“It is by teaching that we teach ourselves, by relating that we observe, by affirming that we examine, by showing that we look, by writing that we think, by pumping that we draw water into the well.” – Henri Frederic Amiel

During the last few months I have been blessed with unbelievably great times. I have also had some low times one might characterize as fear or sadness. These are part of living life and being human. The other part of life I have been contemplating this week is relating with others.

Have you ever had a couple of friends attend a concert or sporting event together, and when you talk to them separately about it you wonder if they went to the same place? We are limited by our language to express what we see and feel, and even the definition of words we use can be skewed by our life experiences.

It can be a sunset, a sudden feeling of overwhelming joy, or a look of understanding from a loved one. These things can be indescribable and at times that is perfectly fine. The beautiful challenge for me today, is to take those things and attempt to share them with friends, family, and loved ones. When it is all said and done the imperfect attempt to share something will only add to my relationships with them.

Affirmation – My life is indescribable, I will share it with all that I can.

Call to Action – Think of a sight or event that really moved you recently and share that with someone you care about. Fell free to share it in the comments section too.

31. Asking for Help

Earlier this week my truck would not start. It was frustrating because I was headed into work. I was blessed because my roommate, who usually leaves for work before me, was still home, and able to give me a ride to work. The last two days I have had to reach out to co-workers for a ride to and from work.

We usually lead each week with a quote, and as you can see today there is no quote. I was able to find a bunch of quotes about the importance of helping others, and quotes about asking God for help, but there were very few quotes about asking other people for help.

This week my eyes have been open to how hard it is to ask for help, but how easily people like to say yes. It forced me to get out of my comfort zone which I always appreciate in hind sight. My life is set up in such a way that I am usually the person that is able to offer help. My gift this week was being able to reach out and accept help regardless of my “I can do it myself attitude.”

Affirmation: Today I am helped, and I am helpful. The world is better when I am able to receive help, and allow the world to be helpful to me.

Call To Action: Where in your life can you ask for help? When was the last time someone asked you for help? How can you extend help to someone that might not be able to ask?

30. Forever Changing

“If we don’t change, we don’t grow.  If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.”  Gail Sheehy

A week ago I saw an incredible movie called Boyhood.  This is a coming of age film that uses the same actors to tell a story that encompasses 12 years of life from 6-18 for the boy.  The breaks inside the story are seamless and the tale comes off like memories.  It shows how the little parts of a life are what shift and shape someones trajectory more than anything thing else.

After the film I was full of perspective as to where I was at and where I had been.  My life has slowly changed, day by day, month by month, year by year and then one day I wake up and I am not the man I used to be and not sure if I would recognize my past and present self as being the same person if I wasn’t tipped off buy the looks.  The win on my end in this moment is this new man I see today has GROWN and changed in such a positive way.  The truth about these slow gradual changes is that sometimes you can not see them happening but they go in both positive and negative directions.

So today I know that I am doing the actions to continue my trajectory towards positive change so I am excited for what is next.  I can easily see how easy it would be to see life in the other way.  To think that things are getting worse and attune less effort into what is good and continue to breed negative results.  So for me, accentuate the positive, move forward and watch this beautiful life grow and change in an instant.

Affirmation Today I see all this good that has been bestowed upon me.

Call To Action  Are you doing all that you can to create the best life for you moving forward?  How are you cultivating what is good right now?

Being Human

“Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human.” – Viktor E. Frankl

Last night I was watching a movie, and it was a great reminder of how much grey area there is when being human. None of the characters were truly “good” or “perfect.” The director did a great job of making each character relatable. Even the antagonist who was quite the villain had his moments where a sympathetic soul could see his struggle and attempt at navigating this thing called life.

As I watched the movie, and reflected on it before bed, I was reminded of an important thing. I am human. From time to time I will get this unreasonable expectation that I need to be perfect, or I should be doing more, or that the way I am living my life is not good enough. In some aspects of my life this is true, I come up short. It is also important for me to remember where I am excelling in life.

Today I plan to challenge the perfection outlook I have of my life. As I take on this particular challenge I will also look at the areas of my life that I am lazy in, and use some of the energy I have used to be critical of myself to lift up other areas of my life.

Affirmation: Today I am living life as a human. Things are perfect and I can live from right where I am. Thank you Life.

Call To Action: Where are you experiencing life as a human? What are your imperfections that have been taking up space in your head? Can you let that thing go for one day? Please share your experiences with us.