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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Awaken Your Day - April 8, 2011 - The Road You Build Is Your Design

"A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her."
- David Brinkley

Many of you have come to the last leg of the race.  Rat race of a working week.
Friday shows you a light at the end of the tunnel; something to reach for; the finish line ahead.

Many of you will enter your weekend feeling like you need a break, and I am sad to say, you may even waste some of this refreshing reprieve from the day to day grind by moaning and complaining about the events of the week and how stressful they were.

Past tense.

Remember the Finish Line you reached for? 

Have you ever seen a marathon runner, finally finish the goal of completing the event, and then ask the reporters and television crew to follow them back along the course so they could see as they remember and retell the crew every place along the way that they stumbled or faced a tough moment?

I would think, you might want to look back, and say, "Ya, it was a tough week...but I made it and now I know I can do it! " 

And with that frame of mind...might I ask you just what you are capable of achieving this weekend, with your own time to invest ... in you ?

The road you build is by your design.
Use yesterday's news if you like, but the moment you are in, is much fresher material to mold.

Good Morning
Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, Author and Friend

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Awaken Your Day - April 6, 2011 - With One Small Change, I Can ...

"One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time."
- Andre Gide

We can get really deep with this idea...or we can keep it simple and find it very easy to apply it to our day.
Basically, if you wish to grow, expand, do new things, test the waters, dabble, or just let curiousity get the best of you...you have to be willing to input something new into your existing routine.  And, it is simple to start doing it.

If you go out for lunch today, order something new and not the safe usual.

If you go grocery shopping, put the ingredients for a new recipe on your list and then make it.

Read the full article in the paper and not just the headline.

Ask someone at work about their tasks, and get to know what all goes into their role.

Try on some clothes that you usually walk by because, "Oh, I just don't know".

Plan a one day get away on the weekend and see what your local area has to offer.

The ideas, are endless and can be small or large.  To introduce more awareness, more experiences, and maybe more joy into your life, you need not look far, you just need to begin by moving a little.

One step at a time, could see you Creating some wonderful new experiences and opening countless new doors.

Good Morning
Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, Author and Friend.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Awaken Your Day - April 5, 2011 - Pursuit for Pleasure Today

"The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do."
- Walter Bagehot, 1826-1877

Yes that really does enhance the feeling of achievment. 
So why just stop the pleasure there?

Could you not then also rise to the challenge with ANY negativity?
Could we not stand firm when confronted by negative energy from someone or something in our day?  Because really, that too is a form of draining your belief that the moment or situation could not be something better.

Almost as if to say, "You cannot find a better perspective."

This may just be the one time when it is okay to derive pleasure at someone else's expense.

How often in your day could you find pleasure in being more powerful that someone else's negative drive to absorb your energy?

I dare you to find out.  What have you go to lose, except maybe some negative bonding?

Good morning,

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Da-deee, Author, Friend