Colin Powell’s “Rules to Live By”

Colin Powell’s “Rules to Live By”
1. It ain’t as bad as you think. It will get better in the morning.
2. Get mad, then get over it.
3. Avoid having your ego so close to your position that, when your position fails, your ego fails with it.
4. It can be done!
5. Be careful what you choose. You may get it.
6. Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.
7. You can’t make someone else’s choices. You shouldn’t let someone else make yours.
8. Check small things.
9. Share credit.
10. Remain calm. Be kind.
11. Have a vision. Be demanding.
12. Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.
13. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.

Do not go gentle into that good night

Do not go gentle into that good night

Dylan Thomas, 1914 – 1953

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Journey To Israel

Journey to Israel
Israel – Day Two
Israel – Day 3
Israel – Day 4
Israel – Day 5
Israel – Day 6
Israel – Day 7
Israel – Day 8
Israel – Day 9
Israel – Day 10
Israel – Final Day

Israel – Final Day

Since we were supposed to be in s flight that left at 11am today, which was canceled, we instead had breakfast and spent one final time down by the beach. We took in some sun and spent an amazing hour basking in the cool beautiful Mediterranean.

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Amazingly, the beach was completely packed since it was shabbat. People were playing volleyball, kids were swimming in the water, couples and families were having lunch in the restaurants in the boardwalk.

As I was waking back to the hotel, I noticed hundreds of others dancing and singing in the boardwalk. That was wonderful!

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After killing some time in our hotel lobby, we decided to take the hotel shuttle to an area of Tel Aviv called Sarona. My dad was amazed because it used to be an army base before WWII. We shared since pizza and walked a bit. Again, it was truly spectacular to see so many people there! Kids playing on the great playground, and the laughing and smiling was everywhere.

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Sarona playground

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When we returned by cab from Sarona, we were fortunate enough to enjoy I’ve final Israeli sunset. I couldn’t stop taking pictures!!

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When Yakov (Jacob) picked us up from the airport, he stopped on the way and his two twin daughters (my distant cousins and Ron and Tom’s sisters) meet us for some coffee. The joined the army 3 months ago for a two-year journey.

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We got to the airport 2.5 hours before our flight and spent a little time in the lounge before take-off.

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It was a beautiful trip, but all in all, I missed my kids and Stacey and look forward to going back to Israel with them in the next three years.

Thank you again Aba! I am grateful to have shared this journey with you.

Israel – Day 10

I got to spend more time with my dad today. After our breakfast in the hotel (I wasn’t even hungry, and frankly, kind of over the humongous offering of foods. I don’t even finish all I take; what a waste), we decided to go to the Dizingoff Shopping Mall.

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Once we arrived inside the mall, we walked out and decided to go to the street again. Today, they had a flea market set up and a lot of additional street vendors all along Dizingoff. It was nice, but unfortunately, there was absolutely nothing special to buy that couldn’t be purchased back home.

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Tying-up those laces, getting ready for the walk

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American flag inside an Israeli apartment

We stopped for a bite (grilled chicken, hummus, Israeli salad, fries/chips–what else is new?) to eat. Headed back to the hotel for some quiet time.

The sunset over the Mediterranean, again, was spectacular!

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Since tonight is our last night in Israel, and also happens to be Shabbat, we decided to have dinner in the hotel. They offer an amazing white table buffet (again, yes). Salmon, lox, spicy fish, meatballs, veal, stuffed chicken, 2 kinds of soup, everything) every kind of salad, all kinds of desserts, and most everything else you can imagine. I took it easy and was able to enjoy very little of several of the offerings. Shabbat shalom!

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Our last night in Israel. Shabbat shalom.

Unfortunately, when we returned to our room after dinner, we found out that our flight home was canceled and instead of leaving at 11am, we would now be leaving at 11pm. Hopefully, I can be home in time for Jonah’s 8th birthday party at noon on Sunday!