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“Man should not consider his material possession his own, but as common to all, so as to share them without hesitation when others are in need.” – Thomas Aquinas

While this quote focuses on material possessions, I think the same holds true with the “possession of knowledge” or lessons learned.  To that end, through my own trials and tribulations I have found that internal hardships, battles within one’s self, can be devastating.  In my case they have lead me to darker places than I would ever wish on my own enemy.  The great news is that they didn’t last!

Finding solace and peace in a healthy manner brought me from the depths of my own low thoughts and actions.  Sure, it took a while to find exactly what motivated me to rise up and move forward with a positive attitude (or like my 4th Grade teacher always said a “P.M.A.”; Positive Mental Attitude) but when I found what worked for me every aspect of my life changed.  I found running to be a great release of negative thoughts and an awesome energizer all-round, quotations to be inspiring, drawing to be a great hobby I could take anywhere, etc… Finally, I found that finding a way to help others helped me also. 

As a disabled Veteran, finding and ultimately managing a non-profit Veteran organization has been the best reward in my life.  Serving at least one person a day makes waking up and coming to work exciting for me.  Though there are some rough days, and I still have to manage my own private affairs, I know I will be able to sleep soundly and wake up the next morning looking at myself in the mirror without any regrets.

Life has and will always be a challenge.  But that’s just life…if it were too simple everything would eventually get boring.  Each of us has the capability to take on a challenge and complete it successfully, and if the first attempt at conquering an immediate challenge doesn’t work, that’s when we go back and try again using the lessons we learned from the first attempt!

Accept the challenge…and conquer it! And like I always say; “If you can’t go it alone, just ask a true friend for help! They won’t let you down!”

I wish each of you a challenging but rewarding day!

~ Brett

Don’t Go Bankrupt in the Energy Department

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“”The worst bankrupt in the world is the person who has lost his enthusiasm.” – H.W. Arnold

Enthusiasm is the root each of us possesses to obtain or accomplish anything and everything. We’re talking simple tasks from getting out of bed in the morning to running a marathon. Without any level of enthusiasm we will accomplish absolutely nothing.

Sometimes things seem hard and cause us to sit back and say “I just can’t do it right now” or, “I just don’t have any enthusiasm right now but hopefully I’ll spark up later.” It’s times like these when it really takes some fortitude and looking toward what we could only accomplish if we just don’t just succumb to our own lack of motivation.

I have to admit that at times I have been bankrupt in the enthusiasm department and have definitely felt the ramifications of not accomplishing tasks I had initially intended on accomplishing. Problems, tasks, work, and especially promises don’t disappear because I just didn’t feel like doing them at the moment.

Many of us have families, friends, co-workers, etc…who count on us on a daily basis and a lack of enthusiasm or willingness on our part can cause nothing good to be accomplished.

One might argue that you don’t have to be enthusiastic to accomplish what needs to get done but it sure does make things a lot more enjoyable and your enthusiasm can be contagious to other who may be lacking in the same area.

I know it might seem like a sort of random topic but I came across this great quotation when I was seeking some good reads on motivation. I, for one, choose to be “bankrupt” in no area whatsoever and this is one that seems of the utmost importance!

If you found a way to gain or maintain a healthy enthusiastic level to accomplish life’s daily ongoings that’s awesome! Try and find someone who hasn’t seemed to reach your same level of drive and lift them up to your level as well. I think the world will appreciate it!

Take good care and lead yourself to bankruptcy! Keep on Keepin’ on!

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