Today’s short clip is an interview with a homeless man. It hopefully will make us all more thankful for a home, food, warmth, and many of the things we take for granted. Many times as we travel our daily commutes we cross the path’s of those less fortunate. Do we really know why they have ended up in the condition they are at that time? Do we know the hearts of these men and women? I for one have been guilty of thinking negative thoughts about how they came to their current situation. Years ago a big brother of mine taught me a valuable lesson. While traveling northern Arizona for work we passed by many who would ask for money. On every occasion he would offer that person a meal. Some would take his kindness and as we sat down and talked with the “person” (yes they are human) I saw them as I believe our Savior sees each of us. No different than me or my brother. As valuable and important as anyone. During this time some only wanted money and wouldn’t accept the meal. My brother would ask if they needed diapers, or necessary things for life. If they insisted on money he wouldn’t give it not knowing where it would go. I was surprised thinking many of these people were drunken’s and only wanted money for their habit. Many took him up for the meal and were indeed very hungry and in need of nourishment. As we go through life let us all try a bit harder to heed the these lasting words. “For behold, are we not all beggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind?”..
Is our constant search for “Ease” in life why we don’t achieve what we really can? Life was never meant to be easy? A life of “Ease” never allows you or I to grow and “become” what we are capable of becoming. Today’s short motivational speech will hopefully get you out of your “comfort” zone. You have to stretch yourself, do things you don’t like to do. You need to get up when you don’t want to, make the call you don’t want to, eat the foods you know you need to, STOP eating the foods you know you need to. WAKE up and get out of your comfort zone. Time to get UN-Comfortable……
Occasionally on the echo I will highlight a movie or book. Today I highlight the movie “Forever Strong”… Take a peek at this inspiring film. In a day and age of trash and filth on our TV’s, Movie Theatre, and “Netflix” of the world it’s refreshing to watch uplifting movies that inspire us to change for the better. Forever Strong is based on a true story with true events. Make sure and put it on your too do list for your family in the future.
2016 is one month in the books. How are the resolutions going? Are you still focused on making this year legendary? Many times those dreams and aspirations we have at the end of last year can dwindle away after a few weeks. Life is about becoming someone and something much better than we were in the past. Change is always difficult because we are creatures of habit. Habits take time to break. If you find yourself fading away from what you wanted in 2016, don’t worry, just get up and begin again. You still have 11 months or over 90% of this year to improve and accomplish all you set out to do in 2016. BEGIN TODAY….. Today’s short clip should help get you back on track.
Today’s echo could very well save your life and those you love. Yep you heard me right. What is this nugget of knowledge you need to know? STAND UP!!!! Yes that is right, Standing more will add years to your life and rid you of many diseases associated with the hours we accumulate sitting. Today’s echo is a preview of Kelly Starett’s new Book “Deskbound, sitting is the new smoking”. This short clip highlights what damaging effects sitting has on your body. Those of you who have seen the echo or been in my office for care know the admiration I have for Kelly and his work with the Mobility Project. As one of MWOD’s practicing physicians I know when Kelly talks he speaks bluntly the truth. Kelly and his wife Juliet are donating all the pre-order proceeds of this new book to standupkids.org to help bring stand up desks to kids all over the world. Pre-order today and begin to understand how you can become healthier by standing more.
Take time today and listen to what you say to yourself and others. Are you guilty of consistent negative WORDS during the day? Do you constantly say words like; Problem, Hate, despair, pain, sadness, dislike, I’m no good, She’s no good, He’s no good, I’m not good at that…… The list goes on and on. As we go through the day are we in the attitude of “Victim” language or do we speak words of “Hope” to ourselves. It was once said that our world is not as the world is but how “we are” Start looking at yourself differently. Begin to use words of: Love, Opportunity, Inspired, Future events, pleasure, happy…… What we say really matters, not only the words we say to others but the words we say to ourselves. Change your language today.
What is the most important thing you will do today? Read that book, pay that bill, prepare that proposal, go to the bank and deposit the checks? Or…… Read to your child, tell your spouse how much you love him/her, Call your mom or dad, help out your neighbor? We would be wise to heed the council of a wise man who said, “Things that matter most should never be at the mercy of things that matter least.” What would you rather NOT have in your life? Your car or your child? Your business or you spouse? Thankfully we don’t have to make those choices most of the time but many times the thing which matters most is at the mercy of the thing(s) that matter least. This week as you plan and prepare your schedules and agendas’. Make sure to schedule in those thins that really matter.
Everyday you and I have opportunities to provide acts of kindness to others. Today is a classic short story of such an act. As we venture out in this world are we looking for opportunities to lift another, or help where there is a need? Too we get so caught up in our selfish desires and only focus on ME? Try a simple experiment today or tomorrow. Look for ways you can do something small to help others. Try to do so anonymously, so no one knows. I can promise you, nothing you can do for yourself today will measure up to how you feel in helping others.
It really is a simple question, but oh so complex…. How do you respond to the Up’s and Down’s of life? Do you always get back up when you fall? Does it seem like the Tops never last long enough? Do you let mishaps and misfortunes define you? Do you spend hours and hours telling others about how others let you down or how life just isn’t fair? Or do you LEARN and GROW from those “hard knock” lessons in life and become better. Life was never meant to be easy. Growth is impossible when things are easy. We must embrace each day for the good, bad, and indifferent. Learn from our falls and setbacks and use those experiences to help others.