Daily Attitude Email 10 19 20

I attended a funeral on Saturday and was once again reminded of this email I sent a few years ago about legacy.

“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” —Shannon L. Alder

My grandmother passed away on Saturday and today is the funeral.

She was a very unassuming person to have left such a great legacy.

In one of Andy Stanley’s podcasts he says something like “Your legacy might not be what you do, but who you raise.”

My grandmother was a homemaker and never even got her driver’s license, but she left a tremendous legacy.

Not that we are perfect, but she helped create a family legacy that will endure and continue to grow.

Each new generation has been touched and influenced by her love and caring.

This is your opportunity as well.

To leave this world better than you found it.

You may not even be the one that accomplishes great things (although I certainly hope you do). Your legacy may be a subtler one, like that of my grandmother.

But it will be something. Each and every day is an opportunity to make an impact and grow your legacy, don’t let them slip past you.

Make it a great day.


Friday Morning Toe Tapper


Watched “Back to the Future” with the girls this week and was reminded of some good Huey Lewis james.

As I get older, “the power of love” has taken on a different meaning.

I think of it now as the power to help us in one of life’s biggest challenges (the biggest?) – letting go of my own selfish desires and pride.

The power of love comes in changing our hearts to think of another before ourselves.

To put someone else’s goals and ambitions ahead of ours.

To put the happiness of someone else as a higher priority than our own.

When we are able to love in this manner and kill our own selfishness we truly blossom.

We are at our best and our happiest when we love in this fashion.

Make it a great day.


Daily Attitude Email 10 15 20

Maybe I’m doing it wrong?

(Everyone else: took you long enough to figure that out.)

Maybe that would be a good question to ask yourself (although I really doubt you are….you’re practically perfect).

Not enough time to work out? Maybe you’re doing it wrong….

Not enough money saved? Maybe you’re doing it wrong…..

Not enough room in the waist of your favorite pants? Maybe you’re doing it wrong….

Phew…now the hard part is over, admitting that maybe, just maybe we don’t have it all figured out.

What’s next? Start figuring out how to do it right!

How might you do that?

Ask someone who seems to be getting it right.

Read a book about doing it right.

Take a class on doing it right.


Try something new. Stick with it. Work the process for a season and see if it’s going to work for you.

Make it a great day.


PS – Sorry for the corniness in this one….I may have gone a little overboard (that Meaghan must be a saint to put up with me all the time).

Daily Attitude Email 10 14 20

"If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old." – Peter F. Drucker

Moving forward into growth requires building new habits and letting old habits go.

What is on your stop doing list?

This is an easy to forget area that can drive major change if we are willing to take a hard look at ourselves and how we spend our time.

If we can have the courage to look at everything on our current to do list as a possibility for something to let go of, we will be surprised at what we might see.

Take a moment today to make a list of your regular to-dos.

Get everything down.

Now be ruthless and get of everything except the essentials.

Narrow the list.


If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.

Make it a great day.


Daily Attitude Email 10 13 20

My (little) brother Bill sent me this to send out to everyone as a DAE. He’s kinda cool and stuff.

I have been reading the book Radical Candor with some of my colleagues at Ameren. There are many things I like about this book but one thing that jumped out at me was a nuanced quote about Steve Jobs. The Former CEO of Intel, Andy Grove, remarked that "F-ing Steve always gets it right" and the author said "Nobody’s always right." but Andy replied "I didn’t say Steve is always right. I said he always gets it right. Like anyone, he is wrong all the time, but he insists and not gently, that people tell him when he’s wrong. So, he always gets it right in the end."

I don’t know what it is like working at Mavidea but I do know my brother. If you think he is wrong, I guarantee he will listen to understand; so speak up.

Make no mistake, Mavidea is what you make it.

Disclaimer: My brother and I don’t talk business. We mostly engage in stereotypical masculine exchanges that are a cover for an unexplainable brotherly bond created by unknowingly being best friends for our entire childhood. And this is coming from the "little brother." J J

Make it a great day.


Daily Attitude Email 10 12 20


It seems to me that one of the odd paradoxes of life is our ability to control nothing and everything at the same time.

We have no control over all the external things in our lives, yet we have complete control over ourselves and our attitude and this attitude is what attracts and brings about the external environment we desire.

I suppose that life is a balancing act between mastery of our own mind and letting the rest of life happen.

Below is a list of “to let go’s” that I found when searching for a topic for today. Maybe one of them will inspire you to let go of something that is holding you back.

Make it a great week.


To let go does not mean to stop caring, it means I can’t do it for someone else.

To let go is not to cut myself off, it’s the realization that I can’t control another.

To let go is not to enable, but to allow learning from natural consequences.

To let go is to admit powerlessness, which means the outcome is not in my hands.

To let go is not to try to change or blame another, it’s to make the most of myself.

To let go is not to care for, but to care about.

To let go is not to fix, but to be supportive.

To let go is not to judge, but to allow another to be a human being.

To let go is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes, but to allow others to affect their own destinies.

To let go is not to be protective, it’s to permit another to face reality.

To let go is not to criticize, or regulate anyone, but to try to become what I dream I can do.

To let go is to fear less, and to love more.

Friday Morning Toe Tapper

Hi! This is Meaghan stepping in for Jake with today’s Toe Tapper.

I have a quick story to go with this CCR song. It had been running through my head, and then one day last week I took a photo of our oldest daughter running around a bend in the cross-country course at Maxwell Park. At the time, the two did not relate, but when I looked at the picture later, it seemed to illustrate the chorus of this song. Her feet were flying, and we were outside on a gorgeous fall day. Have you ever had something like that happen where random things in your mind just click, and it lifts your spirits? I do not think these moments are merely coincidental. The image of Maggie running around the bend and ready to kick things into high gear, when things often seem to be at a standstill in the world lately, really stuck with me this week. I think we can take these little happy moments and let them remind us that there is so much good in this beautiful world. Even when we are on a path that seems a little unpredictable, we can keep going and press on toward the goal set before us. One step at a time. Do the next right thing. Things in our country and our world, and even in our own little lives, can be frustrating and bring us down, but we can always look around the bend. One foot in front of the other. There are still good times ahead, people to see, love to share. Keep on running your race, whatever that may look like. If you need help, remember to say a little prayer and talk to someone who cares. There’s always time for good conversation! I would also recommend getting outside to enjoy the trees and the breeze; you can walk and just imagine what it would be like to have as much energy as a cross country runner! Maybe this song running through your heart will put a little pep in your step, too.


hqdefault.jpg Up Around The Bend CCR With Lyrics

Up Around The Bend With lyrics. Please note that this song is not mine, It is CCR’s the picture is not mine either. Again, the song and picture are not mine. l


Daily Attitude Email 10 08 20

The days are long but the years are short.

Not sure who this quote belongs to, but it is one I think of often.

It’s been a few long days for me already this week.

When that happens it is easy to lose perspective on the long term and the big picture.

We fixate on getting through the day and miss out on life.

Take the time to enjoy your day today, regardless of how long it is.

Make it a great day.


Daily Attitude Email 10 07 20

Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.

Apparently this is on a billboard in Dallas.

Funny how sometimes a simple one sentence billboard can have so much to say.

Regardless of what you did yesterday, today can be a better day.

Cheated on your diet? Today it begins again.

Took a shortcut on something at work? Today is your second chance.

A little short with the kids? Today can be a day of peaceful patience.

Blew your budget on that whiz-bang new thingamagig? Today can be a day to rethink and rebuild that budget.

Regardless of your past, you do, in fact, have a future. How bright that future is depends on you.

Make it a great day.


Daily Attitude Email 10 06 20

Love grows more tremendously full, swift, poignant, as the years multiply. – Zane Grey

Not sure if I’m just getting sappier as I get older or not, but I think about love a lot as I’ve aged.

When I look at the problems the world faces, I think of love.

When I see someone hurting, I think of love.

When I really look at the people around, I think of love.

When I’m the best version of me, it’s because I was doing my best to show love.

So many of us spend our days searching and grabbing at everything, hoping for love.

I’ve tried to turn that internal drive in myself into a drive to love others, just as God made them, not how I’d like them to be.

I fail. A lot. Selfish thoughts and ambitions creep in. My own feelings and desires win the day.

But, I’m getting better. It’s worth it.

I hope that you can show more love today. The world will be a better place for it. And so will you.

Make it a great day.