Where Hump Days Don’t Exist

I led a team to the slums of Caracas, Venezuela, to deliver much needed supplies, clothing and help repair a school.

The people we encountered were the poorest of the poor, living upon garbage dumps alongside rivers poisoned with raw sewage. Extremely crowded conditions, rampant crime and lack of employment added to the challenge of living day to day. But, they did.

Long days and nights in sweltering heat blurred the calendar.

Working alongside Oscar, a local leader, one morning, I asked, “What day is it?” His response was telling. “New day.” I retorted, “Yes, I know…but, is it Wednesday?”

“No. New day!” Again, “So, it’s Thursday?” (I just needed to know, ugh!) He flashed his toothless smile. “Brent, here, every day is just new day.” 

Since then, I’ve had no Hump Days. And, tomorrow isn’t Thursday, it’s “new day”. 

Live fully in it. Just like Oscar. (140 words)

From This Day Forward

 I, Brent, take you Becky, to be my wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part. (06/13/1987)

On that warm, June day, I wanted my girl to know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I was “all in”. Our vows didn’t include an escape clause.

And, neither does gratitude.

Those who are thankful when life goes their way are a dime a dozen. Grateful people, on the other hand, stand out like sore thumbs. They speak of good times and challenging times in the same breath to describe their journey, and how “for worse”, “for poorer” and “in sickness” have helped them grow and appreciate all that life brings.

Are you blending in or sticking out when it comes to a heart of gratitude?

As with marriage, business ventures, friendships, family relations, employment and leadership…if you’re not all in, you’re missing out. May your heart be full of gratitude, in all times, from this day forward. (140 words)

Action Step: Becky wanted to hang a word from our fireplace mantle that would serve as a daily reminder of what our lives should portray. After a few days of pondering, we both came to the same conclusion, (after my choices of “Lingerie” and “ESPN” were soundly defeated), we want to live and be known as people of gratitude.

So, we turned our weekly, Friday “Date Night” into “Craft Night”, and this now graces our mantle, not just for this season, but for life.