give me '5'

Img_4184march 10 is my little brother’s b-day… happy birthday cam! At least he did invite us to his birthday party via skype…so that was nice of him. A big step up from the last event they hosted at their house! (wink). I had decided on the perfect gift for him…and thought that it might be a good idea to sort of you know, feel it out- see if it was something that he would like! …so I showed him my new favorite, inspiring book: ‘5’ My sweet friends at Compendium Inc. sent me their newest creation for Christmas, which I just got in my hands when I was home in Feb. it’s called ‘5’.  It’s brilliant. Have you seen or heard about it? the premise is: what do you want to do with the next 5 years of your life?
in fact, I want to quote a little snipit from the intro:

“…the purpose of this book is to stir  your creative juices and to inspire you to really get in touch with your dreams. The goal is not to provide a list of what “should” be done with the next five years- but to stir up some exciting possibilities of what “could” be done.”

ok.. one more part:

“…This is your life, your one-and-only-life, and you don’t want to miss any part of it So, what is it going to be? you decide. Starting today, you can make the next five years the most exciting, satisfying, productive and amazing year of your life so far- or just another five years”

YUM.
I LOVE it so much.
Get this, it’s not just a book of quotes, or inspirations… it’s a WORKBOOK… I guess that is how it could be categorized. Wait! This is what it says in the inside jacket: “There are no rules here. This is not a work book, it’s a play book. This is not a ‘here’s how’ book, its’ a ‘why not’ book. “
Don’t’ you love that? NO RULES? I love the no rules part… it can be whatever you need and want. I have been reading and pondering it since I got it over a month ago. I feel like I go to bed thinking about it, and wake up thinking about it. and until last week, I haven’t wanted to WRITE in it… the pages are filled w/ blanks to fill in and get yourself thinking, doing. I have been hesitant…not wanting to mess it up. Not wanting to write the wrong answer, or not being willing to dream big enough- or maybe just feeling too tired to take on the next 5 years.
But I decided it’s TIME. I even wrote a personal mission statement- GASP. And while I thought and toiled about it forever, when it finally came, it was SIMPLE and direct, and it filled me with purpose. –
I especially love the part dedicated to the beauty of MONDAYS! I love Monday…
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Anyway… I had decided to show my bro the book- totally planning on giving it to him for his birthday, but wanting to sort of plant the seed. Well, in true MAN form- he went out and bought it for himself. (smile) so I had to think of something else for him, that will be waiting for him when he gets here in a month! …
Anyway… I think that EVERYONE should have this book. I had decided to order this book for all the birthdays this year… for all my friends and family, so I guess by divulging this secret, I will have to re-think all the birthdays… but I just don’t think anyone should have to WAIT to get their hands on this book. It’s so inspiring… motivating and just grabs you by the shoulders and shakes you!… it screams “GO FOR IT”. if you just open it right up to the middle of the book – there is a page that is all red, and all it says going across the whole page is:
“do you know how amazing you truly are?”
and I ask… do you?
I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes:
“We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?” –Marianne Williamson

buy the book. Right now. It’s only 15 bucks- and if you let it, it will transform you.
you might want to get one for someone that you know needs it, or would love it… allow it to cause you to think, and ponder. Don’t rush through it, don’t try to have all the answers right away…just let it lift you up, and let it inspire you.

there is another quote i love by Dan Zadra, who is one of the Compendium guys… "whether you are 5 or 105, you have a lifetime ahead of you"…

and to you Cameron… I am so glad you got yourself a copy! I hope that you will think about it… and I hope that you will connect with your dreams. and that the next 5 years will be your best so far! i love you! happy birthday….you have a whole lifetime ahead of you!

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this is my brother Cam visiting me while i was teaching at Provo CKU- he works in Provo… he likes to see me in action so he can make fun of me.
gotta love brothers.

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