Little Things to Make You Thankful – Week 2

Week 2 has showed me that sometime when you are not watching you will hear something that affects you. It may be something that you read or hear. It may be what you have put on a 3×5 card to repeat daily. But you know when it hits you.

Where I used to live on the wide plains of Kansas there was little bird that lived in the prairies year-round. Sometimes, I would hear it sing among the snowy wheat stubble or by the bank of a frozen creek. The song would catch me off guard, take a minute to sink in and then then fill me with happiness.  Just a little bird in the snow, still singing like it was summer!

Thankfulness can be just like that.  It can come when you least expect it—in a beautiful sunset after a hard day, in the friendly voice of an old friend, in a warm and safe house when the storm whips around the eves.   All of us are surrounded by things to be thankful for – though sometimes it takes something to remind us – and a little while for it to sink in.

Even after meetings that run too long, people who won’t listen, or misdirected shipments, here’s what always sinks in for me:   I am thankful for the opportunities we have every day to meet with friends -both old and new, to share ideas, to glory in one another’s triumphs, to hold each other up when there are setbacks and to help one another reach our goals.  

To me, that pretty much sums up what we are learning in the MKMMA.

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Looking for the Good – Week 1

This week I I was privileged to participate in the first class of the Master Key Mastermind Alliance. There are many good things that were covered – more than could ever be covered in a brief blog post.  But, there are a few simple and easy steps that we can take to make a better life for ourselves and those we touch.

Here is an example:

Most of us look at what goes wrong – not what goes right – in our lives. We get this habit from looking at the red marks on our tests at school (“Hey I only got 5 wrong!” Not, “Hey, I got 25 right!”) , from the news media (fires, floods, pestilence) , and the list goes on. It’s just the way things are, right?

But it doesn’t have to be.

Look for the good and you start to see it.

We can change the way things are in our world by changing the way we think. It is one of our greatest powers. But, we must choose to use it.

Within us lies the power to generate courage, hope, enthusiasm, confidence, trust, faith and all the good things of life. But, to use our power we must reject the “way things are” and remold our inner world to change the outer world.

In this blog I’ll be writing about what I’m learning in the Master Key Mastermind Alliance class and how we can use what we learn to build a better life.

Hope you join me.