What a “Butterfly Child” can teach all of us

I feel moved, inspired, humbled, grateful, ashamed, and blessed and countless other feelings after watching this video.
Warning: Many of the scenes are  intense. You may want to preview it before showing it to your children.

How do you feel after watching?

“Jonathan has helped eliminate any excuse you or I have or ever will come up with. An amazing soul no doubt, and he have done us a great favor by sharing his story and example with us.

One of the examples we can take away from Jonathan when we think things are getting a little tough is Jonathan’s “trick” to push himself through and past his pain threshold.

He called it going into The Void.

When Jonathan starts hitting his pain threshold, he steps into that dark room where there is a little candle flickering. He pours all his pain into that candle flame. That flame is his will and determination.

The more he feeds it the more powerful the flame of his will and determination get. Then eventually, he gets past the pain point, the pain dissipates and he can step out of The Void and back into reality.

You can use this “trick” anytime you hit your figurative wall too!”

Read more of Darren’s post here and listen to his interview with Jonathan.

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Here is How to Have the Best Father’s Day Ever

I wrote about this a few months ago, but I want to remind you to interview your loved ones before they pass. This is Father’s Day weekend so, please, if you have not already done so, interview your Father or grandfather.

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Really.

Do it.

Visit this page to hear an example from an interview with my father (scroll down).

Do it now.

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Quote and Question: Change IS coming

“Resolve to be a master of change rather than a victim of it. ”
– Brian Tracy

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Change IS coming. No doubt about that.

Change is coming …

  • work
  • home
  • technology
  • economy
  • family
  • health
  • children
  • Everything will change sooner or later.

But here’s the thing; You get to choose to either be a master of change or a victim of change.

What role do you choose?

 

 

Quote and Question: Who determines YOUR happiness?

“It’s up to us to determine our happiness.
No one else is in charge.
No one else is to blame.
No one else gets the credit.
Our happiness is tied to our willingness to be responsible for our own moods.
That’s a certainty — one of few in this life.” –Karen Casey

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Recall the last time you were unhappy then apply this quote; How do you feel?

What are you thinking?

 

Lessons from vacation: 7 Days without technology

1995 was the last time I went 7 straight days without technology. No internet. No social media. No texting. Nada. Here’s what one ‘tech free’ week recently taught me:

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It’s easy to break the technology “habit” when…

  • You are intentional about doing so
  • You can count on your team back at work
  • You have provided emergency contact information to folks back home in case of emergencies

I missed technology when…

  • I wanted to enrich my experience by learning more about something (animal, weather patterns, historical marker, etc.)
  • I reached for my iPhone out of habit – no reason – just a habit.

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I learned…

  • I do not need technology
  • I benefit from technology
  • I LOVED feeling connected to my wife and family without distraction
  • 535 emails upon my return didn’t make a bit of difference in the scope of my life
    • 95 minutes to delete/file/forward all but 84 of those emails
    • New approach – I started ignoring email all but twice per day. (Think about it… if I can eliminate 84% of a week’s worth of emails in an hour and a half, my productivity should increase dramatically by intentionally ignoring email until focused time. I’ll keep you posted.)
  • Social Media went on without me and I did not need to ‘catch up’

When was the last time you were without technology for a “long time” and what did you learn?