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My Thought for the Day…May 6, 2019

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May 6, 2019

“I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy.

I woke and I saw that life is all service.

I served and I saw that service is joy.”

Khalil Gibran


*this is a repost of Monday, May 6, 2019, somehow it disappeared and I had to repost.  Sorry for the confusion.

Service Is Joy

Service is joy.  How many years did it take me to realize this?  Contemplating this quote made it finally concrete in my mind.  Serving others has always made me feel immensely better than just serving myself.  The simple act of helping someone out.  The joy and thanks received from it. Which ultimately propels me and the recipient higher.  It is a win-win situation if I ever saw one.

I recently watched The Blues Brothers, an old movie from the 80’s again.  It is one of my all-time favorite movies.  It never ceases to lift me up with the amazing music and the quirky story.   So, one particular part, in the beginning, is when John Belushi is at a gospel church and the Reverend (who is played by James Brown no less) is yelling ‘do you see the light?’  ‘Do you see the light!!’ As John Belushi’s character is finally seeing the light by getting the band back together to raise the money to help the orphanage they grew up it.   He sees the way is ultimately service towards others rather than service towards self, or at least that is the message I received from it!

 

So, maybe “service is joy” isn’t true for everyone, but it definitely is for me!  I bet if you think long enough you will see it is probably true for you too.

 

 

My Thought for the Day…April 9, 2019…Attitude is Everything

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April 9, 2019

“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.”

Khalil Gibran


Attitude is Everything

Attitude is everything.  A good attitude gets things done, a bad one doesn’t, or does so poorly.  Attitude is a choice, every day we can choose to be upbeat and positive.  Even if we have to fake it until it’s real.

And the funny thing is, it works, and, it can even turn your entire day around.  On the other hand, a bad attitude makes you ‘off’ and is like tripping up the stairs.  You just keep tripping and you can’t seem to get it right.

You can have had the worst morning.  Stubbed your toe, spilled coffee on your shirt, got stuck in traffic.  But if you decide you don’t want to be grouchy all day, you can leave the bad at the door and start to fake a good mood.

Make a point of interacting with people, even if you don’t feel like it.  Before you know it, those events of the morning will have faded and you will be having a better day.

Choose your attitude, don’t let it choose you.  You decide to make it a great day.