When we have less time to keep up with of life because we have other people we are investing our time and energy into, we just have to expect that things won’t be “perfect” and could get a bit messy.
In this modern world so much of legacy and impact is connected to dollar signs and the professional accolades – the paychecks, the titles, the followers and views. Our ability to create a legacy and make an impact starts with ourselves and within our own homes. If the greatest work one does is to build a home where others want to be (from the neighbor next door to the high profile CEO), raising up kind children who notice others and living a life of service to others…
The world tells us that gratitude journals or setting reminders on our phones will help us become the most grateful people… But sometimes that just doesn’t work. I wanted to write a blog to give the best advice out there, but I may not have the best advice when it comes to gratitude.
By the time I got into middle school, although I continued to play, I all of a sudden began to hide this skill of mine. You see, when I was young I kept telling myself the lie that playing the violin and playing in an orchestra was “nerdy” and I was embarrassed of it… I was trying to “fit in” with the cool crowd.
My sister and I were both forced to hunt, because my dad doesn’t have any boys, so of course Hannah and I get thrown into things…
I always want to make people feel good when I meet them for the first time. But if you’re lacking energy, or the tips and tricks to make a stronger, positive impression.
When I was growing up, every time I would be sad or angry, my mom would force me to slap a smile on my face. She would say, “You can’t be sad if you are smiling.”
Have you heard of Matthew McConaughy’s new book, Green lights? It’s a fantastic read. Here’s one of my favorite passages from the beginning of the book:
This seems like a pretty easy day to achieve, so why don’t I incorporate some of these things into my everyday life? Why don’t more of my days or weekends look like this?
The next time someone cancels on you or you get told no, tell yourself…”It’s just the law of ratios! This was bound to happen…” And allow yourself to move on without stewing on the “why” of them dropping out so much.