1,2,3 for Week #19

The Sun Sets Everyday

You’re going to get back to back weeks. I was kind of late on the last post. Here we are. Been a tough bit of a week for me. I took a week off from any good habits. That happened to actually impact my writing too. Sometimes a vacation from everything is due. I recommend it once in a while, just don’t make that a habit. I think they even call that depression. Anyway, enjoy your weekly reads. Hope to have the cast up later for Part 2 of the Interview.

  1. While taking a sabbatical from just about every routine that I have myself tied to, I came to the understanding and idea that the smallest of things can make the biggest differences. There were some habits that I did not make exceptions too like my morning routines. Everything else, I would call the smaller things. Reading daily, finding 30 minutes to close my activity rings, and some formal journaling time. Those small things created ripples on the waters of daily life that made other things possible. With out the ripples, things were still, filled in with worse habits. I can see if I allowed this to happen for to long, these wasteful moments could move in permanently, before long even cause damage. When I didn’t give myself permission to be in those smaller moments of joy I had reserved time for daily, I became resentful of my day, lazy, and pretty much depressed. We need to put aside some minutes for things that we really find joy in. Especially if anything in our daily lives an expectation to fulfill. Giving to others is great, but we need to give to ourselves to be able to give our best to others that depend on us to be at our best. It’s not selfish.
  2. Two stories for this week were kind of a curious eclectic rummage sale of reads that I couldn’t put down once I started. One is a video you can watch if you’re not a reader – which by the way I will try to do more of, the other is a read. The TED There’s More to Life Than Being Happy is a reminder there can be multiple paths to finding meaning in life. Happiness or the endless pursuit of it, may not be as fulfilling as we think. The Forever Maskers brings this idea that wearing a mask, could be in our future for a long time. Will it ever go away really? Now it’s a cultural norm, is this something of a normal thing to prevent the spread of not just COVID, but the flu and other wonderful airborne lovelies? You decide. Hope you enjoy both.
  3. The three most powerful quotes that stopped me cold to think about.

“It’s not the daily increase but the daily decrease. Hack away at the essential.” – Bruce Lee

Mr. Flow Like Water never lets me down with his simplicity and perspective. We have to MUCH un-essential in our lives. Piled so high, we can’t even tread the water we’re in. Hack away, and sometimes, yes we have to hack at it.

“Great leadership usually starts with a willing heart, a positive attitude, and a desire to make a difference.” – Mac Anderson

We’re all leaders or have the potential to be a leader. They’re not born, they’re created. It’s the attitude one has and a very large portion of this thing they call love or passion for wanting to see the best in things or others around them.

“It’s amazing how much you can learn if your intentions are truly earnest.” – Chuck Berry

Any un-interest I’ve found creates a lack of curiosity in learning. Be intentional, don’t just wonder around blindly with your learning. Make it mean something and it becomes something more than just another book. Learning becomes your compass when earnest exists for it.

Hope the week is going well. May have a little something called a podcast posting in the next few days. Thanks always for reading. See you out there.

✌🏻 Shawn

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