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What is the difference between “Honesty” and “Integrity”?

Can we get your feedback on this question?

In the month of August, Hometown Auto completed its first full year of operation. As it is true for most small businesses, we are here to exchange a service for a profit and to use that profit, first to support our families and second to advance the causes to which we are committed as individuals.

So, what does “Honesty” and “Integrity” have to do with all this?

We think the answer is… “everything”!

We don’t know what your definition of these words may be, but to us the right way to conduct business is with honesty and integrity. Now, these words are often used to describe a business. But what is their real meaning, when used in the context of a business description? Are they being used to attract customers and to make them believe that the exchange of [...]

I Have a Dream

Must I do something?

No, sorry, I will not be writing about the famous speech by Dr. Martin Luther King. I’ll be writing about something more personal today.

It’s well known to my friends that I am a fan of ABBA. They have a beautiful song titled “I Have a Dream”, and every time I listen to it I cannot help but to start dreaming. I’m sure many of you out there have heard it, but here is a link, just in case you haven’t or if you want to listen to it again:

If you pay close attention to the lyrics, you will see how beautiful the message is. So, let me expand on that for a little while today.

A week ago Monday (July 17th) was my 47th wedding anniversary and, although my wife and I don’t make a big public deal out of anniversaries, each anniversary is very important to us and we express to [...]



In a previous article I mentioned the importance of “situational awareness”. And I thought that “awareness” is a good subject to write about as we start this New Year. It’s a good subject to expand on because your level of awareness will determine many things in your life. As I’m sure we are all looking forward to a year of better opportunities, better relationships, better health, and essentially a better life, we must do something to bring it about. Because it’s not going to just happen to us, as if fallen from the sky. Things will happen because someone does something, and that is a fact. Now, some may say that this is not always true, and I agree. We cannot control natural disasters or accidents (to a certain extent), but on the other hand, we can exercise control over our reaction to those things that we have no control over and, therefore, we can [...]

Living in Joyful Expectation

A wonderful time of the year!

As I have mentioned before, “ATTITUDE” and “INTENTION” are very important. Our outlook in life and our happiness are very much linked to the way we see things and how we see ourselves in relation to our fellow man, our environment, and to the rest of the world.

Since attitude and intention are expressions that require our decision, which is something we have full control of, the exercise of this control is what gives us the “power of choice” to be happy, optimistic, angry, or negative. And so, given the choice, which will you have? Personally, I prefer happiness and optimism. How about you?

The month of December brings about the expectations that go with the Christmas Season and with the New Year. This is the time we renew our hopes and make resolutions for a new beginning or another opportunity to better ourselves. So why not make this a metaphor for our life. Let’s [...]

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” – Maya Angelou

The act of giving or sharing is a very personal one. Some give out of guilt, obligation, convenience, or none of the above. Among these, I prefer “none of the above”. In fact, it’s been said that “in this world there are two kinds of people – givers and takers”. However, the fact is that every time that there is a “giving” there is also a “taking”.

So just like there are different reasons for giving – different emotions attached to the act of giving – there are similarly different emotions attached to the act of taking or accepting. A gift can be accepted with an attitude of entitlement, indifference, or gratefulness.

Therefore, giving and receiving are like the two faces of the same coin. They cannot be separated. What can be separated, however, is the attitude or the feeling or emotion [...]

I am your greatest helper or your heaviest burden.
I will push you onward or drag you down into failure.
I am completely at your command.

Half of the things you do you might Justas well turn over to me,
And I will be able to do them quickly and correctly.

I am easily managed, just merely be firm with me.
Show me exactly how you want something done and,
After a few lessons, I will do it automatically.

I am the servant of all great people; and, alas, of all failures as well.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.

I am not a machine, though I work with all the precision of a machine,
Plus the intelligence of a human being.

You may run me for a profit or turn me for ruin – it makes no difference to me.

Take me, train me, and [...]

From my past experience as an Air Force aviator I can tell you that the most valuable instrument in an airplane is the “Attitude Indicator”. And, as it turns out, this is also the most valuable instrument for us as human beings, as I will attempt to explain here.

In clear weather you can fly “by the seat of the pants” and reference the attitude indicator just to refine your flight. However, when you have no outside references, as it happens during bad weather or at night, the attitude indicator becomes invaluable to keeping you alive. The instrument will tell if you are flying straight and level or if you are climbing, diving, or banking to one side or the other. Many aviators have died because they did not pay attention to their attitude indicator, particularly when engrossed with a flight emergency or something else. But in other cases, paying attention to the attitude indicator [...]

Hi, folks. This blog at Hometown Auto, “Arnie’s Thoughts” is my first blog experience. And I am liking it! I have already written a few articles that you can check out here.

I like to read and write things that are positive and uplift my spirit; also I like to pursue things that teach me and help me improve my life. I prefer it instead of reading about gossip or all the other stuff that eats up your time and your mind. Stuff that teaches you nothing and that is designed to increase your stress level or to make you angry, frustrated, or to make you experience all kinds of other negative feelings that are designed only to set you up for “manipulation”. In addition to teaching you nothing, they essentially suck your life into a negative spiral. And the worst is that you have no control over those things that are pushed on you [...]

“God, my life is your gift to me. What I do with my life is my gift to you.”
Og Mandino

As I stand in front of the mirror each morning, getting ready for work, I am often reminded of this quote, and I use it to set the tone for my day. As I go about my business of getting ready, I think to myself how blessed I am to enjoy a capable body that allows me to do the physical things I must do, a clear and open mind that allows me to think, discern, and make right choices, and a soul that is spiritually connected to my Creator, my environment, and my fellow human beings.

So, daily I have the chance to be grateful for all my blessings and to make a conscious choice as to how my day will be, no matter what happens. Because the important thing is not [...]

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