Since we all get the same amount of time during a day, we need to take some time to look at how we are spending that day. I’ve been trying to follow Coach Wooden’s advice about making each of my days a masterpiece and on many of them, falling a little short. Maybe I should say I have small masterpieces instead of an entire day’s masterpiece. Still trying to grasp my ideas as to how to pull this off everyday.
One thing I know for sure is that I need to raise my standards every day. I’ve heard that message many times over the last few weeks. From guest speakers in my Principles of Leadership classes that I teach, from podcasts I’ve been listening to, and also from just casual conversation with people and watching the news. (which I’m really not doing too much of lately).
Getting back to my thought about having a bunch of little masterpieces throughout my day – that’s they thought I am connecting to more now that I’m thinking about this topic a little more. Having some toast with a little peanut butter along with my coffee this morning and of course some good tunes on in the background, I guess it’s making it a little easier to connect to this topic.
Right from the start of my day, I’ve tried to wake up with an attitude of gratitude in my heart. That really seems to help get my day started in a fabulous direction. The list goes on and on about what I have to be thankful for. Waking up first of all, my wife & kids, my parents, my sister and her family, my in-laws, friends, etc., so many people that I have close to me that I’m blessed to have in my life.
As I was leaving this morning I thought about the fact that I love going where I’m going at 5:57 a.m. I work in a school that I really am grateful for. After almost 24 years here and so many students that I’ve been lucky to be around and work with, the great staff members that are here working hard for our students – they have made a huge difference in my life. The list goes on and on as to what I’m grateful for. The key for me is to be mindful of those things as often as I can.
Living well, working hard and trying to do my best to help others is really what my masterpiece is all about. Making a difference with others and adding value to their lives, which is a big part of the canvas that I paint my masterpiece every day. That little thought to think about the ants… they are so busy running around outside (and inside at times too)… but what are they busy about? What are they spending their time doing? Humans are the same. What are we doing with our lives many days running around earning a life or are we building a life to be proud of? As I get older, I am really trying to go after building a life of significance, one with great meaning and to me that is making a difference with others. That will be the masterpiece that I’m chasing – my question for you, what is your masterpiece that you should be going after?