Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Power of 20

Lt. Col. Frank Dailey unexpectedly found himself on the receiving end of an act of kindness from an 8- year-old boy named Myles Eckert after leaving a Cracker Barrel one afternoon.

Little Myles spotted a 20-dollar bill on the ground and decided to pay it forward to the soldier. Attached was the following note:

"Dear Soldier — my dad was a soldier. He's in heaven now. I found 20 dollars in the parking lot when we got here. We like to pay it forward in my family. It's your lucky day! Thank you for your service. Myles Eckert, a gold star kid."

Myles’ father, Army Sgt. Andy Eckert, was killed in Iraq just weeks after Myles was born.

Lt. Col. Dailey was so inspired by Myles’ kind act, he shared the story via email which in turn was shared more than half a million times on social media.

This momentum led Myles to found The Power of 20, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping other charities and families facing obstacles, nationwide. Most recently The Power of 20 spearheaded an effort to provide a dying soldier his final wish of attending a Green Bay Packer playoff game.

Do you feel inspired by this story to pay it forward?  Share some of your money with the less privileged.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Most Retweeted Tweet

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, the first passenger on Elon Musk’s planned rocket flight around the moon, has posted the most retweeted message in Twitter’s 13-year-history. 

Maezawa wrote in Japanese on 5 January that his online fashion retailer, Zozotown, had recorded incredible sales, and to celebrate he said that he would “present one million yen ($9,200) in cash to 100 people to make a total of 100 million yen". Maezawa added that he would contact the winners via direct message after the 7 January deadline. 

The tweet has since been retweeted more than four million times, beating the previous records set by a Nevada teenager’s 2017 campaign to secure a year’s supply of chicken nuggets and Ellen DeGeneres’s celebrity selfie at the 2014 Oscars. 

It was a good move to up his follower count, as well. The number of people following Maezawa’s account went from about 500,000 at the end of last week to more than 4.5 million by Monday lunchtime, according to the Japan Times.

Elephant and Dog story

An elephant and a dog got pregnant at the same time. Three months later the dog gave birth to 6 puppies. Six months later the dog was pregnant again, and nine months later she gave birth to another dozen puppies. And so that pattern continued. 

In the eighteenth months the dog approaches the elephant to question her, "Are you sure you are pregnant? We were pregnant at the same time, I have given birth 3 times to a dozen puppies and they are already adult dogs and you are still pregnant, what's the matter? " 

The elephant replied, "There is something I want you to understand. I am an elephant, not a puppy. I only give birth to one in two years, when my baby touches the earth, the earth will feel him. 

When my baby crosses a street, humans will stop to see with admiration. So what I have is powerful and great. "

Do not lose faith when you see others receiving their gratifications soon. Do not feel envious if you have not received your own blessings. 

Do not despair, say to yourself "My time is coming and when it comes, people will be admired".