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Monday, August 18 2014

Encouraging Word from Pastor Thomas

Today…stand taller, be kinder, live deeper. 
— David Romanelli

Good Monday morning, friends!  I hope you are doing well and ready to start a great week.  Let's try together!

There is something magical about today.  Really.  What other day do you have to get anything done?  The Dalai Lama reminds us that yesterday and tomorrow are untouchable, but today is perfectly malleable, workable to our own needs and dreams.  So what will you do today what will make today a well spent day?  Our quote offers three suggestions: stand taller, be kinder, and live deeper.  Each of these suggestions is wonderful; can you add anything else to the list to make today great?  May I suggest two ideas?  Science has fleshed out tremendous positive experience in people who practice assertive gratitude.  I imagine most people "feel" grateful, but benefit for today comes in being assertively grateful.  How can you express gratitude?  Journal something new every day for which you are grateful; exercise for 15 minutes every day to appreciate your health; pause for 2 minutes every day to watch your breath go in and out; and engage every day in a random, conscious act of kindness.  Do these acts for 21 days and you'll see tremendous positive change in your daily experience.  My second suggestion is to practice generosity.  Again, most people I know "feel" generous, but generous actions are not so common.  Current culture suggests we gain by keeping and hoarding, but happiness has been proven to be associated with generosity.  Help someone, give your time, support a cause, give a donation, make something better, or do something generous of your own choosing.  Practice gratitude and generosity and I guarantee your "todays" will be headed in a great direction very quickly.  How can you realistically make your today better?  What can you do to invest in your own better todays?  Whatever you choose, do it today and know a better life.  I'd love to hear what you choose to do, and encourage you on to even more.  Have a great, great week.

Matthew 20:1-15

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