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"What can we do, starting today, to build lasting success?"...."We all want to be part of something. We all want to feel great about the choices we make."

Saturday, January 4, 2014

AYD - Jan 4, 2014 - How are you treating life?

"People will ask you the question, 'How is life treating you?' But my question is, 'How are you treating life?' On that your happiness rests. "
-Rasheed Ogunlaru

Reflective Perspective and Respect.
Ask someone what they want in life, and many of us will have to pause and consider it.  For many it has yet to be defined.

We could ask, 'Where are you in your life?', but sadly I believe too many will immediately think of where they are Not.

What if we try a 'Leading-to-Perspective' approach ?  " Can you tell me about your journey to get here?"

If we can realize the greatness of the view from where we stand RIGHT NOW, and reflect intimately on each of the foundational layers we climbed to get this View, we allow ourselves the opportunity to appreciate just how we are treating this life.  What we have built with each experience brick, takes a shape and adopts color and we see how we have Framed our story line.

How are you treating this life you have been building? Are you taking time to share your story, with others as well as yourself?  Kick back today, appreciate where you are, and respect the efforts it took to get here.

"When I was your age we had to walk to school. 5 miles up hill both ways."  We joke about it, but life is treating us good now, because of those trials before.

Good morning, greater day.
Greater you, is influence on the hidden greatness of others.

Pierre Couturier
Husband of 8 years , Daddy for five, and evolving Author of  every day.

Friday, January 3, 2014

AYD - Jan 3, 2014 - Enhance Your Experience

"A smiling face is half the meal."
- Latvian Proverb

Think of something you have done, that just would not have been the same if you had not had a specific someone there to share it with.  An achievement made bigger because someone was there to applaud and share your joy.  

Think of all the acceptance speaches by athletes who say, "This is for my Grandma and all she sacrificed for me to be here and have this opportunity."

Alot of life's huge lessons and big moments have their roots because of so many parallel meanings, beginning on a much smaller, more personal and intimate scale.  Like simply sharing the joy of companionship over a meal.

Having someone you care about to share a meal is a great awakening.  Simple, and yet so effective in removing stress, and even more so in helping us focus on the task at hand, actually tasting good food, while enjoying good company.  Life's simple pleasures.  No one likes to drink alone, and a great steak is just a thing you mention unless you can share the "Mmmm, this is done perfectly" expression while you make funny faces trying to explain the flavor explosion from a job well done.  A thing becomes a story to tell.

Enhance your experience this weekend.  Any experience.
If you are driving in a car, have a great conversation.
If you are shovelling snow, catch up with the neighbor.
If you are lounging around, call a friend to check up on them with a "Hello".

And if you are sharing a meal,  remember to smile accross the table, for you being there, is half of the moment.

Good Morning,
Great Day.
Greater you, makes others greater too.

Pierre Couturier
Husband - asking about her day, Daddy - promising to play after supper, And Smiling Author of a New Day.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

AYD - Jan 2, 2014 - Remembering the Basics

"Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you."
- Diana Spencer

Let's call it a review shall we?  In this time of putting all our attention on new beginnings and goals, we should consider the importance of reviewing some of the basic foundations of success in our thoughts, our personal growth, our days, and our goals.

I have heard it alot in the last year, on the radio and in the news, just how much attention was given to random and unexpected acts of kindness.  A guy in one part of the country buys 500 coffees for people he will never meet.  A couple days later, someone else did it, and then another.  You do not have to be so extravagant to know, that whomever you did something nice for, will share the story.

Negativity runs amok because we let it.  Positive energy can run wild with the cure as soon as we train ourselves to share it.

How do you change the world?  One random act of kindness at a time.
How do you rev the engines of success?  With fine tuning of the basic fuels and parts.

Good Morning, Greater day.
Greater you .... brings out the greater in those around you.

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

AYD - Jan 1, 2014 - And So it Begins...

"Don't let the start stop you."

Not my words but certainly meant for me over time. No matter if you make a New Year's Resolution or a promise or a plan to do something, change something or improve something ... what ever measure you put in place for yourself, I urge you not to set the goal so high that you then find it hard to appreciate a simple and consistant effort to begin your journey.
Many will set the bar high, and th
en find it difficult to get traction that feels like progress, and then the reasons not to try begin to introduce themselves.

Challenge yourself most certainly, but then make a plan that allows you to see and enjoy the progress, and not one that is only focussed on the finish line defining the success.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy and Author of my Day.