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Big Wheels Keep on Rollin...

Through rain, sleet, snow and every other weather condition we can name, trucks travel the highways and byways in an effort to deliver freight.  It is not always an easy job meeting those important deadlines and destinations.  Truck drivers spend up to 11 hours a day driving, and up to 14 hours a day engaged in various duties (including driving time) such as fueling, filling out paperwork, obtaining vehicle repairs and conducting mandatory vehicle inspections. Long-haul drivers often spend weeks away from home, spending their time off and sleeping at truck stops or rest areas. Driving is relatively dangerous work, as truck drivers account for 12 percent and the highest total number of all work-related deaths, and are five times more likely to die on the job than the average worker.

The importance of trucking is communicated by the industry adage: "If you bought it, a truck brought it”.  Retail stores, hospitals, gas stations, waste disposal, construction sites, banks, and even a clean water supply depends entirely upon trucks to distribute vital cargo. Before a product reaches store shelves, the raw materials and other stages of production materials that go into manufacturing any given product are moved by trucks.  

Over 80 percent of all communities in the US rely exclusively on trucks to deliver all of their fuel, clothing, medicine, and other consumer goods. The trucking industry employs 10 million people in jobs that relate directly to trucking.

 Truck Drivers keep our country running, quite simply, in every way. 

In 1983, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company launched “The North American Highway Hero Program to honor acts of valor performed by truck drivers. This program was created to “improve the public perception of responsible and heroic drivers from the trucking industry”.

“… The North American Highway Hero Program was launched by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company to locate, honor and publicize those truck drivers who clearly qualify for the rare label of ‘hero.’”

The four intrepid men nominated for the 30th North American Highway Hero Award placed themselves in harm’s way and took courageous action to save the lives of others. The winner of the Goodyear Tires event, Kevin Harte, was announced on March 21 during the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. He received a plaque, a special Highway Hero ring and $5,000, according to TireReview.com. The three other finalists received a plaque and cash award. The nominees were:

Chad Dickey – Wadena, Minn., Tony’s Transfer

One night while driving near Chattanooga, Tenn., Dickey encountered the debris of an 18-wheeler strewn across the highway. He stopped his truck and investigated the scene with his flashlight. The beam illuminated the tracks that lead to a nearby ditch. A truck driver, Lewis Boyd, was strapped to the 18-wheeler’s seat with a massive laceration in his leg. Suffering from rapid blood loss and passing in and out of consciousness, Boyd was kept alert due to Dickey’s actions. Dickey mitigated the bleeding by applying a tourniquet to Boyd’s leg for 30 minutes until rescue personnel arrived on scene. Boyd was subsequently airlifted to a local hospital, where he remained for more than a month to recuperate from his injuries.

David Williams – Angier, N.C., Schneider National

During a rainstorm in Wilmington, N.C., Williams happened upon a disabled car facing oncoming traffic. He set safety cones around the car and directed traffic away from the site. A pickup truck suddenly approached him at an unsafe velocity. Williams leapt from the speeding pickup’s trajectory and narrowly missed being hit. The pickup struck the back of Williams’ rig and combusted. Williams pulled the truck’s passenger from the fiery wreck while the driver escaped. He then assisted to extinguish the pickup’s flames.

Christopher Burgess – Ravenna, Ohio, Independent

Burgess was driving down a steep hill in Akron, Ohio when, after picking up 15 tons of sand when the truck’s brakes failed. Struggling to remain in control of the vehicle, which was speeding toward a busy intersection at approximately 50 miles per hour, Burgess flailed his arms and honked the truck’s horn. He adeptly steered though the intersection, avoiding all automobiles and pedestrians. Burgess maneuvered between two occupied buildings and drove toward bushes and trees. After his vehicle struck the tree, it dropped into the river below. Burgess did not survive the accident.

Winner: Jason Harte – Rogers, Ark., Sammons Trucking Driver

As Harte drove down a Wyoming interstate, he witnessed a pickup truck push a minivan off the road which then struck another car and pushed it onto the highway median. After dialing 911, Harte rescued a trapped man, woman and their six-month-old baby from the van. To rescue the three other children from within the van, Harte utilized his past EMT experience. He pulled out the most accessible child, and then began performing first aid on the second child from the van’s back hatch. He rescued the third child by pulling apart seats and cutting seatbelts. Even after rescue crews arrived, Harte tending to the victims’ injuries until ambulances hauled them away.

Goodyear Commercial Tire Systems director of marketing, Gary Medalis, commented on Jason Harte’s heroic deed, as stated on GoodYearTruckTires.com. “Jason’s decision to offer assistance is a powerful example of the selflessness exhibited by professional truck drivers. Because of his actions, lives, in all probability, were saved. For this, Jason has earned the right to be called a hero.” http://blog.meezer.com/car-talk/highway-hero-2013-honoring-valorous-truck-drivers

 Just a recent as this week, we have witnessed truck drivers in Atlanta, GA assisting stranded motorists just as they did here in Texas during the ice storm.  Not only do these hardworking individuals help keep our economy moving, many are truly angels in disguise. 

If you know a trucker, or just happen to meet one, tell them thank you, for the depths of their sacrifices and acts of service to us may go largely unacknowledged. They are TRULY the wheels that keep us all MOVING FORWARD.

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

 

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Melt Down?

“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.” 
― Dr. Seuss

 Today is the first Monday of 2014.  Sometimes, a meltdown is inevitable...

 But it does look better with a smile...

 

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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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"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?

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    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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A State of Mind...

A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results. ~Wade Boggs

 

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A Story of Hope...A Story of Courage...

                                                    It's a story of hope.

It's a story of courage.

It's the story of one man beating the odds and making it to the top.

David believes that there's a little bit of Rocky in all of us. He believes that in each one of us resides the spirit and the passion to triumph and be the champion of our own lives!

David was never homeless himself, but he grew up in a home where food was scarce and he experienced hunger first hand. This has given him a tremendous compassion for the homeless and their daily struggles to find food to eat. So on a wing and a prayer, and with a 1985 Econoline Van, he started the Soup Mobile in 2003. In that first year the Soup Mobile served 5,000 meals. Today it serves more than 200,000 meals per year.

For many years David has had a fulfilling career in the field of insurance where he specialized in pension organization. David Timothy (a.k.a. the SoupMan) founded The Soup Mobile in 2003. His vision was to start a traditional soup kitchen where the homeless could come to eat. However, after assessing the needs of our homeless population, David realized that a mobile soup kitchen would be more effective. Because the homeless have limited access to transportation, the SoupMan and his fabulous Soup Team serve meals to them where they gather.

And, today, 10 years later, this is what David Timothy’s dream and vision has become:

August 2003 — The SoupMan (a.k.a, David Timothy) starts the Soup Mobile with 'Soup 1' a 1985 Ford Econoline Van with more than 250,000 miles on it. 5,000 meals are served in our first year.

2004 — The Soup Mobile serves more than 35,000 meals.

December 2005 — The Soup Team puts up 100 homeless men and women at the downtown Dallas Hyatt Regency Hotel for Christmas, in an event that is now known as 'Celebrate Jesus'.

2006 — More than 75,000 hot, nutritious meals are served to the homeless in Dallas by the SoupMan and his army of volunteers.

2008 — More than 125,000 meals served by the Soup Mobile, thanks to partnerships with other agencies such as the North Texas Food Bank.

October 2009 — Soup Mobile Village Grand Opening! The first home (a men's group home) is opened with news cameras from WFAA Channel 8 and front page coverage in the Dallas Morning News.

December 2009 — At the 5th Anniversary of the Celebrate Jesus event, 500 homeless men and women are treated to a MAGICAL Christmas. Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert serves as Chief server at the formal banquet (serving the homeless). Over 1,500 volunteers registered to help at this annual event.

2010 — With the help and support of our fabulous Soup Team over 200,000 meals are served to the homeless on Dallas' South side.

April 2010 — A Carrollton couple makes a donation to purchase our second Soup Mobile Village home, a women's group home.

July 2010 — Grand Opening of home #3 in Soup Mobile Village - a family home!

November 2010 — The SoupMan is named Executive Director of the Year by the Center for Nonprofit Management!

December 2010 — December 2010 — Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert is Chief Maitre' D at the 6th Annual Celebrate Jesus event. 500 homeless guests are entertained by the world renowned Vocal Majority Chorus, as part of their night's stay at the downtown Dallas Hyatt Regency Hotel. December 24th is officially proclaimed “Soup Mobile Day” in Dallas, TX.

April 2011 — Soup Mobile Village Homes 4 and 5 opened.

October 2011 — Soup Mobile hosts "Jesus, Basketball, & the Homeless" event, with basketball demonstrations from Dallas Christian College, basketball shot competitions among the homeless, prizes from Williams Chicken, and music from the Men of Nehemiah.

November 2011 — Inaugural meeting of 'Souper 100' - a group of 100 ladies on fire for Christ and dedicated to supporting the missions of the Soup Mobile.

December 2011 — Mayor Mike Rawlings continues the tradition of serving as Chief Maitre'D at Soup Mobile’s 7th Annual Celebrate Jesus event.

Spring 2012 — Soup Mobile Village Homes 6 and 7 opened.

September 2012 — Soup Mobile Thrift Store Grand Opening.

December 2013 — Soup Mobile celebrates its 8th Annual Celebrate Jesus event at the spectacular downtown Omni Hotel. Our entertainment was provided by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet.

Thank you, Mr. SoupMan for becoming a living example that a vision – a dream can come true.  What an inspiration.

 http://www.soupmobile.org/

 david

 

 

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"Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you greater than any obstacle."

"Believe in yourself and all that you are.
Know that there is something inside you greater than any obstacle."
-Christian D. Larson

The Dallas Marathon was scheduled to run on December 8.  Due to inclement weather, the event was cancelled for the first time since its inception 27 years ago. Our teammate, Stan, worked tirelessly to fulfill his dream to run the marathon. He spent 23 weeks in training, focused on his goal, determined to see it to fruition.  Following is an excerpt from Stan’s writings on his journey toward the race: 

“The first few weeks of standard training started at 9 miles and worked up to 13 miles. Weeks 5 -12, the training was directed toward speed and hills with the long run on Saturdays increasing to 13 – 17 miles with a focus on repetitive hill runs. Weeks 13-19, the focus turns to distance. At this point, all mid-week and long runs on Saturdays are spent focusing on increasing our strength to handle the long runs.  Our weekend runs are now up to 23 miles every other weekend, with a 15 mile run in between.   For the final weeks, 20-23 maintenance is the goal.  At this point, there are no longer organized Monday and Wednesday runs, although there is one more 23 mile run.  At this point, we see our mileage decrease to preserve our legs for the final main event – the marathon.”

When the event was cancelled, Stan did not hang up his running shoes.  In fact, he packed his bags and headed toward College Station, TX where he ran in the BCS Marathon. Not only did he reach his goal, he has now set forth new ones.

For someone who has admitted that he does not love long distance running, he has now set a new goal to run an ultra-marathon in 2015.  What an inspiration.  Somehow, it would not surprise us to see our entire team “on the run” in the future.

We are so proud of Stan and the example he has set forth for all of us.  Way to go!!!

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A BIG Run...

"In running, it doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say 'I have finished.' There is a lot of satisfaction in that”
 -Sam Mussabini

Sunday, December 8, is the 2013 Dallas Marathon, and one of our great team members will be participating.  The dedication it takes to prepare for this race is truly inspiring on every level. Dedication, perseverance, determination, self-control, are only a few of the character traits necessary to set such a lofty goal and run for it.  Olympic gold medalist, Shannon Miller said “Other people may not have high expectations of me, but I have high expectations for myself.”

The Dallas Marathon (formerly the Dallas White Rock Marathon) is a marathon that has taken place in December in Dallas, Texas since 1971. An official time from the Dallas Marathon can be used to qualify for the Boston Marathon. The course is both hilly and flat involving running through downtown Dallas as well as the area surrounding White Rock Lake. In recent years, it has included the Mayor's 5K race, a five person relay, and a half-marathon in addition to the traditional marathon race. The main beneficiary of the race is Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

Along with the Houston Marathon and the Austin Marathon, the Dallas Marathon forms the first leg of the Marathons of Texas, a series of winter marathons held approximately one month apart from each other from December through February in Texas.

We will be cheering our teammate on, not only because he is running in a race, but more so for the example of dedication and determination he has set before us.  When he crosses the finish line, it will be the completion of a goal that has required relentless training and hard work. Way to go, Stan!  You are an inspiration.

Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up.

It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed.

Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up.

It knows that it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve.

It doesn't matter whether you're a lion or a gazelle

When the sun comes up you'd better be running.

             (But, unless you're a runner, you won't understand.)    

  "author unknown"

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                                                       Photo: G.J. McCarthy/Staff Photographer

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Become Inspiration...

“Being others-focused instead of self-focused changes your worldview. Living in a selfless manner and seeking to help others enriches our very existence on a daily basis. Get your hands dirty once in a while by serving in a capacity that is lower than your position or station in life. This keeps you tethered to the real world and grounded to reality, which should make it harder to be prideful and forget where you came from.”  - Miles Anthony Smith

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