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“Your greatest possession is the twenty-four hours you have directly ahead of you.”

A thought by John C. Maxwell from his book, Make Today Count: The Secret of Your Success Is Determined by Your Daily Agenda (p. 14). Center Street. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
God creates every 24 hours for us to live and to make a difference and what he creates and gives to us is of extreme importance to him and needs to be to us.
John asks, “How will you spend it? Will you give in to pressure or focus on priorities? Will you allow pointless emails, unimportant tasks, telemarketers, interruptions, and other distractions to consume your day? Or will you take complete responsibility for how you spend your time, take control of the things you can, and make today yours? If you don’t decide how your day will be spent, someone else will.”
He goes on, “When I discovered that I needed to change my approach to my day and my career, I started by asking myself three critical questions:
“1. What is required of me? Any realistic assessment of priorities i…

“A person’s attitude does not naturally or easily stay positive.”

A thought by John C. Maxwell from his book, Make Today Count: The Secret of Your Success Is Determined by Your Daily Agenda (p. 7). Center Street. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
That is so true but it is so worth it.
John says, “Like any discipline, your attitude will not take care of itself. That’s why it needs to be attended to daily. The stronger your natural inclination to be pessimistic or critical, the more attention your attitude will need. Begin each day with an attitude check. And watch for red flags signaling that your attitude might be in trouble.”
He goes on, “Find something positive in everything. Not long ago I came across a prayer that I thought was wonderful. It said, ‘Dear Lord, So far today, I am doing all right. I have not gossiped, lost my temper, been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or self-indulgent. I have not whined, cursed, or eaten any chocolate. However, I am going to get out of bed in a few minutes, and I will need a …

“Appreciation isn’t a matter of taste or sophistication.”

A thought by John C. Maxwell from his book, Make Today Count: The Secret of Your Success Is Determined by Your Daily Agenda (p. 6). Center Street. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
Have you found that to be true?John then said, “It’s a matter of perspective.”And it is.
Earlier John asked, “Have you ever known people who complain about everything? Their soup’s too hot. Their bed’s too cold. Their vacation’s too short. Their pay’s too low. You sit side by side with them at a magnificent banquet, and while you enjoy every morsel, they tell you what’s wrong with each and every dish. Such people don’t appreciate life no matter how good it gets.”They really don’t.I hope you are not one of those.
He goes on, “A friend e-mailed to me the story of a very ‘together’ and independent ninety-two-year-old lady who was moving into a nursing home. Since she was legally blind and her husband of seventy years had passed away, the move was her only option. She waited…