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Friday, June 28, 2013

AYD - June 28, 2013 - Want What You Have

"When you can't have what you want, it's time to start wanting what you have."
- Kathleen A. Sutton

It is very easy at this time in life to always want more.  Afterall, everything around us becomes revised into a new and improved must-have-convenience within such a short time. Often, I can see where it is difficult for many to appreciate what we already have, and more so the memory of what it took to obtain it.

Statements like today's are often immediately followed by thoughts of physical stuff.  Our car, our televisions, our computers, or a popular one...our clothes.  Depending on our emotional state, we can reflect as well on relationships we are involved in as the other primary example.

The message is still the same.  Should we look with a little more focus on that which is close to us already, we may resurrect the value it truly has to us, and with little effort, it may shine again in our eyes just like something that is newly desired.

I detail my truck on a sunny Saturday afternoon, and when I stand back to look it over, I remember the day we bought it. The sense of achievement when we picked it up.  The simple joy of earning something brand new.  And my desire to take care of it is revived and reminded.

We find ourselves in the morning getting ready for work, and "I have nothing to wear" is generated out of boredom and I dare say the simple clutter staring us in the face.  So, take some time on the weekend, put on some music, get a glass of wine and play dress up.  Yes boys...that means you too.  Go thru the closet.  You will be surprised by "that old thing" and you will also say, " That's where that was!!  I forgot I had that."  Another little trick is to hang up some of your clothes that right now you stuff in a drawer.  "Out of sight, out of mind"  is a true appreciation killer.

Pull out your address book, and your phone.  Make a point of updating your address book... for a couple reasons.  One, because the odds say something will eventually happen to the phone and you need a back up.  Two, because you will touch a mental picture as you scroll thru each name. You will share a moment with each person...and they will never know.  But you will have a reflected moment to make contact...and this will lead to a couple of calls that so often begin with, "Hi, how are you doing?  We haven't talked in awhile..."

Mow your grass.  My back yard is a mere fraction of what the older houses used to have.  But when I mow, and I trim the edges, we weed the slim little flower bed.... we stand back and soak up the color.  It's a small piece ... but it is ours.  And we care about it. 

And my last example of the day... to maybe lead into a more relaxed and enjoyable weekend.... is for you to browse an old photoalbum... or three.  Nothing helps you respect what you have today, more than retracing the steps of your life that led you to the here and now.  Reflection, reintroduces the value of so many elements of our lives.  Respecting that value, helps us to see more clearly and not feel empty Wants.

I wish for you today, many successes.  Many relived moments of satisfaction. 
I wish for you renewed joy in what presently exists in your life, and your Inventory of all types.

I wish for an Awakened Day ... and a moment of reflection is just the stretch I need to see the sun coming up in every little detail.

Good morning, introduces a great day.
A greater you, introduces so many others to a fresher environment there to share.

Pierre Couturier
A very happy and thankful Husband, an ecstatic and proud Daddy, and Enthusiastic Author of my Beliefs and of my Day.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

AYD - June 27, 2013 - Some Do What We Could

“People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.”
- George Bernard Shaw

Sometimes... a few words speak very well for themselves.

Please be mindful of whom you interupt today.  Maybe, it might be better to stand back, and just observe a little more than we usually do.

Good Morning, Great day, Greater You.
Greater You, is an inspiring environment for others.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, and Author of my day.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

AYD - June 26, 2013 - What will I see today?

"I wonder how many people I've looked at all my life and never seen?"
- John Steinbeck

Inspiration can find you anywhere.  (This little note today came from a post on facebook.) Obviously this statement could initiate a very deep thought session...but we will save that level of depth for another time.

Mr. Steinbeck makes me ask a very valid question of myself, and faces begin to flash before me. 
One thought chains to another and from strangers my thoughts go to friends, past and present.  A person sticks in the thoughts for a moment and thoughts take the less used path at the fork in the road, and I begin to remember times gone by.  Memories, maybe school days or working  ... but only certain events stand out.  My mind starts to ask supporting questions because the memories are general, or faded.  How did we meet?  How did I feel?  What were they like?  Skills? Talents? Did we really ever talk?

Have you ever sat in a crowded area, like a shopping mall, or maybe a wedding ... and glanced around at the people?  Have you ever played that little imagination game of placing a person to a role in life just on what you see of them at that moment?  Maybe followed the lead of some comedic movie scene where you make up what they might be saying as you watch from afar?  ( Try not to do this at a wedding... using the Bride and Groom for your amusement.  You will usually find a family member sitting beside you...just sayin.)  People passing thru a moment ... in a scene but often not seen.

Try a little double sided experiment today.  Think of people that cross your path in any given day.  Maybe think of someone you see regularly in your constant routine.  Your barber, or the lady that does your nails.  The guy at the parking booth, or Mr. Johnson in the corner office.  Maria that cleans your office, or your cousin on your dad's side.  A face may just present itself to you.  Known, and unknown.  Have you ever said more than the obligatory conversation that occurs as your paths cross in some momentary transaction of shared space?  Have you ever had reason to...or thought to? 

The double side is, do you feel anyone in your template has ever looked at you in the same, glazed over, forget you after you clear my vision, kind of way?

What imprint do we want to leave on the people that enter our space ?  The imprint is shaped not only by our image and actions for them to see, but how we see them as an imprint on our shape.

As I learn to open my eyes to new visions, I have to start asking with excitement ... What will I See today?

Good morning, Great day.
Greater you, means a better environment to influence those that pass by each day.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, and Author of my day.

Monday, June 24, 2013

AYD - June 24, 2013 - Avoid the Shadows

"Learn to see in another's calamity the ills which you should avoid. "
- Publilius Syrus, ( - 100 BC)

We talk alot here about overcoming the symbols and stereotypes that follow poor Monday like a bad reputation.  That is all fine for us, but it dawned on me this morning that there are many out there that can be the example we need of what we do not wish to be.

Being aware of someone else's choice to expand the black shadow of Monday gloom (  or any gloom but Monday is a good starting point to paint the picture of our plan ) will help us see the list of what we DO NOT want on our journey to becoming a walking, talking demonstration of how WE DO want to represent ourselves.

As you go thru your day today, purposely pick up on the negative vibes for two reasons. One, so you can recognize any behaviours you feel you may be doing and then see what they look like so you can further act to stop it....  and two, so you might find someone that needs a moment of your awareness and help to get past it.

The grasp you have on planning control over your Good day, may need to be paid forward to someone who needs some understanding, or a kind word, or a simple act of kindness to get them back on track, or to just give them a reason to see past the shadows even for a moment.

Good morning, Great day.
Greater you, can bring a much a better environment to those around you.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy and Author of my day.