Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Repetition is Hell

When was the last time you did something for the first time?

I have searched for the author of the quote, "Repitition is hell." I have been unsuccessful.  But in so doing I have come to this one conclusion. We should all be authors of this wonderful three word sentence. How many of us find every day to be a carbon copy of the previous one?  Repeating the same thing for breakfast, the same route to work, the same sameness day after day after day.  There is an answer if you are willing to take the step.

The answser is living your life on purpose!  Living your life knowing that this day, today,  is the first day of the rest of your life.  All your previous mistakes, omissions, blunders, loves, knowledge, choices, adventures, sustainability, and journeys are just that - previous.  They no longer are of any concern.  What is, is this day - this first day of the rest of your life.

For our military, the day they did not die, is their "Alive Day" or the first day of the rest of their lives.  The gift of life is theirs just as much as it is ours.  In fact, if you consider it thoroughly, facing their "Alive Day" allows us to face ours.  Their gift of freedom to us! So let's don't mess it up. 

Life is about choices, so choose wisely.  Your values are your personal mission about what is most important to you.  Today I ask what inspires you?  What activity or service is at the center of your personal mission?  What are your personal goals?  What are you doing to attain them?

I remember standing in the Sistine Chapel, hearing that Michelangelo painted it in just under five years.  He had a goal, a mission.  Five years...260 weeks...1,825 days...2,333,000 minutes.  What will you do in the next five years?  Again - What are your personal goals?

A friend of mine has found his mission for the first time.  He helps prepare breakfast for the wounded soldiers at the Warror Family Support Center every Saturday morning.  This is his passion.  He feels it to the depth of his core, wondering why others don't get it, wondering why others don't step up to the plate and help their fellow man.  Isn't that what we are all here for?  So why are so many of us tied in knots to our jobs, securing more and more possessions and more and more money to purchase more and more possessions?  And then finding after we do secure these things we are still not happy.

What happened to the essence of being human? What happened to believing in yourself and not picking your soul off of the rack? What happened to your core values of pursuing service to others?  Take it from me.  There is nothing, absolutely nothing like it.

Today ask yourself what is your personal aim for your life.  Not your professional goals, but the goals that make your heart sing. The goals that your core values are telling you to pursue.  You just might be surprised.  If you can't think of anything, then perhaps it is time to reevaluate your life. 

Dream, aim high! Make certain you always make the effort to make the people around you happier people, better people.  I have learned that if the people around me drag me down, they must go.  I choose to have those people around me who will lift me up and help me realize my goals.

Step one...do something for the first time !

"You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You're on your own and you know what you know
And youa re the one who'll decide where to go."
Dr. Seuss

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