Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Career's helping others

Perhaps you are interested in being a bright spot in someone's troubled day. Or you want to serve the public,  by doing acts of kindness as a volunteer, you can help people improve their lives or be there in times of crisis. However, it's nice to get paid for the work too. Here are some to consider if you would like to help others and also earn an income.


  1. If you want to help people transform their appearance and improve their confidence, you should consider a career in image consulting. Image consultants help others by advising them on clothing or makeup options using seasonal color analysis to match their skin tone. Also, they accompany their clients on shopping  to help them pick out the appropriate clothing and accessories. The average income for image consultants, based on U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, ranges from $50 to $500 per hour.
  2. Self-Enrichment Teacher

  3. Self-enrichment education teachers educate nondegree seeking students. They instruct adults, teenagers and children in photography, creative writing, dancing and other areas. If self-enrichment education teachers work for a company or an association, they may teach skills like finance, marketing or management. Salaries and education requirements vary depending on location.
  4. Trainer

  5. If you like physical fitness and, more importantly, you like to help others improve their quality of life or health,  then consider a career as a trainer. Fitness trainers and aerobic instructors organize and plan activities to help people lose weight. They may work in gyms or people's homes. They also show people how to properly exercise or train. Salaries and education requirements vary depending on location.
  6. PR Specialist

  7. Public relations (PR) specialists represent people or organizations, such as nonprofits. A PR specialist contacts the media or prepares press releases to so a client's message reaches its target audience. In addition, PR specialists conduct fundraisers to help social service organizations and other nonprofit organizations raise money. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, as of 2006, the median income for a public relations specialist was $47,350.
  8. Human Service Assistant

  9. Social and human service assistants are employed by agencies as other people's advocates. They help their clients receive public assistance by filling out paperwork or helping them with their household chores. They assess their clients' problems, then help fulfill their needs. Also, they may work in group homes or health care facilities. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, as of 2006, the median income for a human service assistant was $25,580.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Daddy's empty chair


 A man’s daughter had asked the local minister to come and pray with her father.

When the minister arrived, he found the man lying in bed with his head propped up on two pillows.

An empty chair sat beside the bed.

The minister assumed that the old fellow had been informed of his visit.

“I guess you were expecting me,” he said.

“No, who are you?” said the father.

The minister told him his name and then remarked,

“I saw the empty chair and I figured you knew I was going to show up,”

“Oh yeah, the chair,” said the bedridden man.

“Would you mind closing the door?”

Puzzled, the minister shut the door.

“I have never told anyone this, not even my daughter,” said the man.
“But all of my life I have never known how to pray.

At church I used to hear the pastor talk about prayer, but it went right over my head.”

“I abandoned any attempt at prayer,” the old man continued,

“Until one day four years ago, my best friend said to me, “Johnny, prayer is just a simple matter of having a conversation with Jesus.

Here is what I suggest.”

“Sit down in a chair; place an empty chair in front of you, and in faith see Jesus on the chair.

It’s not spooky because he promised, ‘I will be with you always’.

“Then just speak to him in the same way you’re doing with me right now.”

“So I tried it and I’ve liked it so much that I do it a couple of hours every day.

I’m careful though if my daughter see’s me talking to an empty chair,

She’d either have a nervous breakdown or send me off to the funny farm.”
The minister was deeply moved by the story and encouraged the old man to continue on the journey.

Then he prayed with him, anointed him with oil, and returned to the church.

Two nights later the daughter called to tell the minister that her daddy had died that afternoon.

“Did he die in peace?” he asked.

Yes, when I left the house about two o’clock, he called me over to his bedside,

Told me he loved me and kissed me on the cheek.

When I got back from the store an hour later, I found him dead.

But there was something strange about his death.  Apparently, just before Daddy died,

He leaned over and rested his head on the chair beside the bed.

“What do you make of that?”

The minister wiped a tear from his eye and said, “I wish we could all go like that.”

Prayer is one of the best free gifts we receive.
I asked God for water, He gave me an ocean.

I asked God for a flower, He gave me a garden.

I asked God for a friend, He gave me all of YOU…

If God brings you to it, He will bring you though it.

Happy moments, praise God.

Difficult moments, seek God.

Quiet moments, worship God.

Painful moments, trust God.

Every moment, thank God.

Career dreams

I have had the notion of creating an all inclusive physical rehab facility.  A place for those such as stroke victims, vets, accidents, nerve disorders, etc... An outpatient clinic composed of doctors, pharmacists, therapists, gym equipment, swimming pool, underwater treadmill, massage thereapists, perhaps insurance personnel.  While I don't like the term "disabled", as many who have been tagged by "society" or handicapable.  A place where such people can gather for support and comfort and receive services they require without having to run all over town wasting energy and natural resources.  I have been doing some research on this, need to locate and consult some people in each of those fields.  It has come to my attention that partnering with insurance companies may be a rather difficult challenge!! Raising capital for this campaign will take significant effort and creative idea's.  Some facilities such as this have began to sprout up around town and I will need a volunteer acting as such a person will be needed.

Please feel free to comment with idea's, suggestions, input.  Would love to hear from those in the field or know of contact's they would like to share!