How I get up in the morning

THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY! 🙂

The weekend is here! It’s the weekend of love and I know it’s in the air. If you’re single, it’s still in the air for you too. I encourage you all to check out this post on something very meaningful that you can do tomorrow.

Let me share with you how I get up in the morning.

I get up listening to this song. Everything about it says acheivement. You may not be a coldplay fan or what have you, but come on!! The following song is my ringtone because again, it just makes me want to live life!

Of course both songs are on my iPod for when I’m running. I can’t help but smile when I hear these songs. It makes me kick it up a notch when I’m really feeling like I just want to stop. It makes me push myself harder. It reminds me of what I’m doing, why I’m doing it, and the impact it could have.

What gets you up in the morning? What inspires and motivates you? I just want to add that knowing that SOMEONE reads this blog inspires me. And I’m thankful for that. 🙂

JG*

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Inspiration to live/enjoy life

This story is not about the women in the Congo, but it’s one of the reasons I stay inspired to just go out and do what I feel is right. I just want to share, and please feel welcome to do so as well. 

David Joseph Cummings

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One of the strongest people I have ever known. My friend, confidant, and often times teacher. 

David was a dear friend of mine that I met in college who impacted my life and the lives of many others in a way that rarely happens between people anymore. David passed away June of 2008 at the age of 21 after a year long battle with Sezary Syndrome, which is a rare cancer of the T-Cells. David was unique in that this wasn’t his first fight for his life. Twice before he had developed cancer, and twice before he had won. Perhaps this is why David lived his life to the fullest and always left people with more than they gave him. I honestly think that it was just David. Got put him on this earth to be a testimony to his awesome love. After 3 long battles with Cancer God finally felt it was enough. He took David home to be with him, and I don’t blame him. Sometimes you just want to keep your angels to yourself. 

It was really hard to let him go and honestly, to this day I still don’t believe that he is gone. There are so many funny moments, crazy faces, and random episodes of Family Guy that remind me of him. When that happens, I just know that he is in my presence. 

I learned a lot from David. Nothing ever bothered him, everything rolled off his back. If it didn’t go his way he accepted it, if it did he was grateful and let that be known. We take a lot for granted, and we need to do better at taking the time to stop and appreciate what we have. In the world today there is a lot going on that will have you quick to want to wallow in pity, but as I sit here and type this on my MacBook, in my condo, in the beautiful city of Atlanta, I have to stop and realize ALL THAT I HAVE! 

So with that said, I have to always think about what I can do to make an impact on someone else’s life. It may be simple as saying hello to someone who always feels unnoticed, or smiling when everyone else is frowning, or leaving $50 at the Starbuck’s window to make the day of the people who come behind you. Something. Do it because you care, and this is the season of Change. 

Stop and think of the people who inspire you. Then stop and think of how many people you think you may inspire. Let’s work to change this world!

I thank David for having been in my life, and God for making that possible.

With God’s love,

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  JG*