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HUMAN KINDNESS DAY
Ben Carson 1951
Take the Risk: In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take
Dr. Carson explains that he could not operate in a field that requires cracking people’s heads open or operating on something as delicate as the spinal cord unless he was comfortable taking risks. He has many years of experience weighing risks and applies his Best/Worst Analysis by asking himself the following four questions:
- What is the best thing that can happen if I do this?
- What is the worst thing that can happen if I do this?
- What is the best thing that can happen if I don’t do it?
- What is the worst thing that can happen if I don’t do it?
*What have you been putting off because you weren’t sure if you should do it or not? Today is the day. Apply Ben Carson’s Best/Worst analysis to what you want to do.
Lance Armstrong 1971
Human Growth Hormone (HGH): Another naturally occurring hormone, HGH is used by athletes to promote muscle growth and recovery. According to Larry Bowers, the science director of the USADA, there were no available tests for HGH at the time of Armstrong’s first retirement in 2005, so if Armstrong and his teammates consistently used them before that year, as the USADA claims, they could have avoided detection.
The use of performance-enhancing drugs shreds the fabric of sport, since it is the ultimate betrayal of a fellow competitor. But what is more relevant: Armstrong’s seven tainted Tour wins or the millions who found in him a reason to believe?
*Take on the last leg of the Tour de France, on a stationary bike today. 116 km. No PEDs needed.
Jada Pinkett Smith 1971
The Girls Trip star, who is married to Will Smith went on to detail her experiences with other religions arguing that she practices “human kindness” instead of any specific religion.
*Thank you Jada! If everyone practiced “human kindness”, the world would be a much better place.
Rick Pitino 1952
But there is one criterion that shows how important Pitino has been to Louisville’s athletic department and why his job had survived until now: He led Louisville as it became the richest NCAA men’s basketball program, and it is not even close.
The University of Louisville’s Athletics Association officially voted on Monday to fire men’s head basketball coach Rick Pitino “with just cause” amid a federal investigation that saw 10 people arrested, accused of corruption and taking bribes
*When you create value, you can get away with a lot more than someone who doesn’t. But there is a breaking point for everyone.
Jason Sudeikis 1975 – watch We’re the Millers
OK, what are we doing today?
Yeah. I say, give me somethin’ that says, ‘I get up every morning at 5:30 and commute for an hour and a half to some bullshit job where my jag-off boss expects me to kiss his balls all day just so I can afford to keep my ungrateful, screaming kids decked out in Dora the explorer shit and my wife up to her fat ass in self-help videos until the day I get up the courage to put a shotgun in my mouth.’
*Watch We’re the Millers to see the horrors of a forced family life. But by the end it all works out for the family of drug smugglers.
James Gandolfini 1961 – ziti al forno
“No F*ckin’ Ziti?”
It was made clear how important food was to its characters back in the pilot episode. As Tony tells his mother, Livia (Nancy Marchand) that he expects her to be at A.J.’s birthday party with her baked ziti, she calls the house later, crying, to cancel. A.J. responds to the news appropriately frustrated, as he’s now expected to celebrate his birthday with no ziti.
“Best in the State, Far as I’m Concerned.”
It’s the last Soprano family meal we see them enjoy together. As Tony, Carmela, and AJ (Meadow is busy trying to parallel park outside) consult their menus, one thing unites them: a basket of onion rings. While theories abound to this day over the meaning of the show’s final scene, it’s good to remember that it was in these calm moments when he was surrounded by his family eating a meal that made Tony happiest. As AJ says when he paraphrases his father: “Focus on the good times.”
*Enjoy this ziti al forno while watching the first episode of The Sopranos. Make a basket of onion rings to eat while watching the last episode of The Sopranos.
SNUB – James Marsden
- Take the risk
- 116 km bike ride
- Practice human kindness
- Create value
- Watch We’re the Millers
- Make ziti al forno and onion rings