’t be easy, and he would break them down to rebuild them again, but he wouldn’t break them spiritually, and this Mr. Johnson did. The average rate of success through these boot camps is eight percent, but Mr. Johnson’s group hit 75%.

Maybe you remember Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson as the Scorpion King, but he is so much more. Besides his prisoner rehabilitation work, Mr. Johnson keeps himself busy with many other charities. He is a member of the Make a Wish Foundation and Wounded Warriors, and while many celebrities tout their good works, Mr. Johnson goes about his quietly and without fanfare. Mr. Johnson was born to a family of wrestling men in Hayward California. The award winning actor is a credit to us all, and you can read more about him at a fan site titled “Impeccable Dwayne Johnson.” Thank you Mr. Johnson, you have a new fan.

Family of Bears Stop in For a Dip in Backyard Pool

A family of six bears enjoyed a New Jersey family’s pool last week as the mostly dismayed human family watched from the safety of their window. The bear family consisted of the mother bear and her five cubs. The story played out almost like Goldilocks and that other famous bear family as one of the young daughters was heard in the now viral videoremarked with alarm, “There’s bears in the pool!”.

The video shows the bears frolicking in the backyard pool with the easily accessible floaties that belonged to the two young girls heard in the video and the mother. The young cubs seemed to be enjoying the slide into the pool, though they didn’t quite have the hang of it. The cubs also enjoyed the swing set and the rest of the toys that they helped to scatter about. Even the mother bear seemed to be having a good time in the water. However, to the distress of both young girls, their floaties seemed to be getting destroyed by this rambunctious group as they gnawed on whatever they had their little paws on. The only one of the human family that didn’t sound like she was distressed was the mother who said she was enjoying watching the bears have the time of their lives. The husband didn’t seem to share the same sentiments, however. He was heard to have been concerned that the pool was being destroyed by the sharp claws on the bears’ feet. As was reported by an article in Sunny Skyz, the bears certainly did look like they had made themselves at home. The police were called and the one little girl was heard to remark that maybe they (bears) were scared of the police.

Though it may cause the New Jersey family some expense and some tears(in the case of the girls) in obtaining a new pool and new floaties for the mother and the daughters, it is certainly fascinating to watch that video and probably will bring a smile to adults and children alike when they view it. After getting over the trauma, just think what the young girls will have to tell everybody at school.

Oklahoma plans big Chisholm Trail celebration

Oklahoma has big things planned for 2017, during the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail. More than any other trail, the Chisholm trail was responsible for the development of the cowboy heritage and had a lot to do with westward expansion in the late 1800s. Texas and Kansas are also part of the celebration, but Oklahoma is in the center of it all.

Celebrations are planned along the route the entire year, and some areas of the state have started already. For purposes of the celebration, the northern terminus of the trail will be considered Abilene, Kansas, and the southern end will be Forth Worth, Texas.

After the Civil War there was a demand for meat in the northern areas of the country. People also realized that there were literally millions of cattle running around loose in south Texas on the open range.

The Chisholm Trail ended up being the major trail that cowboys used to bring those cattle northward. The era of the cowboy didn’t last long, but it did leave a lasting impression on the nation that lives today.

The trail itself was developed by a man named Jesse Chisholm, from Wichita, Kansas, south to Texas. It was an old Indian trail, and he developed it while making way for his wagons as he was a trader. He probably never actually drove any cattle, but his having the trail ready set the wheels in motion.

At first the cattle were driven to Abilene, Kansas, where it met the rail heads. From there cattle were shipped to place like St. Louis or Chicago. The railroad gradually moved south and finally made its way deep into Texas, and the long cattle drives were no longer needed.

The Chilsholm Trail was also used by settlers and traders when the western part of the nation was being settled.

The trail roughly follows U.S. Highway 81, and towns all along the route will have celebrations of history. There will be gunfights (without real shooting), cattle drives, re-enactments and performers of various types. There are information stations spread all along the route where a person can get information about the trail an the various celebrations being planned.

Abilene has a statehood ball planned for January, and there is an Indian Festival in Wichita. There will be a rodeo in Dodge City, Kansas. There will be celebrations in Oklahoma City, and also in Oklahoma, just a few of the cities with plans include Jefferson, Medford, El Reno and Waurika.