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FJ Summit 2009

engineer pass trail signIf you’re an FJ Cruiser enthusiast, it is hard to participate in an on-line forum or read the FJ Cruiser off-road news flying about and not have heard about the FJ Summit.  This is a gathering of FJ Cruiser (now open to all Toyota off-road rigs) owners and supporting vendors in the little town of Ouray, CO.  The trails are filled with amazing scenery. The vendors have great give-a-ways and Metal Tech has their annual party.  The event is famous for its friendships that are formed between folks from around the country.  The Summit is held in mid-July every year.

In 2008 Boy and I turned this 4 day event into a week long adventure (2008 Ouray Colorado), exploring Idaho and other parts of the west along the way.  Boy and I both got out of it way more than we put in, exploring mountain trails and the skate parks along the way.

You can read descriptions of the trails, find lodging and register on the FJ Summit web site.  The numbers are limited and it is a great way to meet others who are just nuts about Toyota’s, driving 4×4 trails and having fun with family and friends.

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People Of Conscience Speak UP

Growth is rarely easy and personal growth is often painful to achieve.  It takes courage in order to break down the walls of prejudices or speak up when you catch yourself, a friend or co-worker saying something like “that’s so gay”.  You know it is wrong but it makes you uncomfortable and feels awkward saying something to a neighbor or even your boss.

So how do you feed your soul a diet of positive ideas that gives you the strength to knock down the barriers holding everyone back?  How do you learn to speak up for those who can’t or are afraid too? You start by reading “Speak UP!“.  Speak Up! uses real world examples  to help you respond to biased comments when you’re among family, friends and neighbors, at work or in public.

Learning to speak up is like watering your seeds of growth.  To put your personal growth into overdrive fertilize it by teaching tolerance to others. The Teaching Tolerance magazine, published twice a year, showcases innovative tolerance initiatives from across the country.  Teaching others breaks the cycle of intolerance that keeps us all from reaching our potential.  After you finish the current issue, browse the magazine archives which go back to Spring 1996 for truck loads of ideas.  These guys have been doing good work for a long time.

People of conscience are a vital part of society and we need to celebrate our person growth everyday.  Although personal growth may take hard work, remember what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.