How often have you tried to capture the PERFECT family photo only to have it "ruined" by a flyaway hair, blinking eyes, or a child with absolutely no interest of having their photo taken?
Last weekend, with all of my siblings and their kids in town, we tried to capture a photo of my parents and their nineteen (you read that right, 19!) grandchildren. As we worked to get 21 faces in the lens, chaos erupted. And we soon realized that the picture we envisioned would likely not come to fruition.
But this week's #MondayMotivation reminds us that the best pictures, experiences, and moments often aren't the ones we envisioned, but the unexpected ones we were lucky enough to experience.
And in our case, the picture captured this moment in the life of our family perfectly.
"What really matters is whether the alphabet is used for the declaration of war or for the description of a sunrise." Mister Rogers.
I've been reading Mister Rogers a lot lately (don't ask!).
What I'll say, though, is he is a fascinating, loving, and enlightened person. I liked the show growing up, but now that I am grown up, like the man behind it even more. Fred has an awful lot to teach us on how to be nice to our neighbors and be better kids.
But don't discount how much he has to teach each one of us on our ability each day to be better neighbors, spouses, partners, friends and leaders in life.
Turns out, as he reminds us above, that the words we use in writing, in speaking, and into the reflection in the mirror do matter.
Make sure the words you choose to use to your neighbors breathe life, hope, and possibility into them...rather than sowing seeds of conflict, resentment and war.
Won't you be my neighbor?
This is your day. Live Inspired.
#1 National Bestselling author, speaker and podcast host. Learn more at: JohnOlearyInspires.com ... See MoreSee Less