Daily Attitude Email 09 22 22

A good husband makes a good wife. – John Florio

Meaghan is soooo lucky, isn’t she?

Probably a better version – a good wife makes a good husband.

The important relationships in our lives all work this way.

Our job is to be the best coworker, husband, wife, partner, vendor, customer, etc. that we can be. In doing so we create the opportunity for the other side to be their best as well.

Our part is to do our part. No one else’s. To play our role the best we can.

If we do, others tend to mostly do the same.

Not all the time. Not even close to perfectly.

They still mess up. They fall short. They disappoint. Our hearts get broken.

If we stick with it. If we play our part with all we’ve got. It tends to work out.

I can’t promise you won’t get taken advantage of. I can’t promise that if you’re a good wife your husband will turn good.

I am willing to bet that you’ll be better off if you do your best to play your part.

Make it a great day.

Jake

PS – Meaghan is the best wife.

Daily Attitude Email 09 21 22

Today marks the 12th anniversary of the daily attitude email.

A lot of life has happened in the last 12 years.

People have come on and off the list.

A pandemic happened.

Life has changed for so many of us.

But the idea of adding a little positivity to start your day seems more relevant to me and my life than it did all those years ago.

Building a daily discipline of at least trying to be positive and thoughtful about others isn’t easy, but it was worth it.

My sincere hope is that sometimes this email helps you. That your life is at least marginally better for having read it.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 09 20 22

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. – Helen Keller

Any quote from Helen Keller reminds me of the miracle it was for anyone to have been able to communicate with her at all.

The amount of diligence and perseverance required to get to that point was simply astounding.

It sure puts my everyday struggles into perspective.

Take inspiration in what is possible for you.

Take heart and know that better is available.

Take action and begin to make it true.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 09 19 22

Because too many times in life there’s just one person that I met, just one thing that I heard, one movie that I saw, one song that was sung, that changed my life. So I’m always trying to stay awake to be in the moment, and capture the moments when they come, because they come and go all the time. – Mike Singletary

Last night I was lucky enough to get to see Mike Singletary speak at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes event.

He shared a few thoughts that I’m glad I was there to here and hopefully awake enough in the moment to remember and apply.

Don’t hide. Don’t let your talents and life go by hidden away and not shared with the world.

Have fun. Joy should be a central theme in our lives (especially for those of us who are Christians).

Be consistent. Walk the line of the path for your life. Don’t get distracted or give up.

Be authentic and real in your relationships and interactions with those in your life.

I’m sure there was more that I missed, but it was meaningful that he made the time to come and speak to us and I’m thankful for him and his contribution to my life.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 09 14 22

“Busy is the new stupid.” – Ed Baldwin

Over the years I have become more and more convinced how “busy” has become a meaningless throw away word.

Something that just gets put in the place where another word should be instead, like good or nice or stuff or like or …..

The interesting thing about this one though is that at some point a lot of us bought into it. We bought into the idea that more busy equals more better.

We fill our time (and our homes and our cars and our….) with more and more busy until we feel like we are “winning” the busy contest.

Only to find out later that we are all the same amount of busy. 24 hours passes at exactly the same rate for us as it does Bono (or someone else who you think is really important).

Today I give you permission (ignore the fact that I have no actual power over you) to let go of busy. Let go of trying to cram it all in. Decide on what is important and do that. Make a top 5 list for the day (or a top 1 list to start).

And then do it again tomorrow.

Do it enough days in a row to build a habit.

Make it a way of life.

On second thought, maybe there is a way to win the “busy” game. Stop playing it.

Make it a great day.

Jake

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/busy-new-stupid-ed-baldwin-sphr-gphr?trk=hp-feed-article-title-like

Daily Attitude Email 09 13 22

A big idea I’ve tried to pass on to the kids – you are worth it.

You are worth doing it right.

You are worth treating others fairly.

You are worth being selfless.

You are worth doing the hard work.

You are worth the self-discipline.

What I mean by this is that your future and your happiness in part depend on the choices you make today. And you’re worth making the good choices. You are worth developing yourself into a person of character.

You are fearfully and wonderfully made by a Creator who loves you more than you can imagine. There is NOTHING you can do that will change His mind about you. He’s all in.

You are the one and only you.

Make it a great day.

Jake

PS – the flip side of this is true too. Everyone else is worth it. Everyone else is worth all the love and support we can muster. Everyone else is worth all the respect and accountability that you deserve and desire. Everyone else is worth the best you.

Daily Attitude Email 09 12 22

A daily attitude email from a few years back..

http://www.winstonchurchill.org/learn/speeches/speeches-of-winston-churchill/129-you-do-your-worst-and-we-will-do-our-best

This is a Winston Churchill speech that is particularly poignant on the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Two quotes in particular stood out to me:

“But there was one thing about which there was never any doubt. The courage, the unconquerable grit and stamina of our people, showed itself from the very outset. Without that all would have failed. Upon that rock, all stood unshakable.”

In the face of all the evils of the world we must have faith and belief that courage, grit and stamina from those on the side of good will win out. No matter the test, no matter the difficulty, that which is good and worthy will prevail.

“You do your worst – and we will do our best.”

When faced with the evils of the world it can be tempting to lower ourselves to those standards. Instead we need to raise ours.

The best way for us to honor those who have fallen and those who have sacrificed is to do and be our best. Others have given up their lives that we may have the opportunity to exercise this freedom. Don’t let it slip by.

Make it a great day.

Jake