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Marshmallows And Ice Cream

Every year I try to write something, or post something related to Christmas in July. I love Christmas, it’s my favorite season. I love it in July, because it means that you get a little of that special holiday feel early. In the hot Nashville weather, thoughts of snow, cold weather, and Christmas treasures are refreshing.

When I think of Christmas in July, it reminded me of marshmallows and ice cream. They’re the closest thing to snow during the summer, and at the right temperature both will melt. Also, I’m on a diet, so that helps bring them to mind.

There’s something else. Marshmallows are chewy, but they have a consistency. A lot like Christmas, they return every year to bring new smiles. They’re sticky like Christmas too. Christmas memories, no matter how long ago, or far away, never leave you.

Ice Cream is so cool and refreshing, but it’s also full of flavor. Again, that’s like Christmas, because even though you may use the same decoration each year, every Christmas is different some how. Someone or some event made that Christmas different than all the rest.

During the hustle and bustle of summer, prepping for vacation, back to school, or busy work days, you need special and different. I hope this July, you experience a little refresher from all the busyness of life, to a little out of the ordinary relaxing peace. For most people these days, that would be like marshmallows and ice cream, or Christmas in July.

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Shared Knowledge

What skill do you have that may help someone else? It might be as simple as knowing how to properly wash dishes quickly. As simple as that sounds, when I was a young man working late at the pizza place, trying to clean cheese tubs, it would have been worth its weight in gold. I would have happily listened to someone who knew, instead I had to learn on my own.

There’s nothing wrong with that, it has its benefits, but finding an article, or a bit of information left by someone else doesn’t hamper that. In fact it encourages it. It’s my belief that every person has a bit of knowledge or wisdom about something, that someone else doesn’t.

In this day and age, it’s so easy to share your voice. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if, some of the arguments we see online were replaced by articles where people share some skill, or experience they’ve had, rather than an opinion? People don’t always need to know what I think, but a skill, or experience I’ve had, may help someone else.

It could be as simple as when to add salt to your pasta water when making spaghetti, or as big as how you chose between two majors in college. Or how you paid your way through college. Someone needs, not my views on everything, but our experiences in a few specific things.

I challenge you to think of two things today you know that were useful to your younger self, and share them, minus a viewpoint or opinion. Let the skill, wisdom, or knowledge stand on its own unfiltered. You never know where it will land. In fact, you may never learn who you’ve impacted, but if you don’t share it, it can’t grow beyond you.

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Pressure To Precious Things

February has been referred to by many names and terms. From the purification month, to mud month, to cabbage believe it or not, and the month of the pearl. It seems to me that, life like February is determined more by your attitude than your circumstances. 

This isn’t to say that life is easy, or that there aren’t great challenges. Of course there are, but there are also great opportunities. It is our choice whether we look at the situations we face, and work towards improving it, or giving into it. We look at mud and say what a mess, a child sees mud pies. 

The definition of February as a pearl month intrigued me, as the more layers there are in a pearl, the finer the luster. When we talk about having a thick skin, it’s not just a phrase to toughen up. Instead it’s about developing layers of experience and skills which allow you to reject the negative thoughts, deeds, and actions that may try to stop you. 

Natural pearls are made up of a combination of calcium carbonate and conchiolin. Basically one is a substance found in limestone, and the other is a protein. No matter the pressure you face, you don’t have to stay where, or remain what you are presently, you can add to yourself to better your situation.

As a child, in the dark ages before the internet, I read encyclopedias. I was a child from a small coal mining town, but my parents made sure I had the tools to advance. There are more tools than ever before to help add value to our lives, and those around us. Tools that Washington, Lincoln, Edison, and Einstein didn’t have. 

So make this February 1, a fresh start or your future. Yes the battle is real, but so are your chances of thriving! Don’t allow present circumstances to destroy future possibilities. A pearl necklace is made one pearl at a time, so start converting pressures to precious things in your life!