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I know little about poetry, but one need not know much to appreciate this piece. It resonates.

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If you can keep your head when all about you,
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,

Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster,
And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken,
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings,
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew,
To serve your turn long after they are gone,

And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

– Rudyard Kipling

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Out of Office Thankfulness

Hello everyone. Just a quick update to let you know I’ll be back shortly. We have a couple of great interviews coming up so stay tuned!

In the meantime, if you are in the U.S. be sure to have a great Thanksgiving holiday.

For both those in the U.S. as well as anyplace else across the globe, why miss an opportunity to look at the “glass half full” side of our lives? Please join me this week in choosing to be thankful for the things we’ve been blessed with rather than focusing on what we do not have.

Make it a great week! See you soon.

Medieval Penguins and Red Velvet Cake (Interview)

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What do you get when you combine someone who likes cross stitching, sewing, baking, reading and penguins?  You get Gemma Feltham, of course! As an avid reader myself, I quickly became interested in Gemma’s writing.  That said, although her basis for blogging is reviewing books, it was her thoughts around blogging itself that intrigued me even further.

With over 11,000 followers, Gemma’s If Books Could Blog site is a great example of how your audience will find you when you choose to blog about something you are passionate about.  As you will see below, she started posting as an outlet, but obviously found common ground with many others sharing her love for reading.  In my conversation with her, she was genuinely surprised at the number of followers she has acquired– she simply doesn’t pay attention to it!  (Imagine that…a blogger who doesn’t spend half their day on their ‘Stats’ page!)
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Just Make It Count

Just another day. Was I able to cross-through those tasks I had on my list? Those break-points in the day, were they memorable? You know, the ones I looked forward to at the beginning of the day? Lunch…the afternoon break at work…heading home for the day. This time next week will I reflect back and note these moments with any significance?

Today the creative drive is coming from (dare I say it), McDonald’s regular! I was on the phone this morning, and didn’t have time for the normal brew so I had to settle for what was convenient. That’s my brew, now here’s my view…

As a result of a post my friend Margaret wrote a few days ago over at Being Margaret, (great blog, check it out if you can), my thoughts have been somewhat occupied. Margaret’s post was a moving, sentimental reflection of where she was on October 2, 1998, and the events that transpired causing her to remember that day so well– in her case the death of a dear family member. The very well-written story gave me pause, and has caused me to reflect. What about today?

I’m guilty of taking most days for granted. I’m sure I’m not alone in falling into life patterns that cause time to pass almost unconsciously. Each week blends into the next, the weekends seemingly connected without interruption–creating an impressionist-like picture of time where days and events subtly blur together, the specific details lost to the monotonous brush strokes of routine. This happens because I allow it.

I purpose to make today memorable. When I look back on today, it may not carry the significance of those days that are bookmarks in all of our lives…marriages, births, the happiest of times, etc., however it’s up to me to make sure that today doesn’t fade into history without any significance. I can choose to make an impact on someone. I can choose to spend time with those who are important to me. I can choose to draw nearer to God.

I choose to make today a step up to a better me.

I choose to make it count.

DH

P.S. Tomorrow, I choose better coffee 😉

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