Last Friday, I spent the day with 5 people from my Speak It Forward Coaching and Mastermind group…
Check out the birthday surprise I received from these guys. With friends like this…
Well, let’s just say, watch your back!
Yesterday I posted a short blog about the birthday card I received from my twin daughters. The card they gave me really fit their personalities.
Not to be outdone, my son’s card fit his personality as well. He LOVES to laugh…and the “dumber” the humor, the better. And in case you’re wondering, he didn’t pick up this trait from Kathy. In fact, when Chris and I get to laughing about something we think is hilarious, Kathy and the girls usually give us that smile that says: “It’s really not that funny.”
So, in an effort to stay true to his humor DNA, Chris gave me this card…
Again, in case you can’t read backwards, here’s what the card says:
Guess What, Dad?!
Knowing how you love your lawn,
I got you some of the MOST EFFECTIVE FERTILIZER
HANG ON! IT’S COMING!
I got a good laugh from this card! And again, I’m a happy dad, and his card made my day.
Plead guilty and often to loving your family and friends.
– Dan Zadra –
This past week I celebrated my birthday. Check out the card that my twin daughters gave me.
In case you can’t read backwards, the card says:
We can’t choose our Dads!
It’s like playing poker…
You might draw a “King”
Or you might draw a “Joker”…
He could be “all heart”
Or a “Poker Face,” too…
What LUCK to end up
With a real “ace” like you!
Needless to say, I’m a happy dad and their card made my day!
“Envy is ever joined with the comparing of a man’s self;
and where there is no comparison, no envy.”
– Sir Francis Bacon –
Most of us understand the foolishness of trying to compare ourselves to others. We would readily admit that no good ever comes from it. Yet, whether we are comparing our home size, paycheck, physical features, or any number of measurable (and even unmeasureable) things, we do it all the time.
Even though we know there are inherent problems contained in the process:
Many a contented life has surely been stolen by the unhealthy habit of comparing ourselves to others. Comparing ourselves to others will always rob us of gratitude, joy, and fulfillment.
But even more than that, it prevents us from fully living our lives. It calls us to envy someone else’s life and seek theirs rather than ours. It is robbing us of our most precious possession: life itself. And while the temptation to compare may never be completely eliminated, there are certainly some practical steps that we can take to move past it. Consider a few of these:
Go to the Becoming Minimalist website to read Joshua’s excellent, practical steps…
Quotes from Victor Frankl:
“Everything can be taken away from man but one thing—to choose one’s attitude in a given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
“Man can only live by looking to the future.”
“Don’t aim at success—the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself.”
“There is nothing in the world, I venture to say, that would so effectively help one to survive even the worst conditions as the knowledge that there is a meaning in one’s life.”