Saturday, May 7, 2016


Today is the second day of my new miracle morning routine, but my first attempt away from home.  If you missed yesterday's blog post, I blogged about starting a new morning routine to take control of the trajectory of my days.  This morning finds me at the beach with friends!  Chincoteague Island, more specifically.  I've abbreviated my routine a bit after a late start, and dotted reading and scribing through the morning as Jacob fixed brunch and we all chatted on the patio.  Still, I'm calling this miracle morning a success.  What could be more miraculous than brunch on an island with several of your favorite people?!

"Holding people to the responsible course is not demeaning; it is affirming." — Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

While yesterday I picked up Chop Wood Carry Water, this morning's reading had to come from my Kindle.  Picking up where I left off, I peruse a few pages of Habits, which I thought appropriate given my new habit stacking initiative, and this passage struck me.  I highlighted it to come back to later, not quite being able to put my finger on why I liked it so.

As a part of a Miracle Morning, you say affirmations — there are studies.  It's legit — but I don't think much focus is given to affirming others.  What affirming actions do we take towards others?  As I think about the people I love and connect with most closely, I see where they affirm me.  This, I think, is foundational to community, to love.  Love is affirming.

This is what I will take with me today as we bike across Chincoteague Island: I affirm others.

What role does affirmation play in your life?


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