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This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Compliment Someone, January 24, 2011

There is no effect more disproportionate to its cause than the happiness bestowed by a small compliment.” Robert Brault

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12

Blandishment: “a flattering or pleasing statement or action used to persuade someone gently to do something” New Oxford American Dictionary

Do you know the power of a compliment? One day a teacher had her students write a compliment about every other student in the class. Over the weekend the teacher wrote on a separate sheet of paper for each student the compliments they received and gave them to the respective students the next week. She was surprised to see the joy it brought to the kids and was impressed by the success of the exercise, but I don't think even she knew the impact of those compliments. Years later that same teacher found herself eulogizing one of those students after he had died in the Vietnam war. Following the funeral she was approached by the soldiers parents who showed her something they thought she would be interested in. It was the note of compliments he received in school and it was with him when he died. By this time it had been folded and refolded, taped and repaired, and worn thin after years of use. By this time other students from the soldiers class gathered round and shared with her how important those notes were to each one of them, they all either carried their compliments with them at all times or kept them in a cherished place. What we say and do to others can last a lifetime. Let's make sure that the lifelong impression we make is a good and kind one.

For a longer version of the story by Gayle Shemezis I encourage you to visit

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