If I’m not mistaken I think that Venus Williams is doing well these days on the tennis circuit so this title must have something to do with  astrology and astronomy. Our economy is at a standstill and our markets are moving in a backwards motion. I don’t know about you but the last four months has taken its toll on me. If it weren’t for the bailout tv show ’24” then most of us would have very little to look forward too. What exactly did you do all winter long? I hope you still have a job and a roof over your head. You betcha I’m so glad that spring is just around the corner. Daylight savings time can’t arrive to soon! Longer days adds up to more vitamin D, light sunshine,  choices, energy, and definitely more oxygen. Now that’s what we all need. I’ll watch March madness, yeah ,the college basketball tournament and yes “24”. Congress, Politics, CNN,  and the nation will just have to fend for themselves.  I plan to take a mental and emotional vacation. The President has asked us to get involved in volunteering.  Our country and our communities need us all badly to give back and participate in helping improve our environment. So get on board, ride the wave, catch the spirit. Spring is on it’s way! There’s nothing like the outdoors!

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If you recall I did right about the church I fondly enjoy attending over there on Rhode Island Avenue NE  in Washington DC. I wonder if the Pastor has wind or knowledge of my invitation to the President of the United States of America. I noticed that President Obama made a surprised visit to one of the many charter schools yesterday, a sort of getaway from the White House moment! This happened yesterday here in Washington. Nevertheless, i do hope that Abundant Life- Church of God and Christ at 2373 Rhode Island Ave. N.E. will be placed at the top of his list for the ” no news Sundays or when he wishes he were somewhere else .” Actually, it would be a pleasure to welcome the President and his family to our church and to see all the development and economic possibilities that exist for any extra dollars that doesn’t quite fit into the existing budget.  Let’s move on because the title of this blog is February 4 2009. I’m so glad that we’re just months away from spring minus a DC snowfall of about 2-3 inches. Hopefully today we will here great news coming from Capitol Hill regarding the stimulus package and the Budget. In addition, on the local front, I hope we will here that the crime rate has dropped, that  our children are attending school and doing all they can to stay out of trouble.  Yes, because this is the season of change , to think differently, to volunteer, to give, to share ,  to be polite or at least find out its meaning. It is a time to produce which is to be productive both in our communities across this land and in the workplace.  I see test scores rising because parents and students along with teachers are not subjected to test taking and have chosen to work together no matter how difficult the situation. Make sure that no one forget that things have changed here in America and that there are no longer any excuses. That in fact learning increases through one’s passion and desire to acquire new knowledge. Without this new knowledge through practice and inquiry that we succeed as a nation  and as a global community. February 4 2009 like each and every other day, a day as a former counselor would say, ” A Day in which to Achieve”.

Curt Canada is a graduate of the University of Iowa and the American University provides Personal Growth Coaching and Consulting at Finding Your Zenith in Washington D.C.   www. findingyourzenith.com

You wouldn’t believe me even if you knew me that I would even attempt such a title to attract you off the beaten path. You don’t even have to purchase anything here nor sell anything here ; the doors are open for you to visit. If you drove by here you would probably only blink and wonder as to whether it’s a little shop or store. This place is not a fancy trendy green environmentally conscious busy consumer traffic kinda addresses. Maybe it’s not your favorite corridor into the nation’s capital but it’s one of the corridors in terms of needed development and economic growth. Why would I write about a place in an area of town where there’s very little pedestrian traffic. Anyway, Oh about a year ago I thought I would take a walk to sort of get to know my surroundings. I ended up on the avenue, the place where one time perhaps the shops were bustling with business. I was told by a passerby that, yes, there are businesses here along with many storefront worship churches. It seemed as though if you were to count them that almost every other building was one of these little storefront churches.  I guess real estate is real estate. Anyway, one Sunday morning not long ago I thought I would visit one of those churches. First, I must admit to you that  I could only imagine that I would equally visit each place for about fifteen minutes, just to evaluate the atmosphere. However, this method did not seem the right thing to do.  This formula disappeared as I approached the crosswalk. I  could here all sorts of clapping and singing and they were having a good old time in the building on the corner which had been a restaurant. I continued to walk down the street about fifty seconds away  where I ran into  two ladies who greeted me and I said hello. We began  a conversation which I mentioned that I was  trying to find a place of worship to attend. It seemed difficult for me to choose so the two ladies summoned me to attend their worship service. So I did!  I followed them  inside and to my surprise it reminded me of the church I attended when I was little. There I sat among approximately sixteen worshipers including the Pastor, women, and children. I had come full circle with my existence or history. They were all smiles and hugs and the music seem to elevate as if they were waiting for me to show up. I’m sure you can remember a time when you had returned home after being away. The only thing that was missing was the smell of all the food and desserts that had been prepared. I see now that you understand where I had ventured that day. After five Sundays, a cold and snowy Tuesday in the District of Columbia, what a great story to share with you about a storefront church I found off the beaten path!  I perfectly understand that you’re quite busy at the moment but…see what you can do with your schedule! Mr. President, Abundant Life- Church of God In Christ welcomes you! Oh! I forgot to give you the address to Stop by Here!   It’s 2373 Rhode Island Avenue NE 20018  -11 am on Sundays !  www.abundantlifecogicdc.org  By the way, you’re invited also, even if you’re not the President.

Curt Canada  provides coaching and consultant work at Finding Your Zenith in Washington D.C.  Visit www.findingyourzenith.com for further information about personal growth and goal setting!