Okay I will admit…this is pretty much a self-portrait. Not every day, but definitely sometimes. I saw it during a Google search. I can’t remember exactly what it was I was looking for when I found this, but it immediately made me snort while I laughed out-loud. I put it in my swipe file (please no litigation) so I could use it with an idea that sprang up in my mind the moment I saw it. So what was this great idea/concept/reality?
How much effort do we put into living our lives? How much true work do I throw at changing the type of person I am into the type of person I want to be? Am I strong? Do I keep focused? Do I restrain the urge to charge down the many bunny trails that present themselves to me throughout the day? Are there days when I only go through the motions?
A word of caution here…I am not talking about being a monster caffeinated, type-A personality who attacks life like one of those guys I see on a hyped up zero turning radius mower flying across the local landscape with a thunderstorm coming.
I am describing a person who stays dedicated to using the experiences of life to become a better person. To make our world just a little bit easier to live in. For those of you have taken the time to read my “about” page (and I highly suggest you to do so, if you haven’t…it will help you understand the “why” behind my writing) you understand I have come a long way. No longer am I on first name basis with the local, state, and federal law enforcement agents. It has been decades since I had the opportunity to have black ink rolled over my fingertips and my photo taken with a placard containing a series of numbers hanging around my neck. It is a very powerful motivator to keep moving forward.
I am now married to the most wonderful woman in the world. We have semi-great children whom we love with all our hearts, even though we sometimes wonder when they will actually stand on their own. We have two awesome grandchildren who light up our lives beyond belief. There is Jake the Wonder Dog, Molly the Vampire Cat, OC the World’s Tiniest Kitty, and just recently we agreed to rescue Callie the World’s Most Over-Fed Husky and Snowball the Cat Whose Name We Are Seriously Thinking About Changing To Zip (for the obvious reason). We are members of a small Eastern Orthodox church.
I have much to be grateful for (and I am). But there is still much work to be done. I still struggle with many demons and shortcomings. I fall down, I get up. While the falls are no longer as dramatic, the rising is just as hard. Here are a few motivators I keep in mind throughout the day.
1) Is it (or she) on my agenda for the day.
2) You never fall alone.
3) The older you get the harder it is to get back up.
4) Everyone else has issues they are working on too.
5) Will this be so important tomorrow?
6) There is no such thing as failure, just something else to deal with.
7) Faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen.
8) Water seeks its own level. (this is something my Dad use to say…it will take far too long to explain…just trust me)
9) I am already equipped to do what needs to be done.
10) Did I mention I am married to the greatest woman in the world?
Your motivators may be much different from mine (at least I hope so, or #10 is going to be a tough one), but I would love to hear them (and BTW I have many more motivators than the one I mentioned…but that is another post). What is it that keeps you moving faithfully forward. If it is your faith tell me about it. If it your child, let me know. If it is something you hold deep within you, let us know.
Thank you for your time.