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Thankful Thursday – World Gratitude Day

Today is World Gratitude Day!  I am beyond excited to watch the world take a moment to express gratitude to each other.  We all often become consumed by the daily grind, trying to cram all we can into twenty-four hours and finding ourselves overwhelmed with deadlines, responsibilities, tasks, the whims of others, and our own personal needs.  Whew… that is a lot just thinking about it.  But today, let’s take a moment to just be grateful for the here and now, the sun rising, the roof over our head, the family and friends in our lives, the jobs we have, things as simple as the breathe in our lungs and the shining of the sun on our face.  You have often heard me say, The More You Think, The More You Thank© and especially on #WorldGratitudeDay, take the time to think about all the things you can be thankful for.

Here are a few quick and easy ways to celebrate World Gratitude Day… and every day:

1.)  Put on your favorite song this morning and sing along with it out loud and dance like there is no tomorrow.  You’ll be surprised how giddy you will feel and invigorating it is to be free and enjoying the moment.

2.) List {BrotherWord – Gratitude Day}10 things you are grateful for and write them out.  Do not over think it, but write the first ten things that come to mind.  After writing them out, place the list somewhere you can see it all day.  Writing your grateful items out will help you to realize the blessings in your life and viewing them throughout the day is a great reminder and anecdote if the day becomes a little hectic.

3.) Reach out to your circle and let them know how grateful you are for them.  It is nothing like being appreciated and acknowledged; it boosts the energy of the receiver and comforts the giver.  It is a kinetic enlightenment that is contagious and transformative.

4.) Do one thing for yourself today that you have been meaning to do and have been putting off.  Nothing major, just a simple gesture.  Start reading that book, go to the gym, cook that dish, call that friend you have been meaning to check on, take a bubble bath, simply take a moment to pamper yourself and accomplish a personal goal.  Take a quiet moment to read and reflect on a devotional or meditate in silence concentrating on your breathing as you inhale and exhale and calming your inner being.  Being grateful also means caring for yourself and embracing life to the fullest, even in the simplest of ways.

5.) Touch someone in the community and remind them too that there are many things which we can be grateful for.  Especially in light of the recent hurricanes, Harvey, Irma, and now Maria, many are still suffering and recovering, and any ray of hope and happiness can do a wonder of good.  Share your gratitude by helping those in need, volunteering at a shelter or food bank, helping clean a home or neighborhood, or just being kind to a complete stranger for nothing more than the sake of being kind.  FYI: Hugs and thank yous can lift the spirit in unbelievable ways.

Hopefully these ideas will help you to celebrate World Gratitude Day and start great habits for everyday.  A grateful heart is one that remembers and celebrates, it heals and consoles, and is thankful for it all.  Be Great-Full Today!

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. ~ Cicero

The Rock – Happy Father’s Day

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The Rock

When God made you, he already had a plan;
He called you to conquer and be ruler of all the lands.
He made you king, priest, protector, and provider;
He said after Himself, no one came higher.
Chiseled from the rock of Gibraltar and laced with the armor of the most holy;
He placed on you to be a server of men and savior of souls, so they too could witness His glory.
From your rib, thought became flesh and God’s purpose fulfilled;
To every man, woman and child, his grace and mercy revealed.

You were charged with building families, communities and futures yet to come;
No one could imagine the magnitude or the stress, but everyday you rose to the challenge and victory was won.
Today and everyday we salute our fathers;
Everyday is a new challenge, and everyday it seems to get harder.
They say mama’s baby and daddy’s maybe;
But just maybe if daddy had his daddy, it would be less maybes and better babies.
Being a father has nothing to do with planting a seed in fertile ground;
But everything to do with watching that seed grow and sticking around.
It’s easy to make a child, two willing partners, a bit of science and God’s miracle is birth;
But being a father, going through the ups and downs, nurturing, disciplining, loving, and being a constant presence, is how you show your true worth.
F.A.T.H.E.R. – Faithful servant following God’s will and leading and loving his family with all his might;
Attentive to all our needs and wants, never losing focus of the bigger picture in sight.
Teacher, counselor, and disciplinarian making sure we learn life’s lessons and prepares us for the day we take their place;
Hero and healer who protects us from harm’s way and would give their life in an instant to make sure we remain safe.
Everything – Her first love, his first example, and the epitome of what every occurrence will be measured against and compared to;
Redeemer because when we fail, he will be there to help us up, encourage us to carry on, and remind us that he once failed and that’s how he grew.
He is Father by choice and not because of obligation or duty,
He chose and accepted his role and has stood tall because to him, it’s God’s greatest assignment and display of beauty.
Whether biological or those that rose to the occasion and filled in the gap,
A special salute to all for what you do in silence, behind the scenes, when no one else would, to you I tip my hat.
Thank you dads for loving us in the worst of times and the best of times each and every day,
But no matter what, being a man led by faith, man of integrity, allowing us to grow and catching us when we fall, and being there when we wake up or at least a phone call away.
Any man can be a baby’s daddy, make a child, never look back, someone that child will not remember;
But it’s takes a man to be a Father, help that child grow, raise an adult and don’t have to look back because they’re always front and center.
Immovable, unshakeable, not easily broken, and massive in ways that can’t be measured;
You’re our rock and cornerstone and our cherished treasure. ©
Happy Father’s Day!
 

 

Hero Within

By now we’ve all heard about the escape and rescue of Amanda Berry and the other captives.  We’ve also been introduced to the heroic and humorous character of Charles Ramsey.  The video and audio clips are one sound bite after another and Ramsey is not camera shy or short on one-liners.  But what stands out most is his willingness to step in and help.  The quickness in which he sprung to action and alerted authorities is the type of unselfishness and honorable behavior we hope all our communities would demonstrate daily.

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Violation of Rights or Justifiable Arrest – You Decide

Below is a video that presents several questions. The lines between civil liberties and abuse of power seem to get blurred more and more each day.  Police officers have a tremendous duty and the idea of protecting and serving the public often times comes down to split second decisions.  There is no room for hesitation or second guessing because every encounter literally may determine the life or death of the officer themselves or innocent bystanders.  Everyday an officer puts on their uniform they are sacrificing their life for the communities they serve.

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F.E.A.R.

FEAR

Again our country, our community, has been struck with a senseless act of violence.  The people in the Boston area have been shaken and their sense of security has been forever marred and tarnished.

What started out as Patriot’s day, a holiday in Massachusetts celebrating the first battles of the American Revolutionary War, quickly turned into another national tragedy.  The casualties may not have been on the same level as 9/11 or the massacre in Newtown, CT., but the brashness and lack of empathy for human life by the perpetrators is no different and that impact is equally destructive.  The Boston Marathon, which was supposed to be the culmination of the holiday’s festivities, turned into a media and law enforcement frenzy as everyone became glued to their televisions, computer, and phones waiting for updates and praying collectively for the nightmare to be over.

The fear caused by this heinous act is trickling throughout the country like a rock skipping across a pond causing a ripple effect.  Every sporting event following the marathon has quadrupled security and taken extra measures to give the participants a safe environment.  But what is more astonishing, the participants are still coming out!  No one has shied away, in fact, they’ve come out stronger, in droves, exhibiting the sense of pride and resiliency this country in known for. What you meant for evil…

Let it be said again, we won’t coward in fear or run and hide!  We will overcome and rise again.  Yes, it’s disheartening and devastating, but it will not be debilitating!  Like 9/11, Newtown, Virginia Tech, and so many others, we will rally together, support those that have been struck with grief and loss, and build anew and greater.  These acts of violence will not deter or diminish our spirit of patriotism nor discourage our goals to be a better country.  If anything, it creates a stronger bond, connects us on a deeper level, and fortifies the American collective of one nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all!

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