Persist! Sunrises Proclaim The Future, Not The Past.

A story about persistence from a sunrise lover.

There are times we could all use a shot in the arm. I know of I do.

The image above is of a digital print in my office. A gift from a dear friend. He knew about the challenges myself and my family has been going through.

He won this print in a contest. But rather than keeping it for himself, he had it sent to me.

In this video, I tell the story of how I got this gift. If you prefer reading to watching, there is a slightly edited transcript below the video.


“Sunrises proclaim the future, not the past.” That’s a quote from my favorite author, Andy Andrews. I’ll tell you why I’m beginning with that quote in just a moment.

Hi, this is Tim and I would like to welcome you to another episode of the Daily Doable. Today I would like to talk to you about the topic of persistence. 

I shared the story you’re about to hear with my email community the other day and I received a lot of positive feedback from it. And so I thought I would record a video and make this story a part of the Daily Doable.

I think all of us from time to time could use a shot in the arm. We could use some encouragement. We’re all going through different things, different challenges, and it’s nice when you get an unexpected surprise, something to encourage you.

And so the story I want to share is about someone who encouraged me. Now this person, and I’m not going to name him, he wouldn’t want me to do that, so I’ll respect his wishes.

But this person was aware of some challenges that I’ve been going through. And a few weeks ago I received a package in the mail and the package was a digital print with the quote I began with, “Sunrises proclaim the future, not the past.” And it was signed by the author Andy Andrews.

Well, I had a feeling I knew where the gift came from. And so I messaged this person and said, you know anything about this?

He said, “well since you asked.” It seems that he was in a contest and he won the contest and the winner got this digital print of this quote graphic. And he told them, “knowing what you’ve been going through, I figured you could use the boost. And so I told them to send it to you.”

Now that made my day. Someone was thinking of me and was willing to have something sent to me. I didn’t expect it, but it gave me a boost.

And the really cool thing about this was that in the lower-left corner, Andy signed this with one word, PERSIST. And that made it even better; personally signed by the author.

It’s amazing what a little gesture like that can do. I mean he would think it was a little gesture, but it was a big thing to me.

And so as we wrap this up, I would like for you to consider how you’re going to view your next sunrise.

This is your Daily Doable. So when you look at your next sunrise, are you going to look to the past or to the future?

You know, my friend was challenging me to persist. He knew I needed a boost and rather than look back at things that have happened, look forward to the things that could happen.

And so that’s what I want to share with you today. I’m thinking there might be someone who could use this message.

Judging from the responses I got, I think there were some people who needed to hear that and so I’m hoping someone out there might be able to use this message today.

Speaking of the email, if you would like to be a part of my community, I’d love for you to join up. I’ll put a link so you can follow me. And you can be the first to get messages like this. I would love to communicate with you that way. And if you liked this video, please share it.

Maybe there’s someone that you know of that I don’t know, but if they could use this quote, “Sunrises, proclaim the future, not the past.” If you think that might help someone else, share this with them and encourage them to persist.

So until next time, this is Tim encouraging you to Do What You Can. And especially today, encouraging you to persist. See you soon. Bye.

I hope this quote will give you a boost for the future too. I especially love the message signed by the author, Andy Andrews. PERSIST!

Daily Doable: Make time to watch the sun rise. And remember, “Sunrises proclaim the future, not the past.”

I’m Author, Storyteller, and Sunrise Lover, Tim Maudlin. If you could use a “shot in the arm,” I would like to invite you to check out one of the ways I am using to persist. The Pen and Paper Prescription to Healing

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