The Intent of This Blog

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, November 14, 2011

Finding Value

In the hopes of reaching the moon, men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet.” 
Albert Schweitzer

So will I sing praise unto Thy name forever, that I may daily perform my vows. Psalm 61:8

Worth: “sufficiently good, important, or interesting to justify a specified action; deserving to be treated or regarded in the way specified” New Oxford American Dictionary

I remember reading a personal blog a while back about how a man and his wife liked to go on horseback trips in Utah's desert canyons. He said he liked the desert because there aren't a lot of trees. As a result, you can focus on just one, and really see it's beauty. It reminded me of a quote I heard one time, I can't remember it exactly, or who it was by, but it said something like, “That which is most common is most often forgotten.” We pass by so much beauty in our lives everyday, sadly, too often we forget its value. Its commonality somewhat reduces its worth. However, that doesn't have to happen. What if, every time we saw beauty, we also noticed it? When we hear someone say thank you to a stranger, see a snow capped mountain standing majestically against a blue backdrop, or experience the welcomed smile of a friend we haven't seen in some time, let's not forget to value it, all those things of beauty have worth beyond calculation. Sadly, the ugly things in life have value as well, properly valuing beauty is the only way to make the positive things in life outweigh the negative. Wouldn't you rather live a life where the positive outweighs the negative? I know we can't control everything or maybe even anything that happens to us, but we can contribute value to those things. Let's choose to, and concentrate on, valuing the good things and devaluing the bad things. Maybe life will suddenly become more valuable.

Daily Journaling Questions:
      1. How did I help someone today?
      2. What act of kindness did I perform today?
      3. What did I learn today?
      4. Who did I love today?
      5. What about today do I want to remember forever?
      6. What do I want to accomplish tomorrow?
Thanks for reading.

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