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Dear Prayer

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The first Disney business book writing session. The storyboard was completed months ago.

 

Disney Leadership author jeff noel
The goal was simple, write the first sentence. Without a great first sentence, you aren’t free to begin writing.

 

Disney Leadership author jeff noel
Asked our son (16) to be creative and take a bunch of photos from different angles.

 

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Warming up by titling the Apple Notes app page i’ll be using: “The 1st book…Leade…(notice the photo captured the “r”).

 

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i was so focused on what i was doing, i forgot he was there.

 

Disney Leadership author jeff noel
While i had thought of the first sentence for months, i had nothing in writing because i was stuck.

 

Disney Leadership author jeff noel
We spent two hours in Magic Kingdom, but i literally had only five minutes of writing time.

 

Disney Leadership author jeff noel
We still had a 10-minute walk back to the car and a 10-minute drive home.

 

Disney Leadership author jeff noel
i looked just to see if my son was even around and mindful he had Cross Country practice in less than 10 hours.

 

Disney Leadership author jeff noel
The time pressure combined with the inspiration of the iPhone 7 and Adventureland’s Jungle Cruise Attraction, i broke through and wrote a great first sentence.

 

Dear Prayer,

Thank you for two knees on which to kneel, for two eyes to softly close, for two hands to gently fold.

Thank you for the presence of mind to create a daily habit of prayer first thing upon waking.

Thank you for the gift of life each day for the past 17 years in which this small, simple, daily routine has brought tremendous peace to a former life of stress and regret.

 

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five different sites.