28. Roots

“All things must come to the soul from its roots, from where it is planted.” St. Teresa of Avila

Last Sunday my fiancé and I moved into our own home that we have been in the process of purchasing and planning for the last several months.  Needless to say this has been an incredibly exciting and busy week.  We did the physical moving process with extreme quickness so that we could use the truck to transport some other materials around the city before we had to return it.  There have been workers in the home all week, moving and updating this and that for us and of course there have been friends popping in to see the spot that we intend to set our roots in.

So here I sit on an early CYLFriday morning, the first in my new home.  I am starring out an eastern facing window in the front of my home, coffee in hand, watching the sun begin to peak above the roofs of the houses and trees in the distances.  Small rays of sun are beginning to sneak through this giant tree that is in my own yard and I begin to think incredible it is to be able to know that this moment is the first of what could be a lifetime of mornings writing, watching this same view.  I am in love with this moment.  I have lived in three homes, 5 rooms between  in total, traveled around in between those not really knowing where my head was going to lie but now I do.

In this moment I feel like we have begun to set the stage for a new trajectory of life that I could never before realize.  We have been planted and can begin to grow and change in new ways that were never before ever an opportunity.  I never thought that settling in a space could feel so comforting, it had always seemed like the opposite, it seemed that if I was always moving I would always be forced to change but right now I begun to see how a firm base can allow me to deepen and grow into a new and exciting direction.

Affirmation From a solid base a great structure can be built!

Call To Action Where do you currently anchor the structure that is your life?  What can be built on the foundation that you are creating in you life?

27. First Day

“Treat my first like my last, and my last like my first” Jay-Z

Yesterday I had the opportunity to talk to two different people about their jobs. One had a work meeting that went rather oddly, and the other talked about how they have been lazy at work. I currently work at a job that I love, but in a field I have never worked in before. I was able to share some of my perspective with each person.

In the first scenario I reminded the person of the thing they can control. They really enjoy their job, and are always very enthusiastic when they talk about work. I simply reminded her that her effort and excitement are the only things she can truly control. Her boss, co-workers, and circumstances are out of here direct control, and that is ok. She gets to be the best worker possible, if that is what her choice is.

The second case my friend was talking about being lazy at work. Six months ago my response would have been “me too.” Instead I talked about not being in that mind frame because I had been at my job for less than three months. His response was “how would it look if I acted like tomorrow was my first day?” We chatted about that for a few minutes, and he decided that is how he was going to treat today.

Affirmation Today I will treat everything like it is my first time doing it. I am excited and enthusiastic about every moment.

Call To Action What would it look like to complete each task today as if it were your first and last time doing it?

26. Gratitude

Over the last week I have been fortunate to work on a marketing project for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. We have been interviewing kids who were born under extreme circumstances and would not have been able to live if were not for Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the Donors that support it. We interviewed the families and filmed the kids doing their day-to-day activities. These activities, while most of us take for granted, are truly appreciated by these families. Playing video games, singing, dancing, playing basketball, and catch with their dads; are all so very precious. While talking with the parents, I often get goose bumps in hearing the sincerity and gratitude they have in their voice when talking about how the hospital saved their child’s life.

I know all parents are grateful to have their children and savoring those moments are precious for any family. When a child’s chances of survival are low from the time they are born and the time the doctor actually saves them through giving them a better quality of life; it elevates that preciousness to another level.

For myself it puts my life into perspective how easy I have had it. I never had to fight for my life. Life was freely given to me and I was able to enjoy it without any serious problems. Sure I went through hormonal imbalances and thought life was so hard as a child, but I never had a chance to look back and appreciate how easy it really was until now.

Call to Action: Reflect on your life and think about the blessings you had growing up. This is a chance to focus on a positive aspect of your childhood and share it with someone: a parent, a friend, or with us in the comments below.

25. Liberty

“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. — I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. — Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.” -John Adams, from a letter to his wife Abigail Adams dated July 3rd 1776 john adams 

Happy 4th of July and of course another CYLFriday!!!

I love this holiday!  I love feeling that crosses the entire nation in celebration of freedom on this American holiday.  I hope that everyone in our community has a destination this evening where they can share the fellowship of friends and the spectacle of fireworks that are displayed from coast to coast.  

When I found the above excerpt from John Adams letter I had to share it.  He was able to see the future based on his belief and faith in this declaration that him and many others were putting into action.  It took extreme courage and convictions for those men to follow their passion for liberty with full knowledge that the price for this freedom was extremely high.  

I am inspired by the efforts of all of the men and women who have risked all of their comforts, security and certainly lives to allow us in this moment to take advantage of personal freedoms.  So it is on this holiday that I get to reflect on how I use the freedoms that I was so blessed to be born in to.  I do fully believe in this moment that this life is what ever I make it, I have the freedom to put forth as much or little into this life, in my life the results have been self evident.  When I exercise my freedoms to their fullest and stay away from imposing on anyone else’s liberties my life has continue to unfold in a truly blessed way.  

Affirmation:  Today I will honor, respect and flex my freedoms!!  God Bless America!!

Call to Action: Celebrate.  Reflect.  Respect.