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The Revelation of Character in a 7-Second Video

When you hear me talking about “#PleaseDoGoodStuff,” the encouragement is as much about your mindset as it is about your actions.

Yes, we all have the ability to be net positives, not net negatives. We have the ability to give, not take. To help, not hinder. To smile, not frown. To lift one another up, not tear one another down. We have the ability to take every thought, every action captive and to go forward the in the world with a mindset of gratitude and service.

If you have spare time, I hope you give some of it. If you have extra money, I hope you might share some of that, too. But sometimes, #PleaseDoGoodStuff is revealed in our simple, daily actions. What do I mean? Wanna see character embodied in a 7-second video? Watch…

That’s what I mean. 23-year old Dak Prescott is the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. When we watch the attitude of some of these players today, Dak’s actions, when he may have felt no one was looking, reveal a TON about his character and show that mama raised him right. I’m not much of a Cowboys fan, but henceforth, I’ll cheer for Dak.

Have an awesome day. I love you. I’m cheering for you. I’m praying for you. #PleaseDoGoodStuff.

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Do You Know What Today Is? What This Month Is?

It’s November 19th and I am somewhat ashamed I have not told you the significance of this month. Aside from it possessing just 30 days and the wonderfully and uniquely American holiday of Thanksgiving, November is National Adoption Awareness Month. From the Presidential Proclamation

Each November, we recognize the important role that adoption has played in the lives of children and families in our country and around the world, and we rededicate ourselves to ensuring every child can find their forever family.

Furthermore, the Saturday before Thanksgiving (TODAY) is National Adoption Day. Today kicks off a week of reflection and gratitude for many adoptive families. Each year on this day, thousands of adoptions are finalized, including more than 4,000 children in 2015. While the date of National Adoption Day fluctuates – it’s the Saturday before Thanksgiving, therefore, each year it lands on a different date – this year it just happens to land on November 19th which is a day monumentally special for the James Family.

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Scott’s VLOG for Friday: Offense is Like a Bag of Rocks

 

Okay – ways that you can #PleaseDoGoodStuff:

Turkeys are needed for Thanksgiving dinner! The food banks take cash donations and frankly, with their purchasing power they can make your cash donation farther than what you can make money go at the grocery store. So if you give $10, my guess is they can secure a turkey with a 10-spot!

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Let’s Give Vlogging a Try!

I absolutely LOVE to write. But writing for me is such a process. I concentrate. Consternate. Bloviate. Procrastinate. And finally, crank out my thoughts on paper and in the infinite space that is “the web.” That process is so time-consuming and I have SO MUCH TO SAY! Unfortunately, a lot of what I have to and need to say goes unsaid. 

So a friend says, “Scott – shoot a vlog.” Huh. “There’s a cam in your MacBook – use it.” I have a YouTube channel that contains dozens of nonsensical videos, all with three views each. So I guess I can upload VLOG posts to that channel.

Homely, thinning hair, double chins, old wrinkled face and all, let’s give vlogging a shot. Here ya go…

 

Now that you’ve watched, tell me how you’d like to receive ramblings from me…

 

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Everything I needed to know about government, I learned from School House Rock.

There’s a lot of social media anger calling for the end of the Electoral College. Anyone who truly wants to consider this should first be made to watch School House Rock.

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Veteran’s Day Proclamation is the LEAST We Can Do!

I did not serve in the armed forces. I turned 18 in 1980, just three weeks after the election of Ronald Reagan. To this day, I consider it a great personal disappointment to have only voted for that man once. That’s beside the point. The point: In 1980, there was no great call to enlist in the armed forces of this nation. While America was entering a cold war, a distinct “call to arms” was absent from the national landscape. Subsequently, I did not serve.

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