Story Telling

Do you like to tell stories? Like to listen to them? Both?

Listening to my daughter tell a story recently, it occurred to me…

If you’re a parent, listening to stories is a key skill for the vocation. The more you listen to your kids, the more stories they tell, the more you learn about them.

What else? The more confident and creative they become, too. The closer you’ll become.

In fact, you’ll also realize listening is good for you too. And not just with your kids.

Imagine the positive effect of listening more actively at work? With your friends? In your club? In our politics?

So listen up, listen to the stories, listen actively and learn. The effect? GOOD.

Lyrics Post: “Better Way”

The first time I heard this song I was inspired. The words encourage, fortify. The music builds, layered, energized. Let it fill you, spur you on.

BETTER WAY

“I’m a living sunset

Lightning in my bones

Push me to the edge

But my will is stone

Fools will be fools

And wise will be wise

But i will look this world

Straight in the eyes

What good is a man

Who won’t take a stand

What good is a cynic

With no better plan

Reality is sharp

It cuts at me like a knife

Everyone i know

Is in the fight of their life

Take your face out of your hands

And clear your eyes

You have a right to your dreams

And don’t be denied

I believe in a better way”

Written by Ben Harper

Buzzing Brain

With all this election news and new president-elect Joe Biden in the mix, I get to thinking about that job a little more.

President of the United States. Or any president, for that matter.

What’s their sleep schedule like?

Do they wake up early thinking about everything they have to do? Should do? Aren’t doing?

Do they take naps?

But it’s not just heads of state that experience this circumstance. It’s anyone that’s responsible for others:

Bosses

Teachers

Parents

Club leaders

Coaches

Captains

Platoon Leaders

Commanders

If you care, you’re bound to have your mind buzzing about all the stuff in which your life’s wrapped up.

It’s how we cope with and manage the buzz, the worry, the uncertainty, THAT’S where the magic happens.

Work in that magic for yourself. Turns out it won’t just help you; it’ll help others too.

Reset

First a few more headlines from yesterday…then the reset at the bottom.

San Franciso
New York
Philly
Miami (FL)
Ottawa
Winnipeg
London

And most important…IMMEDIATELY…announcements and initial information regrading the Biden Administration’s priorities.

RESET.

1/ COVID-19

2/ Economic Recovery

3/ Racial Equality

4/ Climate Change

Special Post: STILL COUNTING

Two days post Election Day. Very close race. Even as Trump and his campaign team file law suits regarding ballots in various states, America says, count every vote. And let the vote decide who our next president is.

And so I wonder, what will Republicans do?

And then I’m reminded…

This vote is SO important. And so yes, two days after Election Day: STILL COUNTING.

A Simple Message

I did. If you’re 18 or older, you can do. Do what? VOTE.

Here in the United States, today is Election Day. And so if you can, vote.

About 100 million eligible voters have already voted. There are about 255 million Americans who could vote.

DO SO.

Even if you’re not registered, you might be able to vote, depending on the state you live in.

BOTTOM LINE: VOTE.

Lyrics Post: “This Land Is Your Land”

“From my youth to now, many decades later, this song speaks. And through its many renditions, this song speaks to us. To those who will listen. For those who yearn, and believe. Thank You, Woody.

“This land is your land, this land is my land

From California to the New York island

From the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters

This land was made for you and me

As I was walking that ribbon of highway

I saw above me that endless skyway

I saw below me that golden valley

This land was made for you and me

I’ve roamed and rambled and I followed my footsteps

To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts

And all around me a voice was sounding

This land was made for you and me

When the sun came shining, and I was strolling

And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling

As the fog was lifting a voice was chanting

This land was made for you and me

As I went walking I saw a sign there

And on the sign it said “No Trespassing”

But on the other side it didn’t say nothing

That side was made for you and me

In the shadow of the steeple I saw my people

By the relief office I seen my people

As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking

Is this land made for you and me?

Nobody living can ever stop me

As I go walking that freedom highway

Nobody living can ever make me turn back

This land was made for you and me”

Writer(s): Woody Guthrie

VOTE

It’s frickin’ fundamental. You’re given a voice, a say in the matter! USE IT.

We completed our ballots. Dropped off the envelopes at the County Registrar’s Office this week.

Your vote is your voice in a democracy. It’s a fundamental tenet of our society.

Don’t squander it. Your opinion matters. Your voice matters. Let it be heard.