Just. Do. Good.

Well, everyone.

I say happy Monday and hi to you all once again!

Thank you so much for stopping by this week for yet another blog post of sunshine!

Well, hopefully it brings you some sunshine because the world could certainly use some of it.

Also, speaking of sunshine, it was really lacking on Saturday with the INSANE wind that was happening with Mother Nature’s wrath in the East Coast.

I hope all of you survived that because Mother Nature certainly has been throwing some crazy types of weather into everyone’s neighborhood and it looks like it is going to continue in the coming weeks.

Let’s just say that I’m ready for Spring…and Summer.

I’m ready for the smell of rain, morning dew, tulips, and sunshine.

Anyhoo, enough about the rain and dew.

Let’s get down to business.

I promise that this week’s message will be short and sweet.

Short like the nights when I’m trying to sleep and the alarm goes off 5 seconds after hitting the pillow and sweet like the cherry Tootsie Pop I’m enjoying right now that is taking 89 licks to get to the center.

By the way…how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?

I digress.

That is a question for another week.

Back to business.

Yesterday, at church, the reading during the service really spoke to me as something that we all need to embrace more:

“A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”

Read. That. Again.

Specifically, the below line I’ve highlighted:

“The measure you give will be the measure you get back.”

As someone who tries to live out each day of his life embracing the entities of love and kindness, these are words that I find so important.

And ones that I hope all of you will think twice about embracing today, tomorrow, and all the days after.

And in case you need a few suggestions on how to embrace these words, here are five things I plan to execute this week to get the measure back that I give.

  1. Send 1 text/or Facebook message a day to someone in my life sharing a positive quote to motivate them while also sharing a reason for why I appreciate them.
  2. Help and support a coworker with any assistance they might need to take something off of their plate to relieve some stress.
  3. During any walks where I’m out and about in the community, pick up trash and dispose of it properly.
  4. Leave a thank you note or two for people in positions of work that are not recognized often enough and continue to show up every single day.
  5. Count my change that I’ve been collecting (for I don’t even know how long) and pick a local charity to donate it to.

“The measure you give will be the measure you get back.”

Embrace this phrase, folks.

Our world needs it and the people in the communities around us need it.

And let me know how YOU plan to give the measure to get that measure back.

That’s all I’ve got.

Sprinkle sunshine always,

JP!