Our guest Alex Blackwell, blogger at the The Bridgemaker, lives in the heartland of the United States with his wife of 24 years, Mary Beth and their four wonderful children.
Alex: "I blog for one simple reason: To share my heart and to touch the heart of others. In keeping with this singular mission, I would welcome the opportunity to show you how my talents as an effective writer, encourager and blog strategist can help your business or blog.
Several years ago while visiting New York City, I had the opportunity to see the Broadway musical Rent. Jonathan Larson's Tony Award winning musical tells the story of one year in the life of a group young adults struggling with love, loss and AIDS in New York’s East Village.
The power and theme of the show still resonates with me today. The message in Rent tells us there is No day but today. This statement is a reminder that life is indeed temporary with no guarantees. But rather than living in fear, we should embrace and live each day to its fullest.
Larson’s musical tells us not to rent our lives, but to own them.
But how do we do this? No day but today does not have to be a cliché or a feel-good expression – it can be a choice. The following list of 10 things to say or do every day helps me remember that today is important and should not be overlooked. I hope it helps you, too.
1. Say “Thank You” to anyone who has helped you or has made your day easier. This will show respect and acknowledge the efforts the others. Gratitude will be returned to you naturally and beautifully.
2. Slow down and do nothing. Take 15 minutes each day and grab a cup of coffee or tea and give yourself time to think about whatever you want. You will be surprised at the inspiration that will come.
3. Complete one item on your “to do” list. Return the overdue telephone call, clean-up your email inbox, or get an oil change for your car. By accomplishing just one thing that has been gnawing at you, will give you a much-needed sense of relief and accomplishment.
4. Eat at least one good meal. Not to sound like your mother, but you are what you eat. Eat healthily every day. Give yourself the nourishment to be strong, bold and alive.
5. Perform one act of random kindness. Hold the elevator door open for someone who is a few steps behind you or lift the bag and place it in the overhead bin for someone who can’t manage this task. Kindness breeds more kindness. The concept of “paying it forward” is real and effective.
6. Listen, really listen to someone. Listen without judgments or criticism. Try to avoid any self-referencing and be fully present for whoever needs it.
7. Focus on one thing at a time. You can’t be all things to all people, not even to yourself.
8. Review your goals. If you have not put your goals in writing, do this today. There is a direct and proven correlation between people who have written, stated goals and their level of accomplishment compared to people who do not. Care to guess which group has the higher success rate with reaching their goals?
9. Say “No” more often. This was sound counterproductive, but it’s all about setting realistic boundaries for you. Show honor for your personal beliefs and convictions by not compromising who you are. Save your energy for the people and tasks that are the most important to you.
10. Say “I love you” to the people who you truly love and cherish. Do so with heartfelt sincerity. Love them as if this were their, and your, last day on earth. Don’t wait; tell them today because there is no day but today.
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