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We Were The Only House….

A little more than 2 weeks ago, I was out with Braxton for our Wednesday night date in which we go to gymnastics and then I treat him to Wendy’s, when Devon called me to ask about the power.

It was acting up, everything was going on and off and we had no water since we have a well pump.

Brax and I finished up, and went home to inspect.  I called the power company and they informed me that they would be sending someone out.

They did, but not until 10 PM, at which point Devon and I were both sleeping.  Luckily, I was out on the couch waiting so it didn’t cause too much disturbance with Mateena and Dax.

He said the house had absolutely no power going to it at all and they would be sending another crew.  Sure enough, there was a crew out there digging until 3AM with a small backhoe up in the street.

Crew after crew came the next morning and afternoon until they had the problem fixed.  They were awesome in the way they handled it.

We were the only house on the block without power for about 24 hours.  We had two choices: we could be bitter about it or we could enjoy the story and experience as it unfolded.  We chose the latter.

When you lose something like weight or body fat, you can either be bitter because your inner child is throwing a tantrum or you can enjoy the process.  Which one do you think will get you more lasting results?

You see, you always have a choice and therefore, you always control the outcome.

Think differently- Kyle Newell

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Fear is the Biggest…

On vacation, I was able to read two novels, squeezed in between our family time and while the boys were sleeping.

I believe reading novels is an undervalued hobby.  It causes you to use much more of your brain that just watching a television show and it really allows your brain a break.

Its meditative if you will.

In one of the books, which was excellent by the way (The Betrayal by Tim Tigner), they speak of fear being the biggest industry in the world.

I know fear is the strongest motivator but I never heard it phrased this way before.

Flip this around and figure out to how to use this to your advantage.  Figure out exactly what you fear and then write it down, break it down and reframe it.

What if all goes to hell?

I’ll counter that with: What if everything goes better than expected?

Think differently – Kyle Newell


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The New Bed Bonanza

You should know by now that the only reason I decided to have kids was so I would always have something to write about.

Just kidding, but it does bring home the point that you, like me, have multiple little episodes of joy each and every day if you were to just focus and reflect on them.

Last Sunday we decided we were going to surprise Brax with a big boy bed.  And when he got home from my parents house, he went right in and started squealing and jumping on it.

He was so excited!

Needless to say, he didn’t wind up sleeping in the bed that night because he was so excited that he couldn’t stay still.  A whole new world of possibilities had opened up for him.

This certainly was a novel experience.

Novelty is the greatest aphrodisiac in life.

Enthusiasm makes things easy to do and to get excited about.

But what happens when that excitement wears off?  Ah.  That’s where endurance and commitment must come in.

Don’t confuse the initial excitement you have with a new goal with thinking that the habits required are going to be easy to form.

They won’t be.  The great  and bad things about habits is that they are extremely difficult to break.

Think differently – Kyle Newell


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