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My Favorite Disney Quotes – Thoughts to Live by from the Merchant in Aladdin

My Favorite Disney Quotes – Thoughts to Live by from the Merchant in Aladdin

Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

Merchant in Aladdin
Merchant in Aladdin

“Like so many things, it is not what’s on the outside, but inside that counts.” – Merchant, Aladdin

It is not always the wise king, the guru, the monk, the student or the man/woman in the ivory tower who has learned a great lesson.

Sometimes it is the man or woman on the street.

We don’t always learn the best lessons when we are in school or at work or in the laboratory.

Sometimes we learn lessons on the street.

The lesson that the merchant in Aladdin is teaching is echoed in the Bible in a different way.

The merchant simply says that it’s what inside that counts. It’s the character of the person that matters, not just their appearance.

When Samuel was looking for a king seven times he picked the wrong person. He chose warriors, good looking people, popular people.

But God told him, “Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart.”

God is saying that it’s not the outside that matters. It’s the inside. It’s the heart.

I want to be a person of strong character. I want my character to be so strong that it oozes out to my outward appearance, too.

I want people to be able to see me and know what’s in my heart.

Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.

 

81,863 Ways to Set a Guiness World Record

81,863 Ways to Set a Guiness World Record

Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

Issues with Bilingual Kids
Kids reading a story book

Elementary school children in Shanghai from 40 elementary schools worked together to create 81,863 pinwheels and garner 81,863 yuan ($11+K) in donations for the Shanghai Haha Education Fund.

The thinking of the organizers – “It’s more meaningful to encourage children to show their love to others by doing what they can, rather than simply asking them to donate money.”

Agreed!

We organized events each year in Japan that we called ‘Walk-for-the-World.’ We asked for donations on a per-kilo basis (a totally foreign concept to the Japanese at that time). It took me three years to get my staff to understand what I was trying to accomplish.

At any rate, we felt it was better for us to make an effort to raise money, rather than just ask for donations.

Nearly $100K later, and the students in Japan were able to make a difference in the lives in many throughout Asia.

The Shanghai Committee of the Chinese Youth League are doing well to teach the kids the same mindset, I think.

Mother Theresa once said, “We don’t need to help everyone. We just need to help those we can.” If everyone did their part, it would be enough.

What’s your favorite charity and how do you support it?

Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.

Why do Chinese like John Denver? | Singing Cross Culturally

Why do Chinese like John Denver? | Singing Cross Culturally

Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

My mommy likes John Denver. Daddy, too. But daddy is not Chinese. He’s made in USA. Mommy is made in China.

Mommy said Chinese really liked John Denver when he first came to China a hundred years ago when she was a little girl.

“John Denver is easy to understand. And he doesn’t only sing love songs. He sings about mountains, and hills and country sides and stuff. Chinese really like that. They sing about those kinds of things, too.”

Daddy grew up listening to the 60’s music. He says it because that’s what his older brothers and sisters listened to. Truth is. He grew up in the 60’s.

During that time, everybody wrote love songs. I fell in love. I fell out of love. She came. He left. Love song, love song. Boring.

Pop music, rock music, country music. All love songs.

Daddy said that if you play a country music song backwards, your house will come back down from out of the sky, your dog will come back to life and your wife will come back to you.” Maybe she was at the store.

There’s more to sing about then love songs for sure.

Stars and letters and sunshine, lollipops and rainbows everywhere.

What kind of songs do you like?

Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.

Awesome Lyrics – Ask the Blind Man He Saw It All – Booth Brothers

Awesome Lyrics – Ask the Blind Man He Saw It All – Booth Brothers

Mia and I love to listen to Pandora radio on the way to school each morning.

We have a couple of channels that we like, but both are Disney related.

Gaming to Our Favorite Pandora Stations

We have devised a couple of games to play, and unsurprisingly she always wins.

No … I don’t let her win. She beats me fair and square.

But … if she were to listen to the hillbilly gospel station that I have saved, I might stand a chance. After all, the songs are old and she has never heard most of them …

The song – The Blind Man Saw it All – was new to me, old as it is. But, in the song was a line that are among the best I have ever heard.

Christians Will Get It; You Might Not

If you are not a Christian, you are not likely to get it. If you don’t think Jesus capable of working miracles, you definitely won’t get it.

But if you believe in testimonies and the credibility of the people who relayed the incident, then perhaps you will think these lyrics worth ranking among the awesome.

“Ask the blind man, he saw it all.” How cool is that?

Ask the who? What?

Helen Keller something to the effect, “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows.”

She couldn’t even see … at all.

The blind man, too, couldn’t see … until he met Jesus, and then he could.

A Funny Conversation

Imagine the people running around telling their friends, “Did you hear about the blind man who said Jesus could do miracles?”

“How does he know?”

“We asked the blind man and he said he saw him do it.”

“How did he see it if he were blind?”

“Jesus made him whole again so that he could see. The blind man can now see.”

“…”

How cool is that? Ask the blind man, he saw it all.

What are your favorite lyrics? From which song?