The Monday Sweet Spot – 06/20/2016

We’ve all hit that point during a smoke, usually about half way through, in which the cigar’s flavors and aromas open up and transform the experience into something far more rich, complex, and enjoyable.

In this moment, gentlemen, you’ve hit the “sweet spot”.

A moment that encourages you to open your senses, and to truly appreciate the experience that the smoke has ushered you into.

In the same way, it’s important to take time in our lives to slow down, and open our senses to the world around us. To take notice of the good things going on and the good people doing them.

These are life’s “sweet spots”, and your Monday could use one…


Disney World Donates $1 Million To Victims Of Orlando Shooting

Disney World is in solidarity with 49 victims who lost their lives Sunday morning, and the over 50 who were wounded, after a 29-year-old man, identified as Omar Mateen, opened fire at a local club.

The Orlando-based park has opened up about the tragic situation, where Bob Chapek, chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, expressed the following:

We are heartbroken by this tragedy and hope our commitment will help those in the community affected by this senseless act. With 74,000 Cast Members who call Orlando home, we mourn the loss of the victims and offer our condolences to their families, friends and loved ones.

The Walt Disney Company announced their $1 million cash commitment on Tuesday. They will make the donations to the OneOrlando Fund, established by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to assist those affected by the tragic events in Orlando.

Disney has also established five different blood banks around their parks so that their employees can donate blood.

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The community in Orlando is mourning back-to-back crimes that happened in the Magic City over the weekend. First it was the passing of former “The Voice” finalist Christina Grimmie, who was shot and killed after one of her concerts by 27-year-old Kevin James, who later shot himself. Then, it was the horrific crime at a local gay nightclub that left 50 dead and 53 wounded.

Considered the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, the crime occurred at around 2 a.m. Sunday in Pulse nightclub when a gunman opened fire using an AR-15 rifle. The shooter also died in the scene.

Investigators are treating the incident as a terrorist attack for its similarities to the ones in Paris last November. “The Orlando nightclub mass shooting was inspired by Islamic State,” the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday, officials stated.

Following the tragedy, many people and members of the gay community around the world gathered for vigils to mourn for victims of the mass shooting. The survivors are already sharing their stories.

This article was originally posted on goodnewsnetwork.org.

Brandon Reed

Founding Member at The Distinguished Society of Fine Gentlemen
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