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Thursday, March 28, 2013

AYD - March 28,2013 - A Personal Day

"I would thank you from the bottom of my heart, but for you my heart has no bottom."
- Anonymous

There is alot going on in our lives.  Day in and day exit...a fresh morning, a weary nite... the headlines, the forecasts ... alot going on.  Changes at work, and changes at home - it is hard sometimes to remember to give all the good, an equal share of our heart, mind, and overall time in our thoughts.

We must remind ourselves to schedule time for Thanks.

In our own lives right now, there is alot of uncertainty.  So today, while we encounter some changes, and some answers are still to be discovered, and the consequential paths are yet to show themselves thru the forest of unknowns - I want to pause and give thanks.  Thanks because it is due, and to Give Thanks because it helps to calm the heart and mind when uncertainty spins the Merry Go Round a little too fast.

I ask you to remember to give thanks fairly often here.  Today, I suggest you truly touch the feeling behind the gesture.  Go one step further in your expression.  Consider how your life has been made better because of the thing or person or action you are so thankful for.

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill

Today I give my thanks...for what it is worth. You all know who you are. I hope you know all you do.

Great morning, great day.  Great you, a better day for others.
Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, Author ...and Thankful.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

AYD - March 27, 2103 - Keep it Simple

"As you think, so shall you become."
- Bruce Lee

Maybe this should be keep it simple week.

Plain and simple, if some Negative distraction invites you to give it a hug,  don't be so quick to say yes and lunge forward with open arms.  Step back and find out what the moment is really showing you.

If you need a better example ... kids.  A simple consequence for misbehaving is one minute of quiet time.  How do you feel when you are in a heated moment and you are just about to discipline a child?  If you stay in that thought and feeling pattern you have seen how you become more readily annoyed soon after.  As you think....

So, when you need it, give yourself a one minute quiet time.  If you do it with your child, you will see you also needed the one minute to gather your emotions and move forward with a lighter step.

If you do it at work, close your door or step off to yourself for a one minute quiet time.  Gather yourself, so that you do not lose more time just simply stuck in a rut or making things unnecessarily worse.

And of course...if you are thinking good thoughts... run with it.  As you think, so shall you become and everyone around you will carry your good mood like sparkles from a greeting card.  Hey, there is an idea for a fun Wednesday.  Go to the card shop... handle sparkly ones...and dont tell anyone.  Then just simple contact all day long will spread the silly.  Only you will know.

Gotta go .... think our office needs some sparkling.

Great morning, great day.  Great you, a better day for everyone else.
Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, Author ... and thinking I want to be silly.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

AYD - March 26, 2013 - I Want to Be Crazy

"People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."
- Motivational site.

And then there are the days that do not need explaining. They just need some doing.

Great morning, Great day. Great and Crazy you...a better day for everyone else.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, Author.... and taking a little look at my twisted self.

Monday, March 25, 2013

AYD - March 25, 2013 - A Simple To Do List

Opportunity Monday.

Time to give back and begin the week with a positive flow.

Say Thank You to someone for something they do everyday, but are often overlooked.

Apologize to someone, because you have had time to think things through.

Share with someone what was good for you in the last few days....

And then share your time with them as they share with you.

Give your interest to someone with a problem at work.

Ask someone how they are doing, and care enough to listen to the answer.

When we have time to reflect upon simple beginnings like this, we often find some connection to some event or memory from our growing up.  I recall when I was in Boy Scouts... it was said that we should try to do a good deed each and every day.  We had badges to earn by challenging ourselves to try something new, and apply ourselves to it.

If only I had carried those simple life lessons forward conciously ... I marvel at all the good I could have done, and how it may have shaped who I later became.

Opportunity Monday - seize some of the moments that offer to us the chance to do something so small, so simple... yet so significant.

Great Morning, Great Day.  Great you, is a better day for everyone else.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, Author, and answering the door more often.