True Nobility

About two years ago, the acronym C.A.N.I. was presented to me. It was used rather seamlessly into the conversation, so naturally I zoned out of the conversation trying to figure out what it meant. After about a minute of intense thought and rudely ignoring my conversation, I asked the person what it meant.

He told me that it stood for Constant And Never-Ending Improvement, and what an outstanding idea it was. Once that acronym was implanted in my head, it almost always seems to resurface when I’m starting to get really comfortable with my life; some would even say complacent.

Constantly improving yourself from now until the end of time is a big commitment and will certainly take a lot of hard work, but I know for me that just being reminded of the idea inspires me to keep improving myself as a whole.

Ernest Hemingway said,

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”

Something to think about during your day today. There is an incredible amount of stuff that I’m hoping to start doing, not only in my personal life but with this blog as well. I’ll keep people posted as to what will be happening, and while there are just a few people reading this blog right now, I really hope that we can start getting it growing very soon.

Failure to fail

I think we need reminders like this to not be afraid to try new things. Failure is fertilizer, it helps your grow!

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failedI was watching a reality TV show recently and one of the eager young contestants proudly boasted, “I have never failed at anything I’ve tried to do!”

He smirked for the camera, and I thought, “Loser!”

Why? Because failing to fail is the greatest failure of all.

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“Everybody can …

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

It’s an interesting thing how a day of remembrance for a person, a group of people, or an event can remind you of so many different principles that we should be reminding ourselves of daily. Days like today are days where I sit back and try to understand what I can learn and how I can grow as an individual. If I can learn one thing from a man as inspirational and passionate as Dr. King, then I think that the quote above speaks volumes.

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve.”

To serve someone, to cast aside your own desires and put their needs above your own is such a simple, yet wholly satisfying way to live. 

You don’t have to have a college degree to serve…You only need a heart full of  grace. A soul generated by love.” 

I think Dr. King understood that when you serve others with grace and with your motivation being rooted in love for others, then greatness will be within your reach. 

“For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 4:13-14 (NASB)

Where Have I been?

That’s the big question. Where have I been? While I could say that “I just haven’t had the time to post anything new lately” would probably suffice, that wouldn’t be very accurate. Rather, I simply haven’t made the time to sit down and write. 

While I know that my blog is still very new, very fresh, and my audience isn’t very large, I still feel responsible for posting my thoughts more frequently. So for those of you who have enjoyed reading the few posts that I have made and have been wanting to read more, I very sincerely apologize to you.

However, I’m not “out of the game” by any means! Actually, quite the contrary. I’m in the process of completely redoing how I run my blog. I’m in the process of reading “Platform” by Michael Hyatt and I’ve been nothing short of inspired. If you know anything about Mr. Hyatt, then you know that his blogging “platform” is outstanding and I’m learning and growing tremendously from his book. I’d recommend it to everyone.

So, in short, as I grow closer to finishing this book, my goal is for my posts to get better and better. More professional, more entertaining, and in short, better. The goal is to always improve in everything we do, right? Be on the lookout for some great stuff being posted soon!

Bringing in the New

I’m sad to say that my consistency in writing on my blog has been sub par for quite some time. I’m not only writing this for any person who may be interested in reading the things that I write, but also to hold myself accountable for actually being consistent in posting.

New ideas, new perspectives, new plans! My desire is to completely re-do this blog into something pretty great, and anyone who would like to follow me through this journey is greatly appreciated.

Stay posted for new stuff soon!! 

America The Beautiful: Happy 4th of July

If you talk to anyone who knows me moderately well, they will tell you that my patriotism levels are normally through the roof, so you can imagine how I would have a hard time containing those feelings of love for my country on this day. I’m not going to get into a deep, philosophical, potentially political discussion today; today I just want to say that today is not only a day where we celebrate this magnificent country we live in, but a day where we honor the men who founded this country, and the principles that it was founded on.

Enjoy this fantastic version of “America the Beautiful” by Ray Charles. It’s amazing.

Getting Started

With this being my first blog post ever, I figured that it would probably be best to simply state my intent for starting this blog.

Primarily, I have (in my mind) some interesting thoughts on subjects that we as human beings deal with on a day to day basis. In conjunction, There are several ideas that I have that I (again, in my mind) feel are pretty good ideas. Finally, there are times when I genuinely just feel like making the truth about issues known. We live in a society where I believe truth is watered down, and “political correctness” has destroyed the idea of being honest with one another.

I’m certain that this blog will evolve over time, which is incredibly exciting. So to any who read, and hopefully follow this blog, I would love your feedback!! Thank you for taking the time to read this, and we’ll get thing started with my next post!!