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Strive for Balance

Here’s something to ponder on this chilly evening: the difference between “stability” and “balance.”

Sometimes phrases like “I need stability in my life” get tossed around as if stability is a state we can achieve. When in reality, life equals change and therefore in our lives, stability simply doesn’t exist. So instead of seeking stability:

Strive for balance.

Even amidst instability, we can achieve balance. I once heard Dr. Ed Catmull, President and Co-Founder of Pixar Animation Studios, talk about the vital importance of embracing change in order to achieve success.

Dr. Catmull cautioned us against resisting change or being afraid to let go of what we have, because changing and letting go are necessary elements of progress. He said, “When we grab onto what we have, that is when we fail.”

Let’s make the most of the changes this week brings – and have a sunny day!


P.S. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein

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He Conquers Who Endures

Happy Halloween!

Along with trick-or-treating, cold weather and football season are in full swing. Sunday morning it was fun seeing the Lions win in London.

Afterwards coach Caldwell commented that a key to winning is:

Mental toughness.

“Never give up,” said Caldwell. Talent isn’t enough. If you don’t have mental toughness, you’re not going to be very good.

It’s excellent advice for any area of life. All of us have been in situations where we’ve put a lot of effort into something that hasn’t come to fruition yet and the temptation is to throw in the towel.

Whatever your goal is, keep persevering and have a sunny day!


P.S. “He conquers who endures.” Persius

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An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

Good morning,

Happy Friday! I recently came across some sobering photos demonstrating serious dental decay that can result if people don’t brush their teeth. Of course it’s pretty well known that a simple thing like brushing can have a huge impact. These pictures got me thinking about lots of other ways that a little effort now can prevent big problems latter. An old adage puts it bluntly:

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Our lives are full of small tasks that can be boring, uncomfortable or inconvenient, like exercising, balancing checkbooks and so forth. This is especially true when we’d rather be doing something, or anything, else.

However, if we stop thinking of preventative measures as obligations and instead see them as opportunities to progress and avoid future set-backs, they become much easier to accomplish. As with so many things in life, our attitude makes all the difference.

Today let’s tackle some little things before they become big things – and have a sunny day!


P.S. “In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.” Anthony Robbins

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Today is Still Young

It’s Friday – only a few hours left to make the most of this week! When time or any resource is in short supply, it challenges us to create new ways to do more with less. According to Plato:

“Necessity is the mother of invention.”

In a challenging economy, individuals and businesses get pretty creative in making the most of their time and money. From packing a lunch to replacing international travel with online meetings, opportunities are everywhere.

Today is still young – let’s get creative and have a sunny day!


P.S. “I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.” Bill Gates

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Food For Thought

Good evening,

Happy Friday! Here’s some food for thought as we wrap up this week.

Have you ever noticed the frequency with which the word “can’t” is used when “won’t” or “don’t” would be much more accurate? As in “I can’t do that” really meaning “I won’t try hard enough.” Or “I’m late because I can’t wake up on time” really meaning “I don’t control myself from hitting snooze.”

If you ask me, the snooze button is one of life’s great temptations, treacherously suggesting we postpone what needs to be done. For me it’s a daily reminder that:

We each control our own destiny.

All of us, from the moment we wake up, get to choose the level of discipline we apply to everything we face. According to Gandhi, “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.”

Let’s muster the strength to do what needs to be done – and have a sunny day!


P.S. “With self-discipline most anything is possible.” Theodore Roosevelt

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Fed Up

Good morning,

It’s Friday! Even if Saturday is a workday, Fridays are still awesome.

This morning I was thinking about a new documentary I recently watched called Fed Up, produced by Katie Couric. Watching it I learned a whole lot of really important things I didn’t know about the food we eat.

It was also a good reminder to “check the motivations” of people who tell us what to do. When someone delivers advice about food, or anything else:

Motivations matter.

It’s pretty clear when the shampoo company says “rinse and repeat” that their motivation may be to increase shampoo consumption. But it’s not always that obvious. When instructions come from people or authorities we trust, it’s easy to take for granted that they’re looking out for our best interests. However, that’s not always the case.

If learning what someone wants you to do is important, finding out why they want you to do it, is critical.

Happy Friday and have a sunny day!


P.S. If you’re wondering where to watch Fed Up (which was released in 2014, not to be confused with an old 2002 documentary by the same name), I rented it online at It was totally worth the hour.

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Ask Better Questions

Good morning,

Happy Friday! Here’s some food for thought. Search engines routinely update their algorithms to return results that ever more precisely deliver exactly what we’re seeking.

They’re creating an online world in which we’re told what we want to hear. That sounds great for a moment. But what about the value of good old fashioned debate?

Since there are at least two sides to everything, we need more than just the answers we want to hear. That means we have to:

Ask better questions.

It’s easy to find information to support one’s position on anything. However, the strongest positions are built on finding, understanding and addressing opposing views.

Happy searching and have a sunny day!


P.S. “Life is 10 percent what you make it and 90 percent how you take it.” Irving Berlin

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Good News & Bad News

Good morning,

It’s Friday and that’s reason to smile, and reason to send you a Sunny Note to brighten your day!

As the season turns to fall I’m reflecting back on a year full of ups and downs; hopefully, more ups than downs for all of us.

Within it all, there are moments that remind me of the pure joy of being alive. Like last weekend when I was having a great time setting up balloons for an event with a friend’s child about half my height. We tied a giant bunch of balloons to a car and he kept a close eye on them while I stepped a few feet away to grab some more.

A moment later I heard a little voice behind me say:

“I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that the entire bunch of balloons came loose. The good news is that I was able to save one.” Looking at his earnest face, the only thing I could say was thank you.

So often when it seems like almost everything is lost, the most important thing to do is focus on the bright spot, no matter how small. Sometimes it takes a small child to remind us.

Happy Friday and have a sunny day.


P.S. “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” Helen Keller

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Mission Driven

Good evening,

Wow – Friday arrived fast! Today found me reflecting on a question I was asked recently. It’s not just a business question; it’s a personal question, too.

What is your mission statement?

Here at Sunny Media Group, the business side of the question is easy to answer because we talk about it all the time. Our mission is to help you get a better return on your investment in marketing and advertising. Plain and simple.

On the personal side, mission statements aren’t as often discussed. But what a great idea it is to create a personal mission statement that articulates what we’re about and our approach to life.  It’s certainly worth putting some thought into.

For my part, my personal mission statement can be stated in two words that hopefully come as no surprise to anyone who knows me: be sunny. In other words, bring enthusiasm, joy and optimism to the world around me.

Let’s each be true to our personal mission – and have a sunny day!


P.S. “Personal leadership is the process of keeping your vision and values before you and aligning your life to be congruent with them.” Stephen Covey

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Work & Play

Good morning,

Hurray for Friday! Loving the work I do doesn’t diminish the fact that I also love Fridays – and this one feels like the conclusion of a particularly long week. (Maybe because it follows a short week?)

Achieving some balance in life is important and one way to do that is…

Work hard. Play hard.

Somehow we all need to find time to recharge our batteries. For me, getting outside is a big part of doing that. It’s amazing how refreshing a simple change of scenery can be! Whether it’s a golf course, a mini road trip or a walk in the park, going someplace on the weekend that I never go during the week helps give me a fresh start.

What helps you refresh? I hope you get to enjoy it this weekend – and have a sunny day!


P.S. “If you neglect to recharge a battery, it dies. And if you run full-speed ahead without stopping for water, you lose momentum to finish the race.” Oprah Winfrey

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