Pause and Reflect…

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Pause and Reflect

Gratitude and the heart, 
A clear connection... 
Existing between the two.
 
Authentic, sincere, personal...
Truly felt - open.
 
The impact of gratitude...
More than "I'm thankful because..."
 
Less about what you do,
More about what you are.
 
Gratitude transforms lives.
Recipients of things we do not deserve.
 
Attention directed to what we already have...
Of the good things we possess.
A value we can own - never cheapened.
 
Eyes turned away from discontent,
Fostering thankfulness in our hearts.
 
Hearts open to a meaningful life...
One that provides an understanding.
 
Gratitude in your heart... 
A decision, not a response.
Take time to pause and reflect.
 
…Happy Thanksgiving…

Go be a great educator and leader today… Our future needs it…

Remember… Think Leadership and Be For Others…

©2020 J Clay Norton

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Friendship Thankfulness…

In keeping with the theme of Thanksgiving…

This past Sunday, our pastor, in his sermon, alluded to the idea of what true friendship really is and is not. As I listened and thought about that idea this week, as always… “it got me to thinking.”

We all have friendships in our lives. They come and go, change, etc. As I look back, it is funny to see our “friendship map” and where it has taken us.

Friendship is tough to define. Often, our definition of friendship is what we make it in order to meet our needs at a specific time in our lives…

Anyway, as I have been thinking about friendships this week, I am very thankful for the friends I have. Those who accept and take me for who and what I am, and most importantly – my well-being. I think there lies the true measure of friendship.

I’m a HUGE Charlie Brown fan…

So… friendship…

First, I believe friendship only happens with people you actually spend time with. It is hard to develop a friendship if you are never around a person. And no, friendship is not the number of “friends” you have on social media.

Second, friendship needs to enjoy one another’s company. We are around a lot of people daily. Friends, sure… but is the measure of that only surface, or does it cut deep?

Third, it is hard to have friendships without common interests. I have said it time and time again, “There is something to be said about having like-minded, kindred-spirited people” in your lives. There are only so many conversations one can have on family and the weather.

Fourth, this is where it will get interesting. We have to have friends that will “get into your business.” If you cannot have honest, heartfelt conversations, then the friend status might need to be “un”checked.

Lastly, friendship must not only offer encouragement, but it must also be willing to help in a time of need. I am not talking about times where “I need a favor.” I’m talking about no matter who, what, when, why, or where… that friend will be there, no questions asked.

I hope you have friends who have the characteristics above. I do, and for that, I am whatever is beyond thankful. If you get a chance, you might want to tell them that.

Go be a great educator and leader today… Our future needs it…

Remember… Think Leadership and Be For Others…

©2020 J Clay Norton

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My Pet Peeves… Drives Me Crazy…

Ok… showing our age now…

How many of you remember the song “She Drives Me Crazy” by Fine Young Cannibals? Sorry if that song is stuck in your head now…

“…She drives me crazy
And I can’t help myself…”

Well, consider everything that is going on around us and the differences of many opinions we each have; instead of opening the phrase with “she,” open it up with “whatever” drives me/you crazy…

I have a lot of pet peeves. I have so many; I have a zoo. The bad thing is, I feed every one of those peeves; messy little critters, they are. Just like any other pets, I love on them, play fetch, rub their belly, scratch their ears… You get the idea. Also, those peeves rub me the wrong way, make me cringe, get under my skin, pull what little hair I have out, wake me up at night, and shut down my breathing sometimes (my mom and dad should get a laugh out of that one).

But… what I have come to realize, while those peeves are always going to be there, it is ME that drives myself crazy. I have a choice as to if I feed them and welcome them into my life… or not. Also, I choose what I want to think about, and for some part, how I feel about them. I know it is hard to get “stuff” out of your mind, and for some reason, “things” will always linger around, triggered by something or someone to make you start thinking again.

I do acknowledge that there are real problems in people’s lives. I am not dismissing or diminishing that fact. What I am talking about is trying NOT driving yourself crazy with all those peeves.

Things that I have to sometimes tell myself…
Go to sleep and don’t wake up at midnight about something you saw on social media.
Quit keeping up with what all you have done wrong lately. Laugh at your trivial mistakes.
Set some reasonable, attainable goals. Get things done early; that way, you can have accomplishments.
Hang out with like-minded, kindred-spirited people. This is huge…
Most of all, be thankful for the love of family and your real pets (not those peeves).

As we approach Thanksgiving, start thinking about your “thankfulness” and quit feeding the pet peeves. They don’t taste very well anyway, and they are tough to chew.

Yes, some things drive me crazy, and maybe, I can help myself…

Go be a great educator and leader today… Our future needs it…

Remember… Think Leadership and Be For Others…

©2020 J Clay Norton

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What are your thoughts of what a leader should be?

Have you ever made this statement, “We need better leadership?”

Yes, I have. More often than not, here lately. We need better leadership in many areas. You can just start a running list…

The older I get, the more I am amazed at leadership in general, and these are my opinions only… I see both strong and weak leadership everywhere. I see people who need to be in leadership and are not. I see people who are in leadership and should not be. I see people in positions of leadership and wonder how they got there (I have many thoughts on that, but that is a different blog post…). Nonetheless, what constitutes better leadership, regardless of who is leading or the area of leadership?

If you look up the definition of leadership, you will get a general definition. Here is the Google answer: “The action of leading a group of people or an organization.” But what actually makes the person a leader by definition? Is it more than influencing others and just leading? Yes, because the leading could actually be bad. Good, great, quality leadership is what we are after.

A few quick thoughts on what I think a “leader” needs to have…

Mindset – What you have to be.
Knowledge – What you need to know.
Performance – What you need to do.
Growth – What you need to develop yourself.
Wisdom – What you need to lead others.
Service – What you do to help grow others.

The list above goes against much of where we are in society. We live in a time where the “me first” mentality gets what they want without any notion of how others are affected. Somewhere between yesterday and tomorrow, we have a one-day chance to help change leadership for the better, and it seems every day, we are missing the opportunity to do so.

Yes, we need better leadership, but it starts with each one of us wanting to be a better leader. It is much more than a “title” and a “following.” What will you do today to help make it happen?

Go be a great educator and leader today… Our future needs it…

Remember… Think Leadership and Be For Others…

©2020 J Clay Norton

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