Heating up my plate for lunch.
About 3 weeks ago, I wrote a post about making a list each day of things I’m thankful for. I actually did that, so don’t even say anything!
But about halfway through the process, I felt like I was repeating things a lot. I took a few of those things and grouped them:
11/1 - A wife that loves me back
11/5 - A wife that provokes me to be something greater
11/6 - My wife’s opportunity today
11/7 - Hard-working wife
11/2 - My growing son (lost first tooth)
11/3 - My kiddos sense of humor
11/9 - Helpful son
11/22 - My awesome kids
11/1 - The trust my leaders have in me
11/7 - Job where I work in my strengths
11/11 - Multiple projects I’m entrusted with right now at work.
I honestly was having trouble with this. It felt like a cop out. I even said in the original post:
I’ll be specific, and I won’t repeat.
Why was it so hard to come up with new and different things each day? Was it a cop out?
My life is filled with absolute wonder.
I’m married to the best person on the face of the planet.
I have 2 ridiculously cute kids that love me back.
So that is what I focus on. Every day, I learn how much more I am thankful for those three things and how terribly different my life would be without them.
Its hard to say how proud I am of this little man. He is going to do so many things in life, and I just hope I can keep up with it all.
This is after trying 3 or 4 times at swinging a bat.
About a week ago, I was driving and talking on the phone with my mom, when I got another call from my wife. I pulled the phone away from my ear — while driving like an absolute pro—only to see this screen:iOS7 Call Waiting Screen
The heat was on. My forehead started sweating. I could vaguely hear my mom asking if I was there while I was trying to read through the list of equally weighted buttons on my screen. I needed to make a decision, but I spent 30 seconds trying to figure out which line of text I was supposed to tap on to hold my current call and swap over to the incoming call.
I lost both calls.
“Why didn’t you just read the prompt, Gabe? Can’t you read words?”
In iOS 6, the options seemed much more clear (I don’t have a screenshot, but you remember right?). Emphasis was differentiated and hierarchy was easily distinguishable. Was it the icons? The layout? I don’t know, but with a quick glance, I never had an issue holding, swapping, declining, or anything. In iOS 7, declining the incoming call is the only element that gets special treatment.
I will say, after updating to iOS 7, I have been impressed with most of its features and design changes. I’m relatively easily sold on minimalism, as long it’s the right answer for the project.
I’d love to hear how Apple came to the conclusion of changing the layout of this screen. Was it in the name of simplicity? Was it just a miss? Or was it a decision that was thought through, tested, challenged, and won for some reason?
Intentional. Lots of people I know use this word pretty regularly. It’s important. I think it’s relevant in today’s conversation. But what the heck does it mean? I don’t know, but I’ve got a couple of ideas.
My wife and I started using (1)smaller plates for dinner. Not in relation to any specific diet, but just because we don’t feel the need to eat until we’re absolutely stuffed. It’s become our way when we eat meals together and it’s caused us to have more energy, feel healthier, and feel more fulfilled than we were when we had second helpings etc.
Eating this way has caused that way of thinking to trickle into more areas of our lives. We have cleaned our our closets (because we’re better than you) and (2)slimmed down the amount of clothes we own, and because of that, it’s easier to get dressed in the morning without a mountain of options.
We also have started working with our kids to think through with them which toys they use on a regular basis, and which ones end up broken or in multiple pieces, scattered across their rooms. Keeping around (3)toys that help them with their motor skills, encourage them to be active, or teach them about something greater is starting to have a positive effect on their little minds.
I feel like that is what “intentional living” means.
It’s not me being better than you. It’s not me thinking for long hours about how to be a better anything. It’s just living life like there are repercussions for every decision we make. Right?
Hey! I work with an awesome team @daveramsey, k?
this kid is growing up too fast. we loaded this firewood together in under 3 min. The other day! #record #vscocam
This commercial brings me to a euphoric level matched only by the flexibility of Van Damme’s inner thighs.
Is bloodsport on Netflix?
Fall feet. #vscocam
Bring on the cold #vscocam @perrybarnett 😉
This video is poignant. I spend a lot of my day battling my phone for time with friends, family, and co-workers. It’s crazy to think that our generation has gotten to this point. Sort of makes me wonder what’s next.
A couple of weeks ago, our team leader Luke had us write a letter to someone we’re thankful for and just tell them specifically why we’re thankful for them. It was nothing more than an exercise to re-focus our attention outwards, but it’s amazing the impact this had on the rest of my day/week/month. Thinking about other people always makes your problems shrink.
So, for the next 30 days, I’m going to write down 3 things I’m thankful for each day. I’ll be specific, and I won’t repeat. Depending on whether or not it’s appropriate to tweet, I will tweet it.
I think you should do this too. Then, let’s talk about how we feel after doing this for a while. Cool? Cool.
First time trying @martinsbbq redneck tacos and I gotta say, I’m proud to be a redneck right now. #delicious (at Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint)