Daily Attitude Email 12 02 21

I am not alone at all, I thought. I was never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the world seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses. – Taylor Caldwell

This is a great reminder before Christmas comes and goes.

You are not alone.

You are loved.

You are special.

Not in a way that makes you better than everyone else.

Not in a way that makes you just like everyone else.

You are loved and special in your own way. The way only you can be.

In the Christian faith, this is the reason God sent his son on that first Christmas. For you.

If that explanation of it doesn’t work for you, I can assure you that you aren’t alone, you are loved and you are special to someone.

Merry Christmas.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 12 01 21

"It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed." – Napolean Hill

The Bible talks about dying to ourselves and only then will we experience life to the fullest (probably a poor job of paraphrasing).

The point is the same as Napolean was making – we live best when we actively work to serve others and help them toward success.

At Mavidea and Maxlider – we are lucky enough to be in the service business. Each day we get to make a living doing what is actually best for us.

And the more and better we do at that, the better the company and each other get to do as well.

Focus on serving today and every day.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 11 30 21

"Nothing ever seems too bad, too hard, or too sad when you’ve got a Christmas tree in the living room." – Nora Roberts

Some people even leave them up all year round….

Part of the recipe for less complaining is to be more joyful.

Christmas is meant to be a season of joy and wonder.

If the tree doesn’t do it for you, what does?

What could you focus in on or notice more this season?

What could you spend time doing that you usually rush through?

Who could you spend a little more time with?

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 11 29 21

14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 17 Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me. Philippians 2:14-17

Our pastor spoke about these verses yesterday. The point was that we should complain less or actually – not at all.

Complaining is such an easy habit to fall into.

Everyone’s doing it.

It’s much easier than the alternatives.

Instead we must do the work of being poured out – with gladness and joy. So that we can stand out as lights in the world. Lights that show what is possible – through Christ.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 11 24 21

“To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.” – Johannes A. Gaertner

Another reminder to live with gratitude in your heart, all year long.

So many societal ills could be solved with simple ideas like gratitude and humility.

We wish for things to get better. For others to be more civil. For violence and division to disappear.

It all begins with us – choosing simple, wholesome ideas like gratitude each and every day.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 11 23 21

"Everything we do should be a result of our gratitude for what God has done for us." – Lauryn Hill

Thanksgiving reminds of all that we have to be thankful for and to rekindle our sense of gratitude.

It’s also a good reminder of what God has done for us – and what we should do as a result.

Thanksgiving is a reminder to live and be better people.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 11 22 21

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. – Melody Beattie

The idea of gratitude turning a house into a home and a meal into a feast really stand out.

We have the choice.

We can look at what we have as not enough. Not as much as our neighbors or friends.

We can see our circumstances as having not gone our way. Bemoaning the fact that others have had it easier.

Or…

We can look at all that we have been blessed with and see it as a bounty.

We can see our circumstances and think of those who haven’t had it so good.

There is always something to be thankful. Gratitude can always transform for the better.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 11 18 21

“I once had the opportunity to discuss this with the brilliant George Mason University professor of economics, Walter Williams. His definition of money remained with me and became part of my business seminars. “Take out a dollar bill and look at it,” he said. “Now pat yourself on your back because you are looking at a certificate of performance. If you did not rob or steal from anyone to obtain that dollar, if you neither defrauded anyone nor persuaded your government to seize it from a fellow citizen and give it to you, then you could only have obtained that dollar in one other way—you must have pleased someone else.” How true are those words. Whether you pleased a client, a customer, or your boss, that money is testament to your having pleased another human being. Having money is not shameful; it is a certificate of good performance granted to you by your grateful fellow citizens.”

Excerpt From: Rabbi Daniel Lapin. “Thou Shall Prosper.”

This is probably the most positive view of money and income that I have come across.

What if we all looked at the dollars we earned as little certificates of performance?

What if we looked at the world through the lens of looking to serve others?

Each day we have the opportunity to look for the positive.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude 11 17 21

I’ve been listening to Jordan Peterson’s new book and it reminded me of this email from last year.

“To stand up straight with your shoulders back is to accept the terrible responsibility of life, with eyes wide open. It means deciding to voluntarily transform the chaos of potential into the realities of habitable order. It means adopting the burden of self-conscious vulnerability, and accepting the end of the unconscious paradise of childhood, where finitude and mortality are only dimly comprehended. It means willingly undertaking the sacrifices necessary to generate a productive and meaningful reality (it means acting to please God, in the ancient language).”

― Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

I’ve been reading this book again after listening to it last year.

It really is a tremendous book. Highly recommend.

A theme in the book is what I would call “being a grown up”.

This quote from the book puts it well.

Open your eyes and face reality.

Accept your responsibility to participate in it and make things better.

Understand your vulnerabilities and move forward anyway.

Gladly take on the sacrifices necessary to improve the lives around you.

These ideas seem particularly important in a time of difficulty like we are facing now.

Now is the time to stand up straight with our shoulders back, not to shrink or shirk our responsibilities.

Make it a great day.

Jake