Recently, I’ve taken a little downtime from posting on this blog. I’ve been reflecting, thinking, stewing, incubating on where, exactly, I’d like to take this experiment in dialogue, relationship, community, friendship, etc.
Consequently, I’m glad to say, you can expect some pretty cool things from this site in the year ahead. I’ll fill you in on the plan in a future post; in the meantime, let me offer you a double shot of inspiration and gratitude to help you jump start your Extreme Leadership journey for ’07.
In the spirit of you can’t inspire unless you’re inspired, let me suggest an experiment.
Start each day for the next two weeks with this web-based ritual:
In the morning when you first fire up your computer–before you check your email or do anything else–open your browser and go directly to karmatube.org. Pick a video and watch it. Then go over to gratefulness.org and light a candle.
Let’s give it a try right now:
1. Inspire yourself by watching this video on The Strongest Dad in the World
2. Cultivate your sense of gratitude by lighting a candle here.
Try this every day for two weeks and let me know what happens.
Billy Smith says
Great post. It is so important in how you start your day because it can really affect the rest of your day and how you treat others. Thanks for the great thoughts! – Billy
Are you trying to make me cry? It worked…
Great post, never heard of karmatube, but I’m glad to have found it.
Liz Strauss says
Thanks for pointing this out to me.
It was just what I needed on a Friday to make my weekend that more special. 🙂
Dean Mason says
Thanks a lot Steve. I’m not sure what I would have done if my secretary walked in and found me crying like a baby. Today is the twenty-third wedding anniversary for my wife and me. We have been talking a lot lately about how blessed we are; happy in our marriage, fulfilling careers, building a new home, son graduated from college and already showing great success in his career, a wonderful soon-to-be daughter-in-law, etc., etc… Watching the video reminded me that, for all the times I thought life was unfair and hard, I’ve had it pretty damn good.
To paraphrase some beach bum, “Having kids doesn’t make you a dad. Real dads push, pull, and, sometimes, carry their kids to the jagged cliffs of life to show them that the view is spectacular and that the opportunities are boundless. Real dads are, in other words, ultimate extreme leaders.”
As a young dad who grew up with his son, I only hope that I achieved that ideal at least once in a while. Dick Hoyt need never wonder.
Michael Wagner says
Steve, you are so right.
“You can’t give what you don’t have” has been a personal mantra for a long time.
Thanks for the thoughtful challenge.
Jodee Bock says
Steve: Thank God for you – I continue to be inspired by you and, in turn, end up inspiring others by who I’m becoming. It’s a beautiful circle that has no end and I’m blessed and grateful. Thank you for the karmatube link and for just being who you are.