Happy Friday, All!

In pursuit of happiness, I would like to T.G.I.F.!

Do any of you remember the movie, “In Pursuit of Happyness”? It starred Will Smith and essentially was about a man who believed in himself through tremendous odds, and “made good of himself”! Did any of you like the movie? I did. Now that is not to say that we have to like what another person likes or anything. It is also not to say that what YOU may like is superior to what anyone else may like. For me, the movie was about a person who believed in himself. I have never worked in a stock market in any aspect mainly because I don’t like that kind of pressure and I am not so good with numbers … yep, that’s me! Now, I can usually wrap my head around maintaining a budget, for the most part, but investment and figuring out how to maximize my profit margin is not my forte, though sometimes, I wish it were!

Well, being a New Yorker from birth living in South Florida, I’ve had to “wrap me head around” a few things since I’ve been here. Made some mistakes, had some misfortune and even made some “not so good” decisions. Now, just to balance things out, I have made some pretty good decisions and try to make a positive difference today in spite of some of my shortcomings. Of course, I know that, for example, when I write these e-mails, there may be those who don’t like or believe nor agree with what I may say or suggest. Yet, I continue on my journey and hope I am reaching some, jogging others memories and just plain old “laying my cards on the table” … and I thank you all for your support as well as welcome your suggestions. I may not take all of your suggestions and you may not give me any indeed. But I still try to make a difference in a positive way. And, again … I thank each of you for that opportunity … believe that!

I have a friend who has a “necklace” type ornament hanging in her car from the rear view mirror. It says, “Believe”. I could stop this e-mail here and ask each of you to ponder that word and what it means in your life because it is a powerful word. Now, I am not on this Earth to judge anyone but have had people judge me before, even in courtrooms, and, in some peoples minds or unofficial courtrooms. I have had people say, “Well, you went to Princeton! Why didn’t you make more of yourself?!” I can look at that person and find lots of faults in their character and their lives while they may have more money and imagined power than I do. Yet, that is NOT something I focus on today, thank God … I focus on believing in myself, and …. humanity …. and our ability to overcome evil, as it lurks EVERYWHERE, with love!

Have a great weekend!


John I. Cook, Director
Educational Excellence
PS – Just want to tip my hat to the MIAMI HEAT, the winners of this year’s NBA Championship!

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