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Gratitude

Abundance

I love my life! I have been so blessed! Some days are more challenging than others. When those challenging days come, I do something I learned by watching my wife. She has a gratitude journal, just a regular notebook in which she writes down things she’s grateful about. She’s been doing this for  6 years now and she has over 1400 entries in her journal. I’ve caught her just reading through this book. It’s an amazing reminder of the faithfulness of God.

For several years I’ve admired this practice and thought to myself “I should do that!” How many of us have things we should do? I should eat better. I should get more rest. I should be kinder to the dog. Tony Robbins says the only way your life changes is when your ‘should’ becomes a ‘must!’

I have 12 entries in my gratitude journal now. The first one is “46 years of life and health.” I’m very grateful for that. I like being alive and being able to move around and do things and go places and… dance. I can dance. Not saying I’m good at it, but I can do it, and you know what I did this morning? I put on some Rita Marley and danced!

I’m going to put that in my journal now. I get to dance! Now I’m feeling much more alive and excited and ready to rock Friday, which is the point I was making. Gratitude wakes you up and allows you to fight from a place of victory, not toward it. Gratitude says, “look at how good things are, look how we’re winning, look how amazing life is!”

Ok, I’m off to play! See you guys! Have a great day! There is much to be grateful about!

 

Lenn

Just Do It

img_2366I don’t blog much, pronounced “at all,” anymore, because I’m too busy living life to sit down and write about it.

Wait, that’s not entirely true. I don’t have time to sit and write the perfect, well-thought-out, highly-impacting, carefully-crafted piece that I would like to deliver. So instead I write nothing, since it can’t be perfectly planned and executed with brilliance. Does that ever stop you? Can’t do it perfectly so you don’t do it at all?

My challenge to myself this year is to stop and share an insight in the most polished form that I can muster inside of 10 minutes. The point is that even an unfinished thought expressed carries more power than a perfect thought unfired.

This is taking me to a song I learned when I was but a wee lad (who says that?). I think this off-the-cuff writing may reveal far too much about me, and now it is too late — the ship has sailed, the train is rolling.

Here’s that song that I learned over 30 years ago, and it made such an impression that 3 decades later I don’t need to look up the lyric, it’s still written on my heart:

Brighten the Corner

Do not wait until some deeds of greatness you may do

Do not wait to shed your light afar

To the many duties ever near you now be true

Brighten the corner where you are

 

Love,

Lenn