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The Obstacle in Our Path

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In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. He then hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the he laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded.

obstacle in path

After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.

The peasant learned what many of us never understand: Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve!

The Elephant Rope

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As a man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.

He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

the elephant rope

The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.

Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before?

Failure is part of learning; we should never give up the struggle in life.

Dig a Little Deeper

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There’s a California gold rush story that tells of two brothers who sold all they had and went prospecting for gold. They discovered a vein of the shining ore, staked a claim, and proceeded to get down to the serious business of getting the gold ore of the mine.

All went well at first, but then a strange thing happened. The vein of gold had disappeared! They had come to the end of the rainbow, and the pot of gold was no longer there.

The brothers continued to pick away, but without success. Finally, they gave up in disgust. They sold their equipment and claim rights for a few hundred dollars and took the train back home.

Now, the man who bought the claim hired an engineer to examine the rock strata of the mine. The engineer advised him to continue digging in the same spot where the former owners had left off. And three feet deeper, the new owner struck gold!

gold nuggets

A little more persistence and the two brothers would have been millionaires themselves.

There is gold in you, too. Do you need to dig a little deeper?

Happy Monday!

Mother’s Day Gifts that Don’t Cost A Thing

You can’t deny that moms deserve a day to be celebrated, but every year Mother’s Day somehow creeps up on kids of all ages much quicker than anticipated. Sending a bouquet of flowers can get to be a bit repetitive and at times, it can be tough to scramble enough money together for a decent gift.

Most moms are low maintenance — they’re not looking for something flashy or expensive, they simply want to feel appreciated for all their effort and hard work raising you. Here are 16 gift ideas that are completely free of cost but will still make your mother feel valued on her special day.

1. Wash and clean out her car.
We spend a lot of time in our cars, so make sure her vehicle is a sanctuary.

2. Make her a home-cooked meal.
You can do a classic breakfast in bed, an effortless dinner or an extravagant dessert.

mothers day breakfast in bed

3. Ask her to to something outdoors and active.
Go for a walk, run or bike ride. Just being outside makes you healthier, and research has proven that exercise is more fun when it’s done with someone else.

4. Do the laundry.
She kept your clothes clean for how many years? Now is your chance to repay the favor.

5. Accept her friend request.
If you haven’t already, just let the woman have a glimpse into your personal life. It won’t kill you.

mom friend requrest

6. Send her a photo montage.
Collect as many nostalgic pictures as you can and create a collage that you can email to her or post to Facebook.

7. Volunteer together.
There are surprising mental and physical benefits to volunteering, one of which is extending your life. So you could argue that it would be helping your mom live longer.

8. Create an epic Spotify playlist.
And perhaps have an even more epic dance party. Here are a couple to get you started.

9. Pledge to finally quit that bad habit she hates.
Ban texting and driving or biting your nails from your routine forever — it will give her some peace of mind.

10. Plan a movie night.
There are plenty of movies about motherhood, or keep it simple with one of your all-time favorite films. You may have to splurge for some popcorn.

movie date

11. Give her a homemade scrub.
Most of the ingredients in these DIY scrubs are handy in your kitchen.

12. Make her some IOU coupons.
These coupons are easily printable and allow you to slowly pay her back for all the time she has spent taking care of you.

13. Give her your copy of your favorite book.
Write an inscription on the first few pages as to why she’d love it too.

14. Hand over your Amazon Prime, Netflix, or HBO GO password.
…assuming you aren’t using your parents’ account in the first place.

15. Treat her to a Starbucks Frappuccino at happy hour.
Frappuccinos are half off though May 10 — so if you were heading that way, it’s essentially buy one, get one free.

16. Thank her for all that she’s done for you and kindly remind her that you love her.
Enough said.

thank you

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The Obstacle in Our Path

motivational monday logo

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. He then hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the he laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded.

obstacle in path

After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.

The peasant learned what many of us never understand: Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve!

The Elephant Rope

motivational monday logo

As a man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.

He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

the elephant rope

The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.

Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before?

Failure is part of learning; we should never give up the struggle in life.

Dig a Little Deeper

motivational monday logo

 

There’s a California gold rush story that tells of two brothers who sold all they had and went prospecting for gold. They discovered a vein of the shining ore, staked a claim, and proceeded to get down to the serious business of getting the gold ore of the mine.

All went well at first, but then a strange thing happened. The vein of gold had disappeared! They had come to the end of the rainbow, and the pot of gold was no longer there.

The brothers continued to pick away, but without success. Finally, they gave up in disgust. They sold their equipment and claim rights for a few hundred dollars and took the train back home.

Now, the man who bought the claim hired an engineer to examine the rock strata of the mine. The engineer advised him to continue digging in the same spot where the former owners had left off. And three feet deeper, the new owner struck gold!

gold nuggets

A little more persistence and the two brothers would have been millionaires themselves.

There is gold in you, too. Do you need to dig a little deeper?

Happy Monday!

Mother’s Day Gifts that Don’t Cost A Thing

You can’t deny that moms deserve a day to be celebrated, but every year Mother’s Day somehow creeps up on kids of all ages much quicker than anticipated. Sending a bouquet of flowers can get to be a bit repetitive and at times, it can be tough to scramble enough money together for a decent gift.

Most moms are low maintenance — they’re not looking for something flashy or expensive, they simply want to feel appreciated for all their effort and hard work raising you. Here are 16 gift ideas that are completely free of cost but will still make your mother feel valued on her special day.

1. Wash and clean out her car.
We spend a lot of time in our cars, so make sure her vehicle is a sanctuary.

2. Make her a home-cooked meal.
You can do a classic breakfast in bed, an effortless dinner or an extravagant dessert.

mothers day breakfast in bed

3. Ask her to to something outdoors and active.
Go for a walk, run or bike ride. Just being outside makes you healthier, and research has proven that exercise is more fun when it’s done with someone else.

4. Do the laundry.
She kept your clothes clean for how many years? Now is your chance to repay the favor.

5. Accept her friend request.
If you haven’t already, just let the woman have a glimpse into your personal life. It won’t kill you.

mom friend requrest

6. Send her a photo montage.
Collect as many nostalgic pictures as you can and create a collage that you can email to her or post to Facebook.

7. Volunteer together.
There are surprising mental and physical benefits to volunteering, one of which is extending your life. So you could argue that it would be helping your mom live longer.

8. Create an epic Spotify playlist.
And perhaps have an even more epic dance party. Here are a couple to get you started.

9. Pledge to finally quit that bad habit she hates.
Ban texting and driving or biting your nails from your routine forever — it will give her some peace of mind.

10. Plan a movie night.
There are plenty of movies about motherhood, or keep it simple with one of your all-time favorite films. You may have to splurge for some popcorn.

movie date

11. Give her a homemade scrub.
Most of the ingredients in these DIY scrubs are handy in your kitchen.

12. Make her some IOU coupons.
These coupons are easily printable and allow you to slowly pay her back for all the time she has spent taking care of you.

13. Give her your copy of your favorite book.
Write an inscription on the first few pages as to why she’d love it too.

14. Hand over your Amazon Prime, Netflix, or HBO GO password.
…assuming you aren’t using your parents’ account in the first place.

15. Treat her to a Starbucks Frappuccino at happy hour.
Frappuccinos are half off though May 10 — so if you were heading that way, it’s essentially buy one, get one free.

16. Thank her for all that she’s done for you and kindly remind her that you love her.
Enough said.

thank you