Daily Attitude Email 10 21 21

Courage, dear heart. – CS Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

This is one of my favorite lines from the Narnia books.

To set the scene a little, this line comes in when they are on the island of nightmares and everyone is facing their worst fears. One of the main characters hears this as a whisper in her ear.

It made me think just how powerful three words could be.

Imagine this the next time you are troubled, worried or things just aren’t going your way: a whisper in your ear that simply says "courage, dear heart."

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 10 20 21

"It’s never crowded along the extra mile." – Wayne Dyer

We feel a tremendous pressure to “fit in” and “be normal”.

We fall into the trap of “doing what everyone else is doing” only to find ourselves disappointed.

We try to be like “most people”.

Only to find out that:

“Most people” are overweight.

“Most people” are in debt.

“Most people” hate their job.

“Most people” are ruled by their stuff.

It’s taken me a long time to realize this, but I don’t want to be like “most people”.

And I don’t think you should either.

What is something you could start doing today to move away from trying to be like “most people”? What’s a small, positive step away from the crowd that makes sense for you?

Make it a great day.

Jake

Friendly warning – “most people” also don’t want to get hit by a bus. Some wisdom and discernment must be applied when going against the grain. I know….it’s tricky, but I think you can figure it out

Daily Attitude Email 10 19 21

The gain is not the having of children; it is the discovery of love and how to be loving. – Polly Berrien Berends

The relationships in our lives are an opportunity to discover love and how to be loving.

Tony Robbins says a relationship is a place you go to give, not to get.

The gain is the kind of person we become.

Think about some of the major relationships in your life.

What are you giving?

How might you give more?

Is there something you could be doing differently?

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 10 18 21

One of the many blessings in my life is getting to work with a great group of people. A group I call my friends.

CS Lewis writes a lot about friendship in “The Four Loves”. Below is one of my favorite quotes:

A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you," can truly say to every group of Christian friends, "Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another." The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.”

― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

The instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.

In our silliness and goofy meetings. Our jokes and awkward hugs, we are shown the beauty in God’s creation of another person who is on our side.

We stand side by side and look out at the world and work to make it better. We work to show the beauty of those special relationships in a way that brings light and crowds out the darkness.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 10 13 21

Last night we attended the end of the year Senior night for cross country.

They made one of those awesome (corny) slideshow videos with sappy songs and pictures of the kids from when they were babies until now (I’m not crying, you’re crying!)

I couldn’t help but think of the quote – a baby is born with a need to feel loved, and never outgrows it.

High schoolers don’t really let on to this, but they all have that same need to feel loved.

You could see it on their faces – from babies to 18 year old “grown ups” – they are looking to find who is in their corner and who loves them.

Christ suggested that we “love our neighbor as ourselves” – I think this is what he meant. That when someone looks at you to see if you are in their corner and if you love them they would be able to see a resounding yes.

Most of our interactions don’t go this deep. We’re used to living and operating at a superficial level. At guarding ourselves against the person or people who would take advantage of our “being in their corner and loving them”.

Christ’s challenge is to take that risk. To show that senior cross country kid that we love them and are in their corner.

It’s hard. It doesn’t always go well. It sometimes breaks your heart. You can and will get taken advantage of.

But it’s worth it (in my opinion – you get to decide for yourself).

Go past the normal. Take some risks. Give more hugs. Smile more. Be the person to step out let others know you are in their corner and love them.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 10 11 21

Below is an email I sent out a few years back…

We in this country, in this generation, are — by destiny rather than choice — the watchmen on the walls of world freedom. We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility — that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and restraint — and that we may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of “peace on earth, good will toward men.” That must always be our goal — and the righteousness of our cause must always underlie our strength. For as was written long ago: “except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

While in Dallas this time I wanted to make sure it made it to see the Texas Book Depository and the scene of that fateful event.

Near the museum they had the excerpt above. It was intended to be part of a speech the President was to give later that same day.

His words seem just as powerful today as I am sure they would have been during that time.

We are tasked with a great responsibility.

To protect and build upon the progress of previous generations. To take the sacrifices made by others and turn them into a better and brighter future.

Words like these are a great reminder.

That we have something to work toward. That what we do matters and adds to an already great legacy.

Be inspired as you go about your day today.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Friday Morning Toe Tapper

I’ve thought of this song and the idea from this email from last year a lot….still needed today.

https://youtu.be/7CUKQxPTjpY

One of my favorite simple ideas for a better life is to smile – a lot. Like all the time.

This song/video is a funny, catchy reminder that even when life is hard we can choose to smile.

Life hasn’t been easy so far this year for many of us.

It hasn’t gone the way we would have wanted.

It’s been hard and upsetting and scary.

We can still smile.

“I know God is working so I smile”…..that’s my favorite line from the song and something I try to remind myself of constantly this year.

Hopefully you can find a smile today.

Make it a great day.

Jake