As I sit here readying myself for the day, I watch my two sons play. Vibrant, energy-filled, even at this early hour. They are in love with the day. They are the personification of Christ’s words in Matthew that call us to “take no thought for the day.” They really only worry about the playful moment at hand. The little one is learning to clap, so everything takes on a more joyous tone when he starts clapping and smiling. So, that’s my inspiration for the day—a bird’s eye view of unfettered joy for no reason at all. What will inspire you today? What will motivate you to go forward with joy?
Here’s to your life success!
There is a tendency amongst us humans to need to label, quantify, type and otherwise put people into categories. “What do you do?” That’s a common question we hear.
If you offer up too many “dos” people begin to get a bit uncomfortable. You’re a flake. You can’t be taken seriously. Committed professionals focus on a few things, not many. On and on.
The flakiness isn’t in the number of things you do but the way that you do them. Are you approaching the various pieces of your self with focus and commitment? Are you honoring those pieces with follow-through and giving the best parts of your creative self to each of them?
There’s nothing wrong with enjoying disparate pieces to your professional life. It doesn’t necessarily make you less committed in one sphere. The lawyer can have a children’s blog or a cooking blog and not be any less of a lawyer. The accountant can blog about great dancing locales around the City as well as run a separate blog that provides accounting advice.
Don’t give in to the peer pressure. You don’t have to be one thing to all people, and you don’t have to be so linear that everyone can succinctly describe your professional and personal accomplishments in one sentence. It’s okay if your description is less “She’s a (fill in the blank with one title)” and more “She’s a (blank), and she also does (blank), (blank), and (blank). That’s cool too.
Here’s to being unboxable!
There is such a thing as being too practical. I find that when I am in that zone. I put away my “fun” writing and pull out my legal articles and start doing what the serious side of my brain perceives as my important and real work.
Oh, what a shame.
The truth is that my fun work is equally important and very real. The journey to a more fulfilling professional life is really real. It’s one of the keys to a life well-lived, and it’s a blessing from God. Don’t believe me? Check out Ecclesiastes 3:12-13. “I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. (13) That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil—this is a gift from God.”
So, I found myself sneaking back to my computer after finishing my serious work to do a little fun writing. It’s practical too even if my serious brain side tries to tell me otherwise.
I hope you find some “work for your hands” that is both fun and meaningful.
Here’s to your life success!
Light posting since Thursday as I’m on vacation in New York City and will be until Tuesday evening. Like with all great cities, my favorite part of New York continues to be the architecture, which is couched in history and pleasant uniformity.
I think I like this post both for the images—NY is always beautiful to photograph—and for “couched in history and pleasant uniformity.”
What does it take to walk boldly through life, unashamedly “you?” What does it take to accept nothing less than the best from yourself and nothing less than what God has created for you?
Quite simply, it takes a decision. Once you decide that nothing less than excellence will do, you stand taller, work harder, and make different decisions at every stage of the game. You stop looking for the entire road map, and simply focus on executing the next turn as flawlessly as possible.
You want more, and you’re not afraid to admit it. You make bold decisions, and you see them through to completion. You’re committed in a way that you’ve never been at any other stage in life.
Fearlessness really is excellence in action.
So, today is the day. Decide.