— Abraham Hicks
On the heels of the second week of 2014 coming to an end, remind yourself that whatever you resolved to do this year is not lost. Even if you are still thinking of ways to make this your best year yet, remind yourself that any place can be your starting line. Decide which direction you’re going and get on your way.
Right here, right now is the best place.
–A Knight’s Tale
You might be knocked off your horse or take a lance to the face. Some days you might feel like a blind thatcher’s son, and some days you might think you’re living in the dark-ages. Pick yourself up off the ground. Let the lance roll off your armor. Embrace your father, and be inspired by your contemporaries.
“If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”
“Don’t waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and, in the end, it’s only with yourself.”
Personally, I am most comfortable when I can get into my routine. I am very careful to plan my week on a calendar, create a to-do list with sub-to-do lists just to make sure everything gets accomplished. And it’s the deviations from this routine that causes stress and makes me uncomfortable.
But is that really living life- commuting to work from 9-5, getting in a workout, and catching a few reruns of the Big Bang Theory before bed? Is that as good as it gets? Honestly, that’s the trap that Ben Franklin realized a lot of 25-year-olds (okay, I know you’re just pretending…) fall into. And, after all, isn’t that why we call it ‘the grind’?
Ben Franklin was definitely a character with many interests and hobbies. I think he encourage those of us who have sailed into the doldrums of life to bypass the Lethargians and find some ways to spice things up. It might not be a big life-altering decision, but maybe there are some little place you kind add excitement in your schedule. I’ll help you brainstorm.
Wake up early enough to enjoy breakfast in a new restaurant, or leave the lean cuisine at home and try a new restaurant for lunch. Cook a new recipe- autumn’s here so why not something pumpkin? Host a dinner party for some friends, or suggest a Friday night dinner outing at a new place. Switch out the Coors Light for a festive microbrew.
Try a new kind of workout- can you rent a kayak or a bike? Give a spin class or zumba or fly-wheel a shot. You could even change up the route you always run or just run it backwards. Find a mountain, and take a hike. Go fishing. Maybe you don’t work out- take a walk or a swim. Ben was an avid swimmer. Invite someone new to join you. Really not into working out? What about following a new sport- become the expert.
How long has it been since you read a book? What about a mystery or a new genre? What other hobby’s could you find interesting? Homebrewing? Ben’s recipe was called “Poor Richard’s Ale.” I just brewed my first batch last weekend. It’s not that hard to get into, and I’m confident you could do it. What about canning? Maybe it’s just an arrangement of fresh cut flowers on your desk.
Could you take a course in something you’ve always been interested in? Join a bible study or a small group? Join a book club or start an investment club. Meet some new friends. Travel. Take a day-trip or a long weekend. Find out what beautiful landmarks are around you and go photograph them. Then make a rainy-day hobby out of photo editing and make some art out of it.
I don’t know what it is that will make your life more fulfilling and exciting, what that something is that will make you excited to get out of bed. And honestly, one thing probably isn’t enough. If it’s just one thing, it’ll become part of your routine. But always be learning. Experiment. Live. These little things are what make life worth living.
Have a great week, everybody.
Shower those you encounter with enthusiasm, kindness, compassion, empathy, and love. Submerge your projects in focus and passion. Drown the obstacles in hard work and persistence. Be the spring around which people congregate, and provide them with beauty and serenity.