Friday Morning Toe Tapper

https://youtu.be/saaLW0jiiUE

More of a slow tapper.

Probably not the real message of this song but when I hear I think about trying to be the “easy” person in a relationship.

Easy to talk to.

Easy to work with.

Easy to ask for help.

Easy to tell the good and bad news.

I think of being kind and nice. Of being the kind of person someone isn’t afraid to approach with whatever is on their mind.

What can you do to be the easy person for somebody today?

Make it a great day.

Jake

PS – on the other side of this coin – sometimes we don’t want to be the easy person. If someone asks you to cheat or lie or steal, it shouldn’t be easy. It should be impossible. Like a lot of life – we must choose wisely when to be easy and when to be difficult.

Daily Attitude Email 08 04 22

"Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is poverty. Ignorance is devastation. Ignorance is tragedy. Ignorance is illness. It all stems from ignorance." — Jim Rohn

We are all ignorant in that we don’t know everything, but if we continue to be, we can expect what Jim Rohn describes.

While we shouldn’t beat ourselves up over not knowing, we should also never stop our search for knowledge and information to lead us out of our ignorance.

We choose our ignorance.

But we must choose wisely.

For example, it might be wise to be ignorant of the latest happenings on the latest hot TV show while being ignorant of important areas regarding your health might not be so wise.

Choosing ignorance in the important areas of life is a recipe for disaster.

Seek out knowledge and wisdom about what is important to you.

Be ok with not understanding that which is not.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 08 03 22

Found this email I sent out two years ago at this time. What we do still matters.

Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? Perhaps because I am afraid, and he gives me courage. – The Hobbit

One of the overarching themes in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series is that a small person, pure in heart, can make a difference – maybe even THE difference in how things turn out.

The little things matter.

How we treat each other on a team conference call matters.

How we treat a worried client matters.

How we work with vendors struggling to keep up matters.

We are being asked to hold the line against the evils of the world. To hold at bay the negativity, fear, hopelessness and despair. To keep ourselves and our teammates from falling prey to the temptation to give up or give in.

I’m sure this all sounds a bit grandiose for a little IT company and truck shop in Bloomington/Normal – and maybe it is (I don’t think so), but I don’t believe that for a second. What we do and how we do it matters. Now more than ever. How we get through this – together – matters. It’s important. And so is the work you are doing every day.

We have the opportunity to serve our clients and each other – with love and hope and faith and optimism in the face of difficulty.

Let’s embrace the opportunity and do our best.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 08 01 22

Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all. – Norman Vincent Peale

I thought this quote would be a good reminder on a Monday morning.

Start your week off by taking action on your most important goals.

Get the ball rolling in the right direction.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Friday Morning Toe Tapper

https://youtu.be/jYa1eI1hpDE

The Davis ladies have been listening to a lot of Taylor Swift lately and this one stood out to me.

Mean people exist. Evil is real.

Taylor pokes fun at the idea of showing up the mean people by doing well, which is a good starting point.

This song also reminded me of an idea from Andy Stanley – “do for one what you wish you could do for everyone”.

Mean people leave pain behind. Pain we see in the people we interact with every day.

We can’t eradicate all the mean people or bad things in this world, but we can come alongside one person, be with them in real relationship and hopefully help the healing process.

An example – Meaghan has been substitute teaching the last two years. She’s come home with stories about how she connected with or helped some young student who was struggling. She hasn’t eradicated bullying or teenage meanness, but she has made a difference in the lives of some young people.

Be on the look out – you’ll be presented with an opportunity to so something similar.

Make it a great day.

Jake

PS – There is one true source of healing and peace in the face of the mean and evil of this world – Jesus Christ. He is the only true and lasting answer.

Daily Attitude Email 07 28 22

You won’t be happy if you don’t produce. – Jim Rohn

Leisure and rest are not the point. Producing and leaving things better than you found them is.

Jim Rohn talks about the seed, the soil, the rain and the sunshine. References to his growing up on a small farm.

The farm is a great metaphor for being productive and being a good steward.

Being productive is an important element in our quest for happiness and success.

Are you letting the seed, soil, rain and sunshine in your life go to waste or are using it to produce?

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 07 27 22

We spent yesterday at Niagara Falls with the family.

It was such a great reminder of the power and beauty of nature.

It was also a great reminder of what man is capable of when we work with nature.

It was a good chance for an attitude adjustment.

To look for the beauty and life that surrounds us every day.

To realize that it will be here long after me and my job is steward my life and time the best I can while I’m here.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 07 26 22

https://youtu.be/pDKiMYgdxSs

Every time I go on vacation I think of this scene from What About Bob.

A vacation from your problems.

Sometimes if we take a break from worrying about something, it reveals itself as something not worth worrying about.

Not that the worries and anxieties of life can just be swept under the rug, but if you view them from a new angle you can see them for what they are.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 07 25 22

You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need. – Vernon Howard

There’s a part of me that disagrees with this quote.

Sure – part of the secret of contentment is being happy with what you have.

But what do to with the drive to do better?

How do you strike the balance between managing your desires and your desires managing you?

We seem to have been built to seek out goals and purpose and making things better.

We also seem prone to buying into marketing and comparison and letting them steal our joy.

No answers to this one for you….just a few questions for you to think about.

In the end, you get to pick….for you.

What do you want? How much contentment? How much striving and purposeful effort?

Make it a great day.

Jake