Think About It Thursday
On Thursdays, this is your place for some quote or cartoon that will boost your brain. Friday is coming, hang on and hang in there. Stay focused and finish strong. Check this out each week and see what you think. Some will be funny and others thought provoking.
See what our friends, Hoops and Yoyo have to say about Thursday. Click here or on the photo below.
See you soon,
What is the worst thing that can happen?
Work is important. Doing great work separates us from so many who settle for doing just enough to get a pay check. How important is it to love what you do? We spend a lot of our adult life at work so it’s important to like the work and be interested in it.
Too many times our identity is declared by the work that we do. This can happen with or without our permission. All that matters is that we know who we are when the work goes away.
If you met someone new and had to get to know them without knowing what they do for a living, could you? Could you tell someone else who you are without telling them what you do for work?
This challenges us to have something else in our life that is a priority and something we love — play music, on a sports team, a part of a church, have a hobby. Or some other way to demonstrate who we are without work.
Think about it,
April 15, 1775
“In circumstances dark as these, it becomes us, as Men and Christians, to reflect that, whilst every prudent Measure should be taken to ward off the impending Judgements….All confidence must be withheld from the Means we use; and reposed only on that GOD who rules in the Armies of Heaven, and without whose Blessing the best human Counsels are but Foolishness–and all created Power Vanity;
“It is the Happiness of his Church that, when the Powers of Earth and Hell combine against it…that the Throne of Grace is of the easiest access–and its Appeal thither is graciously invited by the Father of Mercies, who has assured it, that when his Children ask Bread he will not give them a Stone….
“RESOLVED, That it be, and hereby is recommended to the good People of this Colony of all Denominations, that THURSDAY the Eleventh Day of May next be set apart as a Day of Public Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer…to confess the sins…to implore the Forgiveness of all our Transgression…and a blessing on the Husbandry, Manufactures, and other lawful Employments of this People; and especially that the union of the American Colonies in Defense of their Rights (for hitherto we desire to thank Almighty GOD) may be preserved and confirmed….And that AMERICA may soon behold a gracious Interposition of Heaven.”
By Order of the [Massachusetts] Provincial
Congress, John Hancock, President.
Working is good, but in perspective and within a health balance of life — God, Family, Work.
Everybody’s busy – this seems to be the thing to say when an invitation is declined instead of saying “I’m sorry you can’t attend”. While it is easy to get caught up in all the opportunities life offers today; it’s also easy to waste a lot of time with cable tv, mobile device games, and other internet surfing.
People are as busy as they want to be. There are times when work and personal activities collide and a little hustle is required. The hours of the day are full. This hustle doesn’t last forever.
Adults can take control of their time to fulfill their responsibilities such as work and family. If life becomes too hassled and full, it may be time to re-evaluate the “time-suckers”. Do they fall within personal priorities?
If someone declines your invitation, it may not mean they are too busy, it simply means that event is at the same time as something else that day.
Just a thought,
Anyone can do a top ten list, but a top 6 list, that’s original – and it’s not because I couldn’t come up with 10 things. For the next six days, there will be a post a day with something I’m grateful for. They are not in any priority; all are equal.
Today I am grateful for those days when I give it all and at the end of it I am completely spent. The activities for the day can be full of work, writing or volunteer projects. Those days have been plentiful recently and for that I’m grateful. There is something wonderfully fulfilling about working hard, giving my all with excellence. I can do a string of these days for a while, but when I start looking forward to time off that I know I’ve maxed out.
Slowing down recharges me for the next wave.
All the best,
Rarely is pride spoken of in a positive manner. “Pride goeth before a fall,” a most familiar proverb, is a caution to not let self absorption take over so as to lose sight of the bigger need or picture. But consider the good that is found in taking pride in a job or task well done.
In doing a job, project or task that turns out well what is that surge, the emotion that wells up inside and is evidenced by standing a little taller. Doing well breeds confidence. Confidence in wise hands continues to build success. However, confidence and pride overstated can be blinding.
What is the balance? What legacy is left if there is a trail of half-hearted projects or work? What is taught to the next generation if the appropriate balance of humility and pride is not learned?
Is pride a bad thing? Heavens no! How honoring it is to parents, teachers, mentors to see those in their care try hard and do their very best.
Think about it,
After I outlined this post I put it aside, you know to let it ruminate. When I came back to the subject I noticed that half of the pet peeves listed were character traits in other people. One definition of “pet peeve” is a complaining, teasing, or annoying behavior; which begs the question as to whether it’s worth carrying these things as pet peeves if I can’t change these behaviors in other people.
That’s right, there comes a point in our lives when we are old enough and wise enough to realize, we can’t change other people only they can make a personal decision to change. And what bugs us about other people may not bother them at all. So really these pet peeves may or may not be seen as right in the eyes of another individual and in such a case, I look judgmental and not like a person who just wants to make a difference in this world.
That leaves me with two pet peeves I will share with you and then open the floor for you to share. First of all, receipts. I can go in a store and purchase a pack of gum with cash and end up with a receipt the length of my arm. Wasn’t all of this electronic scanning and debit cards created to reduce the amount of paper it takes to make a transaction? Do retailers really care about my opinions on the survey that the bottom of the mile-long receipt invites me to participate? Because I am one of those who balance my checkbook, I do keep receipts for a period of time, but the bulging envelop turns out to be half the transactions and half a bunch of information I never read, or coupons I never use. And as long as we are talking about making retail transactions, is it necessary (Sears) to have my phone number to make a purchase? Would they know if I gave them a fake or old disconnected number? I may try that next time.
The other peeve I will share is wasting time. In the course of my day, I’m pretty much in perpetual motion or work type activity from the time I get up until late evening when my son is in bed and I feel like I can take a little time for me. So, to have some non-important something slow me down or stop me is annoying. Do I ever stop to watch television or check out Facebook? Yes, but I don’t spend hours doing either one and most of the time if I’m watching television it is part of my personal downtime or time with my family. As a parent of a middle school student, there is a lot of time spent taking him to practices or having him at school activities. This is not a waste of time, but I find myself with odd periods of time waiting for him that I try to make productive by taking work along or a book to read. Rarely do I ever “kill” time. What I do watch out for is that I’m teaching my son the balance between living a productive non-wasteful life and living in such a manner so as to not rush or over-plan every moment of the day. There are extraordinary things that happen to us and around us in the spontaneity of life that need to be experienced; slowing down to listen to a spouse share their day or a child ask a question or tell of an adventure, watch the sunset or notice a child playing; taking a call from a friend in need or who has good news to share. You know the important things in life that will outlast any daily schedule, remind us of our priorities and are like pushing the reset button on our patterns of thinking.
“People over progress” is a mantra that I took on several years ago when I did find myself so over planned and dedicated to my daily lists to be available for those who mean the most to me. Most of the time, people are not a waste of time.
Well this post didn’t go exactly the way I expected, but that’s ok, it accomplished the goal. Are you re-thinking your pet peeves? What are they?
All the best,