A few years ago I saw this commercial and thought it was pretty amazing.
My mother hates that word. Amazing is hackneyed and tired. At some point this word, born of biblical experience, became just some shit girls and boys say.* I have long tired to keep this unfortunately trite word out of my daily lexicon. However, sometimes it is needed.
This commercial was aired in the Fall of 2010. You may remember the Fall of 2010 being a pretty horrific time for the economy. All signs pointed in the wrong direction. It was getting easy to say that America was past its prime and that nothing we were doing was going to make this country great again.
When I watched this commercial it was most likely as I was getting ready for work or I was sitting on the couch with my lovely wife after a long day at work. But I wasn't being amazing, I was just doing my job and coming home. Not much in the way of risk, nor in the way of reward.
Now, I am taking a huge risk and we will see about that reward. And most days, my wife and my couch will be 3,000 miles away.
However, the reason this commercial stuck with me was that it had a message of get up and do something. It was the American Dream all wrapped up in a commercial for oatmeal (which is pretty good too). Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, as we are taught in grade school. But it is also the way to start your day. Sure you can have a good breakfast and do nothing with the rest of your day...but somehow I think that when you get up with a goal, no matter what you have for breakfast, it is going to be good.
Yes, this is a lame-ass-feel-good-bullshit blog post. But we are all permitted those from time to time. And I deserve one. So there.
*So sue me, I wanted my Google ranking to go up.