Author: jakedavis1910

Daily Attitude Email 09 08 22

It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love. – Voltaire

That one sure stings a little. Maybe hits a little too close to home. Maybe I’m the only one?

As I get older my selective blindness has become more and more clear. I’m not good enough to pick it out ahead of time, all the time, but I sure can tell that I’m not seeing the whole picture.

I convince myself that my ideas are good.

The stuff I want is necessary.

That my desires and wants are best for everybody.

That I have everyone’s best interests at heart.

That I’ll do better with the diet and exercise tomorrow.

That a few more minutest of TV won’t hurt.

What are you blind to? Who in your life might better see things as they are? Who might serve as an accountability partner?

Make it a great day.

Jake

PS – When you see me doing any of these things – please call me out!

Daily Attitude Email 09 06 22

There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something. – Henry Ford

Labor Day is a great reminder for me that there is joy and value in work.

As life becomes more and more comfortable for most of the world we are at the point where we have to be reminded.

To be reminded that a change in attitude is in order when doing the labor in our lives and to be thankful for those, past and present, who labor to create the ease and comfort we have become accustomed to.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 09 21 22

It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one’s neighbor. – Eric Hoffer

Loving those around us requires some effort.

We have to work at. To put down our own selfish desires. To show grace and compassion for the imperfect human beings in our lives.

What would love look like to your neighbor?

What would love look like to your friends?

What would love look like to the waitress?

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 08 31 22

Good questions outrank easy answers. – Paul Samuelson

A good habit to get into – asking the right questions.

Some examples that I ask myself frequently that help me:

What am I really trying to accomplish here?

What will I think about this in 3 months, 3 years, 30 years?

How can I help?

Who needs my prayers?

What would a positive response look like?

Who is most important to me here?

If it all went poorly, would I still be ok?

What would a wise person do?

Who knows the answer to this?

What would I do differently if I was filled with the fruit of the spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, self-control)?

Who’s am I? (God’s)

What would my grandpa/dad/Meaghan do?

I’d love to hear the questions you ask yourself to help clarify, make decisions and short circuit the worries of life. Send them out to the group!

Make it a great day.

Jake

PS – Two books to read if you’re interested in asking better questions – The Question Behind the Question and The Best Question Ever.

Daily Attitude Email 08 30 22

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” ― J.K.Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

This classic line from Harry Potter is a great reminder for all of us.

Happiness can be found in dark times, when we choose to turn on the light.

The Bible even talks frequently about being the light.

Our choices and heart attitude can be a light to ourselves and others.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 08 29 22

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

This a quote used a lot in “Daring Greatly” by Brene Brown.

She uses this quote as a centerpiece to her idea that daring greatly by being vulnerable is the key to living a wholehearted life.

What pops into your head when you read this quote?

A conversation you need to have with someone?

A bad habit that needs to be kicked to the curb?

A new habit that needs your focus?

Find a way to dare greatly today.

Make it a great day.

Jake