Nate’s Monday Morning Message 

Welcome to this edition of Nate’s Monday Morning Message. This week and every week we have the opportunity to improve and improve and improve. This game of life is challenging and rewarding, brings us happiness and sadness, and should be lived and not watched. 

This week and every week let us carry the good forward with us into the future and drop the bad for good. This week and every week let us build and grow our family ties and friendships. This week and every week let us make a difference no matter how big or small let us never let another week go by without making some kind of difference. We all have the power to make our lives and the lives of those around us better. We must just make the choice to do so. Let's make this the best week of the year!

ENCOURAGEMENT CORNER...

The Cricket! Author Unknown

A Native American and his friend were in downtown New York City, walking near Times Square in Manhattan. It was during the noon lunch hour and the streets were filled with people. Cars were honking their horns, taxicabs were squealing around corners, sirens were wailing, and the sounds of the city were almost deafening.

Suddenly, the Native American said, "I hear a cricket." His friend said, "What? You must be crazy. You couldn't possibly hear a cricket in all of this noise!"

"No, I'm sure of it," the Native American said, "I heard a cricket." "That's crazy," said the friend.

The Native American listened carefully for a moment, and then walked across the street to a big cement planter where some shrubs were growing. He looked into the bushes, beneath the branches, and sure enough, he located a small cricket. His friend was utterly amazed.

"That's incredible," said his friend. "You must have super-human ears!"

"No," said the Native American. "My ears are no different from yours. It all depends on what you're listening for."

"But that can't be!" said the friend. "I could never hear a cricket in this noise."

"Yes, it's true," came the reply. "It depends on what is really important to you. Here, let me show you."

He reached into his pocket, pulled out a few coins, and discreetly dropped them on the sidewalk. And then, with the noise of the crowded street still blaring in their ears, they noticed every head within twenty feet turn and look to see if the money that tinkled on the pavement was theirs. "See what I mean?" asked the Native American. "It all depends on what's important to you."

WORDS TO LIVE BY...

"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." - John F. Kennedy

"When faced with a challenge, look for a way, not a way out." - David Weatherford

"You can't win the raffle if you don't buy the ticket." - Ally McBeal

"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." - Dr. Seuss

"If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?" - Jeffrey Mayer

"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand." - Confucius

Take control of your life and charge towards your dreams! Nate

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