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Please share with everyone why you are joining the Panos for Progress campaign
Progress implies that we are moving into the future. What that future will look like no one can say. We can however be a part of that movement to shape and develop that future. My children live in a very different Hawaii from the one I grew up in. I would like to impart to them the wonderful memories and experiences that I've been blessed to have about Hawaii and hope they are able to have the same. Panos reflects a return to human fundamentals. Its about honesty, ethics, sharing of voice and respecting the views of individuals. In our world of hype and spin its refreshing, like jumping in the ocean on a hot day, to see that honesty, ethics and common sense still exists.
When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 glasses of wine.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous 'yes.'

The professor then produced two glasses of wine from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

'Now,' said the professor as the laughter subsided, 'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life."

The golf balls are the important things---your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favourite passions---and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.

The sand is everything else---the small stuff. 'If you put the sand into the jar first,' he continued, 'there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.

"The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the wine represented. The professor smiled and said, "I'm glad you asked. The wine just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of glasses of wine with a friend."

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The Wisdom of Children
The Sunday school teacher was carefully explaining the story of Elijah the Prophet and the false prophets of Baal. She explained how Elijah built the altar, put wood upon it, cut the steer in pieces, and laid it upon the altar. And then, Elijah commanded the people of God to fill four barrels of water and pour it over the altar. He had them do this four times "Now, said the teacher, "can anyone in the class tell me why the Lord would have Elijah pour water over the steer on the altar?"
A little girl in the back of the room started waving her hand, "I know! I know!" she said, "To make the gravy!"


The Sunday School teacher was describing how Lot's wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt, when little Jason interrupted, "My Mummy looked back once, while she was driving," he announced triumphantly, "and she turned into a telephone pole!"


A Sunday school teacher was telling her class the story of the Good Samaritan, in which a man was beaten, robbed and left for dead. She described the situation in vivid detail so her students would catch the drama. Then, she asked the class, "If you saw a person lying on the roadside, all wounded and bleeding, what would you do?" A thoughtful little girl broke the hushed silence, "I think I'd throw up."


A Sunday school teacher asked, "Johnny, do you think Noah did a lot of fishing when he was on the Ark ?"
"No," replied David. "How could he, with just two worms?"


A Sunday school teacher said to her children, " We have been learning how powerful kings and queens were in Bible times. But, there is a higher power. Can anybody tell me what it is?" One child blurted out, "Aces!"


Nine-year-old Joey, was asked by his mother what he had learned in Sunday school. "Well, Mom, our teacher told us how God sent Moses behind enemy lines on a res cue mission to lead the Israelites out of Egypt .. When he got to the Red Sea , he had his army build a pontoon bridge and all the people walked across safely. Then, he radioed headquarters for reinforcements. They sent bombers to blow up the bridge and all the Israelites were saved." "Now, Joey, is that really what your teacher taught you?" his mother asked. "Well, no, Mom. But, if I told it the way the teacher did, you'd never
believe it!"


A Sunday School teacher decided to have her young class memorize one of the most quoted passages in the Bible; Psalm 23. She gave the youngsters a month to learn the verse. Little Rick was excited about the task -- but, he just couldn't remember the Psalm. After much practice, he could barely get past the first line. On the day that the kids were scheduled to recite Psalm 23 i n fro n t of the congregation, Ricky was so nervous.
When it was his turn, he stepped up to the microphone and said proudly, "The Lord is my Shepherd, and that's all I need to know."

Church Smiles

There was a very gracious lady who was mailing an old family Bible to her brother in another part of the country "Is there anything breakable in here?" asked the postal clerk. "Only the Ten Commandments," answered the lady.


While driving in Pennsylvania , a family caught up to an Amish carriage. The owner of the carriage obviously had a sense of humor, because attached to the back of the carriage was a hand printed sign... "Energy efficient vehicle: Runs on oats and grass. Caution: Do not step in exhaust.''


Sunday after church, a Mom asked her very young daughter what the lesson was about. The daughter answered, "Don't be scared, you'll get your quilt." Needless to say, the Mom was perplexed. Later in the day, the pastor stopped by for tea and the Mom asked him what that morning's Sunday school lesson was about. He said "Be not afraid, thy comforter is coming."

Give me a sense of humor, Lord,
Give me the grace to see a joke,
To get some humor out of life,
And pass it on to other folks

Gerry Nagamine's Blog

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Aloha Everyone,

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Aloha All,

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At 11:24am on August 31, 2008, Gerry Nagamine said…
Got Potholes?
At 11:36pm on August 30, 2008, Gerry Nagamine said…

At 11:08pm on August 30, 2008, Danny said…
Mahalo and thanks for the comment!
At 6:36pm on August 30, 2008, Gerry Nagamine said…
Let me ask, what's in a question? To some people, asking questions is an art form that can take you along paths of discovery. So let me pose another question. What's wrong with Oahu? I bet the question brought to mind a number problems and issues. The question solicits a laundry list of negativity. I prefer a more positive mental exercise as well as positive solutions. So the question I prefer to ask is this, How can we make Oahu a better place to live? For starters, I can think of a few things to share. But let me start with this. To make Oahu a better place, we need to push back apathy and actively care about our island home. Its not enough to just complain and wonder why no one cares. Some will say, "not rocking the boat" or "not making waves" is part of our culture. "We just don't do that kind of stuff in Hawaii". Well its not part of our culture and we need to get over that mindset and attitude. We need to be aware, engaged, involved and commmitted to creating a better Oahu. I get that we are busy, involved with work, kids and other activities===who isn't. But then again is this really what leads us to be apathetic. I think not. Apathy is the path of least resistance and thats why many are on it.

Our city is in need of reform at many levels. Politically we are unbalanced. Our city continually tells us what is good for us. It should be the other way around. Infrastructures (roads, sewers, etc.) need to be repaired and maintained. Processess like recycling and garbage have to be updated to meet our needs. Unfortunately many in politics, and our current mayor is no exception to this, see themselves as CEO's in charge of our lives. They believe this because we choose and yes it is a choice, to allow them to believe they are in charge. They are not in charge of my life and will never be as long as I'm commited to my freedom and to the freedom of others. The strength of our community is derived from individuals making contributions through the use of their talents, skills. intelligence, service and commitment. Government mandates and planning or the imposition of government philosophies does not make us a better community without the voice of individuals. It is these voices that make Honolulu a great community.

Its to this end that I support Panos. At this time in our island history his experience is unique to the needs of our island home. He understands with great depth what our island home requires and has the ethical character to manage such a task. We the people of Honolulu are not the bankers for political ambitions and Panos gets that. He is first and foremost about people and he respects the collective wisdom of our community. Now back to my question, How can we make Oahu a better place to live? Lets start with a new leadership and a new Mayor. One that believes in the wisdom of our people and understands the challenges that are ahead. I say vote for Panos and let progress take its first step.

Gerry Nagamine
A graduate of the Hawaii Public School System



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