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Time is the currency of life, spend it wisely!

Friday, March 20, 2009

If at the beginning of every day you were handed 1,440 ten dollar bills and told you could spend them on anything you wanted but at midnight they became non-negotiable and worthless, you would be careful what you spent the money on and you would be sure to spend all of it by midnight.

That is exactly what happens with life. Everyday ate one second past midnight you are giver 1,440 minutes to spend how you choose but at midnight, those minutes are gone and cannot be recovered. The minutes cannot be saved, the must be spent. How many minutes have we squandered during our lifetimes. How many minutes have you spent worrying? See my previous blog on needless worry. The double whammy of worrying is that over 92% of it is useless and the time spent worrying can be better spent with a minimum of thought. When a worrisome situation presents itself, see what category it falls into. If it is in one of the 92% categories,(already happened, not going to happen, is going to happen and nothing I can do about it, even if it does happen, the results are not too bad) Forget it and get on with your life. If it falls into the 8%, ask yourself "What is the worst thing that can happen? then "If the worst thing happens, what will I do?.. Now you know how you will handle the absolute worst case scenario and that you can handle it. In over 92% of the cases, the worst possible scenario will not happen so you can cope with the real results easily.

You know you can handle the worst case scenario so stop worrying and get on with your life. Do not waste any of your precious 1,440 minutes on needless worry.

Don't worry, be happy!

  
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LEBOOBOO 3/22/2009 4:01PM

    I hope you don't mind that I copied this blog onto my page. I found your writing very inspirational!!!! Are you a teacher? You write beautifully. If you would prefer I take it off, I will graciously oblige. emoticonEllie

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Be the best you that you can be!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

I believe it was Wayne Dyer who quoted one of the older self-help philosophers that we each must account for our lives but when called upon to do so, we will not be asked "Why didn't you find a cure for cancer?' of "Why didn't you set a new worlds record for running a mile?". The only question you will be called on to answer is "Why didn't you do all you could with what you had?"

We all have talents and we all have limitations. We are all different. A local radio talk show host often quips, "If you and I agreed on everything, there would be no use for one of us." At the final accounting, we must be able to say that we did all we could with what we had. This is apparent at the gym. I regularly take a "boot camp" class at my gym. The participants in the class range in age from early twenties to me at 62. There are some things that those 20 somethings can do that my more seasoned body finds a bit difficult. I recognize that by trying to keep up, I can hurt myself. About ten years ago, I tried to keep up in a kick boxing class, not knowing my partner was a second degree black belt and when I tried to deliver fifty rapid punches to the bag like he did, I got all swimmy headed and passed out. So when my body says "wait a minute", I listen to it. Sometimes it's just being lazy but most of the time its being honest so I make modifications to the prescribed exercise to get within the range my body is willing to handle. I don't see the benefits as quickly as those who do the more stringent exercises but I don't have to lay off for a week while I heal either.

  
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JLEE2956 3/19/2009 12:14PM

  Great information for someone like myself who needs to keep doing exercise to just listen to my body and knowone elses to keep going and not hurt myself. Its like taking two steps forward and three steps back. thanks for that.

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ASH72461 3/19/2009 10:26AM

  that is true
all any of us can do is the best we can do with what we have
we just have to make the best out of what we have
and not complain about what we don't have or cann't do emoticon

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Don't Worry!, Be Happy!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

In a song that was popular several years ago, Bobby McFerrin advised us "Don't Worry!, Be Happy!" This is about as good advice as you can get. People who have studied worry have discovered that over 92% of the things we worry about fall into four categories 1.) Things that are not going to happen 2. Things that have already happened 3.) Things that will happen no matter what we do about them and 4.) Things that don't matter whether they happen or not. This means that only 8% of the things people worry about are things that they can do anything about. Think about how much time people spend worrying and consider the consequences of that needless worry. Just the amount of good sleep lost in a single night tossing and turning over something that doesn't matter is a great price to pay for needless worry. Put the worries out of your mind. Face each situation as it arises, don't waste your life anticipating a problem which may or may not come to fruition.

So, to sum up: "Don't Worry!, Be Happy!"

  


Erin Go Braugh! Ireland Forever!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The raucous celebration of St Patrick's Day has perpetuated the perception of the Irish as a group of hard drinking partying people and that they are. The Irish are also hard working industrious people without whom the railroads in this country might not have been built and the coal mines might not have been manned. While the grammar school song makes working on the railroad seem like fun, it was hard work for the men who did it. Jimmy Dean's song "Big John" accurately describes the dangers of working in a coal mine and Tennessee Ernie Ford lamented that "you load sixteen tons and what do you get, another day older and deeper in debt"

On this St Patrick's day, I offer an Irish Toast:

May the road always rise up to meet your feet
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine gently on your face and
May you be in Heaven for an hour afore the devil knows you're dead!

Erin Go Braugh!

  


Thoughts on Huddling

Sunday, March 15, 2009

It is easy to pick one of the pre-programmed thoughts in the team huddles each day but this does me no good. Like the response to "how are you doing" which I addressed yesterday, for the most part the only one who reads my posts in the huddles is me. Therefore, I try to make my huddle posts be comments which will spur me to positive activity. I admit that I post the same thought to all seven of my Spark Teams but this is to reinforce the thought in my mind. Clicking the button to post "Woo Hoo" is simple but posting "Carpe Diem! Seize the Day!" seven times causes me pause to think about the idea. The self help world is full of pithy statements which can form a watchword for the day and influence your life not only for that day but also for the days which follow.

  


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