When we consistently remind ourselves how thankful we are, it keeps us separated from bitterness.
Remind yourself daily. Whether it’s toothpaste, clean underwear or your health, practice being thankful and enjoy contentment.
Keep working towards your goals and keep being thankful each step along the way.
On September 14, 1990, something happened that has never happened before or since. Late in his career, Ken Griffey, Sr., who had been a key member of the World Series champion Cincinnati Reds years before, was signed by the Seattle Mariners. His son Ken Griffey, Jr. was just starting his major league career. In the first inning of a game against the Angels, Griffey, Sr. hit a home run to left center field. His son followed him to the plate and hit another home run to almost exactly the same spot. It was the only time a father and son had hit back-to-back home runs in baseball history. Ken Griffey, Jr said later that his father greeted him at the plate by saying, “That’s how you do it, son.”
We all want to see our next generation hit a home run. Before a home run is hit we also coach and parent when our son or daughter strike out.
Set the example you want the next generation to fallow. When it is later on in our career (life), set up the next generation to hit home runs. And when you meet him/or her at the plate, be sure to tell them, “that’s how you do it.”
It’s up to us on what example we set.
Friday, November 29th, 2013. A retailers Super Bowl.
That’s right, the Friday after Thanksgiving where consumers finish their turkey dinner with the fam and immediately go set up camp in front of the big retail store.
Where retail store credit cards are getting worked out like the cardiovascular machines on January 1.
Where American Express is consistently expressing itself one swipe at a time.
Where $13.6 Billion in revenue is expected to go down. Ladies and Gentlemen, black Friday.
Before you get caught up in the buying/giving spirit, make your boundaries. Who you will buy for? How much? What charity you will be giving to? How much?
Make your list, check it twice.
Don’t be paying for Christmas in May.
That time you gave away your time to impact someone else. Felt good?
That time you gave away your kids clothes once he out grew them. Felt good?
That time you gave items you no longer use to a family that could use them. Felt good?
But why do we give? Is it to clean out our house or storage unit of all the stuff we accumulate? Or because we know that person needs something we have and we can provide it to them?
After you drop off your canned foods at the next food drive, take 49 seconds to ponder on why you give.
Then find a date in the near future to find another area where you can give to impact another persons life. Once we transition into sincerely enjoying to give; watch how the things you receive in life increase. Enjoy the joy you receive.
Give. Save. Live.
If your fortunate to have a significant other or you want to someday, avoid living separate lives. Duh, right?
Oprah believes you should have a separate and joint checking account. And she’s really popular so that makes her right? Wrong Oprah. When you and your spouse take the same last name and you become one, it is time for your accounts to become one.
It requires transparency and communication. Great concept?
1000’s line up today to purchase the new Sony Playstation 4. Always respected a brand that can get consumers to set up camp outside retailer’s doors to purchase their product. I spent countless hours in front of a gaming system, from the age of five (duck hunt, Tecmo Bowl, Contra) until the age of 24,(NCAA Collage Football) with some good folks. We would fight, yell, cheer, high-five and most importantly, bragging rights were always at stake. Yes, we took gaming seriously. (Bless my wife. We went to Travis‘ house for a NCAA tournament after our sushi dinner on our first date.) Thanks babe for sticking with me!
Could I have done better with my time? You could create a good argument for that. The issue for me is not whether or not I was wasting my time back then. The issue is the understanding from this point forward where my time is allocated. Balance and be intentional with your time and make sure each day gets you closer to where you want to be. If you believe in a God, start your day off with whoever you believe created you. If you have a spouse, invest in your relationship so you can set the bar high for your kids. If you have kids, remember they learn through what you do. Finally, take care of yourself and your finances so this train can keep chugging a long.
Since writing about my “day job” I have been on a transition that is allowing me to get closer to my “dream job.”
Thank you. Hopefully you are encouraged to Give. Save. and Live. All while being intentional with the income you work so hard for. Looking forward to starting this new chapter titled “Financial Storehouse” in my book on life and thanks for getting on board for the ride.
I want to thank some special people who have helped push me to discover my “dream job.”
Drinking lots of green tea and editing with Sarah Schmidt. The brains behind constructing the web page Paul Schmidt. Brad Benton, Mark Simpson, Stan Akins, Coach Lavin and Travis Smith who brokered the relationship with my wife. The man who pushed me through his books Quitter and Start, Jon Acuff. Peyton (my dog). The Lindsay’s and the Schmidt’s, especially my father who paved a way for me to have an opportunity to work under him for almost 6 years now and also my momma who’s taught me so much. My brother Kevin who inspires me more than he’ll ever know. And my sister Abbey who has been my cheerleader since she was two (love ya sis!) Bryce Jeter, Nick Pleat, Nathaniel Henderson, Ross LeBlanc, TJ McCullough, Wade Morris, Luke Smith, Jb Roberts, Ray Bozeman, Ron Plourde, Dawn Krempa and The Fowler’s. Dave Ramsey, who showed me how to steward and Jonathan Sansom who continues to mentor me. My wife Shannon that was sent from God to save me, my son Neyland who motivates me each morning as well as my future kids. Lastly, the reason why I’m on this journey, Jesus.
Hang on tight and enjoy the ride.