Episode 36: Happy Is My Favorite Color

Happy is my favorite color! Wilk here with episode 36 of the Derate the Hate podcast and this week it’s Christmas 2020! The year 2020 has been incredibly rough on so many and like every week, I am looking to better the world one attitude at a time…

So I come home the other day and my beautiful one year old daughter has on a shirt that says, “Happy is my Favorite Color“. Now, obviously at one year old, she doesn’t know what happy is, what a color is, or that happy is not a color… In a world now when everyone is making up their own rules and nothing really makes sense anyway, I’m rolling with it and saying that Happy is my favorite color too! Like a child, I think we as adults need to look  at all the little things that bring us moments of joy and not focus so much upon the bad things that bring us down.

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In this episode I talk about a story out of Galesburg, Ill brought to us by kwqc.com where a youngster, little miss Addison (6) did an incredible thing this Christmas for a classmate and friend who’s family lost it all. I love when ordinary people do extraordinary things, and even more so when it’s a youngster doing it out of the kindness of their heart without anyone telling them to do so. The details of this inspiring story can be found here...

As I do every week, I ask you, “what have you done today to make your life a better life?, what have you done today to make the world a better place?” The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you’ve got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!

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Episode 35: Those Who Interject Race Into Everything Are The Real Racists

Welcome back my friends to the Derate The Hate podcast. Wilk here from WilksWorld.com and this week’s topic may be a little more controversial than normal but I think it’s worth the discussion. In fact, I think it’s worth a lot of discussion and it’s something that’s come up before and will surely come up again on the podcast.

Those who interject race into everything are the real racists. In recent weeks there was a fight, actually a preliminary fight to the Mike Tyson/Roy Jones Jr. fight where vlogger turned fighter, Jake Paul fought and knocked out Nate Robinson. I have no idea who either one of these guys are but know that Jake Paul is a white guy and Nate Robinson is black.

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The only reason I know who Jamele Hill is  is because of some of the vile and hateful, flat out racist things she has said in the past. With that said, in an interview that she did with Jake Paul after the fight, she asked Paul if knocking out Nate Robinson was a racist move? Again, those who interject race into everything are the real racists. Check out the show and let me know your feedback!

This week’s feel good story comes to us from Gulf Breeze, Fl where a small businessman Michael Esmond, owner of Gulf Breeze Pools and Spas has made a big difference for a lot of families this holiday season. In fact, 114 families are no longer in jeopardy of having the lights turned off this Christmas  due to Mr. Esmond’s generosity. I love hearing about ordinary people doing extraordinary things and this story is no exception. Check out this weeks podcast to hear more or read about it here.

 As I do every week, I ask you, “what have you done today to make your life a better life?, what have you done today to make the world a better place?” The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you’ve got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!

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Episode 34: What’s Your Thing?

Welcome back my friends for episode 34 of the Derate The Hate podcast! In this week’s episode I just did a free flowing stream of consciousness about different things that people are passionate about and how we seem to be holding those things against each other a lot more in these turbulent times.

My thing is and always has been liberty, for others it’s health, for some it’s money or career. What’s your thing? It’s not hard for me to understand how someone can have great concern for their health, but to surrender liberty in the name of health is a concept I cannot get my mind around. I dive in to this and a lot more in this week’s episode.

The feel good story in this episode comes out of Holly Hill, FL. This is a great little story I found in the US News & World report about 91 year old Lois Carter of Holly Hill who took her hobby of knitting and sewing and did something very special for some unsuspecting youngsters all the way up in South Dakota! Finding herself locked away at home with little to do during the pandemic, Miss Lois decided to use her talents and has made over 200 hats since January and has sent them to the St. Joseph Indian School in Chamberlain, SD. You can get the story about Lois Carter’s special gifts in the US News article here.

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I absolutely love hearing stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. If you see a story you believe I would like to read, email it to me at wilk@wilksworld.com. If I use the story you sent in an episode, I’ll send you a free gift compliments of the Derate The Hate podcast!

As I do every week, I ask you, “what have you done today to make your life a better life?, what have you done today to make the world a better place?” The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you’ve got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!

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Episode 33: Robert Frost and George Jones

Welcome back my friends for another episode of the Derate The Hate podcast! In this week’s episode I talk about choices and forks in the road. This topic being what it is brought to mind a poem and a song that mean a lot to me. “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost and “Choices” by George Jones are a couple fantastic get you thinking masterpieces.


If you haven’t read “The Road Not Taken”, here it is, and below that, I will post a link to the song “Choices” by one of my favorite real country singers from days gone by…

The Road Not Taken ~ by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.


Choices ~ by George Jones

In this week’s feel good story I’m highlight a great deed being done by a young cub scout in Virginia Beach, VA. This kind hearted cub scout happens to be a little girl named Bridget but she goes by Gidget, and what Gidget is doing would warm the coldest of hearts. Her friend’s brother Ethan has down syndrome and autism and the pandemic has really taken it’s toll on his routine. Ethan loves collecting books and movies, not because he reads or necessarily watches the movies, but because he likes to collect and organize them. Ethan’s routine has been, up until the pandemic began, going to thrift stores with his family and picking out books or movies that caught his eye. That all came to an end when said stores began to close as a result of the pandemic. Listen to this week’s podcast or check out Gidget and Ethan’s story here to find out the rest of the story. She also made a little slideshow video about the whole thing which you can see here.

As I do every week, I ask you, “what have you done today to make your life a better life?, what have you done today to make the world a better place?” The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you’ve got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!

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Episode 32: Giving Thanks, It’s Not Just a One Day a Year Event

Welcome back my friends for this Thanksgiving week episode of the Derate the Hate podcast. Wilk here again with episode 32 naturally talking this week about giving thanks and being grateful, not just on Thanksgiving, but every day of the year.

Thanksgiving was always one of my favorite holidays growing up. It was always instilled in me as a child to be grateful, but Thanksgiving was my favorite because it seemed that was the holiday that meant we got to see most of our family. Don’t get me wrong, other holidays were great as well, but they seemed to be more isolated to my immediate family. It was Thanksgiving where more of the extended family, like aunts, uncles and cousins seemed to get together. Some of us would go out hunting while others would stay back and cook the meal. Then later in the day we’d all get together, say our blessing and eat a huge meal together.

Family is undoubtedly one of the things in this life that I am most grateful for. It seems like too often these days that holidays are the only real time families get together, and that is a bit sad. It brings to mind the idea that some only express thanks and gratitude on the holiday of Thanksgiving. The reality of it is we should be expressing our gratitude for all our blessings each and every day.

This holiday season, many families will not be able to spend time together for Thanksgiving, but that does not mean we should not be expressing gratitude. We all face every day challenges and struggles, but there is always something to be grateful for. We must not allow those things that are out of our control to control our emotions, so we must focus on what’s positive in our lives. No matter your struggle, there is always something to be grateful for. I believe gratitude is a major key in happiness and happiness is key in making a better life. When we as individuals make our lives better, we in turn make the world a better place.

This week’s feel good story comes from the Washington Post. As a dad, the title jumped out to me and the content was much better than the cheesy title implied. The article, “A Macho Bake-off Turned into Cookies for Caregivers Volunteer effort“. is about 2 friends, Scott McKenzie & Jeremy Uhrich, dads who found lot’s of spare time after being furloughed from their jobs, who decided to learn to bake. This led to the bake off, which led to all the cookies, which in turn led to the donations to essential workers. This kindness caught on and spread to more bakers and more cookies. They even have a Facebook  group called “Cookies for CareGivers”. How great is that!  Again, ordinary people doing extraordinary things, you’ve got to love it!

As I do every week, I ask you, “what have you done today to make your life a better life?, what have you done today to make the world a better place?” The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you’ve got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!

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Episode 31: Ugly Often Times Has Nothing To Do With Looks

Welcome back my friends for episode 31 of the Derate The Hate podcast! Have you ever looked at someone and thought, “for such a good looking person, they sure have an ugly soul.”? I don’t know about you, but I am seeing more and more often these days where people are more concerned with how they look, meaning their appearance, than who they are and how they treat others.

With everything we are currently experiencing as a country and as a society these days, it has never been more important to be a good person and to be good to those around you. When did it become acceptable to attempt to demonize and destroy those with whom we disagree? I know, this is a rhetorical question, as I don’t in any way find it acceptable, but from what I’ve been seeing in recent years, there are obviously those who do. From people being shouted at and spit upon in a restaurant when trying to have dinner with their family, to sitting US Senators making up the most vile and heinous accusations against Supreme Court Justice nominees, we have seen the most disgusting discourse among people of differing viewpoints that one could possibly imagine, and this behavior must stop!

In this week’s feel good story, I talk about a youngster from Iowa by the name of Tommy Rhomberg who started making homemade baseball bats to raise money for people affected by a huge windstorm that swept through Iowa back in August. Young Tommy actually fashioned these bats from fallen tree limbs downed by the powerful derecho storm. As our normal listeners know, I love stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things and you can read more about Tommy’s story in this article from the GoodNewsNetwork here…

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As I do every week, I ask you, “what have you done today to make your life a better life?, what have you done today to make the world a better place?” The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you’ve got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!

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Episode 30: What Makes You Happy?

Welcome back my friends for episode 30  of the Derate the Hate podcast! Wilk here again from WilksWorld.com and I am recording and putting out this episode from a camper in northern Minnesota so I am going to keep this episode and the show notes brief.

What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? What makes you happy? One thing that makes me happy is getting away from it all and doing some hunting in the woods. In the current turbulent times in which we live, we must look within ourselves and do those things that make us happy, because ultimately, life is about being happy and even in these tough times, a life not happy is a wasted life. What makes you happy? DO what makes you happy!

For this weeks feel good story, I am re-visiting a story that was sent to me by my Mother-in-Law and it’s about a magical relationship between 2 youngsters that is highlighted in a post on our Derate the Hate Facebook page. This story begins when the soon to be parents of Cooper Hyde find out their son has multiple physical/health issues including down syndrome. They prayed for God to give them strength to get through their coming journey and in so many ways those prayers have been, and continue to be answered. One way was through the magical bond that just months old Cooper started with then 12 year old Zac Wilson and how that relationship has progressed beautifully over the past 6 years. You are definitely going to want to see this story so check it out on our Facebook page.
 
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Episode 29: There Will Come A Day

Welcome back my friends for episode 29 of the Derate The Hate podcast! I am Wilk from WilksWorld.com and today is a significant day in American history. On the day of this recording, November 3, 2020, we are witnessing the final day of voting  for this monumental election year. Elections used to have a day for voting, now it seems like months, but that is another topic entirely for a different forum. I am certain, that with all we have seen in recent months and years, There will come a day when many will look back upon their actions during these times and wish they had acted differently.

There is no doubt, this is one of the most polarized elections in some of the most polarized times in American history. The people of opposing ideologies are maybe as divided as any time in our history, and while this podcast tries to steer clear of politics, it has to do with this week’s episode. This is not because I’m going to get in to political specifics, but because of the way people are treating each other because of their political differences.


I’ve mentioned in many episodes that we cannot let those with a vested interest in keeping us divided dictate how we treat each other, but unfortunately that is happening every day. This happens because people, often allowing lies and misinformation, allow their emotions to dictate their actions in a way that rational and reasonable people would not otherwise do.  There will come a day, when those who reach a more reasonable and rational state of mind, will find the way that they treated others is something they wish they would have done differently. This is not an episode you are going to want to miss and one you should most definitely share with others!!


In our feel good story this week, I talk about another ordinary person performing an extraordinary act of kindness. In this story from the IndyStar.com newspaper, High School sophomore Levi LaGrange experienced a painful ankle injury during a cross-country race he was participating in. He waved on the next runner but little did he know that Senior Axel Aleman would sacrifice his position in that race to help him finish. This true act of kindness and  sportsmanship shows the best of what humanity has to offer. This is a beautiful story you can read more about here.

As I do every week, I ask you, “what have you done today to make your life a better life?, what have you done today to make the world a better place?” The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you’ve got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!

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Episode 28: There Was a Time

Welcome back my friends! Wilk here with episode 28 of the Derate The Hate podcast and this week we’re talking about things that have happened in days gone by and not letting that bring your future down. Episode 28 will be “There Was a Time”.

As I lay out in this episode, one of the biggest personal battles I am constantly fighting is reliving the past and wondering if I could have done things different. I think this is something, or a struggle that a lot of people face on a day to day basis. I am a member of several groups online and I see constant posts where people struggle with this. I see people constantly asking the question, “how do I get past X topic from my past so I can have a positive future?”. There is no doubt that this is a serious battle for a lot of people, but one of my greatest tools is the serenity prayer.

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things that I cannot change, the courage to change the things that I can, and the wisdom to know the difference”

It is our responsibility as an individual to live the best and most positive life we can. What has happened in our past cannot be changed, but what we can do is learn from those things and make tomorrow a better day. Whether it be the last conversation we had with someone who has passed, the last time we hung out with a certain group of friends, or how we handled a relationship that has come and gone, there was a time and that time has passed. We can do nothing to change that time, but hopefully we learned from it, we take those lessons and make tomorrow a better day because of that wisdom.

In this week’s feel good story I talk about a youngster in north Texas by the name of Orion Jean.  Orion is a 5th grader doing extraordinary things by looking to provide 100,000 meals to those in need by Thanksgiving. This young man is ambitious and doing something everyone should be incredibly proud to see.  In an interview Orion did with CNN, he said “This has been a rough year for everybody, and now it’s more important than ever to show support and love to anyone who needs it.” You can see more about young Orion’s story on the Good News Network here.

As I do every week, I ask you, “what have you done today to make your life a better life?, what have you done today to make the world a better place?” The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you’ve got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!

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Episode 27: Seek the Similarities and Spread the Love

Welcome back my friends for episode 27 of the Derate The Hate podcast. Wilk here again with another quick episode, wanting to give you something to think about again this week. Every week I ask the questions, what have you done today to make the world a better place? What have you done today to make your life a better life?

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This week I want to ask you this, What if people loved on another for their similarities as quickly as some seem to hate for their trivial differences? We are faced these days with a constant barrage of negativity from politicians, the main stream media and the dumpsterfire known as social media. I will be the first to tell you, I don’t in any way believe things are as bad as those outlets of lies and misinformation would have you believe, but there are those out there that do genuinely hate others for the most trivial of differences. Unfortunately, those are the few that get the most attention for said outlets of information.
As I’ve talked about time and time again in the #DerateTheHate podcast, we as individuals must not allow the worst around us be the biggest influences on us. With each episode, I truly intend to better the world one attitude at a time, and if any of our episodes reach and influence just one person to better their attitude in some way, it’s a truly beautiful thing. With that said, I’ll ask it again and hopefully you think about it and act upon it, what if people loved one another for their similarities as quickly as some hate for their trivial differences? Is there something you can do today to change that?  I bet there is…


This week’s feel good story is simple and sweet but caught my eye because it’s about a youngster who worked to buy a bicycle, only to have it stolen off his front porch. How is this a feel good story you may ask? Well, when young Hunter Wade’s bicycle was stolen, his mother Kelly Wade reached out to a local crime group in their town of St. Joseph, Mo to post the story in hopes of someone having information on who may have taken the bike that young Hunter had worked so hard for. Turns out some locals got together and got Hunter a brand new bicycle to replace the stolen one. You can read more about this story here...
Folks, I want to tell you, when I ask the questions, what have you done today to make your life a better life? What have  you done today to make the world a better place? I ask these questions because I truly believe within my heart that if you ask these questions of yourself every day, you will see your world change. I believe it was Gandhi that said, “be the change you want to see in the world”. I might be wrong but it sounds like something he’d say. I’m going to say, when you are out, be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you’ve got, and remember, it’s up to you to make each and every day the day that you want it to be.

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