I recently had some time to view the area were Alexander Graham Bell spent his summers. So this quote very fitting as I have a few doors opening, I almost missed them because I was looking at the closed door. Remember, always seek the opportunity in every situation.
“Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing, that we see too late the one that is open.”
If you could do a 101 things that do not involve ground beef!
The other night I was working on a list on 101 things I wanted to do this year, I posted question on twitter and facebook and was amazed at the response that this little question received. Now I am still working on my list and it seems like it would be easy, I have hit about 48 things and slowing down…
I also wanted to see what my readers are wanting to do, post some ideas in the comments and check back as I will post a list of 101 things to do in 09 submitted by people reading my blog. What is it you want to do in 2009, let’s inspire each other for action and adventure this year. Life is a playground and we all can choose how we play!
Here is some of the ideas so far, the first one is mine:
Disney world with my kids target date: March 09…
Take my family on a holiday
Be myself and make a difference to somebody.
Get a new job!
Buy a submarine
Make more money, spend more time with my family, cherish every single day, get more sleep, help those who are less fortunate in my community, travel, read, learn, love, eat healthier, exercise, explore, create…
your comment goes here…
Let’s hear your ideas what do you want to do in 2009? Submit a comment and I will post it on the list! I want to build a list of 101 and we can follow up on the progress of completion as the year goes.
“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.”
John F. Kennedy
1917-1963, Thirty-Fifth President of the United States
I am not one to watch tv, however I still seem to hear from friends, family and passers by that apparently the economy is in trouble and we are in dire straights. I wonder to myself do we want this media blitz to define us? Is this what we want to leave in the history books for our children to read about?
I believe that yes some things have to change, the economy can not continue the way it was going and not have some repercussions. We all play a part in that and for that we have to take some responsibility in this situation. Then we need to realize that if we all take action, just like the quote from John F.Kennedy, we can write the history that we want as a person and as a society.
I am writing this on Christmas eve and I am just settling in for the day with my kids as many of you are. Take the time to realize how we can turn off that doom and gloom thoughts and actions in this time with family and friends. Take that attitude and apply that to the way you live your life in the new year!
If you decide to focus on what the media says is going to happen then guess what? That is exactly what you will get. I feel it is important to remember that in all the success we have achieved personally or as a society has come in times of challenges. Adversity is preparation for Greatness!
Abundance, health, wealth and happiness can be yours if you choose to have it in 2009. Life is a playground and each and everyone of us as a choice on how we choose to play! We all play a part in our life and our history!
What do you think, can we change things by sifting our focus as a single person? By personally making that change can we inspire others to make the shift as well?
Yesterday was my birthday, and I spent the whole day in a complete state of gratitude and reflection. I was sent a birthday wish via email and I took some time to look and take stock. Here is what the email said:
“Don’t just count your years, make your years count.”
What matters most in life is often viewed as peripheral to the things that we usually focus on. Passion takes a backseat to production, wellness to working, and balance to busyness. The old adage that “life is not a dress rehearsal” is so true. We act to the contrary by putting off what is truly important or indulge in things that are not. On your birthday, stop focusing on your age and start meditating on your life at this exact moment. How can you make it better? During the next year, reshuffle your priorities. Spend more time with family and friends, take care of your body and health by eating well and exercising regularly. Offer to help others in need. Discover what matters most to you, and make your daily life into a true reflection of those ideas, beliefs, and attitudes…
You see my life is amazing, really it is. Just over a year and half ago I went through what was mentioned in the email above. I looked at my life and saw it as a downward spiral. From the outside looking in, it was good, full busy, stuff… However, my internal feelings were of despair, unhappiness, fear, and anger- just to name a few. I was working all the time, I was not present in my family’s life and this had to change. So I looked at what made me happy. Allison and I sat down and really looked at where we wanted to be in the future. What life do we want to design? Here is the list we came up with:
Be present in our children’s lives
Live a sustainable green lifestyle
Be prosperous financially
Help other become prosperous
Travel with our children regularly
Live each day, one at a time successfully
So that is what we did, we started a home business because all our research pointed in that direction. We found a business that we could work from anywhere so that we could accomplish our goal of traveling. We found a business that has a low environmental impact for day to day operations. Something that is high yield in its compensation for our service, and above all else a business that allows us to serve people.
Each day I get up with my kids and spend more than half my day playing and laughing with them, each day I assist others in finding their passion, each day I design my day and live it, each day is amazing.
Now, if you would have asked me 2 years ago if happiness was in my future I would have said “no, I am stuck, this is my life? What happened to my dreams? Where did it go?” Now I am a testament that with some courage, faith and commitment to stay focused, you can live the life you desire. I talk with many people each and every day that are unhappy with the way their life is going but lack the commitment to change it. Was this an easy path? No.
Do I still have to work at it? Yes, each day and every day.
We have all heard the stories of some catastrophic circumstance that leads us to change; illness, death, loss something like that. I am here to encourage you to make the change now, focus on the life you want to live. My life is amazing, did I have a great birthday, yes! The greatest gift is that every day is a birthday to me now and for that I am grateful.