For The Health of It

10 Mar

The most important component of our lives today is our health. Let’s face it.   If you can’t get up and walk around with a decent quality of life, it really does not matter what type of car, clothes or home you may have.  Because good health allows you to enjoy it to the fullest.  But why have we let this very crucial part of our lives get out of control.  America is the land of plenty.  We have been blessed with the best of everything, freedom, and opportunity to earn a good living and abundance beyond the world’s comprehension .  But we have gotten lazy and complacent to our own detriment.

Today our weight has been an issue that all of us must address and address it now!  Obesity and morbid obesity is epidemic!  You want proof?  Get in your car and take a drive to the local shopping mall and find a good vantage point and observe.  The waist lines have disappeared, people can barely walk and some are using motorized carts to shop.   Those in the carts aren’t injured, just too fat to walk.  And the majority of these people are young, many less than 30 years of age. 

Twenty years ago, no state had an obesity rate above 15 per cent.  Today over 38 states have rates over 25 per cent and just one has a rate less than 20 per cent.  Today, the state with the lowest obesity rate would have been the highest in 1995.

Most people who know me understand that I am a large person.  I have spent the majority of my life exercising and watching my diet.  Exercise is a very important part of my life.  If I don’t work out, my mental and physical profile deteriorates.  We need to urge our educational leaders to make physical education mandatory for all public schools.  We stress academics, but if our students are suffering from hypertension and diabetes, they will not be good workers on the job.

Nutrition should be another component of our recovery.  Most of us are over fed and under nourished.   There are too many empty calories in our diets.  Empty foods like soda should be taxed at an extremely high rate to discourage consumption.   Restaurants must reduce portion sizes.  Nutrition training should also be a part of the curriculum in all grade schools.  Videos like the ones the State Police used to show about drunk driving, should be shown depicting the results of a poor diet and exercise lifestyle.  We must get the point across to all of our young people.   Because if we don’t, the consequences will be unbearable.

 

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Uncle John

7 Mar

I grew up in a small coal mining town in north central West Virginia called Barrackville.  I grew up in the part of the town called “the camp.”  It was also referred to as #7 which had sister mines  near Farmington, WV named #8 and #9.  The houses in this community were two-story duplexes.  My mother still lives in the house where I was raised.  She’s been living in the same house for over 60 years.

Enough about the camp.  I want to talk about a very special person who lived there.  His name was John Walton, “Uncle John.”  Uncle John was born in a coal mining camp in Maben, Alabama.  Uncle John worked at a mine there he called “Bessies.”  He was my grandmother’s brother.  Uncle John did not have any children.  My father, Jesse Smith, who was called “Jinx”, seemed to be his surrogate son and I was perhaps his surrogate grandson.   Uncle John worked at Bethlehem Mine #41 at Barrackville and did retire from there.

John Walton lived a simple life.  He never had a driver’s license, married literally the first woman he dated and remained married to her for over 40 years until her death in 1980.  He lived in the same home on Chestnut Street  for over 50 years. Uncle John was a quiet Christian man who loved to hunt.  He was especially fond of hunting rabbits, squirrels and grondhogs.  He trained his own hunting dogs and took great pride in their training and care.   Gardening was also one of his hobbies as was hiking in the woods picking blackberries and elderberries.

One characteristic I will never forget was his neatness.  From his clothing to his home and garden everything seemed to be in order.  Uncle John was even neat when he worked in the garden.  His pants and shirts were always pressed and neat.   He stopped by our house every Sunday morning  before church and he looked like a movie star.  I am sure he would have a difficult time understanding how people dress today.  Most of all, Uncle John had great wisdom.  He always shared his thoughts on the topics of the day with me.  He always taught me to do the right thing and have love and compassion for my neighbors.  He would always analyse how people in the community were behaving and would make predictions on what would eventually happen to those persons.  Not long after telling me these things, he ask me had I seen or heard about a neighbors plight.  Then he would chuckle, ” they had it coming.”

My question to my readers today is,”What do you have coming?”  What is your relationship with your neighbor and family?  Do you have peace in your community? In your home?   We all need to spend some time on our personal development.  I have found that my work in network marketing is not about selling and adding distributors, but it’s a journey of personal development.  I am fortunate to being mentored by a dynamic couple in my upline.  They are my leaders in Organo Gold.  Their guidance has been instrumental in my growth thus far.  If you don’t have a mentor, find one.  Just like the wisdom from Uncle John, you too need a good dose of advise and discipline from someone your elder, be it age or experience in your field of endeavor.   If you want to know more about my journey, go to http://www.jessebville.wordpress.com.

Facing Retirement

3 Mar

All of us face the prospect of retirement whether we are just starting out or nearing the years after middle age.  Retirement will be here before you know it.   It can be a scarey time, especially if we know we have not made ample preparations for that inevitable day.  It is sad to say that the statistics show that most of us will fall into the following categories:

Out of 100 people who start working at the age 25, by age 65:

   1% are wealthy

   4% have adequate capital saved for retirement

   3% are still working

  63% are dependent on Social Security, friends, relatives or charity.

 29% are deceased

Those who fall into the 63% are of great concern.  Today, about 11,960 baby boomers are retiring daily.  If 63% of those babyboomer have no significant savings for retirement, our country is in trouble.  Besides, Social Security is underfunded and may fail in the future.  What can one do?  First, I advise all young people to begin a savings program.  Get with a professional who specializes in investments and savings.  Develop a plan to take care of your future.  Pay yourself first and be disciplined.  Those who are older and don’t have a plan.  Get a plan together as soon as possible.  You don’t have a lot of time and it is important to start immediately.

All us of have another problem.  Many of us don’t make adequate money in the first place to live the life we dream about.   Sixty-one per cent of American “always or usually” live paycheck to paycheck and 50% of Americans have less than $2000 saved for retirement.   One solution is to develop another stream of income.   Many of us have a “day job” but we need another stream.  This income stream really needs to be passive. That is, we don’t have to do all of the work.  This stream of income will come in through our efforts and the efforts of others.  A recommended method is through network marketing which will give one a chance to develop residual income.  I put it this way.  “The store is still open when you aren’t there.” The upfront investment is not large, usually from $200-$1000, with an opportunity to earn thousands per year. 

I am a network marketer with Organo Gold.  Organo Gold is taking advantage of the boom in the coffee market.  Success has clues.  McDonalds now has McCafe, Dunkin’ Donuts change their donut logo to a coffee cup and Subway is now open for breakfast to sell coffee.  We all know about Starbucks.  Organo Gold is offering you an opportunity to own your own coffee franchise that you can work from home.  You can set your own hours and build your own team.  Please give me a call immediately to take advantage of this opportunity (678-464-5113).  I don’t want you to end up in that 63% that depends on Social Security, friends, family or charity.  http://www.jessega.organogold.com

 

The #1 Income Momentum Opportunity in the World!

16 Feb

The #1 Income Momentum Opportunity in the World today is Organo Gold.  Organo Gold was founded in 2008 and has grown to a $150 million company in 2011 with a reachable goal of $300 million in 2012.   I considered several direct sales opportunities during the last two years, but never found one with the potential of Organo Gold.  Besides there are many in this company earning five-figure monthly incomes in a matter of months.

Coffee is the most traded commodity besides oil in the world.  In Canada and the United States alone there are 255 million coffee drinkers consuming over 500 million cups of coffee every day.  Organo Gold also has the only patented gano derma infused organic coffee in the world which makes this coffee a truly healthy coffee.

I also looked around and saw all the companies that are taking advantage of this recession proof item called coffee.  MacDonald’s now has McCafe’, Subway serves breakfast to sell more coffee, Dunkin Donuts’ trademark now has a cup of coffee on it and we all know about Starbucks.  Organo Gold is positioned perfectly and is now experiencing massive growth.

The next thing is money.  Organo Gold’s compensation plan is second to none.  I can get paid seven ways.  The company just started the OG Benz club which will allow those who reach certain levels in the company to drive a Mercedes-Benz on the company’s dollars.  Organo Gold wants to become the largest Mercedes customer in the world.  If you want to know more about Organo Gold  follow this link: http://jessega.organogold.com.   Change your Coffee and Change your Life!

JINX

10 Feb

I have been hearing a lot about the state of the United States economy.  Most of the news is not good.  The unemployment rate is hovering around 8.5% with certain demographic segments of the country suffering with much higher numbers.  The outcry has been to develop more jobs and bring back many of the jobs that have been sent to foreign lands. 

First let’s look at the jobs that have left.  Many of those jobs are manufacturing which at one time made up a majority of the high paying blue collar jobs in America.  We had better understand from this day on one thing. “Those jobs are not coming back.”   Some of those jobs have been made obsolete by technology and the increased productivity of the current workers.

Next, many of the lost jobs are now entrenched in foreign lands and they are not coming back to America.  Unless the Federal government can give enough incentives to companies to bring those jobs back which may include lower corporate taxes, those jobs are lost forever.  Another contributing factor is that Americans have lost their competitive edge.  We are lagging behind in education and training.  Also the Federal government needs to get out of the way by not over regulating.  We need to let the American ingenuity and creativity come to the forefront to raise us up to where we once stood in the world economy.

You may wonder why this post is entitled, “Jinx.”  Well, let’s get to that.  Jinx was my father, formally named Jesse Smith.  Your next question may be, what does he have to do with jobs and the American economy?  He had everything to do with it.  My father was a coal miner from the 1950’s until his retirement in the mid 1980’s.   He had his first coal mining job in Carolina, WV at a Bethlehem Mines Corporation site.  I remember him telling me that at that time they were still hand loading coal.  He eventually went to work at Bethlehem Mine #41 at Barrackville where he and I both were raised.  He worked there until the late 60’s and went to Loveridge Mine in Fairview, WV.  Locals refer to the area where this mine was located as Sugar Run.  He worked there until retirement and while  there studied and received his Mine Foremen’s Certification. 

My father did what many Americans today must do.  He became an entrepreneur.  My father did not have a lot of education.  But what he did have was a very strong body and a willing mind.  He worked harder than any man I have ever known.  He always kept an old pick-up truck and some tools.  He would haul old furniture away, help people move their residences and  perform any other manual labor job to make extra money on the side. At one time he even had a garbage service and charged his customers $1 per month.  My friends and I worked with him and he did not even have to pay us.  He would stop us at a local ice cream shop after the route was completed.  I have unstopped sanitary sewers with him, patch roofs, built block walls, removed trees and even hauled chicken manure for use on vegetable gardens.  Jinx did whatever it took to make it.  He epitomized the old saying, ‘an honest days work for an honest days pay”.  All us of must go back to this hard work ethic that was demonstrated by our forefathers.  Many of the corporate jobs will not come back, but we all can find something we can do on our own to sustain us and our families. 

 

 

Organo Gold

4 Feb

I have my own beverage company with Organo Gold International. I serve as a conduit to bring the riches of the earth to the people of the earth. With 3 organic coffee products, black, latte, and mocha plus green tea and hot chocolate, I have the market cornered with a healthy alternative to an otherwise unhealthy habit.  Our coffee bean is the same rich and robust arabica bean that many other coffee companies use. However, my product is infused with Ganoderma Luciderm from the Rishi mushroom. Every cup of coffee will help oxygenate your body, increase circulation, maintain your bodies PH while avoiding the “coffee jitters” and promote overall wellness. I don’t make any medical claims but Ganoderma is a 4,000 year old Chinese herb with known health benefits.  You can order and read more on my website at http://www.jessega.organogold.com. I respond to all messages and inquiries about how I can help others through my business.  Changing lives one cup at a time. 255 million people drink coffee daily in the U.S.. I offer a great tasting, healthier alternative. No acid, no caffeine.

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Today I wanted …

3 Feb

Today I wanted to continue with my background and life in Barrackville, WV, but I am continually bombarded and haunted by the rhetoric concerning the current President of the United States, Barack Obama.  I grew up in West Virginia during the 1950’s and 60’s when racial discrimination and segregation were still prevalent.  I lived over the railroad tracks, literally on the wrong side of town.  The railroad tracks and the bridge at Maple Point were the dividing line.  Blacks could not live south of the that point.  But things have changed.  But have they, really!

When I stepped into the voting booth in November 2008, I was so excited that I showed up at the voting precinct at least one hour before it opened.  This was the first time that I could vote for a black man for President of the United States and he had a real chance of winning.  I even took my daughter, Jessica, with me to let her know how important this was and the historical significance of this day.  I did not vote for only myself, but for my Father Jesse, my Grandmothers Nettie and Eloise, my aunt Alberta Walton and all of my past relatives too numerous to name.  That was a glorious day!

Even though Barack Obama was elected President of the United States of America, the rules of American Society have not changed. Yes, Barack Obama is the President of the United States of America, but some of the same rules apply today as they did during the days of my youth.  Face it, White people still run this country and people of color still march by most of their orders.  My father taught me from the beginning that a Black man must achieve at a higher standard than a white man to even be considered close to the level of the white man.  Barack Obama, to his own detriment, is an overachiever.  He rose to a level that very few white men will achieve.  Think about it!  He is at a level that only God Almighty himself could have gotten him.  And white people are mad, pissed, upset and ready to do whatever to get him out of office.  They must be thinking,” We just had these people in chains less than 200 years ago and now one of them is the President of the United States, the most powerful office in the World!  Sitting in the same seat as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and others!  The back rooms and board rooms of America have been poised since day one of the Obama Administration to oust him in any way possible.  They have called him names, accused him of not being a citizen of this country and now the so called Black leaders of this country are attacking him.  They are calling him on the carpet!  Does this sound like the 1850’s pitting one black against another?  President Obama has enough hate coming from the Conservative Right and now his own people are turning on him.  And the Tea Party. Any person of color near these folks should be ashamed.  Have we lost sight of where we came from.  Of course not! It took almost 400 years to get to the White House.  I am certain that it will take more than one term  to begin to turn around the many years of struggle our people have faced.  Let’s stand united behind Barack Obama.  I know that if any of the Conservative Right had faced what our President has faced during his 50 years, they would have given up.  I am proud of President Obama.  Speaking of being proud, I would love for my daughter to grow up and be a strong black woman like First Lady Michelle Obama.  If large numbers of our children would grow up to be like Barack and Michelle, we could turn this country upside down. Let’s stand together!  I know we can make it to the “Promised Land.”