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Making It Matter

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Your eyes slowly open. From the sliver of daylight peeking through the curtains on your bedroom window it must be just about time to wake up. Do you stretch, breathe in a deep breath and put your feet on the floor? Or do you roll over, hunker under the covers and pretend you didn’t see the daylight?

Doesn’t matter.

The alarm will do its job sooner or later. Zzzzzzzz.

Driving to work, traffic is backed up…again. A car on your right is signaling to move over into your lane. Do you ease off the accelerator and motion your hand to invite them to get ahead of you? Or do you look the other way and speed up to the bumper of the car in front of you?

Doesn’t matter.

You need to get to work and fast- since you rolled over earlier to catch some more zzz’s.

Home again and what a relief. Now for some “me” time. Do you fix yourself some grilled chicken and veggies, put on some soft music and start reading a few pages of an inspiring book? Or do you order pizza delivered, plop down in your comfy chair to watch your favorite TV show that’s on tonight?

Doesn’t matter.

After a tiring day, you have to relax somehow.

Our daily habits seem inconsequential. But habits are what make us who we are. They are choices we make without thinking of the consequences.

What if you did think about it?

What if you made it matter and made a different choice next time?

You may just find a more enjoyable result.

“Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.”

Joe Vitale

The Cure for Overindulgence

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Looking back on my life and experiences, I would describe it as a Grand Banquet. The banquet table of my life was strewn with sumptuous choices and, with wide-eyes, I sampled each and every opportunity I could reach.

Creating businesses, joining organizations, fostering relationships, the more the better. I gorged myself at the readily available feast.

There for my choosing, each scoop on my life plate contributed to a weightier load, a more precarious balancing as I continued to peruse the array of tempting choices.

I liked so many things- why not try them all?

Looking at my overflowing plate, I began to wonder- how do I consume the mountainous selections?

Where do I begin the day?

Which project?

Which phone call?

What is the priority in my life?

Overindulgence at the banquet of life had created the indigestion of indecision, and the massive heartburn I came to know as “the tyranny of the urgent.”

Only do what has to be done at the moment.

Through necessity, and with divine inspiration, I set my overflowing plate down. I would never be part of the “clean plate club" on this unreasonable scale. 

As Thoreau advised, "Simplify, simplify, simplify."

Now my life is best described as tapas, a small plate filled with only one entrée. I savor each morsel on that scaled down plate before I select another.

My choices are not limited, but I am more selective.

What flavors do you enjoy the most?

That is where to begin.

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