Thanks to John Moser for inviting me to his new restaurant,
Flat Iron Philly, located at 26 East Oregon Ave in Philadelphia, PA.
Me, Tony Luke, and Dean having a great time!
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With all of the negativity in the media lately, I think it’s a great time for all of us to take a breath of fresh air and get back to our core values. There’s no question that there is an inescapable void of moral standards in today’s society, which is why there is no better time than now to take inventory in ourselves, discover the things that hold great significance to us, and give back to the world.
Personal values give us structure and a foundation to follow. They are always changing. Your values from five years ago may not reflect your values today, and that’s okay. We should use them as a way to improve and reflect on ourselves.
Values also come in handy in decision-making. The things that you believe in will undoubtedly help you to make the right decisions on this road called life. It’s quite simple. If I encounter something that makes me uncomfortable and interferes with my values or threatens to compromise them, it’s a wrong decision.
My values include:
- Health. If I don’t have my health, then nothing else matters. Take care of yourself first so you’re able to fulfill the rest of your values for others.
- Love and Happiness. I’m not talking about an intimate relationship. I’m talking about loving in general. Loving people. Loving everything in life. Loving the cards you’ve been dealt. Share that love and happiness with others with a smile, a kind word, a hug, all without judgment.
- Family. There is nothing greater in life than having a loving support system around you. Build a family that is strong enough to hold you up when you’re down and vise versa. Give to them and ask nothing in return.
- Relationships/Friendships. The beauty in relationships and friendships alike is that we have the ability to choose the people to compliment our lives. Choose the right people for you. Surround yourself with people whose values reflect and compliment yours. Can your relationships use some improvement? Ask YOURSELF how YOU can improve your relationship.
To better help you define your values, think about what’s important to you RIGHT NOW. Whether you value your career, spirituality, friendships, financial stability, among thousands of other things, allow these values to guide you down the right path. Maybe today your family is your number one priority, but tomorrow it may be your career. Maybe your values from a few years ago are no longer of service to you; get some new ones! Whatever it is, don’t stop looking for it. Your values define the questions, but only you have the answers.
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I went to Hahnemann University Hospital five months ago to meet with Dr. Terry Heiman-Patterson and visit some patients that had been diagnosed with ALS. It was heartbreaking. How can you go from being a completely healthy, functioning individual and progress to a state of total incapacitation in a matter of months? You literally lose everything.
The only time we really heard of ALS awareness prior to the Ice Bucket Challenge in our community was the Phillies Phestival, held annually to raise money specifically to “strike out ALS.” This year’s event was held in May, and in the months following (like so many years before), ALS would fall to the wayside. People would go about their lives, forgetting all about it until the next Phillies Phestival would be scheduled.
But, oh, how the universe works in mysterious ways. Along come a couple of individuals that dedicate themselves to raising awareness for this debilitating disease by dumping a bucket of ice water over their heads and challenging their family members and friends to do the same.
A ripple effect is born. Then the videos go viral, and not only do those people’s friends and family start dumping buckets of ice water on their heads, but athletes and celebrities take on the cause. And in the meantime, in the background of all of this chaos and the social media frenzy, the donations come pouring in; more than the ALS Foundation has ever seen before.
If you didn’t know about ALS before, it would be impossible not to know now. You can’t go five minutes a day without hearing about it! This campaign has emerged and branched out in massive, national proportions, and will probably be marked as one of the most successful awareness and fundraising events for a disease or cause in history.
And as a follow up to my last article about being grateful for what we have, I can’t stress enough how lucky we are to be healthy, to be able to walk, talk, eat, laugh, and enjoy ourselves. Right now, I have the ability to describe to you my feelings and emotions, because in the blink of an eye, all of that can be taken away.
I wasn’t aware that only 30,000 people in the country are currently diagnosed with this disease. I wasn’t aware that the disease could take your life anywhere within 6 months to 5 years. It’s an aggressive, nasty disease that completely robs you of quality of life. But now, we know.
Appreciate all you have, because the awareness that the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has brought to the forefront of our minds on a national level cannot be ignored.
In time, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge will fade away, but as a community, we have a responsibility to keep this cause in the forefront of our minds, and not let it fade into the background to become just another “internet sensation.”
I, Bernie Parent, challenge YOU to join me in keeping ALS awareness alive on a community level. Let’s bring support to OUR homefront and help the ALS Hope Foundation, located right here in Philadelphia, PA, reach their goals for those suffering with ALS in our very own backyard.
I’m calling out ALL Philadelphia athletes (present and alumni), sports fans and corporations alike to walk with me at the 7th Annual Hope Walks for ALS at 12 p.m. on Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at Valley Forge Military Academy, 1001 Eagles Road, Wayne, PA 19087.
Our goal is to raise $100,000, but personally, I think we can exceed that. The first 500 individuals at the registration table that day will receive a free hard cover copy of my book, Journey Through Risk and Fear.
Whether you’d like to walk with me for a small donation of $25, or donate on a corporate level with sponsorships, visit www.alshopefoundation.org TODAY!
Let’s see how many saves we can make as a community in the City of Brotherly Love!
Click here to register for the event.
Had a great time with my friends from Fox 29
at Zumba class in Wildwood, NJ this morning!
Happy Labor Day Weekend!
START YOUR LABOR DAY WEEKEND OFF WITH A LEGEND!
For the past 2 summers, Gateway 26 and I partnered to bring a unique opportunity for hockey fans of all ages on the Wildwood boardwalk, and we will end the summer season on Labor Day Weekend 2014. We have established a fan meet-and-greet, with the opportunity to purchase autographed copies of my book, “Unmasked”, exclusive, autographed photos, and autographs on items of your choice. First and foremost, we want to thank the loyal fans for joining us the past couple summers, making the experience each week a huge success!
I’ll be making a special appearance at Gateway 26 on Saturday, August 30th, 2014!
Gateway 26 is located at 26th Street and Boardwalk in Wildwood, New Jersey.
Autograph with photo opportunity: $20.00
Enjoy your last weekend of the summer in The Wildwoods!