Just a little suggestion

What is your favorite mode of transportation?

It’s not Hump Day. But if you’ve been to Walt Disney World and you know this scene, then the song should be running through your head.

You’re welcome.

And while you’re thinking about it, even with over 7 billion people on it, this world is kinda small after all.

Here’s a suggestion. Make today a nice day wherever you are. A customer pulled on the door this morning 30 minutes before our scheduled opening. I let him in and that set a positive tone on the day.

The last customer that came in was a Vietnam War veteran. He has several health issues and just wanted a good night’s sleep. He shared with me some of the things he experienced overseas and when he came home. It was worse here at home. But his attitude is great even in the face of a cancer diagnosis and his other health problems.

“If I can survive the war, I can survive anything.”

Thank you, Wayne, for your service and for making my day better.

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And in 15th place

From up here, things don’t look as grand.

On this day in 1908, the Grand Canyon National Monument was created.

It was the 15th national monument designation by the United States. But it’s been around for many years. What took so long?

Theodore Roosevelt described it this way

“The Grand Canyon fills me with awe. It is beyond comparison—beyond description; absolutely unparalleled through-out the wide world… Let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is. Do nothing to mar its grandeur, sublimity and loveliness. You cannot improve on it. But what you can do is to keep it for your children, your children’s children, and all who come after you, as the one great sight which every American should see.”

You can still be great but only be listed 15th. It doesn’t change your greatness. Don’t let your worth be determined by a list.

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What does commitment look like to you?

Not a single brick out of place.

You’re staring at a plate of eggs and bacon for breakfast. Who gave more? The chicken made a contribution (eggs) but the pig made a commitment (bacon).

What does your commitment look like? Is it a mere contribution that doesn’t cost you much or are you fully committed?

A lot is said about the approach certain generations have toward jobs, goals, and life. You may have started a project and found out the process is more involved than originally thought. What do you do?

Dig in. Brace yourself. Move forward.

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Expand where rejected

Mother Teresa.21st July 1965
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Date: 27.01.2000
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Born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, Agnes (Anglican pronunciation) was better known as Mother Teresa. She began her ministry in India on this day in 1929.

When Eastern Europe began opening its borders and ideologies, Teresa expanded her efforts into Communist countries that once rejected her and the teachings she represented. Her Missionaries of Charity are now represented in all four corners of the globe.

She didn’t give up on her mission. Neither should you.


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Restoring confidence

Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933)

Today is the anniversary of the death of our 30th President, Calvin Coolidge.

President Coolidge was described as a champion of the middle class and was influenced by a college philosophy professor, Charles Edward Garman. He summed up his professor’s teaching by saying “The only hope of perfecting human relationships is in accordance with the law of service under which men are not so solicitous about what they shall get as they are about what they shall give.”

Today, and going forward, it is my hope that we all serve with a purpose that doesn’t focus on what we get in return but about giving with a humble heart.

Trivia: Although 3 presidents died on July 4 (John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe), Coolidge was the only president born on the anniversary of our independence.

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