Tag Archive for Recognition

Not just Superman needs sun light to regain strength


Not just Superman needs sun light to regain strength.

Has the winter been long? I can feel a resounding yes from everyone that just read that last statement.
I think cabin fever is another way to say it.

There is not much I can do about the weather, but there is something I can encourage you in.
Just as Super Man needs sun light to regain strength we need a figurative sun light in our lives to regain strength as well.

I call it appreciation. I know the tough ones out there are thinking, “I don’t need that, I’m strong and confident in myself.”

Yes, and you are also human.  We are wired to love and be loved.  

Now how do you think we go about getting some of that light of appreciation?

By giving it away first!  

I tell my kids everyday to, “encourage everyone.”  Then I ask them, “Why?” and they say, “Because when we encourage others it encourages us return.”

It all goes back to a very simple but mostly forgotten law.  The law of sowing and reaping.  When a farmer goes out to the field to plant corn what comes up? Corn, not beans.

I would encourage you today to try it out.  Give away some of your light, “encouragement”, to someone else and watch it produce a harvest in your own life.  

A Few quotes on Encouragement I dug up for you from my stash.

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Correction does much, but encouragement does more.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“There are high spots in all of our lives and most of them have come about through encouragement from someone else. I don’t care how great, how famous or successful a man or woman may be, each hungers for applause.” ~ George Matthew Adams

How are you Playing?


Recently I attended one of my nephew’s pewee hockey game, they were struggling to keep up with the opposing team that they had beaten night before.  I had to stand and watch the game because I was getting a little excited about how they were not in the game, “once a hockey player always a hockey player”.  As I stood in the moment of watching that game I was reminded of a mind set most people get into when the game of life starts heading in the wrong direction.

 “Are you playing to win or are you playing not to lose”?

The out come of that statement can be the same thing, but it’s the mind set that makes the difference. When we play to win we think in a way that is totally different then when we play not to lose.

Playing to win is an active response to our situation.

Playing not to lose is a passive response to our situation.

Activity takes a few ideas to process.
1. Recognition of the choices we are or are not making.  That’s whats interesting about activity verses passivity they are both choices if you like it or not.
2. Using your God given ability to make a new choice in how you will respond to the situation. That is one thing that separates us from the animals is we don’t live on instinct, but rather by choice.

My encouragement for the day is take an active role in your life.  Stop playing the game not to lose and start playing to win.  Oh and by the way, my nephew’s team came out in the 3rd period ready to play to win and almost tied the game in the last few seconds.  How are u playing?