Small Talk

A stranger was seated next to a little black girl on the airplane when the stranger turned to her and said, "Let's talk. I've heard that flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger."

The little girl, who had just opened her coloring book, closed it slowly and said to the stranger, "What would you like to talk about?"

"Oh, I don't know," said the stranger. "Since you are a Negro, do you think that So-called President Elect Barak Obama is qualified for the job?" and he smiles.

"OK", she said. "That could be an interesting topic. But let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff 'grass '.

Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, and a horse produces clumps of dried grass. "Why do you suppose that is?"

The stranger, visibly surprised by the little girl's intelligence, thinks about it and says, "Hmmm, I have no idea."

To which the little girl replies, "Do you really feel qualified to discuss President Barak Obama... when you don't know shit?"



What Is Your Breakthrough?

When a breakthrough happens, you begin to look at life in a new way. It's a jump into a new way of perceiving what's around you, as if you'd taken off blinders and saw a different world from the one you saw before.

A breakthrough puts you into a different state of being and alters your approach to life. You may see the same people and things around you, but you see them in a completely new way.

You've probably had several breakthroughs in your life -- when you had a child, for example, or when you fell in love, or when someone close to you died. You may have had a breakthrough when you first moved away from home, or when you stopped smoking, or when you got a new job.

Breakthroughs don't always happen by chance. You can actually set out to have one. It's a shift that will take place inside you. Your breakthrough is going to look different from anyone else. It has to, because it's uniquely yours. For some people it's like fireworks going off. For others it's like a quiet remembering. Some people can recall the exact moment it happened, and others only know something changed. Let yours be the way it is, without any judgment or criticism. That's exactly what it's supposed to be. The important thing is that you're doing it for yourself, and not for anyone else. That way it will last, and you can enjoy the richness of it.

What is your breakthrough?