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The Brief by Reagan

January 11, 2021

I am not sure what’s going on, but today as I write this its 37 degrees outside and the snow is melting. It seems more like spring than Iowa winter. I’m sure in a week or two I’ll regret even bringing the temperature up as it will inevitably be back to minus 30 degrees.  

Today, I’m enjoying the sunshine and thankful that it’s not below freezing. Sometimes life is all about finding the small wins. Whether it’s that the sun came up or something in our work day went right.  

I listened to a commencement speech this weekend given by Admiral William H. McRaven at the University of Texas. Admiral McRaven was a Navy SEAL and begins his speech by describing the start of the day in SEAL training. Each day they start with making their bed and having it inspected. The idea is to start out each day with a accomplishing a task. Each accomplishment leads to another and to another. He states “it also reinforced that the little things matter. If you can’t do the little things right you’ll never be able to do the big things right.” 

I can’t tell you how much I like the theory behind this; starting out each day with an accomplishment, setting the tone for the day, preparing you to take on the next challenge. As we look forward to challenges in 2021, being able to overcome them is a choice and will result in hard work and often failure; however, to quote Admiral McRaven “if you want to change the world start by making your bed.”  

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