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Frey Freyday – leader series-Abraham Maslow

(Frey Freyday is simply a bunch of inspirational, motivational and other quotes meant to make you think, reflect, smile, even laugh a bit. Hopefully helpful, useful stuff….)

This ‘leader-series’ is a sub-set of Frey Freydays – celebrities, influencers, icons and other people that are well-known that, although not perfect, have led an inspirational life in some way or have made some contribution to society, etc. and people from which we can learn. In no order and certainly the list is un-ending.

-ABRAHAM MASLOW

If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. Abraham Maslow  –

What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself. Abraham Maslow  –

The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness. Abraham Maslow  –

What a man can be, he must be. This need we call self-actualization. Abraham Maslow  –

Marriage is a school itself. Also, having children. Becoming a father changed my whole life. It taught me as if by revelation. Abraham Maslow

Classic economic theory, based as it is on an inadequate theory of human motivation, could be revolutionized by accepting the reality of higher human needs, including the impulse to self actualization and the love for the highest values. Abraham Maslow  –

The story of the human race is the story of men and women selling themselves short. Abraham Maslow  –

If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life. Abraham Maslow  –

The fact is that people are good, Give people affection and security, and they will give affection and be secure in their feelings and their behavior. Abraham Maslow —

WORDS TO LIVE BY:

“One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.”

Abraham Maslow was an American psychologist who was best known for creating Maslow’s hierarchy of needs (see below), a theory of psychological health predicated on fulfilling innate human needs.

In short, he believed that every person has a strong desire to realize their full potential, to reach a level of “self-actualization”. The main point of that new movement was to emphasize the positive potential of human beings.

Maslow was concerned with questions such as, “Why don’t more people self-actualize if their basic needs are met? How can we humanistically understand the problem of evil?”

For me personally, when I was in college, I always had an interest in psychology. One of my favorite college professors introduced me to Maslow during class.

When I read and learned about Maslow, I just felt like I suddenly understood all of our thinking a little more. I could identify the theories in myself and others. I agreed with so many of the thoughts, quotes and theories put forth.

It also gave me hope, I am an optimist and I feel that I can make life better. Maslow suggests that we all can, if we find the needs, develop and self-actualize. It resonated with me; progress is good, living in the moment is good, we all have much more potential than we often realize, we should strive to be self-aware, people are mostly good, and so on…..

…Maslow’s philosophies are about goodness, responsibility, hope, being alive, potential…

  • I appreciate Maslow’s point of view that, “To be mentally healthy, individuals must take personal responsibility for their actions…”
  • I wish more people remembered his point; “Each person, simply by being, is inherently worthy.”
  • He also stressed, “to attain personal growth and understanding..”. While I don’t think that this may be everything in life, it is certainly important to me.So many of these concepts are still being discussed today, even though Maslow passed away suddenly of a heart attack in 1970.Human needs as identified by Maslow: (in order of the most basic to the higher levels)
  • I thought Maslow offers simple yet meaningful ideas that are applicable to anyone. They, like so many pieces of wisdom, his thoughts are relatively easy to understand, and worth being reminded about from time to time.

I also found a connection with Maslow’s concept known as Peak experiences, which as he stated, profound moments of love, understanding, happiness, or clarity, etc. It is in these moments where we feel more alive, happy, at peace, connected, etc. I remember the morning of one of my college psychology classes; I walked outside in the woods on a beautiful spring morning. I looked suddenly to the left and a deer was a few feet away chewing on something, just staring at me. We both stayed in the moment for a long time. I felt at peace, happy, connected, calm and strong. Later, sitting in class, the professor explained what a peak experience was, and I knew that I had a peak experience that very morning.

So many of these concepts are still being discussed today, even though Maslow passed away suddenly of a heart attack in 1970.

I thought Maslow offers simple yet meaningful ideas that are applicable to anyone. They, like so many pieces of wisdom, his thoughts are relatively easy to understand, and worth being reminded about from time to time.

Human needs as identified by Maslow: (in order of the most basic to the higher levels)

  •  “Basic needs or Physiological needs” of a human being: food, water, sleep, sex, homeostasis, and excretion.
  • “Safety Needs: Security, Order, and Stability”. Items important to the physical survival of the person. After we humans have basic nutrition, shelter and safety, we can accomplish more.
  • Next level of need is “Love and Belonging”, when we take care of ourselves physically, we can share ourselves with others.
  • The fourth level is achieved when individuals feel comfortable with what they have accomplished. Often referred to as the “Esteem” level, it talks about the need to be competent and recognized, such as through status and level of success.
  • Next is the “Cognitive” level, where individuals intellectually stimulate themselves and explore.
  • After that is the “Aesthetic” level, which is the need for harmony, order and beauty.
  • At the highest level, Maslow stated, “Need for Self-actualization” occurs when we reach a state of peace, connection and understanding when we approach or reach a level where we’re engaged in achieving their full potential.
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Frey Freyday – Superheroes

(Frey Freyday is simply a bunch of inspirational, motivational and other quotes meant to make you think, reflect, smile, even laugh a bit. Hopefully helpful, useful stuff….)

Superhero – [soo-per-heer-oh] -a fictional hero having extraordinary or superhuman powers; also : an exceptionally skillful or successful person

Dad is and always will be my living, breathing superhero. Bindi Irwin –

You can’t relate to a superhero, to a superman, but you can identify with a real man who in times of crisis draws forth some extraordinary quality from within himself and triumphs but only after a struggle. Timothy Dalton –

Every child’s first superhero is his father, and it was the same for me. For me, he was Superman and Batman combined. Tiger Shroff

Life hits you hard. But it takes you three seconds to decide if you are a superhero or not. I am. Hrithik Roshan –

WORD TO LIVE BY: Superheroes – something we all can be. Superpowers – something we all have.

When we were young, our mothers or fathers sometimes were our superheroes. We were amazed at what they did because we didn’t know much about the world. Years later after I’ve lost my father and mother, I still think that they are superheroes for different reasons – and because I now understand some of what they went through for me.

Superheroes- many of us have watched, enjoyed and identified with in some way. Superman seems to be the benchmark and the core superhero. The X-Men are often outcasts, adults and kids that are bullied, unique, and in many ways unable to ‘act like normal people’.

What does this have to do with us? How can this help us?

Most of us focus too much energy and time on our kryptonite, our weaknesses. We are often hard on ourselves. Sometimes it’s about guilt, shame, self-pity, excuses or fear.

Our gifts – our superpowers – often are overlooked or ignored. Like a superhero, we all have some superpowers. Maybe you’re good at math. Maybe you can tell a great story. Maybe you are patient, or you show empathy, or you can make the complex seem simple. Your humor?

Maybe you haven’t ‘activated’ all of your superpowers yet.

Some of us have overcome significant things; abuse, addiction, bullying, cancer, and other things that we all encounter in life. Some of us have been independent and we can lead others. Some of us are great at support.

Like a superhero, we can’t do everything. But you are good at some things – and probably really good at 3 things, at least.

If you want to get religious, Jesus even said, “they will do even greater things than these”.

Take a moment and think about your superpowers. Come on, since you were in elementary school, something always came easy for you. It was innate.

Every person that you come across can benefit from the superpowers that you have within you.

For me, I communicate – I enjoy writing things like this, personal notes, reaching out to people, etc. It has always been that way and I don’t think I could stop if I wanted. Many people like it, a few don’t. I can use it for work, or for business. I can use it for good.

What are your superpowers? How can you use them more? To help others? To enhance your career? Your relationships? Your health?

Start focusing more on your strengths and superpowers. Develop your existing superpowers more and see if you can develop new ones.

(What is your superhero pose that helps you be more confident before a meeting?)

Is it childish? I think not. Is it playful? Creative? Fun? Imaginative? Yes. We can benefit from a little more fun each day. Think of all the imagination and fun you experienced as a kid. A little of that now might help from time to time.

Each of us has a purpose, each of us has incredible things to accomplish and to contribute to the world.

Remember, with great power comes great responsibility. Uncle Ben in Spiderman”

Frey Freyday was actually born out of something I created called “Words To Live By” (WTLB). Going forward, I will now not only share the quotes, as you may be used to receiving, but also a related (WTLB). In 1999, when we had our first daughter, I was contemplating how I would raise my new beautiful child, and I was thinking about how I can best educate her and my other children about values, morals, and other key thoughts about life. School offers education. Religion offers some values and morals. Parents offer most of it, sometimes intentionally, sometimes accidentally.

So I created a (WTLB) book, like a dictionary, which lists things like honesty, love, persistence, etc. with a definition that I created, with my wife’s input. I then turned it into a workbook with one word per page and space below for notes. For years we would discuss with my two daughters and they would draw pictures and make notes in the blank space. I may share some of those images with you. As they got older, they were less inclined to draw and more open to quotes and references from adults, hence where Frey Freyday came from….

You can read more at www.onewebstrategy.com

BONUS:
Amy Cuddy’s “Wonder Woman pose” TED TALK

 

Frey Freyday – Possibilities

(Frey Freyday is simply a bunch of inspirational, motivational and other quotes meant to make you think, reflect, smile, even laugh a bit. Hopefully helpful, useful stuff….)

pos·si·bil·i·ties –[ˌpäsəˈbilədē] –NOUN- a thing that may be chosen or done out of several possible alternatives:

The goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover, to create men who are capable of doing new things. Jean Piaget

My favourite words are possibilities, opportunities and curiosity. I think if you are curious, you create opportunities, and then if you open the doors, you create possibilities. Mario Testino

The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react. George Bernard Shaw

One’s only rival is one’s own potentialities. One’s only failure is failing to live up to one’s own possibilities. In this sense, every man can be a king, and must therefore be treated like a king. Abraham Maslow

Stop thinking in terms of limitations and start thinking in terms of possibilities. Terry Josephson

WORDS TO LIVE BY

Possibilities – Everyday we wake up and we have a world of possibilities before us. All is possible, all is open.

I don’t have much to add. Each day we have so many opportunities and possibilities before us. I know that I tend to overlook this. We get in our routines, we limit our focus and we don’t see all of what we can do and all of what is before us.

Think about the time when you didn’t think something was possible – or maybe you just didn’t even think about it at all – and then one day that all changed. The doors opened and now you see things different. A different perspective, more wisdom, more opportunities, more options.

Often we don’t know or appreciate what is really possible for each of us, but we need to push ourselves.

One day there can be an idea, a concept, a possibility….and then with time, effort, focus this possibility becomes a reality.

I am trying to keep my eyes open to more possibilities each day.

Frey Freyday was actually born out of something I created called “Words To Live By” (WTLB). Going forward, I will now not only share the quotes, as you may be used to receiving, but also a related (WTLB). In 1999, when we had our first daughter, I was contemplating how I would raise my new beautiful child, and I was thinking about how I can best educate her and my other children about values, morals, and other key thoughts about life. School offers education. Religion offers some values and morals. Parents offer most of it, sometimes intentionally, sometimes accidentally.

So I created a (WTLB) book, like a dictionary, which lists things like honesty, love, persistence, etc. with a definition that I created, with my wife’s input. I then turned it into a workbook with one word per page and space below for notes. For years we would discuss with my two daughters and they would draw pictures and make notes in the blank space. I may share some of those images with you. As they got older, they were less inclined to draw and more open to quotes and references from adults, hence where Frey Freyday came from….

You can read more at www.onewebstrategy.com

BONUS : Watch “Limitless Possibilities – Motivational Video for Success in Life” on YouTube

https://youtu.be/K5DlHo53mJQ

Frey Freyday – the news

(Frey Freyday is simply a bunch of inspirational, motivational and other quotes meant to make you think, reflect, smile, even laugh a bit. Hopefully helpful, useful stuff….)

news [n(y)o͞oz] NOUN – newly received or noteworthy information, especially about recent or important events:

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is! Anne Frank –

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ Fred Rogers –

Headlines, in a way, are what mislead you because bad news is a headline, and gradual improvement is not. Bill Gates –

Sometimes negative news does come out, but it is often exaggerated and manipulated to spread scandal. Journalists sometimes risk becoming ill from coprophilia and thus fomenting coprophagia: which is a sin that taints all men and women, that is, the tendency to focus on the negative rather than the positive aspects. Pope Francis –

Television, radio, social media. The 24/7 news cycle plows forward mercilessly on our desks, in our cars and in our pockets. Thousands and thousands of messages and voices bombard us from the moment we wake, fighting for our attention. All we see and hear, all day long, is news. And most of it is bad. Joseph Prince –

WORD TO LIVE BY:

News – something to generally avoid and/or turn off. News shocks you so that you watch.

I like the news – I often drive a lot and I sometimes listen to the news. I find myself getting fired up about it, good or bad, sometimes.

Did you ever think of how much the news influences your day? Your perspective? Your life? It definitely does.

Watching or listening to the news does indeed ‘prime’ us. What is priming? Priming is an implicit memory effect in which exposure to one stimulus (i.e., perceptual pattern) influences the response to another stimulus. In other words, if you are primed about one thing, let’s say scarcity, science and studies have proven that it affects how humans see things after – if you’re primed with scarcity, you then tend to see things as scarce. If primed with abundance, you can see the exact same situation with abundance.

As stated above, News shocks you so that you watch. Fire, crime, bad news sell!

Peter Diamandis, author, creator of the Xprize, Singular University and other things said, “The news media is a drug pusher. Negative news is the drug.” This includes conservative and liberal. Republican and Democrat.

If you think about it, we are pummeled by negative news most of the day, if we keep on most of the networks or our radio, newspapers, social media, etc.

The news media uses negative news not because it is the only thing ‘happening’ but because it will get you to watch.

Humans pay attention to negative news 10 times more than positive! We are wired for it. We operate this way. The economics of news and commercial TV dictate how news works.

The amygdala scans our environment to protect us – this is left over from our ‘caveman days’ and evolution. When we watch the news, the amygdala scans the news and we pay attention to see if it is threatening.

If you watch the news, you might believe that our world is in really bad shape. Maybe even believe that things are getting worse.

Things are getting better. Harvard cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophesies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data! He even wrote about it in 75 jaw-dropping graphs; Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide.

  • 1/500th less dying today than yesteryear. Much less violence than 100 years ago or 500 years ago.
  • 200-250 years ago our average lifespan was around 32 years. It is now around 75 and will likely double again.
  • Over the last 200 years, the world’s GDP has skyrocketed 100-fold! Humankind has never been more productive and prosperous. (Yes there is room for improvement)
  • Anywhere in the world, mortality rates have dropped precipitously over the last 300 years. Just 100 years ago a child born in India or South Korea was only expected to live to 23. Today India’s life expectancy has tripled, South Korea’s life expectancy has quadrupled and is now higher than the U.K.
  • Teen births have fallen and been controlled in a positive manner.
  • Crispr and Gene editing already has been approved by the FDA and can transform a patient’s own cells into a living drug, to treat forms of leukemia and cancer. They are looking at 550 other gene therapies.
  • It is estimated that the Montreal Protocol has positively helped us and the environment. This agreement is said to have prevented 280 million cases of skin cancer, 45 million cataracts, 1.5 million deaths from skin cancer. It is said that without this “Protocol”, the planet might be 4 degrees warmer. While we have experienced many tough natural disasters recently, the global annual death rate from natural disasters has plummeted over the past 100 years.
  • More people around the world have access to electricity than ever before. The absolute number of those without access to electricity is dropping. India moved from 45% to 80%. Afghanistan has moved from 0.6% of the population in 2000 to 89.5% in 2014 ! In 2016, solar power grew faster than any other fuel source in the world.
  • Globally, about 18% of the population was undernourished. It dropped to 10% in 2015. Technology is making things better. Farms can be run with less people, more productively.

(see http://www.diamandis.com/data)

My suggestion: Don’t watch the news!

Note: I’m not saying that we should ignore or minimize problems or major issues. There are serious and important things that we face around the world. Things are not perfect. There are bad things in the world. It is about countering the romanticized views of the world in centuries past with data. Remove the one-sided, negative only news and the negative emotion and view the world as it is – one that is still getting better.

We are what we think. If we watch the news and allow our minds to be primed with crime, fires, natural disasters, and negative news, we can easily become more negative, nervous and uneasy. We become primed for these negative events.

OR we can prime our minds with other things; abundance, contribution, education, laughter, love, kindness, success, health, (insert your goal/priority here).

Frey Freyday was actually born out of something I created called “Words To Live By” (WTLB). Going forward, I will now not only share the quotes, as you may be used to receiving, but also a related (WTLB). In 1999, when we had our first daughter, I was contemplating how I would raise my new beautiful child, and I was thinking about how I can best educate her and my other children about values, morals, and other key thoughts about life. School offers education. Religion offers some values and morals. Parents offer most of it, sometimes intentionally, sometimes accidentally.

So I created a (WTLB) book, like a dictionary, which lists things like honesty, love, persistence, etc. with a definition that I created, with my wife’s input. I then turned it into a workbook with one word per page and space below for notes. For years we would discuss with my two daughters and they would draw pictures and make notes in the blank space. I may share some of those images with you. As they got older, they were less inclined to draw and more open to quotes and references from adults, hence where Frey Freyday came from….

BONUS: More info and data!

Lots of great, easy to read graphs, info, data! http://www.diamandis.com/data

Podcast:

http://podcast.diamandis.com/2016/08/22/episode-27-evidence-of-abundance/

 

Frey Freyday – Special Edition

(Frey Freyday is simply a bunch of inspirational, motivational and other quotes meant to make you think, reflect, smile, even laugh a bit. Hopefully helpful, useful stuff….)

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Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. Jesus Christ –

And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time. Jesus Christ –

Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to cast a stone. Jesus Christ –

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. Jesus Christ –

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Jesus Christ –

So I say to you, Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. Jesus Christ –

Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day. Jesus Christ –

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. Jesus Christ –

WORDS TO LIVE BY:

Regardless of your religious denomination or connection, there is wisdom here. I have studied a few religions and many have the same themes, same wisdom, same great lessons, similar to those above.

During this season, I thought it was appropriate to reference these quotes and thoughts.

There is little that I can add to these simple yet powerful ideas.

Wisdom and ideas like these are great but often putting it into action isn’t quite as easy. All we can do is improve and do better than we did yesterday. Be kind and love one another.

Sincere and loving wishes to you and your family.

 

Frey Freyday was actually born out of something I created called “Words To Live By” (WTLB). Going forward, I will now not only share the quotes, as you may be used to receiving, but also a related (WTLB). In 1999, when we had our first daughter, I was contemplating how I would raise my new beautiful child, and I was thinking about how I can best educate her and my other children about values, morals, and other key thoughts about life. School offers education. Religion offers some values and morals. Parents offer most of it, sometimes intentionally, sometimes accidentally.

So I created a (WTLB) book, like a dictionary, which lists things like honesty, love, persistence, etc. with a definition that I created, with my wife’s input. I then turned it into a workbook with one word per page and space below for notes. For years we would discuss with my two daughters and they would draw pictures and make notes in the blank space. I may share some of those images with you. As they got older, they were less inclined to draw and more open to quotes and references from adults, hence where Frey Freyday came from….

 

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Frey Freyday – extra mile

(Frey Freyday is simply a bunch of inspirational, motivational and other quotes meant to make you think, reflect, smile, even laugh a bit. Hopefully helpful, useful stuff….)

go the extra mile – (phrase) -To go beyond what is necessary or expected in order to please someone, achieve something, or get something done

You can start right where you stand and apply the habit of going the extra mile by rendering more service and better service than you are now being paid for. Napoleon Hill –

It’s never crowded along the extra mile. Wayne Dyer –

Heroes have a rough time because they stand up when they ought not to, they speak when they ought not to; they always have to go that extra mile. George Foreman –

WORDS TO LIVE BY:

Go the extra mile – To do a little more than asked, to put forth a little more effort, to inject a little more passion, to extend yourself, to push a little more.

The world is full of average people. The world is full of people that are ‘good’ at something. In many ways I include myself in some categories like that, at least in some cases.

We have all said something like, “I’m a good father”, or “I’m a good employee (or insert your job)”. That’s true, you and I may be good – but if we’re honest, good doesn’t go that far. Good is OK. Think about someone at your job that is ‘good’. Not bad, right? Not great either, right?

But we all know a few great fathers, we know who is great at work, who is a great story teller, someone who is great at something. Often there is some talent but more often there is extra effort and passion. We also know those people that go the extra mile.

If we want to be extraordinary, if we really want to contribute, if we really want to make a difference or leave a legacy, we need to go the extra mile.

What if we asked ourselves, each day, how can we be doing more and delivering better results not only for work, but for our relationships, our health, and other important aspects of life?

I wish that I could recall the speaker, once I heard someone say something to this effect, ‘if you put forth below-average effort, you get poor results; if you put forth average effort, you get below-average results; if you put forth good effort, you get average results; but if you put forth extra-effort and go the extra mile, you get extraordinary results, you get excellence’.

It’s not easy but that’s why they call it the extra mile.

Frey Freyday was actually born out of something I created called “Words To Live By” (WTLB). Going forward, I will now not only share the quotes, as you may be used to receiving, but also a related (WTLB). In 1999, when we had our first daughter, I was contemplating how I would raise my new beautiful child, and I was thinking about how I can best educate her and my other children about values, morals, and other key thoughts about life. School offers education. Religion offers some values and morals. Parents offer most of it, sometimes intentionally, sometimes accidentally.

So I created a (WTLB) book, like a dictionary, which lists things like honesty, love, persistence, etc. with a definition that I created, with my wife’s input. I then turned it into a workbook with one word per page and space below for notes. For years we would discuss with my two daughters and they would draw pictures and make notes in the blank space. I may share some of those images with you. As they got older, they were less inclined to draw and more open to quotes and references from adults, hence where Frey Freyday came from….

Frey Freyday – Potential

(Frey Freyday is simply a bunch of inspirational, motivational and other quotes meant to make you think, reflect, smile, even laugh a bit. Hopefully helpful, useful stuff….)

potential-adjective po·ten·tial \ pə-ˈten(t)-shəl \ -existing in possibility :capable of development into actuality

A word of encouragement from a teacher to a child can change a life. A word of encouragement from a spouse can save a marriage. A word of encouragement from a leader can inspire a person to reach her potential. John C. Maxwell –

Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us. Wilma Rudolph –

With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world. Dalai Lama –

Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one’s potential. Bruce Lee –

Everybody has a creative potential and from the moment you can express this creative potential, you can start changing the world. Paulo Coelho –

WORD TO LIVE BY:

POTENTIAL – talents, gifts, and good stuff that all of us have inside of us, ready to go, ready to be shared, ready to benefit the world.

I was traveling this week out of state. I had multiple items to mail, some personal notes, birthday notes, etc…..and sometimes when I travel to a different town, I’ll mail things from there so it has a different postmark, for those who notice the details.

I put the mail in my backpack and carried it to and from my destination. When I arrived home in Pittsburgh airport, I still had the mail. I finally mailed it with Pittsburgh’s boring postmark on the way home.

Simultaneously, I was having thoughts about some things I wanted to accomplish in life. I feel that I have some talents inside me and I want to get busy doing these things. Many of us want to do things; write a book, take a class, help others, and generally use our talents in some way or another.

I thought that it was simple metaphor – I was carrying around this mail in my backpack and no one, including me, would benefit from the notes and messages in the envelopes until I mailed them. There were times that I thought about the envelopes, and other times that I didn’t.

Similarly, we all carry around talents – potential – inside of us. Sometimes we are aware of what we can offer, sometimes these are hidden talents. In either case, like the envelopes full of good stuff, if we don’t put our talents out there, if we don’t exercise our potential, our brilliant, creative talents may just be a simple old ordinary envelope.

About a week ago, there was a guy sitting behind me talking to his friends, I didn’t know him. He was talking a lot! But he was talking and talking about all of the talents he had and how he was naturally good at this or that. But it became clear in his conversation that he wasn’t using these talents, he wasn’t using his potential.

In my mind, I was casting judgement on him, judging him that he wasn’t using his talents, that he was just talking about it. But I’m the same way with certain things, we all are. We all have at least one or two things that we know that we can do, that we may even know that we’re called to do, but we’re ‘just too busy’ or ‘will do later in life’ or something else like that.

I had a revelation one Saturday morning; I woke up early, lying in bed in a hypnopopic state, sort of half away, half asleep. I was thinking about something I wanted to accomplish for many years and thought, I’ll do that later in life. Then I woke up suddenly and thought about how long I’ve been telling myself that. I think it has been over ten years, in reference to this one item. I’ve been putting myself off for over 10 years! I wouldn’t accept that from my boss, my friends or a stranger but I’ve allowed me to do that to me. Sometimes we have to take a stand, make a decision and take a step.

Let’s go out and ‘mail’ our talents and potential. Let the world, let us see what we can really do, what we really have inside.

Frey Freyday was actually born out of something I created called “Words To Live By” (WTLB). Going forward, I will now not only share the quotes, as you may be used to receiving, but also a related (WTLB). In 1999, when we had our first daughter, I was contemplating how I would raise my new beautiful child, and I was thinking about how I can best educate her and my other children about values, morals, and other key thoughts about life. School offers education. Religion offers some values and morals. Parents offer most of it, sometimes intentionally, sometimes accidentally.

So I created a (WTLB) book, like a dictionary, which lists things like honesty, love, persistence, etc. with a definition that I created, with my wife’s input. I then turned it into a workbook with one word per page and space below for notes. For years we would discuss with my two daughters and they would draw pictures and make notes in the blank space. I may share some of those images with you. As they got older, they were less inclined to draw and more open to quotes and references from adults, hence where Frey Freyday came from….

 

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