Today is Our Time

I love a good day of hanging out on the couch, sitting with my husband and snuggling with my dog.  It is a time to appreciate my family, unwind, and just enjoy their presence.  We don’t even need to do anything special but be together.  But what about the rest of the day?  What am I going to do?  It is a question we ask ourselves every morning as we get up to face the day.  Sometime we groan as we have to go to work or just have an overwhelming day with a lot to do.  But what if we start the day with a different mindset?  The thought that today is our day. Today is our day to start the things we have wanted to do.  Today is our day to start to realize our potential. Today is our day to be great.  If we did, how much would that change our approach, and more importantly, the outcomes of the day?

We all have varying levels of commitments – family, work, friends. The one constant for us all though is time.  No matter what we do, we can’t make more or buy more time.  We all have the same 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  So if we are dealing with a limited amount of time and we desire to do great things, when are we going to do it?  Tomorrow is not guaranteed and you can not redo yesterday.  That leaves today.  Today is our time – yours and mine – to do what we are meant to do.  So when we look around at our things we “need” to do, I know I will look more closely and decide on what I have to do to stay employed and keep peace with my family.  But more importantly, I will look critically at the rest of my list and determine what are the things that can wait so I can make more time for the things that will get me to where I want to be.  Because you know what they say – “Starting is the hard part, but once you begin, the rest is easy.”

Wishing you the courage to just find a way to start – have a great day!

~Steph

Mid Life…

Many of us dread reaching that part of our lives where we are now called middle aged.  We aren’t in our 20s anymore, we have more things to worry about, and if we haven’t taken care of ourselves, we have more aches and pains than we care to admit.  But not everyone makes it to middle age — should we be grateful for the opportunity to continue to live our lives each day surrounded by the things of our choosing?  I think so.

How we live everyday is a choice.  In recent years, I have come to a fortunate place where I have a loving husband, a job that most days I love with people I enjoy working with, and family and friends that I deeply care about, but as I look at the passing of time and my advancing age, I have been wondering “Is this it?  Is this my life for the next 20-40 years?”  I look around and even though I’m content with today, I can’t help but wonder what legacy will be left behind after I’m gone.  Will anyone know I was even here?  Could I do something more?  Should I do something more?

I recently had the fortunate luck to receive some very good advice from a recorded seminar by Jim Rohn.  The quote that got my attention was:

“What changes your world is not wishing for change, but changing.  It all begins with you.” 

This is my ultimate goal — changing my life, changing this world.  Dreaming bigger, encouraging others, and achieving the results I want for myself, my family and friends, my colleagues, and my community.  This blog is a way for me to post some lessons I learn along the way, share some of the wisdom I come across and maybe provide a laugh or a smile to someone else who can relate to some of the things I experience in my day to day.

I hope you enjoy and if you are so moved, you feel free to comment.

Have a great day!

~Steph