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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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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Give because others have needs

Franklin Roosevelt’s Gubernatorial portrait via Wikimedia Commons

The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis was founded on this day in 1938. President Franklin D. Roosevelt (a victim of polio himself) established this non-profit organization to combat the epidemic mostly affecting infants and children, resulting in paralysis and death.

It is now better known by its name as the March of Dimes. On a joke, comedian Eddie Cantor suggested that people mail their dimes to the White House as a way to support their efforts. And the name has stuck ever since.

The foundation was charged to find the cause and develop a cure for polio, a feat it accomplished in 1955. Dr. Jonas Salk is now a household name associated with the successful polio vaccine.

So the next time you are asked to contribute to a cause that is legitimately trying to end a disease, give. Even if it’s only a dime.

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