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“How can I be useful, of what service can I be?
There is something inside me, what can it be?

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From Therapeutic Horsemanship to Hospice Volunteers and everything in between, there are TONS of opportunities to step up to the plate and give.  As we determine what our missions will be in 2014, let's not limit ourselves.  Be open minded to change, explore new avenues and make a BIG difference in the community. 

Not sure where to start?  There are some great resources available to help us all match our gifts with the perfect volunteer opportunities- so check it out! 

     http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/index.jsp?r=msa&l=76670

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"Light Up the World" ~ Donate Life, 2014

Journeys of the Heart Float

 2013 Donate Life Float "Journeys of the Heart"
 Rose Bowl Parade

"The tradition of the Rose Parade is over a hundred years old in the city of Pasadena, California. On New Year's Day, floats decorated in flower petals, seeds, grasses and other plant matter are paraded down Route 66, also known as Colorado Boulevard. The floats represent cities around Southern California and various civic organizations and companies. The flower-laden vehicles are accompanied by the top marching bands and equestrian teams from around the country."

The Rose Parade

This event began as a promotional effort by Pasadena's distinguished Valley Hunt Club. In the winter of 1890, the club members brainstormed ways to promote the "Mediterranean of the West." They invited their former East Coast neighbors to a mid-winter holiday, where they could watch games such as chariot races, jousting, foot races, polo and tug-of-war under the warm California sun. The abundance of fresh flowers, even in the midst of winter, prompted the club to add another showcase for Pasadena's charm: a parade would precede the competition, where entrants would decorate their carriages with hundreds of blooms. The Tournament of Roses was born.

Donate Life

"In New York, people are buried in snow," announced Professor Charles F. Holder at a Club meeting. "Here our flowers are blooming and our oranges are about to bear. Let's hold a festival to tell the world about our paradise." Volunteers are putting the finishing touches on the Donate-Life float to be featured in next month’s Rose Bowl Parade.

“I want them to take away the honor of life.  You know, even in a tragic moment, you can find joy in life in knowing that you given part of your loved one to save someone else,” said Trina Rothermel of Bakersfield.

Rothermel’s three-year-old daughter, Jaidyn is among the 72 people being honored.  The toddler died two years ago drowning in a pool.

“I had a lot of questions.  I was asking a million questions of the people that wanted me to donate because it’s a bitter sweet time but in the end I know that we made the right choice, that Jayden would want us to give life to someone if it was all possible,” she said.

Jaidyn’s loved ones joined other families recently helping design the Donate-Life float.  It’s the 11th year the group has participated in the parade becoming the world’s most visible campaign to inspire others to become organ and tissue donors.

“When somebody passes away and they have that opportunity to be a donor, do you know what its like saving somebody’s life who have not been able to be at their daughter’s wedding or son’s graduation? And so that’s what we want people to take away, the uniqueness of being brought together,” said Lori Malkin, founder of JJ’s Legacy.

22 percent of people living in Kern County are registered donors and group’s like JJ’s Legacy is hoping to boost that number with awareness.

“It’s such a tragic situation anyway and then you have to make this decision with what you want to do with your loved one so that’s why I feel its so important to educate and bring the awareness and to be able to do this,” she said. - Carlos Correa

*The 2014 Donate Life Float is entitled "Light Up the World". A floragraph has been placed on this year's float in honor of the late Brody Fleming who saved lives through organ and tissue donation. Brody is the son of our leaders, Jim and Carrie.

 http://www.turnto23.com/news/local-news/donate-life-honors-kern-county-toddler-during-2014-rose-parade-121613
 http://www.tournamentofroses.com/History.aspx

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Not jumping the gun...just a quick sprint toward the "date"...

Did you know....

Until 1751, in England and Wales and all British dominions, the new year started on March 25.  January 1 took place in 1600 in Scotland. Since then, January 1 has been the first day of the year.

During the Middle Ages several days were randomly taken as the beginning of the calendar year, some in March, September, April and December.

In many countries, such as the Czech Republic, Italy, Spain and the UK, January 1 is a national holiday.

The Romans dedicated New Year's Day to Janus, the god of gates, doors, and beginnings for whom the first month of the year, January, is also named. After Julius Caesar reformed the calendar in 46 BC and was subsequently murdered, the Roman Senate voted to deify him on the 1st day January.

The Time Square New Year's Eve Ball came about as a result of a ban on fireworks. The first ball, in 1907, was an illuminated 700-pound iron and wood ball adorned with one hundred 25-watt light bulbs. Today, the round ball designed by Waterford Crystal, weighs 11,875-pounds, is 12 feet in diameter and is bedazzled with 2,668 Waterford crystals.

Due to wartime restrictions, the New Year's Eve ball was not lowered in 1942 and 1943.

In Colombia, Cuba and Puerto Rico, a life-sized male doll called "Mr. Old Year" who is dressed in clothes from each family member, is stuffed with bad memories of the outgoing year.  At midnight he is set on fire in a symbol of burning away the bad memories of the year. 

On New Year's Day, people in cities of the Northern Hemisphere who are close to bodies of water, gather on beaches and run into the water to celebrate the new year. In Canada, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the Netherlands this is very popular. These events are sometimes known as polar bear plunges and are sometimes organized by groups to raise money for charity

In Italy, people wear red underwear on New Year's Day as a symbol of good luck for the upcoming year.

A very interesting tradition takes place every year in Wales.  A foot race called the Nos Galan Race is conducted to honor the legendary life of Guto Nyth Bran. If you happen to wonder why, following is an excerpt from a poem about the legendary Mr. Bran:

"...One day he caught a hare as he rounded his sheep,
another time he caught a bird in flight, as if it were asleep.
Word soon spread of this talented lad
who could run to Pontypridd in the little time he had,
Before the kettle boiled, Or his breakfast was spoiled,
He'd be back at the farm, having gone 7 miles..."

And finally, New Year's traditions include eating and avoidance of certain foods.  Eating black-eyed peas, greens, ham or cabbage are thought to bring prosperity. On the other hand, food such as  lobsters, who move backwards mean bad luck as do chickens because they scratch in reverse. So....eat some peas, please?

http://kathdedon.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/black-eyed-peas.jpg

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guto_Nyth_Br%C3%A2n

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"Happiness cannot be traveled to..."

The" date" of Christmas has again passed and soon this little guy, along with many other holiday trinkets, will lose their place on the Christmas Tree, and "find themselves" soundly tucked away in tissue paper for another year.  Not to be repetitive, but this writer happens to agree with the words of Mary Ellen Chase, as mentioned in a previous post:   "Christmas, children, is not a date, it is a state of mind".   

We each have, within us, the ability to choose an attitude of giving thanks and experiencing joy and peace every day.  Denis Waitley expressed it best when he said  "Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned or worn.  It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude."

 In a few days, we will awaken to the "date" of a New Year, but if we believe that we can truly live every minute with love, grace and gratitude, we don't have to wait until a specific "date".  The time is now to live every minute.  Soon, and very soon, those common words "Happy New Year" will be heard around the world and,  while it is true that we wish our families, friends and customers a truly wonderful New Year, let us add the following wish: Take the "not so good", mix it with "the good" and find the perfect recipe for peace and joy in every situation, every day.

 

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Goal Diggers

There are 5 days remaining.  5 days to draft up resolutions, to determine what to stop, what to start -  where to begin?

res·o·lu·tion
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  1. 1.
    a firm decision to do or not to do something.
     
     

In 1997, a University of Washington study found that 47% of the 100 million Americans who set forth resolutions lost their zeal and abandoned their resolve in just two short months. A study by the University of Minnesota has found that in the last decade that 47% has grown to 80%.  That's right, 80% of us who resolve to change, grow and improve will fail.  Perhaps we've got it all wrong?  

The psychology of positive change is to grow, not to stop.  Is it possible that the finality of a resolution sets us up mentally to fail?  One of our core values at Electric Logistic Solutions is growth.  We believe that growth is essential to life.  Goals are key to growth, so this year we propose a BIG new solution to New Years "resolutions".  What if we resolve to not resolute, but rather resolve to set goals for growth?  

How can you grow?  What are your goals?  What are your aspirations?  What would you like to see come to fruition in your life?  When 2015 arrives, what goals do you want to have accompished in 2014? Who would you like to be? Where would you like to be?

Be a goal digger! Set forth your expectations and dig!  Experts have found that setting forth your goals in writing, along with forming an accountability circle through friends and family, is a great way to succeed.  There are 5 days to brainstorm, dream and do.  Do put it in writing.  Lacking inspiration?  Is your "vision" failing?  There are great websites like www.43things.com where you can read through goals by fellow "diggers" who are looking for positive change, and once you have your list, you can join in on the community of growth. 

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"The Gift of Life"

On Christmas Day, Our Company President, Jim Fleming,  honored his late son, Brody Fleming,  by visiting  the "2012 Wall of Donors" and "The Wall of Life" at Methodist Harris Hospital in Ft. Worth. He also expressed his appreciation and thanks to the staff of the Neuro ICU unit who worked valiantly in an effort to save Brody's life. The Wall of Life was dedicated in 2010 and the beautiful artwork was created by Rebecca Low.

"Wall of Life Dedication"  2010
Commission
In the collection of
Texas Health Harris Methodist
Hospital and LifeGift Organ
Donation Center

Fort Worth, Texas

 

Jim at the "2012 Wall of Donors"

Staff -  Bloxom Tower, 3rd Floor Neuro ICU

"Bridging the gap between grief and happiness" - organ and tissue donation.  For more information on giving life, as Brody Fleming did, read more about giving and receiving the gift of life.  http://www.lifegift.org/resources/files/Calendar_2013_LoRes.pdf

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Holiday Wishes

With the Holiday Season in full force, it is important to take a moment to stop, reflect and appreciate what we are, who we are and who we serve.   With that being said, from our Big Freight Family to you- our family of customers, friends and fans- we wish you the best of the holiday season. May the Holiday Season be a restful time surrounded by family, friends and loved ones, and in this, may you find peace and blessings.

With our appreciation, 

Your Big Freight Team

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Why Santa Needs to Rest All Year...

As a leader in the logistics industry, we can't help but think of the transportation aspects of Christmas and more specifically, the task Santa faces each holiday season.  Every day, we help many of our customers facing challenges meeting daily supply chain demands.  Can you imagine meeting the demands of millions of little children around the world, all in one night?  Here are some fun facts about the "logistics of being Santa":  

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/23/santas-travel-plans-_n_4481706.html

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Box it up on December 26...

Did you know that...

The day after Christmas is known as Boxing Day. The exact meaning of the term "boxing day" is unclear. There are several competing theories, none of which is clear in definition.The European tradition, which has long included giving money and other gifts to those who were needy and in service positions, has been dated to the Middle Ages, but the exact origin is unknown. It is believed to be in reference to the Alms Box placed in places of worship to collect donations to the poor. Also, it may come from a custom in the late Roman/early Christian era, wherein metal boxes placed outside churches were used to collect special offerings tied to the Feast of St. Stephen which in the Western Church falls on the same day as Boxing Day.

In Britain, it was a custom for tradesmen to collect "Christmas boxes" of money or presents on the first weekday after Christmas as thanks for good service throughout the year. This is mentioned in Samuel Pepys' diary entry for 19 December 1663 This custom is linked to an older English tradition: since they would have to wait on their masters on Christmas Day, the servants of the wealthy were allowed the next day to visit their families. The employers would give each servant a box to take home containing gifts and bonuses, and maybe sometimes leftover food.

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxing_day

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A Toast To Us!

This last Friday, our team got together at Capital Grille to celebrate the Holidays and raise a glass to each other.  We had a wonderful Christmas party complete with a naughty or nice Christmas gift exchange.  Needless to say, laughs were shared by all!  We recapped our year, our progress as a company, expressed our gratitude for each other and our excitement for the future.  It was a perfect celebration, big freight style!  

 

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