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Ever Stop to Think…

March 1, 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALife lessons, things to ponder – so many chuckle then go on with their day. An article of 88 such tidbits and it brought some that bear further consideration.  Here’s some of them, with a little added perspective and more slated for tomorrow.

14. Managing one’s wants is the most powerful skill a person can learn.

How many cannot define needs from wants? “I need new shoes for this event” – most the time no, I don’t. I might want to make a good appearance, I might want to step up but I won’t die without those new shoes. NEED vs WANT. Needs – food, shelter, water. Most of the *things* in our lives are wants. I admit I don’t need more books – I have a small library of my own! But I love books – books are knowledge and having them means when I forget something I can look it up. I can read something again and empower myself. I can remind myself what I need to do next. But having lost everything to house fire, and much to disaster and time, it’s a reality check on needs. Life goes on.

17. Every passing face on the street represents a story every bit as compelling and complicated as yours.

Never think someone is less because of how they dress, how they look. You don’t know their story. Mark Will’s song “Don’t Laugh At Me” makes this point brilliantly.  You don’t know what someone else has overcome. And I can remind myself that easily looking at judgements people make about me. They have no idea what I’ve been through. Accepting that makes accepting someone else easy.

27. Nobody knows more than a minuscule fraction of what’s going on in the world. It’s just way too big for any one person to know it well.

I’ve often said we’re but one tiny part of the world. Growing up we think we’ll change the world. Then we get knocked down a few times and find, eventually, that changing one little part of it is enough. We can’t help those around the world. I am not empowered to travel the world and help people and am in awe of those who do. We can’t feed the world – but can feed some who want food choices.

30. The most common addiction in the world is the draw of comfort. It wrecks dreams and breaks people.

Comfort zone – do you leave it? How often. Comfort keeps us from trying new things, from reaching our potential. Comfortable keeps too many in abusive relationships because at least it’s familiar – better than the unknown. Comfort keeps people from improving themselves because it takes effort to change. We can stay comfortable right where we’re at. Just keep doing what we’re doing. Or we can reach our potential – and help others – by taking uncomfortable steps – accepting financial input, talking to people about sales and marketing. Stretch comfort daily.

33. Blame is the favorite pastime of those who dislike responsibility.

Look at our sue happy society. Someone has to pay. Never mind making a bad decision and owning up to it. Car accident – lawyers will swarm around to make that truck driver pay, never mind that you were in a hurry and cut into his safe stopping space. From early on, many learn that it’s always someone else’s fault. Our parents were too strict or too lenient, or home too much or gone too much. Suck it up…they did the best they could and we all have choices as adults to make it better.

45. High quality is worth any quantity, in possessions, friends and experiences.

We’d rather have 40 good rabbits than 400 bad ones. Ten good friends than 1000 that aren’t around when things are tough. Good quality food rather than poorly produced food. Quality is worth a price. If you have ten vehicles and nothing to drive, what good does it do?

46. The world would be a better place if everyone read National Geographic.

What if more people read National Geographic or Countryside than the National Enquirer? What if there was more interest in our community than what Brittany Spears or Lady GaGa did this week? Empower the mind – learn new things about the world that surrounds us, not the people some think are noteworthy.

52. Posture and dress change profoundly how you feel about yourself and how others feel about you, like it or not.

So you’re in pain and need surgery…the doctor comes in looking like someone who stepped out of Animal House – how confident are you about surgery? But beyond that, the way we present ourselves can make a difference. We can wear clothes that make us feel more confident, accomplished or worthy.

Stay tuned for some more tomorrow! Ruminate on these for tonight. 🙂



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