Living and Giving

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“Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others.”   – H. Jackson Brown Jr.

What is your mind filled with today? What others aren\’t doing right? What doesn\’t work?


Or is it filled with gratitude for what is working? 


You\’re a leader. That means your mind has to be in top-top shape. And that means reinforcing the positive:


  • A team member did a great job — don\’t just take it for granted. It\’s not the \”same-old same-old.\”
  • Your dog greeted you with joy when you came home… so sweet. How precious they are here.
  • Your horse has lived much longer than expected. She is slow, and not what she used to be, but you still get to ride her! So lovely.
  • You had a warm, home cooked meal.
  • You bought take out and it tasted good because you were so hungry 🙂
  • You finished a report just at the point of the deadline, pulling an all-nighter… You got it  in time! Let\’s be grateful. this isn\’t the norm, and what an accomplishment. That\’s the focus, not being tired. (Now if this happens all the time, then maybe time to find a new calling!)
  • Your elementary kids were SUPER ENERGETIC today. Were they out-of-control or full of joy?
  • Your little sister got into Carlton and UPenn, but not Princeton, her first choice. Will you be disappointed or know that a perfect plan is unfolding, where she will meet the right people, learn the right information, and have a super experience?
  • The Jason Derulo concert is sold out. Are you bummed or psyched for others to hear his music? The world is a more fun, energetic place with his enthusiasm!
  • The Janet Jackson concert is sold out. Let\’s be grateful she\’s still performing and sharing the Jackson talents! Next time.
Team Living and Giving, it\’s up to you. You can criticize others or your day….. or you can focus on what is really happening; Good is unfolding. 


H. Jackson Brown Jr. is an American bestselling author for his inspiring books. One of his books named Life\’s Little Instruction Book, was on the New York Times best-seller list for more than two years, including more than one year on the number one spot. This book was written by Brown as a guide book for his son when he went off to college. He then wrote a second volume, which also placed in the top selling charts for a long time.

One of his most famous quotes is often mistakenly attributed to Mark Twain. It says: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”