Monday, September 14, 2015

Fear And Vomit

“When you are grateful, fear disappears, and abundance appears.”
~ Anthony Robbins

Day 21, 3 Blessings

It has been three weeks since I started this gratitude exercise. I have said this several times in previously, but I will say it again because it is the reason I keep writing about my blessings. I am grateful that I am participating in this exercise. It has helped me to focus on what I have and opportunities rather than being a negative nancy. I feel like focusing on gratitude has brought me more things for which to be grateful.

“Sprout wings as you jump off the cliff into optimism.”
~ Barbara Ambercrombie

Fear begets fear. I have lived in fear and I have chosen not to live in fear. What is there to be fearful about, fear is a story you develop in your mind that creates the scariest of circumstances. We usually fear things that never occur. I am grateful that I can acknowledge this, however I am not perfect and I still suffer with this affliction at times. Today I am grateful for the ability to acknowledge and confront fear.

“Fear to a great extent is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I choose to tell myself a different story.”
~ Cheryl Strayed

Today while watching my wife play with our child I witnessed a moment that I will never forget. It was a once in a lifetime moment. Now I will tell you that it is not one my wife will cherish, but one hopefully she can laugh at soon. While she was playing and holding our daughter in the air above her, our child vomited straight down onto my wife’s face. It was not funny to her, but it was such a moment of natural beauty to me. Yes, I have a sick sense of humor. I am grateful I witnessed this moment.

A mother is she who can take all the place of other but her place is not taken by anyone.
~ Unknown

Jason Howard is a motivational speaker, counselor, and life coach who talks about The Evolution Revolution, 7 Ways to Escape Your Virtual Prisons. Visit Jason's website to get more information about his speaking, counseling, and coaching programs.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

It Was A Beautiful Morning, Not A Cloud In The Sky

“Checkout the wheel we’re riding on, checkout the rock we’re rolling on.”
~ Leftover Salmon

Day 19, 3 Blessings

Saturday morning I walked outside and an experienced an unusually breezy cool morning. The kind you don’t get in Texas very often. I decided it would be a great morning to mow the lawn. It is the first time I have not mowed the lawn in 95 plus heat. It was great. The grass was very high and wet because of the recent rains and I had not mowed in almost 2 weeks. It was a great workout pushing that mower today. While mowing I came across 2 toads and a small lizard. I am thankful that my mowing led to my encounter with these creatures.

While mowing I stopped and admired my little garden and lemon tree. It was my first attempt at a garden. We have not yielded many vegetables but had 15 lemons, although I think it is actually a lime tree. The garden store lied to me! I enjoyed the work it took to put it together and the watering. I never realized how relaxing watering could be until this summer. I am thankful for the experience.

We decided to take a trip today to a town we have not visited. It was a great day to do a little traveling, a good day to get out of the house and checkout the planet. Once we got through the horrendous traffic we were able to find some shops and enjoyed our time outside in this new environment. I am grateful that we ventured out today.  

Day 20, 3 Blessings

It was a beautiful morning, not a cloud in the sky. The temperature was again cool this morning. What a great day for a swim and then some football. I made it the gym to be one of the first to enter when it opened. If you don’t get there when it opens you don’t get a lane. It’s an outdoor pool and is very busy when the weather is nice. I love this time of year as the summer crowds start to thin out a bit. In a month I won’t have to worry about getting a lane because the fair weather swimmers go inside. I have been out there when the temperature was 38 degrees, I was the only one. Of course the pool is heated and is a steady 82 degrees during the cooler months. It is very serene on a cold night. Today the air and the water were very refreshing making for a great swim. I am thankful for the great weather again today.

After my swim I ventured out to watch some football. I am a Buffalo Bills fan. I have seen many sorrows as a Bills fan, but I keep watching hoping one day they win the big one. There was no sorrow today in Buffalo, as the Bills won pretty easily. I am thankful I was able to see it.

Today I ate some Buffalo wings. Obviously they were good enough for me to spend time writing about them. I am picky about wings and these passed the test for me. I am thankful for good wings. Buffalo wings and a Buffalo win. Great day!

“It was a beautiful mornin', not a cloud in the sky
And the wind whispered down through the trees
And the tune it was playin' and the light in her eyes
They sang such a sweet harmony.”
~ Jim Messina

Jason Howard is a motivational speaker, counselor, and life coach who talks about The Evolution Revolution, 7 Ways to Escape Your Virtual Prisons. Visit Jason's website to get more information about his speaking, counseling, and coaching programs.

Friday, September 11, 2015

I Will Never Forget

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.
~Ronald Reagan

Day 18; Blessings

I was riding in my car on the way to work listening to the radio station. I had volunteered to watch a coworker’s two kids while she attended a training conference in Washington D.C.. I had just dropped them off at school and was looking forward to their mother arriving home after spending the last two days with them. A news flash came over the radio explaining how an airplane had just hit one of the World Trade Center Towers. I didn’t think much of it at the time, I thought it was a small commuter plane and an accident. I arrived at work and my boss asked me if I had heard the news about the plane hitting the tower and she explained to me what really happened. As the morning went by and we heard the news about all of the planes we were all in shock. I worked at a community mental health center at the time and we had to manage a lot of personal crisis on that day. The worst one for me was having to comfort two children, whom I barely knew, through a time of peril. Though their mother was safe, she was a short distance from the pentagon and could see a black cloud of smoke in the air. Due to the silence in air traffic she was unable to come home. The children were scared and worried for their mother even though she was fine. Luckily she was able to rent a car and arrived home two days later.

At the time, those two days seemed like an eternity to me. In hindsight it was nothing compared to what others endured on that day and the years to come. The lives lost in the towers and the lives lost of all of the fire fighters, police, emergency services personnel, and all of the of the military that subsequently occurred over the many years after the attack shall not be forgotten. It will not be forgotten how that event changed many of the military personnel involved in the wars that were to follow. The bones shattered, the limbs lost, the brain injuries, and souls scarred. It has been fourteen years and for many the wounds are still fresh.

We will not waver; we will not tire; we will not falter, and we will not fail. Peace and Freedom will prevail.
George W. Bush

I can never express enough gratitude for the people who stood tall that day and in the days and years to follow. The people who were there and who defended our country in the wake of this event showed the rest of the world what this great nation is about. It is about freedom and going to extremes to defend that freedom. I am grateful for that freedom.

Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose. Anything less is a form of slavery.
~Wayne Dyer

I am thankful for the freedom to say what I want. I am thankful for the freedom to worship who and how I want. I am thankful for the freedom to bear arms. I am thankful for the right to vote. I am thankful for the freedom to live where I want. I am thankful for the freedom to obtain an education and earn a living how I want. I am thankful for the freedom to marry who I want without her having to cover her face. I am thankful for the freedom to live on the same street with people of many different colors, nationalities, and religions without being persecuted. I am thankful to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. I am thankful to be a citizen of the United States of America, the greatest nation in the world.

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

~Abraham Lincoln

Jason Howard is a motivational speaker, counselor, and life coach who talks about The Evolution Revolution, 7 Ways to Escape Your Virtual Prisons. Visit Jason's website to get more information about his speaking, counseling, and coaching programs.