Are you taking this for granted?

My fisherman.

My fisherman.

I was spending my day working at home on my blog and upcoming book. The kids were hanging out playing on the Xbox. I decided to read a blog from Sherry Carver who writes and helps blended families. Although I do not have a blended family, her advice applies to my family as well. Sherry was writing about taking things for granted in our lives. You can check out her article here. “Every family has a story.” What resonated with me at the time was, here I am off work for a few days, my kids are out of school and I am spending my time staring at a computer. I was taking the time with my kids for granted. Someday when they are grown I won’t have these opportunities. So I made an executive decision to put aside the task that needed attention and focused my attention on more important things.

I went inside and asked my two youngest if they wanted to go do something. I even made suggestions of going to see a movie or bowling. Both of them replied, “We want to go to the farm”. I come from a farming family and my two brothers still live on and farm the ground. I agreed, so we loaded up and drove the 40 minutes to the farm. Emily wanted to ride around on the golf cart and Andrew wanted to fish. I spent a beautiful fall like day fishing with my 9 year old son and watching my 13 year old drive around the lake occasionally stopping to chat with us. I got to sit and look my son in the eyes and just talk about whatever came up.

Thank you Sherry Carver for reminding me to enjoy what we have and live in the moment. I spent an afternoon that I will never regret, even if my work doesn’t get done on time. I chose the best of my two options. Do you take advice from others to assess your priorities? I could have ignored what I heard in my heart, but I’m sure glad I didn’t. Listen to your heart and take time to enjoy what you have now, before it’s too late. Go share your AWESOME with someone you love today. Yes, that is a picture of Andrew and one of his many catches.

Guess what I get to do?

For the next couple of days I want you to check something. See how many times you say, “I’ve go to …….” I’ve got to go to the store. I’ve got to pay the bills. I’ve got to work. I’ve got to cook supper. Ok, so where I am going with this. Think about this for a minute. What if instead of saying, “I’ve got to” you use the term, “I get to.” I get to cook a healthy meal for my family, there are many who go hungry. I get to go to work, so I can pay my bills there are many without jobs. I have money in my pocket, so I get to go to the store and buy food. I get to workout in the morning there are many who are ill and can’t get up. Do you see how changing that one word in our vocabulary can change our entire perception of events in our lives?

Our thoughts become words, our words become actions. If we are going to change our actions this year it has to start with changing our thoughts, then our words. Take the time this week to see how purposely watching our words changes our perceptions. You will have to give it some thought, which is a good way to reflect on how we see the events in our lives. This one little change will lead to dramatic changes in your outlook. Leave me a message about the changes you see in your life from this one switch. This is one of the small ways you can Invite Excellence into Your Life and become all God has called you to be.