The Friday Five 10.19.18
Person I am studying: Winston Churchill
Churchill was the man who led Great Britain to victory over Germany during WWII with his famous “We will never surrender” speech. He was an early critic of Hitler’s Germany who refused to compromise. If you like quotes, Winston has plenty of them. Here is one of my favorites:
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
And one of my favorite Churchill stories happened when a woman said, “Winston, you are drunk, and what’s more you are disgustingly drunk.” To which Winston replied, “My dear, you are ugly, and what’s more, you are disgustingly ugly. But tomorrow I shall be sober, and you will still be disgustingly ugly.”
Point I want to Push: Get Better Auto Insurance!
Please, pretty please …ok…just do it – Call your car insurance agency and add Personal Injury Protection, Underinsured Motorist and Uninsured Motorist coverages. No discussion, do it today. Don’t be like the unnamed family member (Hint: Arredondo is the last name) who did not listen and now cannot get his medical bills paid. Don’t be that person. Be the cool person that has all the fun at the parties. Chillin’ because YOU are covered…You may even become the World’s Most Interesting Person! Watch (or re-watch!) the video that Edith and I did a while back about what automobile insurance coverages you should carry.
Our Journal Choice – The Five Minute Journal
Maybe you had a secret diary when you were a kid, but as an adult, we call it “journaling”. We are trying to get into the habit of writing in a journal and we are encouraging our children to do so as well (Edith is winning the prize for being the most consistent). There is so much data out there that proves the many benefits of using a daily journal, including mental clarity, goal accomplishment, mindfulness, and so much more. I like the Five Minute Journal because it is very simple and fast to use. In the morning, you practice Gratitude (yes – you MUST learn to practice gratitude, it doesn’t always come easy) by listing three things you are grateful for and in the evening, you list three amazing things that happened. A game changer for our family! Get Yours here.
Vitamin Supplement I am enjoying: Oceans 3: Better Brain
Omega 3 fish oil is known to help prevent and manage heart disease as well as possibly lowering blood pressure, but I take it to (hopefully) maintain focus and healthy brain processes. Our brains are made up of almost 60% fat and most of that fat is from omega-3 fatty acids – so omega-3 is critical for normal brain function. Further, fish oil supplementation is thought to help prevent the onset of certain mental disorders (depression and even attention deficit disorder) and may help in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Link Here
What string is holding you back: The Story of The Elephant Rope
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 any time, 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 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.
Until next week, my friends!