Saturday, December 27, 2008

Closing Thoughts of 2008

Current mood: awake

Christmas is over, and what did you get? Did you get everything you ever wanted? Are you disappointed because someone forgot about you? Are you sad because you miss someone? Did you get to hug everyone in your family? Kiss your wife; husband; boyfriend; girlfriend under the mistletoe?? Did you take the opportunities you had to show someone how much you loved them?

There is so much going on in the world now, that I think we get caught up in these tiny little details and we forget to look at the big picture. I thank God for my Mom, brothers Jason & Scooter, and my sister Savannah; My Grandparents that are still alive, and have done so much for me in my life.

This year I have met some pretty outstanding people, I have developed strong relationships with them; and this year I am vowing to cut out those who are dead weight. Those who drag me down, and I strongly suggest, people, if you have someone in your life who's like that, you do the same.

This coming year, we inaugurate a new president into office, and for someone who's kept up with me in years, know that's a heavy change. I know I've been thru Carter, Regan, Bush, Clinton, Bush 2, and now, in my life time I'm seeing history in the making; as we are electing our first black President. I'm sharing this experience with my Grandparents, my Grandfather, who as a Federal Agent for the US Government was still persecuted because he was Indian. One of the most prejudicial men I know, who has seen so much in his 86 years he's been on this earth, who grew up with the absolution that there will never be anyone but a white man in the white house. It's time to break barriers people, cut the ropes, loose the sand bags, because if we're gonna fly, we can only take only what is essential to us! Those who are going to lift us up, pick us up when we fall, and pick us up at the airport when we come home. And when they need a ride, these people who do this for us, these are the people we throw over our shoulder and haul them to higher ground when they go down.

People who keep throwing themselves over the cliff, if you keep pulling them out, they're never going to learn, they're going to keep throwing themselves over the edge because they know you're going to pick them up. It's time to leave them down there, folks, and walk away. Yes, I know, it's going to be the hardest thing for us to watch and see, however, if we don't; if we continue to cast the line to these people, or in my case climb down there and get 'em ourselves, then we are only hindering them. These are the times of change people; if we want our world to change, then it is up to us as individuals to change it!

There's no such thing as a free hand out, there's no such thing as winning the lottery for us, there is no such thing as a sugar mama or sugar daddy (and for those of you who have one, and are under the thumb because of it); it's time to step out in faith; and believe that with CHRIST that is in us, we can do all things! We can tell that Mountain "Be thy removed, and cast unto the sea!" We can make our house payment, we can get to work on time, we can make new friends, we can stand on our own two feet, I can drive that car, I can climb that mountain, I can jump in that swimming pool, I can ride that bike, I can walk outside my house, I can walk away from that abusive relationship, I can get out of debt, I can learn how to dance, I… CAN!!!

It's going to take that first step people, it's going to take that faith in yourself to believe that if you want to do it, you can. Thomas Edison said once, commenting on the creation of the light bulb "I have not failed, I've just found a thousand ways that didn't work. Well, chalk that failure up as discoveries, and as Walt Disney said - "Keep Moving Forward!" There's a world of things to see out there people, and you have a whole lifetime to see them. Are you going to wait for an opportune moment, or you gonna get out there and see it!?

You ask me, what lit a fire under me today, well; I had an opportunity yesterday to drastically alter my path ahead, and I didn't take it. As my room mate told me "I B!+@HED out." I went home yesterday, mad! Mad at myself; and I told myself, if that opportunity ever comes up again, I'm not going to think, I'm just gonna take it! No questions, Just take it… I'm never going to accomplish what I want to by sitting on the sidelines, I've come this far haven't I? As Andy Dufrane said in the movie "the Shawshank Redemption" to his pal Red in the letter he wrote him, "Why not go a little further." All you need is your guts, and a bus ticket, and guess what, you've got the guts in ya, and you can pick up a bus ticket downtown!

Imagine if we lived out lives this way, imagine if we found our courage, imagine the places it would take us. I think half the adventure in life, for some of us, is finding our courage. Iris, I give my props to you and Mia! You took an extraordinary leap of faith not knowing what was going to lie ahead, and you went for it. My Hats off to you guys, you're my hero!

It's time to step out people, it's time to change, it's time to paint the walls a different color, it's time to change your phone number, it's time to try sushi, it's time to put your foot down and say "I'm not going to take this shit any more! It's time…

So, this year folks, get out there and make the change! 2009 is around the corner, I don't want to see any of ya'll's ugly Mug's in my office because you have nothing to do; I wanna see post cards on my desk with you swinging from the Eiffel tower with your shirt off, or Skateboarding across the Great Wall of China! You don't have a stamp, get one, if you cant afford one, get a job, if you can't work, do something good for someone else, and ask them for one, but get out there!!!

And I promise, I'll do the same.

God Speed to you in 2009, and may your adventures be wild.

Michael D. Chavez, CMC
Currently listening:
Burnin Love
By Elvis Presley

Friday, October 10, 2008

Some People Part II

YOu know, people are funny. They see this soft, push over on the outside, and never take the time to know the real me. People think they can rattle my cage by turning their head, or making a sudden move that would adversely affect my day to day operation; however, they fail to realize that I have been around the block a few times already.

Do people really expect to rock my boat? Do they expect me to curl up and throw in the towel? My God, do they not know how big My God is? Do they not know how long I have been doing this? Do they not know that they are not the first person to ever try what they're doing?

I get a big kick when they come back and say, Oh, I'm sorry, can I get my Job back, or I need money, or I didn't realize how much of a wonderful man you were. You try to help a friend out, and what do they do, they just wind up disappointing you with their decisions, throwing responsibility to the wind on what you've given them.

My brother and I were talking about the Lottery today. He said "Imagine if one of us won the lottery." Then he said "Imagine if YOU won the lottery!" And he continued, "Can you imagine how many people would start calling you? All kinds of people would come out of the woodwork!"

It was funny, this week, we ran an add in the paper, advertising a job opening that we had open. Some people sent us emails with their resumes as instructed, some people event sent emails saying "tell me about the job first." and I had this one guy that called and left a message on my voicmail in my office and in the typical 'movida' fashion, he said "Yo Chief, this is xxxx, I see you have a position open, call me and give me some details on it, lets talk." I deleted the voicemail and continuted about my business. If someone wants a job that badly, they can come down and talk to me face to face and fill out an application like the instructions in the add said, right? Well, that was my thinking any way.

I have some really great people around me to watch over me, and I thank them for that. These people have seen me in action; takeing the bullet for the greater good of the team; and have seen me at the high and low points. I have great friends who call me just to say "Hi" without a hidden adjenda of "I need to get something from him." And they know how to be a friend.

My suggestion folks, if you have someone like that, Call them, just to say "Hi." Ask how they're doing, and leave it at that. People who have as much on their plate as I do, really appreciate that.

You know my brother calls me at 5:30 in the morning on saturday, just to say hi. He know's its my one God Given Day to sleep in, and he knows it pisses me off, but he at least he does it out of love.! (By the way folks, if you ain't on the list to be able to call me at 5:30 in the morning on saturday, dont even bother, my phone wont ring. :o)

Anyway, thats it for now. I really appreciate my readers, apparently I do have some fans, because my blog count on my blog manager shows how many people read my stuff. I also have countless subscribers, interesting, for only hae a 100 or so friends.

Ya'll take care. Until next time!


Thursday, October 2, 2008

Some People

Thursday, October 02, 2008
Category: Life
You know, we all have our experiences in being rude to people, and me, for the most part, when someone is rude to me, I take it to light that someone may have just had a bad day, come from a bad experience, or simply I'm reading their expressions the wrong way. I still maintain an unqualified belief that people in this world are still good.

Yet, I have come across individuals, that just have no good in them. People that, you would ask yourself, how can someone be that mean, or treat anyone like that. These people wander aimlessly from friend to friend asking "why are people so mean to me." "I don't deserve to be treated this way." I pray for these people; because they have no concept of anyone else in this world except for themselves. These people have no real friends to speak of. No real solid relationships they can hold on to; they just bounce from person to person, get what they can, and resolve into thin air.

I had the recent pleasure of coming across a person like this; and for those of ya'll who know me best; know my intentions. I gave benefit after benefit of the doubt with one particular person. I Understood their problems, took them in when they needed a shoulder, and encouraged them when they needed a friend. I invited them into my home, and into my life; and prayed for them every day. I let them know that there are good people out there who care.

I realized that there is no hope for people like this. As much as you give, there is nothing that can change that person until they wish and put effort into changing their own way of thinking. I still believe that there is good in this world, and I have some very close friends who are true and genuine - Good looking, and ugly as sin, all with a good heart to prove that.

Many times I'm judged by my appearance, maybe it's my fat head, or my bad eye, my glasses, or my size 40 pants, I'm still judged by the way I look rather than who I am as a person. This experience as given me a lesson like none other. I wish I could even begin to explain it.

Past behavior, does however, predict future actions. If anything, remember that motto. I think there are only very few special cases where that has been disproven. Those cases I have seen, the hand of God has performed Miracles to change a life around for the Good. How do you know when that Miracle has taken place??? Well, the only suggestion I can make is look into a person's eyes, but pay attention to their behavior. If their behavior are not in sync with what their eyes tell you, then recognize the clue, and walk away. If they are, stay close, you are in the presence of a miracle.

Well, This is my Rant for the month. I know I haven't posted anything up for a few months, so, I figured I'd give my new keyboard a spin and give ya'll something to chew on.

Just to answer a few questions:

Yes, I'm still single

Yes, that was me in the Magazine

Gramps is fine

Savannah (sister is well)

The Twin's are both due sometime in November

Burbank was great, but glad to be home. (nothing like a sopapilla)

And I'm still working on my cruise vacation for the year. (I'll keep ya'll posted =o)

Everyone take care, I pray blessings on your lives, Jesus is Good!, and God Bless.

Michael D. Chavez, CMC

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The May Update, Tractors Slot Machines, and the Lovelife!

Well, in the grand tradition of blogging, I might as well give ya'll an update. I'm sure some of ya'll heard about my Grandpa's tractor accident. Off the bat, he's doing fine now, with all for limbs attached. It was touch and go for a minute there, but at the end of the day, his "luck" truly paid off. We all know he's the luckiest man alive, and if there were ever proof of it, seeing what we saw last Wednesday was all the proof we needed.

For those of you who don't know, My grandpa was attempting to remove one of the implements from the tractor when his arm got caught between a support bar and the apparatus; and came within less of inch of severing his arm, completely. It took folks from the Isleta EMS, Fire Dept, and other Tribal workers to come out and free him up, and get him to UNMH. My grandpa says the yard was just full of cars and people by the time he was freed up and taken to the ambulance. To hear him tell the story, with all the dramatics, trauma, and bravery will bring a tear to your eye, but then again, he's tough. At 86, he's a tough old man. All he lost as a chunk of muscle and skin, but other wise doing well, and resting comfortably in front of a slot machine as I type. (I just talked to Grandma, she just took him to the casino =o)

As for me, other than a horrible dating life, I'm doing just dandy. I'm always busy at work. Those of you who call me, you always find me here. I had 3 days off this past weekend, and I spent one of them here at work. I did get some Guitar Hero in over the weekend at my brother's house though. As for work; I have a countdown clock on my computer here, it currently reads : 40 Days 13 Hours 40 Minutes 37 Seconds before Bowling is finally over.

The Family is doing great, my brother got remarried to a wonderful girl, My mom got divorced, and now recently met a really nice guy. He seems cool to me; has his own money, his own house, and his own stuff. Someone I see not "mooching" off of her. I don't know what I would do if I had someone like that. I think she lucked out. My 2 sister in laws are now pregnant, so we will be adding to the Christmas list this year.

The house is doing great. (That's the biggest question I get). I haven't done much with it, as I haven't been home, however, I do have a goal is painting the living room sometime soon. Just need to decide on the paint.

Anyway, I think that'll be it for now, I've burned up enough company time on this. =o) Ya'll take care, swing by and say Hi! I know I'm always busy, but I do enjoy it, and I count my self lucky to have friends that do. Still at the Convention Center, July 5th will be a 2 year mark (unbelievable huh?).

Ya'll take care.

2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

(Just wanted to throw that out there! Yes, I still have somewhat of a sound mind, although debatable at times. =o)

Friday, March 14, 2008

March Update...

Friday, March 14, 2008

March Update...
Category: Blogging
Good Day Ladies and Gents!

Greetings from Albuquerque. It’s been a rough couple of months. The United States Bowling Congress started their tournament on Feb 16th and has kept my crew and I at full speed; testing the limits of our wits and patience. I just had my senior staff over for dinner last night to unwind and kick back, and relax for a change. I cooked of course, and made them Fajitas, then Gloria forgot the Avacados to make the Guacamole, however we managed.

We’re pretty busy at work. I’d sit here and tell you about some of the stuff we deal with, however, I’d fill up a whole page on what we did yesterday alone! The biggest challange yesterday was catching kids who were starting fires in trashcan’s out and about downtown! Yes, our job is pretty crazy...

I think I have a day off coming up on sunday. Ya’ll don’t rush me at once, ya here! I plan on sleeping in! It’s pretty bad when the best thing you look forward to on your day off is getting time to get a haircut, but I’m pretty excited. =o) I feel kinda bad that I haven’t been able to spend time with a lot of folks lately. Kim managed to drag me out for a night on the town a few weeks back; I had to hit the redbull just to stay awake for it. Her and her friends were a blast to hang out with.

I dont even think I’ve seen my sister in about 3 weeks. If it wasn’t for myspace, I probably would have forgotten what she looks like! Lets put it this way, you know you’re busy when the best way for your mama to get ahold of you is to send you a text message... That’s pretty darn busy.

To all the church folk... My salvation is still in tact. I know that’s a big question for ya’ll. I’m doing well. P.D. called me last night to touch base. I guess I’ll be seeing you all later on in the year for a conference ya’ll are hosting at my work.

My house is still doing great. Been here now 6 months, and waking up to the faint sound of church bells are so refreshing in the morning. Like the farm, i hardly hear fire engines, police cars, or anything like that... I think it’s because I’m tucked away a little bit.

Anyway. ya’ll know how to get a hold of me. (email, or a drive by, Dee know’s how it’s done... =o)

Let me know how ya’ll are doing. take care, and remember, Opportunities are on the rise - just take hold of ’em.

Take care.