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CIRCUMSTANCES

By Wally Amos

How many times have you known people who succumb to their circumstances? Too old, too young, not enough of this, too much of that. People often speak of being under the circumstances. They need to get on top of the circumstances. Recently, on a flight from Dallas/Ft. Worth to John F. Kennedy, I had the pleasure of meeting a flight attendant who did just that.

Mindy was married for 28 years when without any notice, her husband left her. She was devastated, to say the least! However, she wasted no time feeling sorry for herself. She began flying again one year after her husband left her. She had two angioplasty surgeries plus a stent and went back to work full-time three months after surgery! She said her hardest hurdle was to relocate twice in different cities but with God’s help she made the most of circumstances. Mindy is a great example of our ability to get on top of circumstances. It’s not just in Mindy; it’s in every one of us.

I have just finished reading, Touch The Top of The World: A Blind Man’s Journey to Climb Farther Then The Eye Can See, by Erik Weihenmayer. Erik had problems with his sight as a very young child. However, Erik never accepted the limitations of being blind, nor did his parents. He insisted on living his life by his rules, not the limitations of others. True there were several times when Erik’s stubbornness nearly cost him his life, however, he learned from each experience and made the necessary adjustments in his attitude as he progressed.

Because of Erik’s determination to climb farther than the eye can see, he succeeded in climbing the seven tallest mountains in the world and in the process became a reminder to us all that limitations only exist in our minds.

What limiting thoughts are you allowing to prevent you from living life to the fullest? If Mindy and Erik can go beyond their fears and doubts so can you. Remember these words by Leonardo da Vinci as you expand your vision and climb the mountains in your life, “Obstacles cannot crush me; every obstacle yields to stern resolve.”

Wally Amos lives in Lanikai. Amos is best known as the creator of the “Famous Amos” brand of chocolate chip cookie. In Kailua, Wally and Christine Amos have opened a retail store at 609 Kailua Road in Kailua for “Chip & Cookie,” the literacy dolls, home-made cookies and family reading programs they created.

Visit http://www.chipandcookie.com.

"Be Positive. Be Positive"

By WALLY AMOS

ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING

Many people through the years have commented to me that being famous makes it easy for me to have a positive attitude. I explain that I am famous because of my positive attitude.

It is easy to have a positive attitude when your health is good. I have daily challenges like everyone else; however, my life is far from a struggle. What inspires me are people with life threatening illnesses, or those who must live with a crippling illness that will never get better, and they maintain a positive attitude regardless.

My friend, Peggy Chun, who is 58, is such a person. Peggy is a very famous artist in Hawaii who has had ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, for over two years. Her mind functions perfectly, however, she is totally paralyzed and must depend on 46 volunteers around the clock for her every need. When she could no longer paint with her right hand she taught herself to paint with her left hand. When she lost movement in her left hand she painted with the brush in her mouth. When she could no longer move her head she instructed friends which way to move her head. She refuses to quit.
Peggy’s attitude is, “I am living with ALS, not dying from ALS.”

She teaches all of us to be positive in your head even if your body is not working and she does it with joy. That’s a positive attitude!

I recently read a story in the “L.A. Times” of a couple, Stuart and Rebecca; he’s quadriplegic, she’s paraplegic, who are parents of infant twin boys. When people ask them how they will raise their boys, they respond, “Just like you do.” They feel sorry for people with negative comments. Even though they will never cuddle their boys, they look for other ways to make their boys feel loved. In what looks like a helpless situation, they continually focus on the positive.

These are just two reasons, in a sea of thousands, for us who are healthy to be positive.

Wally Amos lives in Lanikai. Amos is best known as the creator of the “Famous Amos” brand of chocolate chip cookie. In Kailua, Wally and Christine Amos have opened a retail store at 609 Kailua Road in Kailua for “Chip & Cookie,” the literacy dolls, home-made cookies and family reading programs they created. Visit http://www.chipandcookie.com.

14 Reasons to Visit Oahu


By Carson Tien


Oahu is among the most visited places in Hawaii. It has great number of things which makes it a superb place to visit. People simply wait for a small reason to visit this stunning place. It has lots of things to offer to the tourists. Some of the reasons why you should visit this place are as follows: Oahu is among the most visited places in Hawaii. It has great number of things which makes it a superb place to visit. People simply wait for a small reason to visit this stunning place. It has lots of things to offer to the tourists. Some of the reasons why you should visit this place are as follows:

1. Oahu is blessed with great temperature which offers the best atmosphere for any outing or a visit. Loads of people get attracted to this place because of its superb and most apt temperature for a holiday. If they come here, then why not you!

2. Oahu Island is actually the heart of the Hawaii’s art and cultural scene. This place celebrates the true cultures of Hawaiian Island through dance, theatre, music and fine arts. If you are greatly interested in knowing the culture and heritage of Hawaii, then you should heed towards Oahu.


3. Oahu Island is the best location for holding wedding and other big auspicious days.

4. People who wish to spend some great time with his lady love or looking for a place for honeymooning, then you should visit Oahu. It gives you the best location to get intimate with your love and create some memorable moments.


5. Oahu offers some of the adventure sports to the guests. A person who is very adventurous and wishes to experience a thrilling time, then Oahu is waiting for you.

6. Oahu has some of the best and amazing beaches for the visitors. If you are longing to take a break from the tiring life of the city, then move towards Oahu as the azure water and calm atmosphere will surely give you some soothing moment.


7. If you are water sports lover and want to experience some of the best diving, snorkelling, surfing, etc activities, then Oahu offers you the best locations for the same.

8. Oahu has great attractions like museums and other local art galleries. This is a main reason to visit this place.


9. While you travel to any place, the main thing that concerns you is the accommodation. But Oahu has all types of accommodation ranging from high class hotels to very cheap motels which suits all budgets.

10. Oahu has some finest restaurants that serve amazing sea food dishes. It has superb restaurants which offer stunning sceneries which increases the fun even greater.

11. Oahu has very cool and classy cafes which are really very famous in Hawaiian State. These cafes offer infinite range of light dishes which are of A Standard.

12. Oahu has some of the best super markets and bargain markets which offer the best Hawaiian outfits and other traditional decoration stuffs. If you are fond of bargaining, the Oahu is the best place for you.


13. Hawaii Theatre which is in Oahu is a very famous place which has been showcasing the art of Hawaii since a decade.

14. The last reason as to why you should visit Oahu is that the Aloha spirit and the lively atmosphere is simple amazing and is a hotspot amid the tourist.

Oahu is truly a heaven for the people who wish to spend some time amid nature and its beauty!

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August 2013
Aloha!