Not long ago, one of the pastors from our church stopped by to see us and pray for our new baby girl, Evelina. As we were talking, he was telling us about a project he and his family have been working on.
They call it Jesse’s Jar. The project helps children and families affected with special needs by selling quality products which are creatively packaged in Mason jars!
What I loved about our conversation was how he talked about his project. He was very excited and it was clear that he had a real vision for what they were doing.
Recently, I was listening to an interview with Hal Elrod, author of Miracle Morning. He talked about clarity and how it’s the foundation for all success.
“Clarity is the starting place of all success. And if you think of it, that would mean that extraordinary success requires extraordinary clarity. The problem is, most people go through life with a very mediocre level of clarity regarding specifically what they want for their lives.” – Hal Elrod
It’s just like my mentor, Dan Miller, says how 85% of the process of success is looking inward.
One morning while reading in my office, I heard a bird squawking very loudly outside my open window. In the past, I probably wouldn’t have heard it. But since I’ve been working on being more present, not only did I hear it, I decided to see what all the commotion was about.
As I write this post baby #2 is due any day. It has been quite a wild ride this time around with moving, and pregnancy, and a 2 year old. But Michael and I sat in our beautiful yard this afternoon and reveled in the fullness of where we are at in life.
It is wild and wonderful and we have never been more thankful to be on the journey together.
Jack Canfield was quoted as saying “If you want the fastest road to success, get married, start a family, and start a business.” Check, check, and check!
I recently heard most people think an average of 60,000 thoughts a day. But of those thoughts, 95% are the very same thought patterns as the day before. That means most people simply think in circles from one day to the next!
This is shocking! Especially because I think we would all assume we are thinking new thoughts every day with a few repeats mixed in, not the other way around!
It just illustrates the EXTREME importance of introducing new thoughts into our minds (through reading, listening to podcasts, and expanding our social circles) if we have any hope of changing our habits, thought patterns, and relationships!
How can any of us expect to grow and change if 95% of our thought patterns are exactly the same? It would be like asking a fish to climb a tree. Not happening.
A lot of people have big dreams of things they want to do in life. But how many people actually get around to doing anything about those dreams? Sadly, not that many.
I was excited to read an article in the paper last week how one local man isdoing something about his dream. C. Ivan Stoltzfus of Honey Brook, PA is driving his 1948 two-cylinder tractor across America in an expedition called Across America for Wounded Warriors.