A Great Nation

martin luther king jr

A great nation is a compassionate nation…Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A compassionate nation is comprised of compassionate people.

Let’s keep America great.

Be compassionate!

Influence

rodney goldston

rodney goldstonI remember reading Bill Clinton’s autobiography.  There’s a section where he mentions JFK coming to visit his school and shaking his hand.  He says that moment profoundly influenced his direction into a life of public service.

As I was walking through the back streets of Falmouth, Jamaica snapping away I noticed a young man sitting in a old chair watching me.

Would you like to try?

That’s all it took, next thing I know he’s right beside me ready to go.

I only spent a few minutes with him but the whole time I had the Clinton story in the back of my mind.  You see you never know who, or when it will be your turn to influence someone to do something worthwhile, to do work that matters.  A simple hand shake from a President, or some small act of kindness from a photographer can change someone’s entire outlook.

Get out and be a ‘positive’ influence on someone today.

Too Much

In just a few days Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving.  Ironically, the holiday does little to reinforce either the position of thankfulness, nor a posture of giving. Instead it serves as the home stretch to wrap up a yearlong messaging of overconsumption – which is another way of saying do ‘too much’.

The problem with a constant indulgence with ‘too much’ is that we don’t train ourselves to turn it off. ‘Too much’ has become the American way. We work too much, we eat too much, those with little spend too much, and those with excess keep too much.

If you’re going to do ‘too much’ here are a few things worth over consuming on in the upcoming year. It’s not exhaustive list, feel free to add on.

  • Try spending too much time with family or a loved one
  • Try giving too much to someone in need
  • Try saying I love you too much
  • Spend too much time on a project that will make your block, town, state, or world a better place.

2 Things U Can’t Afford

When it’s so wide you can’t get around it

So low you can’t get under it

So high you can’t get over it

2 things you can’t afford 2 do

  1. Wait 2 start
  2. Quit 1’nce started

I Write What I Like

The real test of relevance is if someone will miss you when you’re gone.  Miss you when you stop showing up.  It’s always surprises me when someone says to me you haven’t made a post in a while.  What they’re saying is that you haven’t showed up and I miss that.

When I started this blog I wrote mostly about marketing.  Although I love the business of marketing I don’t really like solely writing about it.  Marketing is what allows me the freedom to write this blog.  I don’t mean marketing the blog, or selling stuff on it because I don’t market it and nothings for sale on it.  The marketing I’m privileged to do for clients that pay me to market their brands funds the time and expense of maintaining this blog.

The amazing thing about writing is that if you do it enough, and just let it flow you can find your self…your true north.  Today I write this blog because I want to influence you (the reader) to take action (where ever you see fit), to connect with another human in a meaningful way, or to start something new.  That’s what I like to write about.  Those things take me in different directions, and different trains of thought.  It’s an important work…not because I think so but because when I don’t someone misses it…and that humbles me.

Many top bloggers, and social media mavens don’t write their own blog or social media post…they outsource it to agency’s like mine, or to freelancers.  This blog and what I’m trying to accomplish with it is far to important for that.

So is what you’re trying to do.  It doesn’t take long at all to write something that can change someone, show an act of kindness, share an insight, to give beyond your resources, or to take a leap of faith.  So what are you waiting for?