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What Do You Mean You Don't Know?

Tough love is kind

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Reminder to consider this idea that popped up just before bicycling yesterday.
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Tough love is kind.

If you don’t prepare yourself for your future, you are being unkind to yourself.

If you don’t prepare your child(ren) for their future you are being unkind to them.

Tough to think about, right?

That’s why it’s kind.

You alleviate preventable hardship down the road because you planned ahead and acted ahead.

You changed when you didn’t need to.

It’s called being proactive and loving.

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The Other Side

What does an excellent day look like?

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Simple. Never get bored with the basics. Have a clear, concise, and compelling goal.

What does an excellent day look like?

If someone said to you, “Never get bored with the basics.”, it’s likely to go in one ear and out the other. Why? Daily overwhelm.

First, to be clear, excellence resides closer to controversial and extreme.

  • Balancing (1)mind, (2)body, (3)spirit, (4)work, (5)home
  • Giving substantial energy to all 5 categories
  • Brimming with enthusiasm
  • Constant gratitude
  • Mindful
  • Present

Second, and also to be clear, you have to be controversially and extremely motivated to believe that balance is not a myth and personal vibrancy in all 5 categories is the gateway to balance.

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Rejoice

Tell me again why

Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Santa stamps purchased yesterday. Why? To remind me of my white, Christian privilege, and how insensitive this privilege is.

Tell me again why.

Why do you continue to do the things you do?

Do all your actions emotionally serve you?

Emotional/spiritual vibrancy doesn’t fall from the sky.

You get there by over-focusing on the same things you used to under-focus on or ignore.

A priceless gift worth cherishing.

Rock on.

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Hope

Hope holds up the head

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Last night.

 

Hope holds up the head.

The feeling of overall wellness and personal vibrancy that comes from one huge victory that, over years and years, leads to another victory and then another – this is how hope can overpower inertia.

Overcome disability and become a father, then gain a victory against alcohol addiction (and smoking), after that you turn around a life-threatening health scare, and crazier still, quit (officially retire) your dream job after three decades to start your own enterprise.

And if that isn’t enough, you decided a month ago to quit sugar.

To say that i feel these things are crucial to a balanced life is so understated, it almost feels like a joke.

 

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Authenticity

No one likes living with inaccurate labels

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What does each see in the other?

 

When you walk in humility and confidence, you dance with two partners who look like opposites.

The partners are confidence and arrogance.

This is challenging.

Why?

Perception.

Temptation.

People will talk behind your back about how glaringly opposite your partners are.

Arrogance and confidence.

And other people will respect and honor the habits and results you’ve carved out of your intentional life.

To eat, rest, and move with great consistency is glorious.

The confidence you gain can be misread.

Does anyone like living with inaccurate labels?

Be intentional anyway.

 

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