A Few Good Men

Each day we are reminded of how cold, and desolate this world is we inhabit. As the maxim goes, “Times have changed.” Our world has become a more violent and deadly version of what it was a few decades ago. Crime in its many atrocious forms is rising faster than a ball of yeast-filled cinnamon bread on a hot Saturday morning.

What caused this swift plummet into this worldly cesspool destitute of the values and morals that shape character?

Despite the current state of our world, we can rest assure that hope still abounds. Though it may not always seem so there are still good people out there.  A few days ago I was reminded of that. While I was knee deep into my rigorous workout routine at the gym I noticed that my cell phone was missing. I immediately scoured every inch of the gym searching for my cell phone as if it was scanning for clues on a crime scene. My phone happens to be an Iphone 4, and those things aren’t cheap. I thought someone found it and claimed it under the notion that “possession is nine-tenths the law”. After countless minutes had elapsed and my search efforts turned up void, I decided to do the unthinkable. I went to the front desk and asked the most idiotic question ever; “Did anyone happen to turn in a phone?”  To my amazement; someone had. My phone was in the exact same condition as I last remembered it.

“You don’t get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.” – Les Brown

There are good people in this world; as long as they exist there is still hope that we can ignite a change that causes our world to shift back in the right direction.

Don’t leave your character at home when you decide to go somewhere!

To the special man or woman that returned my cell phone to the front desk, if you are reading this;  Thank You!

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Same old, Same old

Today was a typical morning for me. I woke up (I felt like I aged forty years due to soreness stemming from my participation in a basketball game at 10pm last night), turned on my tv and flipped to ESPN to watch Sportscenter. Instantaneously a light bulb went off in my head. “I do this every morning!” I’m sure we all have heard some variation of the phrase “As humans, we are creatures of habit.” This is true. I’m not a betting man, but I am confident that you can think of at least one thing you do the exact same way every day. We all have our routines. They may involve ordering the same item off the menu a restaurant, welcoming a workday with a cup of Starbucks, going to the gym at the same time each day, or in my case; watching an hour of Sportscenter in the morning.

We all have specific actions we repeat the exact same way every day. My advice to you is not to allow yourself to become so concerned with always abiding by the law of your routine. I’ve encountered so many people who allow something as simple as not being able to drink their favorite cup of coffee to cause them to be miserable for the entire day. Routines are nice but it’s always a good idea to “switch things up” every once in a while. Get out of the mundane rut of the routine you’ve been involved with for so long. You don’t have to change everything but just make a few small changes. For instance, if you always purchase a Frappuccino at Starbucks; buy an iced peppermint white chocolate mocha next time. If you usually pull your car forward into an empty parking spot, reverse it in next time. You should switch things up to engage your brain, stimulate your creativity and so that you’ll be happier throughout your day. I dare you to try it and see the difference!

Until we meet again….