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Fear is one Mean Son of a …

Many people talk about fighting their fears, yet they invite it into their lives like they are best friends. Personally, I have talked a good game when it comes to fear. I mean come on… when I fell and hurt myself mountain climbing, I went right back and climbed a bigger mountain the next year. When I was learning to ride a bike, I never gave up nor would I use training wheels. Bruised and broken fear would not get the best of me. As a kid I used to stand up to any challenge (not the brightest move at times). Whether it meant jumping off rooftops, surfing on top of cars, whatever the challenge I was game. I used to play with vermin that would make many people squirm. A game of chicken, or rugby I was I was first in line. Even though often the last to be picked. You see when we are younger, sure fear exists. We just don’t give it space in our minds. Fear is one mean son-uv-a … as when we get older. We grow up and those stories that your mom used to tell you to keep you from doing something. Well, they start to come true and have real meaning. Now roller coasters that used to be a blast are terrifying. You really do pack a extra clean pair of underwear just in case. While the fear of the spanking and ‘the wait until your dad gets home’ was usually ten times worse than the actual […]

Are You Really Crushing It?

If you are like me you are pretty competitive. Okay maybe really really competitive at times. That’s a good thing right?
Like many people I am trying to get a few things done. Since I sit at a desk in a cubicle for my day job. I bought a FitBit Surge to improve my health. Replacing the FitBit Flex I had been using so I could better track my 10,000 steps. Crushing it right.. wrong! I am in a Facebook group where some people treat the 10,000 steps as a starting point.
I set a blogging goal for myself, even committed to my readers (you can see here). Although I control my own destiny I failed. Instead of blogging three times a week, I currently average …. that’s not crushing it. Sure my stats have improved with my consistency. Compared to other bloggers it is just a drop on the edge of the bucket. See not even enough to make a ripple.. so not yet crushing it.
Then there is school, yes I am in my eh hem forties and in school. Finishing what many of my friends and colleagues did a long time ago. I will graduate this May (God willing). Did I crush it .. nope.
I mean sure I have been on the dean’s list and president’s list every term since I went back. Sure I will finally have my degree after many years of blood sweat and alot of tears. I struggled.

Are You Really Living

Are you really living your life?

I mean sure you are breathing (hopefully unless you are zombie reading this), but are you living. We shuffle through our daily life. Day in and day out. One day blends into weeks, into months.

We work hard to balance our overflowing plates.

For many that means, work, marriage, maybe kids, church and the rest of life. Working hard to make it to the end of the day. Punching the time clock of our own existence.

When is the last time you went on a mission trip? What about volunteering at a soup kitchen? Did some good for someone else without being asked. Gave back to the lives of others of your own free will…not in a church, work or school group.

Rushing through our daily lives we forget how to really live. Focused on the mighty dollar, or whether there is food on the table. Overwhelmed with excess worry and anxiety. Wondering if your badge to the rat race will work today.

So many distractions, keep us from really living. Bills, social life, keeping up appearances, will any of it matter? How many coworkers or clients will attend you graveside. We put our time and talents in areas that only take, yet never give.

Life is only a certain number of days. Last time I checked we usually don’t get out of it alive. Rather than wasting those day, however many they may be. Lets add value to each day. Make each one like it is our last.