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  •  in Jersey Village - Eternal Martial Arts - Slap me some skin

    Slap me some skin

    A number of years ago, a gaming company came out with the "Sims." The idea was that you could play these characters and simulate real life experiences. Along the way you could work a job, fall in love, and even clean your house. Admittedly, I've never played it. I'm sure that it's a great diversion and people really enjoy this. The thing that strikes me as funny though, is shouldn't they be busy doing this in their own lives? Nowadays gamers can choose which "skin" they'd like to wear. They can fantasize about actually being the character that's been created in these false digital worlds. I propose a de-emphasis on time spent gaming for today's youth. By reducing play time, they can spend ....

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  •  in Jersey Village - Eternal Martial Arts - Is your boss is stupid?

    Is your boss is stupid?

    Is your boss stupid? Maybe. Although I'm a boss, this is no defense of bosses. There are great bosses and terrible bosses, reliable and undependable, lazy and hardworking, smart and yes, the relatively stupid. Staff members think they know better than the boss, but often they really don't. What they're lacking isn't intelligence, it's perspective. When people see that the boss makes a poor decision, they're usually thinking one-dimensionally and in terms of direct consequences. However bosses have to take into account a number of factors that they don't feel (rightly and wrongly) that they should share with their employees. Similarly as parents, we have to make decisions for children ....

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  •  in Jersey Village - Eternal Martial Arts - Freedom?...well that's just some people talkin'

    Freedom?...well that's just some people talkin'

    There's a great line from the classic song "Desperado" by the Eagles: "And freedom, oh freedom, well that's just some people talkin'." The main character in the song is making the mistake of thinking that being alone and free will bring him the happiness he's seeking. Similarly, children think that having more autonomy will do the same for them. I'm all for giving children the freedom that they have earned, however some children should be watched very closely as they lack good sense or they're untrustworthy. Preparing them for adulthood should mean that privileges should be paired with responsibilities. When they've proven that they can handle adult things, they can be given additional ....

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  •  in Jersey Village - Eternal Martial Arts - Mild mannered

    Mild mannered

    Why is superman such an enduring superhero? There must be dozens of answers to this question, but undoubtedly he's a more interesting character due to the sharp contrast between his public persona and his private life, a.k.a.: Clark Kent. If your old enough, you may remember the classic intro to Superman: "Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, Superman! Disguised as a mild-mannered newspaper reporter Clark Kent..." Sometimes I use this example to teach children about the virtues of meekness. Clark Kent is such a gentle and simple person, that no one would ever suspect how powerful he really is. He neither boasts nor ....

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  •  in Jersey Village - Eternal Martial Arts - How sweet the sound!

    How sweet the sound!

    These days it seems that everyone is demanding their rights. People are complaining about what they're owed and what they didn't get. An undeserved sense of entitlement permeates our society and particularly the younger generations. All of this whining produces the sounds, reminiscent of little children who don't understand the meaning behind gift giving. What is the opposite of entitlement? Assuredly it's self sacrifice. During this time of year let's not forget who set the ultimate example in life and death; the reason we celebrate Christmas and not commercialism. God sent His only Son, Jesus, cloaked in human form to be a sacrifice for all people. The grace that we didn't deserve and ....

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  •  in Jersey Village - Eternal Martial Arts - A simple holiday message

    A simple holiday message

    Well said Carrie Underwood. "Today, let’s be positive. Let’s be NICE to each other. Let’s do something nice FOR someone else. Smile at a stranger. It’s the start of a new week! Today is precious! Don’t waste it! Sending love and cheer to you all!!!" # LoveWins Follow our Cypress-Jersey Village-Jones Rd blog: ....

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  •  in Jersey Village - Eternal Martial Arts - Not just hot air

    Not just hot air

    This morning I came to work only to be welcomed by an error message from my computer. It threatened that if I continued to use the computer with its defective fan, it would do irreparable harm to the CPU (everyone's dream problem). Immediately I took it in for service expecting to pay top dollar for a replacement fan and labor, and to go on days without it (if this story seems funny, one should know that its writer is mechanically inept). The service technician was so helpful and honest in diagnosing the problem, that instead of taking it in as an emergency, he recommended a $10 can of air. Now, he could have easily taken advantage of my naivete. I would have been willing to pay a ....

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  •  in Jersey Village - Eternal Martial Arts - Don't drink the Kool-Aid (soy sauce)

    Don't drink the Kool-Aid (soy sauce)

    In an effort to detoxify her body, an Illinois woman recently drank a liter of soy sauce in a YouTube trend that was simply a hoax. People are willing to believe anything that seems too good to be true or offers a quick fix to whatever problem they perceive they're having. I feel sorry for this real 39 year old woman, she is left brain dead and I pray it's a cautionary tale to young people everywhere: don't believe everything that you read/see. Instead, cling to the path that's difficult and arduous to find your best and lasting results. Children are too young and unwise not to fall for scams, tall tales, and stupid ideas. Solid and consistent parenting is the remedy. Follow our ....

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  •  in Jersey Village - Eternal Martial Arts - Humility can be taught

    Humility can be taught

    Over the past week it's been heartening to hear numerous stories and anecdotes about our 41st president. He lived a magnificent life: full, varied, and vibrant. When we hear from the people that knew him, the remembrances were always about his character and nature. Thousands of tributes have poured forth for this accomplished, yet gentle man. One person commented how President Bush grew up in a household where his mother wouldn't allow him to start a sentence with "I," so as to take the focus off of himself. Similarly, people of that builder or greatest generation were taught not to think of themselves first. Not to beat up on Millennials, but this generation is very well nicknamed the ....

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  •  in Jersey Village - Eternal Martial Arts - Don't ignore the quiet ones

    Don't ignore the quiet ones

    I held an event at our school on Saturday where there just happened to be three different babies in attendance. After two hours had passed I never heard a sound from any of them. When I held the door as the parents left, I said how good each of their babies were and that I never heard a peep. Then it dawned on me that their being quiet didn't equal their being good. So many times I think I (and surely others too) have fallen for the idea that children that don't make much noise or raise too much fuss are good, and vice-versa. As they say, "the squeaky wheel gets the grease." This is certainly true, but quiet children need our love and attention too. Sometimes they can fly under the radar ....

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