For most of us, after watching moments like this our hearts and minds will be filled with love and gratitude and then unfortunately somehow we slowly and unintentionally return to our unconsciously unappreciative selves. My personal challenge and my challenge to you is to hold to this state of gratitude and appreciation for as long as we can. It is said that if we do something repeatedly over a period of 21 days then it becomes a habit. So, for the next 21 days, Ill begin my day with this video in an effort to create and maintain a consistent and habitual state of gratitude and Oh My Godness.
Last April, President Obama called on the public to help identify outstanding Americans for the 2012 Citizens Medal, the nation’s second-highest civilian honor. This year, the President has selected 18 outstanding Americans to receive the award. Learn about the award recipients.
The 2013 Citizens Medal will recognize “citizens of the United States of America who have performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens.” Executive Order 11494 (Nov. 13, 1969). Here is the nominating criteria.
Please share with us who you will be nominating and why they are your hero!
Deadline: March 31, 2013
Past Recipients Include:
Rachel Davino, Anne Marie Murphy, Lauren Rousseau, Victoria Soto, Mary Sherlach and Dawn Hochsprung (Newtown, CT)
On December 14, 2012, the names of six courageous women were forever etched into the heart of our Nation as unthinkable tragedy swept through Newtown, Connecticut. Some of these individuals had joined Sandy Hook Elementary School only weeks before; others were preparing to retire after decades of service. All had dedicated themselves to their students and their community, working long past the school bell to give the children in their care a future worthy of their talents.
Be part of the National Day of Service
“President Obama believes that service should be a lifelong commitment—whether it’s at the school, community, city, state, or national level. That’s why the first family serves on a regular basis, and it’s why they’re continuing the tradition they started four years ago with a National Day of Service on January 19th, 2013. To honor the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the first family is asking Americans to find an event and serve with others in their community.”
1. Bring enough lunch to work to share
2. Say something nice to everyone you encounter
3. If someone admires something you own, give it to them (within reason).
4. Donate some of your time off to another coworker who could use the additional time off
6. Say, I’m sorry without saying but afterwards
7. Make it your intention to be kind…look for every opportunity each day
8. Listen for the answer when you ask someone how they’re doing
9. Pay the bill of the car behind you in the fast food lane.
10. Pick your child up early from school and catch a mid-day movie