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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Awaken Your Day - Mar 31, 2011 - Been There, Done That, Respect It

"Show me a man that cannot bother to do little things, and I'll show you a man who cannot be trusted to do big things."
- Lawrence D. Bell, Founder, Bell Aircraft

If you find yourself thinking and feeling that you are too good, or too important to do tasks you deem to be beneath you, then you may not have the best perspective of the moment at hand.

I have had some interesting jobs in my work experience.  Everything from a telephone operator, to a construction worker, to entertainment, and sweeping floors.  I have even made beds and cleaned toilets. At the time, I may have hated some of my jobs, but reflecting back, I would not change a moment.

I like to think that working my way up, gave me a better perspective, and appreciation for the efforts that many do, so that the rest can have comfort. 
People sometimes have to take on a job that seems to be looked down upon, and at the time, they are often judged personally by the way we judge the said position.  This is a tremendous injustice to the soul of the person.

Think of it this way...many famous contributors of "big things" in your way of life, started out with nothing but the courage to do what they had to do for work, and they had the heart to keep their self esteem alive while struggling in a role that we may see as less than fitting of our standards.

Think back to a time that you "survived" on your way to where ever you are right now.  Look back and recall how you felt then, and how you feel now about that time.  Are you not a better person for having that chapter to remind you of what it takes to work hard?

Rather than being judgemental, we need to remember that on some parallel, We have Been there...We have Done that... and so, we should Respect it.

Good morning, See you There.
Pierre Couturier

Monday, March 28, 2011

Awaken Your Day - Mar 29, 2011 - Share Your Thanks

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."
- William Arthur Ward

How do we usually feel when we let that guy in to our lane when we are in tight traffic, and in return we get a big old nothing to acknowledge our gesture?
Not the typical little wave of thanks.
Not the tap of the brake lites.
Not the wave out the window.

Now pick that situation up...like a puzzle you made on the table, and lay it down over any example of where someone makes a courteous gesture for you, and you fail to acknowledge it.

Held the elevator. Service with a smile. A "certainly" on your request over the phone.

Simple things become memorable moments if we just take the time to express our gratitude. Make it a habit, and watch it grow.

The Best of My Day is Calling.
Good Morning.
Pierre Couturier Husband, Da-Dee, Author, and Friend

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Awaken Your Day- Mar 28 2011 - Opportunity Knocking

"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered."
- Nelson Mandela

Here we are again. A place you are familiar with. Monday morning.

You have a choice.
Follow the stereotype and create that which you dread the most; Whine and moan; Shade in the expected dark cloud; And find excuses for lack of energy. Essentially...blame blame blame.

Or.... Change your perspective, and your vantage point. Take the wheel. Sound the alarm.
Opportunity Monday is coming, and you are revising the Manual.
"Chapter One - It is a great beginning to an exceptional week."
Good Morning.

Pierre Couturier