Jonathan Hood
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"Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities."

Gloria Steinem

 

I've recently started waking up and deciding that I’m going to have a great day. It helps me set the tone for my morning and intention for the rest of my day. It also unlocks all of the blessings, great things, and challenges I know I will encounter throughout the next 24 hours. I'm able to see a bit more clearly. My words, in a sense, unlock a door.

When I was younger, my dad used to call us frequently. One day, he called me and asked if I was excited. Now, he lived in New York at the time while my siblings and I lived in Mississauga. With eyes still sleepy, I would ask, “excited for what?” I would then hand the phone to my sister and say, "talk to Dad".

See, my father was sick. Later, he would eventually end up passing away after a 3-year bout with cancer.

I'll never forget this one night he was in the hospital. If anyone’s ever come into contact with someone who’s got cancer, you’d know that it drains a person. It sucks the life force right out of them. One of these nights, one of my close friends and I went to visit my dad. He was withering away; he’d lost a lot of weight and was paling in his face. There were IVs hooked up to him and tubes coming out of his nose. I grabbed his hand. His grip was weak.

I asked him quietly, “Dad, are you excited?” He smiled and nodded his head. It was a special moment because I knew that he not only was nodding because he was excited, but more importantly, because I got it. I finally understood what he’d meant all those years to be excited despite all that life throws at you.

Now we all have something to be excited for today. If you're reading this message, your eyesight is still with you. If you woke up today, you have breath. You have life. If you can say, “it’s a great day to have a great day”, then you are ahead of millions of people who are too hungry or cold to even think that. You are ahead of those on their death beds. We rarely ever think about it, but it’s something to get excited for. It’s something that should get you so excited that it shakes you right out of your clothes. So let’s get excited for the moment. This day. This week, month, and the rest of the year.

Let's #GetAfterIt.

 

-JH

 

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