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Friday Morning Toe Tapper

Resending one of the first toe tappers….

When Meaghan showed me this the other day, I knew it would be the Friday Morning Toe Tapper….

https://youtu.be/cyVzjoj96vs

Seriously, spend the 1:52 to listen to this, if it doesn’t make you smile you might want to crawl back into bed. I listened to it like 4 times…

What I Am.

Think about that. Part of being happy is realizing who you are and what you are capable of becoming.

Think about yourself while he sings the song, do any of the below fit you? I guarantee at least one does.

What I am is musical.

What I am is thoughtful.

What I am is friendly.

What I am is super.

What I am is magical.

What I am is smart.

And those are just the ones I caught…

There is only one you. It is up to you to try. It is up to you to reach high. You can do it. You can get stronger, smarter, faster, better; whatever you want.

Be the best you you can be.

Make it a great Friday and have a great weekend.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 05 05 21

I’m secretly (not so secretly now that I type this) hoping that Cinco de Mayo becomes the next St. Patrick’s Day here in America.

A day when we can celebrate a different culture with food, drink, and hospitality.

A day when we enjoy the richness of another culture (and tacos), together.

America needs more together. Less apart.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 05 04 21

It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will. – Anne of Green Gables

This book series is a favorite of Annie’s as you can imagine, so it’s not surprising when a quote from the series makes it way onto the chalkboard in the kitchen (as this did recently).

What I liked most about the quote was “nearly always”.

It’s easy to dismiss the advice to choose a better attitude in life when you can think of “that one time when that wouldn’t work”.

But that’s a huge mistake because nearly always it does.

Most of the time it works out better when we decide to enjoy it.

Most of the time we can find more joy if we look for it.

Most of the time we can smile more if we choose to.

Not all the time, but nearly always.

Don’t let yourself fall into the trap of having a worse day (month, year, life) because you can think of that time when positive thinking wouldn’t work. Instead, focus on all the times (nearly always) when it will make life better.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Friday Morning Toe Tapper

https://youtu.be/xmav-XsIVK4

Apologies ahead of time if this isn’t the cleanest version…beware of the possibility of curse words and a bit of inappropriateness.

Why you always in a mood?

First time I heard this I fell into the temptation to be a little self-righteous – Yeah! Why are those other people always in a mood?!?

Then after a few times and a little self-reflection, I realized that I might be the person that’s “in a mood” more frequently than I should be.

Maybe I should be more careful about my moods. Maybe I should be more thoughtful and aware of how my mood affects those around me.

Maybe (just maybe) I shouldn’t let my moods dictate what I say and do.

Or maybe I just overanalyzed a catchy pop song…who knows.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 04 29 21

Sweet mercy is nobility’s true badge. – William Shakespeare

This quote reminded me of the story of a Nazi concentration camp survivor who came face to face with her captor and he asked her forgiveness.

This story was an extreme act of mercy and forgiveness that required a maturity beyond the reach of many.

Each day we have a chance to offer similar mercy to those around us.

To our spouse.

To our children.

To our co-workers.

To our friends.

To the waitress at the restaurant.

We can forego our rights and privileges and show mercy when it isn’t required.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Mercy – compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.

Daily Attitude Email 04 28 21

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. Lao Tzu

Jim Rohn talks about how you can’t change your destination (where you’re going to end up) overnight, but you can change your direction (setting you on a path towards a new destination).

And a change in direction is so much easier to contemplate than a complete overhaul.

Think about your goals for the year.

Think about the direction they are taking you.

Do you need to make any adjustments?

What are some small changes in direction that will get you heading in the right direction?

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 04 27 21

Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it. – George Halas

What does that look like for you today?

Where are you holding back?

Find something small to give your best to today.

Have the best interaction you can with your spouse.

Make the best choice you can for lunch or dinner (or both).

Be present and thoughtful about doing your best.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 04 26 21

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. – Lao Tzu

Reading this quote I imagined a meandering creek or river, lazily taking its time moving water from one place to another.

This week, work to hurry less.

Take a deep breath.

Relax your body.

Take the time to do it right the first time.

Make it a great day.

Jake