Anger: The Bigger Picture

Have you ever found yourself in a situation that was somewhat confusing, uncomfortable or perhaps even dangerous? Sometimes it’s hard to understand why things happen or why we must participate in particular activities. We don’t often understand why certain people enter our lives or why they leave. “Living in the moment” is a wonderful philosophy but can obstruct our ability to more fully see the bigger picture, the why’s and what for’s. As a child, I believed I had the meanest parents in the world. In my limited mind, I could only see the restrictions they placed on me that prohibited me from doing the things I wanted or that appeared to be fun in the moment, such as climbing to the top of the 60 foot oak tree in the backyard. I found myself angry with them much of the time. Yet as I grew older, I understood that the decisions they made were for my well-being and designed to keep me safe and alive.

Cleaning my room, doing my homework before playing with my friends, eating my veggies – each of these rules were part of the larger picture of my life. Being disciplined, nourishing my body or even being leery of strangers all served me well later in life.
Consider this: as an adult, perhaps we’re facing exploratory surgery that will be painful. This can cause us to become angry and bitter until the doctor explains that in doing she so will be able to uncover the serious medical issue plaguing us and with proper treatment can most likely correct it.

There is much suffering that one must endure in life. With the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, the world is reeling from the shock of yet another atrocity committed against humanity. For many, there is no logic to these horrific events and people cry out for revenge while governments call for retaliation. Certainly I do not condone nor minimize the horrific acts perpetrated on our brothers and sisters yet I am able to see beyond the incident and understand this from a broader perspective. As a people we have collectively devalued human life. Due in part to technology which dehumanizes people through violent games, sexualized images, social media bullying, and a general disconnect from physical interaction with others, we have less regard for one another as human beings comprised of flesh and blood and feelings and needs. We have lost our ability to feel compassion and empathy for one another and prefer the company of our computers to that of others. Our tolerance levels have plummeted to zero and courtesy is almost nonexistent. Pews in churches that were once filled to capacity now sit in anticipation of the arrival of a few diehard followers. God’s name is only spoken in conjunction with profanity and cynicism reigns where optimism and cheerfulness once resided.
Yet in times of extreme tragedies, civilization remembers its humanity and reaches out in love and concern to embrace one another in a strong statement of solidarity. People turn to God in a desperate plea for guidance, assistance, and strength. Prayer replaces criticism; families gently hold one another in remembrance of their unity and love; footsteps echo in churches around the world as people come together in prayer. In a world where wrong has become right, and moral values have been replaced with a “do what makes you happy” mentality, where those who’ve been sworn to protect us are now viewed as criminals and greed overshadows generosity, a tragedy of this magnitude serves in part to remind us of what is truly important, pure and honorable. It helps to restore our sense of right and wrong and propels us to find ways to cohabitate in peaceful unity with one another. And while some may blame God for such horrific events, rest assured that He does not have the capacity to inflict harm upon His children. He endowed us with intellect, free will, and a set of 10 Commandments to ensure our well-being. We chose which path to take in life: one of violence and hatred or the path of righteousness and love.

Like the athlete who endures sore muscles, a torn cartilage or broken bones, in anticipation of achieving world-class status as the premier competitor in their sport, we must be willing to look at the bigger picture of any event that takes place in our personal lives or on a global level. When we look beyond the moment and explore the deeper meaning of what has occurred it enables us to see the purpose behind the event and thus replace anger with understanding and hope.
Know that there is always a bigger picture, a higher purpose to every person and event that touches our lives for each is meant to unite us in love and compassion and ultimately bring us into a closer union with God. And once acknowledged, anger can no longer thrive.

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January Jones- Real Fast Talk Radio with Daniel Hall!

January Jones welcomes Daniel Hall!

Real Fast Talk Radio with January Jones & Daniel Hall!


Daniel HallDaniel Hall is an author, speaker, consultant, coach, lawyer (JD from Texas Tech University), nurse (BSN from University of Texas at El Paso)and sometimes blogger. He is also the creator of the popular “Real Fast” training programs designed to help authors, speakers, coaches, consultants, trainers, Internet marketers and entrepreneurs effectively grow their businesses faster and profit more effortlessly.

Daniel’s first product was the super-successful and very popularSpeak on Cruise Ships program which is designed to help speakers trade their public speaking talents on luxury cruise ships worldwide. Now Daniel conducts special “self-selecting” auditions to help speakers determine whether the cruise speaker opportunity is right for them or not. Check available audition times here

Daniel had learned so much about writing, publishing and marketing in the launching and growing of “Speak on Cruise Ships” as well as many other books that he began to develop other products based on his new skill sets. For example, his next super-successful product was Real Fast Book which teaches folks how to write, publish and profit from a book real fast. In fact, you can learn his number one secret for fast book writing free by clicking here.

Thereafter, he created a number of other products under the “Real Fast” brand including –Real Fast Book Marketing (with John Kremer), Real Fast Book Distribution (with Elaine Wilkes),Real Fast Affiliate ProfitsReal Fast Webinars (with Tom Antion), Real Fast DVD (with Mike Stewart) and Real Fast Traffic Plan.

Along the way Daniel has kept a very active speaking schedule sharing the stage with folks like Brian Tracy, Mark Victor Hansen, Tom Antion, Beverly DeAngelis and many others at events all over the country. He has also continued to speak internationally as an enrichment speaker for Celebrity Cruise Lines “Beyond the Podium” program and Royal Caribbean Cruise Linesenrichment program.

Peering into a Glass of Belle Epoque with Perrier Jouët Champagne Cellarmaster Hervé Deschamps


One of the most delightful drives from Paris is north to the Champagne region. It’s worth spending a few days meandering from town to town, especially starting with the bubbling centers of Reims and Epernay and then villages in between to visit both chateaux and petits maisons to taste and discover.

One of the most spectacular visits is to Maison Belle Epoque, the historic ‘home” for the Perrier-Jouët family (est. 1811) filled with Art Nouveau architectural accents and art treasures. What makes a visit even more special is uncorking a bottle of Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque, one of Champagne’s most venerable brands.

Maison Belle Epoque

Maison Belle Epoque

We speak with Perrier Jouët‘s Chef de Cave and Cellarmaster Hervé Deschamps about the brand’s history and styles, the renovation of Maison Belle Epoque and Perrier-Jouët’s significant commitment to the arts on The Connected Table LIVE! November 18, 2pm EST on W4CY and podcast to and the iHeart App.

Herve Deschamps, Cellarmaster, Champagne Perrier-Jouet

Hervé Deschamps, Cellarmaster, Champagne Perrier-Jouët

Born in the Champagne region and schooled in Dijon, Hervé  has worked Perrier-Jouët since 1983 and has been Cellarmaster since 1993. He is only the 7th person to hold that title in the 200+ year history of the house. In fact, for the first time the doors of Maison Belle Epoque are not “open” to all guests through a virtual tour of its historic cellars.

To work with these iconic wines one must keep a sense of preserving the legacy while working to improve the brand at the same time, a delicate balance of philosophy and wine making that does not come easily. In fact it was 12 years before Hervé was able to put his own stamp on one of the wines he made, his first blend coming in 1995 with that vintage’s release of Belle Epoque, a distinctive champagne so well known for the Art Nouveau style Flower Bottle.


Belle Epoque Blanc 2007 shows one of the distinctive floral designs on the bottles that distinguishes Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Champagne

Belle Epoque Blanc 2007 shows one of the distinctive floral designs on the bottles that distinguishes Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Champagne

Tune in November 18, 2pmEST to hear from Hervé Deschamps and connect to learn more:  Twitter@perrier-jouet  Facebook/perrier-jouet  Instagram/perrer-jouet


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