Daily Attitude Email 11 25 20

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;

Count your gains instead of your losses.

Count your joys instead of your woes;

Count your friends instead of your foes.

Count your smiles instead of your tears;

Count your courage instead of your fears.

Count your full years instead of your lean;

Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.

Count your health instead of your wealth;

Count on God instead of yourself.

– Anonymous

Thanksgiving week. Time to count up all the good in your life.

Keeping count is one of those habits that can be either good or bad.

If you keep count of all the negative, it will pile up quick.

If you keep count of all the good, it will do the same.

You get to pick which to count.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 11 24 20

Thanksgiving week.

It’s a great opportunity to be reminded of all that we have to be thankful for.

Friends, family, careers, God, food, shelter – we all have a long list.

Happiness and contentment begin with thankfulness.

One of life’s great balance acts is the balance between thankfulness for what we have while still stoking the desire for growth and change.

As we look to make changes in our lives, we need to both strive for more and better while being thankful for where we are and the journey to get to where we want to go.

I still haven’t wrapped my head around this entirely, but I’ve taken up the practice of trying to be thankful for where I am any time I’m working on changing something.

Be thankful for the $10 in your savings account even when you would like it to be $1 million.

Be thankful for the 1 pound lost even though you want it to be 20.

Be thankful for the opportunity for growth, some never get it.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 11 23 20

I Receive ALL of Life with Thanksgiving –

I have gratitude for EVERYTHING

that has ever occurred to bring me to this moment.

I give thanks for the joys and the sufferings,

the moments of peace and the flashes of anger,

the compassion and the indifference,

the roar of my courage and the cold sweat of my fear.

I accept gratefully the entirety of my past and my present life.

– Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It takes a very mature person to be thankful for ALL of life, I know I have lots of room for improvement here.

I won’t challenge us all to immediately become thankful for everything, but maybe we could take a step in that direction.

As you think about what you are thankful for this year, challenge yourself to go beyond your usual answers.

Family, friends, faith, home, etc. are all great and worthy of our thanks, but let’s add to the list this year.

Maybe even find a challenge or struggle to be thankful for.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Friday Morning Toe Tapper

https://youtu.be/LjVEsqbefdw

I have a friend who is tall and she’s kind of self conscious about it sometimes and I was talking to her about it the other day and I said to her, you know, you’re tall, and there’s not really anything you can do about it so you might as well own it and be confident about it and I had her listen to this song and when it was over she just looked at me and cracked up (partially because the video is so weird). So to answer the question "What’s wrong with being confident?" Nothing. You are who you are Own it.

Maggie

Maggie has taken to sending me toe tappers to send out and her notes are insightful. This one in particular led to a good discussion at our house.

Where does real confidence come from?

People talk about their confidence being shaken or having lost their confidence.

I’ve come to believe that confidence comes from knowing that God has created us uniquely and with a purpose. When we lean into this purpose and focus on His glory we’re able to operate from a place of confidence.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 11 19 20

If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share. – W. Clement Stone

Being thankful is a great place to start because it reminds us that we have something to give.

We weren’t put on this earth to just consume all that we can and be thankful along the way. We were made to give.

If you are thankful for all the love in your life, show it and share it.

If you are lucky enough to have a little extra money, give it away.

If you have some free time, find a place to volunteer.

There are many ways we can share this holiday season.

A great place to start is that list you think of over Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. As you think of what you are thankful for, take a moment to think of a way to share whatever it is you are thinking about.

Our real opportunity to change this place forever lies in our ability to share and give the best of ourselves with others.

What are you going to share?

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 11 18 20

There are times in the lives of most of us when we would have given all the world to be as we were but yesterday, though that yesterday had passed over us unappreciated and unenjoyed. – William Edward Hartpole Lecky

Gratitude is such a great place to start the day.

We have so much to be thankful for.

So much that if it were to be gone tomorrow, would be wished for with all our heart.

Don’t let today go by without being thankful for all the good in your life.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 11 17 20

The undertaking of a new action brings new strength. – Richard L. Evans

New strength sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?

This year sure has sapped the strength from a lot of us.

Undertake some kind of new action to breathe some strength and life into things.

Start taking a walk every day.

Start reading something challenging.

Start praying every day on your way to work.

Start texting your wife a compliment every day.

Start training for that 5k, marathon, walk around the block you’ve been wanting to do for years.

Launch into something new. Feel the strength build up as you gain positive momentum. Lean into the challenge to grow and become more. Become someone better so you can serve more.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 11 16 20

“Plans are nothing; planning is everything.” – Dwight Eisenhower

The end of the year is planning time.

The planning process isn’t an easy one and it takes quite a bit of time.

And then, by the end of the first quarter, some important part of the plan has been altered in a major way.

In the end, it is all about the process. It is about stepping back, deciding what is important and clarifying what you plan to do.

The end of the year is a great time to do this personally as well.

Sit down over the holidays and sketch out a plan for next year.

Decide what is important.

Decide what you are going to do.

Decide what you are not going to do.

And then write it down somewhere and revisit it over the course of the year.

(Don’t forget to get your spouse involved if you are married.)

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 11 12 20

I’m very proud of my heritage and the blood that runs through my veins. I take a lot of strength from that. – Robert Whittaker

Yesterday my dad sent me a few pictures of my grandfather just before he went to Korea in the army and his brother who was a POW in a German camp during WWII. My father in law posted some pictures on FaceBox showing the special veterans’ cemetery where some of Meaghan’s family is buried.

I was reminded of the great heritage in our own little family.

And the grand heritage we all have as Americans.

America isn’t perfect. We have some issues to work on.

We also have a lot to be thankful for and proud of.

We have strength to pull from and build on.

Make it a great day.

Jake