Had a blast – saw some friends from the local drag strip. Fun stuff!
Pax was almost 2 years old in this one and it has been 2 years since we recorded it. So fun – love watching these little snippets from our life a few years ago.
Here are some shots from the weekend – welcoming Eden Claire into the world. So proud!
I was ordering my lunch at a fast food joint the other day when I heard one of the people behind the counter say,
They don’t pay me enough to care, honey
It was inspiring.
And by inspiring, I mean NOT inspiring.
Fast food joint workers – I cut them some slack. For me, it would take an amazingly rewarding job for me to be motivated while I worked for minimum wage. I totally get that. But I just wonder if she has it backwards.
What if you cared more?
What if, instead of talking about how little they are paying you, you figured out a way to be self motivated and inspire them to promote you.
Reminds me of the adage, “Your raise will be effective when you are”.
It is interesting how caught up we can be in what we’re not getting. My good friend, Mike, taught me in our senior year of college during our senior software engineering project demo to under promise and over deliver. That principle has stuck with me ever since.
What if YOU cared without any guarantee of an increase in pay? What if YOU loved without any guarantee of being loved in return? How full would YOUR life be?
A few months ago I heard a sermon that really struck me. It was about being “bent”. “Bent”, meaning, we have some tendencies or certain things about us that we have to work extra hard to overcome. This struck a chord with me because it verbalized a concept that I have thought for a while.
For instance – I am bent toward a certain pessimism. I don’t really love that part of myself but it is there. People who have met me in the last 6 months might say that is hard to believe. Why? Because I work REALLY hard to “bend the other way”. In other words – since it is sort of in my nature to be in a, “glass is half empty” frame of mind – I have to work hard, inundating my mind and spirit with positive energy and encouraging inner monologues to make sure that my attitude reflects my desire to be more optimistic.
In reality – my goal is to go from being “bent” to being “straight”. How do you get a board with a tendency to bend, to go straight? You might use a steambox, big vices, etc, but ultimately, you bend it far in the opposite direction (and possibly for a long time) to help it resolve to straightness.
So that is what I do. I bend my mind very hard in the positive direction with the intention that eventually – it will bring me to a straight and narrow “bend”.
How do YOU overcome your own “bends” to achieve your goals and reach alignment in your mind and spirit?
Had a great time with the family. Here are some snapshots!