Many of us don’t have our own standards of success. We let life or others tell us and have us decide what is success based upon images or ideas that sometimes (many times) aren’t our own. So whatever your ideal of success is, go to a private alone place and really sit and think about what your idea of success is. Some of you will realize you are actually wildly successful as compared to where you started off years ago. But….I mean the keep to true success is living the life that you imagined when you were a child and still doing the things that you LOVE to do into adulthood that gave you joy as a child. Well that’s about it, I hope were all living our lives this way. Have a wonderful day.
~Jamaal R. James
So in this posting of People who have contributed to society, I want to focus on, the Christmas Tree. So according to the Encyclopedia Britannica, the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, and Hebrews used the Christmas tree to remind themselves of the importance of eternal life. The Christmas tree tradition as we currently know it came from Germany during their renaissance period. But early versions of the Christmas tree were decorated with fruit such as apples and oranges. The adding of lights to the Christmas Tree only came about after the advent of electricity. It is also believed that the garland and pine trees ward off evil spirits, so the tree is a good one to have in/around the house. So thanks to all the people involved in the tree profession that started this Christmas tree tradition. As many families have shareable memories after having gone as a family together to get trees. Many people are gainfully employed as tree picker uppers, and train and truck drivers are employed in the pickup, delivery, and processing of the trees from their original destinations. Well Happy Early Merry Holidays. You can read more about the history of Christmas Tree by clicking here. Christmas Trees. Lol
In this posting of People who have contributed to society, we talk about none other than Christopher Latham Sholes who invented the first practical typewriter and the qwerty keyboard. Can you imagine the amount of editing that people would have to use in order to create books, letters, or magazines? Wow. If everything were still hand written can you imagine the number of people who would develop Carpal tunnel injuries? So once again we take our hat off to Mr. Sholes and thank him for helping our society facilitate transferring our thoughts from mind to physical print or form. Another plus of the keyboard is it allows you to type freely and see what’s happening in the back of your mind. Happy Turkey Day to those that celebrate it and have a great day, evening, or night to all. Click the link to learn more about Christopher Latham Sholes.
**I stated that Sholes created the typewriter…he didn’t. Henry Mill invented the typewriter but Sholes made the commercially successful version of the typewriter. So thank you Mr. Mill for making an invention that Sholes and others were able to improve upon.
People who have contributed to society……..
In this post of people who have given or contributed to society we are going to talk about socks. So socks have been around for a really long time. The oldest pair of found socks was located at Oxyrhynchus in Egypt, they date back to 300-500 A.D. So since sockss were created so long ago not one person is really attributed to building the beauties. But can you imagine Life without socks. No socks. Man sweaty feet……smelly feet….or always having to change the cloth around your shoes. Especially in winter time…socks come in handy so much. If you have ever worked a job where you have to stand for long periods of time then you understand. As you can wear multiple pairs of socks that act as a cushion to your heel and foot. So thank you to all the people over the centuries who have contributed to the sock and perfected the sock and made it what it is……….Thanks again…..to read more about the history of the sock. Click the link.
People Who Have Contributed to Society
Today we learn about 2 individuals who contributed to society (apparently from records at the same time) in regards to the wonderful and childlike Teddy Bear. So Morris Michtom after seeing a cartoon where former President Theodore Roosevelt had some bad dealings with a bear got the idea to create a toy bear. He named the toy bear a Teddy Bear. It just so happens that he owned a novelty shop and then put in the window and they started to sell. As a result of the successful sales of the teddy bear he founded the company Ideal Novelty and Toy Company. Before sailing the toy bears he got permission from Teddy to produce the toy bears using his name.
The second person who according to records came up with the idea at the exact same time as Michtom was Richard Steiff. So Richard came up with the same idea and with a toy bear and took it to a toy fair and caught the guy of a manufacturer who ordered a whole lot of teddy bears. Then as any successful item does it started showing up every where with women and people holding the bears. But today I say thank you to Michtom and Steiff because of all the affection and displays of LOVE that are non- material but the bear allows to give the material expression of LOVE. That’s all enjoy your day, evening, and night. Click the link to read more about the history of teddy bears.
People Who Have Contributed to Society…….
Before we start this post I want to take a moment of silence to remember Mr. JFK was assassinated today………..may he rest in peace……….
The person who were are going to discuss today in relation to his contribution to society is none other than Albert L. Marsh. Mr. Marsh created a metal alloy that could be used as a heating element and could withstand high-resistance than the metal that was currently being made at the time. This discovery was helpful in the introduction of the electric heater…..now I know some of you are wrapped in a blanket as you’re reading this or in pajamas with the heater going…so if you have an electric heater blowing you can give thanks to Mr. Marsh as he diligently tried out different configurations until one worked. Read more about Mr. Marsh by clicking the link.
So the next person on my list of people who have contributed to society…is none other than……John Brown. Mr. Brown lived at a time when people talked, and talked, and talked, and after talking, talked some more about the abolition of slavery. Mr. Brown took action and put his money where his mouth is…and unknowingly sparked the start of the civil war which eventually led to the slaves being free. Mr. Brown’s contribution to society is that all the millions and millions of free slaves now…owe their freedom to men like John Brown…who stood up for the truth in spite of the social pressure to be otherwise….he is understood by some to be a madmen yes, but the only way the south was going to give up the slaves was by force…as slavery had become a lifestyle and one of the major economic factors for wealthy slave owners…..no pay….free labor……hell yeah…sounds like a deal…….so thank you Mr. Brown….for your contribution to society. Read more about John Brown here….click the link.
So the next person on the list of people who have contributed to society is…….Friedrich William Gustav Bruhn………Mr. Bruhn invented the modern taximeter…….By inventing the taximeter…Mr. Bruhn gave way and paved a way for many immigrants to make a living to feed their families and contribute to the societies in which they lived. Mr. Bruhn’s idea also was the leader of ideas that gave rise to services like Uber……..and other ride services…….how many times have you been out late and couldn’t see straight and took a taxi and arrived home safely…..or how many time s have you been stranded or needed to get to that important meeting after getting off the plane and the taxi driver took you right to your destination…no questions asked…..A lot….so think you Mr. Bruhn for your invention and all the millions of people worldwide that were gainfully employed and developed a sense of pride my being able to take care of their families. Read more about Mr. Bruhn by clicking the link.
Patek Philippe was inventor or credited inventor who developed the wrist watch…..he made the watch for Countess Koscowicz of Hungary. I say that is contribution was great to society in that he helped spread the use of time…and made it easier for people to know what time it was…….during this time period men were scared to where a wristwatch as mostly women were wristwatches and men used hand clocks or clocks that required two hands. As a result of making the watches for royalty other people wanted to wear these wristwatches as well…..and helped spur a new wristwatch movement as others competed with him in regards to wristwatch making he also raised the standard really high for watches…which caused people to have a higher standard in regards to what is and isn’t acceptable in regards to a functioning wrist watch……so thank you Mr. Philippe. Click the link and read more about Patek Philippe and the invention of the first wristwatch.
So today is Monday…and many of us give up or gave up over the weekend…as your self talk beat you up and reminded you of all of your failures……so listen to this for a refresher pep talk. Have a wonderful day everyone.