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Reflection and gratitude crush this

Stitch. Everywhere. Lilo sometimes. Biking Going to the Sun Road June 2019, 300 meters from Continental Divide at Logan Pass.

Reflection and gratitude crush this.

Crush what?

Unhappiness.

Imagine being asked to start writing all the things you are grateful for and not being able to ever finish your list.

Try being unhappy when you are grateful.

PS. If it ain’t obvious, highly recommend Hailey’s video. Only 12 minutes.

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He was joking

Disney Keynote Speaker
This keynote was only 20 minutes. It’s on You Tube and is packed with activities that kept me off the red circle.

Had to laugh and smile yesterday, Wednesday.

Asked our son to unpack what he meant when he told my wife he was proud of Tuesday’s Disney Customer Service 3-hour workshop.

He was joking.

Obviously, my feedback was, “You shouldn’t joke like that with Mom, because she didn’t know it was a joke.”

And based on the 30-minute debrief we had on the car ride home from the event, on every important client metric, had gave high marks.

He had only seen 60-minute or less keynotes, not the three-hour incredibly interactive session. For example, the audience never had time to fall asleep – too much thinking, doing, sharing, planning – all of it by design.

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RIP Jack Noel 2001

Glacier Park hikes
Grinnell Glacier overlook. Can’t help but wonder what my Dad would have thought of this place.
Glacier Park hikes
Glacier National Park. My Dad, Jack Noel, never visited.

RIP Jack Noel.

Please don’t live in the past and dwell on what was lost or could have been.

Live fully present now and think about traditions and intentionality.

Getting to a daily place where you can be fully present will be achieved only though the trials, errors, and triumphs of a lifetime of ordinary days.

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Not the song that captured my attention

apple watch screen shot
My Apple Watch randomly grabbed a screen shot. No idea how or why?

Love Be The River is not the song that captured my attention. This one is.

It is supremely reassuring to me that a Father’s Hand is always there.

Always.

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We aren’t quitting, we’re switching

volunteering frustration
A word-for-word copy and paste (below) along with this photo.

Guy, first, thank you (and everyone in your organization) for all the good you do in our World. 

As i spoke with and thanked a volunteer loading boxes in our van, he gave me a business card. Didn’t ask for nor was i hoping for it. Serendipity?

The card provided an opportunity (email address) to offer first hand volunteer feedback in this email.

Little did i know two days ago, after 19 years of volunteering for Food deliveries every Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter mornings, i would feel frustrated enough to pitch in the towel.

By the way, one door closes and another opens – and we are looking forward to the next chapter in our volunteering lives (me, my wife and our son, 18). We aren’t quitting, we’re switching.

We had seven addresses. Three did not exist on the street and one Family said, “We told you guys on Thanksgiving to take our name off the list.” Another delivery car stopped us and had the same frustration.

For several years we have felt this same administrative frustration. We have food and the address of a needy (and hopeful) family, but the address doesn’t exist.

Also frustrated that there is no digital connection to the mothership. But the random business card has solved that.

Hope this email helps you find solutions.

Guy, this is not a complaint, it’s an opportunity. Hoping both our lives are blessed by the changes ahead of us.

Some photo notes…

(Note; what you don’t see here is that two photos, including the one at the top, were included in the email. Not sharing the second photo to preserve confidentiality)

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