Don’t Quit

Keep going.  Keep moving forward.  Continue to take one step in the right direction each day.  Don’t give up.  Don’t quit.  You never know what today may bring.  You never know what may be around the next turn, around the next corner, through that next door.  Life ebbs and flows.  Yes, we will experience difficulties, struggles, unexpected heartaches, but we will also experience victories, celebrations, and will have so many opportunities to positively impact others.  We have to face today.  Accept what today holds.  Embrace today.  We must learn to go with the flow.  To allow what will be, to be.  No matter what the day may bring forth, we have to keep pressing on.  Continue to grind.  Continue to learn, apply, and grow.  We have to continue to share.  Continue to explore.  Continue to love.  Live boldly.  Live authentically.  Be you.  Don’t quit!

Given to Give

This life is not about you.  This life is not about me.  This life is about others.  Life is about helping others.  Life is about building others up.  Life is about listening to others.  Life is about loving others.  Life is about giving to others, what you have been given.  Each of us have been given specific gifts, talents, and abilities.  Each of us are beautifully different.  We all have a uniqueness that adds to the color of life.  We all have something to add to this world.  We all have value to add to this life.  We have been given to give!  In order for us to give what we have been given, we need to know who we are, we need to know what we have been given, to give.  Take the time to self-examine, self-reflect.  SLOW DOWN.  Take a step back.  Who are you?  What is your identity?  What is your life foundation?  What fire burns within you?  What excites you?  Where are you going?  In order to help others, you first have to help yourself.  In order to understand others, you have to understand yourself.  In order to give to others, you have to know and accept what has been given to you.

Simplicity

This world is complex.  With the explosion of technology, the world seems to be getting more and more complex as each day passes.  The world continues to move faster and faster.  People continue to move faster.  People continue to want more and gain more, as the pressure to keep up continues to heighten.  Most of us are trained, conditioned, from a very young age to keep up with those around us, or else, we will get lost and eventually fall behind.  We will fail.  Most of us are conditioned to perform.  Conditioned to perform to a certain level or expectation at home, at school, within athletics, within our relationships.  We are pressured to live our lives in a certain way in order to gain acceptance.  In order to gain reward.  In order to gain recognition.  In order to gain applause.  In order to gain advancement.  The complexity and pressure continue to build the older we get.  The world aggressively entices us to walk in a certain direction, aggressively pulls us to live our life in a specific way.  Those around us strongly influence us toward a specific direction, urge us often, to follow them in living a specific way.  The complexity builds.  The pressure builds.  We move faster, faster, faster.  We are EXPECTED to live faster, faster, and faster.  We have to keep up.  We have to live our life a certain way in order to be accepted.  We can’t slow down.  We can’t waver.  We can’t let up.  We can’t take a break.  We will lose everything if we do.  We will be left out, left behind.  We have to get more, gain more, do more, be more, MOVE FASTER.  FASTER. FASTER.  I REJECT this.  I reject this mentality.  This way of living life.  I have rejected, and will continue to reject this mentality.  I refuse to conform to complexity.  I refuse to conform to the world’s way.  I refuse to conform to somebody else’s way.  I refuse to live my life fast.  I refuse to try to keep up with others, with the world, in order to gain temporal rewards.  I refuse to lose myself in the complexity and pressure.  I refuse to live my life through the opinions of others.  I have to admit, I have succumbed to the world in the past.  I have succumbed to others in the past.  I will NOT, allow this to happen again.  I do not have to live my life the way the world wants me to live.  I do not have to live my life the way someone else wants me to live.  I don’t have to be forced to do what I don’t want to do, forced to be someone I am not.  I will not live my life in complexity.  I will not live my life through external pressures.  I am a man of simplicity.  I don’t want a lot, nor do I need a lot.  I have no desire to gain more.  No desire to play the games others play in order to keep up, in order to measure up.  I am who I am.  I know who I am.  I am learning who I am.  Embracing who I am.  I will express who I am.  I am an individual.  I will live how I want to live.  On my terms, not your terms, nor the world’s terms.  I am going to live simple.  I am going to embrace simplicity.  I am going to embrace what God has given me to give.  I will take my time.  I will live at my pace.  I will live my life one day at a time.  I will lead.  I will be an example.  A positive influence.  I will be someone to follow.  I will show others, inspire others, to live life full, to live the life they are to live.  I will serve others.  Love others.  I will be relentless.  Consistent.  Patient.  Simplicity over complexity.  I will fail.  I will fall.  But I will continue.  I will continue to learn.  Grow. Explore.  Expand.  Mature. Teach.  I am ready.  I am moving forward.  I am walking down a different path, my path.  It’s beautiful.  It’s difficult.  It’s exciting.  It is exactly where I am supposed to be.

Procrastination

Don’t put off what can be done today.  We always think we have next time, the next day, the next week, so on, and so forth.  We like to put things off.  We like to avoid the reality of what is right in front of us.  What needs to be taken care of, or accomplished, NOW.  We procrastinate.  It’s easier.  It can become addicting.  It is an addiction.  Procrastination is an addiction.  It becomes who we are, what we do.  Procrastination is a trap.  It is the easy way out.  Or so we think.  Procrastination in actuality, isn’t an out.  Eventually, what we procrastinate on, will have to be done, will have to be accomplished, will have to be taken care of.  When we procrastinate, we push things down the line, to a later date.  And again, eventually, that later date comes.  We create a mountain of things we could have done, but didn’t.  We find, we don’t have enough time to climb the mountain.  We get stressed, frustrated, angry, irritable, and we look for others to blame.  The procrastination has become a giant mess.  A mess, too big to clean up all at once.  We fail.  We lose.  We fail to do what we said we would do.  We fail to be the example.  We fail others, our co-workers, spouses, friends, and ourselves.  Others lose trust in us, we lose credibility, we lose relationships and even jobs.  Procrastination will destroy your life.  It will erode your foundation, causing everything to fall apart.  We have to break-free from procrastination.  We have to break- free from the easy way, break- free from laziness.  We need to realize the destructiveness that procrastinating can and will bring into our lives.  Then, we need to have the discipline, fortitude, strength, and the heart, to do what we know needs to get done, TODAY!  We need to accept the power of delayed-gratification into our life.  We need to fight our natural desires and instincts.  The natural desire and instinct to take the easy route, to be lazy, to procrastinate.  We have to be focused, stay focused, on today.  Focused on doing what needs to get done, today.  Focused on being who we need to be, today.

Thankful

I am so thankful for today.  I am so thankful for God’s patience with me.  I am so thankful for the breath to breathe, right now.  I am so thankful for the freedom we have within this great country, the United States of America.  I am so thankful for a teaching career.  So thankful for physical and mental health.  I am so thankful for the abilities to run, swim, exercise, read, write, learn, and apply.  I am so thankful for a house to live in.  I am so thankful for a vehicle to drive.  I am so thankful for healthy food to eat.  I am so thankful for Colorado Springs.  This adventure I have been on over the past year.  I am so thankful for the beautiful mountains I get to see each and every day.  I am so thankful for my Mom, who is my best friend.  I am so thankful for life’s opportunities to fail, learn, succeed, and grow.  I am so thankful.  There is so much to be thankful for.  Wherever you may be within life’s journey at this moment, be thankful.  Be open.

Today

I don’t know what tomorrow holds.  I can’t change yesterday.  I can’t control how others will act.  What others may or may not say.  I can control myself though.  I can take care of my business, today.  Take care of what I need to do, today.  I can give today, my all.  I can take steps in the right direction, today.  I can live a positive life, today.  I can encourage others, today.  Serve others, today.  I can be disciplined, today.  Relentlessly focused, today.  I can be someone to follow, today.  Today, I can love.  Today, I can be a light.  Today, I can lead, set the example, and show others the way.  Today is here.  I WILL take advantage of today.  I WILL embrace today.  I WILL be thankful for today.