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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Friday, November 2, 2012

Go Live Life!

If something's important enough, you do it, even if the odds aren't in your favor.” Elon Musk

And the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” John 2:9-10

Animation: “the state of being full of life or vigor; liveliness” New Oxford American Dictionary

Go live life,” read the note by the door of a Gary's apartment. Gary had been an executive for Blue Cross Blue Shield. He was by all accounts a successful man. But sometimes our success has no bearing on our life. Sometimes things happen that are out of our control. And sometimes they take everything away. As it happens, Gary had been in a car accident that took his ability to remember recent events. If you can think of your brain kind of like a computer, we have basically two types of memory, short term and long term. The long term is like the hard drive of your computer, it stores the things important to you, the things you want to remember for a later date. The short term is like the computer memory, often called RAM or random access memory. It's what holds the functioning commands of your computer, so that it knows what to do when you double click on your internet icon for example. Our short term memory acts in the same way. It is how our brain knows to tell us we need to build a fire to stay warm, or go to bed when we're sleepy. The things our parents taught us as we grew up to be functioning people are stored in our short term memory, so that we act instinctively and without thinking when we're accomplishing simple tasks. That part of Gary's brain did not function any longer. It had to be replaced. So the part of his memory used to make everyday simple decisions was relegated to sticky notes. Things that come as second nature to us he had be told to do. Things like, “brush your teeth,” “take a shower,” “or go to bed.” He needed those notes to remind him of how to live. But to me, the most telling note, the one we could all learn from, is the one by his front door. “Go live life.” It would have been easy for Gary to give up. Life is terrifying when you don't know what to do. But he couldn't give up. He had to solve his problem and press forward. He had to live life. For many of us, life is terrifying as well. It's easier to stay home and watch re-runs of Seinfeld or Lost. But that's not living, that's not producing, that's not making a difference in the world. In order to leave our mark on this world, we have to “Go live life.” The world can't change with our thoughts alone. It changes with our actions. We could all use Gary's sticky note by our doors. So many of us are afraid to fail, we don't know what to do, so we never try. And there are some of us who our so busy with work, play, or whatever, that we forget to really live life. Most of us have something that's holding us back from our dreams. Whether they be publishing our book, starting a non-profit foundation, or building a well in Africa. So let's take a note from this man with limited memory, go live life, become animated, and see what miracles await. God has them waiting just for us, and they're incredibly exciting to find!

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading.

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