Make a list

Good morning and welcome to another wonderful day. Why is it wonderful? Because you are here!

Today I have a task for you. It is an important task.  This task will help you to see both the forest and the trees.

I would like you to please make a list. The list is not for me, it is for you. Each of us should have a list like this. It helps us to understand how lucky we are.

The first part of making a list is just to rest. Take a few minutes to find a spot that’s comfortable and rest. Then it’s time to make your list. Write down something about yourself that makes you feel good, makes you happy, makes you confident.


Have you seen a sunrise or sunset lately? Did you enjoy it? Did it make you feel something? If the feeling was good, write it down. Did you laugh today? Write it down.

What you are doing is taking a measure of the positive things in your life. There are plenty of negative things, and you don’t need a list of those. What you need is a list of what’s good in your life. We all have positives and negatives. When the negatives weigh on my mind, it is always nice to pull out the list and remember the positives.

Have a great day. Hopefully, we’ll talk again soon.

What We Do For Others

It is a beautiful new day and a beautiful new week. I had planned for a wonderful new me and still hope for that even though I seem to be running an hour late for everything.

It is amazing the things we do that we don’t even realize. Those little things, the ones which means so much to someone else. Saying hi to a passer-by on the street is a small thing, and yet it might be the only kind word heard all day. Sometimes just to point out something that someone did well may be the only thanks they ever get for that action. And sometimes, when somebody is at their lowest point, the action of the stranger can pull them back from the darkness of the abyss.

Many times, we do not understand the full extent to which a nod of the head to someone or smile may mean to them. In our days of high technology, and paranoid fear of others it is often good to take that chance. Just a smile on a nod of the head, or a hello as you pass on the street. You can hardly know some of the good it does for others.

This gives someone who feels unseen, the good feeling of being noticed. Somebody who feels he or she is a nobody, realizes they are somebody. Someone who has often lost all hope finds that spark of humanity.

The thing that those who never do this, never learn is the most important fact. The fact is that when you do this to someone else the good feeling isn’t just theirs. You also share that feeling of momentary connection to others.


Thank you so much for being with me again today.

I started today off with two of the three most important words in the English language. I started off with ‘Thank you.’ These two words along with ‘Please’ make up the three most important words. We teach our kids that they are magic words. They are words which make us want to act and feel good when we have.

These three words are free, and they make both the sender and the receiver feel better. Do you feel better when helping someone who says please, or when they just ask for something and don’t say please? Chances are, please puts the request on a higher plane of being accomplished.

I have seen emails where supervisors and managers are reminded not to say thank you too much to the employees. I cannot understand any reason for that request. Hearing a ‘Thank you’ means a lot to anyone it is directed at. And in the case of employees, we have to remember that they are usually the only people in a company who actually do value added to any products sold to a customer. These people deserve a thank you from everyone in the company, top down.

So, when you are out and around about, please remember your please and thank yous’. The words actually are magic, because they make both the sender and the receiver feel better.

Thank you for joining me today. Please join me again tomorrow.