Monthly Archives: February 2017

The message I want to send on Valentines Day

Valentines Day is an interesting day. Originally the day was, of course, named after St. Valentine who is believed to have been imprisoned, tortured, and martyred some time around 14 February 273. So, of course, this directly relates to our need to go out and buy overpriced chocolate, cut flowers flown in on a jumbo jet from South America, and $7 Hallmark cards destined for an enormous pile of trash we refer to as a “landfill.” Perfectly logical…

Instead, I’ve been holding on to a quote from Og Mandino that does a much better job of summing up the message I’d prefer to convey to my children. It’s a message that I believe is better for them and for the world we live in.  Here’s the quote of the week:

“Before you were conceived I wanted you. Before you were born I loved you. Before you were an hour old I would die for you. To my child, this is the miracle of life… you are the miracle.” – Og Mandino

Make your bed.

Admiral William McRaven gave a fantastic graduation speech to the University of Texas in 2014. During the speech he talks about making your bed. It’s inspirational on many levels.  After seeing the speech on YouTube my wife and I began making our bed every morning.  It does have a positive effect.  We decided that it would for our children too and I showed them the speech about two weeks ago.  We asked them to begin making their beds as well.  It hasn’t been perfect but, so far, it’s working out well.  We don’t require perfection from them in the task just an honest effort.  The quote of the week is from Admiral McRaven:

“If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day.  It will give you a small sense of pride and encourage you to do another task and another and another.  By the end of the day that one task completed will turn into many tasks completed.  Making your bed will also reinforce that little things in life matter”