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Thursday, May 9, 2013

AYD - May 9, 2013 - There's Gold In Dem Dhere Words!


"Thank You"

- Anonymous, but constantly heard ....

As it should be.

Listen for it.  And spread it.  The easiest thing you will ever do, is share it.

Good Morning, Great day.
Great you, makes a better environment for all those around you.

Pierre Couturier
Thankful Husband, Thankful Daddy, and Grateful Author of My Day.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

AYD - May 8, 2013 - Balance the Books.

"Kindness is a currency that can cover a multitude of interpersonal debts."
- George Alexiou

I have debts.  Obviously I am not referring to financial here...rather, interpersonal.

Often times, we focus our energies and emotions on hurt feelings from debts we feel are owed to us.  Someone wronged us.  Someone was selfish, inconsiderate, draining, using, abusing,  Someone did not stop to give two hoots about how we would be affected by something they said or did.

Think of a bully in the school yard.  A cut throat climbing the ladder at work. 

Picked on, pushed down, stepped on and scapegoated by someone. 

But... I am not in the debt collection business.   I will dare say there are people in this life that owe me a ton.  If a picture is worth a thousand words then an explanation is worth a fortune in burdened thoughts.

"Why"  accounts for alot of our emotional baggage budget.

But, I am not in the debt collection business.  Nor should you be.

We cannot always control what return on our past investment we will get back.  We can send out a notice for overdue payment, but many of us feel that only adds compounded interest to the problem, and again, we are not in the debt collection business.

So...it is better then...to look at our books to see where we are in the red.  Look at the list of creditors we owe ... and do something about it.  Take ownership of someone we may have overlooked, or unintentionally pushed to the side and forgotten a gesture or favor, good deed, or their presence in our time of need.

Before we can be at peace and possibly write off bad debts that we feel should come our way, we should first take charge and balance our own books.  Be the vision we look for in others.

Make a donation to kindness .... better still, invest in repayment of kindness ... and begin to Balance Our Books.

Good Morning, Great Day.

Great You, makes a better environment for everyone around you.

Pierre Couturier
Husband Accountant, Daddy Accountant, and Author of My Day.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

AYD - The More You See, The More There is to Be

"When we treat people merely as they are, they will remain as they are. When we treat them as if they were what they should be, they will become what they should be."
- Thomas S. Monson

Let it sink in.

What we see of a person on the surface is only the advertised wrapper.  What we see inside, gives us the joy of what they are to become. - Pierre

And while we focus on the truth of what lies within the potential of those around us, we must not forget to take a closer look within ourselves.  Treat yourself as deserving of the dreams you strive for.  Treat yourself as the talent existing to be all you wish to be.

If you treat yourself as only what you may be this moment, how will you ever know when to reach?  How will you know when your moment is calling?

Believe in being, all you wish to be.  See it.  Treat yourself to it, by treating yourself as that being.

Good Morning, Great day.
Great you, creates a better environment for the betterment of all around you.

Pierre Couturier
Thrilled Husband, Proud Daddy, and Author of my Great Day.

Monday, May 6, 2013

AYD - May 6, 2013 - What is your role?

"No role is a small role."
- Apparently this is said when working in the theater.

Think back in memory to any time you recall when someone around you was regarded as less than some standard because they were doing a job not highly regarded.

Now think back to your teenage years, when you might have held one of those same catagorized jobs.

I have come to a place in my life where I do not immarturely judge a person by the job they do, for I had to do many of them and I value the perspective I was rewarded with.  I do believe however, that I have become more judgmental on HOW a person does their job... how they play their role.

I have split wood, worked in a gas station, was a cashier, swept floors in a fab shop, a telephone operator, and even joined the housekeeping staff at a less than stellar hotel.  That means I cleaned toilets and made beds.  I worked in a video rental store, a grocery store, and a small stint in a restaurant.  By small, I mean I was hired, got home and quit... they were not going to pay my inexperience nearly enough for me to apply myself and learn something totally new with the opportunity.  Silly folks...And then I landed in Industrial Construction and worked my way thru a few roles there.

My point is that I found I achieved greater success when I actually applied myself to any of the jobs I was given.  I won't say I had my full heart in it, but now looking back I can recognize and admit that.  But when I applied myself, the job I did was noticed, and that impression shaped what the decision makers thought of me as a person.  More trust because of my effort, created more opportunity and faith in my ethics.   We look around us at people doing tasks that we would not want to do, and judgement is often cast toward the person for doing the task...and not the fact that they do the task well.   There are alot of people in our days, that should they not be there, our day would be impacted greatly.  There are alot of roles that we do not realize how heavily we rely on in order for our schedule to be free and gain that time to do our own role better.   We do not achieve success all on our own.  We have alot of help.  And often, that help comes in someone else, playing their very important part...doing their "small" role.  We overlook the importance because it may not always be directly connected.   Today, make the connection.  Look around you. Acknowledge the "small" role for what it truly offers us in our own successes today.   Good Morning, Great day. Great you, improves the environment all around for others to have a great day.   Pierre Couturier Husband Role, Daddy Role, and Author to My Day Role.