January-February 2014


2014. 2014. I keep saying that over and over so it will sink in and it still sounds the third sequel of an 80’s Sci-Fi flick, doesn’t it? By now, surely we would have been traveling to and fro in personalized jet packs, right, or at least a Hovercraft that could parallel park itself? All that stuff would be cool, but really, doesn’t it seem like magic to turn on a computer and phone to access all the world’s information. Yep, me, too.  It just reminds me that the access is another way to remind us of all the potential that is ahead in this bright, shiny New Year.

All the gadget stuff is great, but really, isn’t what is on the inside that still counts the most? Around The Society Diaries offices we feel, like Maya Angelou, that thoughts give life to words that then gives life to actions. We feel that every act of kindness gets the nod, opens the heart, dampens the fear, turns the page, ups the ante, tips the point, heightens the joy, changes the world, rows the boat, adds to the love in creating a rather extraordinary life and way of operating in the world. Simple in concept, simpler in practice.

Todd Aaron Jensen in his book, On Gratitude, shares a wonderful list to contemplate when you are not sure about what to be grateful for, to to whom.  It’s a great refresher on what is really important that can sometimes be overlooked.

Consider who gave you life.

Who encouraged you to keep living?

What flavors do you love?

What film or book or song changed your life? How/why?

Can you recall or describe what would be your perfect day?

What is the best gift you’ve ever received?

Who was your favorite teacher or mentor, and why?

Remember the most amazing moment from your favorite vacation.

Think about the most memorable advice you’ve ever been given—even if it was horrible advice you were smart enough to ignore.

Try to recall the moment when you realized you were more powerful or capable than you thought. How did that feel?

Describe a moment to yourself in which you felt smaller than you were, but were elevated by faith or friendship.

What is the smallest, most trivial thing for which you are grateful?

These are points to ponder that can instantly change any mindset in moments. Just like every page we have in this issue created by our stellar editorial and advertising team, surely the best in the land. We bring you insight on how to live a brighter, better life, as well as profile the events that mean so much to so many organizations because of the much-needed funds they raise to support the causes. Plus, with style for miles, for brides and beyond with our special wedding sections, we want you to be inspired. From all of us to all of you we wish you a Happy New Year and a dazzling 2014.

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Lance Avery Morgan