Daily Attitude Email 01 12 21

Joy is the serious business of Heaven. – C. S. Lewis

CS Lewis wrote a book titled – “Surprised by Joy”.

A major premise being that joy is something we are surprised by. Not something to held on to tightly but something to look for – out of the corner of your eye, in the right place and at the right time.

Those moments when nature or someone surprises you when you weren’t expecting it.

Put yourself in a position to be “surprised by joy”.

Spend time outside.

Call an old friend.

Pray.

Hug a loved one tight.

Write about something your thankful for.

Tell somebody you are thankful for them.

And then maybe do it again?

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 01 11 22

If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever. – Thomas Aquinas

The highest aim is not preservation alone.

The Bible tells the story of the talents. The one who buried his and didn’t put it to work was the one was reprimanded.

Where do you need to take on some risk?

Where do you need to be using your talents?

What would this year look like if you took a few, wise chances?

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 01 10 22

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. – William James

Great reminder for a Monday morning.

This week matters.

The small, incremental steps you take this week are leading you towards something.

Little adjustments can lead to big results in the long run.

Pay attention.

Make the small changes.

You’re worth it.

It makes a difference.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 01 05 22

What if I told you that 10 years from now, your life would be exactly the same? I doubt you’d be happy. So, why are you so afraid of change? – Karen Salmansohn

In order to get to the next step we have to move from where we are. Things have to change.

The beginning of the year is a great time to imagine what could be different if we were to change.

To imagine a future better than our now.

To move towards something of interest and appeal.

What needs to change? (And what needs to stay the same?)

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 01 04 22

I read an article the other day that had the idea of shortening your resolutions to a month.

Instead of trying to do something permanent or for the whole year or…..fill in the blank, just focus on a month.

Don’t worry about permanent or even what will happen after the end of the month, just commit to one month.

Is there anything that has been lingering on your list?

Something that’s made it on the New Year’s resolution list a couple of years in a row?

Find a small step forward in that direction and commit to making progress for the month.

Commit to tracking all your expenses for the month.

Commit to writing down every single piece of food you eat.

Commit to waking up 30 minutes earlier.

Commit to 10 minutes of reading time.

Make something up that works for you and the commit to it. Just for the month of May.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 01 03 22

Below is an excerpt from a book titled “Life Begins When You Do.”

What a great way of looking at things.

Make it a great day.

Jake

An excerpt from

Life Begins When You Do

by Mary Anne Radmacher

Nearly everyone postpones one grand thing or a collection of mighty hopes and dreams.

Between the quote marks of our lives are phrases like these: "When things slow down…when I finish my degree…when I get certified…as I acquire a deeper knowledge base…when I have kids…when the kids are grown…when I get well…when I marry…when I divorce…when I retire…when I get that promotion, that raise, that job, that house, that whatever the fill-in-the blank is for your specific postponing of life…"

Your Life Begins When You Do.

You may think you are postponing the longing of your soul until life aligns itself with your vision, until elements conspire to be more favorable…but as it happens, life just lolls along at the same remarkable consistent and disinterested cadence. Life is impartial. YOUR personal, subjective life (dreams, satisfactions, contentment, achievements, vision, fullness, passion, aspirations) begins when you begin.

From my teens into adulthood, I said, "I want to be an artist." One day I changed the sentence to, "I am an artist." My view changed. Life began. I looked behind me and saw that I had been accidentally living as an artist. I had been laying down a path that was only now visible to eyes that had begun to see. Beginning my life as an artist made my heart’s longing and the small, tentative labors of my hands – visible and tangible. I began by opening the door and simply believing that I could live my dream. I began living that dream by seeing that I could.

Your purpose, that thing that among the many to-dos of your days, is what you must do. Embrace the truth of your purpose each minute of your precious life…for how very true it is that life begins when you do.

If you would dream it

BEGIN it.

If you have an idea

OPEN it.

If there is longing

ACKNOWLEDGE it.

If there is mission

COMMIT it.

If there is daring

DO it.

If there is love

SPEAK it.

If there is resource

USE it.

If there is abundance

SHARE it.