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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.

Becoming a Leader by Living Second

Becoming a Leader by Living Second takes the faithful following and serving of others first… Many of us think that in order to be a leader we must also carry a title.  Titles in fact mean very little in the business world as they no longer garnish you with guaranteed respect or esteem they once may have. We all know someone in our life that carries a title of manager or lead yet could not find their way out of a wet paper sack. Leadership requires others to become followers, not followers in the sense that they worship the ground you walk on per se hang on every word you might speak.  Followers as in those that look to you for guidance, as a decision maker and one that will steer them straight. Many times a leader is the quiet one that sits in the back of the room.  They may even be the sarcastic one that comes across a bit callous or rude.  These are the people who know exactly where they are going, they reek of confidence and whether they like it or not (usually not at least at first) they make others want to follow wherever they might be going. The silence exudes authority and intelligence and the sarcasm a quick wit and raw honesty.  We all know who these leaders are, sometimes long before they ever do. Although they may shirk titles and wish to remain anonymous, their morals, values and character generally shine through. When you are at peace with your […]