Daily Attitude Email 05 09 22

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? – Vincent Van Gogh

Good reminder for a Monday morning – you’ve got to risk it to get the biscuit.

Not foolishly or recklessly, but thoughtfully and with purpose – we must take risks.

We can’t get anywhere without a measure of risk.

What risk can you take this week?

Trying something new.

Being vulnerable with a loved one.

Doing without those sweets.

Exercising instead of watching TV.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 05 05 22

The quote below and the reminder to soften my heart has been on my mind a lot lately so I’m sending out this daily attitude again from a few years ago….maybe I’m not the only one that needs a reminder.

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”

― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

I’ve listened to most of Brene Brown’s books over the course of the last year or so. She spends a lot of her effort explaining the truth that CS Lewis talks about in the quote above.

In particular lately, I’ve been thinking about how this quote applies to our work.

At Mavidea and Maxlider, we are in the service business. We work for our customers.

And they break our hearts all the time.

By not taking the good advice.

By cancelling and switching to another provider.

The same with our coworkers and teammates.

But these relationships are what make our work so worthwhile.

Only when we make ourselves vulnerable and open to the relationships around us do we get to experience the joy of our work.

At the risk of being a little sappy and corny, I’m going to ask you all to do something.

Open your hearts. Step into the scary situations and be yourself.

Lean in to the special place reserved for you in this world.

With our customers, with your teammates, with your loved ones.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 05 04 22

“Luminous beings we are, not this crude matter.” —Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back

Since today is May the 4th, I figured a Star Wars quote was in order.

Something I’ve noticed about a lot of the epic movie or novel series is that they touch on some of the important truths of life.

That being brave is better than being cowardly.

That being honest is better than lying.

That love and truth will win out over evil and tyranny.

That friendships and relationships matter more than our selfish desires.

That good is worth fighting for and will win out in the end.

And this quote above – that we are more than just a bag of chemicals that happens to be able to walk around and think a little. We are in fact, a soul. We just happen to inhabit a body right now.

Make it a great day.

Jake

PS – Just for fun – respond with your favorite Star Wars scene or quote to get everybody in a Star Wars kind of mood today.

Daily Attitude Email 05 03 22

The Widow’s Offering – Mark 12:41-44

41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.

43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

Listening to Jim Rohn again reminded me again of this story and this old daily attitude email about it.

An important component in life is the giving of ourselves in service to others.

It’s easy to get caught up in just the monetary aspect of the story. Maybe even feel bad because you haven’t given away all of the dollars you have earned.

And while I think that is an important element of the story, I believe that maybe a more important idea in today’s world is giving all of ourselves in service to others.

In service to our families.

In service to our church or favorite local charity.

In service to our clients.

In service to our teammates.

Make it a great day of service.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 05 02 22

People change and forget to tell each other. – Lillian Hellman

“People don’t change” is an excuse we all like to throw out from time to time.

I think this quote is more accurate. People change all the time. We just forget to let each other know.

We also don’t change on someone else’s schedule.

To steal a phrase from Jim Rohn – “Don’t ask me why, I wasn’t in on some of the early decisions”.

The only thing you get to change is you.

I’d better get to work….

Make it a great day.

Jake

Friday Morning Toe Tapper (Meaghan Style)

https://youtu.be/wcp65nDQBo8

Higher Love :: sung by Whitney Houston (1990), remixed by Kygo (2019), written by Steve Winwood & Will Jennings (1986)

Think about it

There must be a higher love

Down in the heart or hidden in the stars above

Without it

Life is wasted time

Look inside your heart and I’ll look inside mine

Preach, Whitney!

Who else loves some Whitney?

Who else needs a higher love?

I believe we all do, and that it is ours if we ask for it and seek it out. There is a love in this world beyond what we can even fathom, but sometimes I can feel it. I feel it when I look at layer upon layer of petals in a flower, or into the eyes of a shy middle school kid who just wants to fit in (or for someone to please notice them). I feel it when I hear a group of people singing or playing instruments together, and when I receive a genuine, understanding smile or hug from a trusted friend. I feel it when I see snow falling in the street light against the night sky, or at a bright blue one wearing magical clouds and colors of the sunset. Often against my will, tears fill my eyes when I feel this higher love made physical in the ordinary miracles of my normal days. I know that this higher love really is in both the stars above and in our hearts.

I also know we are all just as imperfect as Whitney was, in our own ways, but I hope we can try to be vessels of a higher love and pass it on to and through one another as we go about our days. We may not have an overwhelmingly beautiful vocal range, but we all have something wonderful to contribute.

Happy Friday, everyone! 💙🖤

(Now try not to get sucked down a Whitney rabbit hole on YouTube. I was just taken back to my middle school years when I was obsessed with The Body Guard Soundtrack…yeah, I had the cassette tape.)

Meaghan

Daily Attitude Email 04 28 22

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

We tell the kids all the time to do their best.

To decide that they are going to be the kind of person who does their best even when it’s not fun or easy.

As adults, we seem to struggle with this.

We get distracted into trying a million things and not giving our best to just a few.

We convince ourselves we’ll do our best tomorrow.

We decide (wisely we think) that this or that isn’t worth trying so hard.

Maybe I’m using we a little too much here…those are all things that I do to myself. You’re probably better at this than me.

Either way – it’s worth it to be the kind of person who does their best even when it’s not fun or easy.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 04 27 22

One of the good things about having a high schooler in track is that we get to travel all over Central IL in the family truckster.

Last night on the way home, there was a beautiful sunset and we got to see a few farmers out working late to get the ground ready for planting.

Every year I’m reminded on how much faith it takes to be a farmer.

You have to have faith in the seed, soil, rain, sunshine, weather, etc.

It could all get ruined in a tornado or hailed on or eaten by bugs or too hot or too cold or too wet or too dry. So many things could go wrong.

But overall, most of the time, if you put the in effort to try to do things the right way, there’s a harvest in the fall.

That’s true of a lot of our lives.

You don’t get tomorrow from exercising today.

You don’t get wealthy today by saving a few pennies.

You don’t build a great marriage by going a great date tonight.

The important values of life must be cultivated, with faith that it will all turn out in the end.

It doesn’t always work out (and almost always takes longer than we’d like), but it probably will.

Make it a great day.

Jake