An interesting phrase sparked my interest today. The phrase in question was “Be Thankful!” The simplicity of this phrase does not diminish the high level of power behind it. So often we tend to direct our focus on what we do not have. We even tend to become envious of others and their materials possessions. We should not adopt this state of mind. I knew a girl who indicated to her parents that she desired a 2010 Ford Mustang once she got her license. The day arrived when she received her license and her parents bought her a Ford Mustang. The girl saw the mustang and she wasn’t happy because it was a 2008 Ford Mustang and not a 2010. There are so many people in this world that wish they could have a 2008 Ford Mustang.
We should be thankful for what we have. There are so many people in this world who aren’t as fortunate as we are. Many people don’t even know where their next meal will come from. The fact that you are reading this blog entry illustrates how blessed you are. Don’t resort to complaining about not having a Mercedes when you own a vehicle that gets you from point A to point B. There are many things I am thankful for. I’m thankful for my health, a roof over my head, a car to drive, a great family, friends, and the few ounces of Cheerios I have left in my cupboard. Not matter what our situation may be; we can always give thanks to man above for the blessings we have received.
Today I had the opportunity to attend an invite only open house at a great company (I won’t disclose the name of the company). I went to reconnect with a few of the hiring managers I met and connected with at the last open house this company held. I was speaking with one of the hiring managers and I asked the question “Didn’t your company have an open house 6 months ago?” The manager responded by saying “The last open house we held was about a year ago.” Needless to say I was taken aback by his comments. Thoughts like “Where did the time go?” and “Did time seriously screech by me at Mach 3 speed?” started to pulsate in my head.
We’ve all heard the maxim “Time waits for no one.” This statement is true. Time cannot be paused, fast forwarded or rewound as demonstrated in Adam Sandler’s movie “Click”. As I began to contemplate last year’s events I found myself asking questions like “Could I have done more? Did I make a difference? Did I live my life in the manner in which I wanted to? We may not be able to control time but we can control the things we choose to do with our time. So I encourage you to maximize on your time. Be strategic in the manner in which you allocated your time. Time can never be recycled or duplicated. Time should be treated like a lady, NEVER abused or taken for granted. Remember, time can never be gained but it can always be lost.
As I was going through the progressions of my intense workout routine today at 24 hr fitness my eyes were drawn to an interesting object lying on the floor. After the immense rapid fire of information through the sensory nerves in my brain I realized that the object was a dime (US currency of course). The dime had found itself in a non-ideal situation, (somewhat ironic seeing as Valentine’s Day is just around the corner) all alone resting on the middle of the gym floor. An interesting thought immediately popped into head. “I wonder how long this dime has been sitting there!” Then I thought “I wonder how much people saw the dime and proceeded to walk over it because he/she deemed it unworthy to pick up.
The questions I’ll pose to you (hypothetically speaking of course) are “If you were in my situation would you pick up the dime or leave it alone and act like you didn’t see it on the floor?” “What if it was a dollar, a quarter, a nickel, or perhaps a penny? Would anything change then?” It all boils down to the value you place on these items. Some might say it’s beneath them to pick up coins or dollar bills that are just being blown helplessly around by the furious winds of Mother Nature. My sentiments are a little different. To me money is money regardless of the form it comes in. I’m sure that no one in their right mind would turn down a million dollars just because it would be given to them in dimes, nickels or pennies. I personally would drive so fast to Walmart or Target to purchase every piggy bank they had in stock to hold my million dollars’ worth of coins.
I know you are wondering, so I will inform you that I did in fact pick up the dime. I didn’t do the inconspicuous step on the dime and slide your foot closer to you technique to avoid being seen. I simply picked up the dime. It’s your prerogative if you do not or would not ever pick up money off the ground. That’s totally fine. More money for me to put in my pocket!
“Texting and Driving” is a term we’ve all heard about at some point in our lives. I have no qualms that the majority of today’s society is guilty of committing the crime of texting while driving at least once in his/her lifetime. To be perfectly honest I am guilty as well. I don’t like to point fingers (we all know the maxim “When you point your finger at someone three fingers are pointing back at you!”) but technology plays a gigantic role in the texting and driving epidemic. Cell phones have come a long way from the Zack Morris brick cell phone used on the 90’s hit show Saved by the Bell. We all have iPhones, Androids, Blackberries, Samsung Galaxies etc. with touch screen capabilities.
These technologies make it so easy to text to the point where I often find myself texting without even looking down at my phone. This type of behavior has become oh too popular amongst my generation. In my humble opinion we are becoming too attached to our phones. I’ve noticed that an alarming number of people are texting while driving on highways. There have also been countless occasions in which a driver almost sideswiped my car because he or she was too busy looking down at their phone and not focusing on the road. This begs the question “Is responding to that text as soon as you receive it of more importance than your life or the health of your vehicle?” Can’t that person wait the 5 – 10 minutes it will take you to arrive to your destination before you respond? If it’s too hard for you to go “cold turkey” from texting and driving here’s a few ideas you can try to help wean you off your addiction.
Only text at a red light
Turn your phone off when you enter your vehicle
Don’t text while you are driving
If your vehicle is “fancy” use the Sync feature that will convert your speech into a text message.
If your vehicle isn’t “fancy” throw your phone in the backseat of your vehicle where it’s out of your reach.
Not to be redundant but Don’t text while you are driving.
I too have been weaning myself off the drug that is texting and driving. With each driver I encounter that is swerving in and out of lanes in a drunken stagger because he or she is texting I say to myself “Don’t be that Guy or Girl!” So I challenge you to jump on the “I will not text and drive bandwagon” with me.
I was recently given a task by my instructor entitled “A hero’s journey!” The premise of the assignment was to choose something that you’ve always wanted to do. The catch (there’s always a catch) was that your choice must be something that is challenging for you to complete. The actually journey itself, not its completion serves as the most important part of this assignment.
I’ve always struggled in the area of consistently keeping up with a journal. I consider myself a deep individual with a myriad of thoughts that constantly ricochet throughout my brain. However, no matter how hard I’ve tried or how many times I’ve attempted to force myself to write down my thoughts in a journal all my efforts proved futile. So needless to say this blog serves as my “Hero’s Journey!” It’s my plan to blog at least three times a week if not more. I only mentioned that so that it could serve as a form of accountability for me. Feel free to follow my blog and comment if you so choose. Also as a disclaimer my posts will be insightful and thought-provoking with a dash of randomness.
I would also like to encourage you to choose your own hero’s journey to embark on. It could be anything that you’ve always wanted to do but kept putting off because it was challenging. For instance, it could be getting back in shape, learning a new hobby, living a healthier lifestyle, volunteering at a youth facility, learning to cook, getting a firearms license, etc. The point is to choose something, anything and go out and (I’m going to borrow Nike’s slogan) “Just do it!” Once you choose your journey place an 8 week time limit on its completion. You may complete your journey or you may fail. However you wont know until you try. I can guarantee that you will learn a lot about yourself if you accept, stay committed to, and complete this journey.
Thank you in advance for accepting and joining me on this journey! More to come!